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Susan Trumbore

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Susan E. Trumbore
Alma mater
AwardsBenjamin Franklin Medal
BES Marsh Award for Climate Change Research (2019)
Balzan Prize (2020)
Scientific career

Susan E. Trumbore is an earth systems scientist focusing on the carbon cycle and its effects on climate. She is a director at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry and a Professor of Earth System Science at University of California, Irvine. She is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, member of the National Academy of Sciences, and recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Medal.

Education and career

Trumbore earned her bachelor of science in geology at the University of Delaware in 1981 and doctoral degree in geochemistry from Columbia University in 1989. She held post-doctoral fellowships with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and joined the faculty at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) in 1991.[1][2] She is currently a Professor of Earth System Science at UCI, co-director the W.M. Keck Carbon Cycle Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Facility, and director of the UCI branch of the Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics. She has also been a director at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry since 2009.[1][3]

Current research

Trumbore is a member of the speaker team for the Collaborative Research Center 'AquaDiva'[4] and a member of the German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research 'iDiv'[5] She is a co-coordinator of the joint Brazilian/German 'ATTO' project.[6]

Other projects include 14Constraint, funded by an advanced grant from the European Research Council and the Tanguro Flux Project in collaboration with IPAM (Amazon Environmental Research Institute) and the Woods Hole Research Centre.

Recognition and awards

Trumbore was elected as a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2005.[7][8] She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2010.[9] Trumbore was recognized with the Benjamin Franklin Medal in 2018 for "her pioneering use of radiocarbon measurements in forests and soils to assess the flow of carbon between the biosphere and atmosphere, with implications for the understanding of future climate change."[2] In 2020 she received the Balzan Prize for Earth System Dynamics.[10]


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  2. ^ a b "Susan Trumbore". The Franklin Institute. 2017-11-02. Retrieved 2019-01-05.
  3. ^ Messmore, Teresa (December 2013). "Carbon researcher is in her element". University of Delaware Messenger. 21 (4).
  4. ^ "Speakers of the CRC AquaDiva". aq­ Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  5. ^ "Members". German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv). 2015-05-13. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  6. ^ "Contact". ATTO - Amazon Tall Tower Observatory. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  7. ^ Anonymous (2005). "New AGU fellows". Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union. 86 (5): 49. Bibcode:2005EOSTr..86Q..49.. doi:10.1029/2005eo050007. ISSN 0096-3941.
  8. ^ "AAAS News and Notes". Science. 310 (5748): 634–637. 2005. doi:10.1126/science.310.5748.634. ISSN 0036-8075.
  9. ^ "Susan E. Trumbore". National Academy of Sciences Member Directory. Retrieved 2019-01-05.
  10. ^ Balzan Prize 2020
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