Bachle S, JB Nippert (2018) Physiological and anatomical trait variability of dominant C4 grasses. ACTA OECOLOGIA 93: 14-20

Bachle S, DM Griffith, JB Nippert (2018) Interspecific trait variability in Andropogon gerardii, a dominant grass species in the US Great Plains. FRONTIERS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION 6:217

O'Keefe K, JB Nippert (2018) Drivers of nocturnal water flux in a tallgrass prairie. FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY 32: 1155-1167 doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.13072

Vero, SE, GL Macpherson, PL Sullivan, AE Brookfield, JB Nippert, MF Kirk, S Datta, P Kempton (2018) Developing a conceptual framework of landscape and hydrology on tallgrass prairie: a critical zone approach.VADOSE ZONE JOURNAL 17:170069 doi:10.2136/vzj2017.03.0069

Holdo, RM, JB Nippert, MC Mack (2018) Rooting depth varies differentially in trees and grasses as a function of mean annual rainfall in an African savanna. OECOLOGIA 186: 269-280 doi:10.1007/s00442-017-4011-4

Gokool, S, ES Riddell, AM Swemmer, JB Nippert, R Raubenheimer, KT Chetty. (2018) Estimating groundwater contribution to transpiration using satellite-derived evapotranspiration estimates coupled with stable isotope analysis. JOURNAL OF ARID ENVIRONMENTS 152: 45-54 doi: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2018.02.002


Brunsell, NA, ES Van Vleck, M Nosshi, Z Ratajczak, JB Nippert (2017) Assessing the roles of fire frequency and precipitation in determining woody plant expansion in central US grasslands. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH: BIOGEOSCIENCES 122: 2683-2698 doi:10.1002/2017JG004046

Griffith, DM, CER Lehmann, CAE Stromberg, CL Parr, RT Pennington, M Sankaran, J Ratnam, CJ Still, RL Powell, NP Hanan, JB Nippert, CP Osborne, S Good, TM Anderson, R Holdo, JW Veldman, G Durigan, KW Tomlinson, WA Hoffmann, S Archibald, WJ Bond. (2017) Response to Comment on 'The extent of forest in dryland biomes'. SCIENCE 358: 1-3.

Ratajczak, Z, P D'Odorico, SL Collins, B Bestelmeyer, F Isbell, JB Nippert (2017) The interactive effects of press/pulse intensity and duration on regime shifts at multiple scales. ECOLOGICAL MONOGRAPHS doi: 10.1002/ecm.1249

O'Keefe, K, JB Nippert (2017) An assessment of diurnal water uptake in a mesic prairie: evidence for hydraulic lift? OECOLOGIA 183: 963-975 doi: 10.1007/s00442-017-3827-2

Ratajczak, Z, P D'Odorico, JB Nippert, SL Collins, NA Brunsell, S Ravi (2017) Changes in spatial variance during grassland-shrubland state transition. JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY 105: 750-760 doi:10.1111/1365-2745.12696

Concilio, AL, TR Seastedt, JB Nippert (2017) Changing edaphic conditions and exploitation of an expanded phenological niche allows for increased exotic (introduced) plant species dominance. PLANT AND SOIL doi:10.1007/s11104-016-3167-8

O'Keefe, K, JB Nippert (2017) Grazing by bison is a stronger driver of plant ecohydrology in tallgrass prairie than fire history. PLANT AND SOIL 411: 423-436 doi:10.1007/s11104-016-3048-1


Klodd, AE, JB Nippert, Z Ratajczak, H Waring, GK Phoenix (2016) Tight coupling of leaf area index to canopy nitrogen and phosphorus across heterogeneous tallgrass prairie communities. OECOLOGIA 182(3): 889-898 doi:10.1007/s00442-016-3713-3

Concilio, AL, JB Nippert, S Ehrenfeucht, K Cherwin, TR Seastedt (2016) Imposing antecedent global change condition rapidly alters plant community composition in a mixed-grass prairie. OECOLOGIA 182(3) 899-911 doi:10.1007/s00442-016-3684-4

