Miko U.F. Kirschbaum

Personal details:

Ph.D. (Environmental Biology), Dept. Environmental Biology, Research School of Biological Sciences, Australian National University (1986).

B.Sc. (Agricultural Science) 1st class Hons, Univ. Western Australia (1981).

His specialist area is the development of computer models to investigate the likely growth response of forests and grasslands to climate change and possible implications for soil organic carbon storage, and he has contributed to the study and advancement of policy options to use biospheric carbon storage to mitigate against climate change.

He was a major contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)ís 1995 climate change impact assessment report by acting as Convening Lead Author of two chapters which dealt with climate change impacts on forests, and on terrestrial ecosystem in general, and contributed in 2000 as Lead Author to two chapters for the special IPCC report on Land use, land-use change and forestry. For that work as a member of the IPCC, he became a part recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

He is now working for Landcare Research in Palmerston North, New Zealand


Professional experience:

1986-1987:  Botany Department., University of California, Davis, USA.

1988-1989:  CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products, Canberra, Australia.

1989-1991:  Bureau of Rural Resources, Canberra, Australia

1991-2005:  CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products, Canberra, Australia

2005-2006:  CRC for Greenhouse Accounting, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

2007 - now:  Landcare Research, Palmerston North, New Zealand.


Key publications:

Gas exchange studies
Lightfleck studies
Miscellaneous studies
Growth modelling
Studies of soil organic matter dynamics
Climate change: Original research studies
Climate change: Reviews
Climate change: Policy and others


Contact Details:

Dr Miko U.F. Kirschbaum
Landcare Research, Private Bag 11052,

Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand
ph. +64 6 353 4902; fax +64 6 353 4801