Dr Donatella Zona
School of Biosciences
Senior Research Fellow
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School of Biosciences
Alfred Denny Building
- Senior Research Fellow, Department of Animal and Plant Science, University of Sheffield, UK (January 2017-present)
- Research fellow & lecturer, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK (2012-2017)
- Assistant Professor, San Diego State University, CA, USA (2015-present)
- Adjunct Professor, San Diego State University, CA, USA (2011-2015)
- Associate on Agricultural Experiment Station, University of California, Davis, USA (2011-2012)
- Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Group of Plant and Vegetation Ecology, University of Antwerp, Belgium (2009-2012) and Marie Curie Fellow (September 2010-September 2012)
- Postdoctoral Researcher, CSTAR, University of California, Davis, USA (2009)
- PhD in Ecology, University of California, Davis, USA (2009)
- Exchange Scholar in San Diego State University, USA (2005)
- Postgraduate Researcher, Department of Air Pollution, National Research Council, Rome, Italy (2004)
- Laurea in Natural Science (110 with honor), University of Rome 'La Sapienza', Italy (2004)
- Research interests
My background integrates the study of the functioning of a variety of ecosystems, natural (arctic tundra) and managed (oak forest, agro-ecosystems). I am particularly interested in the patterns and controls on non-CO2 gasses such as O3, CH4, N2O fluxes, whose emissions are very difficult to measure and model.
My main research emphasizes the impact of climate change on biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and greenhouse gas emission (CO2 and CH4) in the Arctic.
My interest ranges from the mechanisms allowing tundra ecosystems to adjust or avoid environmental stress and how climate change affects ecosystem functioning to the importance and the challenges of integrating different scales and approaches to understand the patterns and controls on CO2 and CH4 fluxes in the Arctic.
This person does not have any publications available.
- Soil respiration strongly offsets carbon uptake in Alaska and Northwest Canada. Environmental Research Letters, 16(8).
- Representativeness of Eddy-Covariance flux footprints for areas surrounding AmeriFlux sites. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 301-302. View this article in WRRO
- Ecosystem Scale Implication of Soil CO
2Concentration Dynamics During Soil Freezing in Alaskan Arctic Tundra Ecosystems. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 126(5).
- Substantial hysteresis in emergent temperature sensitivity of global wetland CH4 emissions. Nature Communications, 12(1).
- Seasonality buffers carbon budget variability across heterogeneous landscapes in Alaskan Arctic tundra. Environmental Research Letters, 16(3).
- Author Correction: The FLUXNET2015 dataset and the ONEFlux processing pipeline for eddy covariance data. Scientific Data, 8(1).
- The FLUXNET2015 dataset and the ONEFlux processing pipeline for eddy covariance data. Scientific Data, 7(1). View this article in WRRO
- Phosphorus alleviation of nitrogen‐suppressed methane sink in global grasslands. Ecology Letters, 23(5), 821-830.
- Attribute parameter characterized the seasonal variation of gross primary productivity (αGPP): Spatiotemporal variation and influencing factors. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 280, 107774-107774.
- Increased high‐latitude photosynthetic carbon gain offset by respiration carbon loss during an anomalous warm winter to spring transition. Global Change Biology, 26(2), 682-696.
- Mechanistic Modeling of Microtopographic Impacts on CO 2 and CH 4 Fluxes in an Alaskan Tundra Ecosystem Using the CLM‐Microbe Model. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 11(12), 4288-4304.
- Author Correction: Large loss of CO2 in winter observed across the northern permafrost region. Nature Climate Change, 9(12), 1005-1005.
- Large loss of CO2 in winter observed across the northern permafrost region. Nature Climate Change, 9(11), 852-857.
- Monthly gridded data product of northern wetland methane emissions based on upscaling eddy covariance observations. Earth System Science Data, 11(3), 1263-1289. View this article in WRRO
- Sensitivity of Methane Emissions to Later Soil Freezing in Arctic Tundra Ecosystems. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 124(8), 2595-2609.
- FLUXNET-CH4 Synthesis Activity: Objectives, Observations, and Future Directions. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 100(12), 2607-2632.
