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Alexander Norton

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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


Earth's ecosystems are in a state of unprecedented change. My focus is on building better tools to monitor and understand these ecosystems, in particular how they exchange carbon with the atmosphere. My doctoral research developed a new approach to mapping photosynthesis across the globe using satellite measurements and models. My current research uses state-of-the-art instruments and models to better understand how terrestrial ecosystems respond to environmental change.


  • PhD, Earth Science, University of Melbourne, Australia (2018)
  • BEng (Hons), Environmental Engineering, RMIT University, Australia (2014)
  • BSci, Environmental Science, RMIT University, Australia (2014)

Research Interests

  • Terrestrial and atmospheric carbon cycling
  • Terrestrial nitrogen cycling
  • Carbon-climate feedbacks
  • Remote sensing

Selected Awards

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, JPL (2020-present)
  • Research Assistant, University of Western Australia (2018-2019)
  • Research Assistant, University of Melbourne (2018-2019)

Selected Publications

  1. NC Parazoo, T Magney, AJ Norton, B Raczka, C Bacour, F Maignan, I Baker, Y Zhang, B Qiu, M Shi, N MacBean, DR Bowling, SP Burns, PD Blanken, J Stutz, K Grossmann, C Frankenberg, Wide discrepancies in the magnitude and direction of modeled solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence in response to light conditions, Biogeosciences 17, 3733-3755, 2020
  2. EN Koffi, PJ Rayner, AJ Norton, C Frankenberg, M Scholze, Investigating the usefulness of satellite-derived fluorescence data in inferring gross primary productivity within the carbon cycle data assimilation system, Biogeosciences 12 (13), 2015, 4067-4084,
  3. AJ Norton, PJ Rayner, EN Koffi, M Scholze, Assimilating solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence into the terrestrial biosphere model BETHY-SCOPE v1. 0: model description and information content, Geoscientific Model Development 11 (4), 2018,
  4. AJ Norton, PJ Rayner, EN Koffi, M Scholze, JD Silver, YP Wang, Estimating global gross primary productivity using chlorophyll fluorescence and a data assimilation system with the BETHY-SCOPE model, Biogeosciences 16, 3069-3093, 2019,
  5. W Woodgate, L Suarez, E van Gorsel, LA Cernusak, R Dempsey, R Devillae, A Held, MJ Hill, AJ Norton, tri-PRI: A three band reflectance index tracking dynamic photoprotective mechanisms in a mature eucalypt forest, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 272, 187-201, 2019,