Visiting/Sabbatical Researcher: Woodwell Climate Research Center, 2023

Associate Professor: University of Illinois Chicago, 2020-present

Assistant Professor: University of Illinois Chicago, 2014-2020

Visiting Professor: Colorado College, 2013

Postdoctoral Research Associate: University of Colorado/CIRES, 2010-2013



Pomona College: BA/Geology 2002

University of Southern California: PhD/Earth Sciences 2010

University of Colorado: Post Doc/Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 2013


Funding and Awards:




NSF-RISE: Building Equitable University-Community Geoscience Research Collaborations on Chicago’s South Side. (2024-2026) Amount $299,000 (Lead PI)


NSF-DEB: Collaborative Research: MRA: Dew impacts on ecosystem carbon, energy and water fluxes at continental scale – a synthesis across NEON sites
(2023-2027) Amount $347,157 (PI)


DOE-BER: Community Research On Climate and Urban Science (CROCUS). (2022-2026) Amount $6,067,291 (PI)


NASA Illinois Space Grant Consortium: Multiple Undergraduate Research Projects (MURP). (2020-ongoing) Amount $~25,000/yr (PI)


DOE-BER: Integrating Tree Hydraulic Trait, Forest Stand Structure, and Topographic Controls on Ecohydrologic Function in a Rocky Mountain Subalpine Watershed. (2022-2025) Amount $88,524 (PI)


DOE-TES: Water foraging with dynamic roots in E3SM; The role of roots in terrestrial ecosystem memory on intermediate timescales. (2019-2022) Amount $271,691 (Lead PI)



DOE-Subsurface Biogeochemical Research: Space and Time Dynamics of Transpiration in the East River Watershed: Biotic and Abiotic Controls. (2018-2020) Amount $199,691 (Lead PI)


Woodrow Wilson Foundation/Course Hero: (2018-2019). Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching.  Amount: $39,740 (Lead PI)


NSF Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (2015-2018): Rocky Mountain Ecohydrology During the Eemian Interglacial. Amount: $313,243. (Lead PI)


NSF GP-IMPACT (2016-2020): Establishing Partnerships to Recruit Geoscience Undergraduates from Urban Chicago. Amount: $429, 363 (Co-PI)


DOI Illinois Water Resources Center (2016-2017):  Under the Cover of Darkness: Nighttime Water Use by Native, Biofuel and Agricultural Crops of Illinois.  Amount: $36,764. (Lead PI)


UIC Silver Circle Award for Teaching Excellence (2017-2018)



Soils and the Environment (EaES 473)

Climate and Land Interactions (EaES 577)

Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry (EaES 513)

Climate, Contamination and Chicago (EaES 105)

The Northwest Passage (LAS 294)

Earth Systems (EaES 285)




(63) M. CarboneA. Richardson, b. barr, M. Berkelhammer, C. Boot, A. Simonpietri, C. Still. (2023) Interannual precipitation controls on soil CO2 fluxes in high elevation conifer and aspen forests. Environmental Research Letters. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/ad07b5



(62) Knowles et al., (2023) Bark beetle impacts on forest evapotranspiration and its partitioning. Science of the Total Environment. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.163260


(61) S. Shah, M. Berkelhammer et al., (2023) Regional tree-ring oxygen isotope deduced summer monsoon drought variability for Kumaun-Gharwal Himalaya. Quaternary Science Reviews. doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2022.107927


(60) A. Bellagamba, M. Berkelhammer, R. Weber, I Patete (2023) Suspended in sound: New constraints on isotopic fractionation of falling hydrometeors using acoustically levitated water droplets. Hydrological Processes.


(59) D’Angelo et al., (2022). Water masses distribution in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago: Implementation of the Optimal MultiParameter analysis (OMP). Earth Syst. Sci. Data Discuss doi: 10.5194/essd-2022-306


(58) B. Rastogi, A. Schmidt, M. Berkelhammer, D. Noone, F. Meinzer, J. Kim, and C. Still (2022) Enhanced photosynthesis and transpiration in an old growth forest due to wildfire smoke. Geophysical Research Letters. doi: 10.1029/2022GL097959


(57) M. Berkelhammer, B. Drewniak, B. Ahlswede, M. Gonzalez-Meler (2022) Root foraging alters global patterns of ecosystem legacy from climate perturbations. JGR-Biogeosciences. doi: 10.1029/2021JG006612


(56) C. Jernigan, C. Fite, L. Vereecken, M. Berkelhammer, A. Rollins, P. Rickly, A. Novelli, D. Taraborrelli, C. Holmes, T Bertram (2022) Efficient production of carbonyl sulfide in the low-NOx oxidation of dimethyl sulfide. Geophysical Research Letters. doi: 10.1029/2021GL096838


