Matthew Wilkinson, BSc, MSc

Research Scientist

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Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Surrey GU10 4LH

Matthew Wilkinson graduated from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1995 with a BSc (Hons) in Agriculture and the Environment and then obtained an MSc in Crop Production in the Changing Environment in 1996 from the University of Essex.  After a period working in agricultural research he joined Forest Research in 2001.

Current role

Research Scientist, Greenhouse gas fluxes

Matt works on a number of projects focussed on the mitigation and adaptation of forests and woodlands to climate change, he also manages the Straits eddy covariance flux site.

Current programmes

Research areas

  • Effects of climate change on trees, woodland and forests
  • Measurement and modelling of greenhouse gas and energy fluxes between the atmosphere and forests
  • Forest meteorology and microclimate
  • Changing patterns of forest phenology.

Publications in peer reviewed journals and book chapters

Wilkinson, M., Eaton, E.L. and Morison, J.I.L. (2016). Variation in the date of budburst in Quercus robur and Q. petraea across a range of provenances grown in Southern England. European Journal of Forest Research doi:10.1007/s10342-016-0998-z

Ilie, I., Dittrich, P., Carvalhais, N., Jung, M., Heinemeyer, A., Migliavacca, M., Morison, J.I.L, Sippel, S., Subke, J.-A., Wilkinson, M., and Mahecha, M.D. (2016). Reverse engineering model structures for soil and ecosystem respiration: the potential of gene expression programming. Geoscientific Model Development Discussions. doi:10.5194/gmd-2016-242

Musavi, T., Migliavacca, M., van de Weg, M.J., Kattge, J., Wohlfahrt, G., van Bodegom, P.M., Reichstein, M., Bahn, M., Carrara, A., Domingues, T.F., Gavazzi, M., Gianelle, D., Gimeno, C., Granier, A., Gruening, C., Havránková, K., Herbst, M., Hrynkiw, C., Kalhori, A., Kaminski, T., Klumpp, K., Kolari, P., Longdoz, B., Minerbi, S., Montagnani, L., Moors, E., Oechel, W.C., Reich, P.B., Rohatyn, S., Rossi, A., Rotenberg, E., Varlagin, A., Wilkinson, M., Wirth, C., and Mahecha, M.D. (2016). Potential and limitations of inferring ecosystem photosynthetic capacity from leaf functional traits. Ecology and Evolution, 00: 1–15. doi:10.1002/ece3.2479

Pinnington, E.M., Casella, E., Dance, S.L., Lawless, A. S., Morison, J.I.L., Nichols, N.K., Wilkinson, M. and Quaife, T.L. (2016). Investigating the role of prior and observation error correlations in improving a model forecast for forest carbon balance using Four-dimensional Variational data assimilation. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 228: 299-314. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2016.07.006.

Wilkinson, M., Crow, P., Eaton, E.L. and Morison, J.I.L. (2016). Effects of management thinning on CO2 exchange by a plantation oak woodland in south-eastern England. Biogeosciences 13: 2367-2378. doi: 10.5194/bg-13-2367-2016.

Wingate, L., Ogée, J., Cremonese, E., Filippa, G., Mizunuma, T., Migliavacca, M., Moisy, C., Wilkinson, M., Moureaux, C., Wohlfahrt, G., Hammerle, A., Hörtnagl, L., Gimeno, C., Porcar-Castell, A., Galvagno, M., Nakaji, T., Morison, J. Kolle, O., Knohl, A., Kutsch, W., Kolari, P., Nikinmaa, E., Ibrom, A., Gielen, B., Eugster, W., Balzarolo, M., Papale, D., Klumpp, K., Köstner, B., Grünwald, T., Joffre, R., Ourcival, J.-M., Hellstrom, M., Lindroth, A., George, C., Longdoz, B., Genty, B., Levula, J., Heinesch, B., Sprintsin, A., Yakir, D., Manise, T., Guyon, D., Ahrends, H., Plaza-Aguilar, A., Guan, J. H. and J. Grace (2015). Interpreting canopy development and physiology using a European phenology camera network at flux sites. Biogeosciences 12: 5995-6015.

