University of California, Riverside

Environmental Sciences

Francesca Hopkins

Francesca HopkinsFrancesca Hopkins

Assistant Professor of Climate Change and Sustainability Assistant Climate Change Scientist

  • Office: 216 Science Lab I
  • Laboratory: 2268 Geology
  • Phone: 951-827-4781

Academic Degrees:

  • Ph.D., Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine, 2013
  • B.A., Environmental Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, 2005
  • B.A., Spanish, University of California, Berkeley, 2005

Selected Awards and Honors:

  • UC Irvine Top 50 Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholar Alumni, 2016
  • NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow, 2014
  • UC Irvine Dept. of Earth System Science Ralph and Carol Cicerone Fellow, 2010
  • ARCS Foundation Scholar, 2009
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, 2007
  • UC Berkeley Departmental Citation in Environmental Sciences, 2005


  • Trace gas emissions
  • Terrestrial carbon cycle
  • Isotope biogeochemistry

Current Research

  • Anthropogenic methane emissions in the state of California
  • Urban trace gas emissions (CO2, CO, CH4, C2H6, NH3)
  • Effects of human activities on terrestrial carbon cycle

Research Group:

    Selected Publications:

    Anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions
    • F.M. Hopkins, J. R. Ehleringer, S. E. Bush, R. M. Duren, C. E. Miller, C.-T. Lai, Y.-K. Hsu, V. Carranza, and J. T. Randerson (2016), Mitigation of methane emissions in cities: How new measurements and partnerships can contribute to emissions reduction strategies, Earth’s Future, 4, doi:10.1002/2016EF000381.
    • F.M. Hopkins, S.E. Bush, J.R. Ehleringer, C.T. Lai, E.A. Kort, D.R. Blake, J.T. Randerson (2016). Spatial patterns and source attribution of urban methane in the Los Angeles Basin. Journal of Geophysical Research- Atmospheres, 121, doi:10.1002/2015JD024429.
    • G.C Hulley, R. Duren, F.M. Hopkins, S.J. Hook, N. Vance, P. Guillevic, W.R. Johnson, G. Rivera, A. Aubrey, N. Malakar, C. Miller, J.M. Sanchez, B. Eng, J. Mihaly, V. Jovanovic, S. Chazanoff, Z. Staniszewski, K. Holmes (2016). High spatial resolution imaging of methane and other trace gas sources with the airborne Hyperspectral Thermal Emission Spectrometer (HyTES). Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 9, 2393-2408, doi:10.5194/amt-9-2393-2016.
    • S.E. Bush, F.M. Hopkins, J.T. Randerson, C.T. Lai, J.R. Ehleringer (2015). A mobile ground-based laboratory for continuous measurement of atmospheric trace-gas and criteria pollutant species: design and applications. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 8, 3481-3492.
    Soil carbon cycle
    • W.R. Wieder, S.D. Allison, E.A. Davidson, K. Georgiou, O. Hararuk, Y. He, F. Hopkins, Y. Luo, M. Smith, B. Sulman, K. Todd-Brown, Y.-P. Wang, J. Xia, X. Xu (2015). Explicitly representing soil microbial processes in Earth system models. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 29, 1782-1800.
    • F.M. Hopkins, T.R. Filley, G. Gleixner, M. Lange, S.M. Top, S.E. Trumbore (2014). Increased belowground carbon inputs and warming promote loss of soil organic carbon through complementary microbial responses. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 76, 57-69.
    • F.M. Hopkins, M.A. Gonzalez-Meler, C.E. Flower, D.J. Lynch, C. Czimczik, J. Tang, J.-A. Subke (2013). Ecosystem-level controls on root-rhizosphere respiration. New Phytologist, 199, 339-351.
    • F.M. Hopkins, M.S. Torn, S.E. Trumbore (2012). Warming accelerates decomposition of decadal-cycling soil carbon. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109, E1753-E1761.

    Courses Taught:

    • TBD

    Graduate Program Affiliations and Research Focus Areas:

    • Research Focus Areas
      • Soil and Water Sciences
    • Programs
      • Environmental Sciences


    Methane emissions in Los Angeles:
    Radio interview on KPCC
    Soil carbon feedbacks to climate change:
    Washington Post
    New York Times

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    General Campus Information

    University of California, Riverside
    900 University Ave.
    Riverside, CA 92521
    Tel: (951) 827-1012

    Department Information

    Environmental Sciences
    Geology 2460

    Tel: (951) 827-5116
    Fax: (951) 827-4652