Yadvinder Malhi

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Yadvinder Malhi

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Yadvinder Malhi at the Royal Society admissions day in London, July 2017
Yadvinder Singh Malhi

1968 (age 50–51)[1]
EducationSouthend High School for Boys
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge (BA, MA)
University of Reading (PhD)
Known forFluxNet[2]
AwardsRoyal Society University Research Fellowship (1999-2005)
Marsh Award for Climate Change Research, British Ecological Society (2016)
Patron's Medal, Royal Geographical Society (2018)
Scientific career
FieldsEcosystem ecology
Tropical forests
Climate change[3]
InstitutionsUniversity of Oxford
University of Edinburgh
University of Reading
ThesisSensible heat flux from heterogeneous surfaces (1993)
Doctoral advisor
  • Alan Ibbetson[5]
  • George Dugdale[5]

Yadvinder Singh Malhi (born 1968)[1] FRS[6] is Professor of Ecosystem Science at the University of Oxford[7][3] and a Jackson Senior Research Fellow at Oriel College, Oxford.[8][9][10]


Malhi was educated at Southend High School for Boys[1] and Queens' College, Cambridge where he graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Natural Sciences (specialising in Physics) in 1990.[1][4] He completed postgraduate study at the University of Reading where he was awarded a PhD in Meteorology in 1993 for research on the earth's energy budget and heat fluxes supervised by Alan Ibbetson and George Dugdale.[5]

Research and career[edit]

Malhi has advanced our understanding of the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems and how they are responding to the pressures of global change, including climate change and loss of megafauna.[6] This work integrates insights from ecosystem ecology into earth system science, and has been characterised by an interdisciplinary approach that involves establishing broad networks of field research in tropical forests in some of the most remote and challenging regions of the world. His early career focused on Amazonia, but in recent years his research interests have expanded across Africa and Asia. His group have projects in Malaysia, the Ankasa Conservation Area, Kakum National Park and Kogyae Strict Nature Reserve in Ghana, Lopé National Park in Gabon, the Serra do Mar coastal forests in Brazil,[11] the Amazon rainforest[12][13][14] and the Andes.[15] He co-founded the RAINFOR network of forest plots across the Amazon forest (with Oliver Phillips), helped establish a 3500 m elevation transect study in the Amazon-Andes of Peru, and more recently founded the Global Ecosystems Monitoring (GEM) network of intensively studied sites across the tropics. His work also makes use of microscale meteorology, global climate datasets, terrestrial ecosystem models and satellite remote sensing.[6] This work has contributed to our understanding of the carbon sink in the terrestrial biosphere, and to how it may be vulnerable to climate warming.[6] Malhi's research interests extend to a broad understanding of contemporary change in the biosphere and how to navigate it, through a combination of natural sciences, social sciences and science policy.[6][16]

With Oliver Phillips at the University of Leeds, he co-edited the book Tropical Forests and Global Atmospheric Change published in 2005 by Oxford University Press.[17][18] He was one of the 620 global contributors to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007.

As part of his teaching activities, he leads field trips to Wytham Woods in Oxfordshire[4] a Malhi's research has been funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC),[19] the Royal Society, the European Union,[4] the European Research Council (ERC), the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Microsoft Research and the Earthwatch Institute.[4] Before moving in Oxford in 2004,[1] Malhi was a postdoctoral researcher (1995-1999) at the University of Edinburgh.[20]

Awards and honours[edit]

