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Julie Loisel
Julie Loisel
(979) 845-7141
(979) 862-4487
Eller O&M 803C

Department of Geography,

Room 810,Eller O&M Building

Texas A&M University

MS 3147 

College Station, Texas 77843


Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lehigh University (2012)

M.Sc. in Physical Geography, University of Quebec - Montreal, Canada (2008)

B.Sc. in Physical Geography, University of Quebec - Montreal, Canada (2006)

Dean’s PhD Fellowship, Lehigh University (2011-2012)

Alexander Graham Bell Canada Doctoral Postgraduate Scholarship, NSERC (2008-2011)

Alexander Graham Bell Canada Masters Postgraduate Scholarship, NSERC (2006-2008)

Undergraduate Student Research Awards, NSERC (2004, 2005)

GEOG203: Planet Earth 

GEOG380: Workshop in Environmental Studies

GEOG405: Field Trip

GEOG450: Field Geography 


GEOS101:  Introduction to Geosciences (Freshmen Seminar)

GEOS444: Science and Politics of Climate Change

Julie Loisel

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Peatlands and wetlands, soils, carbon cycling, terrestrial ecosystem dynamics, paleoecology, paleoclimatology, environmental change, Holocene, alpine, arctic, and antarctic regions

Dr. Julie Loisel was born and raised near Montreal, in the Quebec province of Canada. Prior to earning a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Physical Geography at University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), she spent two years traveling across Canada and western Europe, where she worked as a ski instructor and ski guide. Dr. Loisel moved to Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley in 2008 to complete a PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences at Lehigh University, where she studied the contrasting Holocene carbon dynamics in peatlands from Alaska and Patagonia. After three years working as a post-doc at Lehigh and then UCLA, she moved to Houston to join Texas A&M University in 2015.

 Dr. Loisel has been conducting field research on terrestrial ecosystem ecology, paleoclimatology, and geomorphology in the United States Southwest, Canada, Alaska, southern Patagonia (Chile and Argentina), Peru, and the Antarctic Peninsula. Those expeditions have been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, Lehigh University, Texas A&M University, and DoD's Southwest Climate Science Center. Her research focuses on long-term terrestrial ecosystem response to global change, specifically on carbon sequestration in peatland ecosystems from around the world and on peat-based paleoenvironmental reconstructions using a suite of proxies (plant fossils, stable isotopes, testate amoebae, etc.).

Selected Publications

Loisel J, MacDonald GM, Thomson M. In Review. The “warm Little Ice Age” as an analogue for enhanced hydroclimatic variance across the American Southwest. PLoS One. 

Loisel J, Yu Z, Beilman DW, Kaiser K, Parnikoza I. In Review. Past and present peatland development in Antarctica under warm climates. Nature Scientific Reports.

Beilman DW, Yumol L, Yu Z, Parnikoza I, Guilderson TP, Loisel J. In Review. Recent plant growth conditions in the Antarctic Peninsula in context of the last 2000 years. Science.

Stelling J, Yu Z, Beilman DW, Loisel J. In Review. Dynamic response of moss peatbank ecosystems to late Holocene hydroclimate change in the western Antarctic Peninsula. Quaternary Science Reviews.

Harden J, Hugelius G, Ahlström A, Blankinship J, Bond-Lamberty B, Lawrence C, Loisel J, Malhotra A, Jackson R, Ogle S, Phillips C, Ryals R, Todd-Brown K, Vargas R, Vargas S, Cotrufo F, Keiluweit M, Heckman K, Crow S, Silver W, DeLonge M, Nave L. In Review. Pathways for the science community to characterize the state, vulnerabilities, and management opportunities of soil organic matter. Global Change Biology.

Treat C, Broothaerts N, Dalton A, Dommain R, Douglas T, Drexler J, Finkelstein S, Grosse G, Hope G, Hutchings J, Jones M, Kleinen T, Kuhry P, Lacourse T, Lähteenoja O,Loisel J, Notebaert B, Payne R, Peteet D, Sannel B, Stelling J, Strauss J, Swindles G, Talbot J, Tarnocai C, Verstraeten G, Williams C, Xia Z, Yu Z, Brovkin V. In Review. Widespread global peatland establishment and persistence for the last 130,000 years. Nature Geoscience. 

Loisel J, Malhotra A, Phillips C. 2017. Building an interdisciplinary platform for soil carbon and soil health science, management, and education. Eos Magazine, American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Loisel J, van Bellen S, Pelletier L, Talbot J, Hugelius G, Karran D, Yu Z, Nichols J, Holmquist J. 2016. Insights and issues with estimating northern peatland carbon stocks and fluxes since the Last Glacial Maximum. Invited review. Earth Science Reviews, doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2016.12.001.

Yu Z, Beilman DW, Loisel J. 2016. Transformations of landscape and peat-forming ecosystems responding to late Holocene climate change in the western Antarctic Peninsula. Geophysical Research Letters. 43. doi: 10.1002/2016GL069380.

Treat CC, Jones MC, Camill P, Garneau M, Gallego-Sala A, Harden JW, Hugelius G, Klein ES, Kokfelt U, Kuhry P, Loisel J, Mathijssen PJH, O’Donnell JA, Oksanen PO, Ronkainen TM, Sannel ABK, Talbot J, Tarnocai CM, Väliranta M. 2015. Effects of permafrost aggradation on peat properties as determined from a pan-arctic synthesis of plant macrofossils. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences. 121(1): 78-94. doi:10.1002/2015JG003061.

