Marcus is interested in how ecosystems are changing at the interface between local societies and earth system processes. His DPhil research focuses on the Yamal Peninsula, West Siberia, Russia, where the Indigenous Nenets manage the world's largest domesticated reindeer herds. He is studying how reindeer, the only large herbivore still widespread in the Arctic, affect tundra vegetation, with implications for local and global carbon cycle feedbacks. His work uses remote sensing imagery, carbon flux chamber measurements, and spatial modeling, and he collaborates with field anthropologists.
Influence of reindeer herbivory on carbon cycle dynamics in a changing climate on the Yamal Peninsula, West Siberia, Russia
- Supervisor: Dr Marc Macias-Fauria;
- Member: Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Conservation research cluster;
- Duporge, I., Spiegel, M.P., Thomson, E.R., Chapman, T., Lamberth, C., Pond, C., Wang, T., Macdonald, D. Klinck, H. (2021) Determination of optimal flight altitude to minimise acoustic drone disturbance to wildlife using species audiograms. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 12(11)(2196 - 2207).
- Soininen, E.M., Barrio, I.C., Bjørkås, R. et al. (2021) Location of studies and evidence of effects of herbivory on Arctic vegetation: a systematic map. Environmental Evidence. Environ Evid, 10(25).
- Thomson, E.R., Spiegel, M.P., Althuizen, I.H.J., Bass, P., Chen, S., Chmurzynski, A., Halbritter, A.H., Henn, J.J., Jónsdóttir, I.S., Klanderud, K., Li, Y., Maitner, B.S., Michaletz, S.T., Niittynen, P., Roos, R.E., Telford, R.J., Enquist, B.J., Vandvik, V., Macias-Fauria, M. and Malhi, Y. (2021) Multiscale mapping of plant functional groups and plant traits in the High Arctic using field spectroscopy, UAV imagery and Sentinel-2A data. Environmental Research Letters, 16(5). 055006.