- A semi-analytical snow-free vegetation index for improving estimation of plant phenology in tundra and grassland ecosystems. Remote Sensing of Environment, 228, 31-44.
- Impact of fertiliser, water table, and warming on celery yield and CO2 and CH4 emissions from fenland agricultural peat. The Science of The Total Environment, 667, 179-190. View this article in WRRO
- Temperature Response of Respiration Across the Heterogeneous Landscape of the Alaskan Arctic Tundra. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 123(7), 2287-2302.
- Spring photosynthetic onset and net CO2 uptake in Alaska triggered by landscape thawing. Global Change Biology, 24(8), 3416-3435. View this article in WRRO
- Characterizing permafrost active layer dynamics and sensitivity to landscape spatial heterogeneity in Alaska. Cryosphere, 12(1), 145-161. View this article in WRRO
- Upscaling CH4 Fluxes Using High-Resolution Imagery in Arctic Tundra Ecosystems. Remote Sensing, 9(12). View this article in WRRO
- Tundra water budget and implications of precipitation underestimation. Water Resources Research, 53(8), 6472-6486. View this article in WRRO
- Microbial community structure and soil pHcorrespond to methane production inArcticAlaska soils. Environmental Microbiology, 19(8), 3398-3410. View this article in WRRO
- Effect of water table management and elevated CO 2 on radish productivity and on CH 4 and CO 2 fluxes from peatlands converted to agriculture. Science of The Total Environment, 584-585, 665-672. View this article in WRRO
- Tundra photosynthesis captured by satellite-observed solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence. Geophysical Research Letters, 44(3), 1564-1573. View this article in WRRO
- Mapping Arctic Tundra Vegetation Communities Using Field Spectroscopy and Multispectral Satellite Data in North Alaska, USA. Remote Sensing, 8(12), 978-978. View this article in WRRO
- Impact of different eddy covariance sensors, site set-up, and maintenance on the annual balance of CO2 and CH4 in the harsh Arctic environment. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 228-229, 239-251. View this article in WRRO
- Biogeochemistry: Long-term effects of permafrost thaw.. Nature, 537(7622), 625-626. View this article in WRRO
- A multi-scale comparison of modeled and observed seasonal methane emissions in northern wetlands. Biogeosciences, 13(17), 5043-5056. View this article in WRRO
- The Alaska Arctic Vegetation Archive (AVA-AK). Phytocoenologia, 46(2), 221-229. View this article in WRRO
- Vegetation Type Dominates the Spatial Variability in CH4 Emissions Across Multiple Arctic Tundra Landscapes. Ecosystems, 19(6), 1116-1132. View this article in WRRO
- Latitudinal gradient of spruce forest understory and tundra phenology in Alaska as observed from satellite and ground-based data. Remote Sensing of Environment, 177, 160-170. View this article in WRRO
- Pan-Arctic ice-wedge degradation in warming permafrost and its influence on tundra hydrology. Nature Geoscience, 9(4), 312-318.
- Cold season emissions dominate the Arctic tundra methane budget. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(1), 40-45.
- Rapid leaf development drives the seasonal pattern of volatile organic compound (VOC) fluxes in a ‘coppiced’ bioenergy poplar plantation. Plant, Cell & Environment, 39(3), 539-555.
- Biophysical drivers of the carbon dioxide, water vapor, and energy exchanges of a short-rotation poplar coppice. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 209-210, 22-35.
- CO2 uptake is offset by CH4 and N2O emissions in a poplar short-rotation coppice. GCB Bioenergy, 8(3), 524-538.
- The uncertain climate footprint of wetlands under human pressure. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(15), 4594-4599.
- Environmental and vegetation controls on the spatial variability of CH4 emission from wet-sedge and tussock tundra ecosystems in the Arctic. Plant and Soil, 388(1-2), 37-52. View this article in WRRO
- Erratum to: Environmental and vegetation controls on the spatial variability of CH4 emission from wet-sedge and tussock tundra ecosystems in the Arctic. Plant and Soil, 388(1-2), 53-54.
- Proton Transfer Reaction Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometric (PTR-TOF-MS) determination of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from a biomass fire developed under stable nocturnal conditions. Atmospheric Environment, 97, 54-67.
