Kyaw Tha Paw U

Kyaw Tha Paw U on Eddy Flux Tower

Position Title

Department of Land Air and Water Resources, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

139Hoagland Hall

Research Interests

Carbon and Water Fluxes from Plant Ecosystems

Turbulent transfer of trace gases from plant ecosystems, including carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and water vapor. Modeling plant canopy-atmosphere interactions

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Ecology Graduate Group
  • Hydrology,Soil Science
  • Plant Biology

Specialties / Focus

  • Environmental and Integrative Biology
  • Systematics and Evolutionary Biology


  • ATM 124 Meteorological Instruments and Observations, Fall
  • ATM 133 Biometeorology, Winter
  • ATM 230 Atmospheric Turbulence, Fall/Winter alternate years
  • ATM 010 Severe and Unusual Weather, Winter
  • ATM 233 Advanced Biometeorology, Fall/Winter alternate years
  • PBI 200C PBGG Core Course Series: section of Plant Canopy Processes, Spring


  • Biomicrometeorology
    • Nicolas Bambach (PhD student) Craig Chang (PhD Student, joint with Prof. Shu-Hua Chen) Laura McGowan (PhD Student, joint with Prof. Shu-Hua Chen) Eugenia Gonzalez Castillo (PhD student) Eric Kent (PhD student) James Farlin (PhD Student) Dr. R. David Pyles (Research Scientist) Jilmarie Stephens(MS student-recently graduated) Liyi Xu (PhD student--recently graduated) Visiting: Neda Yaghoobian (visiting PhD student from UCSD/Kleissl group) Marcelo Casula (visiting PhD student from University of Sassari,Italy/Spano group)

Field Sites

  • Campbell Field Facility
  • Wind River Old Growth Forest
  • Northern California Commercial Compost Site

Honors and Awards

  • Norbert Gerbier-Mumm International Award. 2004 (as co-author in a collaborative team).
  • World Meteorological Society: Norbert Gerbier-Mumm International Award. 2012 (as co-author in a collaborative team).
  • American Meteorological Society: The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biometeorology (2011)

    Professional Societies

    • American Meteorological Society
    • American Geophysical Union


    • 1980 PhD Yale University
    • 1975 BS Earth and Planetary Science (Course 12: Geophysics option) MIT


    Chen J, Falk M, Euskirchen E, Paw U KT, Suchanek TH, Ustin SL, Bond BJ, Brosofske KD, Phillips N, and R Bi. . Biophysical Controls of Carbon Flows in Three Successional Douglas-fir Stands Based upon Eddy-Covariance Measurements. Tree Physiology. In Press:

    Paw U KT, Baldocchi DD, Meyers TP, and K Wilson. 2000. Correction of eddy-covariance measurements incorporating both advective effects and density fluxes. Boundary Layer Meterology. 97:487-511

    Pyles RD, Weare BC, and KT Paw U. 2000. The UC Davis advanced-canopy-atmosphere-soil algorithm (ACASA): Comparisons with observations from different climate and vegetation regimes. Quart. J. Roy. Meteorol. Soc.. 126:2951-2980

    Lee X, Goulden ML, Hollinger DY, Barr A, Black TA, Bohrer G, Bracho R, Drake B, Goldstein A, Gu L, Katul G, Kolb T, Law BE, Margolis H, Meyers T, Monson R, Munger W, Oren R, PAW U, KT, Richardson AD, Schmid HP, Staebler R, Wofsy S, Zhao L., 2011. Observed increase in local cooling effect of deforestation at higher latitudes. Nature 2011 Nov 16;479(7373):384-7. doi: 10.1038/nature10588.

    Kochendorfer, J., Castillo, E.G., Haas, E., Oechel, W., and Paw U, K.T. 2011. Net ecosystem exchange, evapotranspiration and canopy conductance in a riparian forest. Agric. For. Meteorol. 151:585-594 doi:10.1015/j.agrformet.2011.01.003

    Schwalm, C.R., C.A.Williams, K. Schaefer, D. Baldocchi, T.A. Black, A.H. Goldstein, B.E. Law,W.C. Oechel, K.T. Paw U, R.L. Scott, Reduction in carbon uptake during turn of the century drought in western North America, Nature Geoscience, In Press, 10.1038/NGEO1529, Available online 29 July 2012.

    Zona, D., Lipson, D.A., Paw U, K.T., Oberbauer, S.F., Olivas, P., Gioli, B., Oechel, W.C., ncreased CO2 loss from vegetated drained lake tundra ecosystems due to flooding. 2012. GLOBAL BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLES, VOL. 26, GB2004, 16 PP., 2012 doi:10.1029/2011GB004037