Yadvinder Malhi

Prof. Yadvinder Malhi FRS is Professor of Ecosystem Science at the University of Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests. His work focuses on understanding the ecosystem ecology of terrestrial ecosystems, and how this changes in the context of global atmospheric change and direct anthropogenic change, and conversely how ecosystem function can be restored. In the context of marine ecosystems, he has a particular interested on the impact of invasive rodents on terrestrial and marine ecosystem function.

His research employs a range of tools from intensive field studies through to satellite monitoring and ecosystem modelling. His research spans the, and he has designed and leads the GEM (Global Ecosystems Monitoring) network of intensive forest monitoring sites across the tropics. More generally, he is interested in understanding how we can maximise the resilience and viability of the biosphere in the context of the Anthropocene, and in strengthening the scientific capacity of tropical forest nations to understand and manage ecosystems through the climate change and other challenges of the 21st century. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, and in 2018 was awarded the Patrons’ Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society for his work on ecosystems and climate change.