(55) Kooijmans et al., (2022) Evaluation of carbonyl sulfide biosphere exchange in the Simple Biosphere Model (SiB4). Biogeosciences. doi: 10.5194/bg-2021-192


(54) M. Berkelhammer, I. Stefanescu and N. Insel (2021) Wetter summers mitigated temperature stress on western US forests during the last interglacial warm period. Geophysical Research Letters. doi: 10.1029/2021GL093678


(53) C. Garcia-Eidell, J. Comiso,  M. Berkelhammer, L. Stock. (2021) Interrelationships of Sea Surface Salinity, Chlorophyll-α Concentration, and Sea Surface Temperature Near the Antarctic Ice Edge. Journal of Climate. doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-20-0716.1


(52) N. Insel and M. Berkelhammer (2021) The influence of orbital parameters on the North American Monsoon system during the Last Interglacial Period. Journal of Quaternary Science. doi: 10.1002/jqs.3311


(51) A. Bellagamba, M. Berkelhammer, L. Winslow, P. Doran, K. Meyers, S. Devlin, I Hawes (2021) The Magnitude and Climate Sensitivity of Isotopic Fractionation from Ablation of Antarctic Dry Valley Lakes. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research


(50) F. Ritter, M. Berkelhammer, C. Garcia-Eidell (2020). Distinct response of gross primary productivity in five terrestrial biomes to precipitation variability. Nature Communications Earth and Environment. doi: 10.1038/s43247-020-00034-1


(49) M. Jones, M. Berkelhammer, K. Keller, K. Yoshimura and M. Wooller (2020) High sensitivity of Bering Sea winter sea ice to winter insolation and carbon dioxide over the last 5,500 years. Science Advances. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aaz9588


(48) M. Berkelhammer, B. Alsip, R. Matamala, D. Cook, M. Whelan, E. Joo, C. Bernacchi, J. Miller, T Meyers (2020) Seasonal evolution of canopy stomatal conductance for a prairie and maize field in the midwestern US from continuous carbonyl sulfide fluxes. Geophysical Research Letters. doi: 10.1029/2019GL085652


(47) Lennartz et al., (2020) Marine carbonyl sulfide (OCS) and carbon disulfide (CS2): a compilation of measurements in seawater and the marine
boundary layer. Earth System Science Data. doi: 10.5194/essd-2019-162


(46) M. Berkelhammer, C. Still, F. Ritter, M. Winnick, L. Anderson, R. Carroll, M. Carbone and K. Williams (2020). Persistence and plasticity in conifer water-use strategies. JGR Biogeosciences. doi: 10.1029/2018JG004845


(45) A. Sinha, G. Kathayat, H. Cheng, J. Reuter, A. Schneider, M. Berkelhammer, H. Li, S. Adali, L. Stott, R. Edwards, H. Weiss. (2019). Climate Change and the rise and fall of the Neo-Assyrian Empire. Science Advances. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aax6656
(44) C. Cox, D. Noone, M. Berkelhammer, M. Shupe, W. Neff, N. Miller, and V. Walden (2019) Super-cooled liquid fogs over the central Greenland ice sheet. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics doi: 10.5194/acp-19-7467-2019


(43) M. Berkelhammer (2019). Synchronous Modes of Terrestrial and Marine Productivity in the North Pacific. Frontiers in Earth Science. DOI: 10.3389/feart.2019.00073


(42) N. Kaushal et al., (2019) The Indian Summer Monsoon from a Speleothem d18O Perspective: A Review. Quaternary. (preprint doi: 10.20944/preprints201809.0380.v1)


(41) Z. Wei et al., A global database of water vapor isotopes measured with high temporal resolution infrared laser spectroscopy. (2019) Scientific Data. doi: 10.5194/cp-2018-92


(40) G. Kathayat et al., Timing and Structure of the 4.2 ka BP Event in the Indian Summer Monsoon Domain from an Annually-Resolved Speleothem Record from Northeast India. (2018) Climate of the Past. doi: 10.5194/cp-2018-92


(39) A. Cosgrove and M. Berkelhammer (2018) Downwind footprint of an urban heat island on air and lake temperatures. Nature Climate and Atmospheric Science. doi: 10.1038/s41612-018-0055-3


(38) M. Walker, M. Head, M. Berkelhammer et al., (2018) Formal ratification of the subdivision of the Holocene Series/ Epoch (Quaternary System/Period): two new Global Boundary Stratotype Sections and Points (GSSPs) and three new stages/subseries. Episodes. doi: 10.18814/epiiugs/2018/018016


