Interested in conservation and the natural world since an early age, Dominick Spracklen was awarded Young Ornithologist of the Year, not once, but twice (in 1987 and 1989).
He was appointed Professor of Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions in ICAS at the University of Leeds in May 2016, and is also a National Environment Research Council (NERC) Advanced Research Fellow. His research aims to understand interactions between the natural world and climate. In particular, he is interested in the impacts of climate change on forests and the role forests have in modifying climate. In recent work published in the journal Nature, he used satellite observations to demonstrate that forests have a strong control on tropical rainfall and predicted that deforestation of the Amazon could lead to 20% reductions in regional rainfall.