Earth Sciences Division (ESD) Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Charles Koven

Charles Koven

Charles Koven

Research Scientist

Climate Sciences Department




Phone: 510-486-6724


Biographical Summary and Research Interests

Dr. Koven is an Earth system scientist, working in the Climate Sciences Department.  He investigates feedbacks between climate and the carbon cycle.  He develops and uses numerical models of soil, vegetation, and atmospheric processes to understand how terrestrial ecosystems respond to climate change, and how these responses shift their balance of greenhouse gases such as CO2 and methane.  Dr. Koven's primary research focus is on high-latitude feedbacks to climate change, and in particular the role of soil carbon in permafrost soils, and its response to changing climate.



  • University of California, Berkeley, CA
    Ph.D., Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, December 2006
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT
    B.S., Geology, May 1998

Professional Experience

  • Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley, CA
    Research Scientist June 2013-Present
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley, CA
    Project Scientist Aug 2010-June 2013
  • Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement (LSCE), Gif-sur-Yvette, France
    Postdoctoral Researcher CNRS / Chercheur CDD CNRS July 2008-July 2010
  • University of California, Berkeley, CA
    Postdoctoral Researcher January 2007-June 2008
  • University of California, Berkeley, CA
    Graduate Student Researcher September 2000-December 2006

Honors and Awards

  • NASA: Earth System Science Fellowship 2004-2006
  • Yale University: Penfield prize for mineralogy, May 1998