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Curriculum Vitae:

Joshua Fisher

  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK (2008)
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, USA (2006)
  • B.S., University of California, Berkeley, USA (2001)


ECOSTRESS (ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station) Icon ECOSTRESS (ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station)
ECOSTRESS will measure heat and water stress in plants from the International Space Station.

SMAP - Soil Moisture Active & Passive Icon SMAP - Soil Moisture Active & Passive
SMAP, launched in 2015, provides global measurements of soil moisture and other hydrologic variables for a variety of science and applications benefits.

CARVE (Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment) Icon CARVE (Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment)
CARVE is an airborne mission to measure CO2 and CH4 fluxes from Alaska.

ABoVE (Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment ) Icon ABoVE (Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment )
The Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) is a proposed NASA field campaign focusing on understanding the Arctic-Boreal environment.

NASA Carbon Cycle Science (CARBON) Icon NASA Carbon Cycle Science (CARBON)
Multi-scale Synthesis and Terrestrial Model Intercomparison Project (MsTMIP) Phase II

CMS Flux (Carbon Monitoring System Flux) Icon CMS Flux (Carbon Monitoring System Flux)
Carbon Monitoring System Flux (CMS Flux) incorporates the full suite of NASA observational, modeling, and assimilation capabilities to attribute CO2 climate forcing to spatially resolved emissions.

SERVIR aims to advance and transition NASA capabilities towards critical regions around the world.

DOE Terrestrial Ecosystem Science Icon DOE Terrestrial Ecosystem Science
DOE Terrestrial Ecosystem Science seeks to improve the representation of terrestrial ecosystem processes in Earth system models thereby improving the quality of climate model projections.

NSF Ecosystem Science Icon NSF Ecosystem Science
A Belowground Framework for Predicting How Plant-Microbe Interactions Couple Carbon and Nutrient Economies of Forests.

NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Icon NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS)
Links Between Long-Term Soil Carbon Storage and Canopy Properties in Tropical Wet Forests

JIFRESSE is a scientific collaboration between UCLA and JPL to improve understanding and to develop future projections about global climate change.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (2010-Present)
    • Research Scientist - Water & Carbon Cycles Group
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
    • Associate Project Scientist - Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering (JIFRESSE)
  • University of Oxford, Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography & Environment (2008-2009), Departmental Lecturer and Research Fellow
  • NASA Ames Research Center, Office of Safety, Environmental and Mission Assurance San Jose State University, Department of Environmental Studies (2003 - 2005), GIS Consultant
  • NASA Ames Research Center, Office of Safety, Environmental and Mission Assurance (2003), Environmental Protection Specialist
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), Region 9: Air Division 1 (2001 - 2002)

Selected Awards
  • JPL Team Award (32), ECOSTRESS (2014)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, Carbon Monitoring System Flux Pilot Project Team (2013)
  • JPL Team Award (8000), Water Cycle Workshop (2013)
  • JPL Team Award (324), Water Cycle Workshop (2012)
  • JPL Team Award (324), Carbon Monitoring System (2012)
  • JPL Team Award (324), CARVE (2012)
  • JPL Team Award (388), CARVE (2012)
  • JPL Team Award (324), SMAP Science Cal/Val (2010)

