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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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Member of:

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

Please see the most up-to-date list of publications here:

  1. J Beringer, C E Moore, J Cleverly, D I Campbell, H Cleugh, M G De Kauwe, M UF Kirschbaum, A Griebel, S Grover, A Huete, L B Hutley, J Laubach, T Van Niel, S K Arndt, A C Bennett, L A Cernusak, D Eamus, C M Ewenz, J P Goodrich, M Jiang, N Hinko‐Najera, P Isaac, S Hobeichi, J Knauer, G R Koerber, M Liddell, X Ma, C Macfarlane, I D McHugh, B E Medlyn, W S Meyer, A J Norton, J Owens, A Pitman, E Pendall, S M Prober, R L Ray, N Restrepo‐Coupe, S W Rifai, D Rowlings, L Schipper, R P Silberstein, L Teckentrup, S E Thompson, A M Ukkola, A Wall, Y‐P Wang, T J Wardlaw, W Woodgate, Bridge to the future: Important lessons from 20 years of ecosystem observations made by the OzFlux network,Global Change Biology, 2022,
  2. A J Norton, P J Rayner, Y-P Wang, N C Parazoo, L Baskaran, P R Briggs, V Haverd, R Doughty, Hydrologic connectivity drives extremes and high variability in vegetation productivity across Australian arid and semi-arid ecosystems, Remote Sensing of Environment 272, 112937, 2022,
  3. Z Pierrat, T Magney, N C Parazoo, K Grossmann, D R Bowling, U Seibt, B Johnson, W Helgason, A Barr, J Bortnik, A J Norton, A Maguire, C Frankenberg, J Stutz, Diurnal and seasonal dynamics of solar‐induced chlorophyll fluorescence, vegetation indices, and gross primary productivity in the boreal forest, Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, e2021JG006588, 2022,
  4. S G Stettz, N C Parazoo, A A Bloom, P D Blanken, D R Bowling, S P Burns, C Bacour, F Maignan, B Raczka, A J Norton, I Baker, M Williams, M Shi, Y Zhang, B Qiu, Resolving temperature limitation on spring productivity in an evergreen conifer forest using a model–data fusion framework, Biogeosciences 9, 541-558, 2022,
  5. Y Yang, A A Bloom, S Ma, P Levine, A J Norton, N C Parazoo, J T Reager, J Worden, G R Quetin, T L Smallman, M Williams, L Xu, S Saatchi, CARDAMOM-FluxVal version 1.0: a FLUXNET-based validation system for CARDAMOM carbon and water flux estimates, Geoscientific Model Developments 15, 4, 1789-1802, 2022,
  6. B Byrne, J Liu, M Lee, Y Yin, K W Bowman, K Miyazaki, A J Norton, J Joiner, D F Pollard, D WT Griffith, V A Velazco, N M Deutscher, N B Jones, C Paton‐Walsh, The carbon cycle of southeast Australia during 2019–2020: Drought, fires, and subsequent recovery, AGU Advances 2, 4, e2021AV000469, 2021,
  7. 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
  8. 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,
  9. 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,
  10. AJ Norton, PJ Rayner, EN Koffi, M Scholze, JD Silver, YP Wang, Estimating global gross primary productivityusing chlorophyll fluorescence and a data assimilation system with the BETHY-SCOPE model, Biogeosciences 16, 3069-3093, 2019,
  11. 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,