Prasad S. Kasibhatla

Prasad S. Kasibhatla

Professor of Environmental Chemistry

EEH Program Chair

The overarching theme of my research is to develop a fundamental and quantitative understanding of the factors that determine the chemical composition of the atmosphere. I am particularly interested in delineating natural and anthropogenic impacts on the chemical composition of the atmosphere, and in exploring the potential for these impacts to affect natural ecosystems. My research involves the use of numerical models in conjunction with remote and insitu measurements of atmospheric composition.

In The News


Austin, KG, Harris, NL, Wijaya, A, Murdiyarso, D, Harvey, T, Stolle, F, and Kasibhatla, PS. "A review of land-based greenhouse gas flux estimates in Indonesia." Environmental Research Letters 13, no. 5 (May 1, 2018). (Review)
Austin, KG, Mosnier, A, Pirker, J, McCallum, I, Fritz, S, and Kasibhatla, PS. "Shifting patterns of oil palm driven deforestation in Indonesia and implications for zero-deforestation commitments." Land Use Policy 69 (December 2017): 41-48.
Andela, N, Morton, DC, Giglio, L, Chen, Y, van der Werf, GR, Kasibhatla, PS, DeFries, RS, Collatz, GJ, Hantson, S, Kloster, S, Bachelet, D, Forrest, M, Lasslop, G, Li, F, Mangeon, S, Melton, JR, Yue, C, and Randerson, JT. "A human-driven decline in global burned area." Science (New York, N.Y.) 356, no. 6345 (June 2017): 1356-1362.
Austin, KG, Lee, ME, Clark, C, Forester, BR, Urban, DL, White, L, Kasibhatla, PS, and Poulsen, JR. "An assessment of high carbon stock and high conservation value approaches to sustainable oil palm cultivation in Gabon." Environmental Research Letters 12, no. 1 (January 5, 2017): 014005-014005.
van der Werf, GR, Randerson, JT, Giglio, L, van Leeuwen, TT, Chen, Y, Rogers, BM, Mu, M, van Marle, MJE, Morton, DC, Collatz, GJ, Yokelson, RJ, and Kasibhatla, PS. "Global fire emissions estimates during 1997–2016." Earth System Science Data 9, no. 2 (2017): 697-720.

Recent Grants


ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
ENVIRON 739: Atmospheric Chemistry: From Air Pollution to Climate Change (ENVIRON 739: Atmospheric Chemistry: From Air Pollution to Climate Change)
ENVIRON 898: Program Area Seminar (ENVIRON 898: Program Area Seminar)
ENVIRON 899: Master's Project (ENVIRON 899: Master's Project)
ENVIRON 997: Duke Environmental Leadership: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 997: Duke Environmental Leadership: Independent Studies and Projects)

Contact Information

Room 5114, Environment Hall, 9 Circuit Drive, Duke University
Durham, NC 27708
Box 90328
Durham, NC 27708-0328


Ph.D., University of Kentucky at Lexington (1988)
M.S., University of Kentucky at Lexington (1984)
B.S., University of Bombay, St. Xavier College (1982)