People

James Elser

James Elser

Bierman Professor, Director of the Flathead Lake Biological Station

Office: HS419A
Email: jim.elser@umontana.edu
Office Hours:

Jim Elser spends most of his time at Yellow Bay at FLBS.  However, FLBS maintains an office in HS building room 419A.


Personal Website
Curriculum Vitae

Courses

Field Ecology (BIO342) during first summer session at FLBS (w co-instructor Dr. Diana Six)

Education

Ph.D., 1990, Ecology, University of California, Davis, CA.  Thesis: “Nutrients, algae, and grazers: complex interactions in lake ecosystems,” major pro­fessor: C.R. Goldman

M.S., 1983, Ecology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.  Thesis: “Nutrient availability for phytoplankton production along a headwa­ter to mainstream reservoir gradient,” major professor: B.L. Kimmel

B.S., 1981, Biology (summa cum laude), University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN  

Research Interests

James Elser investigates the theory of biological stoichiometry the study of the balance of energy and multiple chemical elements in living systems. He and his international team of collaborators seek to understand how the coupling of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus shapes the ecology and evolution of living things.  To do so, Elser and colleagues work with a diversity of ecosystems (from lakes and deserts, to hot springs and grasslands), biota (plankton to insects, and pandas to tumors), and approaches (laboratory chemostats, field experiments and mathematical models).  As director of the Flathead Lake Biological Station, this work now heavily features work in mountain lakes in western Montana but also mountain lakes in other regions, such as Qinghai (China) and Patagonia (Argentina).

Elser played a major role in establishing ASU's Sustainable Phosphorus Initiative and is now the lead investigator for an NSF Research Coordination Network on Phosphorus Sustainability. Through these efforts, he seeks to help create a sustainable food system by closing the human P cycle.

Field of Study

Limnology, ecology, evolution

Selected Publications

Elser, J.J., L. Steger, M. Kyle, M.L. McCrackin, J. Learned, S. Schimpp, & A. Peace.  2016.  Living on the stoichiometric knife-edge: effects of high and low food C:P ratio on growth, feeding, and respiration in multiple Daphnia species.  Inland Waters 6: 136-146.

Powers, S.M., T.P. Burt, N. Chan, J.J. Elser, P.M Haygarth, N.J. K. Howden, H.P. Jarvie, H.M. Peterson, J. Shen, F. Worrall, and A.N. Sharpley.  2016.  Long-term accumulation and transport of anthropogenic phosphorus in three river basins.  Nature Geoscience 9: 353–356.  doi:10.1038/ngeo269  doi:10.1038/ngeo2693

Elser, J.J., T.J. Elser, S.R. Carpenter, and W.A. Brock.  2014.  Regime shift in fertilizer commodities indicates more turbulence ahead for food security. PLOS ONE 9: e93998. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093998

Wyant, K., J. Corman, and J.J. Elser (editors).  2013.  Phosphorus, Food, and Our Future.  Oxford University Press.  New York City, New York.

Elser, J.J.  2012.  Phosphorus: limiting nutrient for humanity?  Curr. Opin. Biotech. 23: 1-6 (Invited).  10.1016/j.copbio.2012.03.001

Metson, G, E. Bennett, and J.J. Elser. 2012. The role of diet in phosphorus demand. Environmental Research Letters 7: 044043  doi:10.1088/1748-9326/7/4/044043

Cease, A.J., J.J. Elser, C.F. Ford, S. Hao, L. Kang, and J.F. Harrison.  2012.  Livestock overgrazing promotes locust outbreaks by lowering plant nitrogen content.  Science 335: 467-469.

Elser, J.J., and E. Bennett.  2011.  Phosphorus: a broken biogeochemical cycle.  Nature 478: 29-31.

Elser, J.J., C. Acquisti, and S. Kumar. 2010. Stoichiogenomics: the evolutionary ecology of macromolecular elemental composition.  Trends Ecol. Evol. 26: 38-44. 

Yu, Q., Q. Chen, J.J. Elser, N. He, H. Wu, G. Zhang, J. Wu, Y. Bai, and X. Han. 2010. Linking stoichiometric homeostasis with ecosystem structure, functioning, and stability.  Ecology Letters 13: 1390-1399.

Elser, J.J., T. Andersen, J.S. Baron, A.-K. Bergström, M. Jansson, M. Kyle, K.R. Nydick, L. Steger, and D.O. Hessen.  2009.  Shifts in lake N:P stoichiometry and nutrient limitation driven by atmospheric nitrogen deposition.  Science 326: 835-837. 

Sterner, R.W. and J.J. Elser (order of authorship determined by coin flip).  2002.  Ecological Stoichiometry: The Biology of Elements from Molecules to the Biosphere.  Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.

Elser, J.J., W.F. Fagan, R.F. Denno, D.R. Dobberfuhl, A. Folarin, A. Huberty, S. Interlandi, S.S. Kilham, E. McCauley, K.L. Schulz, E.H. Siemann, and R.W. Sterner. 2000.  Nutritional constraints in terrestrial and freshwater food webs.  Nature 408: 578-580. 

Elser, J.J., R.W. Sterner, E. Gorokhova, W.F. Fagan, T.A. Markow, J.B. Cotner, J.F. Harrison, S.E. Hobbie, G.M. Odell, L.J. Weider.  2000.  Biological stoichiometry from genes to ecosystems.  Ecology Letters 3: 540-550. 

 

Publications

ISI Web of Science (ResearcherID: A-7082-2008; ORCID: 0000-0002-1460-2155) reports 233 total citable entries, 16,213 citations for journal articles, and h-index of 63.  Ecological Stoichiometry has been cited 2171 times since 2002 (ISI). Google Scholar reports 28,189 citations, an overall h-index of 78, an h-index since 2012 of 58, and 3344 citations of Ecological Stoichiometry.

Publications since 2000

In press

256.  Niu, D, X. Yuan, A. Cease, H. Wen, C.  Zhang, H. Fu, and J.J.  Elser. The impact of nitrogen enrichment on grassland ecosystem stability depends on nitrogen addition level. Science of the Total Environment.

255.  Ren, Z., H. Gao, and J. J. Elser.  Microbial functional genes elucidate environmental drivers of biofilm metabolism in glacier-fed streams.  Scientific Reports

254.  Guignard, M.S., A.R. Leitch, C. Acquisti, C. Eizaguirre, J. J. Elser, D.O. Hessen, P.D. Jeyasingh, M. Neiman, A. E. Richardson, P.S. Soltis, D.E. Soltis, C.J. Stevens, M.T. Trimmer, L.J. Weider, G. Woodward, and I.J. Leitch. Impacts of nitrogen and phosphorus: from genomes to natural ecosystems and agriculture.  Frontiers Beh. Evol. Ecol.

253.  Ren, Z., H. Gao, and J.J. Elser. Longitudinal variation of microbial communities in benthic biofilms and association with hydrological and physicochemical conditions in glacier-fed streams.  Freshwater Science.

252.  Elser, J.J., N.I. Chan, J.R. Corman, and J. Stoltzfus.  Save the P(ee)!  The challenges of phosphorus sustainability and emerging solutions.  Invited chapter in: Health, Nutrition, and Regulatory Aspects of Dietary Phosphorus (J. Uribarri and M.S. Calvo, editors). Taylor & Francis.

251.  Currier, C.C., and J.J. Elser.  Beyond monoculture stoichiometry studies: Assessing growth, respiration, and feeding responses of three Daphnia species to P-enriched, low C:P lake seston.  Inland Waters.

2017

250.  Zhang, J., and J.J. Elser.  2017.  Carbon: nitrogen: phosphorus stoichiometry in fungi: A meta-analysis.  Frontiers Microbiol. 8: 1281.

249.  Cease, A.J., J.F. Harrison, S. Hao, D.C. Niren, G. Zhang, L. Kang, and J.J. Elser.  2017.  Nutritional imbalance suppresses migratory phenotypes of the Mongolian locust (Oedaleus asiaticus). Roy. Soc. open sci. 4: 161039. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.161039

248.  Lee, Z. M.-P., A.T. Poret-Peterson, J.L. Siefert, D. Kaul, A. Moustafa, A.E. Allen, C. L. Dupont, L. E. Eguiarte, V. Souza, and J. J. Elser.  2017.  Nutrient stoichiometry shapes microbial community structure in an evaporitic shallow pond.  Frontiers Microbiol. 8: 949.  doi.org: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.00949

247.  Moody, E.K. A. T. Rugenski, J. L. Sabo, B.L. Turner, and J. J. Elser.  2017.  Does the growth rate hypothesis apply across temperatures? Variation in the growth rate and body phosphorus content of Neotropical benthic grazers.  Frontiers Env. Sci. 5: 14. doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2017.00014

246.  Barnes, M.E., J.J. Elser, and S.E. Brownell.  2017.  Impact of a two-week evolution module on students’ perceived conflict between religion and evolution. Am. Biol. Teacher 79: 104-111.

2016

244.  Chen, D., Q. Pa, S. Hu, J. Huang, Q. Wang, X. Han, S. Naeem, J. J. Elser, J. Wu, and Y. Bai.  2016.  Effects of plant functional group loss on soil biota and net ecosystem exchange: A plant removal experiment in the Mongolian grassland.  J. Ecology 104: 734-743.

243. Zhu, J., Q. Wang, N. He, M.D. Smith, J.J. Elser, J. Du, G. Yuan, G. Yu, and Q. Yu.  2016.  Unbalanced atmospheric nitrogen and phosphorus deposition: implications for nutrient limitation.  J. Geophysical Res. Biogeosciences 121: 1605-1626. 

242.  Pan, Q., T. Dashuan, S. Naeem, K. Auerswal, J.J. Elser, Y. Bai, J. Huang, Q. Wang, H. Wang, J. Wu & X. Han.  2016.  Effects of functional diversity loss on ecosystem functions are influenced by compensation.  Ecology 97: 2293-2302. 

241.  Yan, Z., Han, W., Z. J. Peñuelas, J. Sardans, J.J. Elser, E. Du, P.B. Reich, and J. Fang.  2016.  P accumulates faster than N globally in freshwater ecosystems under anthropogenic impacts. Ecology Letters 19: 1237-46.

240.  Cherif, M., and J.J. Elser.  2016.  Ecological Stoichiometry.  In: Oxford Bibliographies in Ecology. doi: 10.1093/OBO/9780199830060-0146

239.  Powers, S.M., T.P. Burt, N. Chan, J.J. Elser, P.M Haygarth, N.J. K. Howden, H.P. Jarvie, H.M. Peterson, J. Shen, F. Worrall, and A.N. Sharpley.  2016.  Long-term accumulation and transport of anthropogenic phosphorus in three river basins.  Nature Geoscience 9: 353–356.  doi:10.1038/ngeo269  doi:10.1038/ngeo2693

238. Zhu, J., Q. Wang, N. He, M.D. Smith, J.J. Elser, J. Du, G. Yuan, G. Yu, and Q. Yu.  2016.  Imbalanced atmospheric nitrogen and phosphorus depositions in China: Implications for nutrient limitation.  J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosci. 121, doi:10.1002/2016JG003393

237.  Liu, X., H. Sheng, S. Jiang, Z. Yuan, C. Zhang, and J.J. Elser.  2016.  Intensification of phosphorus cycling in China since the 1600s. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 113: 2609–2614.

236.  Elser, J.J., L. Steger, M. Kyle, M.L. McCrackin, J. Learned, S. Schimpp, & A. Peace.  2016.  Living on the stoichiometric knife-edge: effects of high and low food C:P ratio on growth, feeding, and respiration in multiple Daphnia species.  Inland Waters 6: 136-146.

235.  Modenutti, B.E., M.A. Bastidas Navarro, Z.M. Lee, M.S. Souza, J. R. Corman, E.G. Balseiro and J.J. Elser.  2016.  Effects of volcanic pumice inputs on microbial community composition and dissolved C:P ratios in lake waters: an experimental approach.  Microb. Ecol. 71: 18-28.  

234.  Corman, J.R., A. Poret-Peterson, A. Uchitel, and J.J. Elser.  2016.  Interaction between lithification and resource availability in the microbialites of Río Mesquites, Cuatro Ciénegas, México.  Geobiology 14:176-89.  doi: 10.1111/gbi.12168

233.  Luo, W., J. J. Elser, X.-T. Lü, Z. Wang, E. Bai, C. Yan, C. Wang, M.-H. Li, N.E. Zimmerman, X. Han, and Y. Jiang.  2016.  Plant nutrients do not co-vary with soil nutrients under changing climatic conditions.  Global Biogeochemical Cycles 29: 1298-1308. 

232.  Deng, Q., D. Hui, Y. Luo, J.J. Elser, Y.-P. Wang, I. Loladze, Q. Zhang, and S. Dennis. 2016.  Down-regulation of tissue N:P ratio in terrestrial plants grown under elevated CO2 levels.  Ecology  96: 3354-3362.

231.  Cease, A.J., M. Fay, J.J. Elser, and J.F. Harrison.  2016.  Dietary phosphate affects food selection, post-ingestive P fate, and performance of a polyphagous herbivore.  J. Exp. Biol. 219: 64-72. doi:10.1242/jeb.126847

230.  Valdivia-Anistro, J.A., L.E. Eguiarte-Fruns, G. Delgado-Sapién, P. Márquez-Zacarías, J. Gasca-Pineda, J. Learned, J.J. Elser, G. Olmedo-Alvarez, and V. Souza.  2016.  Variability of rRNA operon copy number and growth rate dynamics of Bacillus isolated from an extremely oligotrophic aquatic ecosystem.  Frontiers in Microbiology 6: 01486.  doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.01486

229.  Neveu, M., A.T. Poret-Peterson, A.D. Anbar, and J.J. Elser.  2016.  Ordinary stoichiometry of extraordinary microorganisms.  Geobiology 14: 33-53.  10.1111/gbi.12153

 

2015

228.  Corman, J., E. Carlson, M. Dix, N. Girón, A. Roegner, J. Veselá, S. Chandra, J.J. Elser, E. Rejmánková.  2015. Nutrient dynamics and phytoplankton resource limitation in a deep tropical mountain lake.  Inland Waters 5: 371-386.

227.  Goloran, J.B., C. Chen, I.R. Phillips, and J.J. Elser.  2015.  Shifts in leaf N:P stoichiometry during rehabilitation in highly alkaline bauxite processing residue sand.  Scientific Reports 5:14811. doi: 10.1038/srep14811.

226.  Wu, J., S. Naeem, J.J. Elser, Y. Bai, J. Huang, L. Kang, Q. Pan, Q. Wang, S. Hao, and X Han.  2015.  Testing biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationship in the world’s largest grassland: Overview of the IMGRE project.  Landscape Ecology 30: 1723-1736.  doi: 10.1007/s10980-015-0155-y

225.  Tapia-Torres, Y., J.J. Elser, V. Souza, and F. García-Oliva.  2015.  Ecoenzymatic stoichiometry at the extremes: how microbes cope in an ultra-oligotrophic soil.  Soil Biol. Biochem. 87: 34-42.

224.  Ponce-Soto, G.Y., E. Aguirre-von-Wobeser, L.E. Eguiarte, J.J. Elser, Z.M.-P. Lee, & V. Souza.  2015.  Enrichment experiment changes microbial interactions in an ultra-oligotrophic environment.  Frontiers in Microbiology 6: 246.  doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.00246

223.  Laspoumaderes, C., B. Modenutti, J. J. Elser, and E. Balseiro.  2015.  Does the stoichiometric carbon:phosphorus knife edge apply for predaceous copepods?  Oecologia 178: 557-569.

