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Dr Vincent Gauci

Snr Lect in Earth Systems/Ecosystems Sci

The Open University Faculty of Science Department of Environment, Earth & Ecosystems

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I am an ecosystem ecologist and biogeochemist in the Department of Environment, Earth and Ecosystems and Senior Lecturer in Earth Systems and Ecosystem Science . I direct the NERC Methane Network 'MethaneNet' www.methanenet.org and I am PI and Co-PI on numerous grants funded via the NERC, Defra, The Royal Society as well as other sources.

Moidach More, Moray NE Scotland.  Photo by Vincent GauciI am interested in the biogeochemistry of terrestrial ecosystems with particular interest in terrestrial/atmosphere exchange of chemically and radiatively important gases.
 
My research interests within this area of ecosystem ecology are broad . These interests include the investigation of the effects of acid rain sulfate deposition on methane emissions from both natural and artificial wetlands (rice paddies), the role of woody wetland plants in mediating methane emissions from wetlands and the effects of fires and disturbance on fluvial carbon fluxes from forested tropical peat-swamp forest catchments in South-East Asia. Other interests include the effect of ancient atmospheric composition on wetland biogeochemistry and the effect of volcanic events on wetland ecosystem function.
 

Qualifications

PhD, Earth Sciences, The Open University 2000

BSc (Hons.) First Class, Environmental Science, The University of Brighton.

Teaching Interests

I have broad teaching interests in the Environmental Sciences. I am deputy module team Chair for  Ecosytems (S396) and module team member  for S288: Practical Science (where I teach 'planetary habitability') and on S216: Environmental Science, our cornerstone Environmental Science module where I teach, principaly on aspects of soil science, pollution and biogeochemistry.

Past module team membership includes S278 Earth's Physical Resources and U216: Environment

Research Interests

I am interested in the biogeochemistry of terrestrial ecosystems with particular interest in terrestrial/atmosphere exchange of chemically and radiatively important gases.

I have wide-ranging research interests within this broad area of ecosystem ecology. These interests include the investigation of the effects of acid rain sulfate deposition on methane emissions from both natural and artificial wetlands (rice paddies), the role of woody wetland plants in mediating methane emissions from wetlands and the effects of fires and disturbance on fluvial carbon fluxes from forested tropical peat-swamp forest catchments in South-East Asia. Other interests include the effect of ancient atmospheric composition on wetland biogeochemistry and the effect of volcanic events on wetland ecosystem function.

More on my CEPSAR website (link below)

http://cepsar.open.ac.uk/pers/v.gauci/

Current Research Projects

  • Regional Integration of CH4 Emissions Studies (RICHES) (NERC)
  • CH4 emission pathways from woody wetlands (NERC)
  • Pollution impacts on rice CH4 emissions
  • Peatlands biogeochemistry under ancient atmopheres.
  • Member of the NCEAS "Synthesizing CH4 Emissions" Working Group

last updated 13-May-2014