ddb mosaic spain hires.jpgDennis Baldocchi
Distinguished Professor of Biometeorology
345 Hilgard Hall, Office
130 Mulford Hall, Mail
Ecosystem Science Division
Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management
University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-3110
Cell Phone: 510 388 7172

Researcher ID: A-1625-2009

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Experimental and theoretical studies on the physical, biological and chemical control of trace gas exchange between vegetation and the atmosphere. Goals of work are to predict fluxes of carbon, water and energy, mechanistically, everywhere, all of the time.

Lines of inquiry have been along understanding how fluxes of mass and energy between ecosystems and the atmosphere vary along a spectrum of time and space scales in accordance with structure, function, weather and climate and management. Methods used include use of the eddy covariance method to measure net fluxes of mass and energy across the atmosphere-ecosystem interface. Data are interpreted and distilled through the lens of the CANVEG family of models, physiological measurements at the leaf scale and flux measurements across the soil-atmosphere interface.

Current work focuses on: 1) the roles of management and ecological restoration on greenhouse gas fluxes of crops and wetlands; 2) the impact of weather, climate trends and variability, physiological stress, and structure and function on the greenhouse gas fluxes of savanna woodlands and annual grasslands; and 3) the upscaling and interpretation of fluxes across climatic and ecological gradients with the AmeriFlux and FLUXNET networks.


University of California, Berkeley, Ecosystem Science Division, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management.

Executive Associate Dean, Rausser College of Natural Resources, July 2022 to present

Distinguished Professor of Biometeorology, July 2023 to present

Professor of Biometeorology, July 2002 to July, 2023;

Acting Associate Professor of Biometeorology, July, 1998 through June, 2002;

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division, Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Physical Scientist, Oct. 1986-June, 1999

Biometeorologist (on contract with ORAU) July, 1983-Oct, 1986

Postdoctoral Fellow, Aug. 1982-July, 1983.

University of Nebraska, Center for Agricultural Meteorology and Climatology, Lincoln, NE.

Research Associate. July, 1979 to July, 1982.

University of Nebraska, Agricultural Engineering Department, Agricultural Meteorology Section, Lincoln, NE.
Graduate Research Assistant. July, 1977 to July, 1979.


WIMEK Fellow, Meteorology and Air Quality Group, University of Wageningen, Netherlands, Jan-Feb, 2015.

Chercheur Etranger, Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, CNRS, Montpellier, France, Oct-Dec 2007.

Gastprofessor, University of Innsbruck, Institute of Botany, Innsbruck, Austria.
May, 2001.

Chercheur Etranger, Station Bioclimatologie, Institut Nationale de al Recherche Agronomique. Bordeaux France.
Sept through December, 1996. .

RAISA Research Fellow, Universita degli Studi della Tuscia (Viterbo, Italy), Dipartimento di Scienze dell'Ambiente Forestale e delle sue Risorse. Nov. 1992 through Jan. 1993.

University of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden, Department of Meteorology, Visiting Scientist. April to June, 1990.


University of Nebraska, Lincoln Ph.D. 1982 Bioenvironmental Engineering
University of Nebraska, Lincoln M.S. 1979. Agricultural Engineering
University of California, Davis B.S. 1977. Atmospheric Sciences.



Editorial Review Board of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 1993 to present.
Member, Berkeley Atmospheric Science Center, UC Berkeley.
Member, Berkeley Food Institute, UC Berkeley

UCANR Program Council 2022 to present

Science Advisory Board, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Earth and Environment, 2019-present

2015 AmeriFlux Science Steering Committee. 1997-present.

Member, American Meteorological Society
Member, American Geophysical Union.
Faculty of 1000, Ecosystem Ecology, 2006 to 2009, 2015-present
Interdisciplinary Committee, World Cultural Council
Advisory Board, Journal of Agricultural Meteorology, 2018-present
Advisory Board, San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science Journal, 2021-present

FLUXNET Community Council, 2022 to present

Blue Carbon and Marsh Accretion and Resilience Advisory Team, San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI), 2021-present

Past Activities

FLUXNET Project Leader. 1998-2017

Editorial Boards

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Geophysical Research, Biogeosciences, 2009 through 2014.
Subject Editor, Global Change Biology. 1997 to 2009
Editorial Review Board of Plant, Cell and Environment. 1995 to 2009.
Editorial Review Board of Boundary Layer Meteorology. 1996 to 2009.
Editor, Tree Physiology. 2003 to 2006
Editor, Biogeosciences. 2004
Editorial Review Board of Tree Physiology, 1987 to 1990, 2000 to 2002.

Science Advisory Panels

DOE Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC) 2012-2017

Chair and Member, Fachbeirat, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena. 2010-2015 

Science Advisory Board, Helmholtz Associate, Atmosphere and Climate Program 2017-2019

AGU Union Fellow Committee, 2015-2021

FLUXNET Canada, Science Advisory Panel. 2003- 2006

CarboEurope Advisory Panel, 'Assessment of the European Terrestrial Carbon Balance' project. 2004 to 2008.
National Technical Advisory Committee, National Institutes for Global Environmental Change. 1997 to 1999
Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS) Project Executive Committee 1992-1995.
Science Panel. International Satellite Land-Surface Climatology Project (ISLSCP) 1994 to 2000.
Steering Committee. Trace Gas Monitoring Network (TRAGNET).
Science Steering Committee. IGBP/IGAC TRAGEX activity (Trace Gas
Exchange between Mid-latitude Terrestrial Ecosystems and Atmosphere).
Steering Committee for the Fifth International Conference on
Precipitation Scavenging and Atmosphere-Surface Exchange Processes. Richland, WA. July 15-19, 1991.
AMS committee on Agriculture and Forest Meteorology. 1985 to 1988.
AMS committee on Biometeorology and Aerobiology. 1990 to 1993

Conference Convener

Co-convener, IGBP/GTCE/IGAC workshop on Strategies for long term studies of CO2 and H2O fluxes over terrestrial ecosystems, La Thuile, Italy, March 5-9, 1995

Co-convener, Second FLUXNET Workshop, Polson, MT, June 3-5, 1998
Convener, FLUXNET 2000 Synthesis Workshop. Marshall, CA. June, 2000.
Co-convener, FLUXNET 2002 Synthesis Workshop, Orvieto, Italy, June, 2002.
Convener, FLUXNET 2003 Synthesis Workshop, Lake Tahoe, CA. Aug., 2003.
Convener, FLUXNET 2004 International Meeting, Firenze, Italy, December, 2004
Convener, FLUXNET Asilomar Workshop, Feb, 2009
Convener, FLUXNET 2011 international Meeting, Berkeley, CA, June, 2011

Convener, FLUXNET 2017, International Meeting, Berkeley, CA, June, 2017


Honors/Awards/Named Lectures

Doctor Honoris Causa, Wageningen University, March 2023

Surface Water Prize, 10th (2022) Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water

Fellow, American Meteorological Society, 2022

Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biometeorology, American Meteorological Society, 2009

Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 2007

Faculty Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring, University of California, Berkeley, 2011

Co-recipient for Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award for 2004 conferred on B.E. Law, E. Falge, L. Gu, D.D. Baldocchi, et al. for the paper entitled "Environmental controls over carbon dioxide and water vapor exchange of terrestrial vegetation" published in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 113; 97-120, 2002.

Department of Commerce, Silver Medal, 1996.


Distinguished Ecologist Lecturer, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, Colorado State University, 2001.

Kuehnast Lecture, University of Minnesota, 2009

Campbell Lecture, Washington State University, 2010

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Environmental Lecture, Garmisch-Parktenkirchen, Germany, 2014

Geography Distinguished Lecture, University of Hawaii, Manoa, 2015


Editor Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, Journal of Geophysical Research, 1990

Editor Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 2005

Highly Cited Researcher in Agricultural Sciences, 2014-2017 (

Highly Cited Researcher in Environment/Ecology, 2015

Highly Cited Researcher in Cross Fields, 2018 through 2020, 2023

Citation Leader in Environmental Sciences, 2022, 2023


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