(37) F. Ritter, M. Berkelhammer and D. Beysens (2018) Dew frequency across the US from a network of in situ radiometers. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. doi: 10.5194/hess-2018-450


(36) B. Rastogi, M. Berkelhammer, S. Wharton, M. Whelan, M. Itter, J. Leen, M. Gupta, D. Noone, C. Still (2018) Biotic and abiotic controls on carbonyl sulfide uptake in a temperate old-growth rainforest. Journal of Geophysical Research. doi: 10.1029/2018JG004430


(35) B. Rastogi, M. Berkelhammer, S. Wharton, M. Whelan, F. Meinzer, D. Noone, and C. Still. (2018) Ecosystem fluxes of carbonyl sulfide in an old-growth forest: temporal dynamics and responses to diffuse radiation and heat waves. Biogeosciences. doi: 10.5194/bg-2018-85


(34) Whelan et al., (2018) Reviews and Syntheses: Carbonyl Sulfide as a Multi-scale Tracer for Carbon and Water Cycles. Biogeosciences. doi: 10.5194/bg-2017-427


(33) P. Vishal,  J. Sayona, G. Lopez, T. Bleck, M. Berkelhammer, R. Garg* (2018) The Influence of Weather on the Incidence of Primary Spontaneous Intracerebral Hemorrhage. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. doi: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2018.10.011
*(author order in reverse for medical journal)


(32) Campbell, J. E., et al. (2017), Assessing a new clue to how much carbon plants take up, Eos, 98, doi: 10.1029/2017EO075313


(31) A. Kermanshah, S. Derrible and M. Berkelhammer. (2017) Using Climate Models to Estimate Urban Vulnerability to Flash Floods. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. doi: 10.1175/JAMC-D-17-0083.1


(30) E. Lasher, Y. Axford, J. McFarlin, M. Kelly, E. Osterberg and M. Berkelhammer (2017) Holocene climate in Northwest Greenland recorded in oxygen isotopes of lacustrine organic Materials. Quaternary Science Reviews. doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2017.06.016


(29) M. Berkelhammer, I Stefanescu, J. Joiner and L. Anderson (2017) High sensitivity of gross primary production in the Rocky Mountains to summer rain. Geophysical Research Letters. doi: 10.1002/2016GL072495


(28) M. Benetti et al.,  (2017)  Stable isotopes in the atmospheric marine boundary layer water vapour over the Atlantic Ocean, 2012-2015. Scientific Data. doi: 10.1038/sdata.2016.128


(27) M. Berkelhammer, H.C. Steen-Larsen, A. Cosgrove, A. Peters, R. Johnson, M. Hayden and S.A. Montzka (2016)  Radiation and atmospheric circulation controls on carbonyl sulfide concentrations in the marine boundary layer. Journal of Geophysical Research. doi: 10.1002/2016JD025437


(26) M. Berkelhammer, D. Noone, T Wong, S. Burns, J. Knowles, A. Kaushik, P. Blanken and M. Williams, (2016)  Convergent approaches to determine an ecosystem’s transpiration fraction. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. doi: 10.1002/2016GB005392


(25) M. Berkelhammer, D. Noone, HC Steen-Larsen, A. Bailey, C. Cox, M. O’Neill, D. Schneider, J. White and K. Steffen. (2016)  Surface-atmosphere decoupling limits accumulation at Summit, Greenland. Science Advances. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1501704


(24) L. Anderson, M. Berkelhammer, J. Barron, B. Steinman, B. Finney and M. Abbott (2016)  North American Rocky Mountain Hydroclimate:  Holocene patterns and variability at multi-decadal to millennial time scales. Global and Planetary Change. doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2015.12.021


(23) M. Whelan, T. Hilton, J. Berry, M. Berkelhammer, A Desai and J. Campbell (2016)  Carbonyl sulfide exchange in soils for better estimates of ecosystem carbon uptake. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. doi: 10.5194/acp-16-3711-2016


(22) A. Bailey, D. Noone, M. Berkelhammer, HC Steen-Larsen, P. Sato (2015)  The stability and calibration of water vapor isotope ratio measurements during long-term deployments. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques. doi: 10.5194/amt-8-4521-2015


(21) L. Anderson, M. Berkelhammer, A. Mast (2015) Isotopes in North American Rocky Mountain Snowpack 1993-2014. Quaternary Science Reviews. DOI: 10.1016/j/quascirev.2015.03.023


(20) A. Sinha, G. Kathayat, H. Cheng, S. Breitenbach and M. Berkelhammer (2015) Trends, Oscillations and Anomalies in the Indian Summer Monsoon Rainfall over the Last Two Millennia. Nature Communications. doi: 10.1038/ncomms7309


