Andy Suyker

Andy Suyker

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Title Micrometeorologist
Address 806 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0968
Phone 402-472-2168
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail asuyker1@unl.edu
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Hi, I'm Andy Suyker, research professor of micrometeorology in the School of Natural Resources.

My research interests include the exchanges of carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapor in key agricultural and natural ecosystems. My work has quantified the seasonal and inter-annual variability of net ecosystem CO2 exchange and evapotranspiration, in irrigated and rain-fed maize-soybean cropping systems. I regularly collaborate with scientists in other disciplines at UNL and other institutions, to advance our knowledge of the carbon and water cycles and global climate change.

My appointment is 100% within SNR: 60% research and 40% scholarly service. I conduct research on the exchange of carbon dioxide, water vapor, and energy as part of the Carbon Sequestration Program (CSP) at three research sites at the Agricultural Research and Development Center in Mead, Nebraska.

My scholarly service work has provided me an opportunity to present our information on measured CO2 and water vapor fluxes at our study sites in Nebraska to a national archive. In response to individual requests, I provide data to scientists locally, nationally and internationally, for a variety of research applications related to the global carbon cycle and climate change.

In the fall semester I regularly present an instrument demonstration lecture on micrometerological instrumentation in NRES 408/808 "Microclimate: The Biological Environment." In addition, I serve as the faculty advisor for the UNL Club Hockey Team.

Selected Publications

Avery, W., Finkenbiner, C., Franz, T., Wang, T., Nguy-Robertson, A., Munoz-Arriola, F., Suyker, A., Arkebauer, T. 2016. Incorporation of globally available datasets into the cosmic-ray neutron probe method for estimating field scale soil water content. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 20,:3859-3872. Online
Balzarolo, M., Vicca, S., Nguy-Robertson, A., Bonal, D., Elbers, J. A., Fu, Y. H., Grünwald, T., Horemans, J., Papale, D., Peńuelas, J., Suyker, A., Veroustraete, F. 2016. Matching the phenology of Net Ecosystem Exchange and vegetation indices estimated with MODIS and FLUXNET in-situ observations. Remote Sensing of Environment, 174:290-300. Online
Cochran, F. V., Brunsell, N. A., Suyker, A. 2016. A Thermodynamic Approach for Assessing Agroecosystem Sustainability. Ecological Indicators, 67:204-214. Online
Hidy, D., Barcza, Z., Marjanovic, H., Ostrogovic Sever, M. Z., Dobor, L., Gelybó, G., Fodor, N., Pintér, K., Churkina, G., Running, S., Thornton, P., Bellocchi, G., Haszpra, L., Horvath, F., Suyker, A., Nagy, Z. 2016. Terrestrial Ecosystem Process Model Biome-BGCMuSo: Summary of improvements and new modeling possibilities. Geoscientific Model Development Discussions, 9(12):4405-4437. Online
Hornbuckle, B. K., Patton, J. C., VanLoocke, A., Suyker, A., Roby, M. C., Walker, V. A., Iyer, E. R., Herzmann, D. E., Endacott, E. A. 2016. SMOS optical thickness changes in response to the growth and development of crops, crop management, and weather. Remote Sensing of Environment, 180:320-333. Online
Lokupitiya, E., Denning, A. S., Schaefer, K., Ricciuto, D., Anderson, R., Arain, M. A., Baker, I., Barr, A. G., Chen, G., Chen, J. M., Ciais, P., Cook, D. R., Dietze, M., El Maayar, M., Fischer, M., Grant, R., Hollinger, D., Izaurralde, C., Jain, A., Kucharik, C., Li, Z., Liu, S., Li, L., Matamala, R., Peylin, P., Price, D., Running, S. W., Sahoo, A., Sprintsin, M., Suyker, A., Tian, H., Tonitto, C., Torn, M., Verbeeck, H., Verma, S. B., Xue, Y. (2016). Carbon and energy fluxes in cropland ecosystems: a model-data comparison. Biogeochemistry, 129(1):53-76. Online
Nguy-Robertson, A., Brinley-Buckley, E., Suyker, A., Awada, T. N. 2016. Determining factors that impact the calibration of consumer-grade digital cameras used for vegetation analysis. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 37(14):3365-3383. Online
Petrie, M. D., Brunsell, N. A., Vargas, R., Collins, S. L., Flanagan, L. B., Hanan, N. P., Litvak, M. E., Suyker, A. 2016. The sensitivity of carbon exchanges in Great Plains grasslands to precipitation variability. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, 121(2):280-294. Online
Shao, J., Zhou, X., Luo, Y., Li, B., Aurela, M., Billesbach, D., Blanken, P. D., Bracho, R., Chen, J., Fischer, M., Fu, Y., Gu, L., Han, S., He, Y., Kolb, T., Li, Y., Nagy, Z., Niu, S., Oechel, W. C., Pinter, K., Shi, P., Suyker, A., Torn, M., Varlagin, A., Wang, H., Yan, J., Yu, G., Zhang, J. 2016. Direct and indirect effects of climatic variations on the interannual variability in net ecosystem exchange across terrestrial ecosystems. Tellus B, 68. Online
Zhao, L., Lee, X., Suyker, A., Xuefa, W. 2016. Influence of Leaf Area Index on the Radiometric Resistance to Heat Transfer. Boundary Layer Meteorology, 158(1):105-123. Online
Sakamoto, T., A.A. Gitelson, A.L. Nguy-Robertson, T.J. Arkebauer, B.D. Wardlow, A.E. Suyker, S.B. Verma, & M. Shibayama, (2012) An alternative method using digital cameras for continuous monitoring of crop status. Agriculture and Forest Meteorology. 154-155: 113-126. Online
Irmak, (Kilic) A., R.K. Singh, E. Walter-Shea, S.B. Verma and A.E. Suyker. 2011. Comp. and Anal. Empirical Equ. for Soil Heat Flux for Different Cropping Sys. and Irrig. Methods. Trans. ASABE. 54(1): 67-
Singh, R.K., A. Irmak (Kilic), E. Walter-Shea, S.B. Verma and A.E. Suyker. 2011. Spectral data-based estimation of soil heat flux. Transactions of the ASABE 54(5): 1589-1597. Online
Arkebauer, T.J., E.A. Walter-Shea, M.A. Mesarch, A.E.Suyker, S.B. Verma. 2009. Scaling up of CO2 fluxes from leaf to canopy in maize-based agroecosystems. Agro. For. Meteo. doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2009.04.013 Online
Gitelson, A.A., Vina, A., Masek J.G., Verma, S. B., and A. E. Suyker. 2008. Synoptic Monitoring of Gross Primary Productivity of Maize Using Landsat Data, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 5(2) 10.1109/LGRS.2008.915598. Online
Grant, R.F., T.J. Arkebauer, A. Dobermann, K.G. Hubbard, T.T. Schimelfenig, A.E. Suyker, S.B. Verma, and D.T. Walters. 2007. Net biome productivity of irrigated and rain fed maize-soybean rotations: Modeling vs. measurements. Agron. J. 99(6):1404-1423.
Gitelson, A. A., A. Vina, S. B. Verma, D. C. Rundquist, T. J. Arkebauer, G. Keydan, B. Leavitt, V. Ciganda, G. G. Burba, and A. E. Suyker. 2006. Relationship between gross primary production and chlorophyll content in crops: Implications for the synoptic monitoring of vegetation productivity. J. Geophys. Res., 111, D08S11, doi:10.1029/2005JD006017. Online
S.B. Verma, A. Dobermann, K.G. Cassman, D.T. Walters, J.M. Knops, T.J. Arkebauer, A.E. Suyker, G.G. Burba, B. Amos, H. Yang, D. Ginting, K.G. Hubbard, A.A. Gitelson, and E.A. Walter-Shea. 2005. Annual carbon dioxide exchange in irrigated and rainfed maize-based agroecosystems. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 131: 77-96 Online
Shashi B. Verma, Achim Dobermann, Kenneth G. Cassman, Daniel T. Walters, Johannes M. Knops, Timothy J. Arkebauer, Andrew E. Suyker, Georfe G. Burba, Brigid Amos, Haishun Yang, Daniel Ginting, Kenneth G. Hubbard, Anatoly A. Gitelson and Elizabeth A. Walter-Shea. 2005. Annual carbon dioxide exchange in irrigated and rainfed maize-based agroecosystems. Agricultureal and Forest Meteorology. 131: 77-96. Online
Hanan, N.P., J.A. Berry, S.B. Verma, E.A. Walter-Shea, A.E. Suyker, G.G. Burba and A.S. Denning. 2005. Model analyses of biosphere-atmosphere exchanges of CO2, water and energy from Great Plains tallgrass prairie and wheat sites, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 131: 162-179.
Gitelson, A. A., S. B. Verma, A. Vina, D. C. Rundquist, G. Keydan, B. Leavitt, T. J. Arkebauer, G. G. Burba, and A. E. Suyker. 2003. Novel technique for remote estimation of CO2 flux in maize, Geophys. Res. Lett. 30(9):1486, doi:10.1029/2002GL016543 Online
Nguy-Robertson, A., Buckley, E.M., Suyker, A., Awada, T. N. 2016. Determining factors that impact the calibration of consumer-grade digital cameras used for vegetation analysis. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 37:3365-3383. Online
Xin, Q., Gong, P., Suyker, A., Si, Y. 2016. Effects of the partitioning of diffuse and direct solar radiation on satellite-based modeling of crop gross primary production. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. 50:51-63. Online

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Applied Climate and Spatial Science

Affiliations (index)

Notable Websites

Areas of Interest

  • Climate Change
  • Carbon Flux
  • Carbon Cycle, Sequestration
  • Microclimate
  • Evapotranspiration

Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant Title Long-Term Maize-Based Agro-Ecosystem Core Sites as Part of the AmeriFlux Management Project Network (additional funds)
Starting Date 2/17/2017
Principal Investigators
Andy Suyker
Co-PIs
Tim Arkebauer
Trenton Franz
Anatoly Gitelson
Art Zygielbaum
Ending Date 9/30/2020
Funding Level $93,000.00
Funding Source UC-Berkeley National Lab

 
Grant Title Great Plains Agroecosystems Carbon Flux
Starting Date 9/1/2016
Principal Investigators
Tala Awada
Co-PIs
Erickson, Galen
Andy Suyker
Ending Date 8/31/2020
Funding Level $40,000.00
Funding Source USDA - ARS

 
Grant Title Carbon Flux from Great Plains Agroecosystems Associated with the ARS LTAR Network (Additional Funding)
Starting Date 2/19/2016
Principal Investigators
Tala Awada
Co-PIs
Andy Suyker
Ending Date 8/31/2020
Funding Level $100,000.00
Funding Source USDA-ARS

 
Grant Title Carbon Flux from Great Plains Agroecosystems Associated with the ARS LTAR Network
Starting Date 9/1/2015
Principal Investigators
Tala Awada
Co-PIs
Galen Erickson
Andy Suyker
Ending Date 8/31/2020
Funding Level $80,000.00
Funding Source U. S. Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service

 
Grant Title Long-Term Maize-Based Agro-Ecosystem Core Sites as Part of the AmeriFlux Management Project Network (additional funds)
Starting Date 3/9/2014
Principal Investigators
Andy Suyker
Co-PIs
Timothy Arkebauer
Humberto Blanco
Trenton Franz
Anatoly Gitelson
Ken Hubbard
Adam Liska
Elizabeth (Betty) Walter-Shea
Haishun Yang
Art Zygielbaum
Ending Date 9/30/2016
Funding Level $112,399.00
Funding Source University of California-Berkeley National Lab

 
Grant Title Long-Term Maize-Based Agro-Ecosystem Core Sites as Part of the AmeriFlux Management Project Network
Starting Date 3/9/2014
Principal Investigators
Andy Suyker
Co-PIs
Timothy Arkebauer
Humberto Blanco
Trenton Franz
Anatoly Gitelson
Ken Hubbard
Adam Liska
Elizabeth (Betty) Walter-Shea
Haishun Yang
Art Zygielbaum
Ending Date 9/30/2016
Funding Level $112,399.00
Funding Source University of California-Berkeley National Lab

 
Grant Title Mercury Deposit Network
Starting Date 10/1/2013
Principal Investigators
Andy Suyker
Ending Date 9/30/2018
Funding Level $32,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

 
Grant Title Great Lakes Evaporation
Starting Date 5/1/2011
Principal Investigators
John Lenters
Co-PIs
Andy Suyker
Ending Date 8/31/2011
Funding Level $29,992.00
Funding Source University of Michigan

 
Grant Title Carbon Sequestration in Dryland and Irrigated Agroecosystems? Qualifications at Different Scale for Improved Prediction
Starting Date 9/15/2009
Principal Investigators
Shashi Verma
Co-PIs
Daniel Walters
Kenneth Cassman
Timothy Arkebauer
Ken Hubbard
Jean Knops
Andy Suyker
Ending Date 9/14/2010
Funding Level $78,750.00
Funding Source US Department of Energy

 
Grant Title Carbon Sequestration in Dryland
Starting Date 9/3/2009
Principal Investigators
Shashi Verma
Co-PIs
Timothy Arkebauer
Daniel Walters
Jean Knops
Kenneth Cassman
Ken Hubbard
Andy Suyker
Ending Date 9/14/2010
Funding Level $236,250.00
Funding Source US Department of Energy

 
Grant Title A Satellite-Based Quantification of Carbon Exchange of the Cominant Ecosystem (Maize-Soybean) in the NACP Mid-Continent Intensive (MCI) Region
Starting Date 4/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Anatoly Gitelson
Co-PIs
Shashi Verma
Andy Suyker
Ending Date 3/31/2010
Funding Level $180,101.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 
Grant Title Satelite Based Carbon Exchange (Maize Soybeans)
Starting Date 4/1/2008
Principal Investigators
Anatoly Gitelson
Co-PIs
Shashi Verma
Andy Suyker
Ending Date 3/31/2011
Funding Level $216,622.00
Funding Source National Aeronautics and Space Administration/Stennis

 

Graduate Program(s)

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • Bio-Atmospheric Interactions

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • Bio-Atmospheric Interactions

Courses Taught
Course Number Course Title Fall Even Years Fall Odd Years Spring Even Years Spring Odd Years Summer Session Cross Listing
GEOG 408 Microclimate: The Biological Environment X X AGRO/GEOG/HORT/METR/NRES/WATS 408/808
GEOG 808 Microclimate: The Biological Environment X X AGRO/GEOG/HORT/METR/NRES/WATS 408/808
NRES 408 Microclimate: The Biological Environment X X AGRO/GEOG/HORT/METR/NRES/WATS 408/808
NRES 808 Microclimate: The Biological Environment X X AGRO/GEOG/HORT/METR/NRES/WATS 408/808
WATS 408 Microclimate: The Biological Environment X X AGRO/GEOG/HORT/METR/NRES/WATS 408/808