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Professor Gabriel Yvon-Durocher

Professor Gabriel Yvon-Durocher

Chair in Ecology

 01326 251481

 Environment and Sustainability Institute 1.06

 

Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

Research in my group explores the effects of environmental change on the structure and functioning of ecosystems (which comprise groups of species, their interactions with one another and with the physical and chemical environment in which they exist). We use a combination of laboratory experiments, field surveys and analyses of large ecological datasets to explore the mechanisms that control the cycling of elements through the Earth-system. Our work spans multiple levels of biological organisation, from sub-cellular biochemistry to the dynamics of ecosystems, and searches for similarities across aquatic and terrestrial systems. The ultimate goal of our work is to develop a predictive 'tool box' to forecast how ecosystems will change in a world increasingly dominated by humans.

I am a member of the Environment and Sustainability Institute and of the Biosciences department in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Qualifications

2010 PhD Ecology (Queen Mary, University of London) 
2006 
BSc Ecology (Queen Mary, University of London)

Career

2016 Professor, University of Exeter
2014 Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter
2012 Lecturer, University of Exeter
2010-2012 Research Fellow, Queen Mary, University of London

Research

Research interests

  • Ecosystem fluxes of greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4)
  • Size structure of aquatic and terrestrial communities
  • Evolutionary, biochemical and physiological mechanisms of thermal adaptation

Research projects

  • Ecological and evolutionary constraints on the temperature dependence of the carbon cycle
  • The mechanisms of thermal adaptation in phytoplankton
  • Impacts of pasture management on rates of carbon sequestration in Cornish farms

