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  • University of California, Irvine | Gent | Associate Project Scientist | 2016-05-01

Last update Ancillary Activities: Amsterdam (2018-01-24)

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I am an Earth system scientist with specific interest in studying the interactions between climate, the terrestrial biosphere, the atmosphere and carbon cycle. I am interested in the effects of high-latitude climate change on ecosystem disturbances and carbon fluxes, and their feedbacks to climate. I received my PhD in Geography in 2010 from Ghent University. Between 2011 and 2016 I worked in the US; first as postdoctoral researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, later as project scientist at the University of California, Irvine. In 2016 I started as Assistant Professor in Remote Sensing at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. I am a member of the NASA Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment science team  and NASA Hyperspectral Infrared Imager science study group.

My research focuses on the role of ecosystem disturbance, primarily fires, on the water, carbon and energy cycles within the context of global change. I use a combination of field, modeling and remote sensing methods. My goal is to better understand the complex interactions between ecosystems, carbon cycling, climate and humans in a changing world. I have a broad interest in remote sensing, landscape ecology, terrestrial ecosystems, biosphere-atmosphere interactions and global environmental change.

Research Output 2010 2017

Carbon dioxide sources from Alaska driven by increasing early winter respiration from Arctic tundra

Commane, R., Lindaas, J., Benmergui, J., Luus, K. A., Chang, R. Y. -W., Daube, B. C., Euskirchen, E. S., Henderson, J. M., Karion, A., Miller, J. B., Miller, S. M., Parazoo, N. C., Randerson, J. T., Sweeney, C., Tans, P. P., Thoning, K., Veraverbeke, S., Miller, C. E. & Wofsy, S. C. 23 May 2017 In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 114, 21, p. 5361-5366

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Lightning as a major driver of recent large fire years in North American boreal forests

Veraverbeke, S., Rogers, B. M., Goulden, M. L., Jandt, R. R., Miller, C. E., Wiggins, E. B. & Randerson, J. T. Jul 2017 In : Nature Climate Change. 7, 7, p. 529-+

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

The influence of daily meteorology on boreal fire emissions and regional trace gas variability

Wiggins, E. B., Veraverbeke, S., Henderson, J. M., Karion, A., Miller, J. B., Lindaas, J., Commane, R., Sweeney, C., Luus, K. A., Tosca, M. G., Dinardo, S. J., Wofsy, S., Miller, C. E. & Randerson, J. T. Nov 2016 In : Journal of Geophysical Research. Biogeosciences. 121, 11, p. 2793-2810

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Unprecedented remote sensing data over the King and Rim fires megafires in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California

Stavros, E., Tane, Z., Kane, V., Veraverbeke, S. S. N., McGaughey, R., Lutz, J., Ramirez, C. & Schimel, D. 2016 In : Ecology. 97, p. 3244

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access

Black carbon aerosol dynamics and isotopic composition in Alaska linked with boreal fire emissions and depth of burn in organic soils

Mouteva, G. O., Czimczik, C. I., Fahrni, S. M., Wiggins, E. B., Rogers, B. M., Veraverbeke, S., Xu, X., Gacia-Santos, J. M., Henderson, J., Miller, C. E. & Randerson, J. T. Nov 2015 In : Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 29, 11, p. 1977-2000

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle