Gretchen Keppel-Aleks

Carbon Cycle Research Group

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Welcome

Atmospheric greenhouse gases provide the largest anthropogenic climate forcing. The concentration of CO2 and other greenhouse gases will change over the next century, due to both human activity and feedbacks in the carbon cycle. In particular, feedbacks between climate and terrestrial ecosystem carbon storage will have large effects on the atmospheric composition and hence radiative forcing.

Our research group uses atmospheric and remote sensing observations to develop an understanding of processes that govern the exchange of carbon among reservoirs in the atmosphere, oceans, and terrestrial ecosystems. We employ observations to test and improve process-based models ranging in complexity from simple box models to Earth System Models.

News

May 2017

Congratulations to PhD student Anthony Torres on winning a prestigious NASA NESSF graduate fellowship!

Congratulations to PhD students Samantha Basile and Anthony Torres on passing Phase 2 of their candidacy exams!

April 2017

Dr. Keppel-Aleks is looking for a new postdoctoral scholar to work on a NASA-funded project on high latitude carbon cycling as part of the ABOVE campaign.

March 2017

Dr. Keppel-Aleks leads a break-out session on how we can use OCO-2 observations to develop a better understanding of global carbon dynamics at the NACP meeting.

Postdoctoral scholar Jessica Liptak's paper on long-term drivers of CO2 amplification is published in Biogeosciences!

Dr. Keppel-Aleks presents at the CESM Biogeochemistry Working Group meeting in Boulder on diurnal carbon cycling in CLM.

February 2017

Undergraduate researcher Emily Gargulinski earns the CLASP Distinguished Achiement Award! Congratulations!

Dr. Keppel-Aleks and Dr. Allison Steiner are looking for a postdoctoral scholar to work on a NASA-funded project to use SMAP soil moisture observations to study links between the water, energy, and carbon cycles.

Dr. Keppel-Aleks speaks on a panel at the AAAS meeting in Boston on Global Climate Science Imperatives in a Post-Paris Agreement World

I am always interested in hearing from bright, motivated students at the undergraduate and graduate level. Please email me if you are interested in carbon cycle science at UM.