Dr Ken Byrne is a Senior Lecturer in Agriculture in the Department of Biological Sciences. His background is in forestry and soil science with an over-arching interest in sustainable land use. His primary research focus is the terrestrial carbon cycle. This work covers a range of land uses and soil types and with particular focus in forest and peatland ecosystems. This work is grounded in field scale studies involving soil sampling and the investigation of below ground carbon allocation as well as the use of chamber and tower systems to measure plot and ecosystem scale greenhouse gas exchange. Other research interests include carbon storage in grassland soils, carbon sequestration in harvested wood products and the development of models to assess the carbon mitigation potential of forestry across the full production cycle.
He also contributes to international assessments such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the International Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).