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Martínez A, Larrañaga A, Miguélez A, Yvon-Durocher G, Pozo J (2016). Land use change affects macroinvertebrate community size spectrum in streams: the case of Pinus radiata plantations. Freshwater Biology, 61(1), 69-79. Abstract.
Padfield D, Yvon-Durocher G, Buckling A, Jennings S, Yvon-Durocher G (2016). Rapid evolution of metabolic traits explains thermal adaptation in phytoplankton. Ecology Letters, 19(2), 133-142. Abstract.  Full text.
Yvon-Durocher G, Allen AP, Cellamare M, Dossena M, Gaston KJ, Leitao M, Montoya JM, Reuman DC, Woodward G, Trimmer M, et al (2015). Five Years of Experimental Warming Increases the Biodiversity and Productivity of Phytoplankton. PLoS Biol, 13(12). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Yvon-Durocher G, Dossena M, Trimmer M, Woodward G, Allen AP (2015). Temperature and the biogeography of algal stoichiometry. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 24(5), 562-570. Abstract.
Reuman DC, Holt RD, Yvon-Durocher G (2014). A metabolic perspective on competition and body size reductions with warming. Journal of Animal Ecology, 83(1), 59-69. Abstract.
Yvon-Durocher G, Allen AP, Bastviken D, Conrad R, Gudasz C, St-Pierre A, Thanh-Duc N, del Giorgio PA (2014). Methane fluxes show consistent temperature dependence across microbial to ecosystem scales. Nature, 507(7493), 488-491. Abstract.  Author URL.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Yvon-Durocher G, Buckling A, Smirnoff N (In Press). Adaptation of phytoplankton to a decade of experimental warming linked to increased photosynthesis. Nature Ecology and Evolution Full text.
Padfield D, Buckling A, Yvon-Durocher G, Lowe C, Warfield R (In Press). Linking phytoplankton community metabolism to the individual size distribution. Ecology Letters Full text.
Yvon-Durocher G (In Press). Long-term warming amplifies shifts in the carbon cycle of experimental ponds. Nature Climate Change Full text.
Yvon-Durocher G, Padfield D, Buckling A, Lowe C, Ffrench-Constant R, Schaum E (In Press). Metabolic compensation constrains the temperature dependence of gross primary production. Ecology Letters Full text.
García-Carreras B, Sal S, Padfield D, Kontopoulos D-G, Bestion E, Schaum C-E, Yvon-Durocher G, Pawar S (In Press). Role of carbon allocation efficiency in the temperature dependence of autotroph growth rates. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 115(31), E7361-E7368. Abstract.  Author URL.
Schaum CE, Student Research Team, Ffrench-Constant R, Lowe C, Ólafsson JS, Padfield D, Yvon-Durocher G (In Press). Temperature-driven selection on metabolic traits increases the strength of an algal-grazer interaction in naturally warmed streams. Glob Chang Biol, 24(4), 1793-1803. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
García FC, Bestion E, Warfield R, Yvon-Durocher G (2018). Changes in temperature alter the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A Abstract.  Author URL.
Schaum E, Buckling A, Studholme D, Smirnoff N, Yvon-Durocher G (2018). Environmental fluctuations accelerate molecular evolution of thermal tolerance in a marine diatom. Nature Communications Full text.
Schaum C-E, Buckling A, Smirnoff N, Studholme DJ, Yvon-Durocher G (2018). Environmental fluctuations accelerate molecular evolution of thermal tolerance in a marine diatom (vol 9, 1719, 2018). NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 9 Author URL.
Bestion E, García-Carreras B, Schaum CE, Pawar S, Yvon-Durocher G (2018). Metabolic traits predict the effects of warming on phytoplankton competition. Ecology Letters Abstract.  Full text.
Exposito-Rodriguez M, Laissue PP, Yvon-Durocher G, Smirnoff N, Mullineaux PM (2017). Photosynthesis-dependent H2O2 transfer from chloroplasts to nuclei provides a high-light signalling mechanism. Nature Communications, 8(1). Full text.
Yvon-Durocher G, Schaum C-E, Trimmer M (2017). The Temperature Dependence of Phytoplankton Stoichiometry: Investigating the Roles of Species Sorting and Local Adaptation. FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY, 8 Author URL.  Full text.
Martínez A, Larrañaga A, Miguélez A, Yvon-Durocher G, Pozo J (2016). Land use change affects macroinvertebrate community size spectrum in streams: the case of Pinus radiata plantations. Freshwater Biology, 61(1), 69-79. Abstract.
Padfield D, Yvon-Durocher G, Buckling A, Jennings S, Yvon-Durocher G (2016). Rapid evolution of metabolic traits explains thermal adaptation in phytoplankton. Ecology Letters, 19(2), 133-142. Abstract.  Full text.
Padfield D, Yvon-Durocher G, Buckling A, Jennings S, Yvon-Durocher G (2016). Rapid evolution of metabolic traits explains thermal adaptation in phytoplankton. Ecol Lett, 19(2), 133-142. Abstract.  Author URL.
