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Shawn successfully defended his Ph.D.!

Solomon has been awarded NSF funding to study glacial refugia

Currently accepting applications for an MS position

Dobrowski (2011) and Crimmins et al. (2011) were selected for Faculty of 1000 Biology and Crimmins et al. (2011) was featured in Nature Climate Change.

Our paper on plant species' elevation shifts was published in the January 21 issue of Science. News coverage is listed here.


Beever, E.A., S.Z. Dobrowski, J. Long, A.R. Mynsberge, and N.B. Piekielek (in press) Understanding relationships among abundance, extirpation, and climate at ecoregional scales. Ecology.

Crimmins, S.M., S.Z. Dobrowski, and A.R. Mynsberge (2013) Evaluating ensemble forecasts of plant species distributions under climate change. Ecological Modelling 266: 126-130.

Dobrowski, S.Z., J. Abatzoglou, A.K. Swanson, J.A. Greenberg, A.R. Mynsberge, Z.A. Holden, and M.K. Schwartz (2013) The climate velocity of the contiguous United States during the 20th centuryGlobal Change Biology 19: 241-251.

Hampe, A., F. Rodriguez-Sanchez, S.Z. Dobrowski, F.S. Hu, andD.G. Gavin (2013) Climate refugia: from the last glacial maximum to the twenty-first century. New Phytologist 197: 16-18.

Kerr, J.T. and S.Z. Dobrowski (2013) Predicting the impacts of global change on species, communities, and ecosystems: it takes time. Global Ecology and Biogeography 22:261-263.

Swanson, A. K., S.Z. Dobrowski, A.O., Finley, J.H. Thorne, and M.K. Schwartz (2013) Spatial regression methods capture prediction uncertainty in species distribution model projections through time. Global Ecology and Biogeography 22: 242-251.

Carlson, C.H., S.Z. Dobrowski, and H.D. Safford (2012) Variation in tree mortality and regeneration affect forest carbon recovery following fuel treatments and wildfire in the Lake Tahoe Basin, California, USA. Carbon Balance and Management 7: 7.

Gavin, D.G., S.Z. Dobrowski, A. Hampe, F.S. Hu, and F. Rodriguez-Sanchez (2012) Climate refugia: Joint inferences from fossils, genetics, and models. PAGES News 20(2): 105.

Holden, Z.A., W.F. Kasworm, C. Servheen, B. Hahn, and S. Dobrowski (2012) Sensitivity of berry productivity to climatic variation in the Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Recovery Zone, Northwest United States, 1989-2010. Wildlife Society Bulletin 36: 226-231.

Parisien, M.A., S. Snetsinger, J.A. Greenberg, C.R. Nelson, T. Schoennagel, S.Z. Dobrowski, and M.A. Moritz (2012). Spatial variability in wildfire probability across the western United States. International Journal of Wildland Fire 21: 313-327.

Dobrowski, S.Z., J.H. Thorne, J.A. Greenberg, H.D. Safford, A.R. Mynsberge, S.M. Crimmins, and A.K. Swanson (2011) Modeling plant distributions over 75 years of measured climate change in California, USA: Relating temporal transferability to species traits. Ecological Monographs 81(2): 241-257.

Cleveland, C.C., A.R. Townsend, P. Taylor, S. Alvarez-Clare, M.M.C. Bustamante, G. Chuyong, S.Z. Dobrowski, P. Grierson, K.E. Harms, B.Z. Houlton, A. Marklein, W. Parton, S. Porder, S.C. Reed, C.A. Sierra, W.L. Silver, E.V.J. Tanner, and W.R. Wieder. (2011) Relationships among net primary productivity, nutrients and climate in tropical rain forest: a pan-tropical analysis. Ecology Letters 14(9): 939-947.

Dobrowski, S.Z., Crimmins, S.M., J.A. Greenberg, J. Abatzoglou, and A.R. Mynsberge (2011) Response to comments on “Changes in climatic water balance drive downhill shifts in plant species' optimum elevations.” Science 334(6053): 177.

Crimmins, S.M., S.Z. Dobrowski, J.A. Greenberg, J. Abatzoglou, and A.R. Mynsberge (2011) Changes in climatic water balance drive downhill shifts in plant species' optimum elevations. Science 331: 324-327. (pdf)

Dobrowski, S.Z. (2011) Global Change Biology cover showing inversionA climatic basis for microrefugia: the influence of terrain on climate. Global Change Biology 17(2): 1022-1035.

Hammersmark, C.T, S.Z. Dobrowski, M.C. Rains, and J.F. Mount (2010) Simulated effects of stream restoration on the distribution of wet meadow vegetation. Restoration Ecology 18(6): 882-893.

Dobrowski, S.Z., J.T. Abatzoglou, J.A. Greenberg, and S.G. Schladow (2009) How much influence does landscape-scale physiography have on air temperature in a mountain environment? Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 149: 1751-1758.

Greenberg, J.A., S.Z. Dobrowski, and V.C. Vanderbilt (2009) Limitations on maximum tree density using hyperspatial remote sensing and envrionmental gradient analysis. Remote Sensing of Environment 113: 94-101.

Dobrowski, S.Z., H.D. Safford, Y.B. Cheng, and S.L. Ustin (2008) Mapping mountain vegetation using image-based texture analysis, predictive species distribution modeling, and object-based classification. Applied Vegetation Science 11: 499-508.

Malhi, R.P., A. Gonzalez-Oliver, K.B. Schroeder, B.M. Kemp, J.A. Greenberg, S.Z. Dobrowski, D.G. Smith, A. Rodriguez, T. Karafet, M. Hammer, S. Zegura, and T. Brovko (2008) Distribution of Y chromosomes among native North Americans: a study of Athapaskan population history.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology 137: 412–424.

Dobrowski, S.Z. and S.K. Murphy (2006) A practical look at the variable area transect. Ecology 87(7): 1856-1860.

Dobrowski, S.Z., J.A. Greenberg, C.M. Ramirez, and S.L. Ustin (2006) Improving image derived vegetation maps with regression based distribution modeling. Ecological Modeling 192: 126-142.

Greenberg, J.A., S.Z. Dobrowski, C.M. Ramirez, J.L. Tuil, and S.L. Ustin (2006) A bottom-up approach to vegetation mapping of the Lake Tahoe Basin using hyperspatial image analysis. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 72(5): 581-589.

Greenberg, J.A., S.Z. Dobrowski, and S.L. Ustin (2005) Shadow allometry: estimating tree structural parameters using hyperspatial image analysis. Remote Sensing of Environment 97: 15-25.

Dobrowski, S.Z., J.C. Pushnik, P.J. Zarco-Tejada, and S.L. Ustin (2005) Simple reflectance indices track heat and water stress induced changes in steady state chlorophyll fluorescence at the canopy scale. Remote Sensing of Environment 97: 403-414.

Roberts, D.A., S.L. Ustin, S. Ogunjemiyo, J. Greenberg, S.Z. Dobrowski, J. Chen, and T.M. Hinckley (2004) Spectral and structural measures of northwest forest vegetation at leaf to landscape scales. Ecosystems 7(5): 545-562.

Dobrowski, S.Z., S.L. Ustin, and J.A. Wolpert (2003) Grapevine dormant pruning weight prediction using remotely sensed data.  Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research 9: 177–182.

Zarco-Tejada, P.J., J.C. Pushnik, S.Z. Dobrowski, and S.L. Ustin (2002) Steady-state chlorophyll a fluorescence detection from canopy derivative reflectance and double-peak red edge effects. Remote Sensing of Environment 84: 283-294.

Dobrowski, S.Z., S.L. Ustin, and J.A. Wolpert (2002) Remote estimation of vine canopy density in vertically shoot-positioned vineyards: determining optimal vegetation indices.  Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research 8: 117–125.