Academic Publications 

In Press/ Accepted

Bueno de Mesquita, C., Sartwell, S., Ordemann, E., Porazinska, D., Farrer, E.C., King, A.J., Spasojevic, M.J., Smith, J.G., Suding, K.N., Schmidt, S. Accepted. Patterns of root colonization by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and dark septate endophytes across a mostly-unvegetated, high-elevation landscape. Fungal Ecology

Thomas, H.J., Myers-Smith, I.H., Bjorkman, A., Elmendorf, S.C., (with 80 other authors including M. J. Spasojevic). Accepted. Traditional plant functional groups poorly explain plant trait variation in the tundra biome. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 

Bjorkman, A., Myers-Smith, I.H., Elmendorf, S.C., Normand, S., (with 136 other authors including M. J. Spasojevic). Accepted. Plant functional trait change with warming across the tundra biome. Nature.

Bjorkman, A., Myers-Smith, I.H., Elmendorf, S.C., Normand, S., (with 136 other authors including M. J. Spasojevic). Accepted. Tundra Trait Team: A database of plant traits spanning the tundra biome. Global Ecology and Biogeography 

Porazinska, D., Farrer, E.C., Spasojevic, M.J., Bueno de Mesquita, C., Sartwell, S., Smith, J.G., White, C., King, A.J., Suding, K.N., Schmidt, S. Accepted. Plant diversity and density predict belowground diversity and function in an early successional alpine ecosystem. Ecology.

Butler, E.E., Datta, A., Flores-Moreno, H., Fazayeli, F., Chen, M., Wythers, K.R., Banerjee, A., Atkin, O.K., Kattge, J., Amiaud, B., Blonder, B., Boenisch, G., Bond-Lamberty, B., Brown, K., Byun, C., Campetella, G., Cerabolini, B.E., Cornelissen, J.H., Craine, J.M., Craven, D., de Vries, F.T., Diaz, S., Domingues, T., Forey, E., Gonzalez, A., Gross, N., Han, W., Hattingh, W.N., Hickler, T., Jansen, S., Kramer, K., Kraft, N.J., Kiroko, H., Laughlin, D.C., Meir, P., Minden, V., Niinemets, U., Onoda, Y., Penuelas, J., Read, Q., Valladares Ros, F., Sack, L., Schamp, B.S., Soudzilovskaia, N.A., Spasojevic, M.J., Sosinski, E., Thorton, P., van Bodegom, P., Williams, M., Wirth, C., and Reich, P.B. In Press. Mapping local and global variability in plant trait distributions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1708984114


Spasojevic, M.J., Catano, C.P., LaManna, J.A., Myers, J.A. 2018. Integrating species traits into species pools. Ecology 99(6):1265-1276

Van Horn, T.R., Adalsteinsson, S.A., Westoby, K.M., Brio, E., Myers, J.A., Spasojevic, M.J., Walton, M., Medley, K. 2018. Landscape physiognomy predicts abundance of the Lone Star tick, Amblyomma americanum (Ixodida:Ixodidae), in Ozark Forests. Journal of Medical Entomology 55(4):982-988

Wang, X., Wiegand, T., Anderson-Teixeira, K.J., Bourg, N.A., Hao, Z., Howe, R., Jin, G., Orwig, D.A., Spasojevic, M.J., Wang, S., Myers, J.A. 2018. Ecological drivers of spatial community dissimilarity, species replacement, and species nestedness across temperate forests. Global Ecology and Biogeography 27(5):581-592

Li, Y., Shipley, B., Price, J.N., Dantas, V.L., Tamme, R., Westoby, M., Siefert, A., Schamp, B.S., Spasojevic, M.J., Jung, V., Laughlin, D.C., Richardson, S.J., Bagousse-Pinguet, Y.L., Schob, C., Gazol, A., Prentice, H.C., Gross, N., Overton, J., Cianciaruso, M.V., Louault, F., Kamiyama, C., Nakashizuka, T., Hikosaka, K., Sasaki, T., Katabuchi, M., Frenette Dussault, C., Gaucherand, S., Chen, N., Vandewalle, M., and Antônio Batalha, M.. 2018. Habitat filtering determines global patterns of species packing in functional space. Journal of Ecology 106(3):1001-1009

LaForgia, M., Spasojevic, M.J., Case, E., Latimer, A.M., Harrison, S. 2018. Seed banks buffer native wildflowers, but not invasive grasses, during extreme drought. Ecology. 99(4):896-903


Kimball, S., Funk, J., Spasojevic, M.J., Suding, K.N. and Goulden, M.L. 2016. Can functional traits predict plant community response to global change? Ecosphere 7(2): e01602

Chiang, J., Spasojevic, M.J., Muller-Landau, H.C., Sun, I., Lin, Y., Su, S., Chen, Z., Chen, C., Swenson, N.G., and McEwan. R.W. 2016.  Functional composition drives ecosystem function through multiple mechanisms in a broadleaved subtropical forest. Oecologia