Yvon-Durocher G, Allen AP, Cellamare M, Dossena M, Gaston KJ, Leitao M, Montoya JM, Reuman DC, Woodward G, Trimmer M, et al (2015). Five Years of Experimental Warming Increases the Biodiversity and Productivity of Phytoplankton. PLoS Biol, 13(12). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Martínez A, Larrañaga A, Miguélez A, Yvon-Durocher G, Pozo J (2015). Land use change affects macroinvertebrate community size spectrum in streams: the case of Pinus radiata plantations. Freshwater Biology Abstract.
Yvon-Durocher G, Dossena M, Trimmer M, Woodward G, Allen AP (2015). Temperature and the biogeography of algal stoichiometry. Global Ecology and Biogeography Abstract.
Yvon-Durocher G, Dossena M, Trimmer M, Woodward G, Allen AP (2015). Temperature and the biogeography of algal stoichiometry. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 24(5), 562-570. Abstract.
Reuman DC, Holt RD, Yvon-Durocher G (2014). A metabolic perspective on competition and body size reductions with warming. Journal of Animal Ecology, 83(1), 59-69. Abstract.
Yvon-Durocher G, Allen AP, Bastviken D, Conrad R, Gudasz C, St-Pierre A, Thanh-Duc N, del Giorgio PA (2014). Methane fluxes show consistent temperature dependence across microbial to ecosystem scales. Nature, 507(7493), 488-491. Abstract.  Author URL.
Perkins DM, Yvon-Durocher G, Demars BOL, Reiss J, Pichler DE, Friberg N, Trimmer M, Woodward G (2012). Consistent temperature dependence of respiration across ecosystems contrasting in thermal history. Global Change Biology, 18(4), 1300-1311. Abstract.
Yvon-Durocher G, Allen AP (2012). Linking community size structure and ecosystem functioning using metabolic theory. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 367(1605), 2998-3007. Abstract.  Author URL.
Yvon-Durocher G, Caffrey JM, Cescatti A, Dossena M, Giorgio PD, Gasol JM, Montoya JM, Pumpanen J, Staehr PA, Trimmer M, et al (2012). Reconciling the temperature dependence of respiration across timescales and ecosystem types. Nature, 487(7408), 472-476. Abstract.
Yvon-Durocher G, Caffrey JM, Cescatti A, Dossena M, del Giorgio P, Gasol JM, Montoya JM, Pumpanen J, Staehr PA, Trimmer M, et al (2012). Reconciling the temperature dependence of respiration across timescales and ecosystem types. Nature, 487(7408), 472-476. Abstract.  Author URL.
Trimmer M, Grey J, Heppell CM, Hildrew AG, Lansdown K, Stahl H, Yvon-Durocher G (2012). River bed carbon and nitrogen cycling: State of play and some new directions. Science of the Total Environment, 434, 143-158. Abstract.
Trimmer M, Grey J, Heppell CM, Hildrew AG, Lansdown K, Stahl H, Yvon-Durocher G (2012). River bed carbon and nitrogen cycling: state of play and some new directions. Sci Total Environ, 434, 143-158. Abstract.  Author URL.
Dossena M, Yvon-Durocher G, Grey J, Montoya JM, Perkins DM, Trimmer M, Woodward G (2012). Warming alters community size structure and ecosystem functioning. Proc Biol Sci, 279(1740), 3011-3019. Abstract.  Author URL.
Yvon-Durocher G, Reiss J, Blanchard J, Ebenman B, Perkins DM, Reuman DC, Thierry A, Woodward G, Petchey OL (2011). Across ecosystem comparisons of size structure: Methods, approaches and prospects. Oikos, 120(4), 550-563. Abstract.
(2011). Erratum. Oikos, 120(5), 800-800.
Yvon-Durocher G, Montoya JM, Trimmer M, Woodward G (2011). Warming alters the size spectrum and shifts the distribution of biomass in freshwater ecosystems. Global Change Biology, 17(4), 1681-1694. Abstract.
Yvon-Durocher G, Montoya JM, Woodward G, Jones JI, Trimmer M (2011). Warming increases the proportion of primary production emitted as methane from freshwater mesocosms. Global Change Biology, 17(2), 1225-1234. Abstract.
Woodward G, Benstead JP, Beveridge OS, Blanchard J, Brey T, Brown LE, Cross WF, Friberg N, Ings TC, Jacob U, et al (2010). Ecological Networks in a Changing Climate. Advances in Ecological Research, 42(C), 71-138. Abstract.
Perkins DM, Reiss J, Yvon-Durocher G, Woodward G (2010). Global change and food webs in running waters. Hydrobiologia, 657(1), 181-198. Abstract.
Yvon-Durocher G, Allen AP, Montoya JM, Trimmer M, Woodward G (2010). The temperature dependence of the carbon cycle in aquatic ecosystems. Advances in Ecological Research, 43(C), 267-313. Abstract.
Yvon-Durocher G, Jones JI, Trimmer M, Woodward G, Montoya JM (2010). Warming alters the metabolic balance of ecosystems. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 365(1549), 2117-2126. Abstract.  Author URL.
Yvon-Durocher G, Montoya JM, Emmerson MC, Woodward G (2008). Macroecological patterns and niche structure in a new marine food web. Central European Journal of Biology, 3(1), 91-103. Abstract.
Montoya JM, Yvon-Durocher G (2007). Ecological networks: information theory meets Darwin's entangled bank. Curr Biol, 17(4), R128-R130. Abstract.  Author URL.

