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Kim Ely

Environmental Science Associate

With a background in Earth Sciences, Kim has a multidisciplinary approach to research that encompasses field and laboratory work, along with remote sensing and GIS applications.


  • The University of Melbourne, Australia, Ph.D.
  • The University of Melbourne, Australia, B.S. (Honours)

Areas of Interest

  • Linkages between plant physiological traits and reflectance spectroscopy
  • Measurement of plant biochemistry and photosynthetic parameters

Awards, Honors and Memberships

  • Member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory Spotlight Award, August 2015


  • Environmental Science Associate, Environmental and Climate Sciences Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, June 2015 to present.
  • Teaching assistant, School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne, 2005-2010.
  • Geologist, Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation, 2002-2005

Selected Publications

Rogers, A., Serbin, S. P., Ely, K. S., and Wullschleger, S. D. Terrestrial biosphere models may overestimate Arctic CO2 assimilation if they do not account for decreased quantum yield and convexity at low temperature. New Phytologist 223, 167-179, doi:10.1111/nph.15750 (2019).

Ely, K. S., Burnett, A. C., Lieberman-Cribbin, W., Serbin, S. P., and Rogers, A. Spectroscopy can predict key leaf traits associated with source-sink balance and carbon-nitrogen status. Journal of Experimental Botany 70, 1789-1799, doi:10.1093/jxb/erz061 (2019).

Dickman, L. T., McDowell, N. G., Grossiord, C., Collins, A. D., Wolfe, B. T., Detto, M., Wright, S. J., Medina-Vega, J. A., Goodsman, D., Rogers, A., Serbin, S. P., Wu, J., Ely, K. S., Michaletz, S. T., Xu, C., Kueppers, L., and Chambers, J.Q. Homeostatic maintenance of non-structural carbohydrates during the 2015-2016 El Nino drought across a tropical forest precipitation gradient. Plant, Cell & Environment 42, 1705-1714, doi:10.1111/pce.13501 (2019).

Rogers, A., Serbin, S. P., Ely, K. S., Sloan, V. L., and Wullschleger, S. D. Terrestrial biosphere models underestimate photosynthetic capacity and CO2 assimilation in the arctic. New Phytologist 216, 1090-1103, doi:10.1111/nph.14740 (2017).

Lewin, K. F., McMahon, A., Ely, K. S., Serbin, S. P., and Rogers, A. A zero power warming chamber for investigating plant responses to rising temperature. Biogeosciences 14, 4071-4083, doi:10.5194/bg-14-4071-2017 (2017).

Ely, K.S., Sandiford, M, Phillips, D., Boger, S.D., 2014. Detrital zircon U-Pb and 40Ar/39Ar hornblende ages from the Aileu Complex, Timor-Leste: provenance and metamorphic cooling history. Journal of the Geological Society London, 171, 299-309, doi:10.1144/jgs2012-065.

Ely, K.S., Sandiford, M, Hawke, M.L., Phillips, D., Quigley, M. & dos Reis, J.E., 2011. Evolution of Ata├║ro island: temporal constraints on subduction processes in the Banda Arc. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 41, 477-493, doi:10.1016/j.jseaes.2011.01.019.

Ely, K.S. & Sandiford, M., 2010. Seismic response to slab rupture and variation in lithospheric structure beneath the Savu Sea, Indonesia. Tectonophysics 438 (1-2), 112-124, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2009.08.027.