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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. In review.

Hou, S. H. et al. Long-term mowing did not alter the impacts of nitrogen deposition on litter quality in a temperate steppe. In press.

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.   

 X. Wang, 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

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.