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

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Lara Kueppers

Lara Kueppers

Lara Kueppers


Climate Sciences Department



Phone: 510-486-5813

Fax: 510-486-5686


Biographical Summary

Dr. Lara Kueppers is a Research Scientist in the Carbon & Climate Sciences Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  Her research expertise is in the areas of climate-ecosystem feedbacks, ecological impacts of climate change, land-cover/ land-use change, regional climate modeling, model-experiment integration, and species effects on ecosystem function.  Dr. Kueppers uses field observations and experiments, as well as coupled climate-land surface models, and has been funded by DOE, USDA, and the California Energy Commission.  She is particularly interested in the climate impacts of dynamic natural vegetation and land management, and in the key climate drivers of vegetation change. She directs the Alpine Treeline Warming Experiment through her appointment as Assistant Research Scientist at University of California, Merced.


  • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley (Dec. 2003)
    Environmental Science, Policy and Management
  • M.S. Stanford University (1996)
    Earth Systems – Biosphere track
  • B.S. Stanford University (1996)
    Earth Systems – Biosphere track

Professional Experience

  • 2013-present: Research Scientist, Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • 2013-present: Assistant Research Scientist, Sierra Nevada Research Institute, UC Merced
  • 2012-2013: Faculty Scientist, Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • 2006-2013: Assistant Professor, School of Natural Sciences, UC Merced           
  • 2006: Instructor, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, Colorado
  • 2006: Senior Research Associate, Climate Change and Carbon Management Program, Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • 2004-2006: Postgraduate Researcher, Department of Earth Sciences, UC Santa Cruz
  • 1998-2003: Graduate Student Researcher, Division of Ecosystem Science, UC Berkeley

Awards and Fellowships

  • 2004 Central Coast Joint Data Committee, 2004 GIS Day Map Contest Award
  • 2004 Postdoctoral Program in Climate and Global Change, NOAA (selected as alternate)
  • 1999-2003 Graduate Research Environmental Fellowship, US Department of Energy
  • 2001 Walter and Ruth Schubert Prize in Ecosystem Sciences, UC Berkeley
  • 1997-1998 University Fellowship, UC Berkeley


  • 2013-2014 NSF-IOS, co-PI
  • 2012-2015 USDA-AFRI, co-PI
  • 2007-2014 US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Terrestrial Ecosystem Sciences, PI
  • 2011-2012 UC Merced Graduate Research Council, PI
  • 2010-2012 UC Merced Graduate Research Council, co-PI
  • 2009 California Energy Commission, UCOP-CIEE, PI
  • 2008 Colorado Native Plant Society, PI
  • 2007-2008 California Energy Commission, Public Interest Energy Research-Environmental Area, PI
  • 2001-2002 Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Grant, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • 1998, 2002 Grant-in-Aid of dissertation research, Sigma Xi, Berkeley Chapter
  • 1999-2001 Environmental Defense Minigrant, Environmental Defense, NY, Collaborator

Teaching Experience

  • UC Merced, 2007-2012
  • Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, 2006
  • Western Washing University, 2006
  • UC Santa Cruz, Environmental Studies Department 2005 (Ecological Forecast for Global Warming)
  • UC Santa Cruz, Environmental Studies Department 2004 (GIS and Environmental Applications)
  • Stanford University, Department of Earth Sciences 1996 (Introduction to Earth Systems)
  • Stanford University, Department of Biological Sciences 1995-1996 (Botany, Ecosystems of California)

Professional Memberships

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Geophysical Union, Biogeosciences section
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory


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