Allison M. Thomson

Senior Research Scientist

As of February 2015 Allison Thomson has taken a position with Field to Market in DC.

Allison M. Thomson is a Research Scientist at the Joint Global Change Research Institute, a partnership of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the University of Maryland, College Park and the Group Leader for Terrestrial Processes and Adaptation. Her primary research interests are in the field of climate change and land use, using modeling to understand agricultural, soil and water resources in the context of a changing climate and human activities. Recent research includes regional to global scale simulation modeling studies of agricultural productivity and terrestrial carbon response to climate change. In addition, her research explores alternative future scenarios of land management and the implications for the carbon cycle and food security in Integrated Assessment models. She is a lead author for the National Climate Assessment Land Use Land Cover Change chapter, a member of the IPCC Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impacts and Climate Analysis (TGICA) and co-chair of the Community Earth System Model Societal Dimensions Working Group. Ms. Thomson has a Master's in Environmental Management from Duke University and a BA in Geology from Carleton College.

Selected Publications

Le Page Y, G Hurtt, A Thomson, B Bond-Lamberty, P Patel, M Wise, K Calvin, G Kyle, L Clarke, J Edmonds, A Janetos. 2013. Strategies for efficient climate mitigation are highly sensitive to future natural disturbance rates. Environmental Research Letters 8(1): 015018. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/8/1/015018.

Jones A, W Collins, J Edmonds, M Torn, A Janetos, K Calvin, A Thomson, L Chini, J Mao, X Shi, P Thornton, G Hurtt, M Wise. 2013. Greenhouse gas policy influences climate via direct effects of land-use change. Journal of Climate 26(11):3657-3670 DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00377.1

Thomson A, K Calvin, S Smith, P Kyle, A Volke, P Patel, S Delgado Arias, B Bond-Lamberty, M Wise, L Clarke, J Edmonds. 2011. RCP4.5: A Pathway for Stabilization of Radiative Forcing by 2100 Climatic Change DOI 10.1007/s10584-011-0151-4.

Thomson AM, KV Calvin, LP Chini, G Hurtt, JA Edmonds, B Bond-Lamberty, S Frolking, MA Wise, AC Janetos. 2010. Climate mitigation and the future of tropical landscapes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. doi/10.1073/pnas.0910467107

Bond-Lamberty B, AM Thomson. 2010. Temperature-associated increases in the global soil respiration flux record. Nature 464: 579-582.

Moss, R, J Edmonds, K Hibbard, T Carter, S Emori, M Kainuma,T Kram, M Manning, J Meehl, J Mitchell, N Nakicenovic, K Riahi, S Rose, S Smith, R Stouffer, AM Thomson, D vanVuuren, J Weyant, ad T Willbanks. 2010. The next generation of scenarios for climate change research and assessment Nature. 463:747-756.

Post, WM, JE Amonette, R Birdsey, CT Garten Jr., RCIzaurralde, PM Jardine, J Jastrow, R Lal, G Marland, BA McCarl, AM Thomson, TO West, SD Wullschleger, FB Metting 2009. Terrestrial Biological Carbon Sequestration: Science for Enhancement and Implementation. in Carbon Sequestration and Its Role in the Global Carbon Cycle, vol. 183, ed. Brian J. McPherson and Eric T. Sundquist, pp. 73-88. American Geophysical Union (AGU), Washington, DC.

Wise MA, KV Calvin, AM Thomson, LE Clarke, B Bond-Lamberty, RD Sands, SJ Smith, AC Janetos, JA Edmonds. 2009. Implications of Limiting CO2 Concentrations for Land Use and Energy. Science 324(5931):1183-1186.

Thomson, AM, RC Izaurralde, SJ Smith, LE Clarke. 2008. Integrated estimates of global terrestrial carbon sequestration. Global Environmental Change 18(1):192-203.

Thomson, AM, RC Izaurralde, NJ Rosenberg X He. 2006. Climate change impacts on agriculture and soil carbon sequestration potential in the Huang-Hai Plain of China. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 114(2-4)

Thomson, AM, RA Brown, NJ Rosenberg, RC Izaurralde, DM Legler, R Srinivasan. 2003. Simulated Impacts of El Nino /Southern Oscillation on U.S. Water Resources. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 39(1): 137-148