Professor Yadvinder Malhi Awarded CBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

  • Close up photo of Professor Yadvinder Malhi, with books in the background
  • Professor Yadvinder Malhi standing in a rainforest
12 October, 2020

Jackson Senior Research Fellow in Biodiversity and Conservation Professor Yadvinder Malhi has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, announced on 10th October, for services to Ecosystem Science.

Yadvinder’s research investigates the impact of global atmospheric change on the ecology, structure and composition of terrestrial ecosystems, and in particular temperate and tropical forests. This research addresses fundamental questions about ecosystem function, diversity and dynamics, whilst at the same time providing outputs of direct relevance for conservation and adaptation to climate change.

His career has spanned the fields of Physics (undergraduate), Meteorology (PhD), Ecology (postdocs and Royal Society Research Fellowship) and Geography (lecturer and professor at Oxford).

Yadvinder co-founded the Amazon Forest Inventory Network (RAINFOR), which has resulted in over 50 publications. In recent years he has also developed the Global Ecosystems Monitoring network (GEM), which collects data on ecosystem function in a number of research sites across the tropics. He is Director of the Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests and coordinates the Oxford University Biodiversity Network, and is ex-President of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation.

Yadvinder usually spends a good deal of time out in the field with his team, often in remote rainforest locations in Asia, Africa and the Amazon and Andes region, collecting data and linking it to models and satellite data to address global issues surrounding tropical forests. His team also has an active programme of research at Oxford University-owned Wytham Woods, where they have established a forest ecology and climate change monitoring station.

In May of this year, Yadvinder was appointed by the Prime Minister as a Trustee of the Natural History Museum. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2017 and was awarded the Patrons’ Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society in 2018. He has been a Research Fellow at Oriel since 2005.

On receiving this Honour, Yadvinder said: “I am very surprised and humbled to receive this Honour. I am particularly pleased that it is “for services to ecosystem science”, and I hope it brings some more recognition to the vital importance of intact and restored ecosystems to our future on this planet.”

Oriel Provost Neil Mendoza says of the award: “I’m delighted that Yadvinder has been awarded this Honour, and have no doubt that it is richly deserved. Yadvinder’s detailed research into and long-term monitoring of rainforest ecosystems around the world is hugely important as the world faces the challenges brought about by climate change and by the impact of human activity on the natural environment. Oriel is very proud to be able to provide an academic home to Yadvinder and to support him in his research endeavours, which have such great impact and are truly global in scope and reach.”

Additional Information

Read more about Yadvinder’s current research and Oriel’s Environmental and Energy Research Hub in the latest edition of Oriel News (p.20):

School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford:

Global Ecosystems Monitoring Network (GEM):  

Yadvinder’s Blog: