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Curriculum Vitae:

David Schimel
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  • B.A., Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts (1977)
  • Ph.D., Colorado State University, Fort Collins (1982)

Professional Experience
  • Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. (2012-Present)
  • Chief Science Officer and Principal Investigator, NEON. (2011-2012)
  • CEO, and Principal Investigator National Ecological Observatory, Inc. (2007-2011)
  • Senior Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research (1995-2009)
  • Professor and Director, Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (1997-2002)
  • Senior Research Scientist, NREL, Colorado State University (Affiliate) (1995-present)
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
    • Section Head, Climate and Global Dynamics Division, (1992-1997)
    • Scientist, (1992-1995)
  • Project Scientist, Climate System Modeling Program, UCAR (1990-1995)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Forest & Wood Science, Colorado State University (1989-1995)
  • National Research Council Senior Fellow, NASA/Ames Research Center (1988-1989)
  • Colorado State University
    • Research Associate, NREL, Colorado State University (1983-1986)
    • Postdoctoral Fellow, NREL, Colorado State University (1982-1983)
    • Graduate Research Assistant, NREL, Colorado State University (1979-1982)
  • Research Associate, The Marine Biological Laboratory, Ecosystems Center, Woods Hole, Massachusetts (1977-1979)
  • Statistical Consultant, University of Massachusetts, Research Computing Center, Amherst, Massachusetts (1976-1977)

Selected Awards
  • Fellow, Ecological Society of America (2012)
  • Nobel Peace Prize, (IPCC Convening Lead Author) (2007)
  • Fellow, American Geophysical Union
  • Founding Director, Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry
  • External Member, Max Planck Society (Germany)
  • Elected Member, Ecology Institute, (Germany)
  • National Research Council Senior Fellow at NASA/Ames Research Center (1988-89)
  • Most Publications Award at the Natural Resource Ecology Lab, Colorado State University (1994)
  • ISI Highly Cited Researcher

Selected Publications


  1. Schimel, D., Climate and Ecosystems. Primers in Climate. Princeton University Press (In Press)
  2. Wigley, T.M.L. and D.S. Schimel, eds. 1997. The Carbon Cycle. Cambridge University Press.
  3. Schimel, D.S. Theory and Application of Tracers. Academic Press, Inc. San Diego, California. 119 pp. (1993)
  4. Schimel, D.S. and B. Moore, III, eds., Trace Gases and the Biosphere. Office for Interdisciplinary Earth Studies, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado (1990)
  5. Schimel, D.S., W. Schlesinger, S. Archer, W. Jarrell, M. Verstraete and J. Eddy, eds. 1990. Global Change and Arid Ecosystems. Office for Interdisciplinary Earth Studies, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado (1990)
  6. Andreae, M.O. and D.S. Schimel, eds., Exchange of Trace Gases Between Terrestrial Ecosystems and the Atmosphere. Dahlem Konferenzen Reports. John Wiley & Sons Ltd. (1989)
  7. Schulze, E-D., M Heimann, S. Harrison, E. Holland, J. Lloyd, IC Prentice and D.S. Schimel, eds. 2001. Global Biogeochemcal Cycles in the Climate System. Academic Press, San Diego (2001)

Refereed Journal Publications (154: current H-Index (10/2011) = 54)

See CV for a complete list of publications.

