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Dr Chris Laing

Dr Chris Laing

Lecturer in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences

 +44 (0)1326 259337

 Peter Lanyon A087

 

Peter Lanyon Building, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Treliever Road, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

 Office hours:

Week commencing 3rd December:

Monday 1-2 pm and Friday 10-11 am

Overview

My work focuses on environmental biogeochemical cycling staged in the context of environmental change. In particular I am interested in nutrient cycling in marine and terrestrial ecosystems. A consistent theme of my research prior to teaching has been the cycling of carbon in organic material and its subsequent release, storage and transport. This work has a strong analytical component supported by field and laboratory studies with modeling components.

Since joining Biosciences in Cornwall I have developed local research programmes that focus on monitoring the health and diversity of Cornwall's marine environment. Specifically I am working with students, Cornwall Wildlife Trust and local harbour authorities to monitor benthic community recruitment in the Fal and Seagrass health along the south coast of Cornwall

Qualifications

MSc in Ecology, PhD in carbon cycling

Research

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Laing CG, Granath G, Belyea LR, Allton KE, Rydin H (2014). Tradeoffs and scaling of functional traits in Sphagnum as drivers of carbon cycling in peatlands. Oikos, 123(7), 817-828. Abstract.
Abbott GD, Swain EY, Muhammad A, Allton KA, Belyea LR, Laing CG, Cowie GR (2013). Effect of water-table fluctuations on the degradation of Sphagnum phenols in surficial peats. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 106, 177-191.
Laing CG, Shreeve TG, Pearce DME (2010). The fine scale variability of dissolved methane in surface peat cores. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 42, 1320-1328.
Laing CG, Shreeve TG, Pearce DME (2008). Methane bubbles in surface peat cores: in situ measurements. Global Change Biology, 14, 1-9.

Publications by year


2014

Laing CG, Granath G, Belyea LR, Allton KE, Rydin H (2014). Tradeoffs and scaling of functional traits in Sphagnum as drivers of carbon cycling in peatlands. Oikos, 123(7), 817-828. Abstract.

2013

Abbott GD, Swain EY, Muhammad A, Allton KA, Belyea LR, Laing CG, Cowie GR (2013). Effect of water-table fluctuations on the degradation of Sphagnum phenols in surficial peats. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 106, 177-191.

2010

Laing CG, Shreeve TG, Pearce DME (2010). The fine scale variability of dissolved methane in surface peat cores. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 42, 1320-1328.

2008

Laing CG, Shreeve TG, Pearce DME (2008). Methane bubbles in surface peat cores: in situ measurements. Global Change Biology, 14, 1-9.

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Teaching

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and member of the education committee for CLES. Click here to see my profile on the education strategy webpage of the University as an example of multidisciplinary teaching within the ASPIRE framework.

I predominantly teach on the BSc and MSci Marine Biology degree overseeing the boatwork that is integral to this. I work with Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) on a collaborative teaching project for the Marine Biology degree with the aim of bringing the latest marine research into our teaching programme.   

I'm passionate about giving students access to relevant, meaningful data that links our research to teaching. To this end I am heavily involved with field technique and data analysis elements across the Biosciences degrees. Long-term environmental monitoring programs I have set up in Kenya and Falmouth as part of this initiative and my work with local stakeholders like CWT will deliver high quality student data sets year-on-year.

Teaching Resources

I am part of the team responsible for the delivery of statistics using our new R server 'Rstudio' in CLES. In using this we are changing how statistics are taught in class and opening new themes of science for our students built on coding. See below links to my YouTube help videos on using Rstudio or contact me for further information:

Importing data into Rstudio (link)

Getting started in Rstudio (link)

Exporting code and plots from Rstudio (link)

Modules

2018/19


Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers

  • David Walker

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