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

Earth Sciences Division Staff: J. Bryan Curtis

John Curtis

J. Bryan Curtis

Research Associate

Climate Science Department

 

 

Phone: 510-495-5743

Fax: 510-486-5686

Email: jbcurtis@lbl.gov

Biographical Summary

My main scientific interest is in scaling land-atmosphere interactions; up-scaling pore-scale processes to the climatically relevant landscape scale. I seek to directly observe and study ecosystem properties in the field and use remote sensing and GIS techniques to perform scaling analyses.  I am currently providing research support at LBNL and working with Dr. Margaret Torn:

  • General field and lab support for Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments (NGEE)-Arctic
  • Development of ground point NDVI sampling and analysis for NGEE-Arctic
  • Lead collaborator on multi-disciplinary 3 Km sampling transect across differently aged Arctic drained thaw lake basins for NGEE-Arctic (2013 AGU abstract first author and publications planned)
  • Acting instrument mentor for AMC soil moisture system for Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) North Slope of Alaska (NSA)
  • Lead researcher for ARM NSA vegetation dynamics and soil respiration
  • General field and lab support for LBL’s Terrestrial Ecosystem Science Scientific Focus Area (TES SFA; AKA “Depth Experiment”)
  • Deployment of automated soil respiration system for TES SFA “Depth Experiment”

Research Interests

  • Ecosystem ecology
  • Biogeochemical cycles: Carbon and methane cycling
  • Spatial scaling of ecosystem processes, from soil pores to global scales, and the impact of scaled ecosystem processes on regional and global climate
  • Combining field observations, environmental monitoring, remote sensing, and modeling to address scaling objectives
  • Land-atmosphere interactions
  • Microbial ecology: Microbial influences on landscape level ecosystem processes

TECHNICAL INTERESTS

  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Remote Sensing: plot to satellite scale
  • Eddy covariance and environmental monitoring systems
  • Engineering novel field sampling/monitoring techniques

Education

2006-2010 Humboldt State University

B.S. Biology – Ecology emphasis

Geography minor

Geographic Information Technology minor

Professional Experience

  • 2012-Present Research Associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (6/28/2012-Present)
    Supervisor: Margaret S. Torn (Senior Scientist, LBL)-
    • General field and lab support for Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments(NGEE)-Arctic
    • Development of ground point NDVI sampling and analysis for NGEE-Arctic
    • Lead collaborator on multi-disciplinary 3 Km sampling transect acrossdifferently aged Arctic drained thaw lake basins for NGEE-Arctic (2013 AGUabstract first author and publications planned)
    • Organize and plan weekly lab meetings for LBL’s “Independent Observations forModel Development” NGEE-Arctic group
    • Acting instrument mentor for AMC soil moisture system for AtmosphericRadiation Measurement (ARM) North Slope of Alaska (NSA)
    • Lead researcher for ARM NSA vegetation dynamics and soil respiration
    • General field and lab support for LBL’s Terrestrial Ecosystem Science ScientificFocus Area (TES SFA; AKA “Depth Experiment”)
    • Lead on automated soil respiration system for TES SFA “Depth Experiment”
    • Development of geospatial program for LBL’s Earth Sciences Division(Collaboration with Michelle Robertson, LBL Project Scientist, and Craig Ulrich,LBL Engineering Associate)
  • 2010-2012 Research Technician- Junior Specialist for the Strauss Lab in the Evolutionand Ecology Department at the University of California, Davis. (8/26/2010 – 6/22/2012
    )Supervisor: Sharon Y. Strauss (Professor, UCD)
    • General lab management
    • Field, lab, and greenhouse data collection/entry/organization
  • 2010 Research Assistant- Global Observation Research Initiative in AlpineEnvironments (GLORIA) at Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. (7/14/2010 – 8/15/2010)
    Supervisor: Lara Kueppers (Assistant Professor, UC Merced)
  • 2010 Research Assistant- Alpine Treeline Warming Experiment on Niwot Ridge,Colorado at CU Boulder Mountain Research Station. (6/1/2010 – 7/1/2010)
    Supervisor: Cristina Castanha (Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley Lab)
  • 2010 Senior Thesis- Observing, analyzing, and predicting successional change at thelandscape level using remote sensing and geographic information technologies(collaboration with ecology graduate student).
    Advisor: Erik Jules (Professor, Humboldt State University)
  • 2009 Assistant to Graduate Student- Effects of genotypic diversity within a Salixsp. on community composition.
    Advisor: Erik Jules (Professor, Humboldt State University)
  • 2009 Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory REU research project-“Environmental Forces Drive Morphological Variation in an Alpine Plant”
    Mentor: John Harte (Professor, UC Berkeley)

Additional Experience

  • 2009 Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry training- Humboldt State University
  • 2007 Certified Coastal Naturalist- Certificate program conducted by Friends of the Dunes (501(c)3 non-profit organization): trained as a coastal dune naturalist.

Awards

  • 2013 SPOT Award- Lawrence Berkeley Lab Recognition Award Program. Nominated by Margaret S. Torn (Senior Scientist, LBL) for contribution to the summer 2013 field campaign in Barrow, AK for NGEE-Arctic
  • 2009 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)- Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory.
  • 2009 Presidential Scholar- Humboldt State University: Distinction awarded each semester to students achieving a GPA above 3.85 (spring and fall semester).
  • 2008 Presidential Scholar- Humboldt State University: Distinction awarded each semester to students achieving a GPA above 3.85 (spring and fall semester).