Peer Reviewed Publications

68. Anderegg, W.R.L., A.G. Konings, A.T. Trugman, K. Yu, D.R. Bowling, R. Gabbitas, D. Karp, S. Pacala, J.S. Sperry, B. Sulman, N. Zenes (2018). Hydraulic diversity of forests regulates ecosystem resilience during drought. Nature.doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0539-7

67. Trugman, A.T., M. Detto, M. K. Bartlett, D. Medvigy, W.R.L. Anderegg, C. Schwalm, B. Schaffer, and S. Pacala (2018). Tree carbon allocation explains forest drought-kill and recovery patterns. Ecology Letters. 21: 1552-1560

66. Liu, Z., A.P. Ballantyne, B. Poulter, W.R.L. Anderegg, W. Li, A. Bastos, and P. Ciais (2018). Precipitation thresholds regulate net carbon exchange at the continental scale. Nature Communications. 9: 3596

65. Venturas, M., J. Sperry, D. Love, E. Frehner, M. Allred, Y. Wang, and W.R.L. Anderegg (2018). A stomatal control model based on optimization of carbon gain versus hydraulic risk predicts aspen sapling responses to drought. New Phytologist.

64. Tai X., D.S. Mackay, J. Sperry, P. Brooks, W.R.L. Anderegg, L.B. Flanagan, S.B. Rood, and C. Hopkinson (2018). Distributed plant hydraulic and hydrological modeling to understand the susceptibility of riparian woodland trees to drought-induced mortality. Water Resources Research. 54: 4901-4915

63. 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, and S.W. Pacala (2018). Woody plants optimise stomatal behaviour relative to hydraulic risk. Ecology Letters. 21: 968-977

62. Trugman, A.T., D. Medvigy, J. Mankin, and W.R.L. Anderegg (2018). Soil moisture stress as a major driver of carbon cycle uncertainty. Geophysical Research Letters.

61. Stuart-Haëntjens, E., H.J. De Boeck, N.P. Lemoine, P. Mänd, G. Kröel-Dulay, I.K. Schmidt, A. Jentsch, A. Stampfli, W.R.L. Anderegg, M. Bahn, J. Kreyling, T. Wohlgemuth, F. Lloret, A.T. Classen, C.M. Gough, and M.D. Smith (2018). Mean annual precipitation predicts primary production resistance and resilience to extreme drought. Science of the Total Environment. 636: 360-366

60. Pellegrini, A.F.A., A. Ahström, S. E. Hobbie, P. B. Reich, L. Nieradzik, K. M. Robertson, A. C. Staver, B. Scharenbroch, A. Jumpponen, W.R.L. Anderegg, J. Randerson, and R.B. Jackson (2018). Fire frequency drives decadal changes in soil carbon and nitrogen and ecosystem productivity. Nature. 553: 194–198

59. Hartmann, H., C. Moura, W.R.L. Anderegg, and 14 others (2018). Research frontiers for improving our understanding of drought-induced tree and forest mortality. New Phytologist. 218: 15-28

58. Trugman, A.T., D. Medvigy, W.R.L. Anderegg, and S. Pacala (2018). Differential declines in Alaskan boreal forest vitality related to atmospheric drought stress. Global Change Biology. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13952

57. Fisher, R.A., C.D. Koven, W.R.L. Anderegg, BO Christoffersen, MC Dietze, C Farrior, J Holm, G Hurtt, RG Knox, PJ Lawrence, JW Lichststein, M Longo, A Matheny, D Medvigy, H Muller-Landau, TL Powell, SP Serbin, H Sato, J Shuman, B Smith, AT Trugman, T Viskari, H Verbeeck, E Weng, C Xu, X Xu, T Zhang and P Moorcroft (2018). Vegetation Demographics in Earth System Models: a review of progress and priorities. Global Change Biology. 34: 35-54

56. Bowling, D., B.A Logan, K. Hufkens, D.M Aubrecht, A.D Richardson, S.P Burns, W.R.L. Anderegg, P.D Blanken and D. Eiriksson (2018). Limitations to winter and spring photosynthesis of a Rocky Mountain subalpine forest. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 252: 241-255

