New Phytologist Editors' Choice Plant, Cell and Environment

Roskilly B, Keeling E, Hood S, Giuggiola A, Sala A. 2019. Conflicting functional effects of xylem pit structure relate to the growth-longevity tradeoff in a conifer species. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. doi/10.1073/pnas.1900734116

Sapes G, Roskilly B, Dobrowski S, Maneta M, Anderegg WRL, Martinez-Vilalta J, Sala A. 2019. Plant water content integrates hydraulics and carbon depletion to predict drought-induced seedling mortality. Tree Physiology. doi:10.1093/treephys/tpz062

Davis KT, Dobrowski SZ, Higuera PE, Holden ZA, Veblen TT, Rother MT, Parks SA, Sala A, Maneta M. 2019. Wildfires and climate change push low-elevation forests across a critical climate threshold for tree regeneration. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. Doi:10.1073/pnas.1815107116

Martínez-Vilalta J*, Anderegg WRL*, Sapes G, Sala A*. 2019. Greater focus on water pools may improve our ability to understand and anticipate drought-induced mortality in plants. New Phytologist. *Equal Contribution

Brodersen CR, Germino MJ, Johnson DM, Reinhardt K, Smith WK, Resler LM, Bader MY, Sala A, Kueppers LM, Broll G, Cairns DM, Holtmeier F-K and Wieser G. 2019. Seedling Survival at Timberline Is Critical to Conifer Mountain Forest Elevation and Extent. Frontiers in Forest and Global Change 2:9. doi: 10.3389/ffgc.2019.00009

Rao K, Anderegg WRL, Sala A, Martínez-Vilalta J, Konings AG. 2019. Satellite-based vegetation optical depth as an indicator of drought-driven tree mortality. Remote Sensing of Environment 227:125-136.

Huang J, Hammerbacher A, Weinhold A, Reichelt M, Gleixner G, Behrendt T, van Dam NM, Sala A, Gershenzon J, Trumbore S, Hartmann H. 2019. Eyes on the future – evidence for trade-offs between growth, storage and defense in Norway spruce. New Phytologist 222:144-158.

Simeone C, Maneta MP, Holden ZA, Sapes G, Sala A, Dobrowski SZ. 2018. Coupled ecohydrology and plant hydraulics modeling predicts ponderosa pine seedling mortality and lower treeline in the U.S. Northern Rocky Mountains. New Phytologist 221: 1814–1830.

Crotteau JS, Keyes CR, Hood SM, Affleck DLR, Sala A. 2018. Fuel dynamics after a bark beetle outbreak impacts experimental fuel treatments. Fire Ecology 14:13.

Davis KT*, Higuera PE*, Sala A*. 2018. Anticipating fire-mediated impacts of climate change using a demographic framework. Functional Ecology 32:1729–1745. Equal Contribution.

Reed CC, Ballantyne AP, Cooper A, Sala A. 2018. Limited evidence for CO2-related growth enhancement in northern Rocky Mountain lodgepole pine populations: Trends in growth and intrinsic water-use efficiency across climate gradients. Global Change Biology 24:3922–3937.

Maher C, Nelson CA, Larson AJ, Sala A. 2018. Ecological effects and effectiveness of silvicultural restoration treatments in whitebark pine forests. Forest Ecology and Management 429:534-548.

Crotteau JS, Hood SM, Lutes DC, Keyes CR, Sala A, Harrington MG. 2018. Management and Succession at the Lick Creek Demonstration/Research Forest, Montana. Journal of Forestry. doi: 10.1093/jofore/fvy030

Lloret F, Sapes G, Rosas T, Galiano L, Saura-Mas S, Sala A, Martínez-Vilalta J. 2018. Non-structural carbohydrates dynamics associated with drought-induced die-off in woody species of a shrubland community. Annals of Botany 121: 1383–1396.

Madani N, Kimball JS, Ballantyne AP, Affleck DLR, van Bodegom PM, Reich PB, Kattge J, Sala A,  Nazeri M, Jones, MO, Zhao M, Running SW. 2018. Future global productivity will be affected by plant trait response to climate. Scientific Reports 8:2870 | DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-21172-9

Verdaguer D, Sala A. 2017. La fisiologia vegetal a través de preguntes: Les plantes, l’aigua i els nutrients. Documenta Universitaria. Universitat de Girona. 162 pp.

Adams HD, Zeppel MJB, Anderegg WRL, Hartmann H, Landhäusser SM, Tissue DT, Huxman TE, Hudson PJ, Franz TE, Allen CD, Anderegg LDL, Barron-Gafford GA, Beerling DJ, Breshears DD, Brodribb TJ, Bugmann H, Cobb RC, Collins AD, Dickman LT, Duan H, Ewers BE, Galiano L, Galvez DA, Garcia-Forner N, Gaylord ML, Germino MJ, Gessler A, Hacke UG, Hakamada R, Hector A, Jenkins MW, Kane JM, Kolb TE, Law DJ, Lewis JD, Limousin JM, Love DM, Macalady AK, Martínez-Vilalta J, Mencuccini M, Mitchell PJ, Muss JD, O'Brien MJ, O'Grady AP, Pangle RE, Pinkard EA, Piper FI, Plaut JA, Pockman WT, Quirk J, Reinhardt K, Ripullone F, Ryan MG, Sala A, Sevanto S, Sperry JS, Vargas R, Vennetier M, Way DA, Xu C, Yepez EA, McDowell NG. 2017 A multi-species synthesis of physiological mechanisms in drought-induced tree mortality. Nature Ecology and Evolution 1: 1285–1291

De la Mata R, Hood S, Sala A. 2017. Insect outbreak shifts the direction of selection from fast to slow growth rates in the long-lived conifer Pinus ponderosa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 114:7391–7396. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1700032114

Lahr EL, Sala A. 2016. Sapwood Stored Resources Decline in Whitebark and Lodgepole Pines Attacked by Mountain Pine Beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Environmental Entomology. 45:1463–1475. doi: 10.1093/ee/nvw138

Garcia-Forner N, Sala A, Biel C, Savé R, Martínez-Vilalta J. 2016. Individual traits as determinants of time to death under extreme drought in P. sylvestris. Tree Physiology 36:1196-1209. doi: 10.1093/treephys/tpw040

Martínez-Vilalta* J, Sala A*, Asensio D; Galiano L, Hoch G, Palacio S, Piper FI, Lloret F. 2016. Dynamics of non-structural carbohydrates in terrestrial plants: a global synthesis. Ecological Monographs 86:495-516. *equal contribution

Hood S, Baker S, Sala A. 2016. Fortifying the Forest: Thinning and Burning Increase Resistance to a Bark Beetle Outbreak and Promote Forest Resilience. Ecological Applications. 26: 1984-2000. doi: 10.1002/eap.1363. Featured in The Economist (May 26, 2016).

Sack L, Ball MC, Brodersen C, Davis SD, Des Marais DL, Donovan LA, Givnish TJ, Hacke UG, Huxman T, Jansen S, Jacobsen AL, Johnson D, Koch GW, Maurel C, McCulloh KA, McDowell NG, McElrone A, Meinzer FC, Melcher PJ, North G, Pellegrini M, Pockman WT, Pratt RB, Sala A, Santiago LS, Savage JA, Scoffoni C, Sevanto S, Sperry J, Tyerman SD, Way D, Holbrook M. 2016. Plant hydraulics as a central hub integrating plant and ecosystem function: meeting report for “Emerging Frontiers in Plant Hydraulics” (Washington, DC, May 2015). Plant, Cell and Environment 39, 2085–2094

Naficy CE, Keeling E, Landres P, Hessburg PF, Sala A, Veblen TT. 2016. Wilderness in the Anthropocene:  testing the assumptions for ecological intervention and restoration in wilderness. Journal of Forestry 114:384–395.

Hood S, Sala A. 2015. Ponderosa pine resin defenses and growth: Metrics matter. Tree Physiology 35: 1223–1235. doi:10.1093/treephys/tpv098

Quentin AG, Pinkard EA, Ryan MG, Tissue DT, Baggett LS, Adams HD, Maillard P, Marchand J, Landhäusser SM, Lacointe A, Gibon Y, Anderegg WRL, Asao S, Atkin OK, Bonhomme M, Claye C, Chow PS, Clément-Vidal A, Davies NW, Dickman LT, Dumbur R, Ellsworth DS, Falk K, Galiano L, Grünzweig JM, Hartmann H, Hoch G, Hood S, Jones JE, Koike T, Kuhlmann I, Lloret F, Maestro M, Mansfield SD, Martínez-Vilalta J, Maucourt M, McDowell NG, Moing A, Muller B, Nebauer SG, Niinemets Ü, Palacio S, Piper F, Raveh E, Richter A, Rolland G, Rosas T, Saint Joanis B, Sala A, Smith RA, Sterck F, Stinziano JR, Tobias M, Unda F, Watanabe M, Way DA, Weerasinghe LK, Wild B, Wiley E, Woodruff DR. 2015. Non-structural carbohydrates in woody plants cannot be quantitatively compared among laboratories. Tree Physiology 35:1146-1165. doi:10.1093/treephys/tpv073

Anderegg WRL, Hicke JA, Fisher RA, Allen CD, Aukema J, Bentz B, Hood S, Lichstein JW, Macalady AK, McDowell N, Pan Y, Raffa K, Sala A, Shaw JD, Stephenson NL, Tague C, Zeppel M. 2015. Tree mortality from drought, insects, and their interactions in a changing climate. New Phytologist 208: 674–683. doi: 10.1111/nph.13477. Faculty of 1000 Biology.

Hood S, Sala A, Heyerdahl EK, Boutin M. 2015. Low-severity fire increases tree defense against bark beetle attacks. Ecology 96: 1846-1855. doi: 10.1890/14-0487.1. Led to US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources testimony. May 2016, Washington D.C.

Ryan MG, Sapes G, Sala A, Hood SM. 2015. Tree Physiology and bark beetles. New Phytologist 205:955-957.

Lahr E, Sala A. 2014. Species, elevation, and diameter affect whitebark pine and lodgepole pine stored resources in the sapwood and phloem: implications for bark beetle outbreaks. Canadian Journal of Forestry 44: 1312–1319.

Sala A, Mencuccini M. 2014. Plumb trees win under drought. Nature Climate Change 4:666-667.

Dietze M, Sala A, Carbone M, Czimczik C, Mantooth JA, Richardson AD, Vargas R. 2014. Nonstructural Carbon in Woody Plants. Annual Review of Plant Biology 65:667–87

Palacio S, Hoch G, Sala A, Körner C, Millard P. 2014. Does carbon storage limit tree growth? 2014. New Phytologist 201: 1096–1100.

Gremer JR, Sala A. 2013. It is risky out there: the costs of emergence and the benefits of prolonged dormancy. Oecologia 172: 937-947. (DOI 10.1007/s00442-012-2557-8)

Sala A. Hopping K, McIntire EJB, Delzon S, Crone EE. 2012. Masting in whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) depletes stored nutrients. New Phytologist 196: 189–199. Faculty of 1000 Biology.

Sala A, Woodruff DW, Meinzer FR. 2012. Carbon dynamics in trees: feast or famine? Tree Physiology 32: 764-775.

Keeling EG, Sala A. 2012. Changing growth response to wildfire in old-growth ponderosa pine trees in montane forests of North Central Idaho. Global Change Biology 18:1117-1126.

Lloret F, Keeling EG. Sala A. 2011. Components of tree resilience: effects of successive low-growth episodes in old ponderosa pine forests. Oikos 120:1909-1920.

Keeling EG, Sala A, DeLuca TH. 2011. Lack of fire has limited physiological impact on old-growth ponderosa pine in dry montane forests of North Central Idaho, USA. Ecological Applications 21: 3227-3237.

Sala A, Fouts W, Hoch G. 2011. Carbon storage in trees: does relative carbon supply decrease with tree size? In: Meinzer FC, Lachenbruch B, Dawson TE (eds). Size- and age-related changes in tree structure and function. Springer, Dordrecht. pp: 287-306.

Delzon S, Douthe C, Sala A, Cochard H. 2010. Mechanism of water-stress induced cavitation in conifers: bordered pit structure and function support the hypothesis of seal capillary-seeding. Plant, Cell and Environment 33:2101-2111.

Gremer JR, Sala A, Crone EE. 2010. Disappearing plants: why they hide and how they return. Ecology 91: 3407-3413.

Naficy CE, Sala A, Keeling EG, Graham, J, Deluca TH. 2010. Strong effects of historical logging: fire exclusion alone does not explain contemporary forest structure. Ecological Applications. 20: 1851-1864.

Sala A, Piper F, Hoch G. 2010. Physiological mechanisms of drought-induced tree mortality are far from being resolved. New Phytologist 186:274-281. Selected for the virtual issue to mark the publication of the 200th volume of New Phytologist.

Verdaguer D. Sala A, Vilà M. 2010. Effect of environmental factors and bulb mass on the invasive geophyte Oxalis pes-caprae development. Acta Oecologica 36:92-99.

Crone EE, Miller E, Sala A. 2009. How do plants know when other plants are flowering? Resource depletion, pollen limitation and mast-seeding in a perennial wildflower. Ecology Letters 11:1119-26. Science Editor Choice (Nov. 27, 2009). Faculty of 1000 Biology.  

Sala A. 2009.  Lack of direct evidence for the carbon-starvation hypothesis to explain drought-induced mortality in trees. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 106 (26) E68.  doi:10.1073/pnas.0904580106

Sala A, Hoch G. 2009. Height-related growth declines in ponderosa pine are not due to carbon limitation. Plant, Cell and Environment. 32:22-30. Faculty of 1000 Biology.

Peters GD, Sala A. 2008. Ponderosa pine reproductive output is sensitive to thinning and burning treatments. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 38: 844-850

Kolb TE, Agee JK, Fulé PZ, McDowell NG, Pearson K, Sala A, Waring RH. 2007. Perpetuating old ponderosa pine. Forest Ecology and Management 249:141-157.

Sala A, Verdaguer D, Vilà M. 2007. Sensitivity of the invasive geophyte Oxalis pes-caprae to nutrient availability and competition. Annals of Botany 99: 637 - 645

Keeling EG, Sala A, DeLuca TH. 2006. Effects of fire-exclusion on forest structure and composition in unlogged ponderosa pine/Douglas-fir forests. Forest Ecology and Management 237:418-428.

DeLuca TH, Sala A. 2006. Frequent fire alters nitrogen transformations in natural Ponderosa Pine stands of the Inland Northwest. Ecology 87: 2511-2522.

Sala A. 2006. Hydraulic compensation in Northern Rocky Mountain conifers: does successional position and life history matter? Oecologia 149:1-11.

MacKenzie MD, DeLuca TH, Sala A.  2006. Fire exclusion and nitrogen mineralization in ponderosa pine ecosystems. Soil Biology and Biogeochemistry 38:952-961.

Sexton JP, Sala A, Murray KJ. 2006. Occurrence, persistence and expansion of saltcedar (Tamarix spp.) populations in the Great Plains of Montana. Western North American Naturalist 66:1-11.

Sala A, Peters GD, McIntyre LR, Harrington MG. 2005. Physiological responses of ponderosa pine in western Montana to thinning, prescribed burning, and burning season. Tree Physiology 25:339-348.

MacKenzie MD, DeLuca TH, Sala A. 2004. Forest structure and organic horizon analysis along a fire chronosequence in the low elevation forests of western Montana. Forest Ecology and Management 203:334-343.

Martínez-Vilalta J, Sala A, Piñol J. 2004. The hydraulic architecture of Pinaceae. Plant Ecology 171: 3-13.

Stout DL, Sala A 2003. Xylem vulnerability to cavitation in Pseudotsuga menziesii and Pinus ponderosa from contrasting habitats. Tree Physiology 23:43-50.

Callaway RM, Sala A, Crone E, Maron J. 2003. Plant ecology textbooks: a new contender. American Journal of Botany 90: 960-964.

Sexton JP, McKay JK, Sala A. 2002. Plasticity and adaptive evolution may allow saltcedar to invade cold climates in North America. Ecological Applications 12:1652-1660.

Mckay JK, Bishop JG, Jing-Zhong L, Richards JH, Sala A, Mitchell-Olds T. 2001. Local adaptation to climate despite small effective population size in the rare Sapphire Rockcress. Proceedings of the Royal Society. Biological Series 268:1-7.

Sala A, Carey EV, Keane RE, Callaway RM. 2001. Water use by whitebark pine and subalpine fir: consequences of fire suppression in subalpine forests. Tree Physiology 21:717-725.

Carey EV, Sala A, Keane RB, Callaway RM. 2001. Are old growth forests underestimated as global carbon sinks? Global Change Biology 7:339-344.

Sala A, Carey EV, Callaway RM. 2001. Dwarf Mistletoe affects whole tree water relations of Douglas-fir and western larch primarily through changes in biomass allocation. Oecologia 126:42-52.

Piñol J, Sala A. 2000. Ecological implications of xylem embolism of several Pinaceae of NW United States. Functional Ecology 14:538-545.

Callaway RM, Sala A, Keane RE. 2000. Succession may maintain high leaf area:sapwood ratios and productivity in old subalpine forests. Ecosystems 3:254-268.

Sabaté S, Sala A, Gracia CA.  1999. Leaf traits and canopy organization. In: Rodà F, Gracia CA, Retana J, Bellot J. (eds). Ecology of Mediterranean Evergreen Oak Forests. Ecological Studies 137. Springer-Verlag. pp:121-133.

Sala A. 1999. Modelling canopy gas exchange during summer drought. In: Rodà F, Gracia CA, Retana J, Bellot J. (eds). Ecology of Mediterranean Evergreen Oak Forests. Ecological Studies 137. Springer-Verlag. pp 149-161.

Smith SD, Devitt DA, Sala A, Celeverly J, Busch DE. 1998. Water relations of riparian plants from warm desert regions. Wetlands 18(4): 687-696.

Devitt DA, Sala A, Smith SD, Cleverly J, Shaulis LK, Hammett R. 1998. Bowen ratio estimates of evapotranspiration for Tamarix ramosissima stands on the Virgin River in southern Nevada. Water Resources Research 34: 2407-2414.

Sala A. Heidel B. 1997. Alert: Invasion of Tamarix in Montana. Kelseya 10:3/6.

Sala A, Nowak RS. 1997. Ecophysiological responses of three riparian graminoids to declining water table. International Journal of Plant Sciences 158: 835-843.

Cleverly JR, Smith SD, Sala A, Devitt DA. 1997. Invasive Capacity of Tamarix ramosissima in a Mojave Desert floodplain: the role of drought. Oecologia 111: 12-18.

Devitt DA, Piorkowski JM, Smith SD, Cleverly JR, Sala A. 1997. Plant Water Relations of Tamarix ramosissima in response to the imposition and alleviation of soil moisture stress. Journal of Arid Environments 36: 527-540.

Devitt DA, Sala A, Mace KA, Smith SD. 1997. The effect of applied water on the water use of saltcedar in a desert riparian environment. Journal of Hydrology 192: 233-246.

Oberbauer SF, Cheng W, Gillespie CT, Ostendorf B, Sala A, Gebauer R, Virginia R, Tenhunen JD. 1996.  Landscape patterns of CO2 exchange in Tundra ecosystems. In: Reynolds JF, Tenhunen JD (eds) Function and Disturbance in Arctic Tundra. Ecological Studies. Springer Verlag.

Oberbauer SF, Gillespie CT, Cheng W, Sala A, Gebauer R, Tenhunen JD. 1996. Diurnal and seasonal patterns of ecosystem CO2 efflux from upland tundra in the foothills of the Brooks Range, Alaska. Arctic and Alpine Research 28: 328-338.

