Konza Publications

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Journal Articles

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Caudle, K.L., L.C. Johnson, S.G. Baer, and B.R. Maricle (In Press). Comparing nondestructive and destructive methods of measuring leaf chlorophyll content: tracking changes in foliar chlorophyll of five Andropogon gerardii ecotypes (Poaceae). Photosynthetica.

Costigan, K.H., M.D. Daniels, and W.K. Dodds (In Press). Fundamental longitudinal and temporal disconnections in a headwater network, Flint Hills, KS. Journal of Hydrology.

Koerner, S.E., M.L. Avolio, C.C. Chang, J. Grey, D.L. Hoover, and M.D. Smith (In Press). Invasibility of a mesic grassland depends on the time-scale of fluctuating resources. Journal of Ecology.

Nepal, M.P., C.J. Ferguson, and M.H. Mayfield (In Press). Breeding system and sex ratio variation in mulberries. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.

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.

VanderWeide, B., and D.C. Hartnett (In Press). Belowground bud bank response to grazing under severe, short-term drought. Oecologia.

Vanderymyde, J.M., and M.R. Whiles (In Press). Effects of woody vegetation encroachment and experimental forest removal on macroinvertebrate production and functional structure in tallgrass prairie streams. Freshwater Science.

Veach, A.M., W.K Dodds, and A. Jumpponen (In Press). Woody plant encroachment, and its removal, impact bacterial and fungal communities across stream and terrestrial habitats in a tallgrass prairie ecosystem. FEMS Microbiology Ecology.

Yu, Q., K.R. Wilcox, K.J. La Pierre, A.K. Knapp, X. Han, and M.D. Smith (In Press). Stoichiometric homeostasis predicts plant species dominance, temporal stability and responses to global change. Ecology.


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.

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.

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.

LaPierre, 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.

LaPierre, 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.

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: -.

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.

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.

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


Alexander, H.A., K.E. Mauck, A.E. Whitfield, K.A. Garrett, and C.M. Malmstrom. 2014. Plant-virus interactions and the agro-ecological interface. European Journal of Plant Pathology 138: 529-537.

Avolio, M.L., S.E. Koerner, K.J. La Pierre, K.R. Wilcox, G.W.T. Wilson, M.D. Smith, and S.L. Collins. 2014. Changes in plant community composition, not diversity, during a decade of nitrogen and phosphorus additions drive above-ground productivity in a tallgrass prairie. Journal of Ecology 102: 1649-1660.

Baer, S.G., D.J. Gibson, A.M. Benscoter, L.K. Reed, R.E. Campbell, R.P. Klopf, J.E. Willand, and B.R. Wodika. 2014. No effect of seed source on multiple aspects of ecosystem functioning during ecological restoration: cultivars compared to local ecotypes of dominant grasses. Evolutionary Applications 7: 323-335.

Brunsell, N.A., J.B. Nippert, and T.L. Buck. 2014. Impacts of seasonality and surface heterogeneity on water-use efficiency in mesic grasslands. Ecohydrology 7: 1223-1233.

Chang, C.C, and M.D. Smith. 2014. Direct and indirect relationships between genetic diversity of a dominant grass, community diversity and above-ground productivity in tallgrass prairie. Journal of Vegetation Science 25: 470-480.

Chang, C.C., and M.D. Smith. 2014. Resource availability modulates above and belowground competitive interactions between genotypes of a dominant C4 grass. Functional Ecology 28: 1041-1051.

Cotrufo, M.F., J. Soong, M.L. Vandegehuchte, T. Ngryen, K. Denef, E.A. Shaw, Z.A. Sylvain, C.M.D. Tomasel, U.N. Nielsen, and D.H. Wall. 2014. Naphthalene addition to soil surfaces: A feasible method to reduce soil micro-arthropods with negligible direct effects on soil C dynamics. Applied Soil Ecology 74: 21-29.

Craine, J.M., and J.B. Nippert. 2014. Cessation of burning dries soils long-term in a tallgrass prairie. Ecosystems 17: 54-65.

Dodds, W. K., S.M. Collins, S.K. Hamilton, J.L. Tank, S. Johnson, J.R. Webster, K.S. Simon, M.R. Whiles, H.M. Rantala, W.H. McDowell, S.D. Peterson, T. Riis, C.L. Crenshaw, S.A. Thomas, P.B. Kristensen, B.M. Cheever, A.S. Flecker, N.A. Griffiths, T. Crowl, E.J. Rosi-Marshall, R. El-Sabaawi, and E. Marti. 2014. You are not always what we think you eat: selective assimilation across multiple whole-stream isotopic tracer studies. Ecology 95: 2757-2767.

Eby, S., D.E. Burkepile, R.W.S. Fynn, C.E. Burns, N. Govender, N. Hagenah, S.E. Koerner, K.J. Matchett, D.I. Thompson, K.R. Wilcox, S.L. Collins, K.P. Kirkman, A.K. Knapp, and M.D. Smith. 2014. Loss of a large grazer impacts savanna grassland plant communities similarly in North America and South Africa. Oecologia 175: 293-303.

Forrestel, E.J., M.J. Donoghue, and M.D. Smith. 2014. Convergent phylogenetic and functional responses to altered fire regimes in mesic savanna grasslands of North America and South Africa. New Phytologist 203: 1000-1011.

Gibson, D.J., G. Sendor, J. Donatelli, S.G. Baer, and L. Johnson. 2014. Fitness among population sources of a dominant species (Andropogon gerardii Vitman) used in prairie restoration. Torrey Botanical Society 140: 269-279.

Giuliani, A.L., E.F. Kelly, and A.K. Knapp. 2014. Geographic variation in growth and phenology of two dominant Central US grasses: Consequences for climate change. Journal of Plant Ecology 