Selected Publications

All Publications Selected Publications

Selected peer-reviewed publications, 2003 - 2017. See my Google Scholar for citations and sources.

Canopy structure, allometry and plant architecture

  1. Duursma, R.A., Gimeno, T.E., Boer, M.M., Crous, K.Y., Tjoelker, M.G., Ellsworth, D.S. 2016. Canopy leaf area of a mature evergreen Eucalyptus woodland does not respond to elevated atmospheric [CO2] but tracks water availability. Global Change Biology, 22, 1666-1676 .

  2. Duursma, R.A., Falster, D.S. 2016. Leaf mass per area, not total leaf area, drives differences in above-ground biomass distribution among woody plant functional types. New Phytologist, 212, 368-376 .

  3. Duursma, R.A., Falster, D.S., Valladares, F., Sterck, F.J., Pearcy, R.W., Lusk, C.H., Sendall, K.M., Nordenstahl, M., Houter, N.C., Atwell, B.J., others, . 2012. Light interception efficiency explained by two simple variables: a test using a diversity of small-to medium-sized woody plants. New Phytologist, 193, 397-408 .

  4. Duursma, R.A., Mäkelä, A. 2007. Summary models for light interception and light-use efficiency of non-homogeneous canopies. Tree Physiology, 27, 859-870 .

Plant responses to drought

  1. Blackman, C.J., Pfautsch, S., Choat, B., Delzon, S., Gleason, S.M., Duursma, R.A. 2016. Toward an index of desiccation time to tree mortality under drought. Plant, Cell & Environment, 39, 2342-2345 .

  2. Zhou, S., Duursma, R.A., Medlyn, B.E., Kelly, J.W., Prentice, I.C. 2013. How should we model plant responses to drought? An analysis of stomatal and non-stomatal responses to water stress. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 182-183, 204-214 .

  3. Duursma, R.A., Kolari, P., Perämäki, M., Nikinmaa, E., Hari, P., Delzon, S., Loustau, D., Ilvesniemi, H., Pumpanen, J., Mäkelä, A. 2008. Predicting the decline in daily maximum transpiration rate of two pine stands during drought based on constant minimum leaf water potential and plant hydraulic conductance. Tree Physiology, 28, 265-276 .


  1. Lu, Y., Duursma, R.A., Medlyn, B.E. 2016. Optimal stomatal behaviour under stochastic rainfall. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 394, 160-171 .

  2. Duursma, R.A., Medlyn, B.E. 2012. MAESPA: a model to study interactions between water limitation, environmental drivers and vegetation function at tree and stand levels, with an example application to [CO2] x drought interactions. Geoscientific Model Development, 5, 919-940 .

  3. Medlyn, B.E., Duursma, R.A., Zeppel, M.J.B. 2011. Forest productivity under climate change: a checklist for evaluating model studies. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 2, 332-355 .

  4. Duursma, R.A., Marshall, J.D., Robinson, A.P., Pangle, R.E. 2007. Description and test of a simple process-based model of forest growth for mixed-species stands. Ecological Modelling, 203, 297-311 .

Tools, Methods and Data

  1. Duursma, R., Choat, B. 2017. fitplc - an R package to fit hydraulic vulnerability curves. Journal of Plant Hydraulics, 4, 002 .

  2. Duursma, R.A. 2015. Plantecophys - An R Package for Analysing and Modelling Leaf Gas Exchange Data. PLoS ONE, 10, e0143346 .

