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Mark Cooper

  • Assistent Scientist: Life Project Anglesey Fens
  • Self Employment
  • 2PublicationsNumber of items in Mark's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 4Followers


I am currently writing up my PhD findings. My research is focused characterising the variation in the exchange of greenhouse fluxes within a small (1 km2) blanket peatland catchment in North Wales, UK, through a combination of 1) eddy covariance CO2 and CH4 measurement; 2) monthly static chamber gas flux measurements on a transect which intersects five distinct vegetation communities representative of the wider landscape 3) continuous meteorological and water table measurements; and 4) detailed catchment-scale soil and vegetation mapping to support upscaling. Upscaled static chamber greenhouse gas flux measurements are being compared to concurrent eddy covariance measurements. Finally, the effect of peatland degradation and restoration was assessed via a parallel set of water table and static chamber transect measurements across intact and recently in-filled drainage ditches. My results so far demonstrate that certain peatland restoration practices may actually increase methane flux within two years of restoration. Results in my PhD suggest that raising the water table can have a profound effect on peatland ecosystems. In upland blanket bog, areas of perturbed rewetted peat have become rapidly colonised by Eriophorium vaginatum. Static gas chamber measurements suggest that these areas have become substantial methane emitters. Upscaling exercises suggest that these areas can be responsible for around 40% of the landscape methane fluxes despite occupying less than 2% of the actual landscape. It is unknown whether this is a transient or long term phenomenon.

Recent publications

  • Methane emissions from soils: synthesis and analysis of a large UK data set

    • Levy P
    • Burden A
    • Cooper M
    • et al.
  • Quantification of uncertainty in trace gas fluxes measured by the static chamber method

    • Levy P
    • Gray A
    • Leeson S
    • et al.

Professional experience

Assistent Scientist: Life Project Anglesey Fens

Self Employment

October 2011 - Present

PhD Research Student

Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

October 2008 - Present


PhD Peatland Biogeochemical Cycling

Bangor University

October 2008 - February 2012(3 years)

BSc Ecology Hons

University of Wales, Bangor

September 2004 - June 2008(4 years)

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