- Change in surface energy balance in Alaska due to fire and spring warming, based on upscaling eddy covariance measurements. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 119(10), 1947-1969.
- Simultaneous leaf- and ecosystem-level fluxes of volatile organic compounds from a poplar-based SRC plantation. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 187, 22-35.
- A satellite data driven biophysical modeling approach for estimating northern peatland and tundra CO
2and CH 4fluxes. Biogeosciences, 11(7), 1961-1980.
- Environmental controls on ozone fluxes in a poplar plantation in Western Europe. Environmental Pollution, 184, 201-210.
- Testing the applicability of neural networks as a gap-filling method using CH
4flux data from high latitude wetlands. Biogeosciences, 10(12), 8185-8200.
- Growing season and spatial variations of carbon fluxes of Arctic and boreal ecosystems in Alaska (USA). ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS, 23(8), 1798-1816.
- Energy and climate benefits of bioelectricity from low-input short rotation woody crops on agricultural land over a two-year rotation. Applied Energy, 111, 862-870.
- Carbon and water vapor fluxes over four forests in two contrasting climatic zones. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 180, 211-224.
- N2O fluxes of a bio-energy poplar plantation during a two years rotation period. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY BIOENERGY, 5(5), 536-547.
- Upscaling terrestrial carbon dioxide fluxes in Alaska with satellite remote sensing and support vector regression. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-BIOGEOSCIENCES, 118(3), 1266-1281.
- Corrigendum to " Fluxes of the greenhouse gases (CO
2, CH 4and N 2O) above a short-rotation poplar plantation after conversion from agricultural land" [Agric. For. Meteorol. 169 (2012) 100-110]. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 169, 211.
- Fluxes of the greenhouse gases (CO
2, CH 4and N 2O) above a short-rotation poplar plantation after conversion from agricultural land. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 169, 100-110.
- The effect of a dry spring on seasonal carbon allocation and vegetation dynamics in a poplar bioenergy plantation. GCB Bioenergy.
- Net ecosystem production and carbon balance of an SRC poplar plantation during its first rotation. Biomass and Bioenergy, 56, 412-422.
- Increased CO
2loss from vegetated drained lake tundra ecosystems due to flooding. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 26(2).
- Soil moisture control over autumn season methane flux, Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska. Biogeosciences, 9(4), 1423-1440.
- Water-table height and microtopography control biogeochemical cycling in an Arctic coastal tundra ecosystem. Biogeosciences, 9(1), 577-591.
- Light-stress avoidance mechanisms in a Sphagnum-dominated wet coastal Arctic tundra ecosystem in Alaska.. Ecology, 92(3), 633-644.
- A new low-power, open-path instrument for measuring methane flux by eddy covariance. Applied Physics B: Lasers and Optics, 102(2), 391-405.
- Nonlinear controls on evapotranspiration in Arctic coastal wetlands. Biogeosciences, 8(11), 3375-3389.
- Microtopographic controls on ecosystem functioning in the Arctic Coastal Plain. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 116(3).
- Characterization of the carbon fluxes of a vegetated drained lake basin chronosequence on the Alaskan Arctic Coastal Plain. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, 16(6), 1870-1882.
- Methane fluxes during the initiation of a large-scale water table manipulation experiment in the Alaskan Arctic tundra. GLOBAL BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLES, 23.
- Estimates of potential ozone stomatal uptake in mature trees of Quercus ilex in a Mediterranean climate. ENVIRONMENTAL AND EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY, 59(2), 235-241.
- Development and field evaluation of a new diffusive sampler for hydrogen sulphide in the ambient air.. Anal Bioanal Chem, 384(4), 897-901.
- Ozone monitoring in a Mediterranean forest using diffusive and continuous sampling.. Anal Bioanal Chem, 380(5-6), 818-823.
- FLUXNET-CH<sub>4</sub>: a global, multi-ecosystem dataset and analysis of methane seasonality from freshwater wetlands. Earth System Science Data, 13(7), 3607-3689.
- Addressing biases in Arctic–boreal carbon cycling in the Community Land Model Version 5. Geoscientific Model Development, 14(6), 3361-3382.
