Konza Publications

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Journal Articles

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Koerner, S.E., M.L. Avolio, K. La Pierre, K.R. Wilcox, M.D. Smith, and S.L. Collins (In Press). Long‐term nutrient additions cause divergence in tallgrass prairie plant communities. Journal of Ecology.

Martin, E.C., K.B. Gido, N. Bello, and W.K. Dodds (In Press). Increasing fish taxonomic and functional richness affects ecosystem properties of small headwater prairie streams. Freshwater Biology.

Pennock, C.A. and K.B. Gido (In Press). Density-dependence of herbivorous Central Stoneroller Campostoma anomalum in stream mesocosms. Ecology of Freshwater Fishes.

Ratajczak, Z., J.M. Briggs, D. Goodin, R. Mohler, J.B. Nippert, and B.K. Obermeyer (In Press). Assessing the potential for transitions from tallgrass prairie to woodlands: are we operating beyond critical transitions?. Rangeland Ecology & Management.

Raynor, E.J. A. Joern, and J.M. Briggs (In Press). Seasonal shifts in foraging behaviour by a native grazer in nutritionally heterogeneous mesic grassland at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Ecology and Evolution.

Ricketts, A.M., and B.K. Sandercock (In Press). Patch-burn grazing increases habitat heterogeneity and biodiversity of small mammals in managed rangelands. Ecosphere.

Smith, M.D., A.K. Knapp, S.L. Collins, D.E. Burkepile, K.P. Kirkman, S.E. Koerner, D.I. Thompson, J.M. Blair, C.E. Burns, S. Eby, E.J. Forrestel, R.W.S. Fynn, N. Govender, N. Hagenah, D.L. Hoover, K. R. Wilcox. (In Press). Shared drivers but divergent ecological responses: insights from long-term experiments in savanna grasslands. Bioscience.

Smith, M.D., K.J. La Pierre, S.L. Collins, J. Barrett, S. Frey, L. Gough, K.L. Gross, R. Miller, J. Morris, L. Rustad, J. Yarie, and A.K. Knapp (In Press). Assessing ecosystem sensitivity to chronic resource alterations: A meta-analysis of long-term experiments. Oecologia.

Troia, M.J., J.E. Whitney, and K.B. Gido (In Press). Broadcast spawning over cobble by longfin dace (Agosia chrysogaster) in artificial stream channels. The Southwestern Naturalist.

Wagle, P, X. Xiao, P. Gowda, J. Basara, N. Brunsell, J. Steiner, and K.C. Anup (In Press). Analysis and estimation of tallgrass prairie evapotranspiration in the central United States. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.

Welti, E., S. Putnam, and A. Joern (In Press). Crab spiders (Thomisidae) attract insect flower-visitors without UV signaling. Ecological Entomology.

Whitney, J.E., K.B. Gido, E.C. Martin, and K.J. Hase (In Press). The first to go and the last to leave: colonization and extinction dynamics of common and rare fishes in intermittent prairie streams. Freshwater Biology.


Hallett, L.M., S.K. Jones, A.A.M. MacDonald, M.B.Jones, D.F.B.Flynn, J.Ripplinger, P.Slaughter, C.Gries, and S.L. Collins (In Press). codyn: An R package of community dynamics metrics. Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

Harpole, W.S, L.L. Sullivan, E.M. Lind, J. Firn, P.B. Adler, E.T. Borer, J. Chase, P.A. Fay, Y. Hautier, H. Hillebrand, A.S. MacDougall, E.W. Seabloom, R. Williams, J.D. Bakker, M.W. Cadotte, E.J. Chaneton, C. Chu, E.E. Cleland, C. Antonio, K.F. Davies, D.S. Gruner, N. Hagenah, K. Kirkman, J.M.H. Knops, K.J. La Pierre, R.L. McCulley, J.L Moore, J.W. Morgan, S.M. Prober, A.C. Risch, M. Schuetz, C.J. Stevens, and P.D. Wragg (In Press). Addition of multiple limiting resources reduces grassland diversity. Nature.

