Galina Churkina

Visiting Fellow

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Ph.D. (School of Forestry, University of Montana, USA) & Diploma (Department of Mechanics and Mathematics, Moscow State University, Russia)

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Galina Churkina investigates feedbacks between urbanization, biogeochemical cycles, and the climate of our planet Earth. She pioneered the holistic studies of the urban carbon cycle and was the first to show the prominence of the urbanization effect on the global cycle of carbon. In her research she develops and uses conceptual and numerical models, relying on ground and satellite measurements. Her studies span over a wide range of spatial scales: from the ecosystem level to the globe. Throughout her career, she and her colleagues markedly advanced our understanding of the climatic and anthropogenic controls on the net primary productivity of the biosphere, the interactions between carbon/nitrogen cycles and the climate, as well as the tradeoffs of tree planting campaigns for urban dwellers.

Dr. Churkina held positions as a senior scientist and lead research groups at the Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry and the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research in Germany. She was also a senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. She held visiting appointments at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE), University of Michigan, both in the USA, as well as at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin in Germany.

Dr. Churkina enjoys and has an extensive experience in inter- and transdisciplinary collaborations. She served as a scientific advisor to interdisciplinary research projects as well as private companies. She is an associate editor for Urban Ecology Specialty of the Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution as well as of the Frontiers in Sociology. She held awards from the George Soros Foundation, the Soroptimist International of Americas, and the German Science Foundation.