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Nima Madani

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 233-300

Pasadena, CA 91109



Curriculum Vitae:

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Carbon Cycle And Ecosystems

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My research focus is on improving our understanding of important ecosystem processes such as gross production in response to changes in temperature and water cycle.


  • PhD of Systems Ecology, University of Montana, USA
  • MA of Environmental Planning and Management, University of Tehran, Iran
  • BA of Natural Resource Engineering-Environment, University of Allame Mohades Noori, Iran

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Montana
  • Research Scientist, University of Montana
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Montana

Research Interests

  • Terrestrial ecosystem productivity modeling
  • Carbon-climate feedbacks
  • Species-climate interactions and habitat modeling

Selected Publications

  1. Madani, N., Kimball, J. S., Parazoo, N., Ballantyne, A., Tagesson, T., Jones, L., et al. (2020). Below-surface water mediates the response of African forests to reduced rainfall. Environmental Research Letters.
  2. Liu Z, Kimball J S, Parazoo N C, Ballantyne A P, Wang W J, Madani N, Pan C G, Watts J D, Reichle R H, Sonnentag O, Marsh P, Hurkuck M, Helbig M, Quinton W L, Zona D, Ueyama M, Kobayashi H and Euskirchen E S. (2019). Increased high-latitude photosynthetic carbon gain during an anomalously warm spring offset by respiration carbon loss during preceding winter R Glob. Chang. Biol. 1-15
  3. Natali S M, Watts J D, Rogers B M, Potter S, Ludwig S M, Selbmann A K, Sullivan P F, Abbott B W, Arndt K A, Birch L, Björkman M P, Bloom A A, Celis G, Christensen T R, Christiansen C T, Madani N, et al. (2019). Large loss of CO2 in winter observed across the northern permafrost region Nat. Clim. Chang. 9 852-7.
  4. Madani, N., J.S. Kimball, A. P. Ballantyne, D. L.R. Affleck, P. M. van Bodegom, P. B. Reich, J.Kattge, A. Sala, M. Nazeri, M. O. Jones, M. Zhao, S. W. Running. (2018). Future global productivity will be affected by plant trait response to climate. Nature Scientific Reports, 18.
  5. Madani, N., J. S. Kimball, S. W. Running. (2017). Improving global gross primary productivity estimates by computing optimal light use efficiency using flux tower data. J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosciences, 122.
  6. Jones, L., Kimball, J., Reichle, R., Madani, N., Glassy, J., Ardizzone, J. et al. (2017). The SMAP Level 4 Carbon Product for Monitoring Ecosystem Land-Atmosphere CO2 Exchange. IEEE Trans. 99.
  7. M. Fonseca, L. Anderson, E. Arai, Y. Shimabukuro, H. Xaud, M. Xaud, N. Madani, F. Wagner, L. Arag ão. (2017). Climatic and anthropogenic drivers of northern Amazon fires during the 2015/2016 El Niño event. Ecological Applications. 1628. DOI: 10.1002/eap.1628
  8. Madani, N., J. S. Kimball, D. L. R. Affleck, J. Kattge, J. Graham, P. M. van Bodegom, P. B. Reich, and S. W. Running (2014). Improving ecosystem productivity modeling through spatially explicit estimation of optimal light use efficiency, J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosciences, 119 (9).