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Eric Sundquist

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Eric T. Sundquist has been a Research Geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) since 1978.  His research seeks to evaluate and understand the processes that control and respond to changes in the level of CO2 in the atmosphere.  A recipient of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Superior and Meritorious Service Awards, Dr. Sundquist is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He has edited two American Geophysical Union (AGU) Monographs; The Carbon Cycle and Atmospheric CO2: Natural Variations Archean to Present (1985), and, Carbon Sequestration and its Role in the Global Carbon Cycle (2009); and he is currently Editor-in-Chief of the AGU journal, Global Biogeochemical Cycles.  He has served as chair several national scientific committees, including the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Focus Group on Global Environmental Change (2000-2004), the USGS Interdisciplinary Carbon Committee (2008-2011), and the DOI Biological Carbon Sequestration Workgroup (2009-2010).  He has also served as a member of the U.S. Carbon Cycle Scientific Steering Group (2000-2004) and the U.S. Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group (2004).  He was a coauthor of the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Plan (1999) and the North American Carbon Program Plan (2002).  Dr. Sundquist holds a B.A. degree in Geology from Pomona College, and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Geological Sciences from Harvard University.



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Sundquist, E.T., Ackerman, K.V., Parker, L., and Huntzinger, D.N., 2009, An introduction to global carbon cycle management, in McPherson, B.J., and Sundquist, E.T., eds, Carbon Sequestration and Its Role in the Global Carbon Cycle: American Geophysical Union Monograph Series 183, Washington, American Geophysical Union, p. 1-23.

Sundquist, E.T., and Keeling, R.F., 2009, The Mauna Loa carbon dioxide record: Lessons for long-term Earth observations, in McPherson, B.J., and Sundquist, E.T., eds, Carbon Sequestration and Its Role in the Global Carbon Cycle: American Geophysical Union Monograph Series 183, Washington, American Geophysical Union, p. 27-35.

McPherson, B.J., and Sundquist, E.T., eds, 2009, Carbon Sequestration and Its Role in the Global Carbon Cycle: American Geophysical Union Monograph Series 183, Washington, American Geophysical Union, 359 p.

Sundquist, E.T., Ackerman, K.V., Bliss, N.B., Kellndorfer, J.M., Reeves, M.C., and Rollins, M.G., 2009, Rapid assessment of U.S. forest and soil organic carbon storage and forest biomass carbon sequestration capacity: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009–1283, 15 p. (on-line abstract or on-line publication in pdf format, 2.1 MB - available online only)

Ackerman, K.V., Mixon, D.M., Sundquist, E.T., Stallard, R.F., Schwarz, G.E., and Stewart, D.W., 2009, RESIS–II—An updated version of the original Reservoir Sedimentation Survey Information System (RESIS) database: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 434 - available only online. (on-line abstract and to download data base or on-line report in pdf format , 308 KB)

Ackerman, K.V. and Sundquist, E.T., 2008, Comparison of two U.S. power-plant carbon dioxide emissions data sets: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 42, no. 15, p. 5688-5693. (on-line abstract or on-line article in pdf format, 148 KB, published by American Chemical Society; not subject to U.S. copyright)

Sundquist, E.T., Burruss, R.C., Faulkner, S.P., Gleason, R.A., Harden, J.W., Kharaka, Y.K., Tieszen, L.L., and Waldrop, M.P., 2008, Carbon Sequestration to Mitigate Climate Change: U.S. Geological Survey, Fact Sheet 2008–3097, 4p. (on-line abstract or on-line fact sheet in pdf format, 2.3 MB)

Borken, W., Davidson, E.A., Savage, K., Sundquist, E.T., and Steudler, P., 2006, Effect of summer throughfall exclusion, summer drought, and winter snow cover on methane fluxes in a temperate forest soil: Soil Biology and Biochemistry, v. 38, no. 6, p. 1388-1395. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Sundquist, E.T. and K. Visser, 2004, The geological history of the carbon cycle, in Schlesinger, W.H., ed., Biogeochemistry, Treatise on Geochemistry, v. 8, Elsevier, Chapt. 9. p. 425-472.

Liu, S., N. Bliss, E. Sundquist, T. Huntington, 2003, Modeling carbon dynamics in vegetation and soil under the impact of soil erosion and deposition:  Global Biogeochemical Cycles, v. 17, no. 2, 1074.

Sundquist, E.T., R..F. Stallard, N.B. Bliss, H.W. Markewich, J.W. Harden, M.J. Pavich, W.E. Dean, Jr., 1998, Mississippi Basin Carbon Project Science Plan: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 98-177, 28 p.

Sundquist, E.T., 1993, The global carbon dioxide budget: Science, v. 259, p. 934-941.

Sundquist, E.T., 1991, Steady- and non-steady-state carbonate-silicate controls on atmospheric CO2: Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 10, p. 283-296.

Sundquist, E.T., 1990, Long-term aspects of future atmospheric CO2 and sea-level changes, in Revelle, R., ed., Sea Level Change:  Washington, D.C., National Academy of Sciences, p. 193-207.

Sundquist, E.T., 1985, Geological perspectives on carbon dioxide and the carbon cycle, in Sundquist and Broecker, eds.,

Sundquist, E.T., and Broecker, W.S., eds., The Carbon Cycle and Atmospheric CO2: Natural Variations Archean to Present: American Geophysical Union Monograph Series 32, Washington, American Geophysical Union, 627 p.

Sundquist, E.T., Plummer, L.N., and Wigley, T.M.L., 1979, Carbon dioxide in the ocean surface:  The homogeneous buffer factor:  Science, v. 204, p. 1203-1205.



My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

Climate Variability & Change

Carbon fluxes in geologic and hydrologic processes


"As a career student of the carbon cycle, I have come to understand atmospheric CO2 as a critical mediator between many natural processes that sustain life on Earth and many socioeconomic activities that sustain human society."


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