Loisel, J. 2015. Peatlands as carbon sinks / Las turberas como sumideros de carbono, Chapter 11 p. 297-315. In: E Domínguez and D Vega-Valdés (eds.). Funciones y servicios ecosistémicos de las turberas en Magallanes. Colección de libros INIA Nº 33. Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias. Centro Regional de Investigación Kampenaike. Punta Arenas, Chile. 334 pp. ***invited book chapter***

Loisel, J., Yu, Z., Beilman, D.W., Camill, P., Alm, J., Amesbury, M.J., Anderson, D., Andersson, S., Bochicchio, C., Barber, K., Belyea, L.R., Bunbury, J., Chambers, F.M., Charman, D.J., De Vleeschouwer, F., Fiałkiewicz-Kozieł, B., Finkelstein, S.A., Gałka, M., Garneau, M., Hammarlund, D., Hinchcliffe, W., Holmquist, J., Hughes, P., Jones, M.C., Klein, E.S., Kokfelt, U., Korhola, A., Kuhry, P., Lamarre, A., Lamentowicz, M., Large, D., Lavoie, M., MacDonald, G., Magnan, G., Mäkilä, M., Mallon, G., Mathijssen, P., Mauquoy, D., McCarroll, J., Moore, T.R., Nichols, J., O'Reilly, B., Oksanen, P., Packalen, M., Peteet, D., Richard, P.J.H., Robinson, S., Ronkainen, T., Rundgren, M., Sannel, A.B.K., Tarnocai, C., Thom, T., Tuittila, E.-S., Turetsky, M., Väliranta, M., van der Linden, M., van Geel, B., van Bellen, S., Vitt, D., Zhao, Y., Zhou, W. 2014. A database and synthesis of northern peatland soil properties and Holocene carbon and nitrogen accumulation. The Holocene, 24, doi: 10.1177/0959683614538073.

Yu, Z., Loisel, J., Charman, D.J., Beilman, D.W., Camill, P. 2014. Holocene peatland carbon dynamics in the circum-Arctic region: an Introduction. The Holocene, 24, doi: 10.1177/0959683614540730.

Loisel, J., Yu, Z., Charman, D. 2014. A synthesis of northern peatland carbon accumulation history. Quaternary Perspectives Magazine, International Quaternary Association (INQUA).

Yu Z., Loisel, J. 2014. Holocene circum-Arctic peatland carbon dynamics. PAGES News Letter, Past Global Changes (PAGES), 22(1): 41.

Loisel, J., Yu, Z. 2013. Surface vegetation patterning controls carbon accumulation in peatlands. Geophysical Research Letters, 40: 1-6, doi:10.1002/grl.50744.

Loisel, J., Yu, Z. 2013. Holocene peatland carbon dynamics in Patagonia. Quaternary Science Reviews, 69: 125-141.

Loisel, J., Yu, Z., Parsekian, A., Nolan, J., Slater, L. 2013. Quantifying landscape morphology influence on peatland lateral expansion using ground penetrating radar (GPR) and peat core analysis. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences, 118, doi: 10.1002/jgrg20029.

Yu, Z., Loisel, J., Turetsky, M.R., Cai, S., Zhao, Y., Frolking, S., MacDonald, G.M., Bubier, J.L. 2013. Evidence for elevated emissions from high-latitude wetlands causing high atmospheric CH4 concentration in the early Holocene. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 27, doi: 10.1002/gbc20025.

Loisel, J., Yu, Z. 2013. Recent acceleration of carbon accumulation in a boreal peatland, south-central Alaska. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences, 118, doi: 10.1029/2012jg001978.

 Charman, D., Beilman, D., Blaauw, M., Booth, R.K., Brewer, S., Chambers, F., Christen, J.A., Gallego-Sala, A.V., Harrison, S.P., Hughes, P.D.M., Jackson, S., Korhola, A., Mauquoy, D., Mitchell, F., Prentice, I.C., van der Linden, M., De Vleeschouwer, F., Yu, Z., Alm, J., Bauer, I.E.,McCorish, Y., Garneau, M., Hohl, V., Huang, Y., Karofeld, E., Le Roux, G., Loisel, J., Moschen, R., Nichols, J.E., Nieminen, T.M., MacDonald, G.M., Phadtare, N.R., Rausch, N., Sillasoo, Ü., Swindles, G.T., Tuittila, E.-S., Ukonmaanaho, L., Väliranta, M., van Bellen, S., van Geel, B., Vitt, D., Zhao, Y. 2013. Climate-related changes in peatland carbon accumulation during the last millennium. Biogeosciences, 10: 929-944.

Loisel, J., Gallego-Sala, A.V., Yu, Z. 2012. Global-scale pattern of peatland Sphagnum growth driven by photosynthetically active radiation and growing season length. Biogeosciences, 9: 2737-2746.

Yu, Z., Loisel, J., Brosseau, D., Beilman, D., Hunt, S. 2010. Global peatland dynamics since the Last Glacial Maximum. Geophysical Research Letters, 37, L13402, doi: 10.1029/2010GL043584.

Loisel, J., Garneau, M. 2010. Late-Holocene paleoecohydrology and carbon accumulation estimates from two boreal peat bogs in eastern Canada: potential and limits of multi-proxy analyses. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 291:493-533.

Loisel, J., Garneau, M., Hélie, J.-F. 2010. Sphagnum δ13C values as indicators of paleohydrological changes in a peat bog. The Holocene, 20(2): 285-291.

Loisel, J., Garneau, M., Hélie, J.-F. 2009. Modern Sphagnum δ13C signatures follow a surface- moisture gradient in two boreal peat bogs, James Bay lowlands, Québec. Journal of Quaternary Science, 24(3): 209-214.

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