Dr Sunitha PangalaRoyal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow
I study plant soil interactions and greenhouse gas exchanges from carbon-dense forests and determine the effects and feedbacks of global change, climate and land use. Peat swamp forests of Borneo and Brazilian Amazon feature heavily in my work and in these ecosystems, I have been studying the role of trees in transporting methane produced in the soil to the atmosphere and quantifying the role of tree transport in methane cycling in pristine and disturbed peatlands/wetlands, as well as the loss of stored carbon in peat following disturbance.
Postdoctoral Research Associate at The Open University, UK (Aug 2013 – Nov 2017)
Investigating the capacity for tropical trees to emit soil-produced methane and nitrous oxide.
Understanding the mechanisms responsible for methane and nitrous oxide transport in trees and their controls and inter-seasonal and spatial variability.
Supervision of 2 PhD students as a secondary supervisor (ongoing) and a master’s students as a primary supervisor (completed).
Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship: 2017-2022
Royal Society Enhancement Grant: 2018-2021
PhD Supervision Interests
Fully funded international PhD studentship available to start in Oct 2018. The PhD ‘The role of Amazon wetland trees in methane production and emissions’ will continue the work that was recently published in Nature. The student will be part of field campaigns in one of the most beautiful ecosystems on the planet - Amazonian floodplains. Please get in touch if you are interested. http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lec/graduate-school/phd/current-opportunities/index.php?phd_id=363
Large emissions from floodplain trees close the Amazon methane budget
Pangala, S.R., Enrich-Prast, A., Basso, L.S., Peixoto, R.B., Bastviken, D., Hornibrook, E.R.C., Gatti, L.V., Marotta, H., Braucks Calazans, L.S., Sakuragui, C.M., Bastos, W.R., Malm, O., Gloor, E., Miller, J.B., Gauci, V. 14/12/2017 In: Nature. 552, 5 p.
Denial of long‐term issues with agriculture on tropical peatlands will have devastating consequences
Phelps, J.W., Pangala, S.R. 03/2017 In: Global Change Biology. 23, 3, 6 p.
Technical Note: Semi-rigid chambers for methane gas flux measurements on tree stems
Siegenthaler, A., Welch, B., Pangala, S.R., Peacock, M., Gauci, V. 26/02/2016 In: Biogeosciences. 13, p. 1197-1207. 11 p.
The contribution of trees to ecosystem methane emissions in a temperate forested wetland
Pangala, S.R., Hornibrook, E.R., Gowing, D.J.G., Gauci, V. 07/2015 In: Global Change Biology. 21, 7, p. 2642-2654. 13 p.
Controls on methane emissions from Alnus glutinosa saplings
Pangala, S.R., Gowing, D.J.G., Hornibrook, E.R.C., Gauci, V. 02/2014 In: New Phytologist. 201, 3, p. 887-896. 10 p.
Trees are major conduits for methane egress from tropical forested wetlands
Pangala, S.R., Moore, S., Hornibrook, E.R.C., Gauci, V. 01/2013 In: New Phytologist. 197, 2, p. 524-531. 8 p.
Mitigation of methane emissions from constructed farm wetlands
Pangala, S.R., Reay, D.S., Heal, K.V. 5/01/2010 In: Chemosphere. 78, 5, p. 493-499. 7 p.