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Alton PB (2018) Decadal trends in photosynthetic capacity and leaf area index inferred from satellite remote sensing for global vegetation types. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.

Barnes ML, Breshears DD, Law DJ et al. (2017) Beyond greenness: Detecting temporal changes in photosynthetic capacity with hyperspectral reflectance data. Plos One, 12.

Busch FA, Sage RF, Farquhar GD (2018) Plants increase CO2 uptake by assimilating nitrogen via the photorespiratory pathway. Nature Plants, 4, 46-54.

Lamba S, Hall M, Rantfors M et al. (2018) Physiological acclimation dampens initial effects of elevated temperature and atmospheric CO2 concentration in mature boreal Norway spruce. Plant Cell and Environment, 41, 300-313

Piao S, Liu Z, Wang Y et al. (2018) On the causes of trends in the seasonal amplitude of atmospheric CO2. Global Change Biology, 24, 608-616.

Silva-Perez V, Molero G, Serbin SP, Condon AG, Reynolds MP, Furbank RT, Evans JR (2018) Hyperspectral reflectance as a tool to measure biochemical and physiological traits in wheat. Journal of Experimental Botany, 69, 483-496.

Earlier Reading Lists


Annunziata MG, Apelt F, Carillo P et al. (2017) Getting back to nature: a reality check for experiments in controlled environments. Journal of Experimental Botany, 68, 4463-4477.

Asner GP, Knapp DE, Anderson CB, Martin RE, Vaughn N (2016) Large-scale climatic and geophysical controls on the leaf economics spectrum. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113, E4043-E4051.

Baccini A, Walker W, Carvalho L, Farina M, Sulla-Menashe D, Houghton RA (2017) Tropical forests are a net carbon source based on aboveground measurements of gain and loss. Science, 358, 230-234.

Bolton DK, Coops NC, Hermosilla T, Wulder MA, White JC (2017) Assessing variability in post-fire forest structure along gradients of productivity in the Canadian boreal using multi-source remote sensing. Journal of Biogeography, 44, 1294-1305.

Crous KY, O'sullivan OS, Zaragoza-Castells J et al. (2017) Nitrogen and phosphorus availabilities interact to modulate leaf trait scaling relationships across six plant functional types in a controlled-environment study. New Phytologist, 215, 992-1008.

Ellsworth DS, Anderson IC, Crous KY et al. (2017) Elevated CO2 does not increase eucalypt forest productivity on a low-phosphorus soil. Nature Climate Change, 7, 279.

Lovenduski NS, Bonan GB (2017) Reducing uncertainty in projections of terrestrial carbon uptake. Environmental Research Letters, 12.

Novick KA, Ficklin DL, Stoy PC et al. (2016) The increasing importance of atmospheric demand for ecosystem water and carbon fluxes. Nature Climate Change, 6, 1023-1027.

Nuccio ML, Potter L, Stiegelmeyer SM et al. (2017) Strategies and tools to improve crop productivity by targeting photosynthesis. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 372.

Powell TL, Wheeler JK, De Oliveira AaR, Da Costa ACL, Saleska SR, Meir P, Moorcroft PR (2017) Differences in xylem and leaf hydraulic traits explain differences in drought tolerance among mature Amazon rainforest trees. Global Change Biology, 23, 4280-4293.

Scafaro AP, Xiang S, Long BM et al. (2017) Strong thermal acclimation of photosynthesis in tropical and temperate wet-forest tree species: the importance of altered Rubisco content. Global Change Biology,

Schwalm CR, Anderegg WRL, Michalak AM et al. (2017) Global patterns of drought recovery. Nature, 548, 202.

Schweiger AK, Schutz M, Risch AC, Kneubuhler M, Haller R, Schaepman ME (2017) How to predict plant functional types using imaging spectroscopy: linking vegetation community traits, plant functional types and spectral response. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 8, 86-95.

Smith NG, Lombardozzi D, Tawfik A, Bonan G, Dukes JS (2017) Biophysical consequences of photosynthetic temperature acclimation for climate. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 9, 536-547.

