Lab publications


  1. Anderson, C.M., R.S. Defries, R. Litterman, P.A. Matson, D.C. Nepstad, S.W. Pacala, W.H. Schlesinger, M.R. Shaw, P. Smith, C. Weber, & C.B. Field (2019). Maximize natural climate solutions—and decarbonize the economy. Science, 363(6430), 933-934, doi: 10.1126/science.aaw2741.
  2. Detto, M., Visser, M.D., Wright, S.J., & S.W. Pacala (2019). Bias in the detection of negative density dependence in plant communities. Ecology Letters, doi: 10.1111/ele.13372.
    Martinez Cano, I., H.C. Muller-Landau, S.J. Wright, S.A. Bohlman, & S.W. Pacala (2019). Tropical tree height and crown allometries for the Barro Colorado Natural Monument, Panama: a comparison of alternative hierarchical models incorporating interspecific variation in relation to life history traits. Biogeosciences, doi: 10.5194/bg-16-847-2019.
  3. Muller‐Landau HC & Visser MD (2019). How do lianas and vines influence competitive differences and niche differences among tree species? Concepts and a case study in a tropical forest. Journal of Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.13119.
  4. Weng, E., R. Dybzinski, C.E. Farrior, & S.W. Pacala (2019). Competition alters predicted forest carbon cycle responses to nitrogen availability and elevated CO2: simulations using an explicitly competitive, game-theoretic vegetation demographic model. Biogeosciences Discussions, doi: 10.5194/bg-2019-55, in review Biogeosciences, 2019.
  5. Zeppel, M., W.R.L. Anderegg, H. Adams, P. Hudson, A. Cook, R. Rumman, D. Eamus, D. Tissue, & S.W. Pacala (2019).  Embolism recovery strategies among species influenced by biogeographic origin and nocturnal stomatal conductance. Ecology and Evolution, doi: 10.1002/ece3.5126.


  1. Alvarez RA, Zavala-Araiza D, Lyon RD, Allen DT, Barkley ZR, Brandt AR, Davis KJ, Herndon SC, Jacob DJ, Karion A, Kort EA, Lamb BK, Lauvaux T, Maasakkers JD, Marchese AJ, Omara M, Pacala SW, Peischl J, Robinson AL, Shepson PB, Sweeney C, Townsend-Small A, Wofsy SC, & Hamburg SP (2018).  Assessment of methane emissions from the U.S. oil and gas supply chain. Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.aar7204

  2. Anderegg, W.R.L, A.G. Konings, A.T. Trugman, K. Yu, D.R. Bowling, R. Gabbitas, D. S. Karp, S.W. Pacala, J.S. Sperry, B.N. Sulman, & N. Zenes (2018). Hydraulic diversity of forests regulates ecosystem resilience during drought. Nature. In press.

  3. Anderegg, W.R.L., A. Wolf, A. Arango-Velez, B Choat, D.J. Chmura, S. Jansen, T. Kolb, S. Li, F. Meinzer, P. Pita, V. Resco de Dios, J.S. Sperry, B.T. Wolfe, & S.W. Pacala (2018). Woody plants optimize stomatal behavior relative to hydraulic risk. Ecology Letters. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12962.

  4. Bartlett, M.K., M. Detto, & S.W. Pacala.  Predicting shifts in the functional composition of tropical forests under increased drought and CO2 from trade-offs among plant hydraulic traits. Ecology Letters. In press.

  5. Bruijning M, Visser MD, Hallmann CA, Jongejans E. (2018). trackdem: Automated particle tracking to obtain population counts and size distributions from videos in R. Methods in Ecology and Evolution DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12975

  6. Cabal C & Rubenstein DI (2018). Above- and below-ground allocation and functional trait response to soil water inputs and drying rates of two common savanna grasses. Journal of Arid Environments. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2018.06.008

  7. Detto M, Wright SJ, Calderón O & Muller-Landau HC. (2018). Resource acquisition and reproductive strategies of tropical forest in response to the El Niño–Southern Oscillation. Nature Communications. DOI:10.1038/s41467-018-03306-9

  8. Hèbert-Dufresne L, Pellegrini AFA, Bhat U, Redner S, Pacala SW, & Berdahl A (2018). Edge fires drive the shape and stability of tropical forests. Ecology Letters, DOI: 10.1111/ele.12942.

