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Kimberly Wickland

Kimberly Wickland is a Research Ecologist for the Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center.

I lead interdisciplinary studies that increase our understanding of the complexities of carbon cycling across terrestrial and aquatic environments; the impacts of climate, disturbance, and land use on coupled biogeochemical cycles; and the implications of changing carbon and nutrient dynamics for future climate and ecosystem conditions. My research covers a large range of ecosystems including wetlands, forests, tundra, lakes, streams, and rivers in temperate and high latitude regions. 

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)
  • ASLO Awards Committee Chair (2015-2019)
  • Associate Editor, Limnology and Oceanography (2015-2019)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences (2018-present)

Academic Service

  • Graduate student Research Advisor (University of Colorado-Boulder: Geological Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Engineering)
  • Graduate Thesis Committee Member (University of Colorado-Boulder; Florida State University; Northern Arizona University; University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • PhD Opponent (Stockholm University, Sweden; Uppsala University, Sweden)
  • PhD External Examiner (Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada)
  • Postdoctoral Research Advisor (USGS Mendenhall Program; Marie Sklodovska Curie European Union Global Research Fellow Program)


Professional Experience

  • Research Ecologist, USGS (2001-present)

  • Biologist, USGS (1993-2001)

Education and Certifications

  • PhD (Geological Sciences), University of Colorado-Boulder (2006)

  • MA (Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology), University of Colorado-Boulder (1997)

  • BA (Zoology), Miami University, Ohio (1992)

Honors and Awards

  • Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) Fellow (2017): For excellence in contributions to ASLO and the aquatic sciences.

  • US Department of Interior Unit Award for Excellence of Service (2017): Awarded to the USGS LandCarbon Team for work on biological carbon sequestration.

  • USGS Superior Service Award (2014): For work as a Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Wetlands.

  • US Department of Interior Partners in Conservation Award (2010): For cooperative work in association with the Indigenous Tribes/First Nations of the Yukon River Basin.

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