Thum T, Macbean N, Peylin P et al. (2017) The potential benefit of using forest biomass data in addition to carbon and water flux measurements to constrain ecosystem model parameters: Case studies at two temperate forest sites. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 234–235, 48-65.

Wright IJ, Dong N, Maire V et al. (2017) Global climatic drivers of leaf size. Science, 357, 917.

Yendrek CR, Tomaz T, Montes CM et al. (2017) High-Throughput Phenotyping of Maize Leaf Physiological and Biochemical Traits Using Hyperspectral Reflectance. Plant Physiology, 173, 614-626.

Zeng ZZ, Piao SL, Li LZXet al. (2017) Climate mitigation from vegetation biophysical feedbacks during the past three decades. Nature Climate Change, 7, 432.


Alton PB (2017) Retrieval of seasonal Rubisco-limited photosynthetic capacity at global FLUXNET sites from hyperspectral satellite remote sensing: Impact on carbon modelling. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 232, 74-88.

Barbosa JM, Sebastian-Gonzalez E, Asner GP, Knapp DE, Anderson C, Martin RE, Dirzo R (2016) Hemiparasite-host plant interactions in a fragmented landscape assessed via imaging spectroscopy and LiDAR. Ecological Applications, 26, 55-66.

Beerling DJ (2015) Gas valves, forests and global change: a commentary on Jarvis (1976) 'The interpretation of the variations in leaf water potential and stomatal conductance found in canopies in the field'. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 370.

Boulanger Y, Gray DR, Cooke BJ, De Grandpre L (2016) Model-specification uncertainty in future forest pest outbreak. Global Change Biology, 22, 1595-1607.

Buckley TN, Turnbull TL, Adams MA (2012) Simple models for stomatal conductance derived from a process model: cross-validation against sap flux data. Plant Cell and Environment , 35, 1647-1662.

Fisher RA, Muszala S, Verteinstein M et al. (2015) Taking off the training wheels: the properties of a dynamic vegetation model without climate envelopes, CLM4.5(ED). Geoscientific Model Development, 8, 3593-3619.

Gauthier PPG, Crous KY, Ayub G et al. (2014) Drought increases heat tolerance of leaf respiration in Eucalyptus globulus saplings grown under both ambient and elevated atmospheric CO2 and temperature. Journal of Experimental Botany, 65 , 6471-6485.

Gray SB, Dermody O, Klein SP et al. (2016) Intensifying drought eliminates the expected benefits of elevated carbon dioxide for soybean. Nature Plants, 2. [Winner, best paper we read in 2016]

Hart SJ, Schoennagel T, Veblen TT, Chapman TB (2015) Area burned in the western United States is unaffected by recent mountain pine beetle outbreaks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112 , 4375-4380. [Runner up, best paper we read in 2016]

Lin YS, Medlyn BE, Duursma RA et al. (2015) Optimal stomatal behaviour around the world. Nature Climate Change, 5, 459-464.

Lombardozzi DL, Bonan GB, Smith NG, Dukes JS, Fisher RA (2015) Temperature acclimation of photosynthesis and respiration: A key uncertainty in the carbon cycle-climate feedback. Geophysical Research Letters, 42 , 8624-8631.

Medlyn BE, Zaehle S, De Kauwe MG et al. (2015) Using ecosystem experiments to improve vegetation models. Nature Climate Change, 5, 528-534.

Mousivand A, Menenti M, Gorte B, Verhoef W (2015) Multi-temporal, multi-sensor retrieval of terrestrial vegetation properties from spectral-directional radiometric data. Remote Sensing of Environment, 158, 311-330.

Myers-Smith IH, Elmendorf SC, Beck PSA et al. (2015) Climate sensitivity of shrub growth across the tundra biome. Nature Climate Change, 5 , 887-+.

Reich PB, Sendall KM, Stefanski A, Wei X, Rich RL, Montgomery RA (2016) Boreal and temperate trees show strong acclimation of respiration to warming. Nature, 531, 633-+.

Reichstein M, Bahn M, Mahecha MD, Kattge J, Baldocchi DD (2014) Linking plant and ecosystem functional biogeography. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111, 13697-13702.

