• Eight Mile Lake, AK; C. Schädel
  • Eight Mile Lake, AK; C. Schädel
  • Alaska Range; credit: C. Schädel
  • Automated Flux Chambers
  • Eriophorum Vaginatum
  • foggy mountains in Healy
  • Winter setting in Healy, AK
  • Winter snow fences
  • Dall Sheep, Denali National Park
  • Fall at CiPEHR
  • Spring at CiPEHR
  • Fall at the Gradient site; credit: E. Webb
  • Snowfences at CiPEHR; credit: S. Natali
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About Christina:



Christina SchÄdel

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Research Interests

I am a biogeochemist and plant ecophysiologist with expertise in climate change, ranging from arctic warming impacts on permafrost carbon to plant responses to elevated carbon dioxide. My work has included empirical, modeling, and synthesis approaches. Currently, as a Assistant Research Professor at Northern Arizona University, I conduct synthesis research on the vulnerability of permafrost carbon to climate change. My research interests focus on the global carbon cycle, permafrost carbon, climate change, terrestrial ecosystems, soil carbon dynamics, soil incubation studies, and plant phenology.

I am a co-PI and the lead coordinator of the Permafrost Carbon Network, a data synthesis-based research program that quantifies the vulnerability of permafrost carbon to climate change.


Read about my research in the news:

What's going on with permafrost as a tipping point? I wrote a guest post for the Carbon Brief on permafrost emissions and tipping points

NAU TV 2019, NAU news 2019, KNAU news 2018, NAU news 2018, 2016, Süddeutsche Zeitung 2016, NAU News 2016, Climate Central 2016, NAU News 2016, The Daily Californian 2015, CarbonBrief: What the latest science says about thawing permafrost. Science Magazine 2012

Victor Leshyk illustrated Christina's results of her paper published in Nature Climate Change (2016).



  Schädel C, McGuire AD, Schuur EAG (2015) Permafrost Carbon Network: 5-Year Synthesis Report.

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