McKenzie Kuhn Ph.D.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
McKenzie Kuhn

Dr. Kenzie Kuhn synthesizes and analyzes field data related to carbon fluxes from northern wetlands and lakes. Her research investigates which environmental and climatic factors influence carbon emissions at local and regional scales. Dr. Kuhn’s work contributes to the Arctic-Boreal Carbon Flux synthesis database.

Dr. Kuhn is experienced in many aspects of Arctic-boreal biogeochemistry and carbon cycling, including field studies, data synthesis, and upscaling. She first started working in the Arctic as a Polaris student in 2014. Her experiences in Russia inspired her to continue to work in Arctic ecosystems, and to pursue a Fulbright scholarship in northern Sweden and a Ph.D. in Canada. Her Ph.D. work examining carbon emissions from northern lakes was featured as an editor’s choice article in American Geophysical Union’s EOS journal.

Dr. Kuhn grew up in western Colorado and loves to spend her free time outdoors kayaking, cycling, and hiking.

Selected Publications

BAWLD-CH4: a comprehensive dataset of methane fluxes from boreal and arctic ecosystems

Kuhn, M.A., R.K. Varner, D. Bastviken, et al. (2021). Earth System Science Data.


Opposing effects of climate and permafrost thaw on CH4 and CO2 emissions from northern lakes

Kuhn, M.A., L.M. Thompson, J.C. Winder, et al. (2021). AGU Advances.


Emissions from thaw ponds largely offset the carbon sink of northern permafrost wetlands

Kuhn, M., E.J. Lundin, R. Giesler, M. Johansson, & J. Karlsson (2018). Scientific Reports.