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Carol A. Wessman Curriculum Vitae

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
Council of Fellows, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES),
University of Colorado at Boulder


University of Colorado
Boulder, Colorado 80309
Tel: 303-492-1139, Fax: 303-492-5070
E-mail: Carol.Wessman@Colorado.edu


B.S., Colorado State University, Botany, 1977
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Environmental Monitoring, 1984
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Forest Ecology & Environmental Monitoring, 1987


2005 to present – Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Fellow - Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

1998 to 2005 – Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Fellow - Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

1991 to 1998 – Assistant Professor, Dept. of Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology
Fellow - Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

1987 to 1991 – Research Associate, Center for the Study of Earth from Space, CIRES
University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

1985 to 1987 – Research Assistant, Department of Forestry
University of Wisconsin-Madison

1982 to 1985 – NASA Graduate Research Fellow, Environmental Remote Sensing Center
University of Wisconsin;
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California


Fellowship, Fulbright Senior Scholar, Germany, 2000
Fellowship, Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie, Jena, Germany, 2000
NASA Graduate Research Fellow, 1982-85


American Institute of Biological Sciences
International Association for Ecology
American Geophysical Union
International Association for Landscape Ecology
Ecological Society of America
Sigma Xi
Fulbright Program, Inst. of International Education


National Reviewer: Applied Optics; Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research; BioScience; Canadian Journal of Forest Research; Ecological Applications; Ecology; Ecosystems, Environmental Conservation; Global Ecology and Biogeography; Journal of Geophysical Research; Kluwer Publications; Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing; Remote Sensing of Environment

Proposal Reviewer: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, U.S. Man and the Biosphere Program, National Geographic Society, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, The Israel Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture

Editorial Board: Ecosystems (1997- 2000), Ecological Applications (1998 – present)

1988 – Review Panel, NASA Earth Observing System, MODIS Team Members
1989 – Invited Participant/Reviewer, US/EPA Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (EMAP): Workshop on Forest Indicators, Corvallis, Oregon
1990-1993 – Review Panel, NSF Ecosystem Studies Program
1994 – Invited Participant/Reviewer, "Using inferrential studies to assess ecosystem dynamics: a workshop in support of the IPCC process", SBI-EPA Cooperative Agreement for the Program on Global Climate Change", Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
1994-1997 – Science Advisory Panel, NASA Earth Observing System Land Processes DAAC (Distributed Active Archive Center)
1997 – Reviewer, NSF Sevilleta LTER Site Visit, New Mexico
2005 – National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Design Consortium, Sensor & Sensor Networking Subcommittee

University of Colorado
1991, Member, Self-Study Review Team, CIRES
1992-1993, Ball Aerospace Coporation Liason to EPOB
1992, August Advising, EPOB
1992-1999, EPOB Greenhouse & Plant Chambers Committee
1992-1993, Honors Committee
1992, Reappointment Committee for CIRES Fellow Shelley Copley
1992-1996, Personnel Committee, CIRES
1992-1996, Strategic Planning Committee, CIRES
1992-1993, Search, Geophysicist, Geology/CIRES
1993-1994, EPOB Executive Committee
1993-1994, Search, Environmental Microbiologist, EPOB
1994, Reappointment Committee for CIRES Fellow Howard Hansen
1994, August Advising, EPOB
1994, Chair, Instructor Reappointment Committee (LeMieux), EPOB
1994-1995, Search Committee, Biogeochemist, EPOB/INSTAAR
1994-1995, Chair, Search Committee, Environmental Microbiologist, EPOB/CIRES
1995-1999, Steering Committee, Biosphere/Atmosphere Research Training Grant
1995-1999, CIRES Executive Committee
1996, August Advising, EPOB
1997, August Advising, EPOB
1997-1998, EPOB Executive Committee
1998-1999, EPOB Graduate Committee
1998-1999, Search Committee, Climatologist/Remote Sensing, CIRES
2001-2003, EPOB Teaching Evaluation Committee, Chair 2001-2002
2001-present, CIRES Theme Leader, Planetary Metabolism
2002-2003, EPOB Executive Committee
2002-2004, CIRES Executive Committee
2003-2004, EPOB Graduate Committee
2003-present, CU Graduate Curriculum Committee
2004, Chair, CU PRP Geological Science Internal Review Committee
2004-2005, EBIO Executive Committee
2004-2005, Search Committee, Anthropogenic Perturbations of Ecosystems, CIRES
2004-2005, Co-Chair, CIRES Career Track Guidelines Committee

Other Activities

1989-1991, Member, NASA’s Land Aircraft Science Management Operations Working Group
1989-1994, Science Advisory Team Member, NASA Earth Observing System, High Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (HIRIS) Facility
1990, Invited participant, Workshop on Scaling Physiological Processes: Leaf to Globe, Snowbird, Utah
1990, Invited participant, US/USSR Working Group Implementation Meeting for Monitoring Global Primary Productivity and Boreal Forest Studies. Durham, New Hampshire
1990, Invited participant, NASA’s Oregon Ecosystem Transect Project OTTER, Eugene, OR
1990, Invited participant, NASA’s Forest Ecosystem Dynamics Project (FED), Howland, ME
1991, Co-Chairperson, NASA Workshop on Remote Sensing of Biochemical Content of Plant Canopies, San Francisco, CA
1991, NASA Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS), Planning Workshop, Saskatoon, Canada
1991, Invited participant, International Geosphere-Biosphere Program, Workshop on Requirements for Global Scale Terrestrial Biospheric Data, Toulouse, France
1991, Selected participant in Joint Soviet-American Sayans-91 Experiment, USSR
1992, NSF Long Term Ecological Research / NASA Joint Remote Sensing Workshop, Albuquerque, NM
1994, Session Chair, First Science Conference of the Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystem (GCTE) Core Project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), Woods Hole, MA
1994, NASA’s Earth Observing System Investigator’s Working Group, Baltimore, MD
1995, Chair, Session on “Observation and Monitoring”, The Fifth Annual Global Change and Environmental Quality Program Symposium, Monitoring and Prediction of Global Environmental Change, University of Colorado, CO
1995-1998, Member, Science Advisory Team, TRW/NASA Lewis Instrument
1997, Investigator, NASA Jornada Prototype Validation Exercise (PROVE), Jornada LTER site, NM
1998, Invited participant, 82nd Dahlem Workshop on “Integrating Hydrology, Ecosystem Dynamics, and Biogeochemistry in Complex Landscapes”, 18-23 January 1998, Berlin, Germany.
1998, Chair, Strategic Questions breakout group, NASA’s LCLUC Second Science Team Meeting, Warrenton, VA
1998, Scientific Expert, NASA’s Earth Science Enterprise Post-2002 Missions. Land Cover and Terrestrial Ecology Research and Applications
2001, NSF LTER Workshop on Landscapes and Scaling. Sevilleta LTER Fieldstation, New Mexico. Invited participant.
2002, NASA Land Use/Land Cover Change program. PI Meeting. Baltimore, MD
2003, Co-organizer of CIRES Planetary Metabolism Theme Symposium: "Environmental Responses to Anthropogenic Perturbations". 21 Feb 2003.