Koerner, S.E., M.L. Avolio, K.J. La Pierre, K.R. Wilcox, M.D. Smith, and S.L. Collins (In Press). Nutrient additions cause divergence of tallgrass prairie plant communities resulting in loss of ecosystem stability. Journal of Ecology.

Ricketts, A.M., and B.K. Sandercock (In Press). Patch-burn grazing increases habitat heterogeneity and biodiversity of small mammals in managed rangelands. Ecosphere.

Baer, S.G., J.M. Blair, and S.L.Collins. 2016. Environmental heterogeneity has a weak effect on diversity during community assembly in tallgrass prairie. Ecological Monographs 86: 94-106.

Briggs, J.M., J. Blair, and E.A. Horne. 2016. Ecohydrological and Climate Change studies at the Konza Prairie Biological Station. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 119: 5-11.

Cochran, F. V., N. A. Brunsell, and A. Sukyer. 2016. Thermodynamic entropy production as a measure of agroecosystem sustainability. Ecological Indicators 67: 204-214.

Dietrich, J.D. and M.D. Smith.. 2016. The effect of timing of growing season drought on flowering of a dominant C4 grass. Oecologia 181: 391-399.

Estiarte, M., S. Vicca, J. peñuelas, M. Bahn, C. Beier, B.A. Emmett, P.A. Fay, P.J. Hanson, R. Hasibeder, J. Kigel, G. Kröel-Dulay, K.S. Larsen, E. Lellei-Kovács, J-M. Limousin, R. Ogaya, J-M. Ourcival, S. Reinsch, O.E. Sala, I.K. Schmidt, M. Sternberg, K. Tielbörger, A. Tietema, and I.A. Janssens. 2016. Few multiyear precipitation-reduction experiments find a shift in the productivity-precipitation relationship. Global Change Biolpgy : -.

Flores-Moreno, H., P.B. Reich, E.M. Lind, L.L. Sullivan, E.W. Seabloom, L.Yahdjian, A.S. MacDougall, L.G. Reichmann, J. Alberti, S. Báez, J.D. Bakker, M.W. Cadotte, M.C. Caldeira, E.J. Chaneton, C.M. D'Antonio, P.A. Fay, J. Firn, N. Hagenah, W.S. Harpole, O. Iribarne, K.P. Kirkman, J.M.H. Knops, K.J. La Pierre, R. Laungani, A.D.B. Leakey, R.L. McCulley, J.L. Moore, J. Pascual, and E.T. Borer. 2016. Climate modifies response of non-native and native species richness to nutrient enrichment. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 3719371: -20150273.

Gómez, J.E., J. Lohmiller, and A. Joern. 2016. Importance of vegetation structure to the assembly of an aerial web-building spider community in North American open grassland. Journal of Arachnology 44: 28-35.

Grudzinski, B.P., M.D. Daniels, K. Anibas, and D. Spencer. 2016. Bison and cattle grazing management, bare ground coverage, and links to suspended sediment concentrations in grassland streams. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 52: 16-30.

Hufkens, K., T. F. Keenan, L. B. Flanagan, R. Scott, C. J. Bernacchi, E. Joo, N. Brunsell, J. Verfaillie, and A. D. Richardson. 2016. Despite in- creasing aridity, climate change promotes growth of North American grass- lands. Nature Climate Change : -.

Jones, S.K, S.L. Collins, J.M. Blair, M.D. Smith, and A.K. Knapp. 2016. Altered rainfall patterns increase forb abundance and richness in native tallgrass prairie. Scientific Reports 6: -20120.

Judd, C.R., A. Koyama, M.P. Simmons, P. Brewer, J.C.von Fischer. 2016. Co-variation in methanotroph community composition and activity in three temperate grassland soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 95: 78-86.

La Pierre, K.J., D.M. Blumenthal, C.S. Brown, J.A. Klein, and M.D. Smith. 2016. Drivers of Variation in Aboveground Net Primary Productivity and Plant Community Composition Differ Across a Broad Precipitation Gradient. Ecosystems : -.

Ladwig, L.M., Z.R. Ratajczak, T.W. Ocheltree, K.A. Hafich, A.C. Churchill, S.J.K. Frey, C.B. Fuss, C.E. Kazanski, J.D. Muñoz, M.D. Petrie, A.B. Reinmann, and J.G. Smith. 2016. Beyond arctic and alpine: the influence of winter climate on temperate ecosystems. Ecology 97: 372-382.

Muench, A., K. O'Keefe, and J.B. Nippert. 2016. Comparative ecohydrology between Cornus drummondii and Solidago canadensis in upland tallgrass prairie. Plant Ecology : 1-10.

Petrie, M.D., N.A. Brunsell, R. Vargas, S.L. Collins, L.B. Flanagan, N.P. Hanan, M.E. Litvak, and A.E. Suyker. 2016. The sensitivity of carbon exchanges in Great Plains grasslands to precipitation variability. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences 121: 280-294.

River, J.W., and B.D. Peer. 2016. Relatedness constrains virulence in an obligate avian brood parasite. Ornithological Science 15: 191-201.

Rosenzweig, S.T, M.A. Carson, S.G. Baer and J.M. Blair. 2016. Changes in soil properties, microbial biomass, and fluxes of C and N in soil following post-agricultural grassland restoration. Applied Soil Ecology 100: 186-194.

Rüegg, J., W. Dodds, M. Daniels, K. Sheehan, C. Baker, W. Bowden, K. Farrell, M. Flinn, T. Harms, J. Jones, L. Koenig, J. Kominoski, W. McDowell, S. Parker, A. Rosemond, M. Trentman, M. Whiles, and W. Wollheim. 2016. Baseflow physical characteristics differ at multiple spatial scales in stream networks across diverse biomes. Landscape Ecology 31: 119-136.

Smith, M.D., A.M. Hoffman, and M.L. Avolio. 2016. Gene expression patterns of two dominant tallgrass prairie species differ in response to warming and altered precipitation. Scientific Reports 6: -25522.

Wolf, S., T.F. Keenan, J.B. Fisher, D.D. Baldocchi, A.R. Desai, A.D. Richardson, R.L. Scott, B.E. Law, M.E. Litvak, N.A. Brunsell, W. Peters, and I.T. van der Laan-Luijkx. 2016. Warm spring reduced carbon cycle impact of the 2012 US summer drought. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences : -1519620113.

Young, A., B. Chappell, M. William, and L. Margaret. 2016. Tardigrades of the Tree Canopy: Milnesiumswansoni sp. nov. (Eutardigrada: Apochela: Milnesiidae) a new species from Kansas, U.S.A. Zootaxa 4072: 559-568.


Alfaro, M., B.K. Sandercock, L. Liguori, and M. Arim. 2015. The diet of Upland Sandpipers (Bartramia longicauda) in managed farmland in their Neotropical non-breeding grounds. Ornithología Neotropical 26: 337-347.

Avolio, M., C.C. Chang, J.J. Weis, and M.D. Smith. 2015. The effects of genotype richness and genomic dissimilarity of Andropogon gerardii on invasion resistance and productivity. Plant Ecology and Diversity 8: 61-71.

Brown, S.P., A.M. Veach, A.R. Rigdon-Huss, K. Grond, S.K. Lickteig, K. Lothamer, A.K. Oliver, and A. Jumpponen. 2015. Scraping the bottom of the barrel: are rare high throughput sequences artifacts?. Fungal Ecology 13: 221-225.

Costigan, K.H., M.D. Daniels, and W.K. Dodds. 2015. Fundamental spatial and temporal disconnections in the hydrology of an intermittent prairie headwater network. Journal of Hydrology 522: 305-316.

Cotrufo, M.F., J.L. Soong, A.J. Horton, E.E. Campbell, M.L. Haddix, D.H. Wall, and W.J. Parton. 2015. Formation of soil organic matter via biochemical and physical pathways of litter mass loss. Nature Geoscience 8: 776-779.

Dodds, W.K., K.B. Gido, M.R. Whiles, M.D. Daniels, and B.P. Grudzinski. 2015. The Stream Biome Gradient Concept: factors controlling lotic systems across broad biogeographic scales. Freshwater Science. 34: 1-19.

Forrestel, E.J., M.J. Donoghue, and M.D. Smith. 2015. Functional differences between dominant grasses drive divergent responses to large herbivore loss in mesic savanna grasslands of North America and South Africa. Journal of Ecology 103: 714-724.

Johnson, N.C., G.W.T. Wilson, J.A. Wilson, R.M. Miller, and M. Bowker. 2015. Mycorrhizal phenotypes and the law of the minimum. New Phytologist 205: 1473-1484.

Jonas, J.L, W. Wolesensky, and A. Joern. 2015. Weather affects grasshopper population dynamics in continental grassland over annual and decadal periods. Rangeland Ecology and Management 68: 29-39.

Knapp, A.K., C.J.W. Carroll, E.M. Denton, K.J. La Pierre, S.L. Collins, and M.D. Smith. 2015. Differential sensitivity to regional-scale drought in six central US grasslands. Oecologia 177: 949-957.

Knapp, A.K., D.L. Hoover, K.R. Wilcox, M.L. Avolio, S.E. Koerner, K.J. La Pierre, M.E. Loik, Y. Luo, O.E. Sala, and M.D. Smith. 2015. Characterizing differences in precipitation regimes of extreme wet and dry years: Implications for climate change experiments. Global Change Biology 21: 2624-2633.

Koerner, S.E., M.L. Avolio, C.C. Chang, J. Grey, D.L. Hoover, and M.D. Smith. 2015. Invasibility of a mesic grassland depends on the time-scale of fluctuating resources. Journal of Ecology 103: 1538-1546.

Kula, A.A.R., and D.C. Hartnett. 2015. Effects of mycorrhizal symbiosis on aboveground arthropod herbivory in tallgrass prairie: an in situ experiment. Plant Ecology 216: 589-597.

La Pierre, K.J. and M.D. Smith. 2015. Functional trait expression of grassland species shift with short- and long-term nutrient additions. Plant Ecology 216: 307-318.

La Pierre, K.J., A. Joern, and M.D. Smith. 2015. Invertebrate, not small vertebrate, herbivory interacts with nutrient availability to impact tallgrass prairie community composition and forb biomass. Oikos 124: 842-850.

La Pierre, K.J., and M.D. Smith. 2015. Soil nutrient additions increase invertebrate herbivore abundances, but not herbivory, across three grassland systems. Oecologia 180: 485-497.

Leys, B.; S.C. Brewer, S. McConaghy, J. Mueller, M. Joshua, and K.K. McLauchlan. 2015. Fire history reconstruction in grassland ecosystems: amount of charcoal reflects local area burned. Environmental Research Letters 10: 114009-.

Logan, K.E., and N.A. Brunsell. 2015. Influence of drought on growing season carbon and water cycling with changing land cover. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 213: 217-225.

Majetic, C.J., S.D. Wiggam, C.J. Ferguson, and R.A. Raguso. 2015. Timing is everything: temporal variation in floral scent, and its connections to pollinator behavior and female reproductive success in Phlox divaricata. American Midland Naturalist 173: 191-207.

Mandyam, K.G., and A. Jumpponen. 2015. Mutualism-parasitism paradigm synthesized from results of root-endophyte models. Frontiers in Microbiology 5: e776: -.

Nepal, M.P., C.J. Ferguson, and M.H. Mayfield. 2015. Breeding system and sex ratio variation in mulberries. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 9: 383-395.

Nippert, J.B. and R.M. Holdo . 2015. Challenging the maximum rooting depth paradigm in grasslands and savannas. FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY 29: 739-745.

Ott, J.P., and D.C. Hartnett. 2015. Bud bank dynamics and clonal growth strategy in the rhizomatous grass Pascopyrum smithii. Plant Ecology 216: 395-405.

Ott, J.P., and D.C. Hartnett. 2015. Vegetative Reproduction and Bud Bank Dynamics of the Perennial Grass Andropogon gerardii in Mixed-grass and Tallgrass Prairie. American Midland Naturalist 174: 14-34.

Prober, S.M., J.W. Leff, S.T. Bates, E.T. Borer, J. Firn, W.S. Harpole, E.M. Lind, E.W. Seabloom, P.B. Adler, J.D. Bakker, E.E. Cleland, N.M. DeCrappeo, E. DeLorenze, N. Hagenah, Y. Hautier, K.S. Hofmockel, K.P. Kirkman, J.M.H. Knops, K.J. La Pierre, A.S. MacDougall, R.L. McCulley, C.E. Mitchell, A.C. Risch, M. Schuetz, C.J. Stevens, R.J. Williams, and N. Fierer. 2015. Plant diversity predicts beta but not alpha diversity of soil microbes across grasslands worldwide. Ecology Letters 18: 85-95.

Raynor, E.J., A. Joern, and J.M. Briggs. 2015. Bison foraging responds to fire frequency in nutritionally heterogeneous grassland. Ecology 96: 1586-1597.

Sandercock, B.K., M. Alfaro-Barrios, A.E. Casey, T.N. Johnson, T.W. Mong, K.J. Odom, K.M. Strum, and V.L. Winder. 2015. Effects of grazing and prescribed fire on resource selection and nest survival of upland sandpipers in an experimental landscape. Landscape Ecology 30: 325-337.

Seabloom, E.W., E.T. Borer, Y. Buckley, E.E Cleland, K. Davies, J. Firn, W.S. Harpole, Y. Hautier, E. Lind, A.S. MacDougall, J.L. Orrock, S.M. Prober, P.B. Adler, T.M. Anderson, J.D. Bakker, L.A. Biederman, D.M. Blumenthal, C.S. Brown, L.A. Brudvig, M. Cadotte, C. Chu, K.L. Cottingham, M.J. Crawley, E.I. Damschen, C.M. D’Antonio, N.M. CeCrappeo, G. Du, P.A. Fay, P. Frater, D.S. Gruner, N. Hagenah, A. Hector, H. Hillebrand, K.S. Hofmockel, H.C. Humphries, V.L. Jin, A. Kay, K.P. Kirkman, J.A. Klein, J.M.H. Knops, K.J. La Pierre, L. Ladwig, J.G. Lambrinos, Q. Li, W. Li, and R. Marushia. 2015. Plant species’ origin predicts dominance and response to nutrient enrichment and herbivores in global grasslands. Nature Communications 6: 7710-.

Smith, M.D., K. La Pierre, S.L. Collins, A.K. Knapp, K.L. Gross, J.E. Barrett, S.D. Frey, L. Gough, R.J. Miller, J.T. Morris, L.E. Rustad, and J. Yarie. 2015. Global environmental change and the nature of aboveground net primary productivity responses: Insights from long-term experiments. Oecologia 177: 935-947.

Soong, J.L. and M.F. Cotrufo. 2015. Annual burning of a tallgrass prairie inhibits C and N cycling in soil, increasing recalcitrant pyrogenic organic matter storage while reducing N availability. Global Change Biology 21: 2321-2333.

