DIANE E PATAKI

Curriculum Vitae

Diane Pataki
  • Professor, Biology
  • Associate Dean of Student Affairs
  • Associate Professor, Biology

Research

Research Summary

My lab measures the influence of vegetation and soil processes on the physical environment including local climate, pollution, water resources, aesthetics, and human comfort. Our goal is to quantify the environmental costs and benefits of planting, restoring, and managing landscapes in urban areas and at the urban-wildland interface to inform choices about urban and landscape planning and design.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • "Collaborative Research: MSB-FRA: Alternative ecological futures for the American Residential Macrosystem". PI: Groffman. Co-PI(s): Grove, Lerman, Hall, Larson, Pataki, Hobbie, Cavender-Bares, Nelson, Morse, Chowdury, Heffernan, Neill, Trammell, Avolio. National Science Foundation, 01/01/2017 - 12/31/2020. Total project budget to date: $3,200,000.00
  • : NSF INCLUDES: Alliance to Strengthen the STEM Tapestry (ASSisT): Motivating Critical Identity Shifts to Weave the STEM Disenfranchised into Science and the Sustainability Workforce. PI: Nadkarni. Co-PI(s): O'Donnell, Gerton, Isabella, Pataki. National Science Foundation, 01/01/2017 - 01/01/2019. Total project budget to date: $299,975.00
  • Predicting CO2 emissions associated with urban development in the western U.S.” . PI: J. Lin. Co-PI(s): D.E. Pataki, M. Buchert, D. Bowling, C. Strong, J.R. Ehleringer. NOAA, 01/01/2014 - 12/30/2017. Total project budget to date: $848,181.00
  • MRI: Acquisition of an Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer for Tracing Human-Environment Interactions. PI: G. Bowen. Co-PI(s): D. Bowling, D.E. Pataki, J.R. Ehleringer, T. Cerling. National Science Foundation, 08/15/2013 - 08/14/2017. Total project budget to date: $629,938.00
  • Mobile greenhouse gas flux analyzer for unmanned aerial vehicles. PI: D.E. Pataki. NASA SBIR, primary awardee Los Gatos Research, Inc., 01/01/2013 - 03/31/2016. Total project budget to date: $75,000.00
  • WSC-Category 3: Collaborative: The role of local water resources in the water sustainability of Los Angeles. PI: D.E. Pataki. Co-PI(s): S. Pincetl, T. Hogue. National Science Foundation, 07/01/2012 - 06/30/2017. Total project budget to date: $1,484,781.00
  • iUtah-innovative Urban Transitions and Aridregion Hydro-sustainability. PI: T. Crowl. Co-PI(s): M. Baker, D. Jackson-Smith, J.R. Ehleringer, D.E. Pataki. National Science Foundation, 07/01/2012 - 06/30/2017. Total project budget to date: $20,000,000.00
  • Collaborative research: Mechanisms for the decline of leaf hydraulic conductance with dehydration, and plant- and environment-level impacts dehydration, and plant- and environment-level impacts. PI: L. Sack. Co-PI(s): D.E. Pataki, T. Buckley. National Science Foundation, 02/01/2012 - 01/31/2016. Total project budget to date: $198,849.00
  • Collaborative research: Ecological homogenization of urban America. PI: P. Groffman. Co-PI(s): M. Grove, S. Hobbie, J. Cavendar-Bares, K. Nelson, C. Polsky, S. Hall, S. Larson, J. Heffernan, L. Ogden, D.E. Pataki, R. Chowdhury. National Science Foundation, 06/30/2011 - 07/01/2015. Total project budget to date: $242,755.00
  • Reductions in urban outdoor water use as an adaptation to rising temperatures and declining water supplies in southern California. PI: D.E. Pataki. Co-PI(s): S. Pincetl, T. Hogue. California Energy Commission PIER, 04/01/2010 - 03/31/2012. Total project budget to date: $199,737.00
  • Dynamics of urban ecosystem services and their relationship to ecohydrology: Exploratory study for a Los Angeles Urban Long-term Research Site (LA-ULTRA). PI: S. Pincetl. Co-PI(s): C. Boone, T. Hogue, D.E. Pataki. National Science Foundation, 04/01/2010 - 03/31/2012. Total project budget to date: $299,429.00
  • Forest-Atmosphere Carbon Transfer and Storage (FACTS-1). PI: R. Oren. U.S. Dept. of Energy, 12/01/2009 - 11/30/2012. Total project budget to date: $66,068.00
  • Collaborative Research: Toward a biogeography of urban forests. PI: D.E. Pataki. Co-PI(s): G.D. Jenerette, S. Pincetl, T. Gillespie. National Science Foundation, 09/01/2009 - 08/31/2012. Total project budget to date: $204,204.00
  • Creating sustainability indicators to assess the physical, social, and economic values of greening cities. PI: J.D. Saphores. Co-PI(s): D.E. Pataki, S. Pinctel, S. Saatchi. EPA, 05/01/2007 - 08/31/2010. Total project budget to date: $0.00
  • Distinguishing between greenhouse gas emissions from cropland, animal operations, and urban land cover with isotopic tracers. PI: D.E. Pataki. Co-PI(s): S. Tyler, S. Trumbore. USDA, 01/01/2007 - 12/31/2010. Total project budget to date: $499,276.00
  • Collaborative Research: A study in the dynamics of human behavior in institutional innovation and learning. PI: S. Pincetl. Co-PI(s): S. Saatchi, D.E. Pataki, J.D. Saphores. National Science Foundation, 09/01/2006 - 10/31/2010. Total project budget to date: $748,712.00
  • The spatial distribution of isotopic tracers in urban organic matter: understanding multiple and confounding effects of human activities on urban vegetation. PI: D.E. Pataki. National Science Foundation, 08/01/2006 - 01/31/2010. Total project budget to date: $299,914.00
  • Controls on C and N cycling in a Southern California urban turfgrass ecosystem” Kearney Foundation of Soil Science. PI: D.E Pataki. Kearney Foundation of Soil Science, 01/01/2006 - 12/31/2006. Total project budget to date: $39,951.00
  • Acquisition of capability for single-compound AMS measurement of organic matter at the W.M. Keck Carbon Cycle Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Facility at UC Irvine. PI: E. Druffel. Co-PI(s): J. Southon, K. Treseder, S.Trumbore, D.E> Pataki. National Science Foundation, 11/01/2005 - 10/31/2008. Total project budget to date: $411,163.00
  • Urban trace-gas emissions study (UTES): Interactions between canopy processes, anthropogenic emissions, and social institutions in the Salt Lake Valley, Utah. PI: D.E. Pataki. Co-PI(s): P. Emmi, C. Forster, J. Klewicki, T.R. Peterson. National Science Foundation, 09/01/2002 - 02/28/2007. Total project budget to date: $1,498,173.00
  • Support of the GCTE Focus 1 Office (Ecosystem Processes in Biogeochemical Cycles)”, . PI: J.R. Ehleringer. Co-PI(s): D.E. Pataki. NASA, 02/01/2002 - 12/31/2003. Total project budget to date: $170,660.00
  • Tracing carbon in elevated CO2 experiments: A workshop on isotopic analyses of where the carbon is going. PI: D. Ellsworth. Co-PI(s): D.E. Pataki. U.S. Department of Energy, 01/01/2001 - 01/01/2002. Total project budget to date: $19,774.00