Dr. Poulter is a Research Scientist in the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory in the Earth Science Division at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, USA, and an Adjunct Associate Research Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland. He received his PhD in 2005 from Duke University in North Carolina, USA, studying ecosystem dynamics of wetland systems.
As a Marie Curie Fellow, he worked at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK, 2006-2009) and the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL (2009-2011), and then worked as a Post-Doctoral Scientist at Le Laboratoire des sciences du climat et 'environnement (LSCE, 2011-2013). His research team applies remote sensing and dynamic global vegetation modeling to understand
i) the role of secondary forests in the carbon cycle
ii) wetlands as the driver for renewed growth in atmospheric methane concentrations, and
iii) climate mitigation and trade-offs from Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS).
He was a Contributing Author to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the US Carbon Cycle Science Program 2nd State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR-2), and to the Global Carbon Project carbon and methane budgets, and currently serves on the Editorial Boards for PLOS ONE and Global Ecology and Biogeography.