Gabriel Yvon-Durocher


Ecological Responses to Climate Change

Practical Skills in Ecology 2: Iceland

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Research Group

Dr Elvire Bestion  & Dr Elisa Schaum - Associate Research Fellow

Daniel Padfield   & Samuel Barton - PhD student

Ruth Warfield - Technician

Professor Gabriel Yvon-Durocher

Chair in Ecology


Research in my group explores the effects of environmental change on the structure and functioning of ecosystems (which comprise groups of species, their interactions with one another and with the physical and chemical environment in which they exist). We use a combination of laboratory experiments, field surveys and analyses of large ecological datasets to explore the mechanisms that control the cycling of elements through the Earth-system. Our work spans multiple levels of biological organisation, from sub-cellular biochemistry to the dynamics of ecosystems, and searches for similarities across aquatic and terrestrial systems. The ultimate goal of our work is to develop a predictive 'tool box' to forecast how ecosystems will change in a world increasingly dominated by humans.

I am also a member of the Biosciences department in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Research interests

  • Ecosystem fluxes of greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4)
  • Size structure of aquatic and terrestrial communities
  • Evolutionary, biochemical and physiological mechanisms of thermal adaptation

Current projects

  • Ecological and evolutionary constraints on the temperature dependence of the carbon cycle
  • The mechanisms of thermal adaptation in phytoplankton
  • Impacts of pasture management on rates of carbon sequestration in Cornish farms


2010 PhD Ecology (Queen Mary, University of London)
2006 BSc Ecology (Queen Mary, University of London)


2016 Professor, University of Exeter
2014 Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter
2012 Lecturer, University of Exeter
2010-2012 Research Fellow, Queen Mary, University of London

Contact details

Telephone  +44 (0) 1326 259481
Building Environment and Sustainability Institute
Room 1.06
Address University of Exeter 
Penryn Campus
Cornwall TR10 9FE