Sustainability Science Program

Eunjee Lee

Eunjee Lee

Eunjee LeeDr. Eunjee Lee
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Department
Harvard University
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Office: Moorcroft Lab, Suite 43
Tel: (1) 617-495-1621
Email: eunjee_lee@hks.harvard.edu
Group affiliation: Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Sustainability Science

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 in the Amazon and surrounding regions with the ongoing expansion of agriculture and changes in climate and increasing carbon dioxide.  Eunjee is contributing to collaborative work with the Initiative on Sustainable Development in Amazonia: Land Use and the Hydrologic Cycle led by Professor Paul Moorcroft. 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.

Integrated assessment of land-use and hydrology for sustainable development of the Amazon under changing climate
This project explores the impacts of land-use on the atmosphere-vegetation-hydrology system of the Amazon under anticipated climate change. Using a land model coupled with a regional climate model, the shifts between different states for the water cycle and ecosystems—ranging from a moist forested state to a warmer state with sparser vegetation—will be investigated with under a series of land-use scenarios and climate scenarios.  The study of the complex links amongst the future land-use, water cycle and biogeography of the Amazon will determine what levels of deforestation and precipitation can sustain the agricultural activity in the region and neighboring areas. This integrated assessment will also provide valuable insights to policy makers regarding the sustainable development over Amazonia over the coming century.

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