Elizabeth Burakowski

RESEARCH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Office: Earth Systems Research Center, Morse Hall, Durham, NH 03824
A headshot of Elizabeth Burakowski, research assistant professor in the Earth Systems Research Center.

I use climate models, observations, and remote sensing to understand how landscapes interact with surface climate. Specifically, my research focuses on how changes in land cover (i.e. deforestation) influence surface temperature and fluxes of energy and water.

I also seek out interdisciplinary projects with economists to understand how decreases in snow affect the multi-billion dollar winter sports industry and how we might place economic value on albedo as an climate regulating ecosystem service.

I was previously a Visiting Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of New Hampshire in the Terrestrial Ecosystem Analysis Lab.

Follow me on Twitter: @LizBurakowski

Publications by Burakowski
CV (Curriculum Vitae)

Education

  • Ph.D., Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S., University of New Hampshire
  • B.A., Wellesley College

Courses Taught

  • ESCI 405: Global Environmental Change
  • ESCI 514: Introduction to Climate
  • ESCI 765: Paleoclimatology
  • ESCI 765/865: Paleoclimatology
  • ESCI 865: Paleoclimatology
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Earth Sciences

Selected Publications

Jacobs, J. M., Hunsaker, A. G., Sullivan, F. B., Palace, M., Burakowski, E. A., Herrick, C., & Cho, E. (n.d.). Snow depth mapping with unpiloted aerial system lidar observations: a case study in Durham, New Hampshire, United States. The Cryosphere, 15(3), 1485-1500. doi:10.5194/tc-15-1485-2021

Grogan, D. S., Burakowski, E. A., & Contosta, A. R. (2020). Snowmelt control on spring hydrology declines as the vernal window lengthens. ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 15(11). doi:10.1088/1748-9326/abbd00

Zhang, Q., Barnes, M., Benson, M., Burakowski, E., Oishi, A. C., Ouimette, A., . . . Novick, K. A. (2020). Reforestation and surface cooling in temperate zones: Mechanisms and implications. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, 26(6), 3384-3401. doi:10.1111/gcb.15069

Sanders-DeMott, R., Ouimette, A. P., Lepine, L. C., Fogarty, S. Z., Burakowski, E. A., Contosta, A. R., & Ollinger, S. V. (2020). Divergent carbon cycle response of forest and grass-dominated northern temperate ecosystems to record winter warming. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, 26(3), 1519-1531. doi:10.1111/gcb.14850

Casson, N. J., Contosta, A. R., Burakowski, E. A., Campbell, J. L., Crandall, M. S., Creed, I. F., . . . Nelson, S. J. (2019). Winter Weather Whiplash: Impacts of Meteorological Events Misaligned With Natural and Human Systems in Seasonally Snow-Covered Regions. EARTHS FUTURE, 7(12), 1434-1450. doi:10.1029/2019EF001224

Bonan, G. B., Patton, E. G., Harman, I. N., Oleson, K. W., Finnigan, J. J., Lu, Y., & Burakowski, E. A. (2018). Modeling canopy-induced turbulence in the Earth system: a unified parameterization of turbulent exchange within plant canopies and the roughness sublayer (CLM-ml v0). GEOSCIENTIFIC MODEL DEVELOPMENT, 11(4), 1467-1496. doi:10.5194/gmd-11-1467-2018

Burakowski, E., Tawfik, A., Ouimette, A., Lepine, L., Novick, K., Ollinger, S., . . . Bonan, G. (2018). The role of surface roughness, albedo, and Bowen ratio on ecosystem energy balance in the Eastern United States. AGRICULTURAL AND FOREST METEOROLOGY, 249, 367-376. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2017.11.030

Contosta, A. R., Adolph, A., Burchsted, D., Burakowski, E., Green, M., Guerra, D., . . . Wollheim, W. (2017). A longer vernal window: the role of winter coldness and snowpack in driving spring transitions and lags. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, 23(4), 1610-1625. doi:10.1111/gcb.13517

Lutz, D. A., Burakowski, E. A., Murphy, M. B., Borsuk, M. E., Niemiec, R. M., & Howarth, R. B. (2016). Trade-offs between three forest ecosystem services across the state of New Hampshire, USA: timber, carbon, and albedo. ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS, 26(1), 146-161. doi:10.1890/14-2207

Burakowski, E. A., Wake, C. P., Braswell, B., & Brown, D. P. (2008). Trends in wintertime climate in the northeastern United States: 1965-2005. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-ATMOSPHERES, 113(D20). doi:10.1029/2008JD009870

Most Cited Publications