Prof Rob MacKenzie
Rob MacKenzie is Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Birmingham, with expertise in computer simulation of air quality at urban and regional scales, and the effects of vegetation on atmospheric composition. Lately much of this air quality work has been focused on communicating evidence-based interventions to the public and urban practitioners.
Since November 2013, Rob has been the inaugural Director of the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research. BIFoR hosts the only northern temperate forest Free-Air Carbon dioxide Enrichment (FACE) facility, investigating decadal (2017-2026) effects of elevated (+150 ppmv) CO2 on mature oak woodland. Rob is Principal Investigator of the £3.7M QUINTUS project (2019-2024), funded by NERC to investigate quinquennial (half-decadal) carbon and nutrient dynamics in temperate forests. He leads the £1M Forest Edge Doctoral Scholarship Programme funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2017-2024).
Rob was a member of NERC’s Pool of Chairs (2010-2013), Strategic Programmes Advisory Group (2015-2019), and Joint Capital Advisory Group (2017-2019). He is now a member of the NERC Advisory Network, a member of the Forestry Commission’s West Midlands Forests and Woodlands Advisory Committee (2016—), and a member of HEFCE REF 2021 subpanel 7 (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) in the assessment phase (2020-2021).