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James T Randerson

Chancellor's Professor, Earth System Science
School of Physical Sciences

Ph.D., Stanford University, 1998, Biological Sciences

B.S., Stanford University, 1992, Chemistry

Phone: (949) 824-9030
Fax: (949) 824-3874
Email: jranders@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
Department of Earth System Science
3212 Croul Hall
Mail Code: 3100
Irvine, CA 92697

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Climate-carbon cycle feedbacks, fires, land cover change, remote sensing, tropical deforestation, global change in arctic and boreal ecosystems, terrestrial ecosystems and climate policy
URL Randerson Lab Home Page
2012 Chancellor's Professor of Earth System Science, UC Irvine
2008 Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Outstanding Paper Award, NOAA
2005 Macelwane Medal, American Geophysical Union
2005 Fellow, American Geophysical Union (awarded with Macelwane Medal)
2005, 2002 Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Global
Biogeochemical Cycles, American Geophysical Union
1998 Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow, DOE
1994 Earth System Science Graduate Fellowship, NASA
1987 John D. Isaacs Marine Fellowship. Awarded by California Sea Grant.
Appointments 7/03 - 6/09 Assistant, Associate Professor of Earth System Science, UC Irvine
3/00 - 6/03 Assistant Professor, Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, Caltech
9/98 - 2/00 Postdoctoral scholar at U.C. Berkeley and University of Alaska
Dr. James T. Randerson is a Professor in the Department of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Randerson studies the 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. He is a member of the science team for NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory and co-chair of the Biogeochemistry Working Group of the Community Earth System Model. In 2005 Randerson was the recipient of the James B. Macelwane Medal awarded by the American Geophysical Union for "significant contributions to the geophysical sciences by an outstanding young scientist." He received a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (1998) and a B.S. in Chemistry (1992) from Stanford University. He conducted work as a postdoctoral scholar at University of California, Berkeley and University of Alaska. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.
Publications 120. Todd-Brown, K.E.O., J.T. Randerson, W.M. Post, F.M. Hoffman, C. Tarnocai, E.A.G. Schuur, and S.D. Allison. 2012. Causes of variation in soil carbon predictions from CMIP5 Earth system models and comparison with observations. Biogeosciences. In prep.

119. Chen, Y., I. Velicogna, J.S. Famiglietti, and J.T. Randerson. 2012. Satellite observations of terrestrial water storage provide early warning information about fire season severity in the Amazon. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Submitted.

118. Rogers, B.M., J.T. Randerson, and G.B. Bonan. 2012. High latitude cooling associated with landscape changes from North American boreal forest fires. Biogeosciences Discussions. Submitted.

117. Randerson, J.T., Y. Chen, G.R. van der Werf, B.M. Rogers, and D.C. Morton. 2012. How important are small fires for global burned area and biomass burning emissions? Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences. Submitted.

116. Keppel-Aleks, G., J.T. Randerson, K. Lindsay, B. B. Stephens, J.K. Moore, S.C. Doney, P.E. Thornton, N.M. Mahowald, F.M. Hoffman, C. Sweeney, P.P. Tans, P.O. Wennberg, and S.C. Wofsy. 2012. Atmospheric carbon dioxide variability in the Community Earth System Model: Evaluation and transient dynamics during the 20th and 21st centuries. Journal of Climate. Submitted.

115. Lindsay, K., G. B. Bonan, S.C. Doney, F.M. Hoffman, D.M. Lawrence, M.C. Long, N.M. Mahowald, J.K. Moore, J.T. Randerson, and P.E. Thornton. 2012. Preindustrial control and 20th century carbon cycle experiments with the Earth system model CESM1-(BGC). Journal of Climate. Submitted.

114. Morton, D.C., G.J. Collatz, D. Wang, J.T. Randerson, L. Giglio, and Y. Chen. 2012. Satellite-based assessment of climate controls on U.S. burned area. Biogeosciences Discussions. 9: 7853-7892.

113. Ward, D.S., S. Kloster, N.M. Mahowald, B.M. Rogers, J.T. Randerson, and P.G. Hess. 2012. The changing radiative forcing of fires: Global model estimates for past, present, and future. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions.

