Susan E. Trumbore

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Professor, Earth System Science
School of Physical Sciences
Director, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics
Acting Director, Newkirk Center for Science and Society
Phone: (949) 824-6142, 3444
Fax: (949) 824-3256
University of California, Irvine
3218 Croul Hall
2222 Croul Hall
Mail Code: 3100
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Use of radiocarbon to trace the global C cycle, greenhouse gas production and consumption in terrestrial ecosystems
Academic Distinctions
1993-98 National Young Investigator (National Science Foundation)
1993 University of Delaware Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement
1996 Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Research, UC Irvine
1997 - 98 Bullard Fellow, Harvard University
1997 Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Refereeing (Global Biogeochemical Cycles)
1999 Clara Barton Spectrum Award for Outstanding Women in Orange County - Environment Award (Red Cross of Orange County)
2002-2004 Elected President, Biogeosciences Section, American Geophysical Union
2005 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
2005 Fellow of AAAS
Research Abstract
Accelerator mass spectrometry measurements of cosmogenic isotopes (primarily 14C and 10Be) in applications to earth system science. Particular projects have focused on using 14C to study the potential effects of land use and climatic change on the accumulation and turnover of organic matter in soils; the sources, transformations and ultimate fate of dissolved organic carbon in fresh and salt waters; the origin and accumulation rates of particulate organic matter in coastal environments. Using isotopic and deliberate tracers as tools with which to study the role of terrestrial ecosystems and soils as sources and sinks of radiatively important trace gases. Tracers are particularly important in these systems as they may be used to separate and quantify the roles of physical and biological controls on emission and consumption of trace gases in soils. Field areas where Trumbore has applied these techniques include: the Amazon Basin, Brazil; boreal forests (Manitoba, Canada); grassland, chaparral and temperate evergreen forests in California (Central Valley and western Sierra Nevada regions); temperate forests (Harvard Forest, Massachusetts).
Professional Societies
American Geophysical Union (President, Biogeosciences 2002-2004)
Research Centers
W. M. Keck Carbon Cycle Acclerator Mass Spectrometry Facility
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