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 Carbon Cycle And Ecosystems: People
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Curriculum Vitae:

Joshua Fisher
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)


ECOSTRESS (ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station) Icon ECOSTRESS (ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station)
The ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) mission will study how the worlds ecosystems use water..

SMAP - Soil Moisture Active Passive Icon SMAP - Soil Moisture Active Passive
The Soil Moisture Active Passive mission provides measurements of soil moisture, freeze/thaw state, as well as sea surface salinity and ocean wind.

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)
    • 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.

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