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Clayton Elder

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 233-200

Pasadena, CA 91109





Member of:

Carbon Cycle And Ecosystems


  • PhD Earth System Science, University of California Irvine
  • MS Earth System Science, University of California Irvine
  • BS Environmental Science, Oklahoma State University

Professional Experience

  • NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, JPL 2018-present
  • Research Assistant, Earth System Science Department, UC Irvine 2012-2017
  • Teaching Assistant, Earth System Science Department, UC Irvine 2012-2017
  • NASA Student Airborne Research Program, Armstrong Flight Research Center 2011

Research Interests

  • Using isotopes to investigate the origins of methane and carbon dioxide emissions from permafrost regions
  • Aircraft remote sensing of Boreal and Arctic methane emissions
  • Merging the scales of in-situ observations with high resolution remote sensing datasets to constrain complex ecological processes in the Arctic

Selected Awards

  • NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship (2017)
  • Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Fellowship (2014)

Selected Publications

  1. Elder, C.D., Thompson, D.R., Thorpe, A.K., H. Chandanpurkar, Hanke, P.J., Hasson, N., James, S., Minsley, B., Pastick, N., D. Olefeldt, Walter Anthony, K.M., Miller, C.E. (2021). Characterizing methane emission hotspots from thawing permafrost. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 35(12), e2020GB006922.
  2. Baskaran, L., Elder, C., Bloom, A. A., Ma, S., Thompson, D., & Miller, C. E. (2021). Geomorphological patterns of remotely sensed methane hot spots in the Mackenzie Delta, Canada. Environmental Research Letters (In Press).
  3. Miner, K.M., Turetsky, M., Fernandez-Prieto, D., Bartsch, A., Tamminen, J., Fix, A., Sweeney, C., Malina, E., Elder, C.D., Miller, C.E. Dynamic Permafrost Carbon in the New Arctic. Nature Reviews Earth & Environment (Accepted).
  4. Schimel, D., Schneider, F., Bloom, A., Bowman, K., Cawse-Nicholson, K., Elder, C.D., Ferraz, A., Fisher, J., Hulley, G., Liu, J., Magney, T., Meyer, V., Miller C.E., Parazoo, N., Pavlick, R., Podest, E., Saatchi, S., Stavros, N., Keller, M., Townsend, P., Zheng, T. (2019). Flux towers in the sky: global ecology from space. New Phytologist.
  5. Elder, C. D., Thompson, D. R., Thorpe, A. K., Hanke, P., Walter Anthony, K. M., & Miller, C. E. (2020). Airborne Mapping Reveals Emergent Power Law of Arctic Methane Emissions. Geophysical Research Letters, 47(3), e2019GL085707.
  6. Elder, C. D., Schweiger, M., Lam, B., Crook, E. D., Xu, X., Walker, J., ... & Czimczik, C. I. (2019). Seasonal Sources of Whole‐Lake CH4 and CO2 Emissions From Interior Alaskan Thermokarst Lakes. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 124(5), 1209-1229.
  7. Elder, C. D., Xu, X., Walker, J., Schnell, J. L., Hinkel, K. M., Townsend-Small, A., ... & Czimczik, C. I. (2018). Greenhouse gas emissions from diverse Arctic Alaskan lakes are dominated by young carbon. Nature Climate Change, 8(2), 166-171.