Kate Ackerman

My research is focused on carbon cycle dynamics at spatial scales ranging from global to local and timescales ranging from geologic to annual.


I am part of the carbon cycle research group led by Dr. Eric Sundquist. In an effort to examine changes in the carbon cycle, I primarily use multiple existing datasets to answer the scientific question at hand. Currently, we are using multiple biomass and landcover datasets to determine how much carbon could potentially be sequestered in forests and wetlands in the conterminous United States.  We are also reconstructing historical rates of sediment and carbon erosion and deposition across the conterminous United States.


M.S. Geological Sciences, University of South Carolina, 2002

B.A. with distinction, Earth Sciences, Boston University, 1999  

Selected Publications

Sundquist, E.T, Greenberg, S., Bliss, N., Ackerman, K.V., Perez, A., 2012, Rapid Assessment of Carbon Storage and Sequestration Capacity in US Wetlands: 9th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference.

Sundquist, E.T., Ackerman, K.V., Stallard, R.F., Bliss, N.B., 2011, Historical influence of soil and water management on sediment and carbon budgets in the United States: Applied Geochemistry, v. 26, supplement 1 [Ninth International Symposium on the Geochemistry of the Earth's Surface (GES-9)], p. s259. (on-line abstract )

Ackerman, K.V., Mixon, D.M., Sundquist, E.T., Stallard, R.F., Schwarz, G.E., and Stewart, D.W., 2009, RESIS-II - An updated version of the original Reservoir Sedimentation Survey Information System (RESIS) database: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 434 - available only online. (on-line abstract and to download data base or on-line report in pdf format)

Sundquist, E.T., Ackerman, K.V., Bliss, N.B., Kellndorfer, J.M., Reeves, M.C., and Rollins, M.G., 2009, Rapid assessment of U.S. forest and soil organic carbon storage and forest biomass carbon sequestration capacity: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009–1283, 15 p., available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/ofr/2009/1283/. (on-line abstract or on-line publication in pdf format, available online only)

Sundquist, E.T., Ackerman, K.V., Parker, L., and Huntzinger, D.N., 2009, An introduction to global carbon cycle management, , in McPherson, B.J., and Sundquist, E.T., eds., Carbon Sequestration and Its Role in the Global Carbon Cycle: Geophysical Monograph Series, American Geophysical Union, v. 183, p. 1-23.

Ackerman, K.V. and Sundquist, E.T., 2008, Comparison of two U.S. power-plant carbon dioxide emissions data sets: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 42, no. 15, p. 5688-5693. (on-line abstract)

Gurney, K., Ansley, W., Mendoza, D., Petron, G., Frost, G., Gregg, J., Fischer, M., Pataki, D., Ackerman, K., Houweling, S., Corbin, K., Andres, R., Blasing, T., 2007, Research needs for finely resolved fossil carbon emissions: EOS (Forum), v. 88, no. 49, p. 542-543.

Sundquist, E.T. and Visser, K, 2004, The geological history of the carbon cycle, in Schlesinger, W.H., ed., Biogeochemistry, Treatise on Geochemistry, v. 8, : Elsevier, Chapt. 9. (on-line abstract )

Current projects:

Assessment of potential carbon sequestration capacity in forests in the conterminous United States

Assessment of potential carbon sequestration capacity in wetlands in the conterminous United States

Soil carbon erosion and sedimentation

Field based measurements of soil carbon dioxide fluxes