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.
- Pellegrini, A.F.A., W.R.L. Anderegg, C.E.T. Paine, W.A. Hoffmann, T. Kartzinel, S. Rabin, D. Sheil, A.C. Franco, and S.W. Pacala (2017). Convergence of bark investment according to fire and climate structures ecosystem vulnerability to future change. Ecology Letters. doi: 10.1111/ele.12725< /br> Highlighted in Nature research highlights section
- Ballantyne, A.P., W.K. Smith, W.R.L. Anderegg, P. Kauppi, J. Sarmiento, P.P. Tans, E. Shevliakova, Y. Pan, B. Poulter, A. Anav, P. Friedlingstein, R.A. Houghton, S . Running (2017) Accelerating net terrestrial carbon uptake during warming hiatus due to reduced respiration. Nature Climate Change.
- Wolf, A., W.R.L. Anderegg, and S.W. Pacala (2016). Optimal stomatal behavior with competition for water and risk of hydraulic impairment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.113: E7222�E7230
- Sperry, J.S., Y. Wang, W.R.L. Anderegg, M. Mencuccinni, D.S. Mackay, M. Venturas, and D. Love (2016). Predicting stomatal responses to the environment from the optimization of photosynthetic gain and hydraulic cost. Plant, Cell & Environment. DOI: 10.1111/pce.12852
- Gazol, A., J.J. Camarero, W.R.L. Anderegg, and S.M. Vincente-Serrano (2016). Impacts of droughts on the growth resilience of Northern Hemisphere forests. Global Ecology and Biogeography. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12526
- Anderegg, W.R.L., T. Klein, M. Bartlett, L. Sack, A. Pellegrini, B. Choat, S. Jansen (2016). Meta-analysis reveals that hydraulic traits explain cross-species patterns of drought-induced tree mortality across the globe. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 113: 5024-5029 (PDF)