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 Carbon Cycle And Ecosystems: People
David  Schimel's Picture
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Curriculum Vitae:

David Schimel
Group Supervisor

  • 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

Refereed Publications (202: current H-Index 2019 = 74)

See CV for a complete list of publications.

  1. Schneider, F. D., A. Ferraz, and D. Schimel (2019), Watching Earth's interconnected systems at work, Eos, 100, Published on 31 October 2019
  2. Crowell S, Baker D, Schuh A, Basu S, Jacobson AR, Chevallier F, Liu J, Deng F, Feng L, McKain K, Chatterjee A. The 2015-2016 carbon cycle as seen from OCO-2 and the global in situ network. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 2019 Aug 2;19(15):9797-831.
  3. Whelan AM, Schimel DS. Authorship and Gender in ESA Journals. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America. 2019 Jul 1;100(3):1-9.
  4. Magney TS, Bowling DR, Logan BA, Grossmann K, Stutz J, Blanken PD, Burns SP, Cheng R, Garcia MA, Kӧhler P, Lopez S, Parazoo, N, Raczka, B, Schimel, D, and Frankenberg, C. Mechanistic evidence for tracking the seasonality of photosynthesis with solar-induced fluorescence. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2019 Jun 11;116(24):11640-5.
  5. Schimel, D, F Schneider and JPL Carbon and Ecosystem Participants. 2019. Flux towers in the sky: global ecology from space. New Phytologist,
  6. Barnett DT, Duffy PA, Schimel DS, Krauss RE, Irvine KM, Davis FW, Gross JE, Azuaje EI, Thorpe AS, Gudex‐Cross D, Patterson M. The terrestrial organism and biogeochemistry spatial sampling design for the National Ecological Observatory Network. Ecosphere. 2019 Feb;10(2):e02540.
  7. Barnett DT, Adler PB, Chemel BR, Duffy PA, Enquist BJ, Grace JB, Harrison S, Peet RK, Schimel DS, Stohlgren TJ, Vellend M. The plant diversity sampling design for The National Ecological Observatory Network. Ecosphere. 2019 Feb;10(2):e02603.
  8. Schneider FD, Morsdorf F, Schmid B, Petchey OL, Hueni A, Schimel DS, Schaepman ME. Mapping functional diversity from remotely sensed morphological and physiological forest traits. Nature communications. 2017 Nov 13;8(1):1441.
  9. Gaubert B, Stephens BB, Basu S, Chevallier F, Deng F, Kort EA, Patra PK, Peters W, Rödenbeck C, Saeki T, Schimel D. Global atmospheric CO 2 inverse models converging on neutral tropical land exchange, but disagreeing on fossil fuel and atmospheric growth rate. Biogeosciences. 2019 Jan 16;16(1):117-34.
  10. Dutta D, Schimel DS, Sun Y, Tol CV, Frankenberg C. Optimal inverse estimation of ecosystem parameters from observations of carbon and energy fluxes. Biogeosciences. 2019 Jan 11;16(1):77-103.
  11. Moore B, Crowell S, Rayner P, Kumer J, O'Dell C, O'Brien D, Utembe S, Polonsky I, Schimel D, Lemen J. The Potential of the Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory (GeoCarb) to Provide Multi-scale Constraints on the Carbon Cycle in the Americas. Frontiers in Environmental Science. 2018;6:109.
  12. Garonna I, de Jong R, Stöckli R, Schmid B, Schenkel D, Schimel D, Schaepman ME. Shifting relative importance of climatic constraints on land surface phenology. Environmental Research Letters. 2018 Feb 12;13(2):024025.
  13. Fox AM, Hoar TJ, Anderson JL, Arellano AF, Smith WK, Litvak ME, MacBean N, Schimel DS, Moore DJ. Evaluation of a Data Assimilation System for Land Surface Models using CLM4. 5. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems. 2018 Oct;10(10):2471-94.
  14. Liu J, Bowman KW, Schimel D, Parazoo NC, Jiang Z, Lee M, Bloom AA, Wunch D, Frankenberg C, Sun Y, Odell CW. Response to Comment on "Contrasting carbon cycle responses of the tropical continents to the 2015-2016 El Niño". Science. 2018 Nov 30;362(6418)
  15. Jeong SJ, Bloom AA, Schimel D, Sweeney C, Parazoo NC, Medvigy D, Schaepman-Strub G, Zheng C, Schwalm CR, Huntzinger DN, Michalak AM. Accelerating rates of Arctic carbon cycling revealed by long-term atmospheric CO2 measurements. Science Advances. 2018 Jul 1;4(7)
  16. Stavros EN, Coen J, Peterson B, Singh H, Kennedy K, Ramirez C, Schimel D. Use of imaging spectroscopy and LIDAR to characterize fuels for fire behavior prediction. Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment. 2018 Aug 1;11:41-50.
  17. Cawse-Nicholson K, Fisher JB, Famiglietti CA, Braverman A, Schwandner FM, Lewicki JL, Townsend PA, Schimel DS, Pavlick R, Bormann KJ, Ferraz A. Ecosystem responses to elevated CO2 using airborne remote sensing at Mammoth Mountain, California. Biogeosciences. 2018 Dec 14;15(24):7403-18.
  18. Sellers PJ, Schimel DS, Moore B, Liu J, Eldering A. Observing carbon cycle-climate feedbacks from space. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2018 Jul 9:201716613.
  19. Eldering, A., P.O. Wennberg, D. Crisp, D. Schimel, M.R. Gunson, A. Chatterjee, J. Liu, F. Schwandner, Y. Sun, C.W. O'Dell, C. Frankenberg, T. Taylor, B. Fisher, G.B. Osterman, D. Wunch, J. Hakkarainen, J. Tamminen. Evaluation of the flux of carbon dioxide to and from the atmosphere: The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 Early Science Investigations. Science 2017 Oct 13; 358 (6360).
  20. Chatterjee A, Gierach MM, Sutton AJ, Feely RA, Crisp D, Eldering A, Gunson MR, O'dell CW, Stephens BB, Schimel DS. Influence of El Niño on atmospheric CO2 over the tropical Pacific Ocean: Findings from NASA's OCO-2 mission. Science. 2017 Oct 13; 358(6360)
  21. Liu J, Bowman KW, Schimel DS, Parazoo NC, Jiang Z, Lee M, Bloom AA, Wunch D, Frankenberg C, Sun Y, O'Dell CW. Contrasting carbon cycle responses of the tropical continents to the 2015-2016 El Ni ño. Science. 2017 Oct 13; 358(6360)
  22. Sun, Y., C. Frankenberg, J. Wood3, M. Jung, L. Guanter, D. Schimel, D. Drewry, M. Verma, A. Porcar-Castell, T. Griffis, L. Gu, T. Magney, P. Köhler, B. Evans . OCO-2 advances photosynthesis observation from space via solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence. Science, 2017, Oct 13; 358 (6360)
  23. Schwandner , Florian M., Michael R. Gunson, Charles E. Miller, Simon A. Carn, Annmarie E. Eldering, Thomas Krings, David S. Schimel, Hai M. Nguyen, David Crisp, Christopher W. O'Dell, Gregory B. Osterman, Debra Wunch, Paul O. Wennberg, Coleen M. Roehl, Laura T. Iraci, James R. Podolske. Space-Borne Detection of Carbon Dioxide Localized Sources. Science, Oct 13; 358 (6360)
  24. Konings AG, Yu Y, Xu L, Yang Y, Schimel DS, Saatchi SS. 2017. Active microwave observations of diurnal and seasonal variations of canopy water content across the humid African tropical forests. Geophysical Research Letters. In press.
  25. Fisher, J.B., Melton, F., Middleton, E., Hain, C., Anderson, M., Allen, R., McCabe, M., Hook, S., Baldocchi, D.D., Townsend, P.A., Kilic, A., S., Tu, K.P., Miralles, D., Perret, J., Lagouarde, J.-P., Waliser, D., Purdy, A.J., French, A., Schimel, D., Famiglietti, J., Stephens, G., Wood, E.F., 2017. The Future of Evapotranspiration: Global requirements for ecosystem functioning, carbon and climate feedbacks, agricultural management, and water resources. Water Resources Research 53,
  26. Fisher JB, et al. The future of evapotranspiration: Global requirements for ecosystem functioning, carbon and climate feedbacks, agricultural management, and water resources. Water Resources Research. 2017 Apr 1;53(4):2618-26.