Ratajczak, Z, JM Briggs, D Goodin, L Luo, R Mohler, JB Nippert, BK Obermeyer (2016) Assessing the potential for transitions from tallgrass prairie to woodlands: are we operating beyond critical fire thresholds? RANGELAND ECOLOGY & MANAGEMENT 69:280-287

Raynor, EJ, A Joern, JB Nippert, JM Briggs (2016) Foraging decisions underlying restricted space-use: effects of fire and forage maturation on large herbivore nutrient uptake. ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION 6: 5843-5853 doi: 10.1002/ece3.2304

Li, H, K Yu, Z Ratajczak, JB Nippert, D Tondrob, D Xu, G Du (2016) When variability outperforms the mean: trait plasticity predicts plant cover and biomass in an alpine wetland. PLANT AND SOIL doi: 10.1007/s11104-016-2898-x

Muench, AT, K O'Keefe, JB Nippert. (2016) Comparative ecohydrology between Cornus drummondii and Solidago canadensis in upland tallgrass prairie. PLANT ECOLOGY 217: 267-276 doi: 10.1007/s11258-016-0567-z

Ocheltree, TW, JB Nippert, PVV Prasad (2016) A safety vs. efficiency trade-off identified in the hydraulic pathway of grass leaves is decoupled from photosynthesis, stomatal conductance, and precipitation. NEW PHYTOLOGIST 210: 97-107 doi:10.1111/nph.13781

O'Keefe, K, JB Nippert, AM Swemmer (2016) Savanna tree seedlings are physiologically tolerant to nighttime freeze events. FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE 7:art46 doi:10.3389/fpls.2016.00046

Mahama GY, Prasad PVV, Roozeboom KL, Nippert JB, and Rice CW. (2016) Response of maize to cover crops, fertilizer nitrogen rates, and economic return. AGRONOMY JOURNAL 108:17-31 doi:10.2134/agronj15.0136

Mahama GY, Prasad PVV, Roozeboom KL, Nippert JB, and Rice CW. (2016) Cover crops, fertilizer nitrogen rates, and economic return of grain sorghum. AGRONOMY JOURNAL 108: 1-16 doi:10.2134/agronj15.013


Concilio, AL, JS Prevéy, P Omasta,J O’Connor, JB Nippert, & TR Seastedt (2015) Response of a mixed grass prairie to an extreme precipitation event. ECOSPHERE 6 (10) 1-12.

Nippert, JB, & RM Holdo (2015) Challenging the maximum rooting depth paradigm in grasslands and savannas. FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY 29: 739-745 doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12390

Holdo RM, & JB Nippert (2015) Transpiration dynamics support resource partitioning in African savanna trees and grasses. ECOLOGY 96: 1466-1472

Lin Y-S, BE Medlyn, RA Duursma, IC Prentice, OK Atkin, CVM Barton, J Bennie, A Bosc, MSJ Broadmeadow, LA Cernusak, P De Angelis, JE Drake, D Eamus, DS Ellsworth, M Freeman, O Ghannoum, TE Gimeno, Q Han, K Hikosaka, LB Hutley, JW Kelly, K Kikuzawa, P Kolari, K Koyama, J-M Limousin, M-L Linderson, M Löw, C Macinins-Ng, NK Martin-StPaul, P Meir, TN Mikkelsen, P Mitchell, JB Nippert, TW Ocheltree, Y Onoda, M Op de Beeck, V Resco de Dios, A Rey, A Rogers, L Rowland, SA Setterfield, W Sun, L Tarvainen, S Tausz-Posch, DT Tissue, J Uddling, G Wallin, JM Warren, L Wingate, J Zaragoza-Castells (2015) Optimal stomatal behaviour around the world. NATURE CLIMATE CHANGE 5: 459-464 doi:10.1038/nclimate2550


