Paul Stoy

Position title: Associate Professor


Phone: (406) 600-3577

209 Agricultural Engineering Building
460 Henry Mall
Madison, WI 53706

Stoy headshot

Twitter – @paulstoy


Program Affiliations

Biological Systems Engineering

Education and Certificates

  • B.A. 2001 – Zoology and Botany, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Ph.D. 2006 – Ecology, Duke University

Fields of Interest

  • Surface-atmosphere exchange
  • ecosystem ecology
  • natural resource management


Please see

  • Stoy PC, El-Madany T, Fisher JB, Gentine P, Gerken T, Good SP, Klosterhalfen A, Liu S, Miralles DG, Perez-Priego O, Rigden AJ, Skaggs TH, Wohlfahrt G, Anderson RG, Coenders-Gerrits AMJ, Jung M, Maes WH, Mammarella I, Mauder M, Migliavacca M, Nelson JA, Poyatos R, Reichstein M, Scott RL, Wolf S (2019) Reviews and syntheses: Turning the challenges of partitioning ecosystem evaporation and transpiration into opportunities. Biogeosciences. DOI: 10.5194/bg-2019-85.
  • Fu Z, Stoy PC, Poulter B, Gerken T, Zhang Z, Wakbulcho G, Niu S (2019) Maximum carbon uptake rate dominates the interannual variability of net ecosystem exchange. Global Change Biology. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14731
  • Stoy, P., Ahmed, S., Jarchow, M., Rashford, B., Swanson, D., Albeke, S., Bromley, G., Brookshire, E. N. J., ., Dixon, M. D., … Poulter, B. (2018) Opportunities and Trade-offs among BECCS and the Food, Water, Energy, Biodiversity, and Social Systems Nexus at Regional Scales. Bioscience: v. 68 i. 2 p. 100-111
  • Gerken, T., Bromley, G. T., Stoy, P. (2018) Surface moistening trends in the northern North American Great Plains increase the likelihood of convective initiation. Journal of Hydrometeorology: v. 19 p. 227-244
  • Gerken, T., Bromley, G. T., Ruddell, B. L., Williams, S., Stoy, P. (2018) Convective suppression before and during the United States Northern Great Plains flash drought of 2017. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences: v. 22 i. 8 p. 4155-4163
  • Tang, A., Stoy, P., Hirata, R., Musin, K., Aeries, E., Wenceslaus, J., Melling, L. (2018) Eddy covariance measurements of methane flux at a tropical peat forest in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. Geophysical Research Letters: v. 45 p. 4390-4399
  • Stoy, P. (2018) Deforestation intensifies hot days. Nature Climate Change: v. 8 i. 5 p. 366-368
  • Stoy, P., Peitsch, E., Wood, D., Rottinghaus, D., Wohlfahrt, G., Goulden, M., Ward, H. (2018) On the exchange of sensible and latent heat between the atmosphere and melting snow. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology: v. 252 p. 167-174
  • Gerken, T., Ruddell, B. L., Fuentes, J. D., Araújo, A., Brunsell, N. A., Maia, J., Manzi, A., Mercer, J., dos Santos, R. N., … Stoy, P. (2018) Investigating the mechanisms responsible for the lack of surface energy balance closure in a central Amazonian tropical rainforest. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology: v. 255 p. 92-103
  • Long, J. A., Stoy, P., Gerken, T. (2018) Tornado seasonality in the southeastern United States. Weather and Climate Extremes: v. 20 p. 81-91
  • Novick, K. A., Ficklin, D. L., Stoy, P., Williams, C. A., Bohrer, G., Oishi, A Christopher, ., Papuga, S. A., Blanken, P. D., Noormets, A., … others, . (2016) The increasing importance of atmospheric demand for ecosystem water and carbon fluxes. Nature Climate Change: v. 6 p. 1023–1027
  • Vick, E. S., Stoy, P., Tang, A. C., Gerken, T. (2016) The surface-atmosphere exchange of carbon dioxide, water, and sensible heat across a dryland wheat-fallow rotation. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment: v. 232 p. 129–140
    Awards and Honors
  • Highly Cited Researcher (2018), Clarivate Analytics
    Outstanding Editor Award, Biogeosciences
    Humboldt Research Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
    Marie Curie Fellowship, European Union/European Commission

Research Projects

  • The role of ecosystem management on boundary layer development and precipitation in the Northern Plains, NSF.
  • The future of US forest function under changing climate, disturbance, and forest management, National Science Foundation, NSF.
  • Remote technologies for precision agriculture in wheat agroecosystems, Montana Wheat & Barley Committee.