Argonne National Laboratory

Umakant Mishra

Geospatial Scientist

Umakant Mishra is a Geospatial Scientist in the Environmental Science Division of the Argonne National Laboratory. He studies land surface spatial heterogeneity, soil carbon storage and dynamics, anthropogenic and climatic impacts on soil system and benchmarking earth system models. His studies use field observations, remote sensing and environmental datasets, and geospatial and process based modeling. He has published studies on spatial prediction of soil properties at regional and national scales, land use and climate change impacts on soil system, lifecycle analysis of bioenergy crops, and benchmarking earth system model projections.


  • Ph. D. Soil Science Ohio State University 2009
  • M. S. Physical Land Resources Ghent University, Belgium 2004
  • B. S. Agriculture science Tribhuwan University, Nepal 1998

Professional Experience

  • Geospatial Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory, 2015 - present
  • Assistant Geospatial Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory, 2012 - 2015
  • Geological Postdoctoral Fellow, LBNL/UC Berkeley, 2009-2012
  • Graduate Research Associate, Ohio State University, 2006 -2009
  • Assistant agronomist, Department of Agriculture, Nepal, 1998-2002

Recent Publications

Nave, L.E., G.M. Domke, K.L. Hofmeister, U. Mishra, C.H. Perry, B.F. Walters, and C.W. Swanston. 2018. Reforestation can sequester two petagrams of carbon in U.S. topsoils in a century, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115, 2776-2781, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1719685115. 

Yi, Y., J. S. Kimball, R.H. Chen, M. Moghaddam, R. H. Reichle, U. Mishra, D. Zona, and W.C. Oechel. 2018. Characterizing permafrost soil active layer dynamics and sensitivity to landscape spatial heterogeneity in Alaska, The Cryosphere, 12, 145-161, doi: 10.5194/tc-2017-87.

Sa, J.C.D.M., D.R.P. Goncalves, L.A. Ferreira, U. Mishra, T.M. Inagaki, F.J.F. Furlan, R.S. Moro, N. Floriani, C. Briedis, and A. De Oliveira Ferreira. 2018. Soil carbon fractions and biological activity based indices can be used to study the impact of land management and ecological successions, Ecological Indicators, 84: 96-105, doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.08.029.

Van Looy, K., J. Bouma, M. Herbst, J. Koestel, B. Minasny, U. Mishra, C. Montzka, A. Nemes, Y. Pachepsky, J. Padrian, M. Schaap, B. Toth, A. Verhoef, J. Vanderborght, M. van der Ploeg, L. Weihermuller, S. Zacharias, Y. Zhang, and H. Vereecken. 2017. Pedotransfer functions in Earth system science: challenges and perspectives, Reviews of Geophysics, 55, doi:10.1002/2017RG000581.

Shelef E., J.C. Rowland, C.J. Willson, G.E. Hilley, U. Mishra, G.L. Alttman and C-L. Ping. 2017. Large uncertainty in permafrost carbon stocks due to hillslope soil deposits. Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 6134–6144, doi: 10.1002/2017GL073823.

Vitharana, U.W.A., U. Mishra, J.D. Jastrow, R. Matamala, and Z. Fan. 2017. Observational needs for estimating Alaskan soil carbon stocks under current and future climate. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, 122, 415-429, doi: 10.1002/2016JG003421.

Mishra U., B. Drewniak, J.D. Jastrow, R.M. Matamala, and U.W.A. Vitharana. 2017. Spatial representation of high latitude organic carbon and active-layer thickness in CMIP5 earth system models. Geoderma, 300:55-63, doi: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2016.04.017.