Katerina Georgiou

Lawrence Postdoctoral Fellow
Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division
Email: georgiou1@llnl.gov
Phone: +19254229667

Research Interests

Biogeochemistry | Soil Carbon Modeling | Microbial Dynamics | Numerical Methods | Chemical Kinetics


  • Postdoc in Earth System Science, Stanford University, 2018–2020
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2018
  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2012

Awards and Honors

  • Lawrence Research Fellow, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 2020–present
  • USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, 2018–2020
  • DOE SCGSR Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2017–2018
  • NSF GRFP Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, 2013–2018
  • Best Overall Student Oral Presentation, 6th International Symposium on SOM, Harpenden, UK, 2017
  • Graduate Division Travel Grant, University of California at Berkeley, 2017
  • UC Berkeley Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award (<10% of Instructors), Fall 2016
  • UC Berkeley Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award (<10% of Instructors), Spring 2014 
  • Graduate Division Travel Grant, University of California at Berkeley, 2015
  • Cargill Chemical Engineering Award and Scholarship, University of Minnesota, 2011–2012 
  • Paula Zoromski Memorial Scholarship, University of Minnesota, 2010–2012
  • H. Ted Davis Chemical Engineering Award and Scholarship, University of Minnesota, 2010–2011


  • Walker A. P., Bastos A., De Kauwe M. G., Georgiou K., McMahon S., et al. Integrating evidence for CO2 fertilization of the terrestrial carbon sink. Tansley Review in New Phytologist, 2020.
  • Wieder W. R., Pierson D., Earl S., Lajtha K., Baer S., Ballantyne F., Berhe A. A., Billings S., Brigham L. M., Chacon S. S., Fraterrigo J., Frey S. D., Georgiou K., et al. SoDaH: the SOils DAta Harmonization database, an open-source synthesis of soil data from research networks, version 1.0, Earth Syst. Sci. Data Discuss, 2020.
  • Billings S.A., Lajtha K., Malhotra A., Berhe A.A., de Graaff M.-A., Earl S., Fraterrigo J., Georgiou K., Grandy A.S., Hobbie S.E., et al. Soil organic carbon is not just for soil scientists: Measurement recommendations for diverse practitioners. Ecological Applications, (in press). 
  • Dwivedi D., Tang J., Bouskill N. J., Georgiou K., Chacon S., & Riley W. J. Abiotic and biotic controls on soil organo-mineral interactions: Developing model structures to analyze why soil organic matter persists. Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry (2019).
  • Abramoff R. Z., Torn M. S., Georgiou K., Tang J., Riley W. J. Spatial gradients can hide temperature sensitivity of soil organic matter stocks. Global Biogeochemical Cycles (2019).
  • Sulman B., Moore J., Abramoff R. Z., Averill C., Georgiou K., Kivlin S., Sridhar B., Hartman M., Wang G., Wieder W., Bradford M., Luo Y., Mayes M., Morrison E., Riley W. J., Salazar A., Schimel J., Tang J. Classen A. Multiple models and experiments underscore large uncertainty in soil carbon dynamics. Biogeochemistry, 141(2), 109-123 (2018).
  • Georgiou K., Harte J., Mesbah A., Riley W. J. A method of alternating characteristics with application to advection-dominated environmental systems. Computational Geosciences, 22(3), 851-865 (2018).
  • Castanha C., Zhu B., Hicks Pries C. E., Georgiou K., Torn M. S. The effects of heating, rhizosphere, and depth on root litter decomposition are mediated by soil moisture. Biogeochemistry, 137: 267 (2018).
  • Georgiou K., Abramoff R. Z., Harte J., Riley W. J., Torn M. S. Microbial community-level regulation explains carbon responses to long-term litter manipulations. Nature Communications, 8: 1223, 1-10 (2017). + Highlighted in Complex Systems Research Collection: Ecology and Evolution
  • Rammensee S., Kang M. S., Georgiou K., Kumar S., Schaffer D. V. Dynamics of Mechanosensitive Neural Stem Cell Differentiation. Stem Cells, 35, 497-506 (2017).
  • Luo Y., Ahlström A., Allison S., Batjes N., Bonan G., Brovkin V., Carvalhais N., Chappell A., Ciais P., Davidson E., Finzi A., Georgiou K., Hararuk O., Harden J., et al. Towards More Realistic Projections of Soil Carbon Dynamics by Earth System Models. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 30, 40-56 (2016).
  • Wieder W., Allison S., Davidson E., Georgiou K., Hararuk O., He Y., Hopkins F., Luo Y., Smith M., Sulman B., Todd-Brown K., Wang Y. P., Xia J., Xu X. Explicitly Representing Soil Microbial Processes in Earth System Models. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 29, 1782-1800 (2015).
  • Georgiou K., Koven C., Riley W. J., Torn M. S. Towards improved model structures for analyzing priming: potential pitfalls of using bulk turnover time. Global Change Biology, 21, 4298-2302 (2015)
  • Koven C., Chambers J., Georgiou K., Knox R., Negron-Juarez R., Riley W. J., Arora V., Brovkin V., Friedlingstein P., Jones C. Controls on terrestrial carbon feedbacks by productivity versus turnover in the CMIP5 Earth System Models. Biogeosciences, 12, 5211-5228 (2015).
  • Pangburn, T.O., Georgiou, K., Bates, F.S., and Kokkoli, E. Targeted Polymersome Delivery of siRNA Induces Cell Death of Breast Cancer Cells Dependent upon Orai3 Protein Expression, Langmuir, 28, 12816-12830 (2012).
  • Georgiou K. and Georgiou T. T. Graceful switching in hybrid models. IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 3882-3884 (2009).