55. Truetter, C., W.R.L. Anderegg, F. Biondi, G.W. Koch, K. Ogle, C. Schwalm, M.E. Litvak, J.D. Shaw, and E. Ziaco. Seasonal Climate Responses and Drought Legacy Effects in Tree-Ring Chronologies from the Southwestern USA (2018). Forest Ecology and Management. doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2018.01.044

54. Hartmann, H., B. Schuldt, T.G. Sanders, C. Macinnis‐Ng, H.J. Boehmer, C.D. Allen, A. Bolte, T. Crowther, M.C. Hansen, B.E. Medlyn, N.K. Ruehr, and W.R.L. Anderegg (2018). Monitoring global tree mortality patterns and trends. Report from the VW symposium ‘Crossing scales and disciplines to identify global trends of tree mortality as indicators of forest health’. New Phytologist, 217: 984-987.

53. Klein, T., M. Zeppel, W.R.L. Anderegg, J. Bloemen, M. De Kauwe, P. Hudson, N. Ruehr, T. Powell, G. von Arx, and A. Nardini (2018). Embolism refilling and resilience against drought-induced mortality: Processes, trade-offs and life history strategies. Ecological Research. doi: 10.1007/s11284-018-1588y

52. Yu, K., D. Carr, W.R.L. Anderegg, K. Tully, P. D’Odorico (2018). Response of a facultative CAM plant and its competitive relationship with a grass to changes in rainfall regime. Plant and Soil. 2: 321-333

51. Cobb, R., K. Ruthrof, D. Breshears. F. Lloret, T. Aakala, H.D. Adams, C.D. Allen, W.R.L. Anderegg, and 15 other authors (2017). Ecosystem Dynamics and Management After Forest Die-off: A Global Synthesis with Conceptual State-and-Transition Models. Ecosphere. 8: e02034 (PDF)

50. Li, Y., K. Guan, P. Gentine, A.G. Konings, F.C. Meinzer, J.S. Kimball, X. Xu, W.R. L. Anderegg, N.G. McDowell, J. Martínez-Vilalta, D.G. Long, and S.P. Good (2017). Estimating global ecosystem iso/anisohydry using active and passive microwave satellite data. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences. 122: 3306–3321 (PDF)

49. C.R. Schwalm, W.R.L. Anderegg, A.M. Michalak, F. Biondi, G. Koch, M. Litvak, K. Ogle, J.D. Shaw, A. Wolf, D.N. Huntzinger, K. Schaefer, J.B. Fisher, R. Cook, Y. Wei, Y. Fang, A. Jain, D. Hayes, M. Huang, and H. Tian (2017). Global patterns of drought recovery. Nature. 548: 202–205

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48. 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, and S.W. Pacala (2017). Plant water potential improves prediction of empirical stomatal models. PLoS ONE. e0185481: (PDF)

47. H.D. Adams, M.J.B. Zeppel, W.R.L. Anderegg, Henrik Hartmann, and 48 others (2017). A multi-species synthesis of physiological mechanisms in drought-induced tree mortality. Nature Ecology & Evolution. 1: 1285–1291

46. Pellegrini, A.F.A., W.R.L. Anderegg, C.E.T. Paine, W.A. Hoffmann, T. Kartzinel, S. Rabin, D. Sheil, A.C. Franco, and S.W. Pacala (2017). Convergence of bark investment according to fire and climate structures ecosystem vulnerability to future change. Ecology Letters. 20: 307–316

–      Highlighted in Nature research highlights section

45. Ballantyne, A.P., W.K. Smith, W.R.L. Anderegg, P. Kauppi, J. Sarmiento, P.P. Tans, E. Shevliakova, Y. Pan, B. Poulter, A. Anav, P.  Friedlingstein, R.A. Houghton, S . Running (2017) Accelerating net terrestrial carbon uptake during warming hiatus due to reduced respiration. Nature Climate Change. 7: 148-152

44. Tai, X., D.S. Mackay, W.R.L. Anderegg, J.S. Sperry, P.D. Brooks (2017). Plant hydraulics improves and topography mediates prediction of aspen mortality in southwestern USA. New Phytologist. 213: 113–127 (PDF)

