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At the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto
(Photo courtesy by J Nam)

Adress: 805 Sherbrooke St. W. Suite 705 Montréal, QC H3A 0B9, Canada
Phone: (514) 398-4111
Fax: (514) 398-7437
Email: youngil.kim@mail.mcgill.ca

Youngil Kim

M.Sc., Seoul National University; Ph.D., McGill University

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Geography, McGill University and
Global Environmental and Climate Change Centre (GEC3)

I am a postdoctoral fellow under the supervision of Prof. Nigel Roulet in Department of Geography at McGill University. My research has been focusing on understanding the changes in greenhouse gas exchange due to the natural and anthropogenic disturbances including climate and land cover changes in the terrestial ecosystems such as temperate and boreal forests, grasslands, and peatlands.


Step into Ecosystem Sciences

In my childhood, I had been most of the time in the hometown of my mother that is a rural village near Mt. Sorac in eastern part of Korea. I loved the landscapes covered by small mountrains, rice paddies, and streams and all animals, trees, and flowers. I was grown up with a hope to be a biologist who seeking cuirosity about the nature and a wish to keep in touch with beautiful motherland of nature. They are solid motivation in my school years to stick my mind in doing sciences. Now I am studying ecosystem sciences (more specifically ecosystem ecology) looking at ecological processes between biological and environmental interactions over the globe. The fields I am interested in within ecosystem sciences are biogeochemisry, landscape ecology, and hydrology.


- My resaerch interests lie in the areas of biogeochemical cycles, eco-hydrological modelling, landscape ecology. The specific subjects of the research are: 

1) The biogeochemistry of carbon and nitrogen in terrestrial ecosystems
2) Terrestrial carbon and nitrogen dynamics associated with climate and land cover changes
3) Experimental and model-based research on greenhouse gas fluxes and dissolved carbon and nitrogen from terrestrial ecosystems
4)  Landscape or regional modelling of carbon and nitrogen exchange using geographic information system and remote sensing data
5) Characterization of landscape formation and ecosystem attributions (e.g., topography and leaf area) to affect terrestial biogeochemistry

- Modelling greenhouse gas exchanges from the reservoir surface and improving an existing reservoir model for reservoir carbon exchange are the major subjects as my postdoctoral research. The study area is the Eastmain-1 reservoir in Northern Québec, Canada (See photos in the field) which completed in 2006.
- Tasks for my PhD were developing an ecosystem model for carbon cycling of reservoirs and simulating carbon flux from a hydroelectric reservoir in the boreal biome (same site as for the postdoctoral study). These tasks produced my Ph.D. thesis (Kim Y. 2011. Modeling and experimental analysis of carbon exchange from artificially flooded boreal forest and peatland ecosystems. Ph.D. Thesis. McGill University, Montreal, Canada) and prepared four manuscripts to be submitted to journals. Electronic file of my thesis (pdf format) is available upon your request.
- I have investigated carbon cycling in forest ecosystems in the cool-temperate zone of Korea to pursue my Master's degree. This study have conducted to know the variablity of the forest productivity and the main factors that affect the productivity. These worked produced my M.Sc. thesis (Kim Y. 2006. Annual growth of standing biomass estimated with tree-ring data and biometric equation at a Gwangneung deciduous forest, Korea. M.Sc. Thesis. Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea). Electronic file of this thesis is available upon your request.


Research activities to do main tasks of my research: Laboratory experiments of greemhosue gas flux (left); sampling of field materials (e.g. organic/mineral soils) (center); measurements of the biophysical factors in the ecosystems (right); ecological modelling to simulate nutrient cycling and greenhouse gas exchange from the ecosystems (photo missed)
(Photo courtesy by Y Kim and S Jin)


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Curriculum Vitae

9/2006 - 9/2011 Ph.D., Geography, Department of Geography, McGill University, Canada (Advised by Dr. Nigel T. Roulet)
3/2004 - 2/2006 M.Sc. (Master of City Planning, Specialty in Environmental Sciences), Department of Environmental Planning, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Seoul National University, South Korea (Advised by Dr. Dowon Lee)
3/1997 - 2/2004 B.Sc., Department of Life Sciences, Ajou University, South Korea.
(fulfilled military service as the Republic of Korea Army from 9/1998 to 11/2000)

PUBLICATIONS (published or reviewed)
1) Kim, Y., S. Kang, J.-H. Lim, D. Lee, and J. Kim. 2010. Spatial and temporal variations of wood biomass production as related to biotic and abiotic characteristics at a deciduous forest in complex terrain, Korea. Ecological Research 25:757–769.
2) Hwang, T., S. Kang, J. Kim, Y. Kim, D. Lee, and L. Band. 2008. Evaluating drought effect on MODIS Gross Primary Production (GPP) with an ecohydrological model in the mountainous forest, East Asia. Global Change Biology 14:120.
3) Kim, Y., S. Kang, and J. Kim. 2007. Enhancing the reliability of MODIS Gross Primary Productivity (GPP) by improving input data. Korean Journal of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 9:132–139..
4) Kang, S., Y. Kim, and Y.-J. Kim. 2005. Errors of MODIS product of Gross Primary Production by using Data Assimilation Office Meteorological Data. Korean Journal of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 7:171–183 (in Korean with English abstract)

PUBLICATIONS (in progress)
1) Kim, Y., N.T. Roulet, C. Li, S.E. Frolking, I.B. Strachan, C. Peng, Y.T. Prairie, C.R. Teodoru, and A. Tremblay. 2011. Modelling carbon dioxide flux in the newly flooded black spruce forest and peatland ecosystems using a new process-based reservoir model: model development, testing, and sensitivity analysis.
2) Kim, Y., S. Ullah, T.R. Moore, and N.T. Roulet. 2011. Dissolved organic carbon and total dissolved nitrogen production in boreal soils and vegetation: the role of flooding, oxygen concentration, and temperature.
3) Kim, Y., S. Ullah, N.T. Roulet, and T.R. Moore. 2011. Carbon dioxide and methane production in boreal soils and vegetation: effects of flooding, oxygen concentration, and temperature.
4) Kim, Y., N.T. Roulet, C. Peng, C. Li, S.E. Frolking, I.B. Strachan, and A. Tremblay. 2011. Multi-year carbon dioxide flux simulations of mature Canadian black spruce forests and ombrotrophic bogs using Forest-DNDC.

9/2007 - 4/2011 Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography and the McGill School of Environment, McGill University, Canada
- Tutored and graded assignments/exams and assisted computer labs
- Courses engaged in: Environment and Health (GEOG221); Environmental Hydrology (GEOG322); Environmental System (GEOG203); Introductory Geo-information Science (GEOG201); Raster Geo-information Science (GEOG306); The Earth System (GEOG104); The Global Environment (ENVR200); World Environmental Problems (GEOG200)

American Geophysical Union (2007 - Present)
Canadian Geophysical Union (2009 - Present)
Ecological Society of America (2009)
Ecological Society of Korea (2009 - Present)
International Association for Ecology (2005 - Present)

Ecosystem Modelling
- Unix-based models: Biome-BGC, RHESSys
- Windows-based models: DNDC, Forest-DNDC, TRIPLEX
- Stella models
Experimental Skills
- Gas chromatograph analysis: Shimadzu GC-Mini2
- Dissolved carbon and nitrogen analysis: Shimadzu TOC-VCSN
- Measurements of soil respiration and soil water contents and: EGM2 (PP Systems), HydroSense (Cambell Scientific)
- Analysis of canopy structure: LAI-2000 plant canopy analyzer (LI-COR), hemispheric digital images
- Dataloggers: LI-1000 datalogger (LI-COR), temperature, light Intensity, humidity Datalogger (HOBO) Computer Skills
- GIS and remote sensing analysis: ArcMap, ArcInfo, ArcView, ERDAS Imagine, ER Mapper
- Graphic tools: Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, 3D-Max
- Programming: C, C++, IDL, MATLAB
- Statistics: R, SAS, SPSS, S-PLUS
- Office: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access
- Operating systems: Windows, Linux, Solaris
- English (fluent)
- Korean (native)
- Written Chinese (basic)


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Eddy covariance tower installed over the forest landscape in the Eastmain-1 area
(Photo courtesy by Y Kim)

1. See more field photos in the Eastmain-1 area, Québec (Photo courtesy by Y Kim)


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Useful Links

- Amiro, Brian (Department of Soil Science, Univ of Manitoba)
- Black, Andy (Biomteorology and Soil Physics Group of UBC)
- Chen, Jing Ming (Remote Sensing and GIS Lab of Univ of Toronto)
- Grant, Robert (Deaprtment of Renewable Resources, Univ of Alberta)
- Lafluer, Peter (The Blue Lab, Trent Univ)
- Moore, Tim (Department of Geography, McGill Univ)
- Peng, Changhui (Département des Sciences Biologiques, UQAM)
- Roulet, Nigel (Department of Geography, McGill Univ)
- Strachan, Ian (Atmospheric and Environmental Resesarch Lab, McGill Univ)


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Board on the Mer Bleue bog (Photo courtesy by M Wang)
- be curious and courageous on the way to find something!


Last updated: Jan 1, 2012


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