Dr. Lisa Welp - Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences - Purdue University
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Dr. Lisa Welp

Dr. Lisa Welp

Assistant Professor
Curriculum Vitae / Google Scholar

Associated websites: Lab Website

  • Ph.D., California Institute of Technology (Environmental Science and Engineering) - 2006
  • M.S., California Institute of Technology (Environmental Science and Engineering) - 2002 
  • B.S., Indiana University (Chemistry with Minor in Geology) - 2000
Research Experience
  • Assistant Professor, Purdue University, EAPS 2015 - 
  • Assistant Project Scientist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, 2012 - 2014
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, 2008 - 2012
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate & Lecturer, Yale University, 2006 - 2008
  • Graduate Research, California Institute of Technology, 2000 - 2006
Research Interests

Carbon and water cycling between the terrestrial biosphere and the atmosphere, stable isotope tracers, plant source water use and water use efficiency, atmospheric moisture budget and recycling, evapotranspiration partitioning, boreal forest carbon cycling, and quantifying gross primary productivity at different scales.

Selected Publications - Google Scholar Page for a complete list of publications
  • He, Z., L. Lei, L.R. Welp, Z.C. Zeng, N. Bie, and L. Liu (2018) Detection of spatiotemporal extreme changes in atmospheric CO2 concentration based on satellite observations, Remote Sensing, 10(6), 839, doi:10.3390/rs10060839. 
  • Trugman, A.T., N.J. Fenton, Y. Bergeron, X. Xu, L.R. Welp, D. Medvigy (2016) Climate, soil organic layer, and nitrogen jointly drive forest development after fire in the North American boreal zone, Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems.

  • Welp, L.R., P.K. Patra, R.F. Keeling, R.R. Nemani, S.C. Piper, et al. (2016) Increasing summer net CO2 uptake in high northern ecosystems inferred from atmospheric inversions and remote sensing, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, doi:10.5194/acp-2016-10.

  • Griffis, T.J, J.D. Wood, J.M. Baker, X. Lee, K. Xiao, Z. Chen, L.R. Welp, N.M. Schultz, G. Gorski, M. Chen, J. Nieber (2016) Investigating the source, transport, and isotope composition of water vapor in the planetary boundary layer, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, doi:10.5194/acp-2015-923.

  • Graven, H.D., R.F. Keeling, S.C. Piper, P.K. Patra, B.B. Stephens, S.C. Wofsy, L.R. Welp, C. Sweeney, P.P. Tans, J.J. Kelley, B.C. Daube, E.A. Kort, G.W. Santoni, and J.D. Bent (2013) Enhanced seasonal exchange of CO2 by northern ecosystems since 1960, Science, 341 (6150), 1085-1089, doi:10.1126/science.1239207.
  • Welp, L.R., R.F. Keeling, R.F. Weiss, W. Paplawsky, and S. Heckman (2013) Design and performance of a Nafion dryer for continuous operation at CO2 and CH4 air monitoring sites, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 6(5), 1217-1226, doi:10.5194/amt-6-1217-2013.
  • Huang, S., H. Liu, D. Dahal, S. Jin, L.R. Welp, J. Liu, S. Liu (2013) Modeling spatially explicit fire impact on gross primary production in Interior Alaska using satellite images coupled with eddy covariance, Remote Sensing of Environment, 135, 178-188, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2013.04.003.
  • Welp, L.R., X. Lee, T.J. Griffis, X. Wen, W. Xiao, S. Li, X. Sun, Z. Hu, M. Val Martin, and J. Huang, (2012) A meta-analysis of water vapor deuterium-excess in the mid-latitude atmospheric surface layer, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 26, GB3021, doi:10.1029/2011GB004246.
  • Welp, L.R., R.F. Keeling, H.A.J. Meijer, A.F. Bollenbacher, S.C. Piper, K. Yoshimura, R.J. Francey, C.E. Allison, and M. Wahlen, (2011) Interannual variability in the oxygen isotopes of atmospheric CO2 driven by El Niño, Nature, 477(7366), 579-582, doi:10.1038/nature10421.
  • Yi, C. et al. including L.R. Welp, (2010) Climate control of terrestrial carbon exchange across biomes and continents, Environmental Research Letters, 5, 034007, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/5/3/034007.
  • Xiao, W., X. Lee, T. Griffis, K. Kim, L. Welp, and Q. Yu, (2010) Comparing observed and modeled oxygen isotopic fluxes of CO2 and H2O over a soybean canopy, Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, G01004, doi:10.1029/2009JG001163.
  • Lee, X., T.J. Griffis, J.M. Baker, K.A. Billmark, K. Kim, and L.R. Welp, (2009) Canopy-scale kinetic fractionation of atmospheric carbon dioxide and water vapor isotopes, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 23, GB1002, doi:10.1029/2008GB003331.
  • Welp, L. R., X. Lee, K. Kim, T. Griffis, K. Bilmark, and J. Baker, (2008) d18O of water vapor, evapotranspiration and the sites of leaf water evaporation in a soybean canopy, Plant, Cell and Environment, 31, 1214-1228, doi:10.1111/j.1365-3040.2008.01826.x.  (Selected for cover image.)
  • Welp, L. R., J.T. Randerson, and H. Liu, (2007) The sensitivity of carbon fluxes to spring warming and summer drought depends on plant functional type in boreal forest ecosystems, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 147, 172-185, doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2007.07.010.  (Second most downloaded article, October – December 2007.
  • Randerson, J.T., H. Liu, M.G. Flanner, S.D. Chambers, Y. Jin, P.G. Hess, G. Pfister, M.C. Mack, K.K. Treseder, L.R. Welp, F.S. Chapin, J.W. Harden, M.L. Goulden, E. Lyons, J.C. Neff, E.A.G. Schuur, and C.S. Zender, (2006) The impact of boreal forest fire on climate warming, Science, 314, 1130-1132, doi: 10.1126/science.1132075.
  • Welp, L.R., J.T. Randerson, and H. Liu, (2006) Seasonal exchange of CO2 and d18O-CO2 varies with postfire succession in boreal forest ecosystems, Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences, 111, G03007, doi:10.1029/2005JG000126.
  • Welp, L.R., J.T. Randerson, J.C. Finlay, S.P. Davydov, G.M. Zimova, A.I. Davydova, and S.A. Zimov, (2005) A high-resolution time series of oxygen isotopes from the Kolyma River: Implications for the seasonal dynamics of discharge and basin-scale water use, Geophysical. Research Letters, 32, L14401, doi:10.1029/2005GL022857.
Fellowships & Awards
  • Outstanding poster contribution at the International Carbon Dioxide Conference - 2009
  • EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship:  tuition and stipend - 2001-2004
  • Caltech Institute Fellowship: tuition and stipend - 2000-2001
  • Association for Women in Science (AWIS), 2011 - Present
  • Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN), 2007 - Present
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU), 2001 - Present

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