Alexander Shenkin

Research Scientist, University of Oxford

I am a post-doctoral plant and forest ecosystem ecologist in Oxford's Ecosystem Lab with interest and experience merging social, anthropological, and political perspectives of ecosystems and conservation. I employ novel field techniques coupled with modern statistical methods to address long-standing questions about nature at a range of scales; my experience in electrical and software engineering enables me to push the frontier where technology meets ecology. My research focuses on two principal themes: (1) ecosystem responses to management, disturbance, and climate change, and (2) the roles of an ecosystem’s structure in its function, assembly, and response to disturbance and stress. I focus on forest ecosystems in the tropics but my interests are global. As a post-doc in ECI’s Ecosystems Lab, I am currently conducting research relating the scaling of tree and forest canopy traits to ecosystem structure and carbon cycling.

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