Dr Tommaso Jucker

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Tommaso is plant ecologist whose research focuses on understanding what determines the composition, structure and function of plant communities, in an effort to predict how these will respond to rapid global change. He tackles these questions in a variety of ecosystems and using a number of approaches, analytical tools and data sources. He has a longstanding interest in how invasive plant species establish and spread outside of their native range, and how this in turn affects the composition and function of recipient communities. His current work explores how ecophysiological insights gained through a combination of field studies and manipulative experiments can be used to develop more efficient and effective management solutions to battle invasive weeds. Tommaso also has a strong background in forest ecology and ecophysiology, having worked on a variety of projects ranging all the way from the boreal region to the tropics. As part of this work he developed an interest in the use of emerging remote sensing technologies – such as airborne LiDAR and hyperspectral imagery – as tools to better understand and manage ecosystems.

Five selected publications:
For a full list of Tommaso's publications please see his profiles at Google Scholar and ResearchGate.

  • Jucker et al. (2017). Allometric equations for integrating remote sensing imagery into forest monitoring programmes. Global Change Biology, 23: 177-190.
  • Jucker et al. (2016). Climate modulates the effects of tree diversity on forest productivity. Journal of Ecology, 104: 388–398.
  • Jucker et al. (2015). Crown plasticity enables trees to optimize canopy packing in mixed-species forests. Functional Ecology, 29: 1078–1086.
  • Jucker et al. (2014). Stabilizing effects of diversity on aboveground wood production in forest ecosystems: linking patterns and processes. Ecology Letters, 17: 1560–1569.
  • Jucker et al. (2014). Competition for light and water play contrasting roles in driving diversity–productivity relationships in Iberian forests. Journal of Ecology, 102: 1202–1213.

Achievements and Awards

  • 2016

    President's prize
    Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc)

  • 2015

    Harper Prize - highly commended
    Journal of Ecology

  • 2015

    Anne Keymer - highly commended
    British Ecological Society

  • 2010

    Southwood prize
    Imperial College London

Academic Qualifications

  • 2009

    University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy

  • 2010

    Imperial College London, UK

  • 2015

    University of Cambridge, UK

Professional Experiences

  • 2015-2017

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    University of Cambridge, UK


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