James T. Randerson

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Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Professor, Earth System Science (Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Stanford University, 1998)
Prof. Randerson's storied career brings considerable expertise in the study of the global carbon cycle using remote sensing and in-situ measurements and different types of models. Current research themes in his laboratory include climate-carbon cycle feedbacks, land use change, and the effects of fire on ecosystem function and atmospheric composition. He has conducted field work in Alaska and Siberia to assess the long-term impacts of fire on surface energy exchange and fluxes of carbon dioxide. After serving as faculty at Caltech, in 2003 James moved to UC Irvine where he now holds the position of Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Professor of Earth System Science. He serves as a member of the Biological and Environmental Research Federal Advisory Committee for the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Office of Science.

Research Interests: 

Climate-carbon cycle feedbacks, fires, land cover change, remote sensing, tropical deforestation, global change in arctic and boreal ecosystems, terrestrial ecosystems and climate policy

Selected Honors and Awards: 
American Geophysical Union: James B. Macelwane Medal, 2005
American Geophysical Union: Piers J. Sellers Global Environmental Change Mid-Career Award, 2017
Fellow, American Geophysical Union
Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences