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Nate McDowell

Earth Systems Analysis & Modeling
Earth Scientist

PNNL Publications


  • Grossiord C., S. Sevanto, D. Bonal, I. Borrego, T.E. Dawson, M. Ryan, and W. Wang, et al. 2019. "Prolonged warming and drought modify belowground interactions for water among coexisting plants." Tree Physiology 39, no. 1:55-63. PNNL-SA-134753. doi:10.1093/treephys/tpy080
  • Hewins D.B., H. Lee, P.W. Barnes, N.G. McDowell, W.T. Pockman, T.A. Rahn, and H.L. Throop. 2019. "Early exposure to UV radiation overshadowed by precipitation and litter quality as drivers of decomposition in the northern Chihuahuan Desert." PLoS One 14, no. 2:Article number e0210470. PNNL-SA-140950. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0210470
  • Mcbranch N., C. Grossiord, H.D. Adams, I. Borrego, A.D. Collins, L.T. Dickman, and M. Ryan, et al. 2019. "Lack of acclimation of leaf area:sapwood area ratios in piņon pine and juniper in response to precipitation reduction and warming." Tree Physiology 39, no. 1:135-142. PNNL-SA-139888. doi:10.1093/treephys/tpy066


  • Bennett K.E., T. Bohn, K. Solander, N.G. McDowell, C. Xu, E. Vivoni, and R. Middleton. 2018. "Climate-driven disturbances in the San Juan River sub-basin of the Colorado River." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 22, no. 1:709-725. PNNL-SA-129830. doi:10.5194/hess-22-709-2018
  • Bennett K.E., T. Bohn, K. Solander, N.G. McDowell, C. Xu, E. Vivoni, and R. Middleton. 2018. "Climate-driven disturbances in the San Juan River sub-basin of the Colorado River." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 22, no. 1:709-725. PNNL-SA-131421. doi:10.5194/hess-22-709-2018
  • Goodsman D.W., B.H. Aukema, N.G. McDowell, R. Middleton, and C. Xu. 2018. "Incorporating variability in simulations of seasonally forced phenology using integral projection models." Ecology and Evolution 8, no. 1:162-175. PNNL-SA-129909. doi:10.1002/ece3.3590
  • Goodsman D.W., G. Grosklos, B.H. Aukema, C. Whitehouse, K. Bleiker, N.G. McDowell, and R. Middleton, et al. 2018. "The effect of warmer winters on the demography of an outbreak insect is hidden by intraspecific competition." Global Change Biology 24, no. 8:3620-3628. PNNL-SA-133988. doi:10.1111/gcb.14284
  • Grossiord C., S. Sevanto, J. Limousin, P. Meir, M. Mencuccini, R. Pangle, and W.T. Pockman, et al. 2018. "Manipulative experiments demonstrate how long-term soil moisture changes alter controls of plant water use." Environmental and Experimental Botany 152. PNNL-SA-131418. doi:10.1016/j.envexpbot.2017.12.010
  • Guerin M., D. Martin-Benito, G. Von Arx, L. Andreu-Hayles, K.L. Griffin, R. Hamdan, and N.G. McDowell, et al. 2018. "Interannual variations in needle and sapwood traits of Pinus edulis branches under an experimental drought." Ecology and Evolution 8, no. 3:1655-1672. PNNL-SA-132681. doi:10.1002/ece3.3743
  • Johnson D.M., J. Domec, Z. Berry, A.M. Schwantes, K.A. Mcculloh, D.R. Woodruff, and W. Polley, et al. 2018. "Co-occurring woody species have diverse hydraulic strategies and mortality rates during an extreme drought." Plant, Cell & Environment 41, no. 3:576-588. PNNL-SA-131417. doi:10.1111/pce.13121
  • Landhausser S.M., P.S. Chow, L.T. Dickman, M. Furze, I. Kuhlman, S. Schmid, and J. Wiesenbauer, et al. 2018. "Standardized protocols and procedures can precisely and accurately quantify non-structrual carbohydrates." Tree Physiology 38, no. 12:1764-1778. PNNL-SA-134735. doi:10.1093/treephys/tpy118
  • Munson S.M., S. Reed, J. Penuelas, N.G. McDowell, and O.E. Sala. 2018. "Ecosystem thresholds, tipping points, and critical transitions." New Phytologist 218, no. 4:1315-1317. PNNL-SA-133660. doi:10.1111/nph.15145


  • Adams H.D., G. Barron-Gafford, R.L. Minor, A.A. Gardea, L. Bentley, D.J. Law, and D.D. Breshears, et al. 2017. "Temperature response surfaces for mortality risk of tree species with future drought." Environmental Research Letters 12, no. 11:Article No. 115014. PNNL-SA-130379. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aa93be
  • Adams H.D., M. Zeppel, W. Anderegg, H. Hartmann, S.M. Landhausser, D.T. Tissue, and T.E. Huxman, et al. 2017. "A multi-species synthesis of physiological mechanisms in drought-induced tree mortality." Nature Ecology & Evolution 1, no. 9:1285-1291. PNNL-SA-130231. doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0248-x
  • Christoffersen B., P. Meir, and N.G. McDowell. 2017. "Linking plant hydraulics and beta diversity in tropical forests." New Phytologist 215, no. 1:12-14. PNNL-SA-126171. doi:10.1111/nph.14601
  • Grossiord C., S. Sevanto, I. Borrego, A.M. Chan, A.D. Collins, L.T. Dickman, and P.J. Hudson, et al. 2017. "Tree water dynamics in a drying and warming world." Plant, Cell & Environment 40, no. 9:1861-1873. PNNL-SA-129758. doi:10.1111/pce.12991
  • McDowell N.G., and C. Xu. 2017. "Using traits to uncover tropical forest function." New Phytologist 214, no. 3:903-904. PNNL-SA-125593. doi:10.1111/nph.14576
  • McDowell N.G., S. Michaletz, K.E. Bennett, K. Solander, C. Xu, R.M. Maxwell, and R. Middleton. 2017. "Predicting chronic climate-driven disturbances and their mitigation." Ecology and Evolution 33, no. 1:15-27. PNNL-SA-129507. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2017.10.002
  • Morillas L., R. Pangle, G.E. Maurer, W.T. Pockman, N.G. McDowell, C. Huang, and D. Krofcheck, et al. 2017. "Tree mortality decreases water availability and ecosystem resilience to drought in pinon-juniper woodlands in the southwestern USA." Journal of Geophysical Research. Biogeosciences 122, no. 12:3343-3361. PNNL-SA-129831. doi:10.1002/2017JG004095
  • Popovic M., M. Gregori, D. Vodnik, M. Ferlan, T. Mrak, I. Straus, and N.G. McDowell, et al. 2017. "Identification of stress biomarkers for drought and increased soil temperature in seedlings of European beech (Fagus sylvatica)." Canadian Journal of Forest Research 47, no. 11:1517-1526. PNNL-SA-132844. doi:10.1139/cjfr-2016-0530
  • Wang W., M. Jia, G. Wang, W. Zhu, and N.G. McDowell. 2017. "Rapid warming forces contrasting growth trends of subalpine fir (Abies fabri) at higher- and lower-elevations in the eastern Tibetan Plateau." Forest Ecology and Management 402. PNNL-SA-130381. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2017.07.043


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