James Ball

James Ball
Forest Ecology and Conservation Group
Department of Plant Sciences

James is a PhD student in the Forest Ecology and Conservation group, Cambridge. He is using high frequency repeat UAV lidar scanning and satellite remote sensing to better understand the phenology of tropical forests and their response to future climate change. He hopes to assess subtle seasonal changes to leaf area/density down to the level of individual trees, and thereby decipher enigmatic rainforest phenomena such as the dry season green-up of the Amazon. He also works on applying deep learning approaches to better understand and predict threats to tropical forests, supporting the work of international rainforest conservation and climate change NGO Cool Earth.

Measurements of the complex refractive index of volcanic ash at 450, 546.7, and 650 nm

James at the tower during his field trip to Guyana