He has built an international reputation, publishing more than 120 papers, including in the world’s top scientific journals, while also mentoring numerous doctoral students, masters students and postdoctoral fellows.
His promotion was approved by the Yale Corporation last month.
“He is an outstanding scholar, teacher, and community member, bringing international recognition to F&ES and Yale,” said F&ES Dean Indy Burke
Bradford, who earned a Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Exeter and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UK) — followed by postdoctoral research at Imperial College (London) and Duke University — came to F&ES after spending four years on the faculty of the University of Georgia.
At the time, he was brought in to continue the School’s strong tradition of expertise in terrestrial ecosystem science.
Through field and laboratory analysis, Bradford and his team
have advanced the scientific understanding of the response of soil carbon stores to climate change. The lab is currently comprised of five doctoral students, two postdocs, one master’s student, and a variety of contributors from across campus.
Some of the their current projects include testing the extent to which soils lose carbon as temperatures increase; research into whether the loss of tree species will affect the ecosystem services forests provide; and inquiries into whether the microbiology of the soil affects ecosystem fertility and carbon storage.