Selected Publications
  1. Schimel, D., Stephens, B.B., Fisher, J.B., 2015. The effect of increasing CO2 on the terrestrial carbon cycle. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 112(2): 436-441.
  2. Fisher, J.B., Huntzinger, D.N., Schwalm, C.R., Sitch, S., 2014. Modeling the terrestrial biosphere. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 39: 91-123.
  3. Fisher, J.B., et al., 2014. Carbon cycle uncertainty in the Alaskan Arctic. Biogeosciences 11(15): 4271-4288.
  4. Armanios, D., Fisher, J.B., 2014. Measuring water availability with limited ground data: An entirely remote sensing-based hydrologic budget model of the Rufiji Basin, Tanzania using TRMM, GRACE, MODIS, SRB and AIRS. Hydrological Processes 28(3): 853-867.
  5. Fisher, J.B., et al., 2013. African tropical rainforest net CO2 fluxes in the 20th century. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences 368(1625): doi:10.1098/rstb.2012.0376.
  6. Fisher, J.B., et al., 2013. Nutrient limitation in rainforests and cloud forests along a 3000 m elevation gradient in the Peruvian Andes. Oecologia 172(3): 889-902.
  7. Fisher, J.B., Badgley, G., Blyth, E., 2012. Global nutrient limitation in terrestrial vegetation. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 26, GB3007, doi:10.1029/2011GB004252.
  8. Polhamus, A.M., Fisher, J.B., Tu, K.P., 2012. What controls the error structure in evapotranspiration models? Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 169: 12-24.
  9. Moore, S., Fisher, J.B., 2012. Challenges and opportunities in GRACE-based groundwater storage assessment and management: an example from Yemen. Water Resources Management 26: 1425-1453.
  10. Morel, A., Fisher, J.B., Malhi, Y., 2012. Evaluating the potential to monitor aboveground biomass in forest and oil palm in Sabah, Malaysia, for 2000-2008 with Landsat ETM+ and ALOS-PALSAR. International Journal of Remote Sensing 33(11): 3614-3639.
  11. Fisher, J.B., Whittaker, R., Malhi, Y., 2011. ET Come Home: Potential evapotranspiration in geographical ecology. Global Ecology and Biogeography 20: 1-18.
  12. Frankenberg, C., Fisher, J.B., et al., 2011. New global observations of the terrestrial carbon cycle from GOSAT: Patterns of plant fluorescence with gross primary productivity. Geophysical Research Letters 38: L17706, doi:10.1029/2011GL048738.
  13. Krishnamurthy, P.K., Fisher, J.B., Johnson, C., 2011. Mainstreaming local perceptions of hurricane risk into policymaking: A case study of community-based vulnerability GIS in Mexico. Global Environmental Change 21: 143-153.
  14. Simard, M., Pinto, N., Fisher, J.B., Baccini, A., 2011. Mapping forest canopy height globally with spaceborne LiDAR. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences 116: G04021, doi:10.1029/2011JG001708. (Research Spotlight in Eos)
  15. Osti, M., Coad, L., Fisher, J.B., et al., 2011. Oil and gas development and the World Heritage network and wider protected area network in sub-Saharan Africa. Biodiversity & Conservation 20(9): 1863-1877.
  16. Vinukollu, R.K., Wood, E.F., Ferguson, C.R., Fisher, J.B., 2011. Global estimates of evapotranspiration for climate studies using multi-sensor remote sensing data: Evaluation of three process-based approaches. Remote Sensing of Environment 115: 801-823.
  17. Zelazowski, P., ..., Fisher, J.B., 2011. Changes in the potential distribution of humid tropical forests on a warmer planet. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A - Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences 369: 137-160.
  18. Macdonald, E.A., ..., Fisher, J.B., et al., 2011. Wildlife Conservation and Reduced Emissions from Deforestation in a case study of Nantu Wildlife Reserve, Sulawesi: 1. The effectiveness of forest protection - many measures, one goal. Environmental Science & Policy 14(6): 697-708.
  19. Mueller, B., ..., Fisher, J.B., et al., 2011. Evaluation of global observations-based evapotranspiration datasets and IPCC AR4 simulations. Geophysical Research Letters 38: L06402, doi:10.1029/2010GL046230.
  20. Fisher, J.B., et al., 2010. Carbon cost of plant nitrogen acquisition: A mechanistic, globally-applicable model of plant nitrogen uptake, retranslocation and fixation. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 24: GB1014, doi:10.1029/2009GB003621.
  21. Fisher, J.B., Fortmann, L.P., 2010. Governing the data commons: Policy, practice, and the advancement of science. Information & Management 47: 237-245.
  22. Gibbon, A., ..., Fisher, J.B., et al., 2010. Ecosystem carbon storage across the grassland-forest transition in the high Andes of Manu National Park, Peru. Ecosystems 13: 1097-1111.
  23. Phillips, O.L., ..., Fisher, J.B., et al., 2010. Drought-mortality relationships for tropical forests. New Phytologist 187: 631-646.
  24. Fisher, J.B., et al., 2009. The land-atmosphere water flux in the tropics. Global Change Biology 15: 2694-2714.
  25. Fisher, J.B., 2009. Canopy nitrogen and albedo from remote sensing: What exactly are we seeing? Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 106(7): E16.
  26. Fisher, J.B., 2009. Book review of "Quantifying and Understanding Plant Nitrogen Uptake for Systems Modeling" edited by Ma et al. Experimental Agriculture 45(3): 377.
  27. Phillips, O.L., Aragão, L., Lewis, S.L., Fisher, J.B., et al., 2009. Drought sensitivity of the Amazon rainforest. Science 323(5919): 1344-1347.
  28. Ostle, N.J., ..., Fisher, J.B., et al., 2009. Integrating plant-soil interactions into global carbon models. Journal of Ecology 97: 851-863.
  29. Fisher, J.B., Tu, K.P., Baldocchi, D.D., 2008. Global estimates of the land-atmosphere water flux based on monthly AVHRR and ISLSCP-II data, validated at 16 FLUXNET sites. Remote Sensing of Environment 112(3): 901-919.
  30. Fisher, J.B., et al., 2008. Balancing water, religion and tourism on Redang Island, Malaysia. Environmental Research Letters 3(2): 1-6.
  31. Fisher, J.B., et al., 2007. What the towers don't see at night: Nocturnal sap flow in trees and shrubs at two AmeriFlux sites in California. Tree Physiology 27(4): 597-610.
  32. Fisher, J.B., et al., 2007. An analysis of spatial clustering and implications for wildlife management: A burrowing owl example. Environmental Management 39(3): 403-411.
  33. Dawson, T.E., ..., Fisher, J.B., et al., 2007. Nighttime transpiration in woody plants from contrasting ecosystems. Tree Physiology 27(4): 561-575.
  34. Fisher, J.B., Kelly, N.M., Romm, J., 2006. Scales of environmental justice: Combining GIS and spatial analysis for air toxics in West Oakland, California. Health & Place 12(4): 701-714.
  35. Fisher, J.B., et al., 2005. Evapotranspiration models compared on a Sierra Nevada forest ecosystem. Environmental Modelling & Software 20(6): 783-796.

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