Dr Paul J. Morris
My research focuses on the interactions between the hydrological, ecological and biogeochemical processes that govern the past, present and future of the world's wetlands. I am particularly interested in carbon-dense wetlands such as peatlands and mangroves. I use modelling, field and laboratory techniques in the pursuit of my research questions.
You can find a full list of my publications at the bottom of this page.
- Assessment Lead, School of Geography
- Leeds Quaternary Co-Leader
- The long-term (millennial) development of peatland and mangrove ecosystems, soils, carbon stores and hydrological functions.
- The response of peatlands to disturbances such as wildfire, future climate change and land-use change, on timescales that are meaningful to humans (seasonal to decadal).
- Improving process-based understanding of peatland hydrological processes, including groundwater-surface water interactions and controls on peat hydraulic properties.
- 2010: PhD, Queen Mary University of London
- 2004: BSc Geography, University of Sheffield
- Since 2019: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
I currently teach on the following undergraduate modules:
- GEOG1055 Environmental Change: Past and Future (module leader)
- GEOG1081 Data Analysis in Physical Geography (module leader in Semester 2)
- GEOG2007 Mallorca Field Class (module leader)
- GEOG2085 Ecosystems: Process, Pattern and Change
- GEOG3820 Research Placement
- GEOG3895 Timescales of Global Change (module leader in Semester 2)
- GEOG3605 Physical Geography Dissertation
Current Research Students
Marie Arnaud. PhD, Belowground Carbon Cycling in Mangrove Forests, funded by Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship (2016-20).
Richard Fewster. PhD, The Past, Present and Future of Permafrost Peatlands, funded by NERC Doctoral Training Programme (2019-23).
Tom Sim. PhD, Response of Pan-Arctic Permafrost Peatlands to Climate Change, funded by NERC Doctoral Training Programme (2018-22).
Richard Fewster. MbR (distinction), Holocene Climate Space of North American Permafrost Peatlands, self-funded (2018-19).
Peter Gill. MbR, Simulating Blanket Peatland Development over Millennial Timescales Using a New Version of the DigiBog Model, self-funded (2016-18).
Tom Sim. MbR, Pathways for Ecological Change in Canadian High Arctic Wetlands Under Rapid Twentieth Century Warming, self-funded (2017-18).
Liam Taylor. MbR (distinction), Changing Hydrology and Carbon Storage of Permafrost Peatlands, part-funded by Ecology and Global Change Research Cluster (2017-18).
Jiren Xu. PhD, The Role of Peatlands in Global and Regional Drinking Water Resources, jointly funded by Chinese Scholarship Council and University of Leeds (2015-19).
Research groups and institutes
- River Basin Processes and Management