Selected Research Publications
(† = graduate student; * = undergraduate student)
Butterfield†, B.J., J. Betacourt, R. Turner, and J.M. Briggs. 2010. Facilitation drives 65 years of vegetation change in the Sonoran Desert. Ecology 91:1132-1139.
Butterfield†, B.J. and J.M. Briggs. 2009. Patch dynamics of soil-biotic feedbacks in the Sonoran Desert. Journal of Arid Environments 73:96-102.
Walker†, J.S., N.B. Grimm, J.M. Briggs, C. Gries, and L. Dugan. 2009. Effects of urbanization on plant species in central Arizona. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 7:465-470.
Grimm, N.B., S.H. Faeth, N.E. Golubiewski, C.L. Redman, J. Wu, X. Bai, and J.M. Briggs. Global Change and the Ecology of Cities. 2008. Science 319:756-760.
Knapp, A.K., J.M. Briggs, S.L. Collins, S.R. Archer, M.S. Bret-Harte, B.E. Ewers, D.P. Peters, D.R. Young, G.R. Shaver, E. Pendall, and M.B. Cleary. 2008. Shrub encroachment in North American grasslands: Shifts in growth form dominance rapidly alters control of ecosystem carbon inputs. Global Change Biology 14:615-623.
Briggs, J.M., H. Schaafsma†, and D. Trenkov†. 2007. Woody vegetation expansion in a desert grassland: Prehistoric human impact? Journal of Arid Environment 69: 458-472.
Walker†, J.S., and J.M. Briggs. 2007. An object-oriented approach to urban forest mapping with high-resolution, true-color aerial photography. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing 73:577-583.
Briggs, J.M., K. A. Spielmann, H. Schaafsma†, K. W. Kintigh, M. Kruse†, K. Morehouse†, and K. Schollmeyer†. 2006. Ecology needs archaeologists: Archaeology needs ecologists. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 4:180-188.
Nippert†, J.B., A. K. Knapp, and J.M. Briggs. 2006. Intra-annual rainfall variability and grassland productivity: can the past predict the future? Plant Ecology 184:65-74.
Briggs, J.M., A.K. Knapp, J.M. Blair, J.L. Heisler†, G.A. Hoch†, M.S. Lett†, and K. McCarron†. 2005. An ecosystem in transition: woody plant expansion into mesic grassland. BioScience 55:243-254.
Heisler†, J.L., J. M. Briggs, A.K. Knapp, J.M. Blair, and A. Seery*. 2004. Direct and indirect effects of fire on shrub density and aboveground productivity in a mesic grassland. Ecology 85: 2245-2257.
Lett†, M.S., A.K. Knapp, J.M. Briggs, and J.M. Blair. 2004. Influence of shrub expansion on carbon and nitrogen in a mesic grassland. Canadian Journal of Botany 82: 1363-1370.
Heisler†, J. L., J.M. Briggs, and A.K. Knapp. 2003. Long-term patterns of shrub expansion in a C4-dominated grassland: fire frequency and the dynamics of shrub cover and abundance. American Journal of Botany 90:423-428.
Briggs, J.M., A.K. Knapp, and B. L. Brock. 2002. Expansion of woody plants in tallgrass prairie: A 15-year study of fire and fire-grazing interactions. The American Midland Naturalist 147: 287-294.
Hoch†, G.A., J.M. Briggs, and L.C. Johnson. 2002. Assessing the rate, mechanism and consequences of conversion of tallgrass prairie to Juniperus virginiana forest. Ecosystems 6: 578-586.
Collins, S.L., A.K. Knapp, J.M. Briggs, J.M. Blair, and E.M. Steinauer. 1998. Modulation of diversity by grazing and mowing in native tallgrass prairie. Science 280: 745-747.
Knapp, A.K. J.M. Briggs, D.C. Hartnett and S.L. Collins. 1998. Grassland Dynamics: Long-term Ecological Research in Tallgrass Prairie. Oxford University Press, New York. 364pp.
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