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
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.
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
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. He is a 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 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 measurements to constrain black and organic carbon aerosol sources in Salt Lake City. Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres. In press.

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. In press. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa836d.

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, J.C. Collatz, R.J. Yokelson, and P.S. Kasibhatla. 2017. Global fire emission estimates during 1997-2016. Earth System Science Data. 9: 697-720. doi:10.5194/essd-9-697-2017.

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. doi: 10.1126/science.aal4108.

166. Veraverbeke, S.N., B.M. Rogers, M.L. Goulden, R.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. doi: 10.1038/nclimate3329.

165. Commane, R., J. Lindaas, J. Benmergui, K.A. Luus, R.Y.-W. Chang, B.C. Daube, E.S. Euskirchen, J.M. Henderson5, 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. 114(21): 5361-5366. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1618567114.

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. doi: 10.1002/2016GB005374.

163. Levine, P.A., J.T. Randerson, D.M. Lawrence, and S.C. Swenson. 2016. Evaluating the strength of the land-atmosphere moisture feedback in earth system models using satellite observations. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 20: 4837-4856. doi: 10.5194/hess-2016-206.

162. Wiggins, E.B., S. Veraverbeke, J. Henderson, A. Karion, J. Miller, J. Lindaas, R. Commane, C. Sweeney, K. Luus, M. Tosca, S. Dinardo, S. Wofsy, C. Miller, and J.T. Randerson. 2016. The influence of daily meteorology on boreal fire emissions and regional trace gas variability. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences. 121(11): 2793-2810. doi: 10.1002/2016JG003434.

161. Hopkins, F.M., J.R. Ehleringer, S.E. Bush, R.M. Duren, C.E. Miller, C.-Ta Lai, Y.-K. Hsu, V. Carranza, and J.T. Randerson. 2016. Mitigation of methane emissions in cities: how new measurements and partnerships can contribute to emissions reduction strategies. Earth’s Future. 4(9): 408-425. doi: 10.1002/2016EF000381.

160. Fu, W., J.T. Randerson, and J.K. Moore. 2016. Climate change impacts on net primary production (NPP) and export production (EP) regulated by increasing stratification and phytoplankton community structure in CMIP5 models. Biogeosciences. 13: 5151-5170. doi: 10.5194/bg-13-5151-2016.

159. He, Y., S.E. Trumbore, M.S. Torn, J.W. Harden, L.J.S. Vaughn, S.D. Allison, and J.T. Randerson. 2016. Radiocarbon constraints imply reduced carbon uptake by soils during the 21st century. Science. 353:1419-1424.

158. Swann, A.L.S., F.M. Hoffmann, C.D. Koven, and J.T. Randerson. 2016. Plant responses to increasing CO2 reduce estimates of climate impacts on drought severity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 113(36): 10019-10024. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1604581113.

157. Jones, C.D., V. Arora, P. Friedlingstein, L. Bopp, V. Brovkin, J. Dunne, H. Graven, F. Hoffman, T. Ilyina, J.G. John, M. Jung, M. Kawamiya, C. Koven, J. Pongratz, T. Raddatz, J.T. Randerson, and S. Zaehle. 2016. C4MIP – the Coupled-Climate Carbon Cycle Model Intercomparison Project: experimental protocol for CMIP6. Geoscientific Model Development. 9: 2853-2880. doi: 10.5194/gmd-9-2853-2016.

156. Faivre, N., Y. Jin, M.L. Goulden, and J.T. Randerson. 2016. Spatial patterns and controls on burned area for two contrasting fire regimes in Southern California. Ecosphere. 7(5): e01210. doi: 10.1002/ecs2.1210.

155. Chen, Y., N. Andela, L. Giglio, D.C. Morton, and J.T. Randerson. 2016. How much global burned area can be forecast on seasonal time scales using sea surface temperatures? Environmental Research Letters. 11(4): 045001. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/4/045001.

154. Hopkins, F.M., E.A. Kort, S.E. Bush, J.R. Ehleringer, C.-Ta Lai, D.R. Blake, and J.T. Randerson. 2016. Spatial patterns and source attribution of urban methane in the Los Angeles Basin. Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres. 121(5): 2490–2507. doi: 10.1002/2015JD024429.

153. Holden, S.R., B.M. Rogers, K.K. Treseder, and J.T. Randerson. 2016. Fire severity influences the response of soil microbes to a boreal forest fire. Environmental Research Letters. 11: 035004.

