Join RAE for the June edition of our monthly webinar series featuring Rodrigo Vargas.
Rodrigo Vargas is an Associate Professor at the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Delaware. He completed his PhD at the University of California-Riverside and a postdoc at the University of California-Berkeley. His research interests focus on how biophysical factors regulate greenhouse gas dynamics in terrestrial and coastal ecosystems. He studies soil-plant-atmosphere interactions to understand and quantify the response of ecosystems to management, extreme events, and global environmental change. His research spans from data mining and applying machine learning approaches, to remote sensing and micrometeorological measurements of greenhouse gas fluxes at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Dr. Vargas has published over 140 peer-reviewed publications and has received funding from NSF, NASA, USDA, DARPA and several state and international organizations. He serves as an Associate Editor for Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences published by the American Geophysical Union, is a Handling Editor for Oecologia, and is a member of the editorial board of Global Change Biology. He has been part of the science steering groups of the North American Carbon Program, North American Forestry Commission, Mexican Carbon Program, and AmeriFlux. He was a co-lead for Chapter 2 of the Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2) and a contributing author of the “Status of the World’s Soil Resources 2015” by the FAO of the United Nations. He is a member of the committee on Science and the Arts in the Earth and Environmental Science cluster of the Franklin Institute, a member of the U.S. National Committee for Soil Science of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and a fellow of the Earth Leadership Program.