  27. Konings AG, Yu Y, Xu L, Yang Y, Schimel DS, Saatchi SS. Active microwave observations of diurnal and seasonal variations of canopy water content across the humid African tropical forests. Geophysical Research Letters. 2017 Mar 16;44(5):2290-9.
  28. Verma, M., David Schimel, Bradley Evans, Christian Frankenberg, Jason Beringer, Darren T. Drewry, Troy Magney, Ian Marang, Lindsay Hutley, Caitlin Moore and AM Eldering. 2017, Effect of environmental conditions on the relationship between solar induced fluorescence and gross primary productivity at an OzFlux grassland site, J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosci., 122 (3): 716-733
  29. Stavros EN, Tane Z, Kane VR, Veraverbeke S, McGaughey RJ, Lutz JA, Ramírez C, Schimel D. Unprecedented remote sensing data over King and Rim megafires in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. Ecology. 2016 Nov 1;97(11):3244-3244.
  30. Jeong SJ, Schimel D, Frankenberg C, Drewry DT, Fisher JB, Verma M, Berry JA, Lee JE, Joiner J. Application of satellite solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence to understanding large-scale variations in vegetation phenology and function over northern high latitude forests. 2017. Remote Sensing of Environment;190:178-87.
  31. Bloom AA, Lauvaux T, Worden J, Yadav V, Duren R, Sander SP, Schimel DS. What are the greenhouse gas observing system requirements for reducing fundamental biogeochemical process uncertainty? Amazon wetland CH 4 emissions as a case study. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 2016 Dec 8;16(23):15199-218.
  32. Schimel D, Sellers P, Moore III B, Chatterjee A, Baker D, Berry J, Bowman K, Crisp PC, Crowell S, Denning S, Duren R. et al, Observing the carbon-climate system. 2016, arXiv preprint arXiv:1604.02106. 2016 Apr 7.
  33. Jetz W, Cavender-Bares J, Pavlick R, Schimel D, Davis FW, Asner GP, Guralnick R, Kattge J, Latimer AM, Moorcroft P, Schaepman ME. Monitoring plant functional diversity from space. Nature Plants. 2016 Mar 2;2:16024.
  34. Schimel, D, K. Hibbard, D. Costa, P. Cox, S. van der Leeuw. 2015, Analysis, integration and modeling of the Earth system (AIMES), Anthropocene, 12 pp. 99-106
  35. Bloom, A.A., Worden, J., Jiang, Z., Worden, H., Kurosu, T., Frankenberg, C. and Schimel, D., 2015. Remote‐sensing constraints on South America fire traits by Bayesian fusion of atmospheric and surface data. Geophysical Research Letters, 42(4), pp.1268-1274.
  36. Schimel, D. and Keller, M., 2015. Big questions, big science: meeting the challenges of global ecology. Oecologia, 177(4), pp.925-934.
  37. Saatchi, S., Mascaro, J., Xu, L., Keller, M., Yang, Y., Duffy, P., Espírito‐Santo, F., Baccini, A., Chambers, J. and Schimel, D., 2015. Seeing the forest beyond the trees. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 24(5), pp.606-610.
  38. Schimel, D., Stephens, B.B. and Fisher, J.B., 2015. Effect of increasing CO2 on the terrestrial carbon cycle. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(2), pp.436-441.
  39. Schimel, D., Pavlick, R., Fisher, J.B., Asner, G.P., Saatchi, S., Townsend, P., Miller, C., Frankenberg, C., Hibbard, K. and Cox, P., 2015. Observing terrestrial ecosystems and the carbon cycle from space. Global change Biology, 21(5), pp.1762-1776.
  40. Schimel D. Forests in the Global Carbon Cycle. In Challenges and Opportunities for the World's Forests in the 21st Century 2014 (pp. 231-239). Springer, Dordrecht.

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