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Litvak E, Pataki DE. 2024. The influence of climate and management on transpiration of residential trees during a bark beetle infestation. In review.


Wilfong M, Litvak E, Grijseels NH, Hamilton K, Kucera D, Welsh L, Endter-Wada J, Jenerette GD, Pataki DE. 2024. Irrigation rates and turfgrass evapotranspiration in cities with contrasting water availability. In review.


Mejia GA, Groffman PM, Avolio ML, Bratt AR, Engebretson JM, Grijseels N, Hall SJ, Hobbie SE, Lerman SB, Litvak E, Locke EH, Narango DL, Cubino JP, Pataki DE, Trammell TLE. 2024. How do urban trees vary across the USA: It depends on where and how you look. Frontiers in Ecology & the Environment, In press.



Lobo J, Aggarwal RM, Alberti M, Allen-Dumas M, Bettencourt LMA, Boone C, Brelsford C, Broto VC, Eakin H, Bagchi-Sen S, Meerow S, D’Cruz CD, Revi A, Roberts DC, Smith ME, York A, Lin T, Bai X, Solecki W, Pataki DE, Tapia LT, Rockman M, Wolfram M, Schlosser P, Gauthier N. 2023. Integration of urban science and urban climate adaptation research: opportunities to advance climate action. npj Urban Sustainability 3(32),

Grijseels NH, Litvak E, Avolio ML, Bratt AR, Cavender‐Bares J, Groffman PM, Hall SJ, Hobbie SE, Lerman SB, Morse JL, Narango DL, Neill C, O'Neil‐Dunne J, Cubino JP, Trammell TLE, Pataki DE. 2023. Evapotranspiration of residential lawns across the United States. Water Resources Research, e2022WR032893.


Pataki DE. 2022. Is tree planting in desert cities a climate solution or water waste? Global Futures: Futurecast, Vol. 3, Fall 2022.

Mitchell LE, Lin JC, Hutyra LR, Bowling DR, Cohen RC, Davis KJ,  DiGangi E, Duren RM, Ehleringer JR, Fain C, Falk M, Guha A, Karion A, Keeling RF, Kim J, Miles NL, Miller CE, Newman S, Pataki DE, Prinzivalli S, Ren X, Rice A, Richardson SJ, Sargent M, Stephens BB, Turnbull JC, Verhulst KR, Vogel F, Weiss RF, Whetstone J, Wofsy SC. 2022. A multi-city urban atmospheric greenhouse gas measurement data synthesis. Scientific Data 9(1): 361



Esperon-Rodriguez M, Rymer PD, Power SA, Barton D, Cariñanos P, Dobbs C, Eleuterio AA, Escobedo RJ, Hauer R, Hermy M, Jahani A, Onyekwelu JC, Östberg J, Pataki DE, Randrup TB, Rasmussen T, Roman LA, Russo A, Shackleton C, Solfjeld I, van Doorn NS, Wells MJ, Wiström B, Yan P, Yang J, Tjoelker MG. 2021. Assessing climate risk to support urban forests in a changing climate. Plants, People, Planet, In press.

Cobley LAE, Pataki DE, Adler FR, Hinners SJ. 2021. Using traffic density and foliar chemistry variables to understand interactions between air pollution and household income. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 126(23), e2021JD034942.

Lin BB, Ossola A, Alberta M, Andersson E, Bai X, Dobbs C, Elmqvist T, Evans KL, Frantzeskaki M, Fuller RA, Gaston KJ, Haase D, Jim CY, Konijnendijk C, Nagrenda H, Niemalä J, McPhearson T, Moomaw WS, Parnell S, Pataki DE, Ripple WJ. 2021. Integrating solutions to adapt cities for climate change. The Lancet Planetary Health 5(7), e479-e486.

Avolio ML, Swan C, Pataki DE, Jenerette GD. 2021. Incorporating human behaviors into theories of urban community assembly and species coexistence. Oikos 130(11):1849-1864.


Pataki DE, Santana CG, Hinners SJ, Felson AJ, Engebretson J. 2021. Ethical considerations of urban ecological design and planning experiments. Plants, People, Planet 3(6):737-746.


Shah J, Bares R, Bowen BB, Bowen GJ, Bowling DR, Eiriksson DP, Fasoli B, Fiorella RP, Hallar AG, Hinners SJ, Horel JD, Jacques AA, Jamison LR, Lin JC, Mendoza DL, Mitchell LE, Pataki DE, Skiles SM, Smith RM, Wolf MA, Brooks PD. The Wasatch Environmental Observatory: A mountain to urban research network in the semi-arid Western U.S. 2021. Hydrologic Processes 35(9), e14352.

Blanchette A, Trammell TLE, Pataki DE, Endter-Wada J, Avolio ML. 2021.Plant biodiversity in residential yards is influenced by people's preferences for variety but limited by their income. Landscape and Urban Planning 214, 104149.

Pataki DE, Alberti M, Cadenasso ML, Felson AJ, McDonnell MJ, Pincetl S, Pouyat R, Setälä H, Whitlow. 2021. The benefits and limits of urban tree planting for environmental and human health. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 9, 603757.

Livesley SJ, Marchionni V, Cheung PK, Daly E, Pataki DE. 2021. Water smart cities increase irrigation to provide cool refuge in a climate crisis. Earth's Future 9(1): e2020EF001806.

Gómez-Navarro C, Pataki DE, Pardyjak ER, Bowling DR. 2021. Effects of vegetation on the spatial and temporal variation of microclimate in the urbanized Salt Lake City. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 296, 108211.


Grijseels NH, Buchert PD, Brooks PD, Pataki DE. 2020. Using LiDAR to assess transitions in riparian vegetation structure along a rural to urban gradient. Ecohydrology, e2259.


Levia DF, Creed IF, Hannah DM, Nanko K, Boyer WE, Carlyle-Moses DE, van de Giesen N, Grasso D, Guswa AJ, Hudson JE, Hudson SA, Iida S, Jackson SB, Katul GG, Kumagai T, Llorens P, Ribeiro FL, Pataki DE, Peters CA, Sanchez Carretero D, Selker JS, Tetzlaff D, Zalewski M, Bruen M. 2020. Homogenization of the terrestrial water cycle. Nature Geoscience 13: 656-658.

Diffenbaugh NS, Field CB, Appel EA, Azevedo IL, Baldocchi DD, Burke M, Burney JA, Ciais P, David SJ, Fiore AM, Fletcher SM, Hertel TW, Horton DE, Hsiang SM, Jackson RB, Jin X, Levi M, Lobell DB, McKinley GA, Moore FC, Montgomery A, Nadeau KC, Pataki DE, Randerson JT, Reichstein M, Schnell JL, Seneviratne SI, Singh D, Steiner A, Wong-Parodi G. 2020. The COVID-19 lockdown: a window into the Earth System. Nature Reviews Earth & Environment 1: 470-481.

Engebretson JM, Nelson KC, Ogden LA, Larson KL, Grove JM, Hall SJ, Locke DH, Pataki DE, Chowdhury RR, Trammell TLE, Groffman PM. 2020. How the nonhuman world influences homeowner yard management in the American Residential Macrosystem. Human Ecology 48: 347-356.


Guswa AJ, Tetzlaff D, Selker JS, Carlyle-Moses DE, Boyer EW,  Bruen M, Cayuela C, Creed IF, van de Giesen N, Grasso D, Hannah DM, Hudson JE, Hudson SA, Lida S, Jackson RB, Katual GG, Kumagai T, Llorens P, Ribeiro FL, Michaelzik B, Nanko K, Oster C, Pataki DE, Peters CA, Rinaldo A, Carretero DS, Trifunovic B, Zalewski M, Haagsma M, Levia DF. 2020. Advancing ecohydrology in the 21 century: A convergence of opportunities. Ecohydrology 13: e2208.

Trammell TLE, Pataki DE, Pouyat RV, Rosier C, Avolio ML, Bettez M, Cavender-Bares J, Groffman PM, Grove M, Hall S, Heffernan J, Hobbie SE, Larson KL, Morse JL, Neill C, Nelson KC, Ogden LA, O’Neil-Dunne J, Polsky C, Roy Chowdhury RR, Steele M, Wheeler MM. 2020. Urban soil carbon and nitrogen converge at a continental scale. Ecological Monographs, 90(2), e01401.

Cubino JP, Avolio ML, Wheeler MM, Larson KL, Hobbie SE, Cavendar-Bares J, Hall SJ, Nelson KC, Trammell TLE, Neill C, Pataki DE, Grove JM, Groffman PM. 2020. Linking yard plant diversity to homeowners’ landscaping priorities across the U.S. Landscape and Urban Planning 196: 103730.

Avolio M, Pataki DE, Jenerette GD, Pincetl S, Clarke LW, Cavender-Bares J, Gillespie TW, Larson KL, McCarthy HR, Trammell TLE. 2020. Urban plant diversity in Los Angeles, California: Species and functional type turnover in cultivated landscapes. Plants People Planet 2(2): 144-156.




Pataki DE. 2019. On the definition of cultivated ecology. Philosophical Topics 47(1): 181-201.

Cobley LAE Pataki DE. 2019. Vehicle emissions and fertilizer impact the leaf chemistry of urban trees in Salt Lake Valley, UT. Environmental Pollution 254: 112984.


Eisenman TS, Churkina G, Jariwala SP, Kumar P, Lovasi GS, Pataki DE, Weinberger KR, Whitlow TH. 2019. Urban trees, air quality, and asthma: An interdisciplinary review. Landscape and Urban Planning 187: 47-59.


Pincetl S, Gillespie TW, Pataki DE, Porse E, Jia S, Kidera E, Nobles N, Rodriguez J, Choi D. 2019. Evaluating the effects of the turf-replacement programs in Los Angeles. Landscape and Urban Planning 185: 210-221.


Pincetl S, Porse E, Mika KB, Litvak E, Manago KF, Hogue TS, Gillespie T, Pataki DE, Gold M. 2019. Adapting urban water systems to manage scarcity in the 21st century: The case of Los Angeles. Enviromental Management 63 (3): 293–308.


Trammell TLE, Pataki DE, Still CJ, Ehleringer JR, Avolio ML, Bettez N, Cavender-Bares J, Groffman PM, Grove M, Hall SJ, Heffernan J, Hobbie SE, Larson KL, Morse JL, Neill C, Nelson KC, O’Neil-Dunne J, Pearse WD, Chowdhury RR, Steele M, Wheeler MM. 2019. Biophysical and social factors interact to control C4 plant distribution in residential lawns across seven U.S. cities. Ecological Applications 29(4):e01884.

Cubino JP, Cavendar-Bares J, Hobbie SE, Pataki DE, Avolio ML, Darling LE, Larson KL, Hall SJ, Groffman PM, Trammell TLE, Steele MK, Grove JM, Neill C. 2019. Drivers of plant species richness and phylogenetic composition in urban yards at the continental scale. Landscape Ecology 34: 63–77.


Cobley LAE, Pataki DE, McCarthy HR, Martin SA, Ehleringer JR. 2018. Housing age and affluence plant and soil nitrogen and carbon cycles in two semi-arid cities. JGR Biogeosciences 123, 3178-3192, doi/10.1029/2018JG004424.


Lin JC, Mitchel L, Cros E, Mendoza D, Buchert M, Bares R, Fasoli B, Bowling DR, Pataki DE, Catharine D, Strong C, Gurney K, Patarasuk R, Baasandorj M, Jackques A, Hoch S, Horel J, Ehleringer JR. 2018. CO2 and carbon emissions from cities: Linkages to air quality, socioeconomic activity and stakeholders in the Salt Lake City urban area. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, in press.

Ward EJ, Oren R, Kim HS, Kim D, Torngern P, Ewers PE, McCarthy HR, Oishi AC, Pataki DE, Palmroth S, Phillips NG, Schäfer KVR. 2018. Evapotranspiration and water yield of a pine-broadleaf forest are not altered by long-term atmospheric CO2 enrichment under native or enhanced soil fertility. Global Change Biology 24(10):4841-4856.


Smith RM, Williamson JC, Pataki DE, Ehleringer JR, Dennison P. 2018. Soil carbon and nitrogen accumulation in residential lawns of the Salt Lake Valley, Utah. Oecologia 187(4):1107-1118.


Porse EP, Mika KB, Litvak E, Manago KF, Hogue TS, Gold M, Pataki DE, Pincetl. 2018. The dollars and sense of local water supplies in Los Angeles. Nature Sustainability 1: 289-297.


Roman LA, Pearsall H, Eisenman TS, Conway TM, Fahey RT, Landry S, Vogt J, van Doorn NS, Grove JM, Locke DH, Bardekjian AC, Battles JJ, Cadenasso ML, van den Bosch CCK, Avolio ML, Berland A, Jenerette GC, Mincey SK, Pataki DE, Staudhammer C. 2018. Human and biophysical legacies shape contemporary urban forests: A literature synthesis. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 31: 157-168.


Blaszczak JR, Steele MK, Badgley BD, Heffernan JB, Hobbie SE, Morse JL, Rivers EN, Hall SJ, Neill C, Pataki DE, Groffman PM, Bernhardt E. 2018. Sediment chemistry of urban stormwater ponds and controls on denitrification. Ecosphere 9(6): e01318.


Locke DH, Avolio ML, Trammell TLE, Chowdhury RR, Grove MJ, Rogan J, Martin DG, Bettez N, Cavendar-Bares J, Groffman PM, Hall SJ, Heffernan JB, Hobbie SE, Larson KL, Morse JL, Neill C, Ogden LA, O’Neil-Dunne JPM, Pataki DE, Pearse WD, Polsky C, Wheeler MM. 2018. A multi-city comparison of front and backyard differences in plant species diversity and nitrogen cycling in residential landscapes. Landscape and Urban Planning 178: 102-111.


Mitchell LE, Lin JC, Bowling DR, Pataki DE, Strong C, Schauer AJ, Bares R, Bush SE, Stephens BB, Mendoza D, Malia D, Holland L, Gurney KR, Ehleringer JR. 2018. Long-term urban carbon dioxide observations reveal spatial and temporal dynamics related to urban characteristics and growth. PNAS 115(12):2912-2917.


Pataki DE. 2018. Socioecological science is failing cities. The humanities can help. The Nature of Cities, March 24, 2018.

Avolio ML, Pataki DE, Trammell TLE, Endter-Wada J. 2018. Biodiverse cities: The nursery industry, homeowners, and neighborhood differences drive urban tree composition. Ecological Monographs 88(2):259-276.

Pearse WD, Bares-Cavender J, Hobbie SE, Avolio ML, Bettez N, Roy Chowdhury R, Darling LE, Groffman PM, Grove M, Hall SJ, Heffernan JB, Learned J, Neill C, Nelson KC, Pataki DE, Ruddell BL, Steele MK, Trammell TLE. 2018. Homogenization of plant diversity, composition, and structure in North American urban yards. Ecosphere 9(2)


Raczka B, Biraud SC, Ehleringer JR, Lai C, Miller JB, Pataki DE, Saleska S, Torn MS, Vaughn BH, Wehr R, Bowling DR. 2017. Does vapor pressure deficit drive the seasonality of δ13C of the net land-atmosphere CO2 exchange across the United States? JGR Biogeosciences, doi: 10.1002/2017JG003795.

Porse E, Kathryn MB, Litvak E, Manago K, Naik K, Glickfield, Hogue TS, Gold M, Pataki DE, Pincetl S. 2017. Optimization of local water supply in Los Angeles: Urban water systems analysis with institutional complexity. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 143(9):04017049.

Litvak E, Manago KF, Hogue TS, Pataki DE. 2017. Evapotranspiration of urban landscapes in Los Angeles, California at the municipal scale. Water Resources Research, 53, doi:10.1002/2016WR020254.
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Pataki DE. 2017. Is green the new flying car? A visit to the World's Fairs of 1964 and 2064. The Nature of Cities, June 14, 2017.

Groffman PM, Avolio M, Cavender-Bares J, Bettez ND, Grove JM, Hall SJ, Hobbie SE, Larson KL, Lerman SB, Locke DH, Heffernan JB, Morse JL, Neill C, Nelson KC, O'Neil-Dunne J, Pataki DE, Polsky C, Chowdhury RR, Trammell TLE. 2017. Ecological homogenization of residential macrosystems. Nature Ecology and Evolution 1, 0191 doi:10.1002/2017JG003795.

Wheeler MM, Neill C, Groffman PM, Avolio M, Bettez N, Cavender-Bares J, Chowdhury RR, Darling L, Grove JM, Hall SJ, Heffernan JB, Hobbie SE, Larson KL, Morse JL, Nelson KC, Ogden LA, O'Neil-Dunne J, Pataki DE, Polsky C, Steele M, Trammell TLE. 2017. Continental-scale homogenization of residential lawn communities. Landscape and Urban Planning 165: 54-63.

Litvak E, McCarthy HR, Pataki DE. 2017. A method for estimating transpiration of irrigated urban trees in California. Landscape and Urban Planning 158: 48-61.

Groffman PM, Cadenasso ML, Cavendar-Bares J, Childers DL, Grimm NB, Grove JM, Hobbie SE, Hutrya LR, Jenerette GD, McPhearson T, Pataki DE, Pickett STA, Pouyat RV, Rosi-Marshall E, Ruddell BL. 2017. Moving towards a new urban systems science. Ecosystems 20:38

Pataki DE, Hinners S, Rothfeder R. 2016. Wouldn’t it be better if ecologists and planners talked to each other more? The Nature of Cities, November 9, 2016.

Gillespie TW, de Goede J, Aguilar L, Jenerette GD, Fricker GA, Avolio ML, Pincelt S, Johnston T, Clarke LW. Pataki DE. 2016. Predicting tree species richness in urban forests. Urban Ecosystems doi:10.1007/s11252-016-0633-2.

Jenerette GD, Clarke LW, Avolio ML, Pataki DE, Gillespie TW, Pincetl S, Nowak DJ, Hutyra LR, McHale M, McFadden JP, Alonzo M. 2016. Climate tolerances and trait choices shape continental patterns of urban tree biodiversity. Global Ecology and Biogeography 25(11):1367-1376.

Litvak E, Pataki DE. 2016. Evapotranspiration of urban lawns in a semi-arid environment: an in situ evaluation of microclimatic conditions and watering recommendations. Journal of Arid Environments 135: 87-96.
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Trammell TLE, Pataki DE, Cavendar-Bares J, Groffman PM, Hall SJ, Heffernan JB, Hobbie SE, Morse JL, Neill C, Nelson KC. 2016. Plant N concentration and isotopic composition in residential lawns across seven U.S. cities. Oecologia 181(1):271-285.

Larson KL, Nelson KC, Samples SR, Hall SJ, Bettez N, Carender-Bares J, Groffman PM, Grove M, Heffernan JB, Hobbie SE, Learned J, Morse JL, Neill C, Ogden LA, O'Neil-Dunne J, Pataki DE, Polsky C, Chowdhury RR, Steele M, Trammell TLE. 2016. Ecosystem services in managing residential landscapes: priorities, value dimensions, and cross-regional patterns. Urban Ecosystems 19(1): 95-113.

Hall SJ, Learned J, Ruddell B, Larson KL, Cavender-Bares J, Bettez N, Groffman PM, Grover JM, Heffernan JB, Hobbie SE, Morse JL, Neill C, Nelson KC, O'Neil-Dunne JPM, Ogden L, Pataki DE, Pearse WD, Polsky C, Chowdhury RR, Steele MK, Trammel TLE. 2016. Convergence of microclimate in residential landscapes across diverse cities in the United States. Landscape Ecology 31(1): 101-117.

Groffman PM, Grove JM, Polsky C, Bettez ND, Morse JL, Cavendar-Bares J, Hall SJ, Heffernan JB, Hobbie SE, Larson KL, Neill C, Nelson K, Ogden L, O’Neil-Dunne, Pataki DE, Chowdhury R, Locke DH. 2016. Satisfaction, water and fertilizer use in the American residential macrosystem. Environmental Research Letters 11: 03004.


Pataki DE, Pincetl S. 2015. Is there room for ornamentals in the gardens of "new" California? The Nature of Cities, June 23, 2015.

Avolio M, Pataki DE, Gillespie T, Jenerette GD, McCarthy HR, Pincetl S, Weller-Clarke L. 2015. Tree diversity in southern California's urban forest: The interacting roles of social and environmental variables. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 3:73. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2015.00073.


Pataki DE. 2015. Grand challenges in urban ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 3:57. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2015.00057.

Schwarz K, Fragkias M, Boone CG, Zhou W, McHale M, Grove JM, O'Neil-Dunne J, McFadden JP, Buckley GL, Childers D, Ogden L, Pincetl S, Pataki DE, Whitmer A, Cadenasso ML. 2015. Trees grow on money: Urban tree canopy cover and environmental justice. PLOS ONE, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0122051.

Hale RL, Armstrong A, Baker MA, Bedingfield S, Betts D, Buahin C, Buchert M, Crowl T, Dupont RR, Ehleringer JR, Endter-Wada J, Flint C, Grant J, Hinners S, Horsburgh, JS, Jackson-Smith D, Jones AS, Licon C, Null SE, Odame A, Pataki DE, Rosenberg D, Runburg M, Stoker P, Strong C. 2015. ISAW: Integrating Structure, Actors, and Water to study socio-hydro-ecological systems. Earth's Future 3(3):110-132.

Tanner CJ, Adler FR, Grimm NB, Groffman PM, Levin SA, Munshi South J, Pataki DE, Pavao-Zuckerman M, Wilson WG. 2015. Urban ecology: Advancing science and society. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12(10):574-581.

Pataki DE, Jenerette GD, Pincetl S, Trammell TLE, Ervin L. 2015. Urban Ecosystems. In: Ecosystems of California – A Source Book. Mooney HA, Zavaleta ES, Eds. University of California Press.

Riordan EC, Gillespie TW, Pitcher L, Pincetl S, Jenerette GD, Pataki DE. 2015. Threats of future climate change and land use to vulnerable species native to Southern California. Environmental Conservation 42(2):127-138.

Avolio ML, Pataki DE, Pincetl S, Gillespie TW, Jenerette GD, McCarthy HR. 2015. Understanding preferences for tree attributes: the relative effects of socio-economic and local environmental factors. Urban Ecosystems 18(1):73-86.

Whitlow TH, Pataki DE, Alberti M, Pincetl S, Setälä H, Cadenasso M, Felson A, McComas K. 2014. Comments on “Modeled PM2.5 removal by trees in ten U.S. cities and associated health effects" by Nowak et al. (2013).  Environmental Pollution 191:256 and 191:258-259.

Bijoor NS, Pataki DE, Haver D, Famiglietti JS. 2014. A comparative study of the water budgets of lawns under three management scenarios. Urban Ecosystems 17(4):1095-1117.

Wang W, Haver D, Pataki DE. 2014. Nitrogen budgets of urban lawns under three different management regimes in southern California.  Biogeochemistry 121(1):127-148.


Litvak E, Bijoor NS, Pataki DE. 2014. Adding trees to irrigated turfgrass lawns may be a water-saving measure in semi-arid environments. Ecohydrology 7(5):1314-1330.


Polsky C, Grove JM, Knudson C, Groffman PM, Bettez N, Cavendar-Bares J, Hall SJ, Heffernan JB, Hobbie SE, Larson KL, Morse JL, Neill C, Nelson KC, Ogden LA, O’Neil-Dunne, Pataki DE, Chowdhury RR, Steele MK. 2014. Assessing the homogenization of urban land management with an application US residential lawn care. PNAS 111(12):4432-4437.

Steele MK, Heffernan JB, Bettez N, Cavendar-Bares J, Groffman PM, Grove M, Hall S, Hobbie SE, Larson K, Morse JL, Neill C, Nelson KC, O’Neil-Dunne J, Ogden L, Pataki DE, Polsky C, Chowdhury RR. 2014. Convergent surface water distributions in U.S. cities. Ecosystems 17(4):685-697.

Groffman PM, Cavendar-Bares J, Bettez ND, Grove JM, Hall SJ, Heffernan JB, Hobbie SE, Larson KL, Morse JL, Neill C, Nelson K, O’Neil-Dunne J, Ogden L, Pataki DE, Polsky C, Chowdhury RR, Steele MK. 2014. Ecological homogenization of urban USA. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12(1): 74-81.




Pataki DE. 2013. Parks 2050: Growing food, curbing floods, cleaning air. BBC Future Blog.

Pataki DE, Alberti M, Cadenasso ML, Felson AJ, McDonnell MJ, Pincetl S, Pouyat RV, Setala H, Whitlow TW.  2013.  City trees: Urban greening needs better data.  Nature 502: 624.

Jenerette GD, Miller G, Buyantuyev A, Pataki DE, Gillespie T, Pincetl S. 2013. Urban vegetation dynamics and income segretation in drylands: A synthesis of seven metropolitan regions in the southwestern United States. Environmental Research Letters 8: 044001.

Townsend-Small A, Tyler SC, Pataki DE, Xu X, Christensen LE. 2013. Isotopic measurements of atmospheric methane in Los Angeles, California, USA reveal the influence of "fugitive" fossil fuel emissions. JGR Atmospheres 117: doi: 10.1029/2011JD016826.

Pataki DE, McCarthy HR, Gillespie T, Jenerette GD, Pincetl S. 2013. A trait based ecology of the Los Angeles urban forest. Ecosphere 4(6):art72 doi: 10.1890/ES-00017.1.


Pincetl S, Prabhu S, Gillespie TW, Jenerette GD, Pataki DE. 2013. Evolution of tree nursery offerings and the cultivated urban forest of Los Angeles.  Landscape and Urban Planning 118:10-17.

Pincetl S, Gillespie TW, Pataki DE, Saatchi S, Saphores J-D. 2013. Urban tree planting programs, function or fashion? Los Angeles and urban tree planting campaigns. GeoJournal 78(3):475-493.


Townsend-Small A, Pataki DE, Liu H, Li Z, Wu Q, Thomas B. 2013. Increasing summer river discharge in southern California, USA linked to urbanization. Geophysical Research Letters 40(17): 4643-4647.

Djuricin S, Xu X, Pataki DE. 2012. The radiocarbon composition of tree rings as a tracer of local fossil fuel emissions in the Los Angeles basin: 1980-2008. JGR Atmospheres 117, D12302, doi:10.1029/2011JD017284.

Litvak E, McCarthy HR, Pataki DE. 2012. Transpiration from urban trees in a semi-arid climate is constrained by xylem vulnerability to cavitation. Tree Physiology 32: 373-388.


Gillespie TW, Pincetl S, Brossard S, Smith J, Saatchi S, Pataki D, Saphores J-D. 2012. A time series of urban forestry in Los Angeles. Urban Ecosystems 15(1): 233-246.

Bijoor NS, McCarthy HR, Zhang D, Pataki DE. 2012. Water sources of urban trees in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Urban Ecosystems 15(1): 194-214.


Goedhart CM, Pataki DE. 2012.  Do arid species use less water than mesic species in an irrigated common garden? Urban Ecosystems 15(1): 215-232.

Wang W, Pataki DE. 2012. Drivers of spatial variability in urban plant and soil isotopic composition in the Los Angeles Basin. Plant and Soil 350: 323–338.


McCarthy HR, Pataki DE, Jenerette GD. 2011. Plant water use efficiency as a metric of urban ecosystem services. Ecological Applications 21(8): 3115–3127.

Townsend-Small A, Rosso D, Pataki DE, Tseng L, Tsai C-Y. 2011. Nitrous oxide emissions from water reclamation plants in southern California. Journal of Environmental Quality 40: 1542-1550.


McKinley DC, Ryan MG, Birdsey RA, Giardina CP, Harmon ME, Heath LS, Houghton RA, Jackson RB, Morrison JF, Murray BC, Pataki DE, Skog KE. 2011. A synthesis of current knowledge on forests and carbon storage in the United States. Ecological Applications 21: 1902-1924.


Bijoor, N.S., Pataki D.E., Rocha A.V., Goulden M.L. 2011. The application of d18O and dD for understanding water pools and fluxes in a Typha marsh. Plant, Cell and Environment 34 (10): 1761-1775.

Litvak E, McCarthy HR, Pataki DE. 2011. Water relations of coast redwood planted in the semi-arid climate of southern California. Plant, Cell and Environment 34(8): 1384-1400.


Goedhart CM, Pataki DE. 2011. Ecosystem effects of groundwater depth in Owens Valley, California. Ecohydrology 4(3): 458-468.


Pataki DE, McCarthy HR, Litvak E, Pincetl S. 2011. Transpiration of urban forests in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Ecological Applications 21(3): 661-677.


Pataki DE, Boone CG, Hogue TS, Jenerette GD, McFadden JP, Pincetl S. 2011. Socio-ecohydrology and the urban water challenge. Ecohydrology 4(2): 341-347.


Pataki DE, Carreiro MM, Cherrier J, Grulke NE, Jenning V, Pincetl S, Pouyat RV, Whitlow TH, Zipperer WC. 2011. Coupling biogeochemical cycles in urban environments: Ecosystem services, green solutions, and misconceptions. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 9: 27-36.

Townsend-Small A, Pataki DE, Czimczik CI, Tyler SC. 2011. Nitrous oxide emissions and isotopic composition in urban and agricultural systems in southern California. JGR Biogeosciences 116, G01013: doi:10.1029/2010JG001494.


McCarthy HR, Pataki DE. 2010. Drivers of variability in water use of native and non-native urban trees in the Greater Los Angeles area. Urban Ecosystems 13(4): 393-414.


Djuricin S, Pataki DE, Xiaomei Xu. 2010. A comparison of tracer methods for quantifying CO2 sources in an urban region. JGR Atmospheres 115, D11303 doi:10/1029/2009JD012236.


Kennedy C, Steinberger J, Gasson B, Hansen Y, Hillman T, Havranek M, Pataki D, Phdungsilp A, Ramaswami A, Mendez GV. 2010. Methodology for inventorying greenhouse gas emissions from global cities. Energy Policy 38(9): 4828-4837.


Goedhart CM, Pataki DE, Billings SA. 2010. Seasonal variations in plant nitrogen relations and photosynthesis along a grassland to shrubland gradient in Owens Valley, California. Plant and Soil 327: 213-223.


Pataki DE, Randerson JT, Wang W, Herzenach MK, Grulke NE. 2010. The carbon isotope composition of plants and soils as biomarkers of pollution. In West JB, Bowen G, Dawson TE, Eds. Isoscapes: Understanding movement, pattern, and process on Earth through isotope mapping. Springer, New York.


Wang W, Pataki DE. 2010. Spatial patterns of plant isotope tracers in the Los Angeles urban region. Landscape Ecology 25(1):35-52.


Kennedy C, Steinberger J, Gasson B, Hansen Y, Hillman T, Havranek M, Pataki D, Phdungsilp A, Ramaswami A, Mendez GV. 2009. Greenhouse gas emissions from global cities. Environmental Science and Technology 43, 7297-7302.


Pataki DE, Emmi PC, Forster CB, Mills JI, Pardyjak ER, Peterson TR, Thompson JD, Dudley-Murphy E. 2009. An integrated approach to improving fossil fuel emissions scenarios with urban ecosystem studies. Ecological Complexity 6(1):1-14.


Riley WJ, Hsueh DJ, Randerson JT, Fischer ML, Hatch JG, Pataki DE, Goulden ML. 2008. Where do fossil fuel carbon dioxide emissions from California go? An analysis based on radiocarbon observations and an atmospheric transport model. GR Biogeosciences 113, G04002, doi:10.1029/2007JG000625.


Hultine KR, Bush SE, West AG, Burtch KG, Pataki DE, Ehleringer JR. 2008. Gender-specific patterns of aboveground allocation, canopy conductance and water use in a dominant riparian tree species: Acer negundo. Tree Physiology 28(9) 1383-1394.


Jackson RB, Randerson JT, Canadell JG, Anderson RG, Avissar R, Baldocchi DD, Bonan GB, Caldeira, Diffenbaugh NS, Field CB, Hungate BA, Jobbagy EG, Kueppers LM, Nosetto MD, Pataki DE. 2008. Protecting climate with forests. Environmental Research Letters 3, 044006.


Bijoor NS, Czimczik C, Pataki DE, Billings SA. 2008. The effects of temperature and fertilization on nitrogen cycling and community composition of an urban lawn. Global Change Biology, 14(9):2119-2131.


Pataki DE, Billings SA, Naumburg E, Goedhart CM. 2008. Water sources and nitrogen relations of grasses and shrubs in phreatophytic communities of the Great Basin Desert. Journal of Arid Environments, 72(9):1581-1593.


Grimm NB, Foster D, Groffman P, Grove JM, Hopkinson CS, Nadelhoffer K, Pataki DE, Peters D. 2008. The changing landscape: ecosystem responses to urbanization and pollution across climatic and societal gradients. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 6(5): 264-272.


Bush SE, Pataki DE, Hultine KR, West AG, Sperry JS, Ehleringer JR. 2008. Wood anatomy constrains stomatal responses to atmospheric vapor pressure deficit in irrigated, urban trees. Oecologia, 156: 13-20.


Ngo NS, Pataki DE. 2008. The energy and mass balance of Los Angeles County. Urban Ecosystems, 11: 121-139.

Bowling DR, Pataki DE, Randerson JT. 2008. Carbon isotopes in terrestrial ecosystem pools and CO2 fluxes. New Phytologist,178(1): 24–40.


Pataki DE, Xu T, Luo YQ, Ehleringer JR. 2007. Inferring biogenic and anthropogenic CO2 sources across an urban to rural gradient. Oecologia 152: 307-322.

Bush SE, Pataki DE, Ehleringer JR. 2007. Sources of variation in d13C of fossil fuel emissions in Salt Lake City, USA. Applied Geochemistry 22: 715-723.

Pataki DE, Lai CT, Keeling CD, Ehleringer JR. 2007. Insights from stable isotopes on the role of terrestrial ecosystems in the global carbon cycle.  In Terrestrial Ecosystems in a Changing World. Canadell JG, Pataki DE, Pitelka LF, Eds, Springer, Berlin.

Pouyat RV, Pataki DE, Belt KT, Groffman PM, Hom J, Band LE. 2007. Effects of urban land use change on biogeochemical cycles. In Terrestrial Ecosystems in a Changing World. Canadell JG, Pataki DE, Pitelka LF, Eds, Springer, Berlin.

Gurney K, Ansely W, Mendoza D, Petron G, Frost G, Gregg J, Fischer, M, Pataki D, Acerkman K, Houseling S, Corbin K, Andres R, Blasing TJ. 2007. Research needs for finely resolved fossil carbon emissions. EOS 88(40): 542-543.

Canadell JG, Pataki DE, Gifford R, Houghton R, Luo Y, Raupach M, Smith P, Steffen W. 2007.  Saturation of the terrestrial carbon sink. In Terrestrial Ecosystems in a Changing World. Canadell JG, Pataki DE, Pitelka LF, Eds, Springer, Berlin.

Canadell JG, Pataki DE, Pitelka LF, Eds. 2007. Terrestrial Ecosystems in a Changing World, Springer, Berlin.

Pataki DE, Alig RJ, Fung AS, Golubiewski NE, Kennedy CA, McPherson EG, Nowak DJ, Pouyat RV, Romero Lankao P. 2006. Urban ecosystems and the North American Carbon Cycle.  Global Change Biology 12: 2092-2101, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2006.01242.x.

Pataki DE, Bowling DR, Ehleringer JR, Zobitz JM. 2006. High resolution monitoring of urban carbon dioxide sources.  Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L03813, doi:10.1029/2005GL024822.


Aranibar JN, Berry JA, Riley WJ, Pataki DE, Law BE, Ehleringer JR. 2006.  Combining meteorology, eddy fluxes, isotope measurements, and modeling to understand environmental controls of carbon isotope discrimination at the canopy scale. Global Change Biology, 12: 710-730.


Pataki DE, Tyler BJ, Peterson RE, Nair AP, Steenburgh WJ, Pardyjak ER.  2005. Can carbon dioxide be used as a tracer of urban atmospheric transport? Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres,110: D15102, doi:10.1029/2004JD005723.

Pataki DE. 2005. Emerging topics in stable isotope ecology: are there isotope effects in plant respiration? New Phytologist, 167: 321-323.

Pataki DE, Bush SE, Ehleringer JR. 2005. Stable isotopes as a tool in urban ecology. In Stable isotopes and biosphere-atmosphere interactions: Processes and biological controls. Flanagan LB, Ehleringer JR, Pataki DE, Eds. Elsevier Press.

Flanagan LB, Ehleringer JR, Pataki DE, Eds. 2005. Stable isotopes and biosphere-atmosphere interactions: Processes and biological controls. Elsevier Press.

Pataki DE, Bush SE, Gardner P, Solomon DK, Ehleringer JR. 2005. Ecohydrology in a Colorado River riparian forest: Implications for the decline of Populus fremontii. Ecological Applications 15(3): 1009-1018.

Luo Y, Su B, Currie WS, Dukes JS, Finzi A, Hartwig U, Hungate B, McMurtrie R, Oren R, Parton WJ, Pataki DE, Shaw R, Zak DR, Field C. 2004. Progressive nitrogen limitation of ecosystem responses to rising atmospheric CO2. 2004. BioScience 54(8): 731-739.

Morgan JA, Pataki  DE, Gruenzweig J, Körner C, Newton P, Niklaus PA, Nippert J, Nowak RS, Parton W, Clark H, Del Grosso SJ, Knapp  AK, Mosier AR, Polley W, Shaw R. 2004. Grassland responses to rising atmospheric CO2 are driven primarily by water relations. Oecologia 140: 11-25.


Pataki DE, Bowling DR, Ehleringer JR. 2003. Seasonal cycle of carbon dioxide and its isotopic composition in an urban atmosphere: anthropogenic and biogenic effects. JGR Atmospheres. 108(D23), 4735, doi:10.1029/2003JD003865.

Pataki DE, Oren R. 2003. Species differences in stomatal control of water loss at the canopy scale in a mature bottomland deciduous forest. Advances in Water Resources. 26(12): 1267-1278.

Pataki DE, Ellsworth DW, Evans RD, Gonzalez-Meler M, King JS, Leavitt SW, Lin G, Matamala R, Pendall E, Siegwolf R, van Kessel C, Ehleringer JR. 2003. Tracing changes in ecosystem function under elevated CO2.  BioScience 53(9): 805-818.

Bowling DR, Pataki DE, Ehleringer JR. 2003. Ecosystem isotope exchange and whole-canopy discrimination in Medicago sativa. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 116: 159-179.

Pataki DE, Ehleringer JR, Flanagan LB, Yakir D, Bowling DR, Still C, Buchmann N, Kaplan JO, Berry JA. 2003. The application and interpretation of Keeling plots in terrestrial carbon cycle research. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 17(1), 1022, doi:10,1029/2001GB001850.

Pataki DE. 2002. Atmospheric CO2, climate and evolution – lessons from the past. New Phytologist 154:10-14.

Canadell J, Pataki DE. 2002. New advances in carbon cycle research. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 17(4): 156-158.


Oren R, Pataki DE. 2001. Transpiration in response to variation in microclimate and soil moisture in southeastern deciduous forests. Oecologia 127:549–559.

Oren R, Sperry JS, Ewers BE, Pataki DE, Phillips N, Megonigal JP. 2001. Sensitivity of mean canopy stomatal conductance to vapor pressure deficit in a flooded Taxodium distichum L. forest: hydraulic and non-hydraulic effects. Oecologia. 126:21-29.

Pataki, D.E., T.E. Huxman, D.N. Jordan, S.F. Zitzer, J.S. Coleman, S.D. Smith, R.S. Nowak, J.R. Seemann. 2000. Water use of two Mojave Desert shrubs under elevated CO2. Global Change Biology 6(8): 889-898

Pataki, D.E., R. Oren, and W.K. Smith. 2000. Sap flux of co-occurring species in a western subalpine forest during seasonal soil drought. Ecology 81(9) 2557-2566.


Oren, R., N. Phillips, B.E. Ewers, D.E. Pataki, and J.P. Megonigal. 1999. Sap flux-scaled transpiration responses to light, vapor pressure deficit, and leaf area reduction in a flooded Taxodium distichum L. forest. Tree Physiology 19: 337-347.

Oren R., J.S. Sperry, G.G. Katul, D.E. Pataki, B.E. Ewers, N. Phillips, K.V.R. Schäfer. 1999. Survey and synthesis of intra- and interspecific variation in stomatal sensitivity to vapour pressure deficit. Plant, Cell and Environment 22: 1515-1526.

Pataki, D.E., R. Oren, and D.T. Tissue. 1998. Elevated carbon dioxide does not affect stomatal conductance of Pinus taedaL. Oecologia 117: 47-52.

Pataki, D.E., R. Oren, and N. Phillips. 1998. Responses of sap flux and stomatal conductance of Pinus taedaL. trees to stepwise reductions in leaf area. Journal of Experimental Botany 49: 871-878.

Pataki, D.E., R. Oren, G. Katul, and J. Sigmon. 1998.  Canopy conductance of Pinus taeda,  Liquidambar styraciflua and Quercus phellos under varying atmospheric and soil moisture conditions. Tree Physiology 18: 307-315.

Oren, R., N. Phillips, G. Katul, B.E. Ewers, and D.E. Pataki. 1998. Scaling xylem sap flux and soil water balance, and calculating variance: a method for partitioning water flux in forests. Annales des Sciences Forestieres 55: 191-216.

Katul, G., P. Todd, D.E. Pataki, Z.J. Kabala, and R. Oren. 1997. Soil water depletion by oak trees and the influence of root water uptake on the moisture content spatial statistics. Water Resources Research 33(4):611-623. 

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