Alexander Cheesman completed his B.A. in Plant Sciences from Cambridge University (Pembroke College) in 2004 before taking a job as a field assistant on Barro Colorado Island, a research site of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama. It was here that he developed an attachment to tropical systems which continues to today. In 2010 he completed a PhD in Soil and Water Science at the University of Florida, USA. Much of the field work for which was carried out in the remote wetlands of Panama with his supervisor, Dr Benjamin Turner. This led to a 2 year post-doctoral research fellowship at STRI with Dr Klaus Winter, a position funded jointly by the Smithsonian Institute Global Earth Observatory (SIGEO) and Center for Tropical Forest Studies (CTFS), now called CTFS-ForestGEO, with the objective of researching the effects of increasing temperature upon tree physiology in the tropics.  From June 2013 he took up a post-doctoral research fellowship at James Cook University (JCU) working with Dr Lucas Cernusak.


  • BZ2008: Adaptation to Environmental Change (Level 2; TSV)
  • BZ2808: Adapting to Environmental Challenges (Level 2; CNS)
  • BZ5008: Adaptation to Environmental Change (Level 5; TSV)
  • BZ5808: Adapting to Environmental Challenges (Level 5; CNS)
  • Tropical plant ecophysiology
  • The impact of temperature on plant functional traits
  • Phosphorus in the soil plant continuum
  • Stable isotopes as recorders of plant physiological processes
  • 2013 to 2016 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2010 to 2013 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Smithsonian Tropical research Institute (Panama)
  • 2006 to 2010 - PhD Soil and Water Science, University of Florida (USA)
  • 2001 to 2004 - BA Plant Science, Cambridge University (UK)
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