- Optimizing fen peatland water‐table depth for romaine lettuce growth to reduce peat wastage under future climate warming. Soil Use and Management.
- Statistical upscaling of ecosystem CO 2 fluxes across the terrestrial tundra and boreal domain: Regional patterns and uncertainties. Global Change Biology.
- Investigating the sensitivity of soil heterotrophic respiration to recent snow cover changes in Alaska using a satellite-based permafrost carbon model. Biogeosciences, 17(22), 5861-5882.
- Snow melt stimulates ecosystem respiration in Arctic ecosystems. Global Change Biology.
- Understanding spatial variability of methane fluxes in Arctic wetlands through footprint modelling. Environmental Research Letters, 14(12), 125010-125010.
- Arctic greening associated with lengthening growing seasons in Northern Alaska. Environmental Research Letters, 14(12), 125018-125018.
- Monthly Gridded Data Product of Northern Wetland Methane Emissions Based on Upscaling Eddy Covariance Observations.
- Upscaling surface energy fluxes over the North Slope of Alaska using airborne eddy-covariance measurements and environmental response functions. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18(13), 10007-10023.
- Upscaling surface energy fluxes over the North Slope of Alaska using airborne eddy-covariance measurements and environmental response functions.
- ORCHIDEE-PEAT (revision 4596), a model for northern peatland CO<sub>2</sub>, water, and energy fluxes on daily to annual scales. Geoscientific Model Development, 11(2), 497-519. View this article in WRRO
- ORCHIDEE-PEAT (revision 4596), a model for northern peatland CO<sub>2</sub>, water and energy fluxes on daily to annual scales.
- ORCHIDEE-SRC v1.0: an extension of the land surface model ORCHIDEE for simulating short rotation coppice poplar plantations. Geoscientific Model Development, 8(5), 1461-1471.
- Preface: Towards a full greenhouse gas balance of the biosphere. Biogeosciences, 12(2), 453-456.
- Delayed responses of an Arctic ecosystem to an extreme summer: impacts on net ecosystem exchange and vegetation functioning. Biogeosciences, 11(20), 5877-5888.
- ORCHIDEE-SRC v1.0: an extension of the land surface model ORCHIDEE for simulating short rotation coppice poplar plantations. Geoscientific Model Development Discussions, 7(3), 4019-4043.
- Delayed responses of an Arctic ecosystem to an extremely dry summer: impacts on net ecosystem exchange and vegetation functioning. Biogeosciences Discussions, 10(12), 19189-19217.
- A satellite data driven biophysical modeling approach for estimating northern peatland and tundra CO<sub>2</sub> and CH<sub>4</sub> fluxes. Biogeosciences Discussions, 10(10), 16491-16549.
- Testing the applicability of neural networks as a gap-filling method using CH<sub>4</sub> flux data from high latitude wetlands. Biogeosciences Discussions, 10(5), 7727-7759.
- Soil moisture control over autumn season methane flux, Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska. Biogeosciences Discussions, 8(4), 6519-6554.
- Water table height and microtopography control biogeochemical cycling in an Arctic coastal tundra ecosystem. Biogeosciences Discussions, 8(4), 6345-6382.
- Nonlinear controls on evapotranspiration in Arctic coastal wetlands. Biogeosciences Discussions, 8(4), 6307-6344.
- Impact of extreme precipitation and water table change on N<sub>2</sub>O fluxes in a bio-energy poplar plantation. Biogeosciences Discussions, 8(2), 2057-2092.
