Thanks for coming to see my website! I hope you find what you are looking for. I am a land surface modeler, ecophysiologist, climate scientist, ecologist and/or biogeochemist.
I currently work as:
- PhD 2005. The response of rainforest to drought stress.
University of Edinburgh With Mathew Williams, Patrick Meir and Yadvinder Malhi.
- MRes 2001: Research in in the Natural Environment (Distn). University of Edinburgh
- BA 2000: Biological Sciences (1:1) University of Oxford
- 2020- Researcher. Evolution /& Diversite Biologique. Univ. Paul Sabatier III. Toulouse, France.
- 2019-2020- Researcher. CERFACS. Toulouse, France.
- 2016-2019- Scientist II. National Center for Atmospheric Research. Boulder,Colorado, USA.
- 2013-2016- Scientist I. National Center for Atmospheric Research. Boulder,Colorado, USA.
- 2010-2013- Project Scientist I. National Center for Atmospheric Research. Boulder,Colorado, USA.
- 2009-2010- Post Doctoral Scientist. Los Alamos National Lab, New Mexico. USA. PI. Nate McDowell.
- 2005-2005- Post Doctoral Scientist. University of Sheffield, UK. PI F.Ian Woodward.
- 2005-2005- Post Doctoral Scientist. University of Edinburgh, UK. PI Maurizio Mencuccinni.
As of 2019, and 2020, I am a Clarivate-Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher.
Some Selected Publications
- This is our invited perspective for the AGU 100th anniversary. You can think of it as more or less a manifesto,
Fisher, R.A. and Koven, C.D., 2020. Perspectives on the future of Land Surface Models and the challenges of representing complex terrestrial systems. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 12(4), p.e2018MS001453. [PDF]
- A paper I wrote with my other half on the inadequacies of climate models for fire attribution.
Sanderson, Benjamin M; Fisher, Rosie A; ,A fiery wake-up call for climate science,Nature Climate Change,10,3,175-177,2020 [PDF]
- This is the main publication for the CLM5 model, and represents a gigantic effort by the whole CLM community.
The Community Land Model Version 5: Description of New Features, Benchmarking, and Impact of Forcing Uncertainty [PDF]
- Our 2018 paper introduces the concept of Vegetation Demographic Models, and reviews the state of implementation of these models in ESMs for the first time.
Fisher, R.A., Koven, C.D., Anderegg, W.R., Christoffersen, B.O., Dietze, M.C., Farrior, C.E., Holm, J.A., Hurtt, G.C., Knox, R.G., Lawrence, P.J. and Lichstein, J.W., Vegetation demographics in Earth System Models: A review of progress and priorities. [PDF]
- an implementation of the Ecosystem Demography concept linked to operational Earth System Model.
- an open-source consortium of researchers
- a global vegetation demographics model
- a module, that couples to a "host" land surface model. Currently FATES is coupled to the CLM and to the ELM .
- a part of three Earth System Models, CESM and NorESM (via CLM5) and E3SM (via ELM)
- is hosted on Github at https://github.com/NGEET/fates
- FATES is co-lead by myself and Charlie Koven. The chief software engineer is Ryan Knox
During my PhD I was involved in a drought experiment at Caxiuana in North Eastern Brazil, with my PhD advisers Mat Williams, Patrick Meir, and Yadvinder Malhi. The drought experiment was begun in November 2001 and is ongoing to the present day.
During that study, I collected a set of driving data and observations targeted at testing the assumptions of the SPA model under drought stressed conditions. These data included diurnal cycles of leaf water potential, stomatal conductance, stem water potential, sap flow and long term deep soil moisture and leaf area index. These data have proven useful for numerous studies validating new representation of water relations in tropical forests. ( Joetzjer et al. 2014; Christoffersen et al. 2016 ; Kenedy et al. 2019)
Work at Caxiuana is ongoing, led by Lucy Rowland and Patrick Meir. The early datasets are available on request if you are interested in hydrodynamic model validation.