Curriculum Vitae


Degrees HeldLeo Calle profile

M.S., Environmental Science, Florida Atlantic University, August 2014
B.S., Biological Sciences, Florida Atlantic University, August 2010

Degree Sought

Ph.D, Ecology and Environmental Sciences

Current Research

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship: 

Disentangling the role of phenology and ecosystem demographics in the global land carbon sink with integrated OCO-2, MODIS and carbon cycle modeling 

Committee Members

Benjamin Poulter (Advisor; MSU Ecology; NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

Dave W. Roberts (MSU Ecology)

Jia Hu (MSU Ecology; U. of Arizona)

Prabir K. Patra (Japan Agency for Marine Earth Science and Technology)


  1. (in review) T. A. M. Pugh, M. Lindeskog, B. Smith, B. Poulter, A. Arneth, V. Haverd, and L. Calle. (2018). The role of forest regrowth in global carbon sink dynamics. (In prep for Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences).

  2. (in review) Calle, L., B. Poulter, and P. K. Patra. (2018). A time-series segmentation method for characterizing satellite-derived XCO2 seasonal cycles and evaluation of ecosystem model simulations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences.

  3. Zhang, Z., N. E. Zimmermann, L. Calle, G. Hurtt, A. Chatterjee, and B. Poulter. (2018). Enhanced response of global wetland methane emissions to recent El Niño-Southern Oscillation events. Environmental Research Letters.

  4. Kondo, M., K. Ichii, P. K. Patra, B. Poulter, L. Calle, C. Koven, T. A. M. Pugh, E. Kato, A. Harper, S. Zaehle, and A. Wiltshire. (2018). Plant regrowth as a driver of recent enhancement of terrestrial CO2 uptake. Geophysical Research Letters.

  5. Calle, L., L., Green, A., Strong, and D. E. Gawlik. (2018). Time-integrated habitat availability is a resource attribute that informs patterns of use in intertidal areas. Ecological Monographs.

  6. Kondo, M., K. Ichi, P. Patra, J. G. Canadell, B. Poulter, T. Saeki, L. Calle, N. Saigusa, S. Sitch, P. Friedlingstein, A. Arneth, A. Harper, A. K. Jain, E. Kato, C. Koven, F. Li, T. A. M. Pugh, S. Zaehle, A. Wiltshire, F. Chevallier, T. Maki, T. Nakamura, Y. Niwa, C. Rödenbeck. (2018). Land use change and El Niño-Southern Oscillation drive decadal carbon balance shifts in Southeast Asia. Nature Communications 9.

  7. Hansen, W. D., J. P. Scholl, A. E. Sorensen, K. E. Fisher, J. A. Klassen, L. Calle, G. S. Kandlikar, N. Kortessis, D. Kucera, D. E. Marias, D. L. Narango, K. R. O’Keeffe, W. Recart, E. Ridolfi, and M. E. Shea. (2018). How do we ensure the future of ecology is vibrant? Student reflections on careers and culture of 21st century ecology. Ecosphere 9(2).

  8. Arneth, A., S. Sitch, J. Pongratz, B. D. Stocker, P. Ciais, B. Poulter, A. D. Bayer, A. Bondeau, L. Calle, L. P. Chini, T. Gasser, M. Fader, P. Friedlingstein, E. Kato, W. Li, M. Lindeskog,J. E. M. S. Nabel, T. A. M. Pugh, E. Robertson, N. Viovy, C. Yue and S. Zaehle. (2017). Historical carbon dioxide emissions caused by land-use changes are possibly larger than assumed. Nature Geoscience 10:79-86.

  9. Zscheischler, J., M. D. Mahecha, V. Avitabile, L. Calle, N. Carvalhais, P. Ciais, F. Gans, N. Gruber, J. Hartmann, M. Herold, K. Ichiii, M. Jung, P. Landschützer, G. G. Laruelle, R. Lauerwald, D. Papale, Philippe Peylin, B. Poulter, D. Ray, P. Regnier, C. Rödenbeck, R. M. (2017). Reviews and Syntheses: An empirical spatiotemporal description of the global surface-atmosphere carbon fluxes: opportunities and data limitations. Biogeosciences 15:3685.

  10. Calle, L., J. G. Canadell, P. Patra, P. Ciais, K. Ichii, H. Tian, M. Kondo, S. Piao, A. Arneth, A. B. Harper, A. Ito, E. Kato, C. Koven, S. Sitch, B. D. Stocker, N. Vivoy, A. Wiltshire, S. Zaehle, and B. Poulter (2016). Regional carbon fluxes from land use and land cover change in Asia, 1980-2009. Environmental Research Letters 11:074011.

  11. Calle, L., D. E. Gawlik, Z. Xie., L. Green, B. Lapointe, and A. Strong. (2016). Effects of tidal periodicities and diurnal foraging constraints on the density of foraging wading birds. The Auk: Ornithological Advances 133:378-396.

  12. Green, L., D. E. Gawlik, L. Calle, and B. Lapointe. (2014). Relative effects of physical and small-scale factors on the distribution of tropical seagrasses in the Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge, Lower Florida Keys. Aquatic Botany 124:45-53.

  13. Calle, L. , L. Green, D. E. Gawlik, and B. E. Lapointe. (2014). Feasibility of evaluating the impacts of sea level rise on foraging habitat of the Little Blue Heron in the Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge: Phase II, factors affecting habitat. Final report to the USFS, Big Pine Key, Florida.

  14. Calle, L. , D. E. Gawlik, Z. Xie, and B. Johnson. (2012). Feasibility of evaluating the impacts of sea level rise on foraging habitat of the Little Blue Heron in the Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge. Final report to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Big Pine Key, Florida.

  15. Calle, L. and D.E. Gawlik. (2011). Anthropogenic food in the diet of the Sacred Ibis, Threskiornis aethiopicus, a non-native wading bird in southeastern Florida, USA. Florida Field Naturalist 39:1-15.