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Madeleine Pascolini-Campbell

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 300-331

Pasadena, CA 91109

Curriculum Vitae:

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Member of:

Water & Ecosystems



I am interested in regional and global hydroclimate variability, as well as science applications in agriculture and wildfire monitoring and prediction. I am interested in the role human activity such as land cover change has on the water cycle. My research uses in situ observations, climate models, and satellite remote sensing including GRACE, GRACE-FO and ECOSTRESS.


  • 2018 PhD Climate Science, Columbia University
  • MA 2015 Climate Science, Columbia University
  • BA 2011 Geography, Cambridge University

Professional Experience

  • 2021 – Present: Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
  • 2020 – 2021: JPL Postdoc, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
  • 2018 – 2020: NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP), NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
  • 2013 – 2018: Graduate Researcher, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • 2012 – 2013: Visiting Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany

Research Interests

  • Evapotranspiration
  • Monitoring and predicting wildfire
  • Global water cycle changes
  • Human impacts on the water cycle
  • Agriculture

Selected Awards

  • 2020 JPL Postdoc Research Day Award
  • 2018 NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Award
  • 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Selected Publications

  1. Pascolini-Campbell, M. A. Soil and plants lose more water under drought. Nature Climate Change (2022).
  2. Pascolini-Campbell, M., Lee, C., Stavros, N. & Fisher, J. B. (2022). ECOSTRESS reveals pre-fire vegetation controls on burn severity for Southern California wildfires of 2020. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 31, 1976– 1989.
  3. Raymond., C., Suarez-Gutierrez, L., Kornhuber, K., Pascolini-Campbell, M., Sillmann, J. and D. E. Waliser “Increasing spatiotemporal proximity of heat and precipitation extremes in a warming world quantified by a large model ensemble”, 2022, Environmental Research Letters
  4. Pascolini‐Campbell, M. A., Fisher, J. B. & J. T. Reager “GRACE-ECOSTRESS synergies constrain fine-scale impacts on large-scale water balance”, 2021, Geophysical Research Letters, 48(15), e2021GL093984.
  5. Pascolini‐Campbell, M. A., Reager, J. T., & Fisher, J. B. "GRACE‐based mass conservation as a validation target for basin‐scale evapotranspiration in the contiguous United States". Water Resources Research (2020), 56, e2019WR026594.
  6. Pascolini-Campbell, M.A., Seager, R., Cook, B.I. and P. Williams "Dynamics and variability of the spring dry season in the United States Southwest as observed in AmeriFlux and NLDAS-2 data", J. Hydrometeorology,(2019): 20, 1081–1102
  7. Pascolini-Campbell, M. A., Seager, R. Cook, B. I and Pinson, A. "Covariability of climate and streamflow in the Upper Rio Grande from interannual to decadal timescales", Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies 13 (2017): 58-71.
  8. Pascolini-Campbell, M., Zanchettin, D., Bothe, O., Timmreck, C., Matei, D., Jungclaus, J. H., & Graf, H. F. (2015). Toward a record of Central Pacific El Niño events since 1880. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 119(1-2), 379-389.