Affiliated Faculty

EPS Faculty
EPS Faculty
Elliott Elliot Campbell
  • Title
    • Gliessman Presidential Chair in Water Resources and Food Sustainability
    • Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Environmental Studies Department
  • Affiliations Earth & Planetary Sciences Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Nat Sci 2 Main Building, Room 461
  • Mail Stop Environmental Studies
  • Mailing Address
    • 461 NS2
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Environmental Engineering, Renewable Energy, Climate Change, Atmospheric Science, Agroecology and Agriculture

Biography, Education and Training

Dr. Elliott Campbell is Professor and Stephen R. Gliessman Presidential Chair in Water Resources and Food System Sustainability in the Environmental Studies Department at UC Santa Cruz. Dr. Campbell's research emphasizes the use of regional and global computer models to extrapolate from small-scale field measurements to policy-relevant spatial scales, particularly within the context of agroecology and global biogeochemical cycles. This work has led to his CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, appearances in media ranging from NPR to The Economist, and consultations to the U.S. EPA and other government agencies. He serves on the editorial board at Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment and the faculty advisory committee at the University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. 



  • Stanford, BS and MS, Environmental Engineering
  • Iowa, PhD, Environmental Engineering
  • Stanford / Carnegie Institution for Science, Postdoc, Global Ecology


Selected Publications

  • Campbell JE, et al. (2017) Large historical growth in global terrestrial gross primary production, Nature, 544(7648), 84-87. 
  • Campbell JE, et al. (2017) Plant uptake of atmospheric carbonyl sulfide in coast redwood forests, JGR: Biogeosciences, 122(12), 3391-3404.
  • Zumkehr A, Campbell JE (2015) The potential for local croplands to meet US food demand. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 13:244-248.
  • Campbell JE, Lobell DB, Field CB (2009) Greater transportation energy and GHG offsets from bioelectricity than ethanol, Science, 324(5930), 1055-1057. 
  • Campbell JE, et al. (2008) Photosynthetic control of atmospheric carbonyl sulfide during the growing season, Science, 322(5904), 1085-1088. 


Recent Publications

  • Wang S, Zhang Y, Ju W, Chen JM, Ciais P, Cescatti A, Sardans J, Janssens IA, Wu M, Berry JA, Campbell JE, et al. (2020) Recent global decline of CO2 fertilization effects on vegetation photosynthesis. Science, 370(6522), 1295-300.
  • Harrison BP, Chopra E, Ryals R, Campbell JE (2020) Quantifying the Farmland Application of Compost to Help Meet California’s Organic Waste Diversion Law. Environmental Science & Technology, 54(7), 4545-53.
  • Fox JF, Campbell JE, Acton PM (2020) Carbon Sequestration by Reforesting Legacy Grasslands on Coal Mining Sites. Energies, 13(23), 6340.
  • Maignan F, Abadie C, Remaud M, Kooiijmans LM, Kohonen KM, Commane R, Wehr R, Campbell JE, Belviso S, Montzka SA, Raoult N (2020) Carbonyl Sulfide: Comparing a Mechanistic Representation of the Vegetation Uptake in a Land Surface Model and the Leaf Relative Uptake Approach. Biogeosciences Discussions, 5, 1-41.


Selected Awards

  • AGU Global Environmental Change Early Career Award (citation)
  • NSF CAREER Award
  • NSF Coastal Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Award