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Rachael Turton BSc MPhil PhD

Rachael Turton BSc MPhil PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate

I am an ecologist with experience in land surface processes in global climate models. My research is focussed on developing growth processes in the vegetation model HYBRID.



  • PhD: The impact of the radiation balance on snowmelt in a sparse deciduous birch forest. Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford and School of GeoSciences, Edinburgh University, Funded by Centre for Ecology and Hydrology's Biogeochemistry programme.
  • MPhil: Measuring and modelling the effects of particulate deposition on plant function. Biological Sciences, Durham University. Funded by external collaborator.
  • BSc (Hons) Ecology: Biological Sciences, Durham University.


My main research interest is in the use of land surface models for a better understanding of biosphere-atmosphere interactions in the Earth system. I have a background in ecology with field and modelling experience in Arctic ecosystems, with particular emphasis on snow-vegetation interactions.

I am experienced in developing and using land surface models to improve our understanding of fluxes of energy, carbon, and water across the land surface, how they may be modified with projected environmental change, and the potential feedbacks to the Earth system.

My research at Cambridge is to test and develop a new version of the HYBRID model to address the carbon source-sink debate through improved representations of plant growth processes. Currently, I am a NERC-funded Research Associate working with Andrew Friend on the joint NERC NSF funded project: Addressing the plant growth carbon source-sink debate through observations, experiments, and modelling.