112. Marlier, M.E., R.S. DeFries, A. Voulgarkis, P.L. Kinney, J.T. Randerson, D.T. Shindell, Y. Chen, and G. Faluvegi. 2012. El Niño and health risks from landscape fire emissions in southeast Asia. Nature Geosciences. doi: 10.1038/NCLIMATE1658.

111. Jin, Y., J.T. Randerson, M.L. Goulden, and S.J. Goetz. 2012. Post-fire changes in surface shortwave radiation along a latitudinal gradient in boreal North America. Geophysical Research Letters. 39: L13403. doi:10.1029/2012GL051790.

110. Lin, H.-w., Y. Jin, L. Giglio, J.A. Foley, and J.T. Randerson. 2012. Evaluating greenhouse gas emissions inventories for agricultural burning using satellite observations of active fires. Ecological Applications. 22: 1345–1364.

109. Johnston, F.H., S.B. Henderson, Y. Chen, J.T. Randerson, M. Marlier, R.S. DeFries, P. Kinney, D.M.J.S. Bowman, and M. Brauer. 2012. Estimated global mortality attributable to smoke from landscape fires. Environmental Health Perspectives. 120: 695-701.

108. Zender, C.S., A. G. Krolewski, M. G. Tosca, and J. T. Randerson. 2012. Tropical biomass burning smoke plume size, shape, reflectance, and age based on 2001–2009 MISR imagery of Borneo. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 12: 3437–3454. doi:10.5194/acp-12-3437-2012.

107. Jin, Y., J.T. Randerson, S.J. Goetz, P.S.A. Beck, M.M. Loranty, and M.L. Goulden. 2012. The influence of burn severity on post-fire vegetation recovery and albedo change during early succession in North American boreal forests. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences. 117: G01036. doi:10.1029/2011JG001886.

106. Kloster, S., N.M. Mahowald, J.T. Randerson, and P.J. Lawrence. 2012. The impacts of climate, land use, and demography on fires during the 21st century simulated by CLM-CN. Biogeosciences. 9: 509-525. doi:10.5194/bg-9-509-2012.

105. Mu, M., J.T. Randerson, G.R. van der Werf, L. Giglio, P. Kasibhatla, D. Morton, G.J. Collatz, R.S. DeFries, E.J. Hyer, E.M. Prins, D.W.T. Griffith, D. Wunch, G.C. Toon, V. Sherlock, and P.O. Wennberg. 2011. Daily and hourly variability in global fire emissions and consequences for atmospheric model predictions of carbon monoxide. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres. 116: D24303. doi:10.1029/2011JD016245.

104. Chen, Y., J.T. Randerson, D. C. Morton, R.S. DeFries, G. J. Collatz, P.S. Kasibhatla, L, Giglio, Y. Jin and M. Marlier. 2011. Forecasting fire season severity in South America using sea surface temperature anomalies. Science. 334: 787-791. doi:10.1126/science.1209472.

103. Kai, F.M., S.C. Tyler, J.T. Randerson, and D.R. Blake. 2011. Reduced methane growth rate explained by decreased northern hemisphere microbial sources. Nature. 476: 194-197. doi:10.1038/nature10259.

102. Jin, Y., J.T. Randerson, and M.L. Goulden. 2011. Net radiation and evapotranspiration estimated using MODIS satellite observations. Remote Sensing of the Environment. 115: 2302–2319.

101. Beck, P.S.A., S.J. Goetz, M.C. Mack, H.D. Alexander, Y. Jin, J.T. Randerson, and M.M. Loranty. 2011. The impacts and implications of an intensifying fire regime on Alaskan boreal forest composition and albedo. Global Change Biology. 17: 2853–2866. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2011.02412.x.

100. French, N.H.F., W.J. de Groot, L.K. Jenkins, B.M. Rogers, E. Alvarado, B. Amiro, B. de Jong, S. Goetz, E. Hoy, E. Hyer, R. Keane, B.E. Law, D. McKenzie, S.G. McNulty, R. Ottmar, D.R. Pérez-Salicrup, J. Randerson, K. M. Robertson, and M. Turetsky. 2011. Model comparisons for estimating carbon emissions from North American wildland fire. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences. 116: G00K05. doi:10.1029/2010JG001469.
American Geophysical Union, Fellow
Ecological Society of America
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Sigma Xi
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