Natasha MacBean is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Indiana University. Her research addresses policy-relevant scientific questions related to the terrestrial biosphere response to climate change, rising CO2, and human activity (e.g. land use/cover change and management). Her work spans scales from ecosystems to the globe; however, one of her current research interests is on better understanding interactions between vegetation structure and functioning, carbon and water cycles in semi-arid dryland ecosystems.
Natasha is a leading expert on using a wide range of in situ and satellite datasets within a data assimilation framework to test, develop, and constrain terrestrial biosphere model (TBM) carbon cycle processes and parametric uncertainty. Her research also includes studies investigating satellite greening trends and the impact of satellite land cover mapping uncertainties on TBM carbon, water and energy budget estimates.
Prior to joining Indiana University, Natasha Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement (LSCE) in Paris, France, and a Research Associate in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona. She completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford, before earning my PhD in Land Surface Modeling and Remote Sensing in the Department of Geography at University College London.
In addition to being on the AIMES Scientific Steering Committee, she is also a member of the NASA CEOS Land Product Validation Biomass Focus Area Subgroup and the NASA Surface Biology and Geology Modeling Working Group.