Prof Colin Prentice is the AXA Chair of Biosphere and Climate Impacts, funded by the AXA Research Fund in Paris. Based on the Silwood Park Campus of Imperial College London, Colin is leading a six-year research programme investigating some of the grand challenges involved in understanding the responses of natural and managed ecosystems to environmental change. His research is beginning to move the land biosphere modelling enterprise ahead of current global vegetation, forestry and crop models, which are for the most part based on the state of process knowledge circa 1990, using a combination of mathematical analysis (using eco-evolutionary optimality criteria) and meta-analysis of large observational data sets.
During term time, Colin and his team get together each Monday morning for a weekly team meeting. Each week, one member of the team (or occasionally a guest) briefly presents their most recent research findings and challenges, in the broader context set by Colin’s 23 “Grand Challenge Questions” on the interfaces of atmospheric science, ecosystem science and hydrology. Posts on this site are based on a selection of these talks.