James T Randerson

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Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone 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
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
Academic Distinctions
2017 Piers J. Sellers Global Environmental Change Mid-Career Award, American Geophysical Union
2017 Elected to the National Academy of Sciences of the United States
2014-2016 Highly Cited Researcher, Geosciences, Thompson Reuters
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.
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
Research Abstract
Randerson studies 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. 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 and a member of the US National Academy of Sciences.
177. Kooperman, G.J., Y. Chen, F.M. Hoffman, C.D. Koven, K. Lindsay, M.S. Pritchard, A.L.S. Swann, and J.T. Randerson. 2018. Forest response to rising CO2 drives zonally asymmetric rainfall change over tropical land. Nature Climate Change. doi: 10.1038/s41558-018-0144-7.

176. Fu, W., F. Primeau, J.K. Moore, K. Lindsay, and J.T. Randerson. 2018. Reversal of increasing tropical ocean hypoxia trends with sustained climate warming. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. doi: 10.1002/2017GB005788.

175. Moore, J.K., W. Fu, F. Primeau, G.L. Britten, K. Lindsay, M. Long, S.C. Doney, N.M. Mahowald, F. Hoffman, and J.T. Randerson. 2018. Sustained climate warming drives declining marine biological productivity. Science. 359: 1139–1143.

174. Dietze, M.C., A. Fox, L. Beck-Johnson, J. Betancourt, M.B. Hooten, C.S. Jarnevich, T.H. Keitt, M.A. Kenney, C.M. Laney, L.G. Larsen, H.W. Loescher, C.K. Lunch, B.C. Pijanowski, J.T. Randerson, E.K. Read, A.T. Tredennick, R. Vargas, K.C. Weathers, and E.P. White. 2018. Iterative near-term ecological forecasting: Needs, opportunities, and challenges. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1710231115.

173. Gorris, M., L.A. Cat, C.S. Zender, K.K. Treseder, and J.T. Randerson. 2018. Coccidioidomycosis dynamics in relation to climate in the southwestern United States. GeoHealth. 2: 6–24.

172. Pellegrini, A.F.A., A. Ahlström, S.E. Hobbie, P.B. Reich, L.P. Nieradzik, A.C. Staver, B.C. Scharenbroch, A. Jumpponen, W.R.L. Anderegg, J.T. Randerson, and R.B. Jackson. 2018. Fire frequency drives decadal changes in soil carbon and nitrogen and ecosystem productivity. Nature. 553: 194–198.

171. Chen, Y., D.C. Morton, G.R. van der Werf, L. Giglio, N. Andela, and J.T. Randerson. 2017. A pan-tropical cascade of fire driven by El Niño/Southern Oscillation. Nature Climate Change. 7: 906-911.

170. Mouteva, G.O., J.T. Randerson, S.M. Fahrni, S.E. Bush, J.R. Ehleringer, X. Xu, G.M. Santos, R. Kuprov, B.A. Schichtel, and C.I. Czimczik. 2017. Using radiocarbon to constrain black and organic carbon aerosol sources in Salt Lake City. Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres. 122: 9843–9857.

169. Mahowald, N.M., D.S. Ward, S.C. Doney, P.G. Hess, and J.T. Randerson. 2017. Are the impacts of land use on warming underestimated in climate policy? Environmental Research Letters. 12: 094016.

168. van der Werf, G.R., J.T. Randerson, L. Giglio, T.T. van Leeuwen, Y. Chen, B.M. Rogers, M. Mu, M.J.E. van Marle, D.C. Morton, G.J. Collatz, R.J. Yokelson, P.S. Kasibhatla. 2017. Global fire emissions estimates during 1997-2016. Earth System Science Data. 9: 697-720.

167. Andela, N., D.C. Morton, L. Giglio, Y. Chen, G. van der Werf, P.S. Kasibhatla, R.S DeFries, G.J. Collatz, S. Hantson, S. Kloster, D. Bachelet, M. Forrest, G. Lasslop, F. Li, S. Mangeon, J.R. Melton, C. Yue, and J.T. Randerson. 2017. A human-driven decline in global burned area. Science. 356: 1356–1362.

166. Veraverbeke, S.N., B.M. Rogers, M.L. Goulden, R. Jandt, C.E. Miller, E.B. Wiggins, and J.T. Randerson. 2017. Lightning as a major driver of recent large fire years in North American boreal forests. Nature Climate Change. 7(7): 529–534.

165. Commane, R., J. Lindaas, J. Benmergui, K.A. Luus, R.Y.-W. Chang, B.C. Daube, E.S. Euskirchen, J.M. Henderson, A. Karion, J.B. Miller, S.M. Miller, N.C. Parazoo, J.T. Randerson, C. Sweeney, P. Tans, K. Thoning, S. Veraverbeke, C.E. Miller, and S.C. Wofsy. 2017. Carbon dioxide sources from Alaska driven by increasing early winter respiration from Arctic tundra. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States. 114 (21): 5361-5366.

164. Mahowald, N.M., J.T. Randerson, K. Lindsay, E. Munoz, S.C. Doney, P. Lawrence, S. Schlunegger, D.S. Ward, D. Lawrence, and F.M. Hoffman. 2017. Interactions between land use change and carbon cycle feedbacks. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 31(1): 96-113.
Professional Societies
American Geophysical Union, Fellow
Ecological Society of America
American Association for the Advancement of Science
National Academy of Sciences of the United States
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