Sala A, Smith SD, Devitt DA. 1996. Water use by Tamarix ramosissima and associated phreatophytes in a Mojave Desert floodplain. Ecological Applications 6: 888-898.

Sala A, Tenhunen JD. 1996. Simulation of net canopy photosynthesis and transpiration in Quercus ilex L. under the influence of seasonal drought. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 78: 203-222.

Tenhunen JD, Gillespie CT, Oberbauer SF, Sala A, Whalen S. 1995. Climate effects on the carbon balance of tussock tundra in the Philip Smith Mountains, Alaska. Flora 190: 273-283.

Sabaté S, Sala A, Gracia CA. 1995. Nutrient content in Quercus ilex canopies: seasonal and spatial variation within a catchment. Plant and Soil 168-169: 297-304.

Sala A, Tenhunen JD.  1994. Site-specific stomatal response and water relations in Quercus ilex in a Mediterranean watershed. Tree Physiology 14: 601-617.

Sala A, Sabaté S, Gracia C, Tenhunen J.D. 1994. Canopy structure within a Quercus ilex forested watershed: variations due to location, phenological development, and water availability. Trees 8: 254-261.

Oberbauer SF, Gillespie CT, Cheng W, Gebauer R, Sala A, Tenhunen JD. 1993. Environmental effects on CO2 efflux from riparian tundra in the northern foothills of the Brooks Range, Alaska, USA. Oecologia 92: 568-577.

Tenhunen JD, Sala Serra A, Harley PC, Reynolds JF, Dougherty RL. 1990. Factors influencing carbon fixation and water use by Mediterranean sclerophyll shrubs during summer drought. Oecologia 82: 381-393.

Sala A, Sabaté S, Gracia CA. 1989. Organización vertical en un matorral de Quercus coccifera  y Pistacia lentiscus  tras el fuego: índice foliar y gradientes morfológicos. Mediterránea (Ser. Biol.) 12: 47-58.

Sala A, Picolo R, Piñol P. 1989. Efectos del frío en las relaciones hídricas de Quercus ilex  en la Sierra de Prades (Tarragona). Options Méditerranéennes-Sér.Sémin 3: 57-61.

Sabaté S, Sala A, Gracia CA. 1989. Análisis de la ocupación del espacio después del fuego en matorrales de Quercus coccifera  y Pistacia lentiscus  en el mazizo del Garraf (SW Barcelona). Mediterránea (Ser. Biol.) 12: 26-46.

Sala A, Sabaté S, Gracia CA. 1988. Structure and organization of a garrigue ecosystem after fire. Ecologia Mediterranea 13: 99-110.

Fransi A, Pons R, Sala A, Vallejo VR, Bertran C. 1987. Wheat and soil bromide dynamics after fumigation with methyl bromide in a Mediterranean climate. Plant and Soil 98: 117-124.

Abril M, Gracia CA, Sabaté S, Sala A, Serrasolsas I. 1987. Evolució de l'estructura vertical en plantes mediterrànies després d'un incendi. In: J. Terradas (ed.) Els ecosistemes terrestres: la resposta als incendis forestals i d'altres pertorbacions. Quaderns d'Ecologia Aplicada (Diputació de Barcelona) 10: 77-82.

Graduate students in my lab (*) also published some (or all) of their dissertation research alone or with collaborators/co-advisors.

Perkins JL*. 2015. Facilitation of Pinus albicaulis seedling regeneration by Vaccinium scoparium. Forest Ecology and Management 349: 55-65.

Perkins JL*. 2015. Fire enhances whitebark pine seedling establishment, survival, and growth. Fire Ecology 11:84-99.

Lahr EC*, Krokene P. 2013. Conifer Stored Resources and Resistance to a Fungus Associated with the Spruce Bark Beetle Ips typographus. PLOS ONE 8: e72405.

Gremer JR*, Crone EE, Lesica P. 2012. Are dormant plants hedging their bets? Demographic consequences of prolonged dormancy. The American Naturalist 179(3): 315-327.  Highlighted article on the Ecological Society of America’s Plant Population Ecology Section website.