Dr. Ben Poulter is a Research Scientist in the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. I use ecosystem models to better understand how climate change and elevated atmospheric CO2 will affect terrestrial carbon cycle stocks and fluxes. Remote sensing data, ground-based observations and experiments play a key role in developing and evaluating ecosystem models, and thus a range of interdisciplinary approaches are used in my research. I was recently a Contributing Author of Working Groups I and III of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change providing information on contemporary terrestrial CO2 and CH4 fluxes from land cover change and wetlands, respectively.

Areas of Interest

  • Carbon cycle; Methane budget; Dynamic global vegetation modeling; Forest succession; Vegetation dynamics; Remote sensing;


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences
I serve in several community service roles, including as Academic Editor for PLOS ONE and Associate Editor for Global Ecology and Biogeography. In addition, I am actively engaged with the Global Carbon Budget annual CO2 and CH4 budget activities. I advise several PhD students and Post-Doctoral Scientists and am always keen to expand my collaborations with researchers and students both within the USA and internationally.
Ben Poulter
NASA GSFC, Building 33, G413
Department of Geographical Sciences
benjamin.poulter [at] nasa.gov