Please see Melinda Smith’s Google Scholar website for most recent publications


Assessing Community and Ecosystem Sensitivity to Climate Change–Toward a More Comparative Approach. MD Smith, KR Wilcox, SA Power, DT Tissue, AK Knapp. Journal of Vegetation Science (2017)

Different clades and traits yield similar grassland functional responses. EJ Forrestel, MJ Donoghue, EJ Edwards, W Jetz, JCO du Toit, MD Smith. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201612909 (2017)


Herbivore size matters for productivity–richness relationships in African savannas. DE Burkepile, RWS Fynn, DI Thompson, NP Lemoine, SE Koerner, S Eby, et al. Journal of Ecology (2016)

Nitrogen deposition promotes phosphorus uptake of plants in a semi-arid temperate grassland. M Long, HH Wu, MD Smith, KJ La Pierre, XT Lü, HY Zhang, XG Han, Q Yu. Plant and Soil 408 (1-2), 475-484 (2016)

Fire frequency drives habitat selection by a diverse herbivore guild impacting top–down control of plant communities in an African savanna. DE Burkepile, DI Thompson, RWS Fynn, SE Koerner, S Eby, N Govender, et al. Oikos 125 (11), 1636-1646 (2016)

Pushing precipitation to the extremes in distributed experiments: recommendations for simulating wet and dry years. AK Knapp, ML Avolio, C Beier, CJW Carroll, SL Collins, JS Dukes, et al. Global change biology (2016)

Nutrient additions cause divergence of tallgrass prairie plant communities resulting in loss of ecosystem stability. SE Koerner, ML Avolio, KJ La Pierre, KR Wilcox, MD Smith, SL Collins. Journal of Ecology 104 (5), 1478-1487 (2016)

Shared Drivers but Divergent Ecological Responses: Insights from Long-Term Experiments in Mesic Savanna Grasslands. MD Smith, AK Knapp, SL Collins, DE Burkepile, KP Kirkman, SE Koerner, et al. BioScience, biw077 (2016)

Underappreciated problems of low replication in ecological field studies. NP Lemoine, A Hoffman, AJ Felton, L Baur, F Chaves, J Gray, Q Yu, et al. Ecology 97 (10), 2554-2561 (2016)

The effect of timing of growing season drought on flowering of a dominant C4 grass. JD Dietrich, MD Smith. Oecologia 181 (2), 391-399 (2016)

Drivers of variation in aboveground net primary productivity and plant community composition differ across a broad precipitation gradient. KJ La Pierre, DM Blumenthal, CS Brown, JA Klein, MD Smith. Ecosystems 19 (3), 521-533 (2016)

Soil nutrient additions increase invertebrate herbivore abundances, but not herbivory, across three grassland systems. KJ La Pierre, MD Smith. Oecologia 180 (2), 485-497 (2016)

Integrative modelling reveals mechanisms linking productivity and plant species richness
JB Grace, TM Anderson, EW Seabloom, ET Borer, PB Adler, WS Harpole, et al. Nature 529 (7586), 390-393 (2016)

Gene expression patterns of two dominant tallgrass prairie species differ in response to warming and altered precipitation. MD Smith, AM Hoffman, ML Avolio. Scientific reports (2016)

A novel soil manganese mechanism drives plant species loss with increased nitrogen deposition in a temperate steppe. Q Tian, N Liu, W Bai, L Li, J Chen, PB Reich, Q Yu, D Guo, MD Smith, et al. Ecology 97 (1), 65-74 (2016)


Invasibility of a mesic grassland depends on the time‐scale of fluctuating resources. SE Koerner, ML Avolio, CC Chang, J Gray, DL Hoover, MD Smith. Journal of Ecology 103 (6), 1538-1546 (2015)

Biodiversity increases the resistance of ecosystem productivity to climate extremes. F Isbell, D Craven, J Connolly, M Loreau, B Schmid, C Beierkuhnlein, et al. Nature 526 (7574), 574-577 (2015)

Stoichiometric homeostasis predicts plant species dominance, temporal stability, and responses to global change. Q Yu, K Wilcox, KL Pierre, AK Knapp, X Han, MD Smith. Ecology 96 (9), 2328-2335 (2015)

Plant species’ origin predicts dominance and response to nutrient enrichment and herbivores in global grasslands. EW Seabloom, ET Borer, YM Buckley, EE Cleland, KF Davies, J Firn, et al. Nature communications (2015)

Characterizing differences in precipitation regimes of extreme wet and dry years: implications for climate change experiments. AK Knapp, DL Hoover, KR Wilcox, ML Avolio, SE Koerner, KJ La Pierre, et al. Global change biology 21 (7), 2624-2633 (2015)

Invertebrate, not small vertebrate, herbivory interacts with nutrient availability to impact tallgrass prairie community composition and forb biomass. KJ La Pierre, A Joern, MD Smith. Oikos 124 (7), 842-850 (2015)

Functional differences between dominant grasses drive divergent responses to large herbivore loss in mesic savanna grasslands of North America and South Africa. EJ Forrestel, MJ Donoghue, MD Smith. Journal of Ecology 103 (3), 714-724 (2015)

Climatic controls of aboveground net primary production in semi-arid grasslands along a latitudinal gradient portend low sensitivity to warming. W Mowll, DM Blumenthal, K Cherwin, A Smith, AJ Symstad, LT Vermeire, et al. Oecologia 177 (4), 959-969 (2015)

Global environmental change and the nature of aboveground net primary productivity responses: insights from long-term experiments. MD Smith, KJ La Pierre, SL Collins, AK Knapp, KL Gross, JE Barrett, et al. Oecologia 177 (4), 935-947 (2015)

Differential sensitivity to regional-scale drought in six central US grasslands. AK Knapp, CJW Carroll, EM Denton, KJ La Pierre, SL Collins, MD Smith. Oecologia 177 (4), 949-957 (2015)

Functional trait expression of grassland species shift with short-and long-term nutrient additions. KJ La Pierre, MD Smith. Plant ecology 216 (2), 307-318 (2015)

The effect of genotype richness and genomic dissimilarity of Andropogon gerardii on invasion resistance and productivity. ML Avolio, CC Chang, JJ Weis, MD Smith. Plant Ecology & Diversity 8 (1), 61-71 (2015)