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
2019 Highly CIted Researcher, Ecology and the Environment and Geosciences, ISI Thompson Reuters
2014-2016, 2018 Highly Cited Researcher, Geosciences, ISI Thompson Reuters
2014 NASA Group Achievement Award
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, AGU
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.
7/13 - 6/17 Chancellor's Professor of Earth System Science, UC Irvine
7/03 - 6/13 Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and 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.
187. Andela, N., D.C. Morton, L. Giglio, R. Paugam, Y. Chen, S. Hantson, S. Veraverbeke, G.R. van der Werf, and J.T. Randerson. 2019. The Global Fire Atlas of individual fire size, duration, speed, and direction. Earth System Science Data. 11: 529-552. doi: 10.5194/essd-11-529-2019.

186. Langenbrunner, B., M.S. Pritchard, G.J. Kooperman, and J.T. Randerson. 2019. Why does Amazon precipitation decrease when tropical forests respond to increasing atmospheric CO2? Earth’s Future. 7: 450-468. doi: 10.1029/2018EF001026.

185. Levine, P.A., M. Xu, F.M. Hoffman, Y. Chen, M. S. Pritchard, and J.T. Randerson. 2019. Soil moisture variability intensifies and prolongs eastern Amazon temperature and carbon cycle response to El Niño-Southern Oscillation. Journal of Climate. 32: 1273–1292. doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-18-0150.1.

184. Woodard, D., S.J. Davis, and J.T. Randerson. 2019. Economic carbon cycle feedbacks may offset additional warming from natural feedbacks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 116: 759-764. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1805187115.
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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