Ratajczak, Z, JB Nippert, JM Briggs, & JM Blair (2014) Fire dynamics distinguish grasslands, shrublands, and woodlands as alternative attractors in the Central Great Plains of North America. JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY 102: 1374-1385

Ratajczak, Z, JB Nippert, TW Ocheltree (2014) Abrupt transition of mesic grassland to shrubland: evidence for thresholds, alternative attractors, and regime shifts. ECOLOGY 95: 2633-2645

McLauchlan, KK, JM Craine, JB Nippert, TW Ocheltree (2014) Lack of eutrophication in a tallgrass prairie ecosystem over 27 years. ECOLOGY 95:1225-1235

Thomas, RB, SE Spal, KR Smith, JB Nippert (2014) Reply to Schaberg et al.: Applying stable isotope analyses to examine the influence of acid deposition on Juniperus virginiana. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, USA 111:doi

Brunsell NA, JB Nippert, T Buck (2014) Impacts of seasonality and surface heterogeneity on water-use efficiency in mesic grasslands. ECOHYDROLOGY 7:1223-1233. doi:10.1002/eco.1455

Craine, JM, JB Nippert (2014) Cessation of burning dries soils long term in a tallgrass prairie. ECOSYSTEMS 17(1):54-65 doi:10.1007/s10021-013-9706-8


Nippert, JB, TW Ocheltree, GL Orozco, Z Ratajczak, B Ling, AM Skibbe (2013) Evidence of physiological decoupling from grassland ecosystem drivers by an encroaching woody shrub. PLoS ONE 8(12): e81630 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081630

Blair, JM, JB Nippert, JM Briggs (2013) Grassland Ecology. in: THE PLANT SCIENCES - ECOLOGY & THE ENVIRONMENT, ed: Russel Monson, Springer Reference Series, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. DOI: 10.1007/SpringerReference_349827.

Thomas, RB, SE Spal, KR Smith, JB Nippert (2013) Evidence of recovery of Juniperus virginiana trees from sulfur pollution after the Clean Air Act. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, USA. 110 (38) 15319-15324; doi:10.1073/pnas.1308115110

Ocheltree, TW, JB Nippert, PVV Prasad. (2013) Stomatal responses to changes in vapor pressure deficit reflect tissue-specific differences in hydraulic conductance. PLANT, CELL & ENVIRONMENT 37(1): 132-139 doi: 10.1111/pce.12137

Ocheltree, TW, JB Nippert, MB Kirkham, PVV Prasad (2013) Partitioning hydraulic resistance in Sorghum bicolor leaves reveals unique correlations with stomatal conductance during drought. FUNCTIONAL PLANT BIOLOGY 41(1): 25-36

O'Keefe, K, N Tomeo, JB Nippert, CJ Springer. (2013) Population origin and genome size do not impact Panicum virgatum (switchgrass) responses to variable precipitation. ECOSPHERE 4(3): 37.

Nippert, JB, TSF Culbertson, GL Orozco, TW Ocheltree, BR Helliker (2013) Identifying the water sources consumed by bison: implications for large mammalian grazers worldwide. ECOSPHERE 4(2):23.

Hartman JC, JB Nippert (2013) Physiological and growth responses of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) in native stands under passive air temperature manipulation. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY-BIOENERGY 5(6): 683-692 doi: 10.1111/j.1757-1707.2012.01204.x

Craine, JM, EG Towne, D Tolleson, JB Nippert (2013) Precipitation timing and grazer performance in a tallgrass prairie. OIKOS 122: 191-198 DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2012.20400.x

Seastedt, TR, L Hartley, JB Nippert. (2013) Case Study: Ecosystem transformations along the Colorado Front Range: Prairie dog interactions with multiple components of global environmental change.  IN:  Richard Hobbs,  Eric Higgs and  Carol Hall (eds).  Novel Ecosystems: Intervening in the New Ecological World Order.  Wiley Press ISBN: 978-1-1183-5422-3.

