Dr. Lara M. Kueppers


Climate Sciences Department
Earth Sciences Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1 Cyclotron Rd, 74-120, Berkeley, CA 94720



Ph.D, University of California, Berkeley 

M.S., Stanford University

B.S., Stanford University 

Current Position: 
Assistant Research Scientist, Sierra Nevada Research Institute, UC Merced
Previous Position: 
Assistant Professor, School of Natural Sciences, UC Merced
Faculty Scientist, Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Research Interests: 
  • Ecosystem feedbacks to climate change
  • Species composition and ecosystem function
  • Regional climate models
  • Land-cover and land-use change
  • Radiocarbon techniques
  • Interdisciplinary research strategies
  • Climate change policy



Fernandez, M., H. Hamilton, and L. M. Kueppers. 2013. Characterizing uncertainty in species distribution models derived from interpolated weather station data. Ecosphere. 4(5): 61. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES13-00049.1

Moyes, A. B., C. Castanha, M. Germino, and L. M. Kueppers. 2013. Warming and the dependence of limber pine (Pinus flexilis) establishment on summer soil moisture within and above its current elevation range. Oecologia. 171:271-282. doi: 10.1007/s00442-012-2410-0.

Castanha, C., M.S. Torn, M.J. Germino, B. Weibel, and L.M. Kueppers. 2012. Conifer seedling recruitment across a forest-to-alpine tundra gradient and effects of provenance. Plant Ecology and Diversity. doi:10.1080/17550874.2012.716087.

Lu, Y., and L. M. Kueppers. 2012. Surface energy partitioning over four dominant vegetation types across the United States in a coupled regional climate model (WRF3-CLM3.5). Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres. 117: D06111. doi: 10.1029/2011JD016991

Barbour, E. and L. M. Kueppers. 2012. Conservation and management of ecological systems in a changing California. Climatic Change. 111(1): 135-163. doi: 10.1007/s10584-011-0246-y

Kueppers, L. M., and M. A. Snyder. 2011. Influence of agricultural irrigation on surface energy and water fluxes, surface climate, and atmospheric circulation in California. Climate Dynamics. doi: 10.1007/s00382-011-1123-0.

Reinhardt, K., C. Castanha, M. J. Germino, L. M. Kueppers. 2011. Ecophysiological variation in two provenances of Pinus flexilis seedlings across an elevation gradient from forest to alpine. Tree Physiology. 31(6): 615-625.

Subin, Z. M., W. J. Riley, J. Jin, D. S. Christianson, M. S. Torn, L. M. Kueppers. 2011. Ecosystem feedbacks to climate change in California: Development, testing, and analysis using a coupled regional atmosphere and land-surface model (WRF3-CLM3.5). Earth Interactions. 15(15): 1-38. doi: 10.1175/2010EI331.1.

Luo, Y., J. M. Melillo, S. Niu, C. Beier, J. Clark, E. Davidson, J. Dukes, R. D. Evans, C. Field, C. Czimczik, M. Keller, B. Kimball, L. Kueppers, R. Norby, S. Pelini, E. Pendall, E. Rastetter, J. Six, M. Smith, M. G. Tjoelker, and M. S. Torn. 2011. Coordinated approaches to quantify long-term ecosystem dynamics in response to global change. Global Change Biology, 17(2): 843-854. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2010.02265.x.

Anderson, R., J. G. Canadell, J. T. Randerson, R. B. Jackson, B. A. Hungate, D. D. Baldocchi, G. A. Ban-Weiss, G. B. Bonan, K. Caldeira, L. Cao, N. S. Diffenbaugh, K. R. Gurney, L. M. Kueppers, B. E. Law, S. Luyssaert, T. L. O'Halloran. 2011. Biophysical considerations in forestry for climate protection. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 9(3): 174-182.

Jackson, R. B., J. T. Randerson, J. G. Canadell, R. G. Anderson, R. Avissar, D. D. Baldocchi, G. B. Bonan, K. Caldeira, N. S. Diffenbaugh, C. B. Field, B. A. Hungate, E. G. Jobb´agy, L. M. Kueppers, M. D. Nosetto, and D. E. Pataki. 2008. Protecting climate with forests. Environmental Research Letters 3: 044006.

Lobell, D. B., C. J. Bonfils, L. M. Kueppers, and M. A. Snyder. 2008. Irrigation cooling effect on temperature and heat index extremes. Geophysical Research Letters 35: L09705.

Kueppers, L. M., M. A. Snyder, L. C. Sloan, D., Cayan, J. Jin, H., Kanamaru, M. Kanamitsu, N. L. Miller, M. Tyree, H., Du, and B. Weare. 2007. Seasonal temperature responses to land-use change in the western United States. Global and Planetary Change doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2007.1003.1005.

Kueppers, L. M., M. A. Snyder, and L. C. Sloan. 2007. Irrigation cooling effect: Regional climate forcing by land-use change, Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L03703, doi:10.1029/2006GL028679

Kueppers, L. M., E. Zavaleta, B. Fulfrost, M. A. Snyder, and L. C. Sloan. 2006. The authors reply. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 4(4): 179.

Kueppers, L. M., and J. Harte. 2005. Subalpine forest carbon cycling: Short- and long-term influences of climate and species. Ecological Applications 15(6): 1984-1999.

Kueppers, L. M., M. A. Snyder, L. C. Sloan, E. S. Zavaleta, and B. Fulfrost. 2005. Modeled regional climate change and California endemic oak ranges. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 102(45): 16281-16286

Kueppers, L. M., J. Southon, P. Baer and J. Harte. 2004. Dead wood biomass and turnover time, measured by radiocarbon, along a subalpine elevation gradient. Oecologia 141(4): 641-651.

Silver, W. L., L. M. Kueppers, A. E. Lugo, R. Ostertag, and V. Matzek. 2004. Carbon sequestration and plant community dynamics following reforestation of tropical pasture. Ecological Applications 14(4): 1115-1127.

Kueppers, L. M., P. Baer, J. Harte, B. Haya, L. E. Koteen, and M. E. Smith. 2004. A decision matrix approach to evaluating the impacts of land use activities undertaken to mitigate climate change. Climatic Change 63: 247-257.

Other Publications

Kueppers, L.M. 2005. Benefits of a regional climate model. Science 310: 1278-1279

Snyder, M. A., L. M. Kueppers, L. C. Sloan, D. Cayan, J. Jin, H. Kanamaru, M. Kanamitsu, N. L. Miller, M. Tyree, H. Du, and B. Weare. 2006. Regional Climate Effects of Irrigation and Urbanization in the Western United States: A Model Intercomparison. California Energy Commission, PIER Energy-Related Environmental Research. CEC-500-2006-031.

Kueppers, L. M., M. S. Torn and J. Harte. 2007. Quantifying Ecosystem Feedbacks to Climate Change: Observational Needs and Priorities. A report to the Office of Biological and Environmental Research, Office of Science, U. S. Department of Energy.