  3. Falster, D.S., Duursma, R.A., Ishihara, M.I., Barneche, D.R., FitzJohn, R.G., V\aarhammar, A., Aiba, M., Ando, M., Anten, N., Aspinwall, M.J., Baltzer, J.L., Baraloto, C., Battaglia, M., Battles, J.J., Bond-Lamberty, B., van Breugel, M., Camac, J., Claveau, Y., Coll, L., Dannoura, M., Delagrange, S., Domec, J., Fatemi, F., Feng, W., Gargaglione, V., Goto, Y., Hagihara, A., Hall, J.S., Hamilton, S., Harja, D., Hiura, T., Holdaway, R., Hutley, L.S., Ichie, T., Jokela, E.J., Kantola, A., Kelly, J.W.G., Kenzo, T., King, D., Kloeppel, B.D., Kohyama, T., Komiyama, A., Laclau, J., Lusk, C.H., Maguire, D.A., le Maire, G., Mäkelä, A., Markesteijn, L., Marshall, J., McCulloh, K., Miyata, I., Mokany, K., Mori, S., Myster, R.W., Nagano, M., Naidu, S.L., Nouvellon, Y., O’Grady, A.P., O’Hara, K.L., Ohtsuka, T., Osada, N., Osunkoya, O.O., Peri, P.L., Petritan, A.M., Poorter, L., Portsmuth, A., Potvin, C., Ransijn, J., Reid, D., Ribeiro, S.C., Roberts, S.D., Rodr\’\iguez, R., Saldaña-Acosta, A., Santa-Regina, I., Sasa, K., Selaya, N.G., Sillett, S.C., Sterck, F., Takagi, K., Tange, T., Tanouchi, H., Tissue, D., Umehara, T., Utsugi, H., Vadeboncoeur, M.A., Valladares, F., Vanninen, P., Wang, J.R., Wenk, E., Williams, R., de Aquino Ximenes, F., Yamaba, A., Yamada, T., Yamakura, T., Yanai, R.D., York, R.A. 2015. BAAD: a Biomass And Allometry Database for woody plants. Ecology, 96, 1445-1445 .

  4. Warton, D.I., Duursma, R.A., Falster, D.S., Taskinen, S. 2012. smatr 3– an R package for estimation and inference about allometric lines. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 3, 257-259 .

Stomatal behaviour : linking photosynthesis and transpiration

  1. Lin, Y., Medlyn, B.E., Duursma, R.A., Prentice, I.C., Wang, H., Baig, S., Eamus, D., de Dios, V.R., Mitchell, P., Ellsworth, D.S., de Beeck, M.O., Wallin, G., Uddling, J., Tarvainen, L., Linderson, M., Cernusak, L.A., Nippert, J.B., Ocheltree, T.W., Tissue, D.T., Martin-StPaul, N.K., Rogers, A., Warren, J.M., De Angelis, P., Hikosaka, K., Han, Q., Onoda, Y., Gimeno, T.E., Barton, C.V.M., Bennie, J., Bonal, D., Bosc, A., Löw, M., Macinins-Ng, C., Rey, A., Rowland, L., Setterfield, S.A., Tausz-Posch, S., Zaragoza-Castells, J., Broadmeadow, M.S.J., Drake, J.E., Freeman, M., Ghannoum, O., Hutley, L.B., Kelly, J.W., Kikuzawa, K., Kolari, P., Koyama, K., Limousin, J., Meir, P., Lola da Costa, A.C., Mikkelsen, T.N., Salinas, N., Sun, W., Wingate, L. 2015. Optimal stomatal behaviour around the world. Nature Climate Change, 5, 459-464 .

  2. Duursma, R.A., Payton, P., Bange, M.P., Broughton, K.J., Smith, R.A., Medlyn, B.E., Tissue, D.T. 2013. Near-optimal response of instantaneous transpiration efficiency to vapour pressure deficit, temperature and [CO2] in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.). Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 168, 168-176 .

  3. Barton, C.V.M., Duursma, R.A., Medlyn, B.E., Ellsworth, D.S., Eamus, D., Tissue, D.T., Adams, M.A., Conroy, J., Crous, K.Y., Liberloo, M., Lw, M., Linder, S., McMurtrie, R.E. 2012. Effects of elevated atmospheric [CO2] on instantaneous transpiration efficiency at leaf and canopy scales in Eucalyptus saligna. Global Change Biology, 18, 585-595 .

  4. Medlyn, B., Duursma, R., Eamus, D., Ellsworth, D., Prentice, I., Barton, C., Crous, K., De Angelis, P., Freeman, M., Wingate, L. 2011. Reconciling the optimal and empirical approaches to modelling stomatal conductance. Global Change Biology, 17, 2134-2144 .