43. Sperry, J.S., Y. Wang, W.R.L. Anderegg, M. Mencuccinni, D.S. Mackay, M. Venturas, and D. Love (2017). Predicting stomatal responses to the environment from the optimization of photosynthetic gain and hydraulic cost. Plant, Cell & Environment. 40: 816–830 (PDF)

42. Gazol, A., J.J. Camarero, W.R.L. Anderegg, and S.M. Vincente-Serrano (2017). Impacts of droughts on the growth resilience of Northern Hemisphere forests. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 26: 166–176 (PDF)

41. Wolf, A., W.R.L. Anderegg, and S.W. Pacala (2016). Optimal stomatal behavior with competition for water and risk of hydraulic impairment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 113: E7222-E7230 (PDF)

40. Anderegg, W.R.L., T. Klein, M. Bartlett, L. Sack, A. Pellegrini, B. Choat, S. Jansen (2016). Meta-analysis reveals that hydraulic traits explain cross-species patterns of drought-induced tree mortality across the globe. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 113: 5024-5029 (PDF)

39. Sperry, J.S., Y. Wang, B. Wolfe, D.S. Mackay, W.R.L. Anderegg, N.G. McDowell, and W.T. Pockman (2016). Pragmatic hydraulic theory predicts stomatal responses to climatic water deficits. New Phytologist. DOI: 10.1111/nph.14059

38. Anderegg, W.R.L., J. Martinez-Vilalta, M. Cailleret, J.J. Camarero, B. Ewers, D. Galbraith, A. Gessler, R. Grote, C.Y. Huang, S. Levick, T.L. Powell, L. Rowland, R. Sánchez-Salguero, V. Trotsiuk (2016). When a tree dies in the forest: Scaling climate-driven tree mortality to ecosystem fluxes. Ecosystems. DOI 10.1007/s10021-016-9982-1 (PDF)

37. Cook, J., N. Oreskes, P.T. Doran, W.R.L. Anderegg, B. Verheggen,
E. Maibach, J.S. Carlton, S. Lewandowsky, A.G. Skuce, S.A. Green, D. Nuccitelli, P. Jacobs, M. Richardson, B. Winkler, R. Painting and K. Rice (2016). Consensus on consensus: a synthesis of consensus estimates on human-caused global warming. Environmental Research Letters 11: 048002-9 (PDF)

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36. Smith, W.K., S.C. Reed, A.P. Ballantyne, C.C. Cleveland, W.R.L. Anderegg, W.R. Wieder , S.W. Running (2016). Large divergence of satellite and Earth system model estimates of global terrestrial CO2 fertilization. Nature Climate Change. 6: 306-310

35. Wolf, A., N. Zimmermann, W.R.L. Anderegg, P. Busby, and J. Christenson. Altitudinal shifts of the native and introduced flora of California in the context of 20th‐century warming (2016). Global Ecology and Biogeography. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12423 (PDF)

34. Anderegg, W.R.L., C. Schwalm, F. Biondi, J.J. Camarero, G. Koch, M. Litvak, K. Ogle, J.D. Shaw, E. Shevliakova, A.P. Williams, A. Wolf, E. Ziaco, S. Pacala (2015). Pervasive drought legacies in forest ecosystems and their implications for carbon cycle models. Science. 349: 528-532. <Full Text>

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33. Anderegg, W.R.L., A. Ballantyne, W.K. Smith, J. Majkut, S. Rabin, P.E. Kauppi, C. Beaulieu, R. Birdsey, J. Dunne, R.A. Houghton, R.B. Myneni, Y. Pan, J. Sarmiento, N. Serota, E. Shevliakova, P. Tans, and S. Pacala (2015). Tropical nighttime warming as a dominant driver of variability in the terrestrial carbon sink. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 12: 15591-15596 (PDF)

32. Anderegg, W.R.L., and N. Diffenbaugh. Observed and projected climate trends and hotspots across the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) regions (2015). Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 13: 547–552 (PDF)

