Department of Geographical Sciences
Professor Hurtt received his Ph.D from Princeton University in 1997. From 1998-2010, Dr. Hurtt worked at the University of New Hampshire in the Institute for the Study of Earth Oceans and Space and Department of Natural Resources, finally becoming Chair of the Natural Resources and Earth System Science Ph.D. Program, UNH's largest doctoral program, and Director the Complex Systems Research Center, UNH's main center focused on Earth System Science. In 2010, Dr. Hurtt joined the University of Maryland Department of Geography as Professor & Research Director, and in 2011 he was named Associate Director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute, and Associate Director of Research Innovations at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). Dr. Hurtt is involved in multiple collaborative research projects including the North American Carbon Program, NASA’s Vegetation Structure Working Group, NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System, and DOE’s Integrated Earth System Modeling project. He currently leads an international effort on global land-use harmonization in preparation for the IPCC 5th assessment, and a NASA interdisciplinary science investigation focused on the role of natural disturbances on the Earth's coupled carbon-climate-human system. He is Science Team Leader for the NASA Carbon Monitoring System, Chair of the NASA Terrestrial Ecology Modeling Working Group, Associate Editor of Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Contributing Faculty Member to the Global Change Ecology section of Faculty of 1000, Guest Editor of Earth System Dynamics, and a Member of the University of Maryland Council on the Environment.
- Ecological theory and its applications
- Vegetation structure and dynamics
- Land-use, carbon, climate interactions
- Integrated models and observations of coupled natural-human systems
- Sustainability science