Malhi was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2017[6] having previously been awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (URF) from 1999 to 2005.[1] In 2016 he was awarded the Marsh Award for Climate Change of the British Ecological Society, and in 2018 he was awarded the Patron's Medal of the Royal Geographical Society.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Anon (2011). Malhi, Prof. Yadvinder Singh. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.250705. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Baldocchi, Dennis; Falge, Eva; Gu, Lianhong; Olson, Richard; Hollinger, David; Running, Steve; Anthoni, Peter; Bernhofer, Ch; Davis, Kenneth; Evans, Robert; Fuentes, Jose; Goldstein, Allen; Katul, Gabriel; Law, Beverly; Lee, Xuhui; Malhi, Yadvinder; Meyers, Tilden; Munger, William; Oechel, Walt; Paw, K. T.; Pilegaard, Kim; Schmid, H. P.; Valentini, Riccardo; Verma, Shashi; Vesala, Timo; Wilson, Kell; Wofsy, Steve (2001). "FLUXNET: A New Tool to Study the Temporal and Spatial Variability of Ecosystem–Scale Carbon Dioxide, Water Vapor, and Energy Flux Densities". Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 82 (11): 2415–2434. doi:10.1175/1520-0477(2001)082<2415:FANTTS>2.3.CO;2. ISSN 0003-0007. open access
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  4. ^ a b c d e Malhi, Yadvinder (2017). "Yadvinder Malhi Curriculum Vitae". yadvindermalhi.org. Archived from the original on 2017-02-17.
  5. ^ a b c Malhi, Yadvinder Singh (1993). Sensible heat flux from heterogeneous surfaces. copac.jisc.ac.uk (PhD thesis). University of Reading. OCLC 59851222. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.357894. (registration required)
  6. ^ a b c d e f Anon (2017). "Professor Yadvinder Malhi FRS". royalsociety.org. London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2017-05-05. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the royalsociety.org website where:

    “All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.” --Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies at the Wayback Machine (archived 2016-11-11)

