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Dr Rebecca Varney

Postdoctoral Research Associate




I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate within the Exeter Climate Systems (XCS) research group. I am part of the 4C Project working with Prof Peter Cox and Prof Pierre Friedlingstein on emergent constraints on carbon and biogeochemical feedbacks under climate change. Previously, I completed my PhD at the University of Exeter with Prof Peter Cox and Dr Sarah Chadburn, where my research focused on understanding the response of soil carbon to climate change, with a specific aim to quantify and reduce the uncertainty associated with future Earth System Model projections.

XCS Seminar Coordinator

Additionally, I am the coordinator of internal XCS seminars here at Exeter, which run on Friday's during term time. Please do not hesitate to email me if you are interested in giving a seminar or would like any further information.


Varney, R. M., Chadburn, S. E., Burke, E. J., Wiltshire, A. J., & Cox, P. M. (2023). Simulated responses of soil carbon to climate change in CMIP6 Earth System Models: the role of false priming. EGUsphere, 2023, 1-32.

Varney, R. M., Chadburn, S. E., Burke, E. J., & Cox, P. M. (2022). Evaluation of soil carbon simulation in CMIP6 Earth system models. Biogeosciences, 19(19), 4671-4704.

Varney, R. M., Chadburn, S. E., Friedlingstein, P., Burke, E. J., Koven, C. D., Hugelius, G., and Cox, P. M. (2020) A spatial emergent constraint on the sensitivity of soil carbon turnover to global warming. Nature Communications, 11(1):1–8.

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