Craine JM, TW Ocheltree, JB Nippert, EG Towne, AM Skibbe, SW Kembel, and JE Fargione (2013) Global diversity of drought tolerance and grassland climate-change resilience. NATURE CLIMATE CHANGE 3(1):63-67 DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE1634


Ratajczak Z, JB Nippert (2012) Comment on "Global Resilience of Tropical Forest and Savanna to Critical Transitions". SCIENCE 336, 541.doi: 10.1126/science.1219346

Response to Comment on “Global Resilience of Tropical Forest and Savanna to Critical Transitions” by Van Nes, Holmgren, Hirota, and Sheffer.

Ratajczak, Z, JB Nippert, SC Collins (2012) Woody encroachment decreases diversity across North American grasslands and savannas. ECOLOGY 93(4), pp. 697–703 doi:10.1890/11-1199.1.

Craine, JM, EG Towne, TW Ocheltree, JB Nippert (2012) Community traitscape of foliar nitrogen isotopes reveals N availability in a tallgrass prairie. PLANT & SOIL doi:10.1007/s11104-012-1141-7

Craine, JM, JB Nippert, AJ Elmore, AM Skibbe, SL Hutchinson, NA Brunsell (2012) The timing of climate variability and grassland productivity. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, USA doi:10.1073/pnas.1118438109

Gerhart, LM, JM Harris, JB Nippert, DR Sandquist, JK Ward (2012) Glacial trees from the La Brea tar pits show physiological constraints of low CO2. NEW PHYTOLOGIST doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2011.04025.x

Commentary on Gerhart et al. by Tissue and Lewis in New Phytologist

Hartman, JC, JB Nippert, CJ Springer (2012) Ecotypic responses of switchgrass to altered precipitation. FUNCTIONAL PLANT BIOLOGY doi: 10.1071/FP11229

Nippert, JB, RA Wieme, TW Ocheltree, JM Craine (2012) Root characteristics of C4 grasses limit reliance on deep soil water in tallgrass prairie. PLANT & SOIL 355: 385-394 doi: 10.1007/s11104-011-1112-4

Ocheltree, TW, JB Nippert, PVV Prasad (2012) Changes in stomatal conductance along grass blades reflects changes in leaf structure. PLANT CELL & ENVIRONMENT doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3040.2011.02470.x

Carter, JM, JB Nippert (2012) Leaf-level physiological responses of Tamarix ramosissima to increasing salinity. JOURNAL OF ARID ENVIRONMENTS 77:17-24 doi:10.1016/j.jaridenv.2011.10.00

Petrie, MD, NA Brunsell, JB Nippert (2012) Climate change alters growing season flux dynamics in mesic grasslands. THEORETICAL & APPLIED CLIMATOLOGY 107:427-440 doi: 10.1007/s00704-011-0484-y


Carter, JM, JB Nippert (2011) Physiological responses of Tamarix ramosissima to a NaCl concentration gradient. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PLANT SCIENCES 2: 808-815. doi:10.4236/ajps.2011.26095

Ratajczak Z, JB Nippert, JC Hartman, TW Ocheltree (2011) Positive feedbacks amplify rates of woody encroachment in mesic tallgrass prairie. ECOSPHERE 2(11):121. doi:10.1890/ES11-00212.1

Fay, PA, JM Blair, MD Smith, JB Nippert, JD Carlisle, AK Knapp (2011) Relative effects of precipitation variability and warming on tallgrass prairie ecosystem function. BIOGEOSCIENCES 8:3053-3068 doi:10.5194/bg-8-3053-2011

Hartman, JC, JB Nippert, RA Orozco, CJ Springer (2011) Potential ecological impacts of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) biofuel cultivation in the Central Great Plains, USA. BIOMASS AND BIOENERGY doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2011.04.055