Slot M, Garcia MN, Winter K (2016) Temperature response of CO2 exchange in three tropical tree species. Functional Plant Biology, 43 , 468-478.

Xu XT, Medvigy D, Powers JS, Becknell JM, Guan KY (2016) Diversity in plant hydraulic traits explains seasonal and inter-annual variations of vegetation dynamics in seasonally dry tropical forests. New Phytologist, 212, 80-95.


Ainsworth EA, Rogers A, Leakey ADB, Heady LE, Gibon Y, Stitt M, Schurr U (2007) Does elevated atmospheric CO2 alter diurnal C uptake and the balance of C and N metabolites in growing and fully expanded soybean leaves? Journal of Experimental Botany, 58, 579-591.

Asner GP, Martin RE, Carranza-Jimenez L, Sinca F, Tupayachi R, Anderson CB, Martinez P (2014) Functional and biological diversity of foliar spectra in tree canopies throughout the Andes to Amazon region. New Phytologist, 204, 127-139.

Atkin OK, Bloomfield KJ, Reich PB et al. (2015) Global variability in leaf respiration in relation to climate, plant functional types and leaf traits. New Phytologist, 206, 614-636.

Bacour C, Peylin P, Macbean N et al. (2015) Joint assimilation of eddy covariance flux measurements and FAPAR products over temperate forests within a process-oriented biosphere model. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, 120, 1839-1857.

Bagley J, Rosenthal DM, Ruiz-Vera UM, Siebers MH, Kumar P, Ort DR, Bernacchi CJ (2015) The influence of photosynthetic acclimation to rising CO2 and warmer temperatures on leaf and canopy photosynthesis models. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 29, 194-206.

Baraloto C, Paine CET, Poorter L et al. (2010) Decoupled leaf and stem economics in rain forest trees. Ecology Letters, 13, 1338-1347.

Bennett AC, Mcdowell NG, Allen CD, Anderson-Teixeira KJ (2015) Larger trees suffer most during drought in forests worldwide. Nature Plants, 1.

Bokhorst S, Huiskes A, Aerts R et al. (2013) Variable temperature effects of Open Top Chambers at polar and alpine sites explained by irradiance and snow depth. Global Change Biology, 19, 64-74.

Brienen RJW, Phillips OL, Feldpausch TR et al. (2015) Long-term decline of the Amazon carbon sink. Nature, 519, 344-+.

Busch FA (2015) Reducing the gaps in our understanding of the global terrestrial carbon cycle. New Phytologist, 206, 886-888.

Dandois JP, Ellis EC (2013) High spatial resolution three-dimensional mapping of vegetation spectral dynamics using computer vision. Remote Sensing of Environment, 136, 259-276.

Domingues TF, Martinelli LA, Ehleringer JR (2014) Seasonal patterns of leaf-level photosynthetic gas exchange in an eastern Amazonian rain forest. Plant Ecology & Diversity, 7, 189-203.

Doughty CE, Goulden ML (2008) Seasonal patterns of tropical forest leaf area index and CO2 exchange. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, 113.

Ellsworth DS, Crous KY, Lambers H, Cooke J (2015) Phosphorus recycling in photorespiration maintains high photosynthetic capacity in woody species. Plant Cell and Environment, 38, 1142-1156.

Fisher JB, Sikka M, Oechel WC et al. (2014) Carbon cycle uncertainty in the Alaskan Arctic. Biogeosciences, 11, 4271-4288.

Hilker T, Lyapustin AI, Tucker CJ et al. (2014) Vegetation dynamics and rainfall sensitivity of the Amazon. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111, 16041-16046.

Hollister RD, May JL, Kremers KS et al. (2015) Warming experiments elucidate the drivers of observed directional changes in tundra vegetation. Ecology and Evolution, 5, 1881-1895.

Lamanna C, Blonder B, Violle C et al. (2014) Functional trait space and the latitudinal diversity gradient. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111, 13745-13750.

