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Ankur Desai

Ankur Desai

Expert on climate change, carbon cycling in forest, lake and wetland ecosystems, global land-atmosphere interaction and micrometeorology

Professor, atmospheric and oceanic sciences; faculty affiliate, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Work: 608-520-0305 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page Twitter: @profdesai


  • Climate change
  • Feedbacks between ecosystems and atmosphere
  • Observations of land-atmosphere exchange and atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, including carbon and water
  • Modeling of vegetation dynamics and nutrient cycling


  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awardee, 2009
  • Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences
  • American Meteorological Society Meisinger Award, 2016