Jon Atherton


Description of research and teaching

Current areas of research interest:

  • Remote sensing:
  1. Chlorophyll fluorescence, from leaf to landscape
  2. Field and automated canopy spectroscopy 
  3. Physiological optics (e.g. Photochemical Reflectance Index)
  4. Physically-based modelling techniques
  • Ecophysiology:
  1. Photosynthesis
  2. BVOCs
  • Modern software and hardware in Environmental Science:
  1. Data science and associated languages (Python numerical stack and R)
  2. Affordable instrumentation development (e.g. RPI) 
  3. Promoting up-to-date software practice (e.g. version control)

I am instructing on "Environmental Data Science" which covers some of the practical aspects of working with data in R and Python. We use Jupyter notebooks for course content which you can find on our lab's github:




Latest publications

  1. Nocturnal Light Emitting Diode Induced Fluorescence (LEDIF): A new technique to measure the chlorophyll a fluorescence emission spectral distribution of plant canopies in situ

    Atherton, J., Liu, W. & Porcar-Castell, A., 27 Apr 2019, In : Remote Sensing of Environment.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. Leaf-Level Spectral Fluorescence Measurements: Comparing Methodologies for Broadleaves and Needles

    Rajewicz, P. A., Atherton, J., Alonso, L. & Porcar-Castell, A., 1 Mar 2019, In : Remote Sensing. 11, 5, 20 p., 532.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. UV-screening and springtime recovery of photosynthetic capacity in leaves of Vaccinium vitis-idaea above and below the snow pack.

    Solanki, T., Aphalo, P. J., Neimane, S., Hartikainen, S. M., Pieristè, M., Shapiguzov, A., Porcar Castell, J. A., Atherton, J. M., Heikkilä, A. & Robson, T. M., 4 Sep 2018, In : Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. 134, p. 40-52 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. Birmingham Institute of Forest Research Free-Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (FACE) experiment

    Jon Atherton (Visiting researcher)
    18 Sep 201723 Sep 2017

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

  2. Upscaling the Optical Properties of leaves to model their contribution to canopy light use efficiency and carbon assimilation over vertical and horizontal profiles of spectral irradiance

    T Matthew Robson (Supervisor), Jonathan Mark Atherton (Supervisor), Anu Heikkilä (Supervisor)
    1 Apr 20171 Sep 2021

    Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

  3. Remote Sensing (Journal)

    Jon Atherton (Reviewer)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

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