222.  Cease, A.J., J.J. Elser, E.P. Fenichel, J.C. Hadrich, J.F. Harrison, B.E. Robinson´╗┐.  2015.  Living with locusts: connecting soil nitrogen, locust outbreaks, livelihoods, and livestock markets.  BioScience 65: 551-558.  doi: 10.1093/biosci/biv048

221.  Alijania, M.K, H. Wang, J. J. Elser.  2015.  Modeling the bacterial contribution to planktonic community respiration in the regulation of solar energy and nutrient availability.  Ecological Complexity 23: 25-33.

220.  Lee, Z.M.-P, L. Steger, J.R. Corman, A. Poret-Peterson, V. Souza and J.J. Elser.  2015.  Response of a stoichiometrically imbalanced ecosystem to manipulation of nutrient supplies and ratios.  PLOS ONE 10: e0123949.

219.  Withers, P.J.A, J.J. Elser, J. Hilton, J. Ohtake, W. Schipper, and K.C. van Dijk. 2015.  Greening the global phosphorus cycle: How green chemistry can help achieve planetary P sustainability.  Green Chem. 17: 2087. doi: 10.1039/C4GC02445A

218.  Elser, J.J., M. Bastidas-Navarro, J.R. Corman, H. Emick, M. Kellom, C. Laspoumaderes, Z. Lee, A. Poret-Peterson, E. Balseiro, and B. Modenutti.  2015.  Community structure and biogeochemical impacts of microbial life on floating pumice.  Appl. Envir. Microbiol. 81: 1542-49.  doi: 10.1128/AEM.03160-14

217.  Moody, E.K., J.R. Corman, J.J. Elser, and J.L. Sabo.  2015.  Dietary composition affects fish excretion ratios.  Freshwater Biol. 60: 456-465.  doi: 10.1111/fwb.12500

216.  Bracken, M.E.S., H. Hillebrand, E. T. Borer, E.W. Seabloom, J. Cebrian, E. E. Cleland, J. J. Elser, D. S. Gruner, W.S. Harpole, J. T. Ngai, J. B. Shurin, and J.E. Smith.  2015.  Responses of plant nutrient content to nitrogen and phosphorus additions: evidence for co-limitation. Oikos 124: 113-121.  doi: 10.1111/oik.01215 (Editor's Choice)

215.  Nie, Y., Z.J. Zhang, D. Raubenheimer, J.J. Elser, W. Wei, and F. Wei.  2015.  Obligate herbivory in an evolutionary omnivore: the giant panda and bamboo from the perspective of nutritional geometry.  Functional Ecology 29: 26-34.  doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12302

 

2014

 

214.  Metson, G.S., V.H. Smith, D. Cordell, D.A. Vaccari, and J.J. Elser.  2014.  Phosphorus is a key component of the resource demands for meat, eggs, and dairy production in the United States.  Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 111: E4906-E4907.

213.  Haygarth, P.M., H.P. Jarvie, S.M. Powers, A. N. Sharpley, J.J. Elser, J. Shen, H.M. Peterson, N.I. Chan, N.J.K. Howden, T. Burt, F. Worrall, F.S. Zhang, and X.J. Liu.  2014.  Sustainable phosphorus management and the need for a long-term perspective: the legacy hypothesis.  Env. Sci. Tech. 48: 8417-8419. doi: 10.1021/es502852s

212.  Neveu, M., A. Poret-Peterson, Z. Lee, A. Anbar, and J.J. Elser. 2014. Cells separated from sediments are suitable for elemental composition analysis.  Limnol. Oceanogr. Methods 12: 519-529. doi: 10.4319/lom.2014.12.519

211. Zhang, Z.J., J.J. Elser, A.J. Cease, X.M. Zhang, Q. Yu, X. Han, and G. Zhang. 2014. Grasshoppers regulate N:P stoichiometric homeostasis by changing phosphorus contents in their frass.  PLOS ONE 9: e103697. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0103697

210. Zhang, C., D, Niu, S.J. Hall, H. Wen, X. Li, H. Fu, C. Wan, and J.J. Elser.  2014.   Effects of simulated nitrogen deposition on soil respiration components and their temperature sensitivities in a semiarid grassland.  Soil Biol. Biochem. 75: 113-123.

209.  Toberman, H, C. Chen, T. Lewis, and J.J. Elser.  2014. High frequency fire alters C:N:P stoichiometric coupling in forest litter.  Global Change Biology 20: 2321-31  doi: 10.1111/gcb.12432

208. Van de Waal, D.B., V.H. Smith, S.A.J. Declerck, E.C.M. Stam, and J.J. Elser. 2014. Stoichiometric regulation of phytoplankton toxins.  Ecology Letters 17: 736–742.  doi: 10.1111/ele.12280

207.  Elser, J.J., T.J. Elser, S.R. Carpenter, and W.A. Brock.  2014.  Regime shift in fertilizer commodities indicates more turbulence ahead for food security. PLOS ONE 9: e93998. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093998

 

2013

 

206.  Ximei, Z., L. Wei Liu, J.J. Elser, G. Zhang, and X. Han.  2013.  Response of the abundance of key soil microbial nitrogen-cycling genes to multi-factorial global changes.  PLOS ONE 8: e76500

205.  Hessen, D.O., J.J. Elser, R.W. Sterner, and J. Urabe.  2013.  Ecological stoichiometry – an elementary approach using basic principles.  Limnol. Oceanogr. 58: 2219-2236.

204.  Peace, A., Y.Q. Zhao, I. Loladze, J.J. Elser, and Y. Kuang,  2013.  A stoichiometric producer-grazer model incorporating the effects of excess food-nutrient content on consumer dynamics.  Mathematical Biosciences 244: 107-115.

203.  Domis, L.N.D., and others. 2013. Plankton dynamics under different climate conditions in tropical freshwater systems (a reply to the comment by Sarmiento et al. 2013).  Freshwater Biology 58: 2211- 2213.

202.  Gilbert, J., C. Acquisti, H. Martinson, J. J. Elser, S. Kumar, and W.F. Fagan.  2013.  GRASP [Genomic Resource Access for Stoichioproteomics]: Comparative explorations of the atomic content of 12 Drosophila proteomes.  Genome Biology 14: 599.  doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-14-599.

201.  Borer, E.T., M.E.S. Bracken, E. W. Seabloom, J. E. Smith, J. Cebrian, E. E. Cleland, J. J. Elser, D. S. Gruner, W. S. Harpole, H. Hillebrand, A.J. Kerkhoff, and J.T. Ngai. 2013. Global biogeography of autotroph chemistry: is insolation a driving force?  Oikos 122: 1121-1130.

200. Elser, J.J., W. Roberts, and P. Haygarth. 2013. P is for phosphorus: the biology and ecology of phosphorus in biota, natural ecosystems, and agroecosystems.  In: K. Wyant, J. Corman, and J.J. Elser, Phosphorus, Food, and Our Future.  Oxford University Press, New York City, New York.

199.  Wyant, K., J. Corman, and J.J. Elser (editors).  2013.  Phosphorus, Food, and Our Future.  Oxford University Press.  New York City, New York.

198. Modenutti, B.E., E. G. Balseiro, J.J. Elser, M. Bastidas Navarro, F. Cuassolo, C. Laspoumaderes, M. S. Souza and V. Díaz Villanueva.  2013.  Effect of volcanic eruption on nutrients, light, and phytoplankton in oligotrophic lakes. Limnol. Oceanogr. 58: 1165-1175.

 

2012

 

197.  Wang, H., R.W. Sterner, and J.J. Elser. 2012. On the "strict homeostasis" assumption in ecological stoichiometry.  Ecological Modelling 243: 81-88.

196.  Domis, L.N.D., and others. 2012. Plankton dynamics under different climatic conditions in space and time.  Freshwater Biology 58: 463-482.

195.  Metson, G, E. Bennett, and J.J. Elser. 2012. The role of diet in phosphorus demand. Environmental Research Letters 7: 044043  doi:10.1088/1748-9326/7/4/044043

194.  Sommer, U. and others.  2012.  Beyond the PEG-model: mechanisms driving plankton succession.  Ann. Rev. Ecol. Syst. 43: 429-448.

193.  Elser, J.J., I. Loladze, A. Peace, and Y. Kuang.  2012.  Lotka re-loaded: modeling trophic interactions under stoichiometric constraints. Ecological Modeling 245: 3-11. 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2012.02.006

192.  Swenson, N., and others. 2012.  The biogeography and filtering of woody plant functional diversity in North and South America.  Global Ecol. Biogeogr. 21: 798–808. doi: 10.1111/j.1466-8238.2011.00727.x

191.  Souza, V., L.E. Eguiarte, M. Travisano, J.J. Elser, C. Rooks, and J.L. Siefert. 2012.  Travel, sex, and food: what's speciation got to do with it?  Astrobiology 12: 634-640.

190.  Souza, V., J. Siefert, A.E. Escalante, J.J. Elser, and L.E. Eguiarte.  2012.  The Cuatro Ciénegas Basin in Coahuila, México: an astrobiological Precambrian park.  Astrobiology 12: 641-647.

189.  Elser, J.J., and Y. Kuang.  2012.  Ecological stoichiometry.  Pages 718-722 in: Hastings, A., and L.J. Gross (eds.), Encyclopedia of Theoretical Ecology, University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

188.  Gaxiola, R. A., Sanchez, C. A., Paez-Valencia, J., Ayre, B. G., & Elser, J. J.  2012. Genetic manipulation of a “vacuolar” H(+)-PPase: from salt tolerance to yield enhancement under phosphorus-deficient soils.  Plant Physiol. 159: 3-11.

187.  Elser, J.J.  2012.  Phosphorus: limiting nutrient for humanity?  Curr. Opin. Biotech. 23: 1-6 (Invited).  10.1016/j.copbio.2012.03.001

186.  Yu, Q., H. Wu, N. He, X. Lu, Z. Wang, J.J. Elser, J. Wu, and X. Han.  2012.  Testing the growth rate hypothesis in vascular plants with above- and below-ground biomass.  PLOS ONE 7: e32162. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0032162

185.  McCrackin, M., and J.J. Elser. 2012. Denitrification kinetics and denitrifier abundances in sediments of lakes receiving atmospheric nitrogen deposition (Colorado, USA).  Biogeochemistry 108: 39-54.  doi:10.1029/2010GB003897

184.  Cease, A.J., J.J. Elser, C.F. Ford, S. Hao, L. Kang, and J.F. Harrison.  2012.  Livestock overgrazing promotes locust outbreaks by lowering plant nitrogen content.  Science 335: 467-469.

 

2011

 

183.  Elser, J.J.  2011.  A world awash in nitrogen.  Science 334: 1504-1505.  *Invited Perspective.

182.  Niu, D., S. J. Hall, H. Fu, J. Kang, Y. Qin, and J. J. Elser. 2011. Grazing exclusion alters ecosystem carbon pools in Alxa desert steppe. New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research 54:127-142.

181.  McCrackin, M., and J.J. Elser. 2011.  Greenhouse gas dynamics in lakes receiving atmospheric nitrogen deposition.  Global Biogeochemical Cycles 25: GB4005 doi: 10.1029/2010GB003897.

180.  Elser, J.J., and E. Bennett.  2011.  Phosphorus: a broken biogeochemical cycle.  Nature 478: 29-31.  *Invited Commentary.

179. Kattge, J., and others. TRY – a global database of plant traits.  2011.  Global Change Biology 17: 2905-2935.  *Highly cited paper of 2012 in GCB (top 3%)

178. Gaxiola, R., M. Edwards, and J.J. Elser.  2011. A transgenic approach to enhance phosphorus use efficiency in crops as part of a comprehensive strategy for sustainable agriculture. Chemosphere 84: 840-845. 

177. Harpole, W.S., J.T. Ngai, E.E. Cleland, E.T. Borer, M.E.S. Bracken, J.J. Elser, D.S. Gruner, H. Hillebrand, E.W. Seabloom, J.B. Shurin, and J.E. Smith. 2011. Nutrient co-limitation of primary producer communities.  Ecology Letters 14: 852–862. *Highlighted in F1000 (Must Read)  *ISI Highly Cited Paper

176. Yu, Q., J.J. Elser, N. He, H. Wu, Q. Chen, G. Zhang, L. Zhang, and X. Han. 2011. Stoichiometric homeostasis of vascular plants in the Inner Mongolia grassland.  Oecologia 166: 1-10.

175. Zhang, G., X. Han, and J.J. Elser. 2011. Rapid top-down regulation of plant C:N:P stoichiometry by grasshoppers in an Inner Mongolia grassland ecosystem. Oecologia 166: 253-264.

174. Wojewodzic, M.W., M. Kyle, J.J. Elser, D.O. Hessen, and T. Andersen. 2011.  Joint effect of phosphorus limitation and temperature on alkaline phosphatase activity and somatic growth in Daphnia magna.  Oecologia 165: 837-846.  DOI: 10.1007/s00442-010-1863-2

173. Childers, D.L., J. Corman, M. Edwards, and J.J. Elser. 2011. Sustainability challenges of phosphorus and food: Solutions from closing the human phosphorus cycle. Bioscience 61: 117-124.  *This paper was highlighted by the BioScience editor.

172. Loladze, I., and J.J. Elser. 2011. The origins of the Redfield nitrogen-to-phosphorus ratio are in a homoeostatic protein-to-RNA ratio.  Ecology Letters 14: 244-250. *This paper was highlighted as Editor’s Choice in Science magazine.  *Highlighted in F1000 (Recommended)

 

2010

 

171. Elser, J.J., C. Acquisti, and S. Kumar. 2010. Stoichiogenomics: the evolutionary ecology of macromolecular elemental composition.  Trends Ecol. Evol. 26: 38-44. 

170. Yu, Q., Q. Chen, J.J. Elser, N. He, H. Wu, G. Zhang, J. Wu, Y. Bai, and X. Han. 2010. Linking stoichiometric homeostasis with ecosystem structure, functioning, and stability.  Ecology Letters 13: 1390-1399.

169. Elser, J.J., M. Kyle, M.W. Wojewodzic, A. Peace, M.L. McCrackin, T. Andersen, and D.O. Hessen. 2010.  Atmospheric nitrogen deposition is associated with elevated phosphorus limitation of lake zooplankton.  Ecology Letters 13: 1256-1261.

168. Cease, A.J., S. Hao, L. Kang, J. J. Elser, and J. F. Harrison. 2010.  Is migratory polyphenism correlated with green-brown polyphenism or influenced by density in the band-winged grasshopper, Oedaleus asiaticus?  J. Insect Physiology 56: 926-936.

167. Urabe, J., S. Naeem, D. Raubenheimer, and J.J. Elser.  2010.  The evolution of biological stoichiometry under global change.  Oikos 119: 737-740.

166. McCrackin, M., and J.J. Elser.  2010. Atmospheric nitrogen deposition influences denitrification and nitrous oxide production in lakes.  Ecology 91: 528-539.

165. Elser, J.J., W.F. Fagan, A.J. Kerkhoff, and B. Enquist. 2010.  Biological stoichiometry of plant production: metabolism, scaling, and ecosystem response to global change.  New Phytologist 186: 593-608. (Invited Tansley review).  doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2010.03214.x  *ISI Highly Cited Paper

164. Reich, P.B., J. Oleksyn, I.J. Wright, K.J. Niklas, L. Hedin, and J.J. Elser.  2010.  Evidence of a general 2/3-power leaf nitrogen to phosphorus scaling among major plant groups and biomes.  Proc. Roy. Soc. Ser. B. 277: 877-883.

163. Glass, J.B., F. Wolfe-Simon, J.J. Elser, and A.D. Anbar.  2010.  Molybdenum–nitrogen co-limitation in freshwater and coastal heterocystous cyanobacteria.  Limnol. Oceanogr. 55: 667-676.

 

2009

 

162. Elser, J.J., T. Andersen, J.S. Baron, A.-K. Bergström, M. Jansson, M. Kyle, K.R. Nydick, L. Steger, and D.O. Hessen.  2009.  Shifts in lake N:P stoichiometry and nutrient limitation driven by atmospheric nitrogen deposition.  Science 326: 835-837.  *ISI Highly Cited Paper This paper was highlighted in This Week in Science (6 Nov 2009).  News coverage appeared in ~133 newspapers and other media outlets

161.  Wang, H., K. Dunning, J.J. Elser, and Y. Kuang.  Daphnia species invasion, competitive exclusion, and chaotic coexistence.  Discr. Cont. Dynam. Syst., Ser. B 12: 481-493.

160. Mulder, C., and J.J. Elser. Soil acidity, ecological stoichiometry and allometric scaling in grassland food webs.  Global Change Biology 11: 2730-2738. This paper was highlighted in a Nature News & Views piece (13 Aug 2009). *Highlighted in F1000 (Recommended)

159. Carpenter, S.R. V. Armbrust, P. Arzberger, F.S. Chapin, III, J.J. Elser, E. Hackett, A. R. Ives, P. Kareiva, M. Leibold, P. Lundberg, M. Mangel, N. Merchant, W. Murdoch, M. Palmer, D. Peters, S. Pickett, K. Smith, D. H. Wall, and A. Zimmerman. 2009.  Synthesis must be accelerated in ecology and environmental sciences.  BioScience 59: 699-701.

158. Elser, J.J., M. Kyle, L. Steger, K.R. Nydick and J.S. Baron. 2009. Nutrient availability and phytoplankton nutrient limitation across a gradient of atmospheric nitrogen deposition.  Ecology 90: 3062-3073.  *ISI Web of Science Highly Cited Paper

157. Sterner, R.W., and J.J. Elser.  2009.   Ecological stoichiometry. Pages 376-385 in: Princeton Guide to Ecology, S.R. Carpenter, B. Walker, S.A. Levin, D.S. Wilcove, A.P. Kinzig (Editors), Princeton University Press.

156. Frost, P., and J.J. Elser.  2009. Biological stoichiometry. In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net/  doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0020887

155. Hillebrand, H., E.T. Borer, M. E.S. Bracken, B.J. Cardinale, J. Cebrian, E.E. Cleland, K. Cottingham, J.J. Elser , D. S. Gruner, W.S. Harpole, C. de Mazancourt, J.T. Ngai, S. Sandin, E.W. Seabloom, J.B. Shurin, J.E. Smith, M.D. Smith, and E.M. Wolkovich.  2009.  Metabolic and stoichiometric constraints on herbivory across organisms and ecosystems. Ecology Letters 12: 516-527.

154. Acquisti C., S. Kumar, and Elser J.J.  2009.  Signatures of nitrogen limitation in the elemental composition of the catabolic apparatus. Proc. R. Soc. B 276: 2605-2610.  doi:10.1098/rspb.2008.1960.

153. Acquisti, C., J.J. Elser, and S. Kumar. 2009.  Ecological nitrogen limitation shapes the DNA composition of plant genomes.  Mol. Biol. Evol. 26: 953-956. *Highlighted in F1000 (Two evaluations: Must Read & Recommended)

 

2008

 

152. Carson, E.W., J.J. Elser, and T.E. Dowling. 2008. Importance of exogenous selection in a fish hybrid zone: insights from reciprocal transplant experiments. Copeia 2008: 794-800.

151. Hessen, D.O., M. Ventura, and J.J. Elser.  2008. Does variation in genome size reflect cellular competition for P between DNA and RNA?  Genome 51: 685-691.

150. Sterner, R.W., and Elser, J.J.  2008. Ecological stoichiometry: overview.  In: Jorgensen, S.E. & B.D. Fath (eds.), Encyclopedia of Ecology, 1st Edition, Elsevier B.V., Oxford.

149. Elser, J.J.  2008.  The big book of animal physiology.  (Review of Karasov and Martinez del Rio: Physiological Ecology).  BioScience 58: 762-763.  (book review)

148. Souza, V., L. Eguiarte, J. Siefert, and J.J. Elser.  2008. Microbial endemism: does nutrient limitation enhance speciation?  Nature Reviews Microbiology 6: 559-564.  *Invited Opinion article.

147. Gruner, D.S., J.E. Smith, E.W. Seabloom, S.A. Sandin, J.T. Ngai, H. Hillebrand, W.S. Harpole, J.J. Elser, E.E. Cleland, M.E.S. Bracken, E.T. Borer, B.M. Bolker.  2008. A cross-system synthesis of herbivore and nutrient resource control on producer biomass.  Ecology Letters 11: 740–755.

146. Sterner, R.W., T. Andersen, J. J. Elser, D.O. Hessen, J. Hood, E. McCauley, and J Urabe.  2008.  Scale-dependent carbon:nitrogen:phosphorus seston stoichiometry in marine and freshwaters.  Limnol. Oceanogr. 53: 1169-1180.

 

2007

 

145. Hessen, D.O., T.C. Jensen, M. Kyle, and J.J. Elser. 2007. RNA responses to N- and P-limitation: reciprocal regulation of stoichiometry and growth rate in Brachionus. Functional Ecology 21: 956–962.

144. Wang, H., H.L. Smith, Y. Kuang, and J.J. Elser. 2007. Dynamics of stoichiometric bacteria-algae interactions in the epilimnion. SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics 68: 503-522

143. Elser, J.J., M.E.S. Bracken, E.E. Cleland, D.S. Gruner, W.S. Harpole, H. Hillebrand, J.T. Ngai, E.W. Seabloom, J.B. Shurin, and J.E. Smith. 2007. Global analysis of nitrogen and phosphorus limitation of primary production in freshwater, marine, and terrestrial ecosystems.  Ecology Letters 10: 1135-1142. *Highlighted in News and Views article in Nature. *Identified as “Emerging Research Front” paper by ISI Web of Science (Dec 2008). *Highlighted in F1000 (Exceptional) *ISI Highly Cited Paper

142. Hillebrand, H., D. S. Gruner, E. Borer, M.E.S. Bracken, E.E. Cleland, J.J. Elser, W.S. Harpole, J.T. Ngai, E.W. Seabloom, J.B. Shurin, and J.E. Smith. 2007. Consumer versus resource control of producer diversity depends on ecosystem type and producer community structure.  Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 104: 10904-10909. *Highlighted in F1000 (Recommended)

141. Elser, J.J., M. Kyle, M. Smith, and J. Nagy. 2007. Biological stoichiometry in human cancer. PLOS ONE 2: e1028. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0001028. 

140.  Elser, J.J., and A.L. Hamilton. 2007.  Stoichiometry and the new biology: the future is now.  PLOS Biology 5: e181.doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0050181.   *Invited essay

139. Novotny, A., J.D. Schade, M. Kyle, A. Kay, S. Hobbie, P. Reich, and J.J. Elser. 2007. Stoichiometric response of nitrogen-fixing and non-fixing dicots to manipulations of CO2, nitrogen, and diversity. Oecologia 151: 687-696. *Highlighted in F1000 (Recommended)

138. Clasen, J.L., and J.J. Elser. 2007. The effect of host Chlorella NC64a carbon:phosphorus ratio on production of Paramecium Chlorella virus-1. Freshwater Biol. 52: 112-122.

 

2006

 

137. Elser, J.J.  2006. Biological stoichiometry: a chemical bridge between ecosystem ecology and evolutionary biology.  The American Naturalist 168: S25-S35.

136. Kyle, M., K. Acharya, L.J. Weider, K. Looper, and J.J. Elser. 2006. Coupling of growth rate and body stoichiometry in Daphnia: a role for maintenance processes?   Freshwater Biol. 51: 2087-2095.  

135. Bertram, S., J.D. Schade, and J.J. Elser. 2006. Signaling and phosphorus: correlations between mate signaling effort and body elemental composition in crickets. Animal Behavior 72: 899-907

134. Kerkhoff, A., W.F. Fagan, J.J. Elser, and B.J. Enquist.  2006. Phylogenetic and functional variation in the scaling of nitrogen and phosphorus in the seed plants.  The American Naturalist. 168:  E103-E122.