Stevens, C.J., E.M. Lind, Y. Hautier, W.S. Harpole, E.T. Borer, S. Hobbie, E.Q. Seabloom, L. Ladwig, J.D. Bakker, C. Chu, S. Collins, K.F. Davies, J. Firn, H. Hillebrand, K.J. La Pierre, A. MacDougall, B. Melbourne, R.L. McCulley, J. Morgan, J.L. Orrock, S.M. Prober, A. Risch, M. Schultz, and P.D. Wragg. 2015. Anthropogenic nitrogen deposition predicts local grassland primary production worldwide. Ecology 96: 1459-1465.

Troia, M.J., J.E. Whitney, and K.B. Gido. 2015. Thermal performance of larval longfin dace (Agosia chrysogaster), with implications for climate change. Environmental Biology of Fishes 98: 395-404.

Vanderymyde, J.M., and M.R. Whiles. 2015. Effects of experimental forest removal on macroinvertebrate production and functional structure in tallgrass prairie streams. Freshwater Science 34: -.

Veach, A.M., W.K. Dodds, and A. Jumpponen. 2015. Woody plant encroachment, and its removal, impact bacterial and fungal communities across stream and terrestrial habitats in a tallgrass prairie ecosystem. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 91, fiv109: -.

Wagle, P., X. Xiao, R.L. Scott, T.E. Kolb, D. R. Cook, N. Brunsell, D.D. Baldocchi, J. Basara, R. Matamala, Y. Zhou, and R. Bajgain. 2015. Biophysical controls on carbon and water vapor fluxes across a grassland climatic gradient in the United States. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 214-215: 293-301.

Welti, E.L. and A. Joern. 2015. Structure of trophic and mutualistic networks across broad environmental gradients. Ecology and Evolution 5: 326-334.

Wilcox, K.R., J.C. Von Fischer, J.M. Muscha, M.K. Petersen, and A.K. Knapp. 2015. Contrasting above- and belowground sensitivity of three Great Plains grasslands to altered rainfall regimes. Global Change Biology 21: 335-344.

Yu, Q., K.R. Wilcox, K.J. La Pierre, A.K. Knapp, X. Han, and M.D. Smith. 2015. Stoichiometric homeostasis predicts plant species dominance, temporal stability and responses to global change. Ecology 96: 2328-2335.

Zeglin, L.H . 2015. Stream microbial diversity in response to environmental changes: review and synthesis of existing research. Frontiers in Microbiology 6: 454-.

Conference Proceedings


Jacquin, A.; J.M.S. Hutchinson, M. Goulard, S.L. Hutchinson. 2015. A statistical approach for predicting grassland degradation in disturbance-driven landscapes. In Jacquin, A., J.M.S. Hutchinson, M. Goulard, S.L. Hutchinson(eds). Analysis of Multitemporal Remote Sensing Images (Multi-Temp), 2015 8th International Workshop on the, issue Date: 22-24 July 2015.



Ricketts, A.M. 2016. Of mice and coyotes: Mammalian Responses to Rangeland Management Practices in Tallgrass Prairie. PhD Dissertation, Kansas State University. Manhattan, KS.

Williams, E.J. 2016. Grasshopper sparrows on the move: patterns and causes of within-season breeding dispersal in a declining grassland songbird. MS Thesis, Kansas State University. Manhattan, KS.


Raynor, E.W. 2015. Ecological hierarchy of foraging in a large herbivore: the plains bison perspective in tallgrass prairie. PhD Dissertation, Kansas State University. Manhattan, KS.

Veach, A.M. 2015. Dynamics of microbial community structure and function in a tallgrass prairie ecosystem. PhD Dissertation, Kansas State University. Manhattan, KS.

Wilcox, K.R. 2015. Assessing Grassland sensitivity to global change. PhD Dissertation, Colorado State University. Fort Collins, CO.

Zahner, A. 2015. Plant Responses to Grazer-Mediated Habitat Alterations in Tallgrass Prairie. MS Thesis, Kansas State University. Manhattan, KS.