Dr Trevor Keenan, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Climate change impacts on global ecosystems
The Earth’s climate has changed dramatically in the past 50 years, with even larger changes expected in the near future. Such changes greatly impact the global ecosystems on which we depend. In order to better understand those impacts, scientists are collecting unprecedented amounts of data on ecosystem health and function. The data deluge is leading to groundbreaking discoveries, but also presents new challenges to conventional ecological analysis approaches. My work focuses on harnessing this ecological ‘big data’ to both answer key questions regarding the state of the Earths ecosystems, and to build models capable of accurately predicting their future.