Originally from Italy, I hold a BSc in Biology and MSc in Ecology (Laurea Magistrale) from the Universita’ degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy, and a PhD in Physical Geography from the University of Bristol, UK.
My master’s thesis project in aquatic microbial ecology was carried out at the Water Research Institute-National Research Council in Rome. After a period of traveling in Argentina and South-East Asia, I started my PhD investigating the controls of methane production and consumption in the permafrost active layer at Stordalen, Sweden, using lipid biomarkers and incubation studies. I then worked for a short time at the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations on climate change issues related to the agricultural sector and financing mechanisms.
My postdoctoral research at the University of California, Irvine  focused on the cycling of C between the terrestrial biosphere and the atmosphere using a variety of biogeochemical tools, including analysis of trace gases (CO2, CH4, N2O), their stable C isotopes and radiocarbon content (14C-AMS). During this time my research activities have been concentrated in high latitudes, including Greenland, Svalbard and Alaska.
My current research focuses on green house gases emissions (GHGs) after conversion of tropical peatlands to oil palm plantation and after fire events in Indonesia and Malaysia. To know more details on Max's current research, click on the page menu research button .
Massimo Lupascu, PhD
Assistant Professor
"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."
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