Professor Yadvinder Malhi Elected as Fellow of the Royal Society

  • Professor Yadvinder Malhi
5 May, 2017

Congratulations to Jackson Senior Research Fellow in Biodiversity and Conservation Professor Yadvinder Malhi, who has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Yadvinder has been a Research Fellow at Oriel since 2005, and he leads the Ecosystems Programme of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. The programme is composed of an Ecosystems Lab focused on the natural science of tropical forests and global change, and a Forest Governance Group focussed on social science and policy issues around the protection of tropical forests.

Yadvinder spends a good deal of time out in the field with his team, often in remote rain forest 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.

The Fellowship of the Royal Society is made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth, and Fellows are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science.

Upon announcing the list of new Fellows elected to join the academy in 2017 Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society, said: “Science is a great triumph of human achievement and has contributed hugely to the prosperity and health of our world. In the coming decades it will play an increasingly crucial role in tackling the great challenges of our time including food, energy, health and the environment. The new Fellows of the Royal Society have already contributed much to science and it gives me great pleasure to welcome them into our ranks.”