  1. Russell, Lynn M., Philip J. Rasch, Georgina M. Mace, Robert B. Jackson, John Shepherd, Peter Liss, Margaret Leinen, David Schimel, Naomi E. Vaughan, Anthony C. Janetos, Philip W. Boyd, Richard J. Norby, Ken Caldeira, Joonas Merikanto, Paulo Artaxo, Jerry Melillo, and M. Granger Morgan. Ecosystem impacts of geoengineering: A Review for Developing a Science Plan. Ambio, (online first) (2012)
  2. Weng, E., Yiqi Luo, Weile Wang, Han Wang, Daniel J. Hayes, A. David McGuire, Alan Hastings, David S. Schimel, Ecosystem carbon storage capacity as affected by disturbance regimes: a general theoretical model. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, in press (2012).
  3. Shuli Niu, S., Y. Luo, S. Fei, W. Yuan and 62 others. Thermal Optimality of Net Ecosystem Exchange of Carbon Dioxide and Underlying Mechanisms. New Phytologist, in press (2012).
  4. Sherry, Rebecca A., Arnone III, John A., Johnson, Dale W., Schimel, Dave S.,Verburg, Paul S. and Luo, Yiqi, Carry over from previous year environmental conditions alters dominance hierarchy in a prairie plant community. Journal of Plant Ecology: 1-13 (2011).
  5. Schimel, David, The era of continental-scale ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 9: 311-311 (2011).
  6. Desai, A.R., Moore, D.J.P., Ahue, W., Wilkes, P.T.V., De Wekker, S., Brooks, B.G., Campos, T., Stephens, B.B., Monson, R.K., Burns, S., Quaife, T., Aulenbach, S., and Schimel, D.S., Seasonal patterns of regional carbon balance in the Central Rocky Mountains. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, 116, G04009, doi:10.1029/2011JG001655 (2011).
  7. John A. Arnone III, Richard L. Jasoni, Annmarie J. Lucchesi, Jessica D. Larsen, Elizabeth A. Leger, Rebecca A. Sherry, Yiqi Luo, David S. Schimel and Paul S.J. Verburg, A climatically extreme year has large impacts on C4 species in tallgrass prairie ecosystems but only minor effects on species richness and other plant functional groups. Journal of Ecology, 99, 678-688 (2011).
  8. Rebecca A. Sherry, Xuhui Zhou, Shiliang Gu, John A. Arnone III, Dale W. Johnson, David S. Schimel, Paul S. J. Verburg, Linda L. Wallace, Yiqi Luo, Changes in duration of reproductive phases and lagged phenological response to experimental climate warming. Plant Ecology & Diversity. DOI: 10.1080/17550874.2011.557669 (2011).
  9. Sun, Jielun, Steven P. Oncley, Sean P. Burns, Britton B. Stephens, Donald H. Lenschow, Teresa Campos, and Andrew S. Watt, Russell K. Monson, David J. P. Moore, Jia Hu, Mark Tschudi, David S. Schimel and Steven Aulenbach, William J. Sacks, Stephan F. J. De Wekker, Chun-Ta Lai, Brian Lamb, Eugene Allwine, and Teresa Coons, Dennis Ojima, Patrick Z. Ellsworth and Leonel S., L. Sternberg, Sharon Zhong, Craig Clements, Dean E. Anderson, A Multiscale and Multidisciplinary Investigation Of Ecosystem-Atmosphere CO2 Exchange Over the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 91, 209-230 (2010).
  10. Schimel, David S., Drylands in the Earth System. Science 22, 418-419 (2010).
  11. Zhou, X., Luo, Y., Gao, C., Verburg, P. S. J., Arnone, J. A., Darrouzet-Nardi, A. and Schimel, D. S., Concurrent and lagged impacts of an anomalously warm year on autotrophic and heterotrophic components of soil respiration: a deconvolution analysis. New Phytologist, 187: 184-198 (2010).
  12. Graven, H. D., Stephens, B. B., Guilderson, T. P., Campos, T. L., Schimel, D. S., Campbell, J. E. and Keeling, R. F., Vertical profiles of biospheric and fossil fuel-derived CO2 and fossil fuel CO2 : CO ratios from airborne measurements of Δ14C, CO2 and CO above Colorado, USA. Tellus B, 61: 536-546 (2009).
  13. Moore, David J.P., Jia Hu, William J. Sacks, David S. Schimel, Russell K. Monson, 2008. Estimating transpiration and the sensitivity of carbon uptake to water availability in a subalpine forest using a simple ecosystem process model informed by measured net CO2 and H2O fluxes, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Volume 148,10 (2008).
  14. Keller, Michael, David S. Schimel, William W Hargrove, and Forrest M Hoffman, A continental strategy for the National Ecological Observatory Network. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 6: 282-284 (2008).
  15. Baker, D. F. Bösch, H. Doney, S. C.; Schimel, D. S., Carbon source/sink information provided by column CO2 measurements from the Orbiting Carbon Observatory. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions, 8, 20051-20112 (2008).
  16. Arnone John A III., Paul S. J. Verburg Dale W. Johnson, Jessica D. Larsen, Richard L. Jasoni, Annmarie J. Lucchesi, Candace M. Batts, Christopher von Nagy, William G. Coulombe, David E. Schorran, Paul E. Buck, Bobby H. Braswell, James S. Coleman, Rebecca A. Sherry, Linda L. Wallace, Yiqi Luo and David S. Schimel. Prolonged suppression of ecosystem carbon dioxide uptake after an anomalously warm year. Nature 455, 383-386 (2008).
  17. Liu, Shugang Pamela Anderson, Guoyi Zhou, Boone Kauffman, Flint Hughes, David Schimel, Vicente Watson, Joseph Tosi. 2008. Resolving model parameter values from carbon and nitrogen stock measurements in a wide range of tropical mature forests using nonlinear inversion and regression trees, Ecological Modelling 219, 327-341 (2008).
  18. Zobitz, J. M., D. Moore, W. J. Sacks, R. K. Monson, D. R. Bowling, D. S. Schimel, "Integration of Process-based Soil Respiration Models with Whole-Ecosystem CO2 Measurements," Ecosystems, 11:250-269 (2008).
  19. Von Fischer, J. C., Tieszen, L. L. and Schimel, D. S., Climate controls on C3 vs. C4 productivity in North American grasslands from carbon isotope composition of soil organic matter. Global Change Biology, 14: 1141-1155 (2008).
  20. Doney, Scott C. and David S. Schimel. Carbon and Climate System Coupling on Timescales from the Precambrian to the Anthropocene. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol. 32: 31 -66 (2008).
  21. Ammann, Caspar M., Fortunat Joos,, David S. Schimel, Bette L. Otto-Bliesner and Robert A. Tomas. Solar influence on climate during the past millennium: Results from transient simulations with the NCAR Climate System Model. PNAS. 104 3713-3718 (2007)
  22. Rebecca A. Sherry, Xuhui Zhou, Shiliang Gu, John A. Arnone III, David S. Schimel , Paul S. Verburg, Linda L. Wallace and Yiqi Luo. Divergence of reproductive phenology under climate warming. PNAS, 2, vol. 104 (2007).
  23. Sacks, William J., David S. Schimel, Russell K. Monson. Coupling between carbon cycling and climate in a high-elevation, subalpine forest: a model-data fusion analysis. Oecologia 4: 54-68 (2007).
  24. F. S. Chapin, G. M. Woodwell, J. T. Randerson, E. B. Rastetter, G. M. Lovett, D. D. Baldocchi, D. A. Clark, M. E. Harmon, D. S. Schimel and R. Valentini, et al. Reconciling Carbon-cycle Concepts, Terminology, and Methods. Ecosystems, 2006 9, 71041-1050 (2006).
  25. Sacks, W. J., Schimel, D. S., Monson, R. K. and Braswel, B. H., Model-data synthesis of diurnal and seasonal CO2 fluxes at Niwot Ridge, Colorado. Global Change Biology, 12: 240-259 (2006).
  26. Baker, D. F., Doney, S. C. and Schimel, D. S., Variational data assimilation for atmospheric CO2. Tellus B, 58: 359-365 (2006).
  27. Schimel, D.S., Climate Change and Crop Yields: Beyond Cassandra. Science: 312. pp. 1889-1890 (2006).
  28. Rosenbloom, N. A., J. W. Harden, J. C. Neff, and D. S. Schimel. Geomorphic control of landscape carbon accumulation, J. Geophys. Res., 111, G01004 (2006).
  29. David Schimel, Inez Fung, and Ruth Defries. Space-based ecological observations: the NASA decadal survey. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 4: 171-171 (2006).
  30. Hobbs, N. Thompson, Saran Twombly, and David S. Schimel. Deepening Ecological Insights Using Contemporary Statistics. Ecological Applications 16:3-4 (2006).
  31. Churkina, G., Schimel, D., Braswell, B. H. and Xiao, X., Spatial analysis of growing season length control over net ecosystem exchange. Global Change Biology, 11: 1777-1787 (2005).
  32. Li, Changsheng, Yahui Zhuang, Steve Frolking, James Galloway, Robert Harriss, Berrien Moore, David Schimel, and Xiaoke Wang. Modeling soil organic carbon change in croplands of China. Ecological Applications 13:327-336 (2003).
  33. Dilling, Lisa, Scott C. Doney, Jae Edmonds, Kevin R. Gurney, Robert Harriss, David Schimel, Britton Stephens, and Gerald Stokes. The role of carbon cycle observations and knowledge in carbon management. Annual Review of Environment and Resources. Vol. 28: 521-558 (2003).
  34. Hibbard, K. A., D. S. Schimel, S. Archer, D. S. Ojima, and W. Parton. Grassland to woodland transitions: Integrating changes in landscape structure and biogeochemistry. Ecological Applications 13:911-926 (2003).
  35. Rödenbeck C., S. Houweling, G. Churkina, C. LeQuere, S. Koerner, M. Gloor, D. Schimel & M. Heimann 2003. Time-dependent atmospheric CO2 inversions based on interannually varying transport, Tellus, 55B, 488-497 (2003).
  36. Wang, Guiling and David Schimel. Climate change, climate modes and climate impacts. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol. 28: 1 -28 (2003).
  37. Schimel, D., T. G. F. . Kittel, S. . Running, R. . Monson, A. . Turnispeed, and D. Anderson, Carbon sequestration studied in western U.S. mountains, Eos Trans. AGU, 83(40), doi:10.1029/2002EO000314 (2002).
  38. Schimel D and D Baker. The wildfire factor. Nature 420, 29-30 (2002).
  39. Reiners, W. A., S. Liu, K. G. Gerow, M. Keller, and D. S. Schimel, Historical and future land use effects on N2O and NO emissions using an ensemble modeling approach: Costa Rica's Caribbean lowlands as an example, Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 16(4), 1068-1086 (2002).
  40. S. W. Pacala, G. C. Hurtt, D. Baker, P. Peylin, R. A. Houghton, R. A. Birdsey, L. Heath, E. T. Sundquist, R. F. Stallard, P. Ciais, P. Moorcroft, J. P. Caspersen, E. Shevliakova, B. Moore, G. Kohlmaier, E. Holland, M. Gloor, M. E. Harmon, S.-M. Fan, J. L. Sarmiento, C. L. Goodale, D. Schimel, and C. B. Field. Consistent Land- and Atmosphere-Based U.S. Carbon Sink Estimates. Science 22 2001: 2316-2320 (2001).

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