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William (Bill) Anderegg

Associate Professor

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Office/Building: Biol
Phone: 801-587-3761
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Research Statement

My research centers around the intersection of ecosystems and climate change. In particular, I strive to understand the future of Earth's forests in a changing climate. Massive mortality events of many tree species in the last decade prompt concerns that drought, insects, and wildfire may devastate forests in the coming decades. I study how drought and climate change affect forest ecosystems, including tree physiology, species interactions, carbon cycling, and biosphere-atmosphere feedbacks. This research spans a broad array of spatial scales from xylem cells to ecosystems and seeks to gain a better mechanistic understanding of how climate change will affect forests around the world.

Research Interests

General Interests

Selected Publications

  • Anderegg, W.R.L., J. Abatzoglou, L.D.L. Anderegg, L. Bielory, P. Kinney and L. Ziska (2021). Anthropogenic climate change is worsening North American pollen seasons. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 118: e2013284118
  • Trugman, A. T., L.D.L. Anderegg, W.R.L. Anderegg, A.J. Das, and N.L. Stephenson (2021). Why is tree drought mortality so hard to predict? Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 36: 520-532
  • Venturas, M.V., H.N. Todd, A.T. Trugman, and W.R.L. Anderegg (2021). Understanding and predicting forest mortality in the western United States using long-term forest inventory data and modeled hydraulic damage et al. New Phytologist. 230: 1896-1910
  • Anderegg, W.R.L., A. T. Trugman, G. Badgley, A. Konings, and J. Shaw (2020). Divergent forest sensitivity to repeated extreme droughts. Nature Climate Change. 10: 1091–1095
  • Anderegg, W.R.L., A.T. Trugman, G. Badgley, C.M. Anderson, A. Bartuska, P. Ciais, D. Cullenward, C.B. Field, J. Freeman, S.J. Goetz, J.A. Hicke, D. Huntzinger, R.B. Jackson, J. Nickerson, S. Pacala, and J.T. Randerson (2020). Climate-driven risks to the climate mitigation potential of forests. Science. 368: eaaz7005