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Joshua Fisher

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M/S 233-305C
Pasadena, CA 91109





Curriculum Vitae:

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Member of:

Carbon Cycle And Ecosystems

Science Lead, ECOSTRESS Mission


  • 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)

Professional Experience

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (2010-Present)
    • Science Lead, ECOSTRESS Mission
    • Research Scientist - Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems Group
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
    • 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

  • Highly Cited Researchers 2018 and 2019, Clarivate Analytics (2018, 2019)
  • NASA Team Award, ECOSTRESS Payload Development Team (2019)
  • JPL Team Award (8X), ECOSTRESS (2018, 2019)
  • Voyager Award, ECOSTRESS (2015)
  • 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

    Selected Publications (35 of >150)
  1. Fisher, J.B., et al., 2020. ECOSTRESS: NASA's next generation mission to measure evapotranspiration from the International Space Station. Water Resources Research 56(4): 1-20.
  2. Fisher, J.B., et al., 2020. Competing effects of soil fertility and toxicity on tropical greening. Scientific Reports: 10(6725): 1-10.
  3. Terrer, C., ..., Fisher, J.B., et al., 2019. Nitrogen and phosphorus constrain the CO2 fertilization of global plant biomass. Nature Climate Change 9: 684-689.
  4. Liu, Y., ..., Fisher, J.B., et al., 2019. Field-experiment constraints on the enhancement of the terrestrial carbon sink by CO2 fertilisation. Nature Geoscience: 10.1038/s41561-019-0436-1.
  5. Soudzilovskaia, N.A., ..., Fisher, J.B., et al., 2019. Global mycorrhizal plants distribution linked to terrestrial carbon stocks. Nature Communications 10(5077): 1-10.
  6. Fisher, J.B., et al., 2018. Missing pieces to modeling the Arctic-Boreal puzzle. Environmental Research Letters 13(2): 020202.
  7. Huang, K., ..., Fisher, J.B., et al., 2018. Enhanced peak growth of global vegetation and its key mechanisms. Nature Ecology & Evolution: 1-9. doi: 10.1038/s41559-018-0714-0.
  8. Fisher, J.B., et al., 2017. The Future of Evapotranspiration: Global requirements for ecosystem functioning, carbon and climate feedbacks, agricultural management, and water resources. Water Resources Research 53(4): 2618-2626.
  9. Schwalm, C.R., ..., Fisher, J.B., et al., 2017. Global patterns of drought recovery. Nature 548: 202-205.
  10. Stavros, E.N., ..., Fisher, J.B., et al., 2017. ISS observations offer insights into plant function. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1(0194): 1-4.
  11. Fisher, J.B., Sweeney, S., Brzostek, E.R., Evans, T.P., Johnson, D.J., Myers, J.A., Bourg, N.A., Wolf, A.T., Howe, R.W., Phillips, R.P., 2016. Tree–mycorrhizal associations detected remotely from canopy spectral properties. Global Change Biology 22(7): 2596-2607.
  12. Fisher, J.B., Sikka, M., Huntzinger, D.N., Schwalm, C., Liu, J., 2016. 3-hourly temporal downscaling of monthly global terrestrial biosphere model net ecosystem exchange. Biogeosciences 13(14): 4271-4277.
  13. Shi, M., Fisher, J.B., Brzostek, E.R., Phillips. R.P., 2016. Carbon cost of plant nitrogen acquisition: global carbon cycle impact from an improved plant nitrogen cycle in the Community Land Model. Global Change Biology 22(3): 1299-1314.
  14. Wolf, S., Keenan, T.F, Fisher, J.B., et al., 2016. Warm spring reduced carbon cycle impact of the 2012 US summer drought. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 113(21): 5880-5885.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Fisher, J.B., et al., 2014. Carbon cycle uncertainty in the Alaskan Arctic. Biogeosciences 11(15): 4271-4288.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Fisher, J.B., Badgley, G., Blyth, E., 2012. Global nutrient limitation in terrestrial vegetation. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 26, GB3007, doi:10.1029/2011GB004252.
  21. 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.
  22. Fisher, J.B., Whittaker, R., Malhi, Y., 2011. ET Come Home: Potential evapotranspiration in geographical ecology. Global Ecology and Biogeography 20: 1-18.
  23. 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.
  24. 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)
  25. 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.
  26. Fisher, J.B., Fortmann, L.P., 2010. Governing the data commons: Policy, practice, and the advancement of science. Information & Management 47: 237-245.
  27. Fisher, J.B., et al., 2009. The land-atmosphere water flux in the tropics. Global Change Biology 15: 2694-2714.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. Fisher, J.B., et al., 2008. Balancing water, religion and tourism on Redang Island, Malaysia. Environmental Research Letters 3(2): 1-6.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  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.