Moorcroft, Paul

Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology; Head Tutor, Environmental Science and Public Policy Concentration

Paul Moorcroft is an ecologist who investigates the impacts of climate and land-use change on terrestrial plant communities and ecosystems, and how climate and land-use driven changes in the properties of terrestrial ecosystems can feedback and affect regional and global climate. He examines these issues in a number of regions including the tropical forests of the Amazon and the temperate forests of the eastern United States.

About Paul Moorcroft

P. Moorcroft

Paul Moorcroft is Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Head Tutor of the Environmental Science and Public Policy Concentration.

Moorcroft investigates ecological dynamics of terrestrial plant communities and ecosystems, biosphere-atmosphere interactions, and mechanistic models of animal movement.

He heads up the Andes-Amazon Project, the purpose of which is to predict how land-cover along with changes in climate will affect the composition, structure, and functioning of the Amazonian ecosystem over the next century.

The Moorcroft Laboratory is also working on an integrated assessment of land-use and hydrology for sustainable development of the Amazon under changing climate as part of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Sustainability Science Program, funded by Italy’s Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea.

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