New paper in Wetlands Ecology and Management

Lawson et al. “Improving estimates of carbon storage and flux in tropical peatlands” is now online at The paper was developed by members of the UK Tropical Peatlands Working Group and reflects the group’s ambition to work more closely together, using comparable research methods, in order to improve our understanding of carbon stocks and … Read more

New paper in Environmental Research Letters identifies the most carbon-dense ecosystem in Amazonia

Draper et al. “The distribution and amount of carbon in the largest peatland complex in Amazonia” shows, using a wide range of new field data, that peatland pole forest is the most carbon-dense type ecosystem in Amazonia, when below-ground carbon storage is taken into account. This work also revised the central estimate for carbon storage … Read more

New paper in Wetlands

Lawson et al. “The geochemistry of Amazonian peats” is available at This paper discusses new and existing geochemical data from Quistococha, Peru, and attempts to build a framework for interpreting peat chemistry. This is an important tool for understanding the processes of peat accumulation and decay, and ecosystem functioning.

New radiocarbon dates

A further radiocarbon allocation in support of Tom Kelly’s project, “Peatland development and sensitivity to climatic change at two sites in Amazonian Peru” (PI Ian Lawson), has been awarded. This is a NERC radiocarbon allocation, number 1747.1013, approximate value £6960.

New paper: Mitchard et al. 2014

A new paper by Ed Mitchard and others, using forest census plot data generated under our first NERC project, has been published in Global Ecology and Biogeography (Katy Roucoux is a co-author). You can find the paper here.

New paper in Microbial Ecology

A new paper by Graeme Swindles et al. on the ecology of testate amoebae has appeared in Microbial Ecology. Co-authors include Freddie Draper, Katy Roucoux and Tim Baker. The work grew out of Graeme and Katy’s Royal Society grant. You can find the paper here.

Funding award for radiocarbon dates

Ian Lawson and Greta Dargie have received a NERC grant-in-kind, “Quantifying and understanding tropical peatland spatial distribution and carbon storage in Central Africa” (13 AMS dates), allocation number 1797.0414, approximate value £8320.

New article in Planet Earth

The article, Peatlands in the Western Amazon by Tom Kelly and Freddie Draper has just appeared in NERC’s in-house scientific showcase magazine. It puts Tom and Freddie’s work on Amazonian peatlands into context. You can view it online here.