John Kimball

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Deputy Director


Doctor of Philosophy
PhD, 1995, Bioresource Engineering, Oregon State University
Master's Degree
MA, 1990, Phyiscal Geography, San Diego State University
Undergraduate Degree
BA, 1987, Physical Geography, San Diego State University



- Professor (2014-present), Department of Ecosystem & Conservation Sciences, College of Forestry & Conservation, The University of Montana (UMT)
- Research Assistant/Associate/Full Professor (1999-2014), Flathead Lake Biological Station, Division of Biological Sciences, UMT.
- Visiting Professor (2011), Dept. of Hydraulic Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing China


Dr. Kimball is a Professor of Systems Ecology and Deputy Director of NTSG. His research interests include the integration of ecological theory with satellite remote sensing and computer modeling for better understanding terrestrial ecosystem structure and function, from single plot to global scales. He is a member of the NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission science team and EOS MODIS and AMSR instrument science teams, and is working towards improved measurement and monitoring of global carbon and water cycles through synergistic use of biophysical process models and satellite remote sensing. Dr. Kimball has extensive training and expertise in Hydrology, Ecology and Remote Sensing. His research emphasizes a landscape perspective, integrating across disciplines and various spatial and temporal scales. He is an author of more than 130 scientific publications, including several digital global climate data records derived from satellite optical and microwave remote sensing.


- Faculty merit: 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015
- NASA Group Achievement Award: 2013, 2016
- IEEE Senior Member (2016)
- Principal Investigator (PI) and global data provider: NASA MEaSUREs (Making Earth System data records for Use in Research Environments) program
- PI: NASA Terrestrial Ecology program
- PI: NASA Terrestrial Hydrology program
- PI: NASA Earth Science Applications program
- PI and data provider: North American Carbon Program (NACP)

Society Affiliations

- American Geophysical Union (AGU)
- International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)
- IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (Senior Member)

Committee Appointments

- Associate Director of Remote Sensing, Geospatial Modeling and Climate Impacts, The University of Montana Center for Integrated Research in the Environment (CIRE);
- NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Mission Science Team & development lead for SMAP Level 4 Carbon (L4_C) product;
- NASA EOS MODIS Science Team;
- NASA AMSR-E and AMSR-2 Science Teams;
- NASA Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) Science Team;
- NASA NSIDC DAAC User Working Group;
- Chair, NASA Earth Exchange (NEX) User Working Group;
- NASA Earth Science Data System Working Group (ESDSWG);
- Phenology Indicators Technical Team for the USGCRP National Climate Assessment;
- CEOS Land Product Validation Working Group on Calibration and Validation (WGCV);
- Scoping team for the NASA Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE);
- Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing;
- NASA Terrestrial Ecology program working group on modeling;

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