Eunjee Lee

Dr. Eunjee Lee
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Department
Harvard University
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Office: Non-resident
Group affiliation: Associate

Eunjee Lee is an Associate working with colleagues at Harvard’s Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Department and is appointed through Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. Currently, she is a research scientist of the Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research and Universities Space Research Association, working at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office. Eunjee has been 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. She has explored the sustainability of the hydrologic cycle associated with land cover and climate changes of the Amazon and the surrounding regions. Prior to joining Harvard, Eunjee received her Sc.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011 and worked as a post-doctoral research associate at the MIT Center for Global Change Science. Eunjee is a recipient of the Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Sustainability Science (2012-2015), 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 host at Harvard is Paul Moorcroft.

Unsteadiness of the Amazonian hydrologic cycle? The roles of land-cover and climate change
The project investigates (1) the impacts of land-cover and climate on the water cycle of the Amazon River basin and (2) the implication of the hydrologic change on the Brazil’s hydropower policy. Using a modeling tool that describes the processes of the atmosphere and the biosphere, this work evaluates and projects the hydrologic change which results from the terrestrial ecosystem’s response to the land-use and climate scenarios. Detailed analysis focuses on the Tapajos River basin - a subbasin of the Amazon River basin - for its high potential for the hydropower development to meet Brazil's future electricity demand.

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