133. Elser, J.J., W.F. Fagan, S. Subramanian, and S. Kumar.  2006. Signatures of ecological resource availability in the animal and plant proteomes. Molecular Biology and Evolution 23: 10.1093.  *Featured as "Editor's Choice: Highlights of the Recent Literature" in Science magazine.

132. Elser, J.J., T. Watts, and T.A. Markow. 2006. Ontogenetic coupling among growth rate, RNA allocation, and P content in five species of Drosophila.  Func. Ecol. 20: 846-856.

131. Acharya, K., P.A. Bukaveckas, J.D. Jack, M. Kyle, and J.J. Elser. 2006. Consumer growth linked to diet and RNA – P stoichiometry: Response of Bosmina to natural and experimental variation in food resources.  Limnol. Oceanogr. 51: 1859-1869.

130. Boersma, M., and J.J. Elser.  2006.  Too much of a good thing: on balanced diets and maximal growth.  Ecology 87: 1325-1330. *Highlighted in F1000 (Must Read)

129. Watts, T., H.A. Woods, S. Hargand, J.J. Elser, and T.A. Markow.  2006. Biological stoichiometry of growth in Drosophila melanogaster.  J. Insect Sci. 52: 187-193.

128. Souza, V., L. Espinosa-Asur, A Escalante, L.E. Eguiarte, J. Farmer, L. Forney, L. Lloret, J.M. Rodríguez Martínez, X. Soberon, R. Dirzo, and J.J. Elser. 2006. An endangered oasis of aquatic microbial biodiversity in the Chihuahuan desert. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 103: 6565-6570.

127. Elser, J.J., J. Watts, J.H. Schampel, and J. Farmer. 2006. Early food-webs on a trophic knife-edge?  Experimental data from a modern microbialite-based ecosystem.  Ecology Letters 9: 295-303.

 

2005

 

126. Weider, L. J., W. Makino, K. Acharya, K.L. Glenn, M. Kyle, J. Urabe, and J.J. Elser. 2005. Genotype x environment interactions, stoichiometric food quality effects, and clonal coexistence in Daphnia pulex.  Oecologia 143:537-547.

125. Gillooly, J.F., A.P. Allen, J.H. Brown, J.J. Elser, V.M. Savage, G.B. West, W.H. Woodruff, and H.A. Woods.  2005. The metabolic basis of whole-organism RNA and phosphorus stoichiometry.  Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 102: 11923 – 11927.

124. Weider, L.J., J.J. Elser, T.J. Crease, M. Mateos, T.M. Markow, and J.B. Cotner.  2005.  Functional significance of ribosomal (r)DNA variation in the ecology of organisms.  Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 36: 219-242.

123. Kerkhoff, A.J., Enquist, B.J., J.J. Elser, J.J., W.F. Fagan. 2005.  Plant allometry, stoichiometry and the temperature-dependence of terrestrial primary production. Global Ecology and Biogeography 14: 585-598.

122. Elser, J.J., J. H. Schampel, F. Garcia-Pichel, B. Wade, V. Souza, L. Eguiarte, A. Escalante, and J. Farmer. 2005.  Effects of PO4 enrichment and grazing snails on microbial communities in an ecosystem with living stromatolites. Freshwater Biol. 50: 1808-1825.

121.  Elser, J.J., J. H. Schampel, M. Kyle, J. Watts, E. Carson, T. Dowling, C. Tang, and P. Roopnarine. 2005.  Effects of PO4 enrichment of microbial communities on hydrobiid snails in an ecosystem with living stromatolites. Freshwater Biol. 50: 1826-1835.

120. Fan, M., I. Loladze, Y. Kuang and J. J. Elser.  2005. Dynamics of a stoichiometric discrete producer-grazer model.   J. Difference Equations and Applications 11: 347–364.

119. Elser, J.J., and D.O. Hessen.  2005. Biosimplicity via stoichiometry:  the evolution of food-web structure and processes.  Chapter 1 (pages 7-18) in: Aquatic Food Webs: an Ecosystem Approach, A. Belgrano, U. Scharler, J. Dunne, and R. Ulanowicz (eds), Oxford University Press.

118. Hessen, D. O., and J. J. Elser. 2005. Elements of ecology and evolution. Oikos 109: 3-5.

117. Anderson, T.R., D.O. Hessen, J.J. Elser, and J. Urabe. 2005.  Metabolic stoichiometry and the fate of excess carbon and nutrients in consumers.  Am. Nat. 165: 1-15.

 

2004

 

116. Woods, A., W.F. Fagan, J.F. Harrison, and J.J. Elser. 2004.  Allometric and taxonomic-dependence of phosphorus content in insects and arachnids. Functional Ecology 18: 103-109.

115. Andersen, T., J.J. Elser, and D.O. Hessen.  2004.  Stoichiometry and population dynamics.  Ecology Letters 7: 884-900.

114. Miller, C.R., Y. Kuang, W.F. Fagan, and J.J. Elser.  2004.  Modeling and analysis of stoichiometric two-patch consumer-resource systems.  Math. Biosciences 189: 153-184.

113. Kuang, Y, J. Huisman, and J.J. Elser.  2004.  Stoichiometric plant-herbivore models and their interpretation.  Math. Biosci. Engin. 1: 215-222.

112. Hessen, D.O., G. I. Ågren, T.R. Anderson, J. J. Elser, and P. De Reuter.  2004.  Carbon sequestration in ecosystems: the role of stoichiometry.  Ecology 85: 1179-1192.

111. Vrede, T., D.R. Dobberfuhl, S.A.L.M. Kooijman, and J.J. Elser.  2004.  The stoichiometry of production:  functional connections among organism C:N:P stoichiometry, macromolecular composition, and growth rate.  Ecology 85: 1217-1229.

110. Kerfoot, W.C., G. Mittelbach, N.G. Hairston, Jr., and J.J. Elser. 2004.  Biocomplexity in aquatic ecosystems: overview.  Limnol. Oceanogr. 49: 1225-1228.

109. Acharya, K., M. Kyle, and J. J. Elser. 2004. Biological stoichiometry of Daphnia growth: an ecophysiological test of the growth rate hypothesis. Limnol. Oceanogr. 49: 656-665.

108. Acharya, K., M. Kyle, and J. J. Elser.  2004.  Effects of stoichiometric dietary mixing on Daphnia growth and reproduction.  Oecologia 138: 333-340.

107. Weider, L.J., K.L. Glenn, M. Kyle, and J.J. Elser.  2004.  Associations among ribosomal (r)DNA intergenic spacer length, growth rate, and C:N:P stoichiometry in the genus Daphnia.  Limnol. Oceanogr. 49:656-665.

106. Perkins, M.C. H.A. Woods, J.F. Harrison, and J.J. Elser.  2004.  Dietary phosphorus affects the growth of larval Manduca sexta   Arch. Insect Biochem. 55: 153-168.

105. Loladze, I., Y. Kuang, J.J. Elser, and W.F. Fagan.  2004.  Competition and stoichiometry: coexistence of two predators on one prey.  J. Theor. Biol. 65: 1-15. *One of the top 25 most downloaded papers in JTB April 2003-March 2004.

 

2003

 

104. Riisgard HU, O. Kinne O, T. Fenchel, E. Fee, R. Hesslein, J. Elser, M. Scranton, J. Cole, N. Hairston, E. Canuel, R. Glud, C. Nielsen, P. Beninger, R. Waagbo, G.I. Hemre, G. Hulata, T. Hoisaeter, D. McLusky, R. Kneib , S. Shumway, R. Warwick, L. Hagerman, P.S. Larsen, J. Ott, P.C. Dworschak, F. Boero, J.M.Gili, K. Philippart, and M. Seaman.  2003.  Misuse of the peer-review system: time for countermeasures?  Mar. Ecol. Prog. Series 258: 297-309

103. Yoshida T., J. Urabe, and J.J. Elser.  2003.  Assessment of 'top-down' and 'bottom-up' forces as determinants of rotifer distribution among lakes in Ontario, Canada.  Ecol. Res. 18: 639-650.  *This paper won the Ecological Research Award of the Japanese Ecology Society, awarded to the best 3 papers published in Ecological Research in a given year.

102. Elser, J.J.  2003.  Biological stoichiometry: a theoretical framework connecting ecosystem ecology, evolution, and biochemistry for application in astrobiology.  International Journal of Astrobiology 2:185-193.

101. Elser, J.J., J. Nagy, and Y. Kuang.  2003.  Biological stoichiometry: an ecological perspective on tumor dynamics. BioScience 53: 1112-1120.

100. Elser, J.J., K. Acharya, M. Kyle, J. Cotner, W. Makino, T. Markow, T. Watts, S. Hobbie, W. Fagan, J. Schade, and R.W. Sterner.  2003.  Growth rate - stoichiometry couplings in diverse biota. Ecology Letters 6: 936-943.

99. Ågren, G.I., D.O. Hessen, T.R. Anderson, J.J. Elser, P. De Reuter.  2003. Element interactions: theoretical considerations.  In: Interactions of the Major Biogeochemical Cycles - Global Change and Human Impacts, SCOPE 61. Melillo, J.M., C.B. Field, and B. Moldan. (eds.). Island Press, Washington, D.C. pp. 135-150.

98. Urabe, J., J. Togari, and J.J. Elser.  2003.  Stoichiometric impacts of increased carbon dioxide on a planktonic herbivore.  Global Change Biology 9: 818-825.

97. Kuang, Y, J. Nagy, and J.J. Elser.  2003.  Biological stoichiometry of tumor dynamics: mathematical models and analysis. Discr. Cont. Dynam. Systems, B 4: 221-240.

96. Woods, H.A., W. Makino, J.B. Cotner, S. Hobbie, J.F. Harrison, K. Acharya, and J.J. Elser.  2003.  Temperature and the chemical composition of poikilothermic organisms.  Func. Ecology 17: 237-245.

95. Frost, P.C., S. Tank, M.A. Turner, and J.J. Elser.  2003.  Elemental composition of littoral invertebrates from oligotrophic and eutrophic Canadian lakes. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 22: 51-62.

94. Elser, J.J., M. Kyle, W. Makino, T. Yoshida, and J. Urabe.  2003.  Algal and bacterial resource limitation and the microbial food web: a test of the light:nutrient hypothesis.  Aquat. Microb. Ecol. 31: 49-65.

93. Makino, W., J. B. Cotner, R.W. Sterner, and J.J. Elser.  2003.  Are bacteria more like plants or animals? Growth rate and substrate dependence of bacterial C:N:P stoichiometry.  Func. Ecology 17:121-130.

92. Schade, J., M. Kyle, S. Hobbie, W. Fagan, and J.J. Elser.  2003.  Stoichiometric tracking of soil nutrients by a desert insect herbivore.  Ecology Letters 6: 96-101.

91. Kyle M., T. Watts, J. Schade, and J.J. Elser. 2003. A microfluorometric method for quantifying RNA and DNA in terrestrial insects, 7 pp. Journal of Insect Science, 3.1. Available online: insectscience.org/3.1

 

2002

 

90. Elser, J.J., M. Kyle, P. Frost, J. Urabe, and T. Andersen.  2002.  Effects of light and nutrients on plankton stoichiometry and biomass in a P-limited lake.  Hydrobiologia 481: 101-112.

89. Urabe, J., W. Makino, K. Hayakawa, and J. J. Elser.  2002.  Food quality determinants for Daphnia growth in P-limited lakes.  Verh. Internat. Verein. Limnol. 28: 1-6.

88. Gorokhova, E., T.A. Dowling, T. Crease, L.J. Weider, and J.J. Elser.  2002.  Functional and ecological significance of rDNA IGS variation in a clonal organism under divergent selection for production rate.  Proc. Roy. Acad. Lond B 269: 2373-2379.

87. Fagan, W.F., E.H. Siemann, R.F. Denno, C. Mitter, A. Huberty, H.A. Woods, and J.J. Elser.  2002.  Nitrogen in insects: implications for trophic complexity and species diversification. The American Naturalist 160: 784-802.

86. Frost, P.C., R.S. Stelzer, G.A. Lamberti, and J.J. Elser. 2002. Ecological stoichiometry of trophic interactions in the benthos: Understanding the role of C:N:P ratios in lentic and lotic habitats.  Journal of the North American Benthological Society 21: 515-528.

85. Dobberfuhl, D.A., and J.J. Elser.  2002.  Distribution and potential competitive effects of an exotic zooplankter (Daphnia lumholtzi) in Arizona reservoirs.  J. Arizona-Nevada Acad. Sci. 342: 89-94.

84. Woods, H.A., M.C. Perkins, J.J. Elser, and J.F. Harrison.  2002.  Absorption and storage of phosphorus by larval Manduca sexta.  J. Insect Phys. 48: 555-564.

83. Urabe, J., J.J. Elser, M. Kyle, T. Sekino and Z. Kawabata.  2002.  Herbivorous animals can mitigate unfavorable ratios of energy and material supplies by enhancing nutrient recycling.  Ecology Letters 5: 177-185.

82. Frost, P.C., and J.J. Elser.  2002.  Growth responses of littoral mayflies to the phosphorus content of their food.  Ecology Letters 5: 232-241.

81. Urabe, J., M. Kyle, W. Makino, T. Yoshida, T. Andersen, and J.J. Elser. 2002.  Reduced light increases herbivore production due to stoichiometric effects of light:nutrient balance.  Ecology 83: 619-627.

80. Xenopoulos, M.A., P.C. Frost, and J.J. Elser.  2002.  Joint effects of ultraviolet radiation and phosphorus supply on phytoplankton growth rate and elemental composition.  Ecology 83:  423-435.

79. Makino, W., J. Urabe, J.J. Elser, and C. Yoshimizu.  2002.  Evidence of phosphorus-limited individual and population growth of Daphnia in a Canadian Shield lake.  Oikos 96: 197-205. 

78. Frost, P.C., J.J. Elser, and M.A. Turner. 2002. Effects of caddisfly grazers on the elemental composition of epilithon in a boreal lake. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 21: 54-63.

77. Frost, P.C., J.J. Elser, and M.A. Turner. 2002.  Effects of light and nutrients on the accumulation and elemental composition of epilithon in boreal lakes.  Freshwater Biology 47: 173-184.

76. Sterner, R.W. and J.J. Elser (order of authorship determined by coin flip).  2002.  Ecological Stoichiometry: The Biology of Elements from Molecules to the Biosphere.  Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.

 

2001

 

75. Sterner, R.W., J.H. Schampel, K.L. Schulz, A.E. Galford, and J.J. Elser.  2001.  Joint variation of zooplankton and seston stoichiometry in lakes and reservoirs.  Verh. Internat. Verein. Limnol. 27:  2996-3000.

74. Elser, J.J., L. Gudex, M. Kyle, T. Ishikawa, and J. Urabe.  2001.  Effects of zooplankton on nutrient availability and seston C:N:P stoichiometry in inshore waters of Lake Biwa, Japan.  Limnology 2: 91-100.

73. Muller, E., R.M. Nisbet, S.A.L.M. Kooijman, J.J. Elser, and E. McCauley.  2001.  Stoichiometric food quality and herbivore dynamics.  Ecology Letters 4: 519-529.

72. Elser, J.J., H. Hayakawa, and J. Urabe.  2001.  Nutrient limitation reduces food quality for zooplankton: Daphnia response to seston phosphorus enrichment.  Ecology 82: 898-903.

 

2000

 

71. Dobberfuhl, D.A., and J.J. Elser. 2000.  Inferring threshold stoichiometric food quality from first principles: the influence of life-history strategy and maximum assimilation efficiencies of C and P.  Verh. Internat. Verein. Limnol. 27: 834-838.

70. Elser, J.J.  2000.  Stoichiometric analysis of pelagic ecosystems: the biogeochemistry of planktonic food webs.  Pages 389-406 in: Sala, O.E., R.B. Jackson, H.A. Mooney, R. Howarth (editors).  Methods in Ecosystem Science.  Springer-Verlag, Berlin.

69. Loladze, I, Y. Kuang, and J.J. Elser. 2000.  Stoichiometry in producer-grazer systems: linking energy flow and element cycling.  Bull. Math. Biol. 62: 1137–1162.  *One of the top 10 most cited papers in BMB since 1999.

68. Elser, J.J., W.F. Fagan, R.F. Denno, D.R. Dobberfuhl, A. Folarin, A. Huberty, S. Interlandi, S.S. Kilham, E. McCauley, K.L. Schulz, E.H. Siemann, and R.W. Sterner. 2000.  Nutritional constraints in terrestrial and freshwater food webs.  Nature 408: 578-580. 

67. IGBP Working Group on Carbon and Nutrients (Co-chairs and lead authors: P. Falkowski and R.J. Scholes; Members: E. Boyle, J. Canadell, D. Canfield, J. Elser, N. Gruber, K. Hibbard, P. Högberg, S. Linder, F.T. Mackenzie, B. Moore III, T. Pedersen, Y. Rosenthal, S. Seitzinger, V. Smetacek, W. Steffen).  The global carbon cycle: a test of our knowledge of Earth as a system.  Science 290: 291-296.

66. Elser, J.J., R.W. Sterner, E. Gorokhova, W.F. Fagan, T.A. Markow, J.B. Cotner, J.F. Harrison, S.E. Hobbie, G.M. Odell, L.J. Weider.  2000.  Biological stoichiometry from genes to ecosystems.  Ecology Letters 3: 540-550.

65. Elser, J.J.  From sea to lake to land: ecological stoichiometry and the flow of energy and matter in ecosystems.  Trends Ecol. Evol. 15: 393-394  (meeting summary)

64. Elser, J.J, T. Dowling, D.A. Dobberfuhl and J. O’Brien. 2000.  The evolution of ecosystem processes: ecological stoichiometry of a key herbivore in temperate and arctic habitats. J. Evol. Biol. 13: 845-853.

63. Dobberfuhl, D.R., and J.J. Elser.  2000.  Ecological stoichiometry of lower food web components in temperate and arctic lakes.  J. Plankton Res. 22: 1341-1354.

62. Elser, J.J., R.W. Sterner, A.E. Galford, T.H. Chrzanowski, D.L. Findlay, K.H. Mills, M.J. Paterson, M.P. Stainton, and D.W. Schindler.  2000.  Pelagic C:N:P stoichiometry in a eutrophied lake: responses to a whole-lake food-web manipulation. Ecosystems 3: 293-307.

 

Honors

2015 ASU Founders' Day Research Achievement Award for sustainability research (See: http://tinyurl.com/nawqftf)

2014 President, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)

2014 ASU School of Life Sciences Teaching Excellence & Innovation Award

2013 Elected as foreign member of Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters

2013 Visiting Fellow, Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia) Climate Change Response Program

2012 G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography (ASLO) to recognize excellence in aquatic research (See: http://tinyurl.com/ks4tb5l)

2012 President-Elect, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)

2011 Fulbright Scholar (Senior Lecturer, Argentina)

2009 ASU Regents’ Professor

2009 ASU Professor of the Year (ASU Parents Association)

2008 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (Biological Sciences Section)

2008 ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award

2008 Inaugural recipient, Distinguished Alumni Award, Dept. of Biology, University of Notre Dame

2008 Nominee, ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Gary Krahenbuhl Difference Maker Award

2006 Nominee for the ECI Prize in Limnetic Ecology

2003 Fulbright Scholar (Norway)

2003 Nominee, ECI International Prize in Limnetic Ecology

2000 Rosemary Mackay Fund award (To Paul Frost as lead author; also with R. Stelzer and G. Lamberti), North American Benthological Society

 

Teaching Experience

Courses Taught (since 2000):

Arizona State University

2015  BIO151:  Biological Thinking (4 credits).  Fall semester.  Enrollment: 130.

2015  BIO426:  Limnology (4 credits).  Spring semester.  Enrollment: 22.

2014  BIO151:  Biological Thinking (4 credits).  Fall semester.  Enrollment: 90.

2013  BIO100:  Biological Thinking (4 credits).  Fall semester.  Enrollment: 60.

         BIO494:  Ecological Stoichiometry (3 credits).  Spring semester.  Enrollment: 8.

2012  BIO100:  The Living World.  Fall semester.  Enrollment:  ca. 620 (w/ D. Patterson)

         Graduate course in Ecological Stoichiometry.  Summer.  Enrollment: 14.  Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (Bremerhaven, Germany).

2011  BIO100: How to Think About Life.  Spring semester.  Enrollment:  ca. 95 (w/ A. Hamilton)

         Graduate course in Ecological Stoichiometry.  Fall.  Enrollment: 24.  Universidad de Comahue (Bariloche, Argentina).

2010  BIO591 / SOS 591: Graduate Seminar (“Sustainability of Global Nutrient Cycles”).  Fall semester.  Enrollment: 12.  (w. D. Childers)

2009  BIO100:  The Living World.  Fall semester.  Enrollment:  ca. 800 (w/ D. Pearson)

2008  BIO100:  The Living World.  Fall semester.  Enrollment:  ca. 750 (w/ D. Pearson)

BIO591:  Graduate Seminar (“Recent Advances in Food Web ecology”).  Fall semester.  Enrollment: 6 (w/ J. Sabo)

2007  BIO100:  The Living World.  Fall semester.  Enrollment:  ca. 700 (w/ D. Pearson)

BIO591:  Graduate Seminar (“Biological Stoichiometry”).  Spring semester.  Enrollment: 7

2006  BIO100:  The Living World.  Fall semester.  Enrollment:  ca. 700 (w/ D. Pearson)

2005  BIO100:  The Living World.  Fall semester.  Enrollment:  ca. 700 (w/ D. Pearson)

         BIO494: Ecological Stoichiometry (3 credits).  Spring semester.  Enrollment: 6.

2004  BIO100:  The Living World.  Fall semester.  Enrollment: ca. 700 (w/ D. Pearson)

2002  BIO100:  The Living World.  Fall semester.  Enrollment: ca. 700 (w/ D. Pearson)

2001  BIO100:  The Living World.  Fall semester.  Enrollment: ca. 700 (w/ D. Pearson)

2000  BIO100:  The Living World.  Fall semester.  Enrollment: ca. 700 (w/ D. Pearson)

         BIO591:  Graduate Seminar ("Biological stoichiometry of microbial complexity: from the biosphere to the gene").  Fall semester.  Enrollment: 10 (1 for writing credit).

Professional Experience

2016 - present Director & Bierman Professor of Ecology, Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana

2016 - present Research Professor, School of Life Sciences, ASU

2010 - present Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability, ASU     

2011 Fulbright Senior Lecturer, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Bariloche, Argentina

2009 - 2016 Regents’ Professor & Parents Association Professor, School of Life Sciences, ASU

2005 - 2011 Associate Director / Dean, Research & Training Initiatives, School of Life Sciences, ASU

2009 (fall) - 2010 (spring) Acting Dean, School of Life Sciences, ASU

2003 Fulbright Scholar & Visiting Research Fellow, Center for Advanced Study of the Norwegian Academy of Letters and Sciences & Dept. of Biology, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

2000 - 2009 Professor. Core member of Ecology, Evolution, & Environmental Science faculty group.

1997 Visiting Research Scholar, Center for Ecological Research, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

1996 Visiting professor, Biology Department, University of Minnesota, Duluth

1996 - 2000 Associate Professor, Biology (Zoology) Department

1990 - 1996 Assistant Professor, Zoology Department, Arizona State University

1990 Postdoctoral researcher, Div. of Environmental Studies, UC-Davis