John S. Kimball

John S. Kimball

Professor of Systems Ecology; NTSG Director

Office: ISB 416

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Current Position

Professor, Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences, W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation

Director, Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group (NTSG), W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation


Integrated Systems Ecology (BIOS 534 / NRSM 532)

Research Interests

My expertise and interests include the study of climate impacts to water resources and ecosystems; water, energy and carbon cycle interactions; remote sensing; hydrological and ecosystem process modeling. My research activities integrate ecological theory, field measurements and emerging technologies including satellite remote sensing, and computer modeling to describe the function, distribution and condition of vegetation and underlying environmental drivers across the landscape. I emphasize an ecosystem perspective for understanding physical and biological processes and interactions, integrating across disciplines and various scales. See Google Scholar for a complete listing of my publications.


Characterization of regional drought impacts using integrated satellite observations from SMAP and GRACE; Sponsoring agency: NASA

Hydrologic and socioeconomic impacts of water use and resource allocation in agricultural regions under different policy and climate scenarios; Sponsoring agency: USDA

Satellite data driven model assessment of landscape variability and environmental controls on the Arctic-Boreal carbon budget; Sponsoring agency: NASA

Predicting the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) using remote sensing, genetics, and climate modeling; Sponsoring agency: NASA

Regional Mapping of Soil Conditions in Northern Alaska Permafrost Landscapes Using AirMOSS and Land Model Data Assimilation, and Associated Impacts on Terrestrial Carbon Fluxes; Sponsoring agency: NASA

Projecting Effects of Climate Change on Pacific Rim rivers and Salmon: Integrating Remote sensing, Landscape Genomics, and Demography to Inform Conservation; Sponsoring agency NASA

Field of Study

Ecology, Hydrology, Remote Sensing, Ecosystem Modeling


A complete list of my work is available on Google Scholar.

Home Department

Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences, W. A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation

Area of Expertise

Climate Impacts to Water Resources and Ecosystems; Hydrological and Ecosystem Process Modeling; Hydrology/Ecology Research; Remote Sensing; Water, Energy and Carbon Cycle Interactions

Chair Director Departments

NTSG Director, W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation

Systems Ecology Title

Professor, Boreal/Arctic Eco-Hydrology