Tucker, SS, JM Craine, JB Nippert (2011) Physiological drought tolerance and the structuring of tallgrass prairie assemblages. ECOSPHERE 2(4):art48. doi:10.1890/ES11-00023.1

Nippert JB, TW Ocheltree, AM Skibbe, LC Kangas, JM Ham, KB Shonkwiler Arnold, NA Brunsell. (2011) Linking plant growth responses across topographic gradients in tallgrass prairie. OECOLOGIA doi: 10.1007/s00442-011-1948-6

Craine, JM, JB Nippert, EG Towne, SS Tucker, SW Kembel, AM Skibbe, KK McLauchlan (2011) Functional consequences of climate change-induced plant species loss in a tallgrass prairie. OECOLOGIA 165:1109-1117 doi: 10.1007/s00442-011-1938-8

Kawakami, T, TJ Morgan, JB Nippert, TW Ocheltree, R Keith P Dhakal MC Ungerer (2011) Natural selection drives clinal life history patterns in the perennial sunflower species, Helianthus maximiliani MOLECULAR ECOLOGY 11:2318-28 doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294x.2011.05105x 


Travers, SE, Z Tang, D Caragea, KA Garrett, SH Hulbert, JE Leach, J Bai, A Saleh, AK Knapp, PA Fay, JB Nippert, PS Schnable, & MD Smith (2010) Variation in gene expression of Andropogon gerardii in response to altered environmental conditions associated with climate change. JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY doi: 10.111/j.1365-2745.2009.01618.x

Nippert, JB, M. Hooten, D. Sandquist, & JK Ward. (2010). A statistical model for predicting El Niño events using tree-ring widths and δ18O. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-BIOGEOSCIENCES doi:10.1029/2009JG001101

Craine, JM, EG Towne, and JB Nippert (2010) Climate controls on grass flowering over a quarter century in a tallgrass prairie. ECOLOGY 91:2132-2140 doi: 10.1890/09-1242

Nippert, JB, JJ Butler Jr, GJ Kluitenberg DO Whittemore, D Arnold, SA Spal, & JK Ward. (2010). Patterns of Tamarix water use during a record drought. OECOLOGIA 162:283-292.  


Nippert, JB, PA Fay, JD Carlisle, AK Knapp, & MD Smith (2009) Ecophysiological responses of two dominant grasses to altered temperature and precipitation regimes. ACTA OECOLOGIA doi: 10.1016/j.actao.2009.01.010 


Fay, PA, DM Kaufman, JB Nippert, JD Carlisle, & CW Harper (2008). Changes in grassland ecosystem function due to extreme rainfall events: implications for responses to climate change. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY 14: 1600-1608


Nippert, JB, & AK Knapp (2007). Soil water partitioning as a mechanism for species coexistence in tallgrass prairie. OIKOS 116: 1017-1029

Nippert, JB, & AK Knapp (2007). Linking water uptake with rooting patterns in grassland species. OECOLOGIA 153: 261-272

Nippert, JB , PA Fay & AK Knapp. (2007) Photosynthetic traits in C3 and C4 grassland species in mesocosm and field environments. ENVIRONMENTAL & EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY 60: 412-420.


Duursma RA, JD Marshall, JB Nippert, CC Chambers, AP Robinson. (2005) Estimating leaf-level parameters for ecosystem process models: a study in mixed conifer canopies on complex terrain. TREE PHYSIOLOGY 25: 1347-1359


Nippert, JB, RA Duursma, & JD Marshall. (2004) Seasonal variation in the photosynthetic potential of montane conifers. FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY 18: 876-886

Morgan, J. et al . (2004) Water relations in grassland and desert ecosystem exposed to elevated atmospheric CO2. OECOLOGIA 140: 11-25


Nippert, JB & JD Marshall (2003) Sources of variation in ecophysiological parameters in Douglas- fir and grand fir canopies. TREE PHYSIOLOGY 23: 591-601.

  Last Update: 14-Dec-2018