152. Luo, Y., A. Ahlström, S.D. Allison, N.H. Batjes, V. Brovkin, N. Carvalhais, A. Chappell, P. Ciais, E.A. Davidson, A. Finzi, K. Georgiou, B. Guenet, O. Hararuk, J.W. Harden, Y. He, F. Hopkins, L. Jiang, C. Koven, R.B. Jackson, C. Jones, M.J. Lara, J. Liang, A.D. McGuire, W. Parton, C. Peng, J.T. Randerson, A. Salazar, C.A. Sierra, M. Smith, H. Tian, K.E.O. Todd-Brown, M. Torn, K.J. van Groenigen, Y.P. Wang, T.O. West, Y. Wei, W.R. Wieder, J. Xia, X. Xu, X. Xu, T. Zhou. 2016. Improving representation of model structure, parameters, and external forcing: towards more realistic projections of soil carbon dynamics by earth system models. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 30(1): 40-56. doi: 10.1002/2015GB005239.

151. Mouteva, G.O., C.I. Czimczik, S.M. Fahrni, E.B. Wiggins, B.M. Rogers, S. Veraverbeke, X. Xu, G.M. Santos, J. Henderson, C.E. Miller, and J.T. Randerson. 2015. Black carbon aerosol dynamics and isotopic composition in Alaska linked with boreal fire emissions and depth of burn in organic soils. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 29(11): 1977-2000. doi: 10.1002/2015GB005247.

150. LoPresti, A., A. Charland, D. Woodard, J. Randerson, N.S Diffenbaugh, and S.J Davis. 2015. Rate and velocity of climate change caused by cumulative carbon emissions. Environmental Research Letters. 10: 095001. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/9/095001.

149. Mouteva, G.O., S.M. Fahrni, G.M. Santos, J.T. Randerson, Y.-L. Zhang, S. Szidat, and C.I. Czimczik. 2015. Accuracy and precision of 14C-based source apportionment of organic and elemental carbon in aerosols using the Swiss_4S protocol. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques. 8: 3729-3743. doi:10.5194/amt-8-3729-2015.

148. Jin, Y., M.L. Goulden, N. Faivre, S. Veraverbeke, F. Sun, A. Hall, M.S. Hand, S. Hook, and J.T. Randerson. 2015. Identification of two distinct fire regimes in Southern California: implications for economic impact and future change. Environmental Research Letters. 10: 094005. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/9/094005.

147. Bush, S.E., F.M. Hopkins, J.T. Randerson, C.T. Lai, and J.R. Ehleringer. 2015. Design and application of a mobile ground-based observatory for continuous measurements of atmospheric trace-gas and criteria pollutant species. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques. 8: 3481-3492. doi: 10.5194/amt-8-3481-2015.

146. Chen, Y., D.C. Morton, and J.T. Randerson. 2015. Tropical North Atlantic atmosphere-ocean interactions synchronize forest carbon losses from hurricanes and Amazon fires. Geophysical Research Letters. 42: 6462-6470. doi: 10.1002/2015GL064505.

145. Veraverbeke, S., B.M. Rogers, and J.T. Randerson. 2015. Daily burned area and carbon emissions from boreal fires in Alaska. Biogeosciences. 12: 3579-3601. doi: 10.5194/bg-12-3579-2015.

144. Randerson, J.T., K. Lindsay, E. Munoz, W. Fu, J.K. Moore, F.M. Hoffman, N.M. Mahowald, and S.C. Doney. 2015. Multicentury changes in ocean and land contributions to the climate-carbon feedback. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 29: 744–759. doi: 10.1002/2014GB005079.

143. Rogers, B.M., A.J. Soja, M.L. Goulden, and J.T. Randerson. 2015. Influence of tree species on continental differences in boreal fires and climate feedbacks. Nature Geosciences. 8: 228–234. doi: 10.1038/ngeo2352.

142. Zscheischler, J., M. Reichstein, J. von Buttlar, M. Mu, J.T. Randerson, and M. D. Mahecha. 2014. Carbon-cycle extremes during the 21st century in CMIP5 models: future evolution and attribution to climatic drivers. Geophysical Research Letters. 41: 8853–8861. doi: 10.1002/2014GL062409.

141. Buenning, N., D. Noone, J. Randerson, W.J. Riley, C. and Still. 2014. The response of the 18O/16O composition of atmospheric CO2 to changes in environmental conditions. Journal of Geophysical Research –Biogeosciences. 119(1): 55-79.

140. 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. 2014. Preindustrial control and 20th century carbon cycle experiments with the Earth system model CESM1(BGC). Journal of Climate. 27: 8981-9005. doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00565.1.
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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