(19) AP Williams, R Seager, AK Macalady, M. Berkelhammer and others (2014). Correlations between components of the water balance and burned area reveal new insights for predicting forest fire area in the southwest United States. International Journal of Wildland Fire doi: 10.1071/WF14023


(18) AP Williams, R. Seager, M. Berkelhammer, AK. Macalady, and others. Causes and implications of extreme atmospheric moisture demand during the record- breaking 2011 wildfire season in the southwest United States. (2014) Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. doi: 10.1175/jamc-d-14-0053.1


(17) M. Berkelhammer, D. Asaf, D. Yakir, C. Still, S. Montzka, D. Noone. (2014) Constraining surface carbon fluxes using in situ measurements of carbonyl sulfide and carbon dioxide. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. doi:10.1002/2013GB004644


(16) M. Berkelhammer, A. Bailey, D. Noone, C. Still, H. Barnard (2013) The nocturnal water cycle in an open canopy forest. JGR-Atmospheres. doi: 10.1002/jgrd.50701


(15) S. McCabe-Glynn, K. Johnson, C. Strong, M. Berkelhammer and others. (2013) Variable North Pacific influence on drought in southwestern North America since AD 854. Nature Geosciences. doi:10.1038/ngeo1862


(14) M. Berkelhammer, A. Sinha, M. Mudelsee, H Cheng, K Yoshimura, J. Biswas (2013). On the low frequency component of the ENSO-Indian Monsoon relationship; a paired proxy perspective. Climate of the Past. doi: 10.5194/cp-10-733-2014


(13) D. Noone, C. Risi, M. Berkelhammer and others. (2013) Determining water sources in the boundary layer from tall tower profiles of water vapor and surface water isotope ratios after a snowstorm in Colorado. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. doi: 10.5194/acpd-12-16327-2012


(12) M. Berkelhammer, L. Stott. K. Yoshimura and K. Johnson. (2012). Synoptic and mesoscale controls on the isotopic composition of precipitation in the western United States. Climate Dynamics. doi: 10.1007/s00382-011-1262-3


(11) M. Walker, M. Berkelhammer, S. Bjorck and others. (2012) Formal subdivision of the Holocene Series/Epoch: a Discussion Paper by a Working Group of INTIMATE (Integration of ice-core, marine and terrestrial records. Journal of Quaternary Science doi: 10.1002/jqs.2565


(10) N. Buenning, L. Stott, K. Yoshimura, M. Berkelhammer (2012) The cause of the seasonal variation in the oxygen isotopic composition of precipitation along the western US coast. Journal of Geophysical Research. doi: 10.1029/2012jd018050


(9) M. Berkelhammer and L. Stott. (2012) Secular temperature trends in the southern Rocky Mountains  for the last five centuries. Geophysical Research Letters. doi: 10.1029/2012GL052447


(8) MBerkelhammer, C. Risi, N, Kurita and D. Noone (2012) The moisture source sequence for the Madden Julian Oscillation derived from satellite HDO retrievals. Journal of Geophysical Research. doi: 10.1029/2011jd016803


(7) M. Berkelhammer, A. Sinha, L. Stott, H. Cheng, F. Pausata and K. Yoshimura (2012) An abrupt shift in the Indian Monsoon 4000 Years ago. Climate, Landscapes, and Civilization. AGU Monograph. DOI: 10.1029/2012gm/001207


(6) A. Sinha, M. Berkelhammer, L. Stott, M. Mudelsee, H. Cheng, J. Biswas (2011) The leading mode of Indian Summer Monsoon precipitation variability during the last millennium. Geophysical Research Letters. DOI: 10.1029/2012GL052447


(5) A. Sinha, L. Stott, M. Berkelhammer, H. Cheng, RL Edwards, B Buckley, M. Aldenderfer, M. Mudelsee (2011) A global context for megadroughts in monsoon Asia during the past millennium. Quaternary Science Reviews. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2010.10.005


(4) L. Belsky, B. Kahr, M. Berkelhammer, Y. Benkler (2010). Everything in its right place: Social cooperation and artist compensation. Mich. Telecommunication & Technological Law Review.


(3) M. Berkelhammer, A Sinha, M. Mudelsee, H. Cheng, R. Edwards and K. Cannariato (2010) Persistent multidecadal power of the Indian Summer Monsoon. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2009.12.017


(2) M. Berkelhammer and L. Stott (2009) Modeled and observed intra-ring delta18O cycles within late Holocene Bristlecone Pine tree samples. Chemical Geology. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2009.02.010


(1) M. Berkelhammer and L. Stott (2008) Recent and dramatic changes in Pacific storm trajectories recorded in delta18O from Bristlecone Pine tree ring cellulose. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. DOI: 10.1029/2007gc001803

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