Andrew D. Richardson

Harvard University
Dept. Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
HUH, 22 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge MA 02138
Telephone: 617 496 1277


Ph.D., Yale University, 2003
M.F., Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 1998
A.B., Princeton University, 1992

Professional Positions:
  • Assistant Professor (2009-), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Research Assistant Professor (2007-2009), University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
  • Research Scientist (2005-2007), University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate (2003-2005), University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

  • Research Interests and Activities:
    My interests include: surface-atmosphere exchange of carbon, water and energy; carbon cycle modeling; phenology; optical properties of leaves and canopies; inverse modeling and data assimilation; and leaf-level physiology.

    Selected Publications:

    Hufkens, K., M.A. Friedl, T.F. Keenan, O. Sonnentag, A. Bailey, J. O’Keefe and A.D. Richardson. 2012. Ecological impacts of a widespread frost event following early spring leaf-out. Global Change Biology, 18: 2365-2377, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2012.02712.x

    Richardson, A.D., R.S. Anderson, M.A. Arain, A.G. Barr, G. Bohrer, G. Chen, J.M. Chen, P. Ciais, K.J. Davis, A.R. Desai, M.C. Dietze, D. Dragoni, S.R. Garrity, C.M. Gough, R. Grant, D.Y. Hollinger, H.A. Margolis, H. McCaughey, M. Migliavacca, R.K. Monson, J.W. Munger, B. Poulter, B.M. Raczka, D.M. Ricciuto, A.K. Sahoo, K. Schaefer, H. Tian, R. Vargas, H. Verbeeck, J. Xiao, and Y. Xue. 2012. Terrestrial biosphere models need better representation of vegetation phenology: Results from the North American Carbon Program site synthesis. Global Change Biology, 18: 566-584, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2011.02562.x

    Keenan, T.F., M.S. Carbone, M. Reichstein, and A.D. Richardson. 2011. The model-data fusion pitfall: Assuming certainty in an uncertain world. Oecologia, 167:587-597, doi: 10.1007/s00442-011-2106-x

    Richardson, A.D., M. Williams, D.Y. Hollinger, D.J.P. Moore, D.B. Dail, E.A. Davidson, N.A. Scott, R.S. Evans, H. Hughes, J.T. Lee, C. Rodrigues, and K. Savage. 2010. Estimating parameters of a forest ecosystem C model with measurements of stocks and fluxes as joint constraints. Oecologia, 164: 25-40, doi: 10.1007/s00442-010-1628-y

    Richardson, A.D., T.A. Black, P. Ciais, N. Delbart, M.A. Friedl, N. Gobron, D.Y. Hollinger, W.L. Kutsch, B. Longdoz, S. Luyssaert, M. Migliavacca, L. Montagnani, J.W. Munger, E. Moors, S. Piao, C. Rebmann, M. Reichstein, N. Saigusa, E. Tomelleri, R. Vargas, and A. Varlagin. 2010. Influence of spring and autumn phenological transitions on forest ecosystem productivity. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Series B, 365: 3227-3246, doi: 10.1098/rstb.2010.0102

    Yanai, R.D., J.J. Battles, A.D. Richardson, C.A. Blodgett, D.M. Wood, and E.B. Rastetter. 2010. Estimating uncertainty in ecosystem budget calculations. Ecosystems, 13: 239-248, doi: 10.1007/s10021-010-9315-8

    Richardson, A.D., B.H. Braswell, D.Y. Hollinger, J.P. Jenkins, and S.V. Ollinger. 2009. Near-surface remote sensing of spatial and temporal variation in canopy phenology. Ecological Applications, 19: 1417-1428.

    Williams, M., A.D. Richardson, M. Reichstein, P.C. Stoy, P. Peylin, H. Verbeeck, N. Carvalhais, M. Jung, D.Y. Hollinger, J. Kattge, R. Leuning, Y. Luo, E. Tomelleri, C.M. Trudinger, and Y.-P. Wang. 2009. Improving land surface models with FLUXNET data. Biogeosciences 6: 1341-1359.

    Richardson, A.D., D.Y. Hollinger, D.B. Dail, J.T. Lee, J.W. Munger, and J. O’Keefe. 2009. Influence of spring phenology on seasonal and annual carbon balance in two contrasting New England forests. Tree Physiology, 29:321-331, doi:10.1093/treephys/tpn040

    Ollinger, S.V., A.D. Richardson, M.E. Martin, D.Y. Hollinger, S. Frolking, P.B. Reich, L.C. Plourde, G.G. Katul, J.W. Munger, R. Oren, M.-L. Smith, K.T. Paw U, P.V. Bolstad, B.D. Cook, M.C. Day, T.A. Martin, R.K. Monson, and H.P. Schmid. 2008. Canopy nitrogen, carbon assimilation, and albedo in temperate and boreal forests: functional relations and potential climate feedbacks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A., 105: 19335-19340.

    Richardson, A.D., J.P. Jenkins, B.H. Braswell, D.Y. Hollinger, S.V. Ollinger, and M.-L. Smith. 2007. Use of digital webcam images to track spring green-up in a deciduous broadleaf forest. Oecologia, 152: 323-334.

    Jenkins, J.P., A.D. Richardson, B.H. Braswell. S.V. Ollinger, D.Y. Hollinger, and M.-L. Smith. 2007. Refining light-use efficiency calculations for a deciduous forest canopy using simultaneous tower-based carbon flux and radiometric measurements. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 143: 64-79.

    Zhang, Q., X. Xiao, B. Braswell, E. Linder, S. Ollinger, M.-L. Smith, J.P. Jenkins, F. Baret, A.D. Richardson, B. Moore, and R. Minocha. 2006. Characterization of seasonal variation of forest canopy in a temperate deciduous broadleaf forest, using daily MODIS data. Remote Sensing of Environment, 105: 189-203.

    Richardson, A.D., A.S. Bailey, E.G. Denny, C.W. Martin, and J. O’Keefe. 2006. Phenology of a northern hardwood forest canopy. Global Change Biology, 12: 1174-1188.

    Richardson, A.D., X. Lee, and A.J. Friedland. 2004. Microclimatology of treeline spruce-fir forests in mountains of the northeastern United States. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 125: 53-66.

    Richardson, A.D., E.G. Denny, T.G. Siccama, and X. Lee. 2003. Evidence for a rising cloud ceiling in eastern North America. Journal of Climate 16: 2093-2098.

    Richardson, A.D. and T.G. Siccama. 2000. Are soils like sponges? Journal of the American Water Resources Association 36: 913-918.

    Postdoctoral Associates:
    Trevor Keenan, Michael Toomey

    Role at the Hubbard Brook:
    Committee of Scientists

    Title at Hubbard Brook:
    Principal Investigator