  9. Osnas, J.L.D., M. Katabuchi, K. Kitajima, S.J. Wright, P.B. Reich, S.A. Van Bael, N.J.B. Kraft, M.J. Samaniego, S.W. Pacala, & J.W. Lichstein (2018). Divergent drivers of leaf trait variation within species, among species, and among functional groups. PNAS. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1803989115

  10. Pacala, S.W., M. Al-Kaisi, M. Barteau, E. Belmont,..& J. Wilcox (2018).  Negative emissions technologies and reliable sequestration: A research agenda. Committee on Developing a Research Agenda for Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration, The National Academy of Sciences, p. 1-356

  11. Rabin S, Malyshev S, Magi B, Shevliakova E, & Pacala SW (2018). A fire model with distinct crop, pasture, and non-agricultural burning: Use of new data and a model-fitting algorithm for FINALv1, Geoscientific Model Development. DOI: 10.5194/gmd-2017-77

  12. Rüger N, Comita LS, Condit R, Purves D , Rosenbaum B, Visser MD, Joseph Wright S, Wirth C & Salguero‐Gomez R. (2018). Beyond the fast–slow continuum: demographic dimensions structuring a tropical tree community. Ecology Letters. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12974

  13. Trugman, A., M. Detto, M.K. Bartlett, D. Medvigy, W.R.L. Anderegg, C. Schwalm, B. Schaffer, & S.W. Pacala (2018). Tree carbon allocation explains forest drought-kill and recovery patterns. Ecology Letters, doi: 10.1111/ele.13136.

  14. Trugman, A.T., D. Medvigy, W.R.L. Anderegg, & S.W. Pacala (2018).  Differential declines in Alaskan boreal forest vitality related to climate and competition. Global Change Biology, 24(3), 1097-1107, doi: 10.1111/gcb.13952.

  15. Uyehara IK & Pacala SW. (2018). The role of succession in the evolution of flammability. Theoretical Ecology. DOI: 10.1007/s12080-018-0366-3.

  16. Visser MD, Muller‐Landau HC, Schnitzer SA, de Kroon H, Jongejans E & Wright SJ. (2018). A host–parasite model explains variation in liana infestation among co‐occurring tree species. Journal of Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12997


  1. Anderegg WRL, Wolf A, Arango-Velez A, Choat B, Chmura DJ, Jansen S, Kolb T, Li S, Meinzer F, Pita P, Resco de Dios V, Sperry JS, WolfeUpload BT, Pacala SW. (2017). Plant water potential improves prediction of empirical stomatal models. PLOS One DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0185481

  2. Cabal C, Ochoa-Hueso R, Pérez-Corona ME, Manrique E. (2017). Long-term simulated nitrogen deposition alters the plant cover dynamics of a mediterranean rosemary shrubland in central spain through defoliation. Environmental Science and Pollution Research DOI: 10.1007/s11356-017-8879-7

  3. Chou CB, Hedin LO & Pacala SW. (2017). Functional groups, species and light interact with nutrient limitation during tropical rainforest sapling bottleneck. Journal of Ecology DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12823

  4. Christiansona DS, Varadharajana C, Christofferson B, Detto M, Faybishenko BA, Jardine JK, Negron-Juarez R, Gimenez BO, Pastorello GZ, Powell T, Warren J, Wolfe B, Chambers J, Kueppers LM, McDowel NG & Agarwal D. (2017). A metadata reporting framework (FRAMES) for synthesis of ecohydrological observations. Ecological Informatics. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoinf.2017.06.002

  5. Francis EJ, Muller-Landau HC, Wright SJ, Visser MD, Iida Y, Fletcher C, Hubbell SP & Kassim AR. (2017). Quantifying the role of wood density in explaining interspecific variation in growth of tropical trees. Global Ecol Biogeogr 26:1078–1087. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12604

  6. Gauthier PPG, Battle MO, Griffin KL & Bender ML. (2017). The light response of gross and net oxygen production of Phaseolus vulgaris measured by H218O labelling and high-precision isotope ratio mass spectrometry. Plant Physiology 

  7. Gerlein-Safti C, Gauthier PPG, Sinkler CJ & Caylor K. (2017). Leaf isoscapes: spatial patterns of 18O and D in Colocasia esculenta using a new IM-CRDS protocol. 2017. Plant, Cell and Environment 40 (10): 2095-2108

  8. Maréchaux I, Bartlett MK, Iribar A, Sack L & Chave J. (2017). Stronger seasonal adjustment in leaf turgor loss point in lianas than trees in an Amazonian forest. Biology Letters, 13(1), 20160819

  9. Méndez-Alonzo R, López-Portillo J, Moctezuma C, Bartlett MK & Sack L. (2016). Osmotic and hydraulic adjustment of mangrove saplings to extreme salinity. Tree Physiology, 36(12), 1562 – 1572

  10. Menge D, Batterman S, Hedin L, Liao W, Pacala SW, & Taylor B. (2017).  Why are nitrogen-fixing trees rare at higher compared to lower latitudes? Ecology, DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2034.

  11. Ocko IB, Hamburg SP, Jacob DJ, Keith DW, Keohane NO, Oppenheimer M, Roy-Mayhew JD, Schrag DP, &  Pacala SW. (2017). Unmask temporal trade-offs in climate policy debates. Science, 356(6337), 492-493, DOI: 10.1126/science.aaj2350.

  12. Pellegrini AFA, Anderegg WRL, Paine CET, Hoffmann WA, Kartzinel T, Rabin S, Sheil D, Franco AC & Pacala SW. (2017).    Convergence of bark investment according to fire and climate structures ecosystem vulnerability to future change. Ecology Letters 20: 307–316. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12725.

  13. Rabin S, Malyshev S, Magi B, Shevliakova E & Pacala SW. (2017). A fire model with distinct crop, pasture, and non-agricultural burning: Use of new data and a model-fitting algorithm for FINALv1, Geoscientific Model Development Discussions, DOI: 10.5194/gmd-2017-77

  14. Rubio V & Detto M. (2017). Temporal and spatial variability of soil respiration in a seasonal tropical forest. Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3267

  15. Ryu Y, Jiang C, Detto M & Kobayashi H.(2017). BESS-Rad: Global products of shortwave radiation, photosynthetically active radiation, and diffuse photosynthetically active radiation at 5 km resolution derived from MODIS. RSE DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2017.09.021

  16. Sánchez de Dios R, Cabal C, Domínguez Lozano F, Sainz Ollero H & Moreno Saiz JC. (2017). The role of criteria in selecting important areas for conservation in biodiversity‐rich territories. Diversity and Distributions 23(4): 368-380

  17. Taylor B, Patterson A, Ajayi M, Arkebauer R, Bao K, Bray N, Elliot R, Gauthier PPG, Gersony J, Gibson R, Guerin M, Lavenhar S, Leland C, Liao E, Melillo J, Oliver R, Prager C, Schuster W, Schwartz N, Shen C, Terlizzi K & Griffin K. (2017). Altered understory physiology and growth following forest canopy loss in a temperate hardwood forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 47: 193–202

  18. Tcherkez GGB, Gauthier PPG, Buckley T, Farquhar G, Barbour M, Atkin OK, Turnbull M, Heskel M, Bush F, Cornic G, Crous K, Adams M, Way D, Bender ML, Bruhn D & Xiaoying Gong. (2017). Leaf day respiration: low CO2 flux but high significance for metabolism and carbon balance. New Phytologist, Transley review

  19. Tcherkez GGB, Gauthier PPG, Buckley T, Farquhar G, Barbour M, Atkin OK, Turnbull M, Heskel M, Bush F, Cornic G, Crous K, Adams M, Way D, Bender ML, Bruhn D & Xiaoying Gong. (2017). Tracking the origins of the Kok effect, 70 years after its discovery. New Phytologist. 214: 506-510. Impact Factor: 7.67

  20. Trugman AT, Medvigy D, Anderegg WRL, Pacala SW. (2017). Differential declines in Alaskan boreal forest vitality related to climate and competition. Global Change Biology DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13952

  21. Visser MD, Schnitzer SA, Muller-Landau HC, Eelke Jongejans, de Kroon H, Comita LS, Hubbell SP & Wright SJ. (2017). Tree species vary widely in their tolerance for liana infestation: A case study of differential host response to generalist parasites. J Ecol. 2017;00:1–14. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12815

  22. Xu X, Medvigy D, Wright SJ, Kitajima K, Wu J, Albert L, Martins G, Saleska S & Pacala SW. (2017).  Variations of leaf longevity in tropical moist forests predicted by a trait-driven carbon optimality model. Ecology Letters. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12804.

  23. Yang H, Detto M, Liub S, Hsieh C, Wang X, Chen R, Chen H, Peng C, Jiang X, Li Y, Xu H, Chen D, Luo T, Zhou Z, Lin M & Yao H. (2017). Effects of typhoon induced canopy gaps on nitrous oxide fluxes in a tropical montane rainforest in Hainan Island, China. Ecological Engineering. 105, 325-334.

  24. Yanoviak SP, Gora EM, Burchfield JM, Bitzer PM & Detto M. (2017). Quantification and identification of lightning damage in tropical forests. Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3095