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Dana Chadwick

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4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109

Curriculum Vitae:

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Water & Ecosystems



I am an Earth System scientist researching the interconnections among ecosystems, critical zone processes, and the evolution of landscapes. My work utilizes imaging spectroscopy and lidar, extensive field sampling campaigns, and laboratory analyses. I combine these techniques to uncover spatial distributions of ecosystem characteristics and link these patterns to underlying processes.


  • Ph.D., Earth System Science, Stanford University
  • B.S., Environmental Economics and Policy, University of California Berkeley
  • B.A., Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California Berkeley

Professional Experience

  • Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2021 – present)
    • SBG VSWIR Project Science Team Member, JPL, 2023 -
    • Deputy Program Applications Lead, Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT), JPL, 2022 –
    • Terrestrial Field Lead, SBG High Frequency Time Series (SHIFT), JPL, 2022 -
  • Research Associate, University of Texas at Austin, 2021
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University, 2020
  • NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University & Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 2018-2019
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science, 2017

Research Interests

Landscape biogeochemistry, imaging spectroscopy, geomorphology, ecosystem ecology

Selected Awards

  • Voyager Award, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2022)
  • NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship (2018-2019)
  • NASA Earth and Space Science Graduate Fellowship (2014-2016)

Selected Publications

  1. Blonder, B., R. P.G. Brodrick, J.A. Walton, K.D. Chadwick, I. Breckheimer, S. Marchetti, C. Ray, K. Mock. Remote sensing of cytotype and its consequences for canopy damage in quaking aspen. Global Change Biology, 2022.
  2. McCormick*, E., D. Dralle, W.J. Hahm, A. Tune, L. Schmidt, K.D. Chadwick, D. Rempe. Evidence for widespread woody plant use of water stored in bedrock. Nature, 2021. Preprint: 10.21203/
  3. Thompson, D.R., P.G. Brodrick, K. Cawse-Nicholson, K.D. Chadwick, R.O. Green, B. Poulter, S. Serbin, A. Shiklomanov, P. Townsend, K. Turpie. Spectral Fidelity of Earth's Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems. JGR: Biogeosciences 2021. 10.1029/2021JG006273
  4. Ordway, E.M, A.J Elmore., S. Kolstoe, J.E. Quinn, R. Swanwick, M. Cattau., D. Taillie., S.M. Guinn, K.D. Chadwick, J. Atkins, et al. Leveraging the NEON Airborne Observation Platform for socio-environmental systems research. Ecosphere, 2021. doi: 10.1002/ecs2.3640
  5. Chadwick, K.D., P. Brodrick, K. Grant*, T. Goulden, A. Henderson*, N. Falco, H. Wainwright, K.H. Williams, M. Bill, I. Breckhiemer, E. Brodie, H Steltzer, C.F.R. Williams, B. Blonder, J. Chen, B. Dafflon, M. Hancher, A. Khurram, J Lamb, C Lawrence, M McCormick*, J Musinsky, S. Pierce, A. Polussa, M. Hastings Porro*, A. Scott*, H. Wu Singh, P. Sorensen, C. Varadharajan, B. Whitney, K. Maher. Integrating airborne remote sensing and field campaigns for ecology and Earth system science. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 2020. doi: 10.1111/2041‐210X.13463
  6. Chadwick, K.D., G.P. Asner. Geomorphic transience moderates topographic controls on tropical canopy foliar traits. Ecology Letters, 2020. doi: 10.1111/ele.13531
  7. Chadwick, K.D., G.P. Asner. Landscape evolution and nutrient rejuvenation reflected in Amazon forest canopy chemistry. Ecology Letters, 2018. doi: 10.1111/ele.12963
  8. Martin, R.E., K.D. Chadwick, P.G. Brodrick, L. Carranza-Jimenez, N.R. Vaughn, G.P. Asner. An approach for foliar trait retrieval from airborne imaging spectroscopy of tropical forests. Remote Sensing, 2018. doi: 10.3390/rs10020199
  9. Chadwick, K.D., G.P. Asner. Organismic-scale remote sensing of canopy foliar traits in lowland tropical forests. Remote Sensing, 2016. doi: 10.3390/rs8020087.
  10. Chadwick, K.D., G.P. Asner. Tropical soil nutrient distributions determined by biotic and hillslope processes. Biogeochemistry, 2016. doi: 10.1007/s10533-015-0179-z
  11. Cleveland, C.C., P. Taylor, K.D. Chadwick, K. Dahlin, C.E. Doughty, Y. Malhi, W.K. Smith, B.W. Sullivan, W.R. Wieder, and A.R. Townsend. A comparison of plot-based, satellite and Earth system model estimates of tropical forest net primary production. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 2015. doi: 10.1002/2014GB005022.
  12. Asner, G.P., D.E. Knapp, R.E. Martin, R. Tupayachi, C. B. Anderson, J. Mascaro, F. Sinca, R. Vaudry, K.D. Chadwick, M. Higgins, W. Farfan, W. Llactayo, and M.R. Silman. Targeted carbon conservation at national scales with high-resolution monitoring. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2014. doi: