The goal of E FUNDIA is to integrate state of the art, high fidelity imaging spectroscopy and extensive field plot networks in order to quantify the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem function in lowland Amazonian tree communities at large spatial scales.

To achieve this goal, Dr Draper will work alongside world-leading researchers at both the host institution (University of Leeds, UK, supervised by Dr Baker) and the partner institution (Carnegie Institution for Science, USA, supervised by Dr Asner). Drawing on the expertise of Dr Asner and his team, Dr Draper will develop new knowledge and skills in analysing airborne spectranomic approaches, currently unavailable anywhere else in the world.

On returning to the UK, Dr Draper will integrate these new capabilities with those of one of the most prominent tropical ecology research groups in Europe (Ecology and Global Change, Leeds).