Conference proceedings papers
- Research group
- Scott Davidson
- Magdalena J Matysek
- Kassandra Reuss-Schmidt
- Teaching activities
- APS124 - Ecosystems, Climate and Environmental Change (co-teaching with Dr Gareth Phoenix)
- APS402 - Level 4 Research Dissertation
- APS406 - Level 4 Research Project
- APS330 - Level 3 Research Project
- APS331 - Level 3 Research Dissertation
- APS222 - Level 2 Animal and Plant Science - Tutorials
- APS135 - Level 1 Skills for Biologists 1 - Tutorials
- Professional activities
- Convener for the 5th iLEAPS Science Conference, in Oxford, UK (11-14 September 2017)
- Organizing committee NERC Arctic Conference, held in Sheffield, UK, September 2015
- Scientific committee of iLEAPS (intergrated Land Ecosystem - Atmosphere Process Study, 2014-present) www.ileaps.org
- Work package 2 Leader of the COST Action (ES0804 BE) Advancing the Integrated Monitoring of Trace Gas Exchange between Biosphere and Atmosphere (Work towards comprehensive multi-species flux monitoring sites, 2011-2013)
- Guest Editor and organizer of the Special issue in Biogeosciences (2012-2014) 'Towards a full GHG balance of the biosphere' and in (2011-2012) 'Understanding the imapcts of hydrological changes on terrestrial ecosystems: results from water manipulation experiments across different biomes'
- Convener and organizer of the EGU session: 2015 convener: 'Understanding CO2 and CH4 fluxes from WETLANDS: reducing the gap between experimentalists and modellers'. 2014 co-convener: 'Towards a full greenhouse gas balance of the biosphere (terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems)', 2012 convener 'Towards a full GHG balance from the biosphere. How important are N2O and CH4 emissions in different ecosystems? How difficult is it to measure and model their emission?' (Co-conveners: K. Pilegaard, T. Vesala); 2010 convener: 'Understanding the impacts of hydrological changes on terrestrial ecosystems: results from large-scale water manipulation experiments across different biomes' (Co-conveners: L. Misson, W.C. Oechel)
- Reviewer for Biogeosciences, Global Change Biology, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Annals of Forestry, Journal of Geophysical Research, Ecosystems, Polar science, Polar Biology, Arctic Antarctic and Alpine Reseach; reviewer for NSF-Arctic science, and for NERC, and NERC Arctic Research Programme.
- Member of British Ecological Society (BES), Ecological Society of America (ESA), European Geosciences Union (EGU), American Geophysical Union (AGU)
- San Diego State University, Discovery Slam 'Ecosystem functioning and impact of climate change on ecosystems' (February 2017)
- San Diego State University, Geography colloquium series 'Climate change in the Arctic: lessons learned and new challenges' (February 2017)
- Point Loma Nazarene University, 19th Annual Perspectives on Science Lecture/Dinner Series, 'Why study climate change in the Arctic?' (February 2017)
- American Geophysical Union: Liljedahl A.K, […] D. Zona. Recent circum-Arctic ice-wedge degradation and its hydrological impacts, #143778 (December 2016)
- University of Sheffield, Departmental Seminar 'Importance and challenges of doing research in the Arctic' (March 2014)
- University of Freiburg, Germany 'Importance and challenges of doing research in the Arctic' (February 2014)
- University of Leicester (invited by Professor S. Page) 'Impact of climate change on greenhouse gas emissions in the Arctic: challenges and opportunities' (March 2014)
- Royal Society International Seminar (invited by Professor H. Balzter) 'Challenges in scaling CH4 fluxes from chamber and eddy flux data to the global scale' (December 2013)
- Max Planck, Biogeochemistry, Jena (invited by Dr M. Heimann) 'Climate change and greenhouse gas emission from Arctic tundra ecosystems, what can we learn by integrating multiple scales and approaches?' (October 2012).
- University of Helsinki (invited by Professor T. Vesala) 'Impact of Climate Change on ecosystem functioning and GHG emission in Arctic tundra across multiple scales' (September 2012)
- ETH Zurich, 'Impact of climate variability and change in water table on N2O fluxes in a poplar plantation in Western Europe'
- FLAIR 2011 - Field Laser Applications in Industry and Research - Murnau, Germany, 'Towards multi-species flux monitoring site: fields measurements using CH4 and N2O analyzers' (September 2011)
- GHG-Europe Workshop: Land use change for Bio-energy production, Dublin, Ireland 'GHG-balance of a fast growing bio-energy system' (October 2010)
- Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting (August 2009) 'The consequence of the change in hydrology on CO2 fluxes in the Arctic tundra: results from the first large-scale water table manipulation experiment in the Alaskan arctic tundra'. Nature News (see www.nature.com/news/2009/090804/full/news.2009.778.html).