Gabriel Yvon-Durocher


Ecological Responses to Climate Change

Field Techniques in Conservation Biology and Ecology

Practical Skills in Ecology 2: Dorset

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Research Group

Daniel Padfield - PhD student

Dr Gabriel Yvon-Durocher

Senior Lecturer in Natural Environment


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 publication titles

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

  • The temperature dependence of global biogeochemical cycles
  • Unravelling the mechanisms of thermal adaptation in phytoplankton
  • Impacts of pasture management on rates of carbon sequestration in Cornish farms
  • Ecological and evolutionary feedbacks on the effects of warming on organism size


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


2014 Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter
Lecturer, University of Exeter
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