- Ph.D. Imperial College London (UK), Climate Change Ecosystem Ecology | 2017
- M.S. University of Murcia (Spain), Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation in Mediterranean environments | 2012
- B.S. University of Murcia (Spain), Environmental Science | 2009
- Postdoctoral Associate, Stanford University| 2017-2021
- Postdoctoral Associate, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona| 2017-2019
- Lawrence Fellow, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | 2019-2021
Our group investigates some of the grand challenges in Earth system science and climate-change research. We employ a holistic view of Earth’s dynamics at a global scale, with a focus on plant-soil interactions. We synthesize field observations and satellite data to pursue two main coupled goals:
- Carbon ecology. Our goal is to improve our ecological understanding of the dynamics modulating the capacity of terrestrial ecosystems to store carbon in a climate-change context (CO2 rising, warming, nitrogen deposition, changes in water regimes). The final goal is to make climate models more realistic by focusing on model uncertainties.
- Solutions. Our goal is to identify and implement data-driven strategies to maximize carbon uptake in terrestrial ecosystems to slow global warming.
- H. Ma, L. Mo, T. W. Crowther, D. S. Maynard, J. van den Hoogen, B. D. Stocker, C. Terrer, C. M. Zohner, “The global distribution and environmental drivers of aboveground versus belowground plant biomass.” Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1–13 (2021).
- C. Terrer, “Balancing carbon storage under elevated CO2.”Nature (2021).
- C. Terrer, R. P. Phillips, et. al. “A trade-off between plant and soil carbon storage under elevated CO2.” Nature. 591, 599–603 (2021).
- A. F. A. Pellegrini, T. Refsland, C. Averill, C. Terrer, et. al., “Decadal changes in fire frequencies shift tree communities and functional traits.” Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1–9 (2021).
- S. M. Bell, C. Terrer, et. al. “Soil organic carbon accumulation rates on Mediterranean abandoned agricultural lands.” Science of The Total Environment, 143535 (2020).
- X. Huang, C. Terrer, et.al., “New soil carbon sequestration with nitrogen enrichment: a meta-analysis.” Plant Soil (2020).
- J. Chen, K. J. van Groenigen, B. A. Hungate, C. Terrer, et. al. , “Long-term nitrogen loading alleviates phosphorus limitation in terrestrial ecosystems.” Global Change Biology (2020).
- S. Bell, C. Barriocanal, C. Terrer, A. Rosell-Melé, “Management opportunities for soil carbon sequestration following agricultural land abandonment.” Environmental Science & Policy. 108, 104–111 (2020).
- E. Du, C. Terrer, et. al., “Global patterns of terrestrial nitrogen and phosphorus limitation.” Nature Geoscience, 1–6 (2020).
- C. Terrer et al. Nitrogen and phosphorus constrain the CO2 fertilization of global plant biomass. Nature Climate change. 9, 684–689 (2019).
- C. Terrer, S. Vicca, B. D. Stocker, B. A. Hungate, R. P. Phillips, P. B. Reich, A. C. Finzi, I. C. Prentice, Ecosystem responses to elevated CO2 governed by plant–soil interactions and the cost of nitrogen acquisition. New Phytologist. 217, 507–522 (2018).
- C. Terrer, S. Vicca, B. A. Hungate, R. P. Phillips, I. C. Prentice, Mycorrhizal association as a primary control of the CO2 fertilization effect. Science. 353, 72–74 (2016).