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Madeleine Pascolini-Campbell

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 300-329

Pasadena, CA 91109

Curriculum Vitae:

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Member of:

Water & Ecosystems

Postdoctoral Researcher


I am interested in regional and global hydroclimate variability, with a focus on evapotranspiration. Evapotranspiration involves the transfer of water from land to the atmosphere and is a critical driver of the global water cycle. I am also interested in quantifying how human activity influences the water cycle via agriculture. My research also uses remote sensing for societal applications, such as improving wildfire predictability. I use a wide range of in situ observations, satellite remote sensing, including GRACE, GRACE-FO and ECOSTRESS, and land surface models to investigate these research areas.


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

Professional Experience

  • 2020 – Present: 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
  • 2012 – 2013: Visiting Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany

Research Interests

  • Evapotranspiration
  • Global water cycle
  • Natural and anthropogenic driven climate variability
  • Using hydrological predictors for wildfire applications

Selected Awards

  • 2020 JPL Postdoc Research Day Award
  • 2018 NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Award
  • 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Selected Publications

  1. Pascolini‐Campbell, M. A., Fisher, J. B. & J. T. Reager “GRACE-ECOSTRESS synergies constrain fine-scale impacts on large-scale water balance”. Accepted July 1st 2021, Geophysical Research Letters
  2. Pascolini-Campbell, M., Reager, J.T., Chandanpurkar, H.A. et al. A 10 per cent increase in global land evapotranspiration from 2003 to 2019. Nature 593, 543–547 (2021).
  3. 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.
  4. 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", submitted J. Hydrometeorology
  5. 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.
  6. Pascolini-Campbell, M. A., Seager, R., Cook, B.I., Griffin, D. and D. Gutzler "Causes of interannual to decadal variability of Gila River streamflow over the past century." Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies 3 (2015): 494-508.
  7. 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.