Climate change research wins 'outstanding contribution' award

Professor Pete Smith from the University of Aberdeen's Institute of Biological & Environmental Sciences has been honoured for outstanding contribution to climate change research.

Professor Smith will pick up the 2014 British Ecological Society Marsh Award for Climate Change Research which is provided by the Marsh Christian Trust and administered by the British Ecological Society. 

The Award is open to ecologists from all over the world and the winner receives an honorarium of £1,000. Previous awardees have included Professor John Grace (2009), Professor Ian Woodward (2010), Professor Chris Thomas (2011), Professor Stephen Long (2012) and Professor Johan Rockström (2013).

Professor Smith receives this award for his contributions to climate change research in the fields of terrestrial greenhouse gas emissions and land management to adapt to, and to mitigate, climate change, which have resulted in over 270 journal publications.

This has earned him the distinction of being identified as a Highly Cited Researcher, by writing the greatest number of Highly Cited Papers—ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication globally, regarded as a measure of exceptional impact.

His work in climate change research has also led to him being selected as coordinating lead author for chapters on agriculture and forestry climate mitigation for the last two Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Reports in 2007 and 2014.

Professor Smith will be presented with the award at a ceremony at the joint British Ecological Society / Société Française d’Ecologie meeting in Lille, France on December 11.