Chris Freeman (scientist)

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Professor Chris Freeman is a British environmental scientist at the University of Wales, Bangor. Freeman is Professor of Aquatic Biogeochemistry in the College of Natural Sciences in Bangor.[1] Freeman's research focuses on carbon cycling, with an emphasis on peatland carbon storage[2] and dissolved organic carbon dynamics. His work is best known for its description of a mechanism known as the "peatland enzymic latch" and observation of a rising trend in aquatic dissolved organic carbon concentrations. His work has been recognised with awards from the American Society for Limnology and Oceanography[3] and the Royal Society.[4]


  • Freeman C, Ostle J, Kang H (2001). An enzymic latch on a global carbon store. Nature. 409, 149.
  • Freeman C, C. D. Evans, D. T. Monteith, B. Reynolds and N. Fenner (2001) Export of organic carbon from peat soils. Nature 412, 785.
  • Freeman C, Fenner N, Ostle NJ, Kang H, Dowrick DJ, Reynolds B, Lock MA, Sleep D, Hughes S and Hudson J. (2004) Dissolved organic carbon export from peatlands under elevated carbon dioxide levels Nature 430, 195 – 198.
  • Bragazza L, Freeman C, T Jones, H Rydin, J Limpens, N Fenner, T Ellis, R Gerdola, M Hajek, T Hajek, P Iacumin, L Kutnark, T Tahvanainen, H Toberman. (2006) Atmospheric nitrogen deposition promotes carbon loss from peat bogs Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 103(51): 19386-19389