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Academic Publications

In Press/ Accepted

Green, M., Anderson, K., Herbst, D., Spasojevic, M.J., In Press. Rethinking Biodiversity Patterns and Processes in Stream Ecosystems. Ecological Monographs.


Rixen et al. (including Spasojevic M.J. and 50 other co-authors). Accepted. Winters are changing: Snow effects on Arctic and alpine tundra ecosystems. Arctic Science.


Reu, J., Catano, C., Spasojevic, M.J., Myers, J.A. Accepted. Beta diversity strengthens tree biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships across scales. Ecology.


Diaz et al. (including Spasojevic M.J. and 50+ other co-authors). Accepted. The global spectrum of plant form and function: enhanced species-level trait dataset. Scientific Data


Spasojevic, M.J. Homyak, P. Jenerette, D. Goulden, M.L. McFaul, S., Madsen-McQueen, T., Schauer, L., Solis, M. 2022. Altered seasonal precipitation has larger positive impacts in warmer than cooler seasons. Elementa. 10(1):00014

Lembrechts et al. (including Spasojevic M.J. and 100+ other co-authors). 2022. Global maps of soil temperature. Global Change Biology 28(9): 3110-3144.


Spasojevic, M.J. and Weber, S. 2021. Disentangling the role of shared ancestry and the environment on leaf stable isotopes. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research. 54(1):340-351


Porazinska, D., Bueno de Mesquita, C., Farrer, E., Spasojevic, M.J., Suding, K., Schmidt, S. 2021. Nematode community diversity and function across an alpine landscape undergoing plant colonization of previously unvegetated soils. Soil Biology & Biochemistry. 161: Article 108380


Sedio, B.E., Spasojevic, M.J., Myers, J.A., Wright, S.J., Person, D., Chandrasekaran, H., Dwenger, J.H., Prechi, M.L., López, C.A., Allen, D.A., Anderson-Teixeira, K.J., Baltzer, J.L., Bourg, N.A., Castillo, B.T., Day, N., Dewald-Wang, E., Dick, C.W., James, T.Y., Kueneman, J., Lamanna, J., Lutz, J.A., Mcgregor, I., McMahon, S.M., Parker, G.G., Parker J.D., Vandermeer, J. 2021. Chemical similarity of co-occurring trees decreases with precipitation and temperature in North American forests. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 9(317)


Sandel, B., Pavelka, C., Hayashi, T., Funk, J., Halliday, F., Harrison, S., Kandlikar, G., Kleinhesselink, A., Larios, L., Madsen-McQueen, T., Spasojevic, M.J. 2021. Predicting intraspecific trait variation among California’s grasses. Journal of Ecology


Huxley J.D, and Spasojevic, M.J. 2021. Area not geographic isolation mediates biodiversity responses of alpine refugia to climate change. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 9(173)

Colins, C., Spasojevic, M.J., Alados, C.L., Aronson, E.L., Benavides, J.C., Cannone, N., Caviezel, C., Grau, O., Guo, H., Kuhn, K.G., Müllerová, J., Phillips, M.L., Pombubpa, N., Reverchon, F., Shulman, H.B., Stajich, J.E., Stokes, A., Weber, S.E., Diez, J.M. 2021. Belowground Impacts of Alpine Woody Encroachment are determined by Plant Traits, Local Climate and Soil Conditions. Global Change Biology. 26(12):7112-7127

Iwaniec, D., Gooseff, M., Suding, K., Johnson, D., Reed, D., Peters, D., Adams, B., Barrett, J., Bestelmeyer, B., Castorani, M., Cook, E., Davidson, M., Hanan, N., Huenneke, L., Johnson, P., McKnight, D., Miller, R., Okin, G., Preston, D., Rassweiller, A., Ray, C., Sala, O., Schooley, R., Seastedt, T., Spasojevic, M.J., Vivoni, E., Groffman, P. 2021. Future trajectories for ecosystems in the U.S. Long Term Ecological Research Network: The importance of connectivity in space and time to ecosystem dynamics. Ecosphere. 12(5): Article e03432


Farrer, E., Porazinska, D., Spasojevic, M.J., King, A., Bueno de Mesquita, C., Sartwell, S., Smith, J., White, C., Schmidt, S., Suding, K. 2019. Soil microbial networks shift across a high-elevation successional gradient. Frontiers in Microbiology, 10, 2887


Cecil, E., Spasojevic, M.J., Cushman J.H. Accepted. Cascading effects of mammalian herbivores on ground-dwelling arthropods: variable responses across arthropod groups, habitats and years. Journal of Animal Ecology

Thomas, H.J.D., Myers-Smith, I.H., Bjorkman, A.D., Elmendorf, S.C.,…Spasojevic, M.J.,…et al. 2019. Traditional plant functional groups explain variation in economic but not size-related traits across the tundra biome. Global Ecology and Biogeography 28(2): 78-95.

Spasojevic, M.J., Harline, K., Stein, C., Mangan, S.A., Myers, J.A. 2019. Landscape context mediates the relationship between plant functional traits and decomposition. Plant and Soil 438(1-2):377-391


Bjorkman, A.D., Myers-Smith, I.H., Elmendorf, S.C., Normand, S., Rüger, N.,…Spasojevic, M.J.,…et al. 2018. Plant functional trait change across a warming tundra biome. Nature. 562: 57-62.


Bjorkman, A.D., Myers-Smith, I.H., Elmendorf, S.C., Normand, S., Rüger, N.,…Spasojevic, M.J.,…et al. 2018. Tundra Trait Team: A database of plant traits spanning the tundra biome. Global Ecology and Biogeography 27:2 1402-1411.


Porazinska, D.L., Farrer, E.C., Spasojevic, M.J., Bueno de Mesquita, C.P., Sartwell, S.A., Smith, J.G., Suding, K.N., Schmidt, S.K. 2018. Plant diversity and density predict belowground diversity and function in an early successional alpine ecosystem. Ecology 99(9): 1942–1952. 


Bueno de Mesquita, C.P., Sartwell, S.A., Ordemann, E., Porazinska, D.L. Farrer, E.C., King, A. J., Spasojevic, M.J., Smith, J.G., Suding, K.N., Schmidt, S.K. 2018. Patterns of root colonization by arbuscular mycorrhizae and dark septate endophytes across a mostly-unvegetated, high-elevation landscape. Fungal Ecology 36: 63–74.


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


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. 2017. Mapping local and global variability in plant trait distributions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114(51): E10937-E10946


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

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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 Harrison S. 2022, Plant functional trait data for serpentine and non-serpentine plants in the California Floristic Province, Dryad, Dataset,

Spasojevic, M.J. 2022, Pinyon Flats rainfall manipulation experiments: species composition and biomass, Dryad, Dataset,

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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