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Synthetic Biology in Cambridge



My link to Synthetic Biology is through the Colour Institute, which is a Cambridge-based forum in which people can share data and ideas about colour, both as a creative and a scientific idea. With Sophie Weeks and Praveen Teleti, and with support from Synthetic Biology, I am developing a low-cost colour-measuring instrument.


I study the Earth's Polar Regions using satellite imagery, AUVs ('drones') and field-based measurements. I am especially interested in using the concept of colour to make precise deductions about the way plants and animals are distributed over the polar fringes of the Earth.

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

Rees, W.G., Brown, J.A., Fretwell, P.T. and Trathan, P.N. (2017). What colour is penguin guano? Antarctic Science 29 (5), 417-425.

Kasimov, N.S., Golubeva, E.I., Lurie, I.K., Zimin, M.V., Samsonov, T.E., Tutubalina, O.V., Rees, W.G., Mikheeva, A.I., Alyautdinov, A.R. (2015) Библиотека спектральных характеристик географических объектов в структуре Геопортала МГУ. Vestnik Moskovskogo Universiteta. Seriya 5: Geografiya (3-8)

Golubeva, E.I., Plyushkyavichyute, Y.A., Rees, W.G. and Tutubalina, O.V. (2010) Remote Sensing methods for phytomass estimation and mapping of tundra vegetation. Geography Environment Sustainability 3 4-13.

Rees, W.G. (2007). Characterisation of Arctic treelines by LiDAR and multispectral imagery. Polar Record 43 345-352.

Rees, W.G., Tutubalina, O.V. and Golubeva, E.I. (2004). Reflectance spectra of subarctic lichens between 400 and 2400 nm. Remote Sensing of Environment 90 281-292.

Senior Lecturer
Dr. Gareth  Rees

Contact Details

Scott Polar Research Institute
Lensfield Rd.
Email address: 
Not available for consultancy