Schwalm’s research focuses on how carbon, water, and plant nutrients cycle through land systems. He examines the natural and global change drivers of terrestrial biogeochemistry This includes extensive work on drought, its impact on carbon cycling as well as ecosystem response and recovery to drought events. In addition, he performs research toward improving carbon cycle predictability in Earth system models as well as statistical upscaling and machine learning to advance our current and future understanding of land-atmosphere exchange.
Toward “optimal” integration of terrestrial biosphere models
Reduction in carbon uptake during turn of the century drought in western North America
Compensatory water effects link yearly global land CO2 sink changes to temperature