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Dr Pru Foster

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Research Fellow

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Co-ordinator for biosphere modelling activities in the EU-funded HYMN (Hydrogen, Methane and Nitrous Oxide) project


Climate-vegetation interactions including trace gas emissions, carbon cycle feedbacks and dynamic vegetation modelling development and testing.  Climate change and extinctions.  The role of humans in the biosphere.

Climate --> vegetation: How robust are ecosystems functions to climate change?
Vegetation --> climate: How does humanities' changes to the land surface affect the climate?
Fundamentals of vegetation dynamics


Arneth, A., Sitch, S., Bondeau, A., Butterbach-Bahl, K., Foster, P., Gedney, N., de Noblet-Ducoudré, N., Prentice, I.C., Sanderson, M., Thonicke, K., Wania, R., Zaehle, S. (n press). From biota to chemistry and climate: Towards a comprehensive description of trace gas exchange between the biosphere and atmosphere. Biogeosciences.

Foster, P.N. (in press) Cloud Forest Clouds, in Tropical Montane Cloud Forests Vol II, editors J.O. Juvik, F. Scatena, S.Bruijinzel

Le Quéré, C., Raupach, M., Canadell, J.G., Marland G. , Bopp, L., Ciais, P., Conway, T.J., Doney, S.C., Feely, R.A., Foster, P., Friedlingstein, P., Gurney, K.,Houghton, R.A., House, J.I., Huntingford, C., Levy, P.E., Lomas, M.R., Majkut, J.,Metzl, N., Ometto, J.P., Peters, G.P., Prentice, I.C., Randerson, J.R., Running, S.W., Sarmiento, J.L., Schuster, U., Sitch, S., Takahashi, T., Viovy, N., van der Werf, G. and Woodward, I. (2009)., Trends in the sources and sinks of carbon dioxide, Nature Geosciences, doi:10.1038/NGEO689

Pounds, J. A., J. A. Consuegra, M.P.L. Fogden, P. N. Foster, K.L. Masters , R. Puschendorf, S.R. Ron, G.A. Sanchez-Azofeifa & C. J. Still, (2006) Widespread amphibian extinctions from epidemic disease driven by global warming Nature 439, 161

Riley, W. J., J. T. Randerson, P. N. Foster, and T. J. Lueker (2005), Influence of terrestrial ecosystems and topography on coastal CO2 measurements: A case study at Trinidad Head, California, J. Geophys. Res., 110, G01005, doi:10.1029/2004JG000007.

Foster, P.N. 2001 The potential negative impacts of climate change on tropical montane cloud forests Earth Science Reviews 55, pp 73-106

Still, C.J., P.N. Foster, and S.H. Schneider 1999 Simulating the effects of climate change on tropical montane cloud forests, Nature 389, 608

Boss AP and P.N. Foster 1998, Injection of short-lived isotopes into the presolar cloud, Astrophysical Journal Letters 494 (1): L103

Foster, P.N. and A. P. Boss 1997, Injection of radioactive nuclides from the stellar source that triggered the collapse of the presolar nebula, Astrophysical Journal 489, 346

Foster, P.N. and A.P. Boss AP 1996, Triggering star formation with stellar ejecta, Astrophysical Journal 468, 784

Foster, P.N. and A.P. Boss 1995, Short-lived radionuclides and solar-system formation, Meteoritics 30, 507

Foster, P.N. 1994, A guide to isothermal gravitational collapse in Clouds, Cores and Low Mass Stars, eds. D.P. Clemens & R. Barvainis

Foster, P.N. & R.A. Chevalier 1993, Gravitational collapse of an isothermal sphere, Astrophysical Journal 416, 303-311