Long SP, Bernacchi CJ (2003) Gas exchange measurements, what can they tell us about the underlying limitations to photosynthesis? Procedures and sources of error. Journal of Experimental Botany, 54, 2393-2401.

Malenovsky Z, Turnbull JD, Lucieer A, Robinson SA (2015) Antarctic moss stress assessment based on chlorophyll content and leaf density retrieved from imaging spectroscopy data. The New phytologist, 208, 608-624.

Malhi Y, Doughty CE, Goldsmith GR et al. (2015) The linkages between photosynthesis, productivity, growth and biomass in lowland Amazonian forests. Global Change Biology, 21, 2283-2295.

Markelz RJC, Lai LX, Vosseler LN, Leakey ADB (2014) Transcriptional reprogramming and stimulation of leaf respiration by elevated CO2 concentration is diminished, but not eliminated, under limiting nitrogen supply. Plant Cell and Environment, 37, 886-898.

Meng R, Dennison PE (2015) Spectroscopic Analysis of Green, Desiccated and Dead Tamarisk Canopies. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 81, 199-207.

Mitchard ETA, Feldpausch TR, Brienen RJW et al. (2014) Markedly divergent estimates of Amazon forest carbon density from ground plots and satellites. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 23, 935-946.

Molina L, Broquet G, Imbach P et al. (2015) On the ability of a global atmospheric inversion to constrain variations of CO2 fluxes over Amazonia. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15, 8423-8438.

Pappas C, Fatichi S, Burlando P (2016) Modeling terrestrial carbon and water dynamics across climatic gradients: does plant trait diversity matter? New Phytologist, 209, 137-151.

Rowland L, Harper A, Christoffersen BO et al. (2015) Modelling climate change responses in tropical forests: similar productivity estimates across five models, but different mechanisms and responses. Geoscientific Model Development, 8, 1097-1110.

Saatchi S, Mascaro J, Xu L et al. (2015) Seeing the forest beyond the trees. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 24, 606-610.

Schimel D, Pavlick R, Fisher JB et al. (2015a) Observing terrestrial ecosystems and the carbon cycle from space. Global Change Biology, 21, 1762-1776.

Schimel D, Stephens BB, Fisher JB (2015b) Effect of increasing CO2 on the terrestrial carbon cycle. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112, 436-441.

Schuur EAG, Mcguire AD, Schaedel C et al. (2015) Climate change and the permafrost carbon feedback. Nature, 520, 171-179.

Serbin SP, Dillaway DN, Kruger EL, Townsend PA (2012) Leaf optical properties reflect variation in photosynthetic metabolism and its sensitivity to temperature. Journal of Experimental Botany, 63, 489-502.

Serbin SP, Singh A, Mcneil BE, Kingdon CC, Townsend PA (2014) Spectroscopic determination of leaf morphological and biochemical traits for northern temperate and boreal tree species. Ecological Applications, 24, 1651-1669.

Sun Y, Gu LH, Dickinson RE, Norby RJ, Pallardy SG, Hoffman FM (2014) Impact of mesophyll diffusion on estimated global land CO2 fertilization. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111, 15774-15779.

Sweet SK, Griffin KL, Steltzer H, Gough L, Boelman NT (2015) Greater deciduous shrub abundance extends tundra peak season and increases modeled net CO2 uptake. Global Change Biology, 21, 2394-2409.

Van Bodegom PM, Douma JC, Verheijen LM (2014) A fully traits-based approach to modeling global vegetation distribution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111, 13733-13738.

Varhammar A, Wallin G, Mclean CM et al. (2015) Photosynthetic temperature responses of tree species in Rwanda: evidence of pronounced negative effects of high temperature in montane rainforest climax species. New Phytologist, 206, 1000-1012.

Viskari T, Hardiman B, Desai AR, Dietze MC (2015) Model-data assimilation of multiple phenological observations to constrain and predict leaf area index. Ecological Applications, 25, 546-558.

Yang X, Tang JW, Mustard JF (2014) Beyond leaf color: Comparing camera-based phenological metrics with leaf biochemical, biophysical, and spectral properties throughout the growing season of a temperate deciduous forest. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, 119, 181-191.