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Kimberly Wickland

Research Ecologist

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I am an ecologist who studies biogeochemical cycling of carbon in terrestrial and aquatic systems. My education includes an undergraduate degree in Zoology with an emphasis on Limnology (Miami University, Ohio), and graduate degrees in Biology and Geological Sciences with an emphasis on biogeochemical cycles (MA, PhD - Univ. Colorado-Boulder). I have significant expertise in the study of carbon dioxide and methane gas production, uptake, and emissions from terrestrial and aquatic systems, as well as the generation and fate of terrestrially-derived dissolved organic carbon. I study a large range of ecosystems, including wetlands, forests, tundra, lakes, streams, and rivers in temperate and northern high latitude regions.



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My Science Topics


Science Topic
Subtopic
Ecology and Environmentaquatic ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentecological processes
Ecology and Environmentecosystem functions
Ecology and Environmentecosystems
Ecology and Environmentforests
Ecology and Environmentfreshwater ecosystems
Ecology and Environmenttundras
Ecology and Environmentwetlands



My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Climate Variability & Change

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

Terrestrial-Aquatic-Atmosphere Exchange of Carbon

The broad objective of my research is to determine organic carbon metabolism rates and controls as a fundamental component of the terrestrial-aquatic-atmospheric exchange of carbon. I quantify the relative importance of intrinsic substrate properties and environmental variables to carbon metabolism, and the impact of climate change and other disturbances. My research is focused on boreal and arctic systems, where nearly of the global soil organic pool resides and is vulnerable to climate change. My specific research objectives include: 1) quantifying the release of carbon dioxide, methane, and dissolved organic carbon from landscapes experiencing permafrost thaw, and 2) quantifying rates and controls of the metabolism of terrestrially-derived DOC in freshwater systems of boreal and arctic regions, and the dependence on source and chemical character. In addition, I study terrestrial-aquatic C linkages in temperate headwater-watersheds as part of the USGS Water, Energy, and Biogeochemical Budgets (WEBB) program.



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Kimberly Wickland
3215 Marine Street, Suite E-127
Boulder, CO 80303
kpwick@usgs.gov
303-541-3072
303-541-3084 - Fax
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