David W. Kicklighter


Research Associate

Tel: 508-289-7490 | Fax: 508-457-1548
Email: dkicklighter@mbl.edu

M.S., University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, 1987
B.S., University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Green Bay, Wisconsin, 1981

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Research Statement

My research focuses on understanding the role of land ecosystems on global biogeochemistry and the impacts of human activities on interactions of the terrestrial biosphere with the atmosphere and the hydrosphere. Because land ecosystems are dynamic and spatially heterogeneous, the response of land ecosystems to natural or human disturbances may have different trajectories at different locations across the globe or even during different time periods at a single location as a result of changes in the underlying environmental conditions. To explore these issues, I am helping to develop the Terrestrial Ecosystem Model (TEM) that simulates carbon, nitrogen and water dynamics within land ecosystems and fluxes to the atmosphere and neighboring river networks. TEM uses inputs from spatially explicit time series data sets and/or the output of models that describe the dynamics of atmospheric transport and chemistry, the dynamics of water transport and chemistry, and/or the influence of economics on land-use change across the globe. I am also helping to incorporate TEM into an integrated assessement model based at MIT (MIT Integrated Global Systems Model).

Recent Publications

Hayes, D. J., D. W. Kicklighter, A. D. McGuire, M. Chen, Q. Zhuang, F. Yuan, J. M. Melillo and S. D. Wullschleger (2014) The impacts of recent permafrost thaw on land-atmosphere greenhouse gas exchange. Environmental Research Letters 9, 045005, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/9/4/045005.

Kicklighter, D. W., Y. Cai, Q. Zhuang, E. I. Parfenova, S. Paltsev, A. P. Sokolov, J. M. Melillo, J. M. Reilly, N. M Tchebokova and X. Lu (2014) Potential influence of climate-induced vegetation shifts on future land use and associated land carbon fluxes in Northern Eurasia. Environmental Research Letters 9, 035004, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/9/3/035004.

Kicklighter, D. W., D. J. Hayes, J. W. McClelland, B. J. Peterson, A. D. McGuire and J. M. Melillo (2013) Insights and issues with simulating terrestrial DOC loading of arctic river networks. Ecological Applications 23(8): 1817-1836, doi: 10.1890/11-1050.1.

Lu, X., D. W. Kicklighter, J. M. Melillo, P. Yang, B. Rosenzweig, C. J. Vorosmarty, B. Gross and R. J. Stewart (2013) A contemporary carbon balance for the northeastern region of the United States. Environmental Science and Technology 47(23): 13230-13238, doi: 10.1021/es403097z.

Zickfeld, K., M. Eby, A. J. Weaver, K. Alexander, E. Crespin, N. R. Edwards, A. V. Eliseev, G. Feulner, T. Fichefet, C. E. Forest, P. Friedlingstein, H. Goosse, P. B. Holden, F. Joos, M. Kawamiya, D. Kicklighter, H. Kienert, K. Matsumoto, I. I. Mokhov, E. Monier, S. M. Olsen, J. O. P. Pedersen, M. Perrette, G. Philippon-Berthier, A. Ridgwell, A. Schlosser, T. Schneider Von Deimling, G. Shaffer, A. Sokolov, R. Spahni, M. Steinacher, K. Tachiiri, K. S. Tokos, M. Yoshimori, N. Zeng, and F. Zhao (2013) Long-term climate change commitment and reversibility: an EMIC intercomparison. Journal of Climate 26: 5782-5809, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00584.1.

Eby, M., A. J. Weaver, K. Alexander, K. Zickfeld, A. Abe-Ouchi, A. A. Cimatoribus, E. Crespin, S. S. Drijfhout, N. R. Edwards, A. V. Eliseev, G. Feulner, T. Fichefet, C. E. Forest, H. Goosse, P. B. Holden, F. Joos, M. Kawamiya, D. Kicklighter, H. Kienert, K. Matsumoto, I. I. Mokhov, E. Monier, S. M. Olsen, J. O. P. Pedersen, M. Perrette, G. Philippon-Berthier, A. Ridgwell, A. Schlosser, T. Schneider von Deimling, G. Shaffer, R. S. Smith, R. Spahni, A. P. Sokolov, M. Steinacher, K. Tachiiri, K. Tokos, M. Yoshimori, N. Zeng, and F. Zhao (2013) Historical and idealized climate model experiments: an intercomparison of Earth system models of intermediate complexity. Climate of the Past 9: 1111-1140, doi: 10.5194/cp-9-1111-2013