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Dr Tommaso Jucker - University of Bristol. Bristol, , GB

Dr Tommaso Jucker Dr Tommaso Jucker

NERC Independent Research Fellow | University of Bristol


Examining the interplay between humans and forests

Areas of Expertise (9)



Climate Change






Remote Sensing


Dr Tommaso Jucker is a NERC Independent Research Fellow and Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences, where he leads the Selva Lab. His research explores the processes that shape the structure, diversity and function of the world’s forests, with a view of predicting how these will respond to rapid environmental change and how this in turn will impact society. To tackle these questions, Dr Jucker and his team at Selva Lab use a range of approaches, including manipulative experiments, long-term field observations, and cutting-edge remote sensing and modelling.

Dr Jucker's core projects include exploring how logging and forest degradation associated with oil palm expansion impact the resilience of Borneo’s tropical forests to drought, investigating how forest dynamics shape the 3D structure of the world’s forest canopies, and mapping the distribution of old-growth woodlands in Australia’s iconic Great Western Woodlands to guide their conservation and restoration.

Dr Jucker has published over 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including ones in Science, Nature, PNAS, Ecology Letters and Global Change Biology. In 2020 he was awarded the British Ecological Society’s Founders’ Prize which commemorates the enthusiasm and vision of the Society's founders and is awarded each year to an outstanding early-career ecologist who is starting to make a significant contribution to their field. His research is currently funded by NERC, The Royal Society and The Leverhulme Trust.







Tommaso Jucker - Relationship between Productivity and Species Diversity



Accomplishments (5)

Australian Academy of Science Travel Award


President’s Prize for best presentation at the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society’s annual conference


Harper Prize, highly commended for best paper by young author in Journal of Ecology


NERC Independent Research Fellowship


British Ecological Society Founders Prize


Education (3)

University of Cambridge: Ph.D., Forest Ecology 2015

Imperial College, London: M.Sc., Ecology, Evolution and Conservation 2010

University of Roma Tor Vergata: B.Sc., Biological Sciences 2009

Affiliations (3)

  • Review Editor for Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 2018 to present
  • Associate Editor for Journal of Ecology, 2017 to present
  • Associate Editor for Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, 2017 to present

Media Appearances (1)

Inside the Weird Little World of Microclimates

How Stuff Works  online


Tommaso Jucker is an environmental scientist at the University of Bristol. In an email, Jucker says he'd define the term microclimate as "the suite of climatic conditions (temperature, rainfall, humidity, solar radiation) measured in localized areas, typically near the ground and at spatial scales that are directly relevant to ecological processes."

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Articles (5)

Good things take time – diversity effects on tree growth shift from negative to positive during stand development in boreal forests

Journal of Ecology

2020 Long‐term grassland biodiversity experiments have shown that diversity effects on productivity tend to strengthen through time, as complementarity among coexisting species increases. But it remains less clear whether this pattern also holds for other ecosystems such as forests, and if so why.

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Developing effective management solutions for controlling stinking passionflower (Passiflora foetida) and promoting the recovery of native biodiversity in Northern Australia

Biological Invasions

2020 Invasive alien plants pose a growing threat to native biodiversity and are a burden to local livelihoods through their impacts on cultural values, agriculture, farming and tourism. A prime example of this is stinking passionflower (Passiflora foetida), a herbaceous vine that has invaded across the global tropics, including vast tracts of remote northern Australia.

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Late-spring frost risk between 1959 and 2017 decreased in North America but increased in Europe and Asia

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

2020 Frost in late spring causes severe ecosystem damage in temperate and boreal regions. We here analyze late-spring frost occurrences between 1959 and 2017 and woody species’ resistance strategies to forecast forest vulnerability under climate change. Leaf-out phenology and leaf-freezing resistance data come from up to 1,500 species cultivated in common gardens.

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Historical context, current status and management priorities for introduced Asian house geckos at Ashmore Reef, north-western Australia

BioInvasions Records

2020 The Asian house gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus) shows the largest non-native distribution of any gekkonid and has been introduced to numerous oceanic islands around the world. Since 1990, it has been naturalised at Ashmore Reef, a small group of islands, cays and reef flats in the Timor Sea within the maritime borders of Australia.

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Imaging spectroscopy reveals the effects of topography and logging on the leaf chemistry of tropical forest canopy trees

Global Change Biology

2020 Logging, pervasive across the lowland tropics, affects millions of hectares of forest, yet its influence on nutrient cycling remains poorly understood. One hypothesis is that logging influences phosphorus (P) cycling, because this scarce nutrient is removed in extracted timber and eroded soil, leading to shifts in ecosystem functioning and community composition.

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