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Curriculum Vitae:

Darren Drewry

  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University
  • M.S, Computer Science, University of Virginia
  • B.S., Physics, Virginia Tech

Research Interests
  • Terrestrial remote sensing
  • Vegetation biophysics
  • Ecohydrology
  • Land surface data assimilation
  • Vector-borne disease


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Professional Experience
  • Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA (2012-present)
  • NSF International Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany (2010-2011)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois (2008-2010)

Community Service

Peace Corps Volunteer, Mauritania, West Africa

Selected Awards
  • JPL Team Achievement Award (2017): Autonomous UAV Field Survey and Recharging Mission
  • NASA Group Achievement Award (2017): Climate Sciences School Group Projects Design Team
  • NSF International Research Fellowship
  • Professor Senol Utku Annual Award, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University
  • Outstanding Student Paper Award, AGU Fall Meeting
  • NASA Earth System Science Fellowship
  • Eagle Scout

Selected Publications
  1. Walker, B.J., D.T. Drewry, R.A. Slattery, A. VanLoocke, Y.B. Cho, D.R. Ort (2017) Chlorophyll can be Reduced in Crop Canopies with Little Penalty to Photosynthesis. Plant Physiology. DOI: 10.1104/pp.17.01401.
  2. Sun, Y., C. Frankenberg, J.D. Wood, D.S. Schimel, M. Jung, L. Guanter, D.T. Drewry, et al (2017) OCO-2 Advances Photosynthesis Observation from Space via Solar-Induced Chlorophyll Fluorescence. Science, 358 (6380) DOI: 10.1126/science.aam5747.
  3. S.-J. Jeong, D. Schimel, C. Frankenberg, D.T. Drewry, J.B. Fisher, M. Verma, J.A. Berry, J.-E. Lee, J. Joiner (2017) Application of Satellite Solar-Induced Chlorophyll Fluorescence to Understanding Large-Scale Variations in Vegetation Phenology and Function Over Northern High Latitude Forests. Remote Sensing of Environment 190, 178-187.
  4. Verma M., D. Schimel, B. Evans, C. Frankenberg, J. Beringer, D.T. Drewry, et al. (2017) Effect of environmental conditions on the relationship between solar-induced fluorescence and gross primary productivity at an OzFlux grassland site. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 122, doi:10.1002/2016JG003580.
  5. Frankenberg, C., D.T. Drewry, S. Geier, M. Verma, P. Lawson, J. Stutz, K. Grossman (2016) Remote Sensing of Solar Induced Chlorophyll Fluorescence from Satellites, Airplanes and Ground-Based Stations," Proceedings of IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2016, pp. 1707-1710, doi: 10.1109/IGARSS.2016.7729436.
  6. Mallick, K., I. Trebs, E. Boegh, L. Giustarini, M. Schlerf, D.T. Drewry, L. Hoffmann, C. von Randow, B. Kruijt, A. Araùjo, S. Saleska, J.R. Ehleringer, T.F. Domingues, J.P Ometto, A.D. Nobre, O.L. de Moraes, M. Hayek, J.W. Munger and S. Wofsy (2016) Canopy-Scale Biophysical Controls of Transpiration and Evaporation in the Amazon Basin. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 20, 1-28.
  7. Mallick, K., E. Boegh, I. Trebs, J.G. Alfieri, W.P. Kustas, J.H. Prueger, D. Niyogi, N.   Das, D.T. Drewry, L. Hoffmann, A.J. Jarvis (2015) Reintroducing Radiometric Surface Temperature into the Penman-Monteith Formulation. Water Resources Research 10.1002/2014WR016106.
  8. Drewry, D.T., P. Kumar, and S. P. Long (2014) Simultaneous Improvement in Productivity, Water Use and Albedo Through Crop Structural Modification. Global Change Biology, 20(6) 1955-1967.
  9. Mallick, K., A.J. Jarvis, E. Boegh, J.B. Fisher, D.T. Drewry, K.P. Tu,, S.J. Hook, G. Hulley, J. Ardo, J. Beringer, A. Arain, and D. Niyogi (2014) A Surface Temperature Initiated Closure (STIC) for Surface Energy Balance Fluxes. Remote Sensing of Environment 141, 243-261.
  10. Quijano, J.C., P. Kumar, D.T. Drewry (2013), Passive Regulation of Soil Biogeochemical Cycling by Root Water Transport. Water Resources Research 49(6), 3729-3746.
  11. Quijano, J.C., P. Kumar, D.T. Drewry, A. Goldstein, L. Misson (2012) Competitive and Mutualistic Dependencies in Multi-Species Vegetation Dynamics Enabled by Hydraulic Redistribution. Water Resources Research 48(5), W05518.
  12. R. Pavlick, D.T. Drewry, K. Bohn, B. Reu, A. Kleidon (2012), The Jena Diversity-Dynamic Global Vegetation Model (JeDi-DGVM): a Diverse Approach to Representing Terrestrial Biogeography and Biogeochemistry Based on Plant Functional Trade-offs. Biogeosciences, 9, 4627-4726.
  13. Le, P. V.V., P. Kumar, D.T. Drewry, and J.C. Quijano. (2012) A Graphical User Interface for Numerical Modeling of Acclimation Responses of Vegetation to Climate Change. Computers & Geosciences, 49, 91-101.
  14. Le, P. V.V., P. Kumar, D.T. Drewry (2011) Implications for the Hydrologic Cycle Under Climate Change Due to the Expansion of Bioenergy Crops in the Midwestern United States.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 1107177108v1-6.
  15. Drewry, D.T., P. Kumar, S.P. Long, C. Bernacchi, X. Liang, M. Sivapalan (2010) Ecohydrological Responses of Dense Canopies to Environmental Variability, Part 1: Interplay Between Vertical Structure and Photosynthetic Pathway. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences, 115, G04022.
  16. Drewry, D. T., P. Kumar, S. P. Long, C. Bernacchi, X. Liang, M. Sivapalan (2010) Ecohydrological Responses of Dense Canopies to Environmental Variability, Part 2: Role of Acclimation Under Elevated CO2. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences, 115, G04023.
  17. Drewry, D.T., J.D. Albertson (2006) Diagnosing Model Error in Canopy-Atmosphere Exchange Using Empirical Orthogonal Function Analysis. Water Resources Research, 42, W06421.
  18. Bohrer, G., H. Mourad, T. A. Laursen, D.T. Drewry, R. Avissar, D. Poggi, R. Oren, and G.G. Katul (2005) Finite Element Tree Crown Hydrodynamics Model (FETCH) Using Porous Media Flow Within Branching Elements: A New Representation of Tree Hydrodynamics. Water Resources Research, 41, W11404.
  19. Drewry, D.T., P.F. Reynolds, and W.R. Emmanuel (2002) An Optimization-Based Multi-Resolution Simulation Methodology. Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE Winter Simulation Conference, p. 467-475.

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