Chapters

Yvon-Durocher G, Allen AP, Montoya JM, Trimmer M, Woodward G (2010). The Temperature Dependence of the Carbon Cycle in Aquatic Ecosystems. In  (Ed) , 267-313.  Author URL.

Publications by year


In Press

Yvon-Durocher G, Buckling A, Smirnoff N (In Press). Adaptation of phytoplankton to a decade of experimental warming linked to increased photosynthesis. Nature Ecology and Evolution Full text.
Padfield D, Buckling A, Yvon-Durocher G, Lowe C, Warfield R (In Press). Linking phytoplankton community metabolism to the individual size distribution. Ecology Letters Full text.
Yvon-Durocher G (In Press). Long-term warming amplifies shifts in the carbon cycle of experimental ponds. Nature Climate Change Full text.
Yvon-Durocher G, Padfield D, Buckling A, Lowe C, Ffrench-Constant R, Schaum E (In Press). Metabolic compensation constrains the temperature dependence of gross primary production. Ecology Letters Full text.
García-Carreras B, Sal S, Padfield D, Kontopoulos D-G, Bestion E, Schaum C-E, Yvon-Durocher G, Pawar S (In Press). Role of carbon allocation efficiency in the temperature dependence of autotroph growth rates. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 115(31), E7361-E7368. Abstract.  Author URL.
Schaum CE, Student Research Team, Ffrench-Constant R, Lowe C, Ólafsson JS, Padfield D, Yvon-Durocher G (In Press). Temperature-driven selection on metabolic traits increases the strength of an algal-grazer interaction in naturally warmed streams. Glob Chang Biol, 24(4), 1793-1803. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2018

García FC, Bestion E, Warfield R, Yvon-Durocher G (2018). Changes in temperature alter the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A Abstract.  Author URL.
Schaum E, Buckling A, Studholme D, Smirnoff N, Yvon-Durocher G (2018). Environmental fluctuations accelerate molecular evolution of thermal tolerance in a marine diatom. Nature Communications Full text.
Schaum C-E, Buckling A, Smirnoff N, Studholme DJ, Yvon-Durocher G (2018). Environmental fluctuations accelerate molecular evolution of thermal tolerance in a marine diatom (vol 9, 1719, 2018). NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 9 Author URL.
Bestion E, García-Carreras B, Schaum CE, Pawar S, Yvon-Durocher G (2018). Metabolic traits predict the effects of warming on phytoplankton competition. Ecology Letters Abstract.  Full text.

2017

Exposito-Rodriguez M, Laissue PP, Yvon-Durocher G, Smirnoff N, Mullineaux PM (2017). Photosynthesis-dependent H2O2 transfer from chloroplasts to nuclei provides a high-light signalling mechanism. Nature Communications, 8(1). Full text.
Yvon-Durocher G, Schaum C-E, Trimmer M (2017). The Temperature Dependence of Phytoplankton Stoichiometry: Investigating the Roles of Species Sorting and Local Adaptation. FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY, 8 Author URL.  Full text.

2016

Martínez A, Larrañaga A, Miguélez A, Yvon-Durocher G, Pozo J (2016). Land use change affects macroinvertebrate community size spectrum in streams: the case of Pinus radiata plantations. Freshwater Biology, 61(1), 69-79. Abstract.
Padfield D, Yvon-Durocher G, Buckling A, Jennings S, Yvon-Durocher G (2016). Rapid evolution of metabolic traits explains thermal adaptation in phytoplankton. Ecology Letters, 19(2), 133-142. Abstract.  Full text.
Padfield D, Yvon-Durocher G, Buckling A, Jennings S, Yvon-Durocher G (2016). Rapid evolution of metabolic traits explains thermal adaptation in phytoplankton. Ecol Lett, 19(2), 133-142. Abstract.  Author URL.

2015

Yvon-Durocher G, Allen AP, Cellamare M, Dossena M, Gaston KJ, Leitao M, Montoya JM, Reuman DC, Woodward G, Trimmer M, et al (2015). Five Years of Experimental Warming Increases the Biodiversity and Productivity of Phytoplankton. PLoS Biol, 13(12). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Martínez A, Larrañaga A, Miguélez A, Yvon-Durocher G, Pozo J (2015). Land use change affects macroinvertebrate community size spectrum in streams: the case of Pinus radiata plantations. Freshwater Biology Abstract.
Yvon-Durocher G, Dossena M, Trimmer M, Woodward G, Allen AP (2015). Temperature and the biogeography of algal stoichiometry. Global Ecology and Biogeography Abstract.
Yvon-Durocher G, Dossena M, Trimmer M, Woodward G, Allen AP (2015). Temperature and the biogeography of algal stoichiometry. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 24(5), 562-570. Abstract.

2014

Reuman DC, Holt RD, Yvon-Durocher G (2014). A metabolic perspective on competition and body size reductions with warming. Journal of Animal Ecology, 83(1), 59-69. Abstract.
Yvon-Durocher G, Allen AP, Bastviken D, Conrad R, Gudasz C, St-Pierre A, Thanh-Duc N, del Giorgio PA (2014). Methane fluxes show consistent temperature dependence across microbial to ecosystem scales. Nature, 507(7493), 488-491. Abstract.  Author URL.

