Argonne National Laboratory

Umakant Mishra

Geospatial Scientist

Umakant Mishra is a Geospatial Scientist in the Environmental Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory, and a research fellow of the computation institute, University of Chicago. He studies land surface spatial heterogeneity, soil carbon storage and dynamics, anthropogenic and climatic impacts on soil system, benchmarking earth system models, and land atmosphere interactions. His studies use field observations, soil forming factors, and geospatial and process based modeling.  He has published studies on geospatial modeling of soil organic carbon, land use change and management impacts on soil system, lifecycle assessment of biofuels, and benchmarking earth system models.


  • 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

de Moraes Sa, J.C., D.R.P. Goncalves, L.A. Ferreira, U. Mishra, T.M. Inagaki, F.J.F. Furlan, R.S. Moro, N. Floriani, C. Briedis, A. De Oliveira Ferreira. 2017. Soil carbon fractions and biological activity based indices can be used to study the impact of land management and ecological successions, Ecological Indicators, doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.08.029.

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

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

Matamala R., J.D. Jastrow, S. Hofmann, U. Mishra, G. Michaelson, F. Calderon, C-L. Ping, and Z. Fan. 2017. Influence of site and soil properties on the DRIFT spectra of northern cold-region soils, Geoderma, 305, 80-91, doi: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2017.05.014.

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.

Goncalves, D.R.P., J.C. de Moraes Sa, U. Mishra, C.E.P. Cerri, L.A. Ferreira, and F.J.F. Furlan. 2017. Soil type and texture impacts on soil organic carbon accumulation in a sub-tropical agro-ecosystem. Geoderma, 286:88-97, doi: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2016.10.021.

Rosemary, F., U.W.A. Vitharana, S.P. Indraratne, R. Weerasooriya, and U. Mishra. 2017. Exploring the spatial variability of soil properties in an Alfisol Catena. Catena, 150:53-61, doi:10.1016/j.catena.2016.10.017.

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.