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Sam Rabin

Dr. Sam Rabin

group: Plant-Atmosphere Interactions
room: 330
phone: +49 8821 183 277
fax: +49 8821 735 73
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Research Interests

  • Modeling the historical and future effects of human activity on ecosystems, the carbon cycle, and other biogeochemical processes at large scales
  • Using Earth system models and integrated assessment models to inform policy decisions related to land use change, land management practices, and climate change mitigation efforts



  • LUC4C (Land-use change: Assessing the net climate forcing, and options for climate change mitigation and adaptation), EU FP7 603542, 2013--2017, LUC4C project website




since 5/2016 Postdoctoral researcher: Plant-Atmosphere Interactions at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research / Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU), Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
9/2010-04/2016 Ph.D. student: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA.


4/2016 Ph.D.: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA.
  Title of Ph.D. Thesis: "Investigating the impact of agricultural fire management practices on the terrestrial carbon cycle"
9/2012 M.A.: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA.
12/2009 B.S.: Biology and Environmental Science, Stetson University, DeLand, FL, USA.

Peer-reviewed publications

Hantson, S., Arneth, A., Harrison, S. P., Kelley, D. I., Prentice, I. C., Rabin, S. S., et al. (2016), The status and challenge of global fire modelling, Biogeosciences, 13 (11), 3359-3375, http://www.biogeosciences.net/13/3359/2016/

S. Rabin, B. Magi, E. Shevliakova, and S. Pacala. (2015). Quantifying regional, time-varying effects of cropland and pasture on vegetation fire. Biogeosciences 12: 6591-6604. (open-access link)

W. Anderegg, A. Ballantyne, W. K. Smith, J. Majkut, S. Rabin, C. Beaulieu, R. Birdsey, J. Dunne, R. Houghton, R. Myneni, Y. Pan, J. Sarmiento, N. Serota, E. Shevliakova, P. Tans, S. Pacala. (2015). Tropical nighttime warming as a dominant driver of variability in the terrestrial carbon sink. PNAS 112(51): 15591-15596. (abstract)

Z. Zheng, A. Chen, S. Piao, S. Rabin, and Z. Shen. (2014). Environmental determinants of tropical forest and savanna distribution: A quantitative model evaluation and its implication. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 119: 1432-1445. (abstract)

B. I. Magi, S. Rabin, E. Shevliakova, and S. Pacala. (2012). Separating agricultural and non-agricultural fire seasonality at regional scales. Biogeosciences 9: 3003-3012. (open-access link)
Website: samrabin.net