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Dr. Gareth Rees

Dr. Gareth Rees

Senior Lecturer

Scott Polar Research Institute
Lensfield Rd.

Cambridge CB2 1ER


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.

Research Interests

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.

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.

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