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Prof. Robert Marchant



Professor of Tropical Ecology
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Rob Marchant is a Professor of Tropical Ecology at the University of York where he leads the York Institute for Tropical Ecosystems ( His research investigates ecosystem dynamics in the moist forests, savannah-woodland spectrums and cropland mosaics across the tropics with a particular focus in Eastern and Southern Africa. Through applying a range of techniques, he aims to better understand the spatial and temporal dynamics of tropical ecosystems, their societal value and challenges to their conservation. As much of his research is focused in East Africa, he has developed close collaborations with the numerous University, NGO, UN and Governmental institutions that have resulted and in several joint projects, publications and continued professional and organisational development. He is a member of the Scientific Leadership Council (SLC) for the Mountain Research Initiative; a multidisciplinary scientific organization that addresses global change issues in mountain regions around the world. He sits on the World University Network (WUN) ‘Global Africa Group’ that combines expertise from across the WUN to enhance opportunity, build collaborations, innovations and impact to support Africa’s development agenda. More widely he has contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) assessments from the African continent. Within the Development Corridor partnership he is leading the scenario work to assess the impact of Development corridors on ecosystems, people and livelihoods.
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University of York (Ecuador, Quito)




KITE projects (KITE)

Start Date
Sept. 1, 2005
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PI / Co-PI
Mainly East West and southern Africa but also projects in Thailand, Chile, Ecuador and Colombia

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Hi Gabrielle, Great to see the work on the database - an enormous job! I tried to update my reference list and save and move to make this public. Unfortunately when I tried to save it was not possible with the following message 'Not found The requested page cannot be found, please check its location and try again.' Any help on how to get through these or update my very much out of date profile please let me know - these are the publications I put up there at the most relevant recent ones.... Capitani C., K. Mukama, B. Mbilinyi, P. Munishi, N. Burgess, P.J. Platts, S. Sallu, and R. Marchant. (2019). Scenarios of Land Use and Land Cover Change and Their Multiple Impacts on Natural Capital in Tanzania. Environmental Conservation, 46(1), 17-24. doi:10.1017/S0376892918000255 Capitani C., K. Mukama, B. Mbilinyi, P. Munishi, N. Burgess, P.J. Platts, S. Sallu, and R. Marchant. (2019). Views from two mountains: exploring climate change impacts on traditional farming communities of Eastern Africa highlands through participatory scenarios. Sustainability Science 14: 191. Sietse OLF, Street-Perrott A, Loader NJ, Froyd CA, Cuní-Sanchez A, Marchant R A, (2019) Sensitivity of a tropical montane cloud forest to climate change, present, past and future: Mt. Marsabit, N. Kenya. Quaternary Science Reviews. Kariuki, RW, Munishi L, Courtney Mustaphi CJ, Capitani C, Shoemaker A, Lane P, Marchant R, (2021) Integrating stakeholders’ perspectives and spatial modelling to develop scenarios of future land use and land cover change in northern Tanzania. PLoS ONE [Open Access] Cuńi-Sanchez A, Marchant R, (2021) African Sky Forests: services, threats and management recommendations. CORDIS research highlights Phelps L, Chevalier M, Shanahan T, Aleman JC, Courtney-Mustaphi C, Kiahtipes CA, Broennimann O, Marchant R.............. (2020) Asymetric response of forest and grassy biomes to climate variability across the African Humid Period: influenced by anthropogenic disturbance? Ecography Thorn J, Klein J, Steger C, Hopping K, Capitani C, Tucker C, Nolin A, Reid R, Seidl R, Chitale V, Marchant R, (In press) A systematic review of participatory scenario planning to envision mountain social-ecological systems futures. Ecology and Society vol25 Nolan C, Overpeck JT,...Marchant R,...Jackson ST, (2018) Past and future global transformation of terrestrial ecosystems under climate change. Science 361(6405): 920-923. Shipton C, Roberts P, Archer W, Armitage SJ, Bita C, Blinkhorn J, Courtney-Mustaphi CJ, Crowther A, Curtis R, d'Enrico F, Douka K, Faulkner P, Groucutt HS, Helm R, Herries AIR, Jembe S, Kourampas N, Lee-Thorp J, Marchant R, Mercader J, Marti AP, Prendergast ME, Rowson B, Tengeza A, Tibesasa R, White TS, Petraglia MD, Boivin N, (2018) 78,000-year-old record of Middle and Later stone age innovation in an East African tropical forest. Nature Communications, 9 10.1038/s41467-018-04057-3 Marchant R, Richer S, Boles O, Capitani C, Courtney-Mustaphi CJ, Lane P, Prendergast ME, Stump D, de Cort G, Kaplan JO, Phelps L, Kay A, Olago D, Petek N, Platts P, Punwong P, Widgren M, Wynne-Jones S, Ferro-Vázquez C, Benard J, Boivin N, Crowther A, Cuní-Sanchez A, Deere NJ, Ekblom A, Farmer J, Finch J, Fuller D, Gaillard-Lemdahl M-J, Gillson L, Githumbi E, Kabora T, Kariuki R, Kinyanjui R, Kyazike E, Lang C, Leiju J, Morrison KD, Muiruri V, Mumbi C, Muthoni R, Muzuka A, Ndiema E, Nzabandora CK, Onjala I, Pas Schrijver A, Rucina S, Shoemaker A, Thornton-Barnett S, van der Plas G, Watson EE, Williamson D, Wright, D (2018). Drivers and trajectories of land cover change in East Africa: Human and environmental interactions from 6000 years ago to present. Earth-Science Reviews, 178: 322-378. Marchant, R.A. and Hooghiemstra, H. 2004. Rapid environmental change in tropical Africa and Latin America about 4000 years before present: a review. Earth Science Reviews 66, 217-260.