Eskelinen, A., Saccone, P., Spasojevic, M.J. and Virtanen, R. 2016. Herbivory mediates long-term plant recruitment limitation. Journal of Ecology 104:1326-1334

Copeland, S.M., Harrison, S.P., Latimer, A.M., Damschen, E.I., Eskelinen, A.M., Fernandez-Going, B., Spasojevic, M.J., Anacker, B.L. and Thorne, J.H. 2016. Ecological effects of an extreme drought: comparing the predictive power of experimental, temporal, and geographic aridity gradients. Ecological Monographs 86:295–311

Spasojevic, M.J., Bahlai, C.A., Bradley, B.A., Butterfield, B.J., Tuanmu, M., Sistla, S., Wiederholt, R., and Suding, K.N. 2016. Scaling up the diversity-resilience relationship with remote sensing: large fires and productivity. Global Change Biology 22:1421-1432


Spasojevic M.J. and Myers, J.A. 2016. When does intraspecific trait variation influence beta-diversity across environmental gradients? Journal of Ecology 104:487-496 


Farrer, E.C., Ashton, I.W., Spasojevic, M.J., Fu, S., Gonzalez, D.J.X., and Suding, K.N. 2015. Global change alters diversity and ecosystem function in alpine tundra via indirect effects through dominant plant species. Journal of Ecology 103:351-360


Suding, K.N., Farrer, E.C., King, A., Kueppers, L., Spasojevic, M.J. 2015. Vegetation change at high elevation: Climatic sensitivity at key ecotones on Niwot Ridge. Plant Ecology and Diversity  

DOI: 10.1080/17550874.2015.1010189



Spasojevic, M.J., Yablon, Y.E., Oberle, B. and Myers, J.A. 2014. Ontogenetic trait variation influences tree community assembly across environmental gradients. Ecosphere 5(10):125


Spasojevic, M.J., Copeland, S., and Suding, K.N. 2014 Using functional diversity patterns to explore metacommunity dynamics: a framework for understanding local and regional influences on community structure. Ecography 37:939-949


Spasojevic, M.J., Harrison, S., Day, H.W. and Southard, R.J. 2014. Biotic interactions and belowground feedbacks facilitate plant movement into cooler environments. Ecology Letters 17:700-709

  -Paper highlighted at Nature Climate Change: Friendly Neighbors by Alastair Brown


Spasojevic, M.J., Grace, J.B., Harrison, S. and Damschen, E.I. 2014. Functional diversity supports the physiological tolerance hypothesis for plant species richness along climatic gradients. Journal of Ecology 102:447-455


Spasojevic, M.J., Damschen, E.I., and Harrison, S. 2014. Patterns of seed dispersal syndromes on serpentine soils: examining the roles of habitat patchiness, soil infertility and correlated functional traits. Plant Ecology and Diversity 7:401-410




Spasojevic, M.J., Bowman, W.D., Humphries, H., Seastedt, T. and Suding, K.N. 2013. Changes in alpine vegetation over 21 years: are fine-scale patterns across a heterogeneous landscape consistent with predictions of change? Ecosphere 4(9):117 PDF


Hulshof, C.M., Violle, C., Spasojevic, M.J., McGill, B., Damschen, E.I., Harrison, S. and Enquist, B.J. 2013. Functional variation reveals the importance of abiotic and biotic drivers for species diversity across elevational and latitudinal gradients. Journal of Vegetation Science 24:921-931 PDF



Elmendorf, S.C., Henry, G.H.R., Hollister, R.D.,…Spasojevic, M.J.,…et al. 2012. Tundra vegetation change and recent climate warming: is there evidence from the plot scale? Nature Climate Change 2:453-457 PDF


Spasojevic, M.J. and Suding, K.N. 2012. Inferring community assembly mechanisms from functional diversity patterns: the importance of multiple assembly processes. Journal of Ecology 100:652-661 PDF

    -Video interview:


Smith, J.G., Sconiers, W., Spasojevic, M.J., Ashton, I.W., and Suding, K.N. 2012. Phenological changes in alpine plants in response to increased snowpack, temperature, and nitrogen. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 44(1):135-142 PDF




Spasojevic, M.J. and Suding, K.N. 2011. Contrasting effects of hemiparasites on ecosystem processes: can positive litter effects offset the negative impacts of parasitism? Oecologia 165(1):193-200 PDF




Spasojevic, M.J., Aicher, R., Koch, G., Marquardt, E., Mirotchnick, N., Troxler, T., and Collins, S. 2010. Fire and grazing in mesic tallgrass prairie: impacts on plant species and functional traits. Ecology 91(6):1651-1659 PDF

Non peer-reviewed Publications 

Spasojevic, M.J. and Myers, J.A. 2015. Data from: When does intraspecific trait variation contribute to functional beta-diversity? Journal of Ecology doi:10.5061/dryad.rr4pm

Spasojevic, M.J. 2010. Book Review: Resource Strategies of Wild Plants by J.M. Craine. Journal of Vegetation Science 21(4):802-803


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