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Felix Leung

My broad range of research interests began at Imperial College London where I graduated with BSc (Hons) in Environmental Biology and Ecology in 2011. I am exposed to many different fields of Biology related sciences such as biochemistry, paleobiology, plant biology, cell biology, evolution, microbiology, conservation, genetics, climate change, resource management and applied ecology etc. My undergraduate dissertation research is on the ecological impact of non-native tree species: Testing the Enemy Release Hypothesis on trees found at Silwood Park.

I continued my studies in Imperial College Silwood Park campus graduating in Forest Protection and Conservation MSc. The Masters developed my interests on how climate change and human activities affect species diversity. My Master research cooperate with Forestry Commission on the influence of monocultures tree stands on species diversity, using Carabidaes as bioindicator.

My PhD is to quantify the impacts of present-day and future tropospheric ozone on crop production at the regional scale until 2100, using the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator adapted to include the major global crop types (JULES-crop) developed by Met Office. I will also investigate the indirect effect of tropospheric O3 on terrestrial carbon sink and the whole carbon cycle. Ozone reduces the photosynthesis and productivity of plant and therefore reduce carbon sink. Evaluation is also made with the Soybean Free Air Concentration Enrichment experiments to find out the impact of elevated ozone. The whole project contributes to a more complete understanding of the impacts of climate change (especially tropospheric ozone) on food production.

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