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Dr. Eunjee Lee
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Department
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Office: Moorcroft Lab, Suite 43
Tel: (1) 617-495-1621
Group affiliation: Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Eunjee Lee is a Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program and based at Harvard’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. She is exploring the sustainability of the hydrologic cycle associated with changes in climate and land cover in the Amazon and the surrounding regions. Eunjee is contributing to collaborative work with the Initiative on Sustainable Development of the Amazon and its Surrounding Regions: The Interplay of Changing Climate, Hydrology, and Land Use led by Professor Paul Moorcroft. Her research interests include: 1) investigation of unsteadiness of the hydrologic cycle using a modeling tool for atmosphere-biosphere interactions; 2) integrated assessment of the impact of climate change and water; and 3) engaging the scientific community to improve the use of scientific knowledge in sciencepolicymaking. Prior to joining Harvard, Eunjee received her Sc.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2011 and worked as a post-doctoral research associate at the MIT Center for Global Change Science. Her dissertation investigated the role of meteorology-driven seed dispersal in the plant migration process and the impacts of anticipated climate change on natural biogeography and ecosystems. Eunjee is a recipient of the Martin Fellowship for Sustainability (2008) and the MIT Presidential Fellowship (2005). She also holds a master’s degree in Chemistry from Ohio State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Seoul National University. Her faculty host is Paul Moorcroft.
Unsteadiness of the Amazonian hydrologic cycle? The roles of land-cover and climate change
This project asks how much will land-cover change trigger the instability of the Amazonian water cycle given climate change scenarios, and what are the implications of the projected changes in water for the hydropower policy in Brazil.
This research investigates current andfuture changes in the Amazonian water cycle using a modeling tool that explicitly describes the processes of the atmosphere and the biosphere. The analysis focuses on the change in the Tapajos River Basin because of its high potential for hydropower development to meet Brazil's future electricity demand. Using the Ecosystem-Demography Brazilian-Regional-Atmospheric-Modeling System (EDBRAMS), simulated rainfall over the last decade for the basin shows strong agreement with satellite-driven observation. The work includes evaluation of stream flow and projections of the rainfall and runoff with different land-cover and climate change scenarios.