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Matthew William Jones

NERC Independent Research Fellow in Physical Geography, University of East Anglia

Matt is an expert on the global carbon cycle and in particular the role of landscape fires and fossil fuel combustion in this cycle. His research focuses on the global and regional trends in wildfire and deforestation fire activity seen in satellite observations and models and the implications of these trends for carbon storage on land.

Matt contributes to the Global Carbon Project (GCP). Each year, the GCP evaluates the global carbon budget by accounting for emissions of CO2 from fossil sources, deforestation and other land use changes, the uptake of CO2 by the land and oceans, and the CO2 that remains in the atmosphere.

Matt completed his PhD in Physical Geography at the University of Exeter, where his thesis evaluated the impacts of fire on the quantity and quality of carbon flowing through rivers. He went on to research the legacy effects of fire on the land carbon cycle at Swansea University.

In 2019, Matt joined UEA's Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. His work at UEA focuses on the global and regional impact of climate change on wildfires, their emissions and their legacy effects on land carbon storage. He also contributes to the Global Carbon Project, which is an international effort to account for all major emissions and sinks of carbon on an annual basis.


  • 2022–present
    NERC Independent Research Fellow, University of East Anglia
  • 2021–2022
    Research Fellow, University of East Anglia
  • 2019–2021
    Senior Research Associate, University of East Anglia
  • 2017–2019
    Research officer, Swansea University


  • 2019 
    University of Exeter, PhD / Physical Geography

Professional Memberships

  • Global Carbon Project