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Ecology/Earth Sciences

Yude Pan

Research Scientist
271 Mast Rd
New Hampshire
United States

Phone: 603-868-7612
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Current Research

Dr. Pan is currently a senior research scientist with the Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Sciences group of the Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, and Senior Investigator of Harvard Forest, Harvard University. She is a member of the U.S. Government's Carbon Cycle Science Steering Group, member of the Global Forest Expert Panel (GFEP) on Biodiversity, Forest Management and REDD+, CPF of the United Nations, member of the Editorial Boards of the ESA journals, Ecosphere and Ecological Applications, as well as Associate Editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences. Her research projects primarily include, but are not limited to,

  • Biological responses of terrestrial ecosystems to multiple environmental stresses with emphasis on understanding complex interactions among biotic and abiotic processes and between ecosystem structural and functional dynamics;
  • Regional and continental terrestrial carbon dynamics, and the magnitude and causes of carbon sinks/sources on the land, analyzing the relative importance of the factors that regulate terrestrial uptake of C including natural disturbances, LULC, climate variability, increasing CO2 concentration, N deposition, and tropospheric ozone.
  • The global forest carbon budget and the role of forests in the global carbon cycle, including assessment of forest carbon management strategies for mitigation, and the UN REDD+ Program.
  • Modeling and forecasting complex effects of land use, climate and air pollution, particularly nitrogen deposition, on the health of forested watersheds and the effects of watershed forests on the micro-scale stream environments and aquatic organisms.

  • Her research is highly interdisciplinary in nature and has integrated intensive field studies with modeling approaches, combining strengths of both process- and statistical-based methods with hierarchic observations and measurements from forest inventories, eddy flux towers and remote sensing to understanding how ecosystems function across multiple scales. She has been involved in a series of collaborative projects for understanding and quantifying the impacts of climate changes on forest ecosystems and watershed health in Northeastern and the Mid-Atlantic regions, and for North America. She has also worked on the global forest C analyses with colleagues from around the world. She has been a PI and Co-PI of several NASA projects and USFS Climate Change Research Grants.


    • SUNY-ESF and Syracuse University, Ph.D. Plant Ecology 1993
    • Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences, M.Sc. Quantitative Plant Ecology 1985
    • Oceanography University of China, B.S. Applied Mathematics 1983

    Professional Experience

    • Associate Faculty, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Earth Environmental Science
      2005 - 2016
    • Visiting Research Scholar, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University
      2007 - 2008
    • Postdoc and Research Associate, Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA
      1994 - 1997

    Professional Organizations

    • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Member (2013 - )
    • Global Forest Expert Panel on Biodiversity, Forest Management and Redd++, Cpf, United Nations, Member (2012 - 2014)
    • Ecological Society of America, Member (1989 - )
    • Carbon Cycle Scientific Steering Group (CCSSG), United States Carbon Cycle Science Program, Member (2011 - )
    • Harvard Forest, Harvard University, Senior Investigator (2016 - )
    • Colegio De Postgraduados, Mexico, Committee And Advisor For Ph.D Student (2014 - )
    • American Geophysical Union, Member (2000 - )
    • University of Pennsylvania, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Committee And Advisor Of Ph.D. Students (2005 - 2016)

    Awards & Recognition

    • Chief’s Distinguished Science Award, USDA Forest Service, Washinton D.C, 2016
    • Charles Bullard Fellowship, Harvard Forest, Harvard University , 2016
    • Director’s Distinguished Science Award, Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, 2015
    • Awards of Merit for Leading the publication of the US Agricultural Department, USDA, 2011
    • International Forestry Award, USDA Forest Service, 2002

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    Research Highlights


    Decadal Change of Forest Biomass Carbon Stocks and Tree Demography

    Forests in the Delaware River Basin could continue to be a carbon sink in the coming decades at the current middle successional stage, but would ...


    Effects of Disturbance, Climate, and Management on U.S. Forest Carbon

    Forest response to fire, insects, harvesting, etc., is responsible for nearly one-half of the U.S. forest carbon sink, offsetting about 12 perce ...


    Global Forests Sequester One-third of Annual Fossil Fuel Emissions, Much More Than Previously Thought

    Forested land plays a much larger role in removing carbon from the atmosphere than was previously thought, according to Forest Service scientist ...


    Last updated on : 05/27/2021