Alexandra Morel

Post Doctoral Researcher

Alex is a post-doctoral researcher on the recently launched ECOLIMITS Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) project. This project will be monitoring and modeling ecosystem service provision of intact forest and cocoa-dominated or coffee-dominated production systems for neighboring communities. The ecosystem services to be monitored are nutrient cycling (e.g. N and P), net primary productivity (NPP), micro-climatology and the pollination and pest control benefits of neighboring biodiversity. She completed her MSc and DPhil through Oxford's Environmental Change Institute as well, with theses on food security, biofuels and the carbon balance of commodity production (e.g. palm oil) in India and Malaysia respectively. During a two year fellowship at Columbia's Earth Institute she coordinated an expert review of the main drivers of global environmental change and worked in Haiti mapping human-environment coupled vulnerability using household surveys and remote sensing analysis. Previous to her most recent project she has worked on the implementation of a REDD+ project in Bale Mountain, Ethiopia and an analysis of cloud frequency and initiations relative to forest cover over Ghana.


Recent Relevant Publications: 

Avitabile, V, Herold, M., Heuvelink, G.B.M., Lewis, S.L., Phillips, O.L., Asner, G.P., Asthon, P., Banin, L.F., Bayol, N., Berry, N., Boeckx, P., de Jong, B., DeVries, B., Girardin, C., Kearsley, E., Lindsell, J.A., Lopez-Gonzalez, G., Lucas, R., Malhi, Y., Morel, A.,  Mitchard, E., Nagy, L., Qie, L., Quinones, M., Ryan, C.M., Slik, F., Sunderland, T., Vaglio Laurin, G., Valentini, R., Verbeeck, H., Wijaya, A., Willcock, S. (2015) An integrated pan-tropical biomass map using multiple reference datasets. Global Change Biology. 10.1111/gcb.13139

Abram, Nicola K., Douglas C. MacMillan, Panteleimon Xofis, Marc Ancrenaz, Joseph Tzanopoulos, Robert Ong, Benoit Goossen, Lian Pin Koh, Christian Del Valle, Lucy Peter, Alexandra C Morel, Isabelle Lackman, Robin Chung, Harjinder Kler, Laurentius Ambu, William Baya, Andrew T. Knight (in review) Identifying where REDD+ financially outcompetes oil palm in floodplain landscapes using a fine-scale approach. PLOS ONE

Levy, M.A. and A.C. Morel (2012) Chapter 1: Drivers in UNEP (2012) Global Environmental Outlook 5 (GEO-5) UN Environment Program,

Morel, A., J. B. Fisher and Y. Malhi (2012) Evaluating the potential to monitor above ground biomass in forest and oil palm in Sabah, Malaysia for 2000-2008 with Landsat ETM+. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 33(11): 3614–3639

Morel, A. and B. Morel (2012) How Could Carbon Credits for Reducing Deforestation Compete with Returns from Palm Oil: A Proposal for a More Flexible REDD Valuation Tool. Journal of Sustainable Forestry. 31(1-2): 11-28

Morel, A, S. S. Saatchi, Y. Malhi, N. J. Berry, L. Banin, D. Burslem, R. Nilus, R. C. Ong (2011) Potential of ALOS PALSAR Data to Estimate Aboveground Biomass of Forest and Oil Palm Plantation in Sabah, Malaysia. Forest Ecology and Management. 262(9): 1786–1798.

Paoli, G. D., P. L. Wells, E Meijaard, M. J. Struebig, A. J. Marshall, K. Obidzinski, A. Tan, A. Rafiastanto, B. Yaap, J.W. Ferry Slik, A. Morel, B. Perumaland N. Wielaard (2010) Biodiversity Conservation in the REDD. Carbon Balance and Management. 5:7. doi:10.1186/1750-0680-5-7

Fitzherbert, E.B, M.J. Streubig, A. Morel, F. Danielsen, C.A. Bruhl, P.F. Donald and B. Phalan (2008) How will oil palm expansion affect biodiversity? Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 23(10): p. 538-45.