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Madeleine Pascolini-Campbell

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 300-331

Pasadena, CA 91109

Curriculum Vitae:

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Member of:

Water & Ecosystems



My research focuses on science applications for wildfires (pre-fire prediction and monitoring, and post fire vegetation recovery), agriculture, and large-scale water cycle changes. My research uses in situ observations, climate models, and satellite remote sensing including GRACE, GRACE-FO and ECOSTRESS.


  • 2018 PhD Climate Science, Columbia University
  • MA 2015 Climate Science, Columbia University
  • BA 2011 Geography, Cambridge University

Professional Experience

  • 2021 – Present: Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
  • 2020 – 2021: JPL Postdoc, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
  • 2018 – 2020: NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP), NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
  • 2013 – 2018: Graduate Researcher, Columbia University, New York, NY

Research Interests

  • Monitoring and predicting wildfire
  • Agriculture
  • Science applications

Selected Awards

  • 2022 NASA Wildland Fires Program
  • 2022 ECOSTRESS Science and Applications Science Team
  • 2022 NASA Wildland Fires Program Science Team
  • 2018 NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Award
  • 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Selected Publications

  1. Parazoo, N. C., Osman, M., Pascolini-Campbell, M., & Byrne, B. (2024). Antecedent Conditions Mitigate Carbon Loss During Flash Drought Events. Authorea Preprints. Accepted Geophysical Research Letters
  2. Boser, A., Caylor, K., Larsen, A., Pascolini-Campbell, M., Reager, J. T., Carleton, T. Field-scale crop water consumption estimates reveal potential water savings in California agriculture, 2024, Nature Communications, 15(1), 2366.
  3. Simafranca, N., Willoughby, B., O’Neil, E. Farr, S., Reich, B. J., Giertych, N., Johnson, M., Pascolini-Campbell, M. (2024), Modelling wildland fire burn severity in California using a spatial super learner approach, 2024, Environmental and Ecological Statistics,
  4. M. Pascolini-Campbell and J. T. Reager, An Investigation of the spatial and temporal characteristics of dry and wet extreme events across NLDAS-2 models, 2023, Journal of Hydrometeorology,
  5. Tian Hu, Kaniska Mallick, Patrik Hitzelberger, Yoanne Didry, Gilles Boulet, Zoltan Szantoi, Benjamin Koetz, Itziar Alonso, M. Pascolini-Campbell, Gregory H Halverson, Kerry Cawse-Nicholson, Glynn Hulley, Simon J. Hook, Nishan Bhattarai, Albert Olioso, Jean-Louis Roujean, Philippe Gamet, Z. Bob Su, Evaluating European ECOSTRESS Hub Evapotranspiration Products Across a Range of Soil‐Atmospheric Aridity and Biomes over Europe. Water Resources Research, e2022WR034132.
  6. Pascolini-Campbell, M. A. Soil and plants lose more water under drought. Nature Climate Change (2022).
  7. Pascolini-Campbell, M., Lee, C., Stavros, N. & Fisher, J. B. (2022). ECOSTRESS reveals pre-fire vegetation controls on burn severity for Southern California wildfires of 2020. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 31, 1976– 1989.
  8. Raymond., C., Suarez-Gutierrez, L., Kornhuber, K., Pascolini-Campbell, M., Sillmann, J. and D. E. Waliser “Increasing spatiotemporal proximity of heat and precipitation extremes in a warming world quantified by a large model ensemble”, 2022, Environmental Research Letters
  9. Pascolini‐Campbell, M. A., Fisher, J. B. & J. T. Reager “GRACE-ECOSTRESS synergies constrain fine-scale impacts on large-scale water balance”, 2021, Geophysical Research Letters, 48(15), e2021GL093984.
  10. Pascolini‐Campbell, M. A., Reager, J. T., & Fisher, J. B. "GRACE‐based mass conservation as a validation target for basin‐scale evapotranspiration in the contiguous United States". Water Resources Research (2020), 56, e2019WR026594.
  11. Pascolini-Campbell, M.A., Seager, R., Cook, B.I. and P. Williams "Dynamics and variability of the spring dry season in the United States Southwest as observed in AmeriFlux and NLDAS-2 data", J. Hydrometeorology,(2019): 20, 1081–1102
  12. Pascolini-Campbell, M. A., Seager, R. Cook, B. I and Pinson, A. "Covariability of climate and streamflow in the Upper Rio Grande from interannual to decadal timescales", Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies 13 (2017): 58-71.
  13. Pascolini-Campbell, M., Zanchettin, D., Bothe, O., Timmreck, C., Matei, D., Jungclaus, J. H., & Graf, H. F. (2015). Toward a record of Central Pacific El Niño events since 1880. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 119(1-2), 379-389.