D'Odorico, P., Gonsamo, A., Gough, C.M., Bohrer, G., Morison, J., Wilkinson, M., Hanson, P.J., Gianelle, D., Fuentes, J.D. and Buchmann, N. (2015). The match and mismatch between photosynthesis and land surface phenology of deciduous forests. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 214-15: 25-38.

Büker, P., Feng, Z., Udding, J., Briolat, A., Alonso, R., Braun, S., Elvira, S., Geroes, G., Karlsson, P.E., Le Thiec, D., Marzuoli, R., Mills, G., Oksanen, E., Wieser, G., Wilkinson, M. and Emberson, L.D. (2015). New flux based dose response relationships for ozone for European forest treee species. Environmental Pollution 206:163-174. 

Xia, J., Niu, S., Ciais, P., Janssens, I., Chen, J., Ammann, C., Arain, A., Blanken, P.D., Cescatti, A., Bonal, D., Buchmann, N., Curtis, P.S., Chen, S., Dong, J., Flanagan, L.B., Frankenberg, C., Georgiadis, T., Gough, C.M., Hui, D., Kiely, G., Li, J., Lund, M., Magliulo, V., Marcolla, B., Merbold, L., Montagnani, L., Moors, E., Olesen, J.E., Piao, S., Raschi, A., Roupsard, O., Suyker, A.E., Urbaniak, M., Vaccari, F.P., Varlagin, A., Vesala, T., Wilkinson, M., Weng, E., Wohlfahrt, G., Yan, L., Luo, Y. (2015).  Joint control of terrestrial gross primary productivity by plant phenology and physiology. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Vol 12 no. 9: 2788-2792. doi:10.1073/pnas.1413090112.

Ward, H.C., Kotthaus, S., Grimmond, C.S.B., Bjorkegren, A., Wilkinson, M., Morrison, W.T.J., Evans, J.G., Morison, J.I.L. and Iamarino, M. (2014). Effects of urban density on carbon dioxide exchanges: observations of dense urban, suburban and woodland areas of southern England. Environmental Pollution 198: 186-200. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2014.12.031

Vilhar, U., Beuker, E., Mizunuma, T., Skudnik, M., Lebourgeois, F., Soudani K. and Wilkinson, M. (2013). Measurement methods for above-ground vegetation - Tree Phenology. In: Ferretti, M. and Fischer, R. (eds). Forest Monitoring. Scientific methods for the terrestrial monitoring of temperate and boreal forests. Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp. 169-182.

Wilkinson, M., Eaton, E.L., Broadmeadow, M.S.J. and Morison, J.I.L. (2012). Inter-annual variation of carbon uptake by a plantation oak woodland in south-eastern England. Biogeosciences 9: 5373-5389.

Mizunuma, T., Wilkinson, M., Eaton, E.L., Mencuccini, M., Morison, J.I.L. and Grace. J. (2012). The relationship between carbon dioxide uptake and canopy colour from two camera systems in a deciduous forest in southern England. Functional Ecology 27:196-207.

Heinemeyer, A., Wilkinson, M., Vargas, R., Subke, J.-A., Casella, E., Morison J.I.L. and Ineson, P. (2012). Exploring the “overflow tap” theory: linking forest soil CO2 fluxes and individual mycorrhizosphere components to photosynthesis. Biogeosciences 9: 79–95.

Moffat, A.J., Benham, S., Morison, J.I.L., Pitman, R., Vanguelova, E.I., Wilkinson, M. and Yamulki, S. (2010).  The value of forest monitoring in developing forest ecosystem science in Britain.  In: John Derome – Ambassador for forest monitoring in Europe, L. Ukonmaanaho, K. Derome, P. Rautio and P. Merilä (eds), Working Papers of the Finnish Forest Research Institute 180, Helsinki.

Vanguelova, E.I., Benham, S., Pitman, R., Moffat, A. Broadmeadow, M., Nisbet, T., Durrant, D., Barsoum, N.,Wilkinson, M., Bochereau, F., Broadmeadow, S., Hutchings, T., Crow, P., Durrant-Huston, T. and Taylor, P. (2010). Chemical fluxes in time through forest ecosystems in the UK – soil response to pollution recovery. Environmental Pollution 158: 1857-1869.