2012

Perkins DM, Yvon-Durocher G, Demars BOL, Reiss J, Pichler DE, Friberg N, Trimmer M, Woodward G (2012). Consistent temperature dependence of respiration across ecosystems contrasting in thermal history. Global Change Biology, 18(4), 1300-1311. Abstract.
Yvon-Durocher G, Allen AP (2012). Linking community size structure and ecosystem functioning using metabolic theory. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 367(1605), 2998-3007. Abstract.  Author URL.
Yvon-Durocher G, Caffrey JM, Cescatti A, Dossena M, Giorgio PD, Gasol JM, Montoya JM, Pumpanen J, Staehr PA, Trimmer M, et al (2012). Reconciling the temperature dependence of respiration across timescales and ecosystem types. Nature, 487(7408), 472-476. Abstract.
Yvon-Durocher G, Caffrey JM, Cescatti A, Dossena M, del Giorgio P, Gasol JM, Montoya JM, Pumpanen J, Staehr PA, Trimmer M, et al (2012). Reconciling the temperature dependence of respiration across timescales and ecosystem types. Nature, 487(7408), 472-476. Abstract.  Author URL.
Trimmer M, Grey J, Heppell CM, Hildrew AG, Lansdown K, Stahl H, Yvon-Durocher G (2012). River bed carbon and nitrogen cycling: State of play and some new directions. Science of the Total Environment, 434, 143-158. Abstract.
Trimmer M, Grey J, Heppell CM, Hildrew AG, Lansdown K, Stahl H, Yvon-Durocher G (2012). River bed carbon and nitrogen cycling: state of play and some new directions. Sci Total Environ, 434, 143-158. Abstract.  Author URL.
Dossena M, Yvon-Durocher G, Grey J, Montoya JM, Perkins DM, Trimmer M, Woodward G (2012). Warming alters community size structure and ecosystem functioning. Proc Biol Sci, 279(1740), 3011-3019. Abstract.  Author URL.

2011

Yvon-Durocher G, Reiss J, Blanchard J, Ebenman B, Perkins DM, Reuman DC, Thierry A, Woodward G, Petchey OL (2011). Across ecosystem comparisons of size structure: Methods, approaches and prospects. Oikos, 120(4), 550-563. Abstract.
(2011). Erratum. Oikos, 120(5), 800-800.
Yvon-Durocher G, Montoya JM, Trimmer M, Woodward G (2011). Warming alters the size spectrum and shifts the distribution of biomass in freshwater ecosystems. Global Change Biology, 17(4), 1681-1694. Abstract.
Yvon-Durocher G, Montoya JM, Woodward G, Jones JI, Trimmer M (2011). Warming increases the proportion of primary production emitted as methane from freshwater mesocosms. Global Change Biology, 17(2), 1225-1234. Abstract.

2010

Woodward G, Benstead JP, Beveridge OS, Blanchard J, Brey T, Brown LE, Cross WF, Friberg N, Ings TC, Jacob U, et al (2010). Ecological Networks in a Changing Climate. Advances in Ecological Research, 42(C), 71-138. Abstract.
Perkins DM, Reiss J, Yvon-Durocher G, Woodward G (2010). Global change and food webs in running waters. Hydrobiologia, 657(1), 181-198. Abstract.
Yvon-Durocher G, Allen AP, Montoya JM, Trimmer M, Woodward G (2010). The Temperature Dependence of the Carbon Cycle in Aquatic Ecosystems. In  (Ed) , 267-313.  Author URL.
Yvon-Durocher G, Allen AP, Montoya JM, Trimmer M, Woodward G (2010). The temperature dependence of the carbon cycle in aquatic ecosystems. Advances in Ecological Research, 43(C), 267-313. Abstract.
Yvon-Durocher G, Jones JI, Trimmer M, Woodward G, Montoya JM (2010). Warming alters the metabolic balance of ecosystems. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 365(1549), 2117-2126. Abstract.  Author URL.

2008

Yvon-Durocher G, Montoya JM, Emmerson MC, Woodward G (2008). Macroecological patterns and niche structure in a new marine food web. Central European Journal of Biology, 3(1), 91-103. Abstract.

2007

Montoya JM, Yvon-Durocher G (2007). Ecological networks: information theory meets Darwin's entangled bank. Curr Biol, 17(4), R128-R130. Abstract.  Author URL.

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