Margaret S. Torn is Senior Advisor in the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division (CESD) and lead of the Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions Program Domain, which includes the Atmospheric Systems Research and Terrestrial Ecosystems Science programs. She is lead PI for the AmeriFlux Management Project and Belowground Biogeochemistry Scientific Focus Area (SFA), and is co-PI for the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments-Arctic. At U.C. Berkeley, Margaret is Adjunct Professor in the Energy and Resources Group, where she advises graduate students and teaches a masters seminar. In 2003 she received the Presidential Early Career Award as one of the country’s top young scientists and in 2015 was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Zurich. She is past-president of the AGU Biogeosciences Section.
Margaret is an ecologist and biogeochemist who studies the natural carbon cycle and human impacts through land use, energy use, and climate change. Her research uses field experiments, isotopes (14C, 13C), and mathematical models. She has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles on topics ranging from the basic mechanisms of soil carbon cycling and ecosystem-climate feedbacks, to ecological aspects of bioenergy production, to strategies for climate-change mitigation.