2010-2011: MRes Ecology and Environmental Management, University of York.
2011-2015: PhD 'Ecological Controls of Rhizosphere Processes and Soil Organic Matter Dynamics at a Sub-arctic Treeline', University of Stirling.
2015-2017: Postdoctoral Research Associate, The Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, MA, USA.
2017-Present: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Stirling
I am an ecosystem ecologist investigating the changing carbon cycle in the Arctic. As the arctic climate warms, tall shrubs are expanding north into the tundra. My research aims to understand how these changes in tundra plant community will impact carbon cycling in the soil. Artic soils represent one of the largest global stores of carbon and a major question I aim to answer is how the increasing plant activity in the tundra will affect this soil carbon store.
My previous work in the tundra of Alaska focused on the ecology and
adaptation of arctic plants. The climate in the Arctic is warming faster that anywhere else on earth and our research indicates that arctic plants may struggle to keep up with this change.
Friggens NL, Aspray TJ, Parker TC, Subke J & Wookey PA (2019) Spatial patterns in soil organic matter dynamics are shaped by mycorrhizosphere interactions in a treeline forest. Plant and Soil. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11104-019-04398-y
Curasi SR, Parker TC, Rocha AV, Moody ML, Tang J & Fetcher N (2019) Differential responses of ecotypes to climate in a ubiquitous arctic sedge: implications for future ecosystem C cycling. The New Phytologist, 223 (1), pp. 180-192. https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.15790
Parker TC, Sanderman J, Holden RD, Blume-Werry G, Sjögersten S, Large D, Castro-Díaz M, Street LE, Subke J & Wookey PA (2018) Exploring drivers of litter decomposition in a greening Arctic: Results from a transplant experiment across a treeline. Ecology, 99 (10), pp. 2284-2294. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.2442
May JL, Parker T, Unger S & Oberbauer SF (2018) Short term changes in moisture content drive strong changes in Normalized Difference Vegetation Index and gross primary productivity in four Arctic moss communities. Remote Sensing of Environment, 212, pp. 114-120. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2018.04.041
Parker T, Tang J, Clark MB, Moody MM & Fetcher N (2017) Ecotypic differences in the phenology of the tundra species Eriophorum vaginatum reflect sites of origin. Ecology and Evolution, 7 (22), pp. 9775-9786. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3445
Parker T, Sadowsky J, Dunleavy H, Subke J, Frey S & Wookey P (2017) Slowed biogeochemical cycling in sub-arctic birch forest linked to reduced mycorrhizal growth and community change after a defoliation event. Ecosystems, 20 (2), pp. 316-330. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10021-016-0026-7
Parker T, Subke J & Wookey P (2015) Rapid carbon turnover beneath shrub and tree vegetation is associated with low soil carbon stocks at a subarctic treeline. Global Change Biology, 21 (5), pp. 2070-2081. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.12793