Carbon dynamics monitoring

In 2007 nine plots of between 0.3 and 1ha were established across Wytham with the aim of monitoring long-term changes in tree growth rates and standing carbon biomass in response to variations in climate and edge effects from habitat fragmentation. The plots use identical monitoring protocols to others in the Global Environmental Monitoring (GEM) forest network (Marthews et al. 2012) and data from over 1000 trees in the experiment have been collected over seven growing seasons by citizen scientists, including employees from HSBC bank, which has also provided financial support for the project. 

Marthews, T.R., Metcalfe, D., Malhi, Y., Phillips, O., Huaraca Huasco, W., Riutta, T., Ruiz Jaén, M., Girardin, C., Urrutia, R., Butt, N., Cain, R., Oliveras, Menor I. and colleagues from the RAINFOR and GEM networks (2012). Measuring Tropical Forest Carbon Allocation and Cycling: A RAINFOR-GEM 

Field Manual for Intensive Census Plots (v2.2). Manual, Global Ecosystems Monitoring network,

Current Research

The current aims of the project are to maintain the long-term data collection programme, as this will enable climatic trends to be detected in tree growth rates, and the resilience of different species to stressful climatic conditions and edge effects.

Current Papers

Quantifying the sampling error in tree census measurements by volunteers and its effect on carbon stock estimates. Ecological Applications 23.4 . Butt et al. 2013.

Experimental Evidence for the Interacting Effects of Forest Edge, Moisture and Soil Macrofauna on Leaf Litter Decomposition. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 49. Riutta et al. 2012.

Interacting Effects of Leaf Litter Species and Macrofauna on Decomposition in Different Litter Environments. Basic and Applied Ecology 13, no. 5. Slade et al. 2012

Factors Affecting Soil Fauna Feeding Activity in a Fragmented Lowland Temperate Deciduous Woodland. PLoS ONE 7, no. 1 (January 3, 2012)

Living on the edge: Quantifying the structure of fragmented woodland landscapes in England - NECR081 In: Adapting Conservation to a Changing Climate. Natural England 

Commissioned Reports. Riutta et al. 2011

Life-history Traits and Landscape Characteristics Predict Macro-moth Responses to Forest Fragmentation. Ecology (February 13, 2013). 

Are There Edge Effects on Forest Fungi and If so Do They Matter? Fungal Biology Reviews 26, no. 2–3 (October 2012)

Contact Details

Dr Alan G. Jones
Research Manager,
Wytham Woods

+44 (0)1865 318 807