Trevor Keenan

Chief Scientist

Trevor Keenan is the Chief Scientist at Earthshot, and has two decades of experience as a quantitative ecosystem scientist merging theory with remote sensing, models of ecosystem function, and observations from distributed sensor networks. He is working with Earthshot while on leave from his position as Associate Professor at UC Berkeley, where he leads the Quantitative Ecosystem Dynamics lab in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, and in the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Prof. Keenan’s interests are centered on understanding the impacts of climate variability and long-term change on terrestrial ecosystem function and land surface dynamics, as well as related feedbacks to the atmosphere through ecosystem carbon cycling and water use. His work combines large ecological data sets (e.g., eddy-covariance, remote sensing), models of ecosystem state and function, and data assimilation/mining tools, with results from field studies and experiments, to gain a mechanistic understanding of the key physical and biological processes that govern ecosystems.

  • PhD from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.
  • Research grants from NASA, NSF, DOE, and the Schmidt Foundation.
  • Founder of the Quantitative Ecosystems Dynamics Lab at UC Berkeley (
Selected Publications