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Stomatal behaviour : linking photosynthesis and transpiration

Lin, Y.-S., Medlyn, B.E., Duursma, R.A., et al. 2015. Optimal stomatal behaviour around the world. Nature Climate Change 5, 459–464. doi:10.1038/nclimate2550

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. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2012.09.005

Duursma, R.A., Barton, C.V.M., Lin, Y.-S., Medlyn, B.E., Eamus, D., Tissue, D.T., Ellsworth, D.S., McMurtrie, R.E., 2014. The peaked response of transpiration rate to vapour pressure deficit in field conditions can be explained by the temperature optimum of photosynthesis. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 189–190, 2–10. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2013.12.007

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., Löw, 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. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2011.02526.x

Medlyn, B.E., Duursma, R.A., Eamus, D., Ellsworth, D.S., Prentice, I.C., Barton, C.V.M., Crous, K.Y., De Angelis, P., Freeman, M., Wingate, L., 2011. Reconciling the optimal and empirical approaches to modelling stomatal conductance. Global Change Biology 17, 2134–2144. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2010.02375.x

Canopy structure, allometry and plant architecture

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. doi:10.1111/nph.14033

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. Glob Change Biol 1666–1676. doi:10.1111/gcb.13151

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., Kelly, N., Kelly, J.W.G., Liberloo, M., Tissue, D.T., Medlyn, B.E., Ellsworth, D.S., 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. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2011.03943.x

Sterck, F.J., Duursma, R.A., Pearcy, R.W., Valladares, F., Cieslak, M., Weemstra, M., 2013. Plasticity influencing the light compensation point offsets the specialization for light niches across shrub species in a tropical forest understorey. Journal of Ecology 101, 971–980. doi:10.1111/1365-2745.12076

Duursma, R.A., Makela, A., Reid, D.E.B., Jokela, E.J., Porte, A.J., Roberts, S.D., 2010. Self-shading affects allometric scaling in trees. Functional Ecology 24, 723–730. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2435.2010.01690.x

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

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. Geosci. Model Dev. 5, 919–940. doi:10.5194/gmd-5-919-2012

Zhou, S., Duursma, R.A., Medlyn, B.E., Kelly, J.W.G., 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. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2013.05.009

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.

Duan, H., Duursma, R.A., Huang, G., Smith, R.A., Choat, B., O’grady, A.P., Tissue, D.T., 2014. Elevated [CO2] does not ameliorate the negative effects of elevated temperature on drought-induced mortality in Eucalyptus radiata seedlings. Plant Cell Environment 37, 1598–1613. doi:10.1111/pce.12260

Tools, methods and data

Duursma, R., Choat, B., 2017. fitplc - an R package to fit hydraulic vulnerability curves. Journal of Plant Hydraulics 4, 002. doi:10.20870/jph.2017.e002 (Open Access)

Duursma, R.A., 2015. plantecophys - An R Package for Analysing and Modelling Leaf Gas Exchange Data. PLoS ONE 10, e0143346. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0143346 (Open Access)

Falster, D.S., Duursma, R.A., Ishihara, M.I., Barneche, D.R., FitzJohn, R.G., Vårhammar, A., et al. 2015. BAAD: a Biomass And Allometry Database for woody plants. Ecology 96, 1445–1445. doi:10.1890/14-1889.1

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. doi:10.1111/j.2041-210X.2011.00153.x

Duursma, R.A., Robinson, A.P., 2003. Bias in the mean tree model as a consequence of Jensen’s Inequality. Forest Ecology and Management 186, 373–380.

Robinson, A.P., Duursma, R.A., Marshall, J.D., 2005. A regression-based equivalence test for model validation: shifting the burden of proof. Tree Physiology 25, 903–913.

Teaching R

Duursma, R.A., Powell, J., 2013-2016, Data analysis and Visualization with R. Download PDF (free).