Martin De Kauwe is an Associate Professor of Global Change Ecology at the University of Bristol. Martin’s research group will continue to be split between Bristol and Sydney for the next few years.

Martin is the Co-Lead of the Cabot Institute for the Environment's Environmental Change theme. Martin is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee for the AmazonFACE experiment. Martin is the former co-chair of the leadership committee for the CABLE land surface model. Martin is also an Associate Editor for New Phytologist, a former Associate Editor for Biogeosciences, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Global Change Biology.

Research Positions

2021–present: Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, England

2017–2021: Senior Lecturer, Climate Change Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia

2010–2017: Research Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Australia

2008–2010: Earth Observation and Land Surface Modeller, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, England

Research group

Cale Baguley is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Bristol.

Cale is working on our UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) grant to characterise the timescale, spatial extent, and mechanisms that govern the ecosystem legacy to drought and heatwaves during European summers.




Jonathan Page is a PhD student at the University of New South Wales.

Thesis: Lags and legacies: understanding the role of antecedent effects on grassland biomass responses to rising CO2


Melika Missen is a PhD student at the University of Tasmania.

Thesis: Will rising CO2 concentrations save plants from drought stress?





Gabriel Banstarck Marandola, visiting master’s student from the State University of Campinas.

Gabriel has been measuring light and CO2 response curves from understorey species in the Amazon Open-Top Chamber CO2 experiment.


Chunhui Zhan, visiting PhD student from the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry.

Chunhui is examining the role of rising carbon dioxide on land-atmosphere interactions.





Lina Teckentrup, PhD student, Thesis: The Future of Terrestrial Carbon in Australia

Lina is now working as a Postdoc at the University of Western Sydney.



Mengyuan Mu, PhD student, Thesis: How important is groundwater to the resilience of vegetation during drought?

Mengyuan is now working as a Postdoc at the University of New South Wales.



Manon Sabot, PhD student Thesis: Trading water for carbon in a changing climate: Can optimality theory improve the predictability of land surface models? Following her PhD, Manon worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher on our ARC grant exploring how vulnerable eucalypts are to future drought.

Manon is a Minerva Fast Track fellow and group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry.

Sami Rifai, Postdoctoral Researcher on the ARC Discovery: “How vulnerable are eucalypts to future droughts?”

Sami now a lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Adelaide.



Jinyan (Jim) Yang, PhD student, Thesis: Modelling the carbon uptake of Australian evergreen ecosystems under rising [CO2] and water limitations

Jim is now working as a Postdoc at CSIRO Environment.




Ned Haughton, PhD student, Thesis: On the predictability of land surface fluxes

Ned is now working as a risk analyst at Climate Risk.



Mini reunion in Bristol, 2022