Kimberly Wickland


I lead interdisciplinary studies that aim to increase our understanding of the complexities of ecosystem carbon cycling across terrestrial and aquatic environments; the impacts of climate, disturbance, and land use on carbon cycling and coupled biogeochemical cycles; and the implications of changing carbon dynamics for future climate and ecosystem conditions. I conduct field studies and complementary experimental laboratory studies of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) production, uptake, and emissions from terrestrial and aquatic systems, and the generation and fate of dissolved organic carbon (DOC). My research covers a large range of ecosystems, including wetlands, forest soils, tundra, lakes, streams, and rivers in temperate and northern high latitude regions. 


  • Ph.D.,University of Colorado-Boulder, 2006 (Geological Sciences)
  • M.A., University of Colorado-Boulder, 1997 (Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology)
  • B.A., Miami University, 1992 (Zoology)

Professional Experience

  • Research Ecologist, Hydro-Ecological Interactions Branch, Earth System Processes Division, Water Mission Area, Boulder, CO, US Geological Survey (2017 - present)
  • Research Ecologist, National Research Program, Boulder, CO, US Geological Survey (2000 - 2017)
  • Biologist/Ecologist, National Research Program, Denver, CO, US Geological Survey (1993-2000)

Professional Service

  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Coordinating Lead Author - IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Wetlands (2011-2014)
  • Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) Board of Directors, Member-at-Large (2014-2020)
  • Associate Editor, Limnology and Oceanography (2015-2019)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences (2018-present)
  • Co-Editor, Special Issue of Limnology and Oceanography: Methane Emissions from Oceans, Coasts, and Freshwater Habitats: New Perspectives and Feedbacks on Climate (published November 2016)
  • ASLO Awards Committee, Chair (2015-2019)

Academic Service

  • University of Colorado-Boulder Graduate Faculty Appointment/Adjunct Affilate: Department of Geological Sciences; Environmental Studies Program; College of Engineering & Applied Sciences.
  • Florida State University: Courtesy Appointment, Earth, Ocean, & Atmospheric Department.
  • Research Advisor and Thesis Committee member: Kathy Kelsey (Masters Degree, University of Colorado-Boulder, Geological Sciences, graduated 2012); Travis Drake (Masters Degree, University of Colorado-Boulder, ENVS Program, graduated 2014);  Courtlyn Carpenter (Masters program, University of Colorado-Boulder, Environmental Engineering, graduated 2020).
  • Thesis Committee member: John Crawford (Masters Degree, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for Limnology, graduated 2012); Emily Romano (Masters Degree, Northern Arizona University, Dept. of Biological Sciences, graduated 2018); Martin Kurek (PhD, Florida State University, current student).
  • PhD Opponent: Kristina Backstrand (Stockholm University, Sweden, Geology and Geochemistry, 2008); Blaize Denfeld (Uppsala University, Sweden, Dept. of Ecology & Genetics - Limnology, 2016).
  • Postdoctoral Researcher Advisor: Dr. Britta Voss, USGS Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015-2018; Dr. Núria Catalán, Marie Sklodovska Curie European Union Global Research Fellow, 2020-2023.

Honors and Awards

  • US Department of Interior Partners in Conservation Award (2010): Awarded to the USGS (9 Scientists) and the Yukon River Inter-tribal Watershed Council (9 members) for cooperative work on the Yukon River in association with the Indigenous Tribes/First Nations of the Yukon River Basin.
  • USGS Superior Service Award (2014): Awarded for work as a Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Wetlands.
  • US Department of Interior Unit Award for Excellence of Service (2017): Awarded to the USGS LandCarbon Team for work on biological carbon sequestration.
  • Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) Fellow (2017): Awarded for recognition of having achieved excellence in contributions to ASLO and the aquatic sciences.

Scientific Society Memberships

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)
  • Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS)