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S. Sistla, S., S. Schaeffer, J. Schimel. Plant community regulates soil microbial response to freezing more strongly than the rate or intensity of the freezing process. In review.

Kramer, D., K. Stevens, N.E. Williams, S. Sistla, A. Roddy, G. Urquhart. Coastal livelihood transitions and their trans-ecosystem implications in a region undergoing rapid globalization. PLoS ONE 12(10): e0186683.

Hou, S.-L.., J.X. Yin, S. Sistla, J.J. Yang, Y. Sun, Y.Y. Li, X.T. Lü. Long-term mowing did not alter the impacts of nitrogen deposition on litter quality in a temperate steppe. Ecological Engineering 102:404-410.

Crowther, T., et al. Quantifying global soil carbon losses in response to warming.  Nature 540, 104–108 doi:10.1038/nature20150                                                                                                                                           Press:  Washington Post, Vice

Sistla, S., A, Roddy, N. E. Williams, D. Kramer, K. Stevens, S. Allison. Agroforestry practices promote biodiversity and natural resource diversity in Atlantic Nicaragua. PLoS ONE 11(9): e0162529.   

Wang, X., S. Sistla, X. Wang, X. Lü, X. Han. Carbon and nitrogen contents in particle-size fractions of topsoil along a 3000 km aridity gradient in northern China. Biogeosciences 13: 3635–3646.

Spasojevic, M., C. Bahlai, B. Bradley,  B. Butterfield, M.N. Tuanmu, S. Sistla, R. Wiederholt, K. Suding. Scaling up the diversity–resilience relationship with trait databases and remote sensing data: the recovery of productivity after wildfire. Global Change Biology 22: 1421–1432. doi:10.1111/gcb.13174

Sistla, S., A. Appling, A. Lewandowska, B. Taylor, A. Wolf. Stoichiometric Flexibility in Response to Fertilization along Gradients of Environmental and Organismal Nutrient Richness. Oikos doi: 10.1111/oik.02385.

Han, X., S. Sistla, X. Lü, Y. Zhang, X.G. Han. Hierarchical responses of plant stoichiometry to nitrogen deposition and mowing in a temperate steppe. Plant and Soil 382: 175 – 187.   

Sistla, S., E. Rastetter, J. Schimel. Responses of a tundra system to warming using SCAMPS: A stoichiometrically coupled, acclimating microbe-plant-soil model. Ecological Monographs 84 (1): 151 – 170.

Sistla, S. and J. Schimel. Seasonal patterns of microbial extracellular enzyme activities in an arctic tundra soil: Identifying direct and indirect effects of long-term summer warming. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 66: 119 – 129.

Sistla, S., J. Moore, R. Simpson, L. Gough, G. Shaver, J. Schimel. Long-term warming restructures arctic tundra without changing net soil carbon storage. Nature 497 (7451): 615 – 18.

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Sistla, S. and J. Schimel. Stoichiometric flexibility as a regulator of carbon and nutrient cycling in terrestrial ecosystems under change. New Phytologist 96 (1): 68 – 78.

Sistla, S., S. Asao, J.P. Schimel. Microbial N-limitation in tundra soil and its detection: Implications for Arctic SOC cycling. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 55: 78 – 84.

Gutiérrez, N., S. Valencia, T. Branch, D. Agnew, A. Stern-Pirlot, A. Smith, C. Ninnes, R. Selden, J. Thorson, T. Essington, C. Costello, D. Hoggarth, P. Bianchi, S. Sistla, J. Cornejo, A. Larsen, S. Teck, O. Defeo, K. Sainsbury, R. Hilborn, K.. Baum, N. Williams. Eco-labels: A reliable indicator of stock status for seafood consumers. PLOS ONE 7(8): e43765.

Viola, D., E. Mordecai, A. Jaramillo, S. Sistla, L. Albertson, J. Gosnell, B. Cardinale, J. Levine. Competition-defense tradeoffs and the maintenance of plant diversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107 (40): 17217 – 17222.

Cebra-Thomas J., F. Tan, S. Sistla, E. Estes, G. Bender, C. Kim, P. Riccio, S. Gilbert. How the turtle forms its shell: A paracrine hypothesis of carapace formation. J. Experimental Zoology B: 558 – 569.

Book Chapters and other publications

Sistla, S. Exploring the Cost of Scientific Curiosity. In: Curiosity Studies: Towards a New Ecology of Knowledge. University of Minnesota Press. Editors: Zurn, P. and A. Shankar (invited).          

von Wettberg, E., J. Ray-Mukherjee, N.  D’Adesky, D. Nesbeth, S. Sistla. The Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics of Stress Resistance Syndrome (SRS) Traits: Revisiting Chapin, Autumn and Pugnaire (1993). In: Plant Ecology and Evolution in Harsh Environments, edited by: Rajakaruna, N., R. Boyd, T. Harris, NOVA Publishers.          

Sistla, S.A. Understanding the importance of terrestrial responses to climate change: an Arctic tundra case study. Mundus Maris (invited)

Cho, M., M. Cohen, S. Sistla. What is a “Normal” Phenotype? DevBio: A Companion to Developmental Biology. Sinauer Associates. Edited by Scott F. Gilbert and Emily Zacki.