Academic Publications 

In Press/ Accepted

Huxley J.A., and Spasojevic, M.J. Accepted. Area not geographic isolation mediates biodiversity responses of alpine refugia to climate change. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution

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. Accepted. Belowground Impacts of Alpine Woody Encroachment are determined by Plant Traits, Local Climate and Soil Conditions. Global Change Biology


Carillo, A.J., Cabrera, I.E., Spasojevic M.J., Schacht, P., Stajich, J.E., Borkovich, K.A., Accepted. Clustering analysis of large-scale phenotypic data in the model filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa. BMC Genomics

Hulshof C.M. and Spasojevic, M.J. Accepted. The geological control of plant diversity. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 

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. Accepted. 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



Thomas, H. J. D., A. D. Bjorkman, I. H. Myers-Smith, S. C. Elmendorf, D and 84 co-authors including Spasojevic, M.J., 2020. Global plant trait relationships extend to the climatic extremes of the tundra biome. Nature Communications. 11:1351

Harrison, S, Spasojevic, M.J., Li, D. 2020. Climate and Plant Community Diversity in Space and Time. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 117(9):4464-4470. 

Gallagher, R. V., Falster, D. S., Maitner, B., Salguero-Gómez , R., Vandvik, V., Pearse, W. D., Schneider, F. D., Kattge, J., and 43 co-authors including Spasojevic, M.J., 2020. The Open Traits Network: Using Open Science principles to accelerate trait-based science across the Tree of Life. Nature Ecology and Evolution 4:294-303

Oberle, B., Lee, M., Myers, J., Osazuwa-Peters, O., Spasojevic¸ M.J., Walton, M., Young, D., Zanne, A. 2020. Accurate forest ecosystem projections from wood decay experiments depend on temporal scale. Global Change Biology 26:864-875

Kattage J. and 723 co-authors including Spasojevic, M.J., 2020. TRY plant trait database - enhanced coverage and open access. Global Change Biology 26(1):119-188


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 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