  7. ^ Yadvinder Malhi publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  8. ^ Malhi, Yadvinder (2017). "Professor Yadvinder Malhi". oriel.ox.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 2017-08-15.
  9. ^ Malhi, Yadvinder (2017). "Professor Yadvinder Malhi, School of Geography and the Environment". geog.ox.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 2017-02-26.
  10. ^ Hay Levels: Geography, Population & Resources with Yadvinder Malhi on YouTube, Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye
  11. ^ "Ecosystems Lab". eci.ox.ac.uk.
  12. ^ Coelho de Souza, Fernanda; Dexter, Kyle G.; Phillips, Oliver L.; Brienen, Roel J. W.; Chave, Jerome; Galbraith, David R.; Lopez Gonzalez, Gabriela; Monteagudo Mendoza, Abel; Pennington, R. Toby; Poorter, Lourens; Alexiades, Miguel; Álvarez-Dávila, Esteban; Andrade, Ana; Aragão, Luis E. O. C.; Araujo-Murakami, Alejandro; Arets, Eric J. M. M.; Aymard C, Gerardo A.; Baraloto, Christopher; Barroso, Jorcely G.; Bonal, Damien; Boot, Rene G. A.; Camargo, José L. C.; Comiskey, James A.; Valverde, Fernando Cornejo; de Camargo, Plínio B.; Di Fiore, Anthony; Elias, Fernando; Erwin, Terry L.; Feldpausch, Ted R.; Ferreira, Leandro; Fyllas, Nikolaos M.; Gloor, Emanuel; Herault, Bruno; Herrera, Rafael; Higuchi, Niro; Honorio Coronado, Eurídice N.; Killeen, Timothy J.; Laurance, William F.; Laurance, Susan; Lloyd, Jon; Lovejoy, Thomas E.; Malhi, Yadvinder; Maracahipes, Leandro; Marimon, Beatriz S.; Marimon-Junior, Ben H.; Mendoza, Casimiro; Morandi, Paulo; Neill, David A.; Vargas, Percy Núñez; Oliveira, Edmar A.; Lenza, Eddie; Palacios, Walter A.; Peñuela-Mora, Maria C.; Pipoly, John J.; Pitman, Nigel C. A.; Prieto, Adriana; Quesada, Carlos A.; Ramirez-Angulo, Hirma; Rudas, Agustin; Ruokolainen, Kalle; Salomão, Rafael P.; Silveira, Marcos; Stropp, Juliana; ter Steege, Hans; Thomas-Caesar, Raquel; van der Hout, Peter; van der Heijden, Geertje M. F.; van der Meer, Peter J.; Vasquez, Rodolfo V.; Vieira, Simone A.; Vilanova, Emilio; Vos, Vincent A.; Wang, Ophelia; Young, Kenneth R.; Zagt, Roderick J.; Baker, Timothy R. (2016). "Evolutionary heritage influences Amazon tree ecology". Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 283 (1844): 20161587. doi:10.1098/rspb.2016.1587. ISSN 0962-8452. PMC 5204144. PMID 27974517. open access
  13. ^ Malhi, Y.; Roberts, J. T.; Betts, R. A.; Killeen, T. J.; Li, W.; Nobre, C. A. (2008). "Climate Change, Deforestation, and the Fate of the Amazon". Science. 319 (5860): 169–172. CiteSeerX doi:10.1126/science.1146961. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 18048654. (subscription required)
  14. ^ Malhi, Y.; Baldocchi, D. D.; Jarvis, P. G. (1999). "The carbon balance of tropical, temperate and boreal forests". Plant, Cell & Environment. 22 (6): 715–740. doi:10.1046/j.1365-3040.1999.00453.x. ISSN 0140-7791.
  15. ^ Clark, K. E.; Hilton, R. G.; West, A. J.; Robles Caceres, A.; Gröcke, D. R.; Marthews, T. R.; Ferguson, R. I.; Asner, G. P.; New, M.; Malhi, Y. (2017). "Erosion of organic carbon from the Andes and its effects on ecosystem carbon dioxide balance" (PDF). Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. 122 (3): 449–469. doi:10.1002/2016JG003615. ISSN 2169-8953.
  16. ^ Sutherland, William J.; Freckleton, Robert P.; Godfray, H. Charles J.; Beissinger, Steven R.; Benton, Tim; Cameron, Duncan D.; Carmel, Yohay; Coomes, David A.; Coulson, Tim; Emmerson, Mark C.; Hails, Rosemary S.; Hays, Graeme C.; Hodgson, Dave J.; Hutchings, Michael J.; Johnson, David; Jones, Julia P. G.; Keeling, Matt J.; Kokko, Hanna; Kunin, William E.; Lambin, Xavier; Lewis, Owen T.; Malhi, Yadvinder; Mieszkowska, Nova; Milner-Gulland, E. J.; Norris, Ken; Phillimore, Albert B.; Purves, Drew W.; Reid, Jane M.; Reuman, Daniel C.; Thompson, Ken; Travis, Justin M. J.; Turnbull, Lindsay A.; Wardle, David A.; Wiegand, Thorsten; Gibson, David (2013). "Identification of 100 fundamental ecological questions". Journal of Ecology. 101 (1): 58–67. doi:10.1111/1365-2745.12025. ISSN 0022-0477.
  17. ^ Malhi, Yadvinder; Phillips, Oliver, eds. (2005). Tropical Forests and Global Atmospheric Change. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567066.001.0001. ISBN 9780198567066. OCLC 77178196.
  18. ^ Malhi, Y.; Phillips, O. L. (2004). "Tropical forests and global atmospheric change: a synthesis". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 359 (1443): 549–555. doi:10.1098/rstb.2003.1449. ISSN 0962-8436. PMC 1693340. PMID 15212102. open access
  19. ^ Anon (2017). "UK Government grants awarded to Yadvinder Malhi". gtr.rcuk.ac.uk. Swindon: Research Councils UK. Archived from the original on 2017-08-15.
  20. ^ Grace, J.; Lloyd, J.; McIntyre, J.; Miranda, A. C.; Meir, P.; Miranda, H. S.; Nobre, C.; Moncrieff, J.; Massheder, J.; Malhi, Y.; Wright, I.; Gash, J. (1995). "Carbon Dioxide Uptake by an Undisturbed Tropical Rain Forest in Southwest Amazonia, 1992 to 1993". Science. 270 (5237): 778–780. doi:10.1126/science.270.5237.778. ISSN 0036-8075.