Gabriela Shirkey

Gabriela  Shirkey
  • Ph.D.
  • Dual-Major in ESPP
  • Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
  • Geography Building
  • 673 Auditorium Road, Room 116
  • East Lansing, MI 48824


Environmental Geography, human-nature interactions, climate change mitigation


I observe changes in carbon emissions from land use and land cover change in the context of sustainable climate mitigation. Using remote sensing, life-cycle-assessment, and biophysical science, my Ph.D. work will develop a framework to estimate net carbon emissions (i.e., global warming potential) at the landscape scale that accounts for carbon sequestration from the landscape and anthropogenic emissions. This research also contributes to my Dual Major in Environmental Science and Public Policy (ESPP).

Additionally, I collaborate outside of MSU on projects in renewable energy, particularly solar energy, within the water-energy nexus framework with a team of international leaders supported by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). Since 2019, I've served as an Early Career Network (ECN) organizer for FLUXNET, which is a biogeosciences community studying surface-atmosphere interactions. With FLUXNET ECN and AmeriFlux, I've developed webinars, social media content, organized workshops, and chaired the Annual AmeriFlux Conference in 2020. These opportunities have shaped my service and collaboration experience as an early-career scientist.