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Myroslava Khomik

Staff picture: Myroslava Khomik
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Greenhouse Gas and Terrestrial Dynamics Researcher
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Welcome! I am a biogeochemist with experience in terrestrial carbon cycling. In my work, I use chamber and eddy covariance based methods to measure various components of ecosystem carbon emissions and relate these to different environmental drivers using empirical modelling and statistics. I work closely with ecosystem modellers, providing them empirical data for model development and validation, and in turn use their feedback to inform new experiments. I also work with colleagues who are experts in remote sensing, to find ways to improve our ability to estimate carbon emissions from remotely sensed data. Finally, as an employee of the James Hutton Institute, I have the privilege to work with other colleagues on projects that apply our basic research to help society be better stewards of our natural resources.

Current research interests

I am open to research collaborations, so please contact me if you have relevant project ideas. My research interests include improving our understanding of the impacts of land management practices (such as afforestation, clearfelling, continuous cover forestry, agroforestry) and extreme weather events (drought and heatwaves) on soil and ecosystem GHG emissions. I am also interested in improving our understanding of various drivers of soil carbon emissions and in using that knowledge to improve process-based models of carbon turnover and remote-sensing-based models of carbon emissions. I have worked in boreal, temperate and oceanic climate zones.

Also please have a look at my current projects listed below and contact me if you are interested in doing complementary measurements at our field research sites; would like to do a comparison study with your own research site; or would like to use our site data for model validation/development.


Current research projects 

1.      RESAS: Scottish Government’s REFAStrategic Research Program, Theme 1: Natural Assets, Work Package 1.1: Soils, Research Deliverable 1.1.3: Soil and GHG emissions.  Project duration: 2016-2021


Description of work: Together with our colleagues at University of Highlands and Island – Environmental Research Institute (Roxane Andersen), Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (Neil Cowie, Mark Hancock and Daniela Klein (RSPB-Forsinard), University of Exeter (Tim Hill), Centre for Ecology and Hydrology – Edinburgh (Peter Levy), we have established four eddy covariance flux towers on the RSPB-Forsinard reserve in northern Scotland, where forest-to-bog restoration is taking place. The four towers are an age-sequence since restoration (forested site, a site felled in 1998, a site felled in 2004 and a near natural site that was never forested). Using space for time, we hope to quantify the changes in carbon, water and energy fluxes throughout the restoration process.


Additional links:

Forestry Commission Scotland


Scottish Natural Heritage

IUCN-UK Peatland Programme

Flows to the Future

Check out this nice new video describing some of the methods we use - EDDY COVARIANCE METHOD - by Williams, C., Jones, M. A., Durden, D., Luo, H., and Metzger, S. (2017, April 11) Eddy covariance: Measuring an ecosystem’s breath [Video file]. Courtesy: Battelle - National Ecological Observatory Network [accessed May 3, 2017].

2.      CxC Adaptation Programme Issues Paper on Natural Resources (Nov 2016 – March 2017). COMPLETED. Paper published. More info about project can be found here.   More info about CxC.

3.      DEFRA Projecton validating Remote Sensing Product with flux tower data (To start April 2017, details to  come)



1.      McMaster Hydrometeorology & Climatology Group: Turkey Point Flux Station, Ontario, Canada – Continuous Cover Forestry plots (2014 – ongoing)




Valeria Mazzolla (Sept 2016 – present): University of Aberdeen student.

Co-supervised by: Jo Smith (U Aberdeen); Mike Perksand Georgios Xenakis(Forest Research); Jagadeesh Yeluripati (Hutton)

Working topic: Use of novel technology to measure soil CO2 fluxes over blanket bogs undergoing forest-to-bog restoration; quantifying the edge-effect on soil fluxes in forest-peatland transition zones.


Kirsten Lees (April 2016 – present): University of Reading student.

Co-supervised by: Joanna Clark(U Reading); Tristan Quaife(U Reading); Rebekka Artz(Hutton)

Working topic: Application of remote-sensing to quantify carbon emissions of restored blanket bogs.


  • Lees, K.J.; Quaife, T.; Artz, R.R.E.; Khomik, M.; Clark, J., (2018) Potential for using remote sensing to estimate carbon fluxes across Northern peatlands., Science of the Total Environment, 615, 857-874.
  • Chan, F.C.C.; Arain, M.A.; Khomik, M.; Brodeur, J.J.; Peichl, M.; Restrepo-Coupe, N.; Thorne, R.; Beamesderfer, E.; McKenzie, S.; Xu, B.; Croft, H.; Pejam, M.; Trant, J.; Kula, M.; Skubel, R., (2018) Carbon, water and energy exchange dynamics of a young pine plantation forest during the initial fourteen years of growth., Forest Ecology and Management, 410, 12-26.
  • Hewison, R.L.; Riach, R.L.; Nolan, A.J.; Beesley, L.; Donnelly, D.; Khomik, M., (2018) Soil Survey Digital Map Data and Technical Reports, Scale 1:10,000, Volume 104 - Loch Ard Forest Corrie Block, Cowal & Trossachs Forest District (2017)., Digital soils data uploaded into 'Forester' and Technical Report to Forestry Commission.
  • Williamson, J.; Morton, D.; Artz, R.R.E.; Burden, A.; Rowland, C.; Tornero, L.; O’Neill, A.; Poggio, L.; Khomik, M.; Donnelly, D.; Evans, C.D., (2018) The role of earth observation in an integrated framework for assessing peatland habitat condition and its impact on greenhouse gas accounting., Final Report to Defra, Project number MI07.
  • Skubel, R.A.; Khomik, M.; Brodeur, J.J.; Thorne, R.; Arain, M.A., (2017) Short-term selective thinning effects on hydraulic functionality of a temperate pine forest in eastern Canada., Ecohydrology, 10, Article No. e1780.
  • Khomik, M.; Perks, M.; Bathgate, S.; Chapman, S.J.; Yeluripati, J.; Morison, J., (2017) Agroforestry in Scotland: potential benefits., Report for CXC (ClimateXChange).
  • Beesley, L.; Henderson, D.J.; Nolan, A.J.; Donnelly, D.; Khomik, M., (2017) Soil survey digital map data and reports, scale 1:10,000, volume 78 - Torrachilty 2016 block, North Highland Forest District (2017)., Digital data uploaded into 'Forester' and Technical Report to Forestry Commission.
  • Nolan, A.J.; Donnelly, D.; Khomik, M., (2017) Soil survey digital map data and reports, scale 1:10,000, volume 66, Longart Garbat Forest - 2016 block, North Highland Forest District (2017)., Digital data uploaded into 'Forester' and Technical Report to Forestry Commission.

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