Peachey, C.J., Sinnett, D., Wilkinson, M., Morgan, G.W., Freer-Smith, P. and Hutchings, T.R. (2009). Deposition and solubility of airborne metals to four plant species grown at varying distances from two heavily trafficked roads in London. Environmental Pollution 157: 2291-2299.

Karlsson, P.E., Braun, S., Broadmeadow, M., Elvira, S., Emberson, L., Gimeno, B.S., Le Thiec, D., Novak, K., Oksanen, E., Schaub, M., Uddling, J. and Wilkinson, M. (2007). Risk assessments for forest trees: The performance of the ozone flux versus the AOT concepts. Environmental Pollution 146: 608-616.

Karlsson, P.E., Uddling, J., Braun, S., Broadmeadow, M., Elvira, S., Gimeno, B.S., Le Thiec, D., Oksanen, E., Vandermeiren, K., Wilkinson, M. and Emberson, L. (2004). New critical levels for ozone effects on young trees based on AOT40 and simulated cumulative leaf uptake of ozone. Atmospheric Environment 38: 2283-2294.

Karlsson, P.E., Uddling, J., Braun, S., Broadmeadow, M., Elvira, S., Gimeno, B.S., Le Thiec, D., Oksanen, E., Vandermeiren, K., Wilkinson, M., Ceulemans. R. and Emberson, L. (2003). New critical loads for ozone impact on trees based on AOT40 and leaf cumulated ozone uptake. In: Establishing ozone critical levels II (eds P.E. Karlsson, G. Sellden, H. Pleijel). UNECE Workshop Report. IVL Report B 1523. IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Recent conference and workshop presentations

Wilkinson, M., Eaton, E.L., Benham, S.E. and Morison, J.I.L. (2016). Long-term trends in carbon dynamics and spring phenology at the Alice Holt Research Forest. 2nd ICOS Science Conference on Greenhouse Gases and Biochemical Cycles, Helsinki, 28th September 2016

Wilkinson, M., Eaton, E.L., Benham, S.E. and Morison, J.I.L. (2016). Linking forest carbon fluxes and phenology in the South Downs National Park. South Downs National Park Research Conference 2016, Midhurst, 6th July 2016.

Wilkinson, M. and Morison, J.I.L. (2012) Measuring the seasons with trees. Royal Meteorological Society Meeting, London Wetlands Centre, 26 May 2012.

Wilkinson, M., Casella, E., Crow, P. and Morison, J. (2011). Effects of management thinning on CO2 uptake by a plantation oak woodland in SE England”, CarboForest Conference, Forest Research Institute, Sekocin Stary, Poland, September 2011.

Wilkinson, M. and Morison J.L. (2010). Tree phenology at the Alice Holt Research Forest, SE England. UK-Japan Workshop on Forest and Climate Change, British Embassy, Tokyo 25th-26th August 2010.

Recent published abstract and posters

Wilkinson, M., Eaton, E.L., Pinnington, E.M. and Morison, J.I.L. (2016). Implications of altered phenology on the carbon dynamics of deciduous oak woodland. European Geosciences Union General Assesmbly, Vienna 12th-17th April 2016.

Wilkinson, M., Eaton.E., Casella, C., Crow, P., and Morison, J.I.L. (2013) .Effects of management thinning on carbon dioxide uptake by a plantation oak woodland in SE England. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 15, EGU2013-5512, 2013.

Barsoum, N., McCartan, S., Wilkinson, M., Morison, J., Cottrell, J., Hubert, J. and Ray, D. (2011). Increasing the adaptation potential of native tree species to climate change. Conference Proceedings Joint BES - Natural England Meeting ‘Adapting Conservation to a Changing Climate’ 11th-12th January 2011, Charles Darwin House, London.

Eaton, E., Wilkinson, M., Mizunuma, T. and Morison, J.I.L. (2010) Quantifying the role of forest phenology in CO2 fluxes. UK- Japan Workshop on Forest and Climate Change, British Embassy, Tokyo 25th-26th August 2010.

Heinemeyer, A., Wilkinson, M., Subke, J.A., Casella, E., Vargas, R., Morison, J. and Ineson, P. (2010). The ‘overflow tap’ theory: linking NPP to forest soil carbon dynamics. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol.12 EGU2010-12933.