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Institute of Advanced Study

Professor Malcolm Hughes

COFUND Senior Research Fellow at Trevelyan College, Durham University (January - March 2015)

Prof Malcolm Hughes is a world leader in dendroclimatology, the study of past climate recorded in the natural archives of tree-rings. His credentials as a paleoecologist were recognized by his appointment as a Regents’ Professor at the University of Arizona and the award of a Bullard Fellowship from Harvard University. Furthermore, he is one of the very few ecologists to be made a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, a testimony to his broad understanding of, and contributions to, interdisciplinary research activities. 

Environmental control of the activity of the vascular cambium: Implications for dendrochronologial modelling. The Fellowship seeks to integrate knowledge of dendrochronology with recent, Durham-led knowledge of the environmental control of plant growth on large geographic scales and the exploration of past environments. The three collaborators will work closely together to integrate their particular relevant expertises. On-site day-to-day collaboration will facilitate this vital integrative task.

Anticipated tangible outputs are two key complementary papers on the implemented developments of the relevant dendrochronologial model and a state-of-the-art review of the biology of tree-ring variability for use in dendrochronology, dendroclimatology and forest biology. Both outputs have the potential for very significant impact, given their direct relevance to the forward modelling of the potential impacts of climatic change, based upon a clear understanding of changes in the