31. Quentin, A.G., E.A. Pinkard, M.G. Ryan, D.T. Tissue, L.S. Baggett, H.D. Adams, P. Maillard, J. Marchand, S.M. Lanhäusser, A. Lacointe, Y. Gibon, W.R.L. Anderegg, and 30 others (2015). Assessing non-structural carbohydrates: can results be quantitatively compared among laboratories? Tree Physiology. 35: 1146-1165

30. Anderegg, W.R.L., J.A. Hicke, R.A. Fisher, C.D. Allen, J. Aukema, B. Bentz, S. Hood, J.W. Lichstein, A.K. Macalady, N. McDowell, K. Raffa, Y. Pan, A. Sala, J. Shaw, N.L. Stephenson, C. Tague, M. Zeppel (2015). Tree mortality from drought, insects, and their interactions in a changing climate. New Phytologist. DOI: 10.1111/nph.13477 (PDF)

29. Anderegg, W.R.L., A. Flint, C. Huang, L. Flint, J.A. Berry, F.W. Davis, J.S. Sperry, and C.B. Field (2015). Tree mortality predicted from drought-induced vascular damage. Nature Geoscience. 8: 367-371 (PDF)

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28. Ballantyne, A.P., L.A. Cooper, R. Andres, P. Tans, J.C. Miller, C. Alden, J.W.C. White, G. Marland, R.A. Houghton, B. Stocker, R. Wanninkhof, W.R.L. Anderegg, M. DeGrandpre (2015). Audit of the Global Carbon Budget: Estimating errors and their impact on uptake uncertainty. Biogeosciences. 12: 2565-2584 (PDF)

27. Hartmann, H., H.D. Adams, W.R.L. Anderegg, S. Jansen, and M. Zeppel (2015). Research frontiers in drought-induced tree mortality: crossing scales and disciplines. New Phytologist. 205: 965-969. (PDF)

26. Anderegg, W. R. L. (2015). Spatial and temporal variation in plant hydraulic traits and their relevance for climate change impacts on vegetation. New Phytologist. 205: 1008-1014 (PDF)

25. Huang, C.Y., and W.R.L. Anderegg (2014). Vegetation and surface brightness dynamics after aspen forest die-off. Journal of Geophysical Research. 119: 1297-1308 (PDF)

24. Anderegg, W.R.L., and G. Goldsmith (2014). Public interest in climate change over the past decade and the effects of the ‘climategate’ media event. Environmental Research Letters. 054005: 1-8 (PDF)

23. Anderegg, W. R. L., L.D.L. Anderegg, J.A. Berry, and C.B. Field (2014). Loss of whole-tree hydraulic conductance during severe drought and multi-year forest die-off. Oecologia.  (PDF)

22. Anderegg, W. R. L., E. Callaway, M. Boykoff, G. Yohe and T. Root (2014). Awareness of both type I and II errors in climate science and assessment. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. (PDF)

21. Anderegg, W. R. L., J. Kane, and L.D.L. Anderegg (2013). Consequences of widespread tree mortality triggered by drought and temperature stress. Nature Climate Change. 3: 30–36 (PDF)

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20. Anderegg, W.R.L., L. Plavcova, L.D.L. Anderegg, U. Hacke, J. A. Berry, and C.B. Field (2013). Drought’s legacy: Hydraulic deterioration underlies widespread aspen die-off and portends increased future vulnerability. Global Change Biology. 19: 1188–1196 (PDF)

19. Anderegg, L.D.L.*, W.R.L. Anderegg*, J. Abatzoglou, A. Hausladen, and J.A. Berry (2013). Drought characteristics’ role in widespread aspen forest mortality across Colorado, USA. Global Change Biology. 19: 1526–1537 (PDF)       *Contributed equally

18. Anderegg, W.R.L., and L.D.L. Anderegg (2013). Hydraulic and carbohydrate changes in experimental drought-induced mortality of saplings in two conifer species. Tree Physiology. 33: 252-260 (PDF)

17. L.D.L. Anderegg, W.R.L. Anderegg, and J.A. Berry (2013). Not all droughts are created equal: translating meteorological drought into woody plant mortality. Tree Physiology. 33: 701-712 (PDF)

16. Anderegg, W.R.L., J. A. Berry, D.D. Smith, J.S. Sperry, L.D.L. Anderegg, and C.B. Field. (2012). The role of hydraulic and carbon stress in a widespread climate-induced forest die-off. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 109: 233-237 (PDF)

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  • Reviewed in Faculty of 1000

15. Huang, C., and W.R.L. Anderegg. (2012) Regional estimation of recent drought induced live aboveground biomass losses of the Rocky Mountains aspen forests. Global Change Biology. 18: 1016–1027. (PDF)

14. Anderegg, W.R.L. (2012) Complex aspen forest carbon and root dynamics during drought. Climatic Change Letters. 111: 983-991 (PDF)

13. Anderegg, W.R.L. and E.S. Callaway (2012). Infestation and hydraulic consequences of induced carbon starvation. Plant Physiology. 159: 1866-1874 (PDF)

12. Anderegg, W. R. L., L.D.L. Anderegg, C. Sherman, and D. Karp (2012). Effects of Widespread Drought-Induced Aspen Mortality on Understory Plants. Conservation Biology. 26(6):1082-90 (PDF)

11. Anderegg, W. R. L., J. A. Berry, C.B. Field (2012). Linking definitions, mechanisms, and modeling of drought-induced tree death. Trends in Plant Science. 17(12): 693-700 (PDF)

10. Zeppel, M., W.R.L. Anderegg, andAdams, H.D. (2012). Forest mortality due to drought: latest insights, evidence and unresolved questions on physiological pathways and consequences of tree death. New Phytologist. 197(2): 372-374 (PDF)

9. Wolf, A., W.R.L. Anderegg, S.J. Ryan, and J.A. Christensen (2011). Robust Detection of Plant Species Range Shifts Under Biased Sampling Regimes. Ecosphere. 2(10):115-130. (PDF)

8. Wolf, A., and W.R.L. Anderegg (2011). Technical Comment on Changes in Climatic Water Balance Drive Downhill Shifts in Plant Species’ Optimum Elevations. Science 334177. (PDF)

7. Zeppel, M., Adams, H.D., and W.R.L. Anderegg. (2011) Mechanistic causes of tree drought mortality: recent results, unresolved questions and future research needs. New Phytologist. 192:800-803. (PDF)

6. Anderegg, W.R.L., J.W. Prall, and J. Harold (2010). Reply to Bodenstein: Contextual data about the relative scale of opposing scientific communities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 107: E158.

5. Anderegg, W.R.L., J.W. Prall, and J. Harold (2010). Reply to Aarstad: Risk management versus “truth.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 107: E154.

4. Anderegg, W.R.L., J.W. Prall, and J. Harold (2010). Reply to O’Neill & Boykoff: Objective classification of climate experts. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 107: E152

3. Anderegg, W.R.L., J.W. Prall, J. Harold, and S.H. Schneider (2010). Expert Credibility in Climate Change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 107: 12107-12110. (PDF)

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  • Most Read Paper, PNAS, June 2010
  • Top 50 most read papers, PNAS: June 2010 – December 2012
  • Reprinted by the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society

2. Anderegg, W.R.L. (2010) The Ivory Lighthouse: Communicating climate change effectively. Climatic Change. 101:655–662 (PDF)

1. Anderegg, W.R.L. (2010). Moving Beyond Scientific Agreement. Climatic Change. 101:331–3377 (PDF)




Anderegg, W.R.L. Predictable Futures: Climate Fact and Climate Fiction. Analog: Magazine of Science Fiction and Fact, Fall 2014

Anderegg, W.R.L. Diagnosis Earth: The Climate Change Debate. Thought and Action: Magazine of the Higher Education Association, Fall 2010 (PDF)

  • Awarded Excellence in the Academy Award for New Scholar by the National Education Association

Anderegg, W.R.L. Biosphere. In The Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather, Oxford University Press, 2010.

Anderegg, W.R.L. Good night, sweet trees: aspens, climate change, and the future of western forests. High Country News, March 1, 2010

Anderegg, W.R.L. and J. Harold. Climate science and the dynamics of expert consensus. Stanford Center for Conservation Biology, 2009. (PDF)