Plant Ecology and Global Change: Science Motivated by Conservation

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Featured Papers

Kling, M.M., DD Ackerly. 2020. Global wind patterns and the vulnerability of wind-dispersed species to climate change. Nature Climate Change.


Ackerly, DD, M.M. Kling, M.L. Clark, P. Papper, M.F. Oldfather, A.L. Flint, L.E. Flint. 2020. Topoclimates, refugia, and biotic responses to climate change. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment, 18:288-297.


McLaughlin, B.C., R. Blakey, A.P. Weitz, X. Feng, B.J. Brown, DD Ackerly, T.E. Dawson, S.E. Thompson. 2020. Weather underground: subsurface hydrologic processes mediate tree vulnerability to extreme climatic drought. Global Change Biology, 20: 3091-3107.


Olliff-Yang, R., T. Gardali, DD Ackerly. 2020. Mismatch managed? Phenological phase extension as a strategy to manage phenological asynchrony in plant-animal mutualisms. Restoration Ecology, 28: 498-505.


Kling, M.M., S. Auer, P. Comer, DD Ackerly, H. Hamilton. 2020. Multiple axes of ecological vulnerability to climate change. Global Change Biology, early view.


Ramirez, A.R., M.E. de Guzman, T.E. Dawson, DD Ackerly. 2020. Plant hydraulic traits reveal islands as refugia from worsening drought. Conservation Physiology, 8: coz115.


Oldfather, M.F., M.M. Kling, S.N. Sheth, N.C. Emery, DD Ackerly. Range edges in heterogeneous landscapes—integrating geographic scale and climate complexity into range dynamics. Global Change Biology, online early.


Oldfather, M.F., DD Ackerly. 2019. Increases in thermophilus plants in an arid alpine community in response to experimental warming, Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 51: 201-214,


Kling MM, Mishler BD, Thornhill AH, Baldwin BG, Ackerly DD. Facets of phylodiversity: evolutionary diversification, divergence and survival as conservation targets. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B. 2018 Nov 7;374(1763):20170397.

Oldfather MF, Ackerly DD. Microclimate and demography interact to shape stable population dynamics across the range of an alpine plant. New Phytologist. 2018 Oct 29.

Moanga D, Schroeter I, Ackerly DD, Butsic V. Avoided land use conversions and carbon loss from conservation purchases in California. Journal of Land Use Science. 2018 Oct 22:1-23.

Keeley AT, Ackerly DD, Cameron DR, Heller NE, Huber PR, Schloss CA, Thorne JH, Merenlender AM. New concepts, models, and assessments of climate-wise connectivity. Environmental Research Letters. 2018 Jul 2;13(7):073002.

Skelton RP, Dawson TE, Thompson SE, Shen Y, Weitz AP, Ackerly DD. Low vulnerability to xylem embolism in leaves and stems of North American oaks. Plant physiology. 2018 Jul 1;177(3):1066-77.

Morueta-Holme N, Oldfather MF, Olliff-Yang RL, Weitz AP, Levine CR, Kling MM, Riordan EC, Merow C, Sheth SN, Thornhill AH, Ackerly DD. Best practices for reporting climate data in ecology. Nature Climate Change. 2018 Feb;8(2):92.

Feng X, Dawson TE, Ackerly DD, Santiago LS, Thompson SE. Reconciling seasonal hydraulic risk and plant water use through probabilistic soil–plant dynamics. Global change biology. 2017 Sep;23(9):3758-69.

Hereford J, Schmitt J, Ackerly DD. The seasonal climate niche predicts phenology and distribution of an ephemeral annual plant, Mollugo verticillata. Journal of Ecology. 2017 Sep 1;105(5):1323-34.

McLaughlin BC, Ackerly DD, Klos PZ, Natali J, Dawson TE, Thompson SE. Hydrologic refugia, plants, and climate change. Global Change Biology. 2017 Aug;23(8):2941-61.

Baldwin BG, Thornhill AH, Freyman WA, Ackerly DD, Kling MM, Morueta‐Holme N, Mishler BD. Species richness and endemism in the native flora of California. American journal of botany. 2017 Mar;104(3):487-501.

Ackerly DD, Cornwell WK, Weiss SB, Flint LE, Flint AL. 2015. A geographic mosaic of climate change impacts on terrestrial vegetation: which areas are most at risk? PLoS ONE 10:e0130629 (open access download)

Lawler, J., DD Ackerly, C. Albano, M. Anderson, M. Cross, S. Dobrowski, J. Gill, N. Heller, R. Pressey, E. Sanderson, and S. Weiss. 2015. The theory behind, and challenges of, conserving nature’s stage in a time of rapid change. Conservation Biology 29:618-629, doi:10.1111/cobi.12505.

Chardon, N.I., W.K. Cornwell, Flint, L., Flint, A., and DD Ackerly. 2015. Topographic, latitudinal and climatic distribution of Pinus coulteri: geographic range limits are not at the edge of the climate envelope. Ecography 38:590-601, doi:10.1111/ecog.00780.

Heller, N.E., J. Kreitler, DD Ackerly, S. Weiss, A. Recinos, R. Branciforte, L.E. Flint, A.L. Flint, and E. Micheli. 2015. Targeting climate diversity in conservation planning to build resilience to climate change: a case study with the San Francisco Bay Area Conservation Lands Network. Ecosphere 6: 65 (open access download)

Batllori, E., DD Ackerly, and M.A. Moritz. 2015. A minimal model of fire-vegetation feedbacks and disturbance stochasticity generates alternative stable states in grassland-shrubland-woodland systems. Env Research Letters 10: 034018 (open access download)

Chornesky, E.A., DD Ackerly, P. Beier, F.W. Davis, L.E. Flint, J.J. Lawler, P.B. Moyle, M.A. Moritz, M. Scoonover, P. Alvarez, K. Byrd, N.E. Heller, E.R. Micheli, S.B. Weiss. 2015. Adapting California’s ecosystems to a changing climate. Bioscience 65:247-262 (open access download)

McIntyre, P.J., J.H. Thorne, C.R. Dolanc, A.L. Flint, L.E. Flint, M. Kelly, DD Ackerly. 20th century shifts in forest structure in California: denser forests, smaller trees, and increased dominance of oaks. PNAS 112: 1458-1463 (open access download)

Ackerly, DD, W.D. Stock, and J.A. Slingsby. 2014. Geography, climate and biodiversity: the history and future of Mediterranean-type ecosystems. Pp. 361-375 in N. Allsopp, J.F. Colville, and G.A. Verboom, eds. Ecology and evolution of fynbos: understanding megadiversity. Oxford Univ. Press, Oxford.

Emery, N.C. and DD Ackerly. 2014. Ecological release exposes genetically-based niche variation. Ecology Letters 17: 1149-1157, doi:10.1111/ele.12321.

Rapacciuolo, G., S.P. Maher, A.C. Schneider, T.T. Hammond, M.D. Jabis, R. Walsh, K.J. Iknayan, G.K. Walden, M.F. Oldfather, DD Ackerly, S.R. Beissinger. 2014. Beyond a warming fingerprint: individualistic biogeographic responses to heterogeneous climate change in California. Global Change Biology 20: 2841-2855 (open access download)

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