Cecilia Chavana-Bryant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Cecilia Chavana-Bryant
Tropical canopy research 

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I am a forest ecologist with a PhD in Geography and the Environment from the University of Oxford, an MSc with Distinction in Botanical Conservation and a BSc Hons in Ecology. The broad scope of my research interests are the ecology and function of temperate and tropical forests canopies. I have applied a range of techniques including field physiological studies, dendroecology, satellite remote sensing GIS, and modelling to address fundamental questions about forest canopy ecosystem structure, function and dynamics. For my doctoral research, I studied how leaf age and other leaf phenological processes impact the physiochemical and spectral properties of tropical forest canopy communities. In my MSc dissertation, I used a variety of methods - dendroecology, historical grazing records, historical aerial photography and GIS- to report on a 150-year history of recruitment, growth, expansion and forest structure at Wistman's Wood, one of three small and isolated old-growth oakwood remnants in upland Dartmoor, Devon, UK. My undergraduate dissertation investigated the role of forest gaps in creating environmental heterogeneity and in shaping forest composition and structure.

I am currently very interested in using remote sensing and leaf trait data to improve our understanding of tropical leaf phenology and its representation in vegetation and radiative transfer models. I am also interested in using new technologies such as terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) to better understand environmental and competitive constraints that determine tree form and function and their impacts on forest structure and dynamics.