Associate Adjunct Professor, UC Berkeley
Associate Adjunct Professor, UC Berkeley
Human-caused climate change in US national parks
New publication in Environmental Research Letters, September 24, 2018
Berkeley ecologist selected as a lead author for IPCC report
UC Berkeley News, April 12, 2018
Affiliate, UC Berkeley Energy and Resources Group
Principal Climate Change Scientist, US National Park Service
Patrick Gonzalez is a climate change scientist and forest ecologist. He conducts applied research on impacts of anthropogenic climate change and on ecosystem carbon solutions and works with national parks, policymakers, and local people to integrate climate change science into natural resource management. Patrick has conducted and published field research on climate change in Africa, Latin America, and the United States. He is coordinating lead author for the Southwest for the U.S. National Climate Assessment and is a lead author on three published and one forthcoming report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the organization awarded a share of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley, 1997 (Dissertation Chair John P. Holdren)
Master of Science (M.S.), Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 1987
Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Natural Resources, Cornell University, 1986
Climate change, forest ecology, ecosystem carbon, wildfire, biome shifts, national parks
The pdf files of publications are publicly available at http://www.patrickgonzalez.net
Refereed Journal Articles
Gonzalez, P., F. Wang, M. Notaro, D.J. Vimont, and J.W. Williams. 2018. Disproportionate magnitude of climate change in United States national parks. Environmental Research Letters 13: 104001. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aade09.
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Barnosky, A.D., E.A. Hadly, P. Gonzalez, J. Head, P.D. Polly, A.M. Lawing, J.T. Eronen, D.D. Ackerly, K. Alex, E. Biber, J. Blois, J. Brashares, G. Ceballos, E. Davis, G.P. Dietl, R. Dirzo, H. Doremus, M. Fortelius, H. Greene, J. Hellmann, T. Hickler, S.T. Jackson, M. Kemp, P.L. Koch, C. Kremen, E.L. Lindsey, C. Looy, C.R. Marshall, C. Mendenhall, A. Mulch, A.M. Mychajliw, C. Nowak, U. Ramakrishnan, J. Schnitzler, K.D. Shrestha, K. Solari, L. Stegner, M.A. Stegner, N.C. Stenseth, M.H. Wake, and Z. Zhang. 2017. Merging paleobiology with conservation biology to guide the future of terrestrial ecosystems. Science 355: 594. doi:10.1126/science.aah4787.
Early, R., B.A. Bradley, J.S. Dukes, J.J. Lawler, J.D. Olden, D.M. Blumenthal, P. Gonzalez, E.D. Grosholz, I. Ibañez, L.P. Miller, C.J.B. Sorte, and A.J. Tatem. 2016. Global threats from invasive alien species in the twenty-first century and national response capacities. Nature Communications 7: 12 485. doi:10.1038/ncomms12485.
Gonzalez, P., J.J. Battles, B.M. Collins, T. Robards, and D.S. Saah. 2015. Aboveground live carbon stock changes of California wildland ecosystems, 2001-2010. Forest Ecology and Management 348: 68-77.
Betts, R.A., N. Golding, P. Gonzalez, J. Gornall, R. Kahana, G. Kay, L. Mitchell, and A. Wiltshire. 2015. Climate and land use change impacts on global terrestrial ecosystems and river flows in the HadGEM2-ES Earth system model using the representative concentration pathways. Biogeosciences 12: 1317-1338.
Eigenbrod, F., P. Gonzalez, J. Dash, and I. Steyl. 2015. Vulnerability of ecosystems to climate change moderated by habitat intactness. Global Change Biology 21: 275-286.
Lydersen, J.M., B.M. Collins, C.M. Ewell, A.L. Reiner, J.A. Fites, C.B. Dow, P. Gonzalez, D.S. Saah, and J.J. Battles. 2014. Using field data to assess model predictions of surface and ground fuel consumption by wildfire in coniferous forests of California. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 119: 223–235.
Gonzalez, P., B. Kroll, and C.R. Vargas. 2014. Tropical rainforest biodiversity and aboveground carbon changes and uncertainties in the Selva Central, Peru. Forest Ecology and Management 312: 78-91.
Grimm, N.B., F.S. Chapin, B. Bierwagen, P. Gonzalez, P.M. Groffman, Y. Luo, F. Melton, K. Nadelhoffer, A. Pairis, P.A. Raymond, J. Schimel, and C.E. Williamson. 2013. The impacts of climate change on ecosystem structure and function. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11: 474-482.
Schwartz, M.W., J.J. Hellmann, J.M. McLachlan, D.F. Sax, J.O. Borevitz, J. Brennan, A.E. Camacho, G. Ceballos, J.R. Clark, H. Doremus, R. Early, J.R. Etterson, D. Fielder, J.L. Gill, P. Gonzalez, N. Green, L. Hannah, D.W. Jamieson, D. Javeline, B.A. Minteer, J. Odenbaugh, S. Polasky, D.M. Richardson, T.L. Root, H.D. Safford, O. Sala, S.H. Schneider, A.R. Thompson, J.W. Williams, M. Vellend, P. Vitt, and S. Zellmer. 2012. Managed relocation: Integrating the scientific, regulatory, and ethical challenges. BioScience 62: 732-743.
Gonzalez, P., C.J. Tucker, and H. Sy. 2012. Tree density and species decline in the African Sahel attributable to climate. Journal of Arid Environments 78: 55-64.
Haugo, R.D., S.A. Hall, E.M. Gray, P. Gonzalez, and J.D. Bakker. 2010. Influences of climate, fire, grazing, and logging on woody species composition along an elevation gradient in the eastern Cascades, Washington. Forest Ecology and Management 260: 2204-2213.
Gonzalez, P., R.P. Neilson, J.M. Lenihan, and R.J. Drapek. 2010. Global patterns in the vulnerability of ecosystems to vegetation shifts due to climate change. Global Ecology and Biogeography 19: 755-768.
Gonzalez, P., G.P. Asner, J.J. Battles, M.A. Lefsky, K.M. Waring, and M. Palace. 2010. Forest carbon densities and uncertainties from Lidar, QuickBird, and field measurements in California. Remote Sensing of Environment 114: 1561-1575.
Baker, D.J., G. Richards, A. Grainger, P. Gonzalez, S. Brown, R. DeFries, A. Held, J. Kellndorfer, P. Ndunda, D. Ojima, P.E. Skrovseth, C. Souza, and F. Stolle. 2010. Achieving forest carbon information with higher certainty: A five-part plan. Environmental Science and Policy 13: 249-260.
Allen, C.D., A.K. Macalady, H. Chenchouni, D. Bachelet, N. McDowell, M. Vennetier, T. Kitzberger, A. Rigling, D.D. Breshears, E.H. Hogg, P. Gonzalez, R. Fensham, Z. Zhang, J. Castro, N. Demidova, J.H. Lim, G. Allard, S.W. Running, A. Semerci, and N. Cobb. 2010. A global overview of drought and heat-induced tree mortality reveals emerging climate change risks for forests. Forest Ecology and Management 259: 660-684.
Lawler, J.J., T.H Tear, C. Pyke, M.R. Shaw, P. Gonzalez, P. Kareiva, L. Hansen, L. Hannah, K. Klausmeyer, A. Aldous, C. Bienz, and S. Pearsall. 2010. Resource management in a changing and uncertain climate. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 8: 35-43.
Griffith, B., J.M. Scott, R. Adamcik, D. Ashe, B. Czech, R. Fischman, P. Gonzalez, J. Lawler, A.D. McGuire, and A. Pidgorna. 2009. Climate change adaptation for the US National Wildlife Refuge System. Environmental Management 44: 1043-1052.
Richardson, D.M., J.J. Hellmann, J.S. McLachlan, D.F. Sax, M.W. Schwartz, P. Gonzalez, E.J. Brennan, A. Camacho, T.L. Root, O.E. Sala, S.H. Schneider, D.M. Ashe, J.R. Clark, R. Early, J.R. Etterson, E.D. Fielder, J.L. Gill, B.A. Minteer, S. Polasky, H.D. Safford, A.R. Thompson, and M. Vellend. 2009. Multidimensional evaluation of managed relocation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 106: 9721-9724.
Gonzalez, P. 2001. Desertification and a shift of forest species in the West African Sahel. Climate Research 17: 217-228.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Reports
Lead author, Terrestrial and freshwater ecosytems and their services, Working Group II, Sixth Assessment Report, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2021.
Niang, I., O.C. Ruppel, M.A. Abdrabo, A. Essel, C. Lennard, J. Padgham, and P. Urquhart. 2014. Africa. In Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. [P. Gonzalez one of 55 Contributing Authors.]
Settele, J., R. Scholes, R.A. Betts, S. Bunn, P. Leadley, D. Nepstad, J.T. Overpeck, and M.A. Taboada. 2014. Terrestrial and inland water systems. In Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. [P. Gonzalez one of 30 Contributing Authors.]
Pipatti, R., P. Munishi, P. Gonzalez, and P.M. Wade. 2013. Cross-cutting issues and reporting. In Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. 2013 Supplement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Wetlands. Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Hayama, Japan.
Aalde, H., P. Gonzalez, M. Gytarsky, T. Krug, W.A. Kurz, S. Ogle, J. Raison, D. Schoene, N.H. Ravindranath, N.G. Elhassan, L.S. Heath, N. Higuchi, S. Kainja, M. Matsumoto, M.J.S. Sánchez, and Z. Somogyi. 2006. Forest Land. In Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Guidelines. Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Hayama, Japan.
Aalde, H., P. Gonzalez, M. Gytarsky, T. Krug, W.A. Kurz, R. Lasco, D.L. Martino, B.G. McConkey, S.M. Ogle, K. Paustian, J. Raison, N.H. Ravindranath, D. Schoene, P. Smith, Z. Somogyi, A. van Amstel, and L. Verchot. 2006. Generic methods applicable to multiple land use categories. In Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Guidelines. Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Hayama, Japan.
Desanker, P., C. Magadza, A. Allali, C. Basalirwa, M. Boko, G. Dieudonne, T.E. Downing, P.O. Dube, A. Githeko, M. Githendu, P. Gonzalez, D. Gwary, B. Jallow, J. Nwafor, and R. Scholes. 2001. Africa. In Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Climate Change 2001: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.
U.S. National Climate Assessment Reports
Gonzalez, P., G. Garfin, K. Averyt, D. Breshears, K. Brooks, H. Brown, E. Elias, A. Gunasekara, N. Huntly, J. Maldonado, N. Mantua, H. Margolis, S. McAfee, E.R. Middleton, and B. Udall. in review. Southwest. In Reidmiller, D. (Ed.) Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Fourth National Climate Assessment. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC.
Garfin, G., G. Franco, H. Blanco, A. Comrie, P. Gonzalez, T. Piechota, R. Smyth, and R. Waskom. 2014. Southwest. In Melillo, J.M., T.C. Richmond, and G.W. Yohe (Eds.) 2014. Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC.
Gonzalez, P. 2017. Climate change trends, impacts, and vulnerabilities in US national parks. In Beissinger, S.R., D.D. Ackerly, H. Doremus, and G.E. Machlis (eds.) Science, Conservation, and National Parks. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL.
Gonzalez, P. 2013. Energy use, Human. In Levin, S.A. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Biodiversity (Second Edition). Academic Press, Waltham, MA.
Gonzalez, P. 2010. Impacts of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems and adaptation measures for natural resource management. In Dodson, J. (Ed.) Changing Climates, Earth Systems, and Society. Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands.
Scott, J.M., B. Griffith, R.S. Adamcik, D.M. Ashe, B. Czech, R.L. Fischman, P. Gonzalez, J.J. Lawler, A.D. McGuire, and A. Pidgorna. 2008. National Wildlife Refuges. In U.S. Climate Change Science Program. Preliminary Review of Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.
Gonzalez, P. 2007. Energy use, human. In Levin, S. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Biodiversity (Updated Edition). Elsevier Press, Oxford, UK.
Sampson, R.N., N. Bystriakova, S. Brown, P. Gonzalez, L.C. Irland, P. Kauppi, R. Sedjo, and I.D. Thompson. 2006. Timber, Fuel, and Fiber. In Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Ecosystems and Human Well-being: Current State and Trends. Island Press, Washington, DC.
Shvidenko, A., C.V. Barber, R. Persson, P. Gonzalez, R. Hassan, P. Lakyda, I. McCallum, S. Nilsson, J. Pulhin, B. van Rosenburg, and B. Scholes. 2006. Forest and Woodland Systems. In Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Ecosystems and Human Well-being: Current State and Trends. Island Press, Washington, DC.
Gonzalez, P. 2001. Energy use, human. In S. Levin (ed.) Encyclopedia of Biodiversity. Academic Press, San Diego, CA.
Fall 2018 - Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 277 - Advanced Topics in Conservation Biology - Guiding graduate student project
Spring 2018 - Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 40 - Insects and Human Society - Guest Lecture
Spring 2018 - Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 290 - Shaping the Berkeley Institute for Parks, People, and Biodiversity - Co-Instructor
Spring 2018 - Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 201A - Research Approaches in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management - Guest lecture
Fall 2017 - Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 103 - Principles of Conservation Biology - Guest lecture
Fall 2017 - Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 277 - Advanced Topics in Conservation Biology - Guided graduate student project
Fall 2017 - Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 290 - Special Topics in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management - Guest lectures
Fall 2015 - Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 265 - Seminar on Fire as an Ecological Factor - Guest lectures
Graduate Student Researchers
Whitney B. Reiner, University of California, Berkeley, Graduate Student Researcher for Climate Change Science in U.S. National Parks, Spring 2016-Spring 2017
Joshua Verkerke, University of California, Berkeley, Graduate Student Researcher on Climate Change for Fire Management, Fall 2018-present