Vincent Gutschick

Chair of the Board
Las Cruces Academy, Inc.
United States

What led you to Earth and Space science?

From an early career in pure chemistry and chemical physics, I developed an interest in the photophysics of photosynthesis, and, nearly simultaneously, in the energy crisis, climate change, and the environmental and energy challenges in human intervention in the global nitrogen cycle.

How long have you been a member of AGU and why did you join?

My records at hand don’t go back far enough, by I recall I joined about 15 years ago. The AGU meetings had greater depth, breadth, and rigor in biogeosciences than the Ecological Society of America, so the AGU became my long-term home as a professional society.

What are you working on now?

I’m the business lead and chair of the board – and a teacher – for a nonprofit private school. I just finished a book chapter on energy balance of leaves and my contribution to a multi-author paper on elevated CO2 effects on plant hydraulic conductivity and its relation to stomatal conductance. I’m finishing my parts as co-author of one paper on remote sensing for plant species identification and of another paper on hydrology of water redistribution in deserts that conditions the persistence of grasses.