Carlos A. Sierra

Research group leader

Email:
Carlos A. Sierra
Post:
Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Postbox 10 01 64 - 07701 Jena, Germany
Phone:
+ 49 3641 576133
Orcid ID:
0000-0003-0009-4169
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Research interests

I study the global carbon cycle and its interactions with the climate system. In my research group we develop mathematical concepts for the study of ecosystems, implement computational tools for the analysis of biogeochemical models, and perform observational and experimental studies to improve our predictions about the responses and feedbacks between climate and the terrestrial biosphere.

Some research questions that guide our current work include:

  • For how long does carbon stay in terrestrial ecosystems and the entire terrestrial biosphere?
  • How long would it take to remove carbon of fossil-fuel origen from the atmosphere-biosphere-surface ocean system?
  • Can we adaptively manage terrestrial ecosystems to increase the time carbon remains stored before returning to the atmosphere?
  • How sensitive are terrestrial carbon stocks to simultaneous changes in multiple environmental factors?

I am also guest professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden.

Education

Degree   Institution   Year
PhD in Forest Science   Oregon State University   2006-2009
M.Sc. in Forest Science   Oregon State University   2003-2006
B.Sc. in Forestry   Universidad Nacional de Colombia sede Medellín   1995-2001

Teaching

I teach different courses at the International Max Planck School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles and at other institutions:

Course   Institution   Material
Global Biogeochemical Cycles   FSU Jena    
Terrestrial biosphere   IMPRS-gBGC   Lecture notes
Ecosystem modeling   IMPRS-gBGC   Lecture notes
Radiocarbon models   U California Irvine   Lecture notes

Selected publications

Sierra, C. A., Metzler, H., Müller, M., & Kaiser, E. (2021). Closed-loop and congestion control of the global carbon-climate system. Climatic Change, 165(1), 15. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-021-03040-0

Sierra, C. A., Crow, S. E., Heimann, M., Metzler, H., & Schulze, E.-D. (2021). The climate benefit of carbon sequestration. Biogeosciences, 18(3), 1029–1048. https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-1029-2021

Sierra, C. A., Ceballos-Núñez, V., Metzler, H., & Müller, M. (2018). Representing and Understanding the Carbon Cycle Using the Theory of Compartmental Dynamical Systems. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 10(8), 1729–1734. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018MS001360

Metzler, H., Müller, M., & Sierra, C. A. (2018). Transit-time and age distributions for nonlinear time-dependent compartmental systems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(6), 1150–1155. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1705296115

Sierra, C. A., Müller, M., Metzler, H., Manzoni, S., & Trumbore, S. E. (2017). The muddle of ages, turnover, transit, and residence times in the carbon cycle. Global Change Biology, 23(5), 1763–1773. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13556

Sierra, C. A., Trumbore, S. E., Davidson, E. A., Vicca, S., & Janssens, I. (2015). Sensitivity of decomposition rates of soil organic matter with respect to simultaneous changes in temperature and moisture. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 7(1), 335–356. https://doi.org/10.1002/2014MS000358

Sierra, C. A., & Müller, M. (2015). A general mathematical framework for representing soil organic matter dynamics. Ecological Monographs, 85, 505–524. https://doi.org/10.1890/15-0361.1

Sierra, C. A., Müller, M., & Trumbore, S. E. (2012). Models of soil organic matter decomposition: the SoilR package, version 1.0. Geosci. Model Dev., 5(4), 1045–1060. https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-5-1045-2012

Sierra, C. (2012). Temperature sensitivity of organic matter decomposition in the Arrhenius equation: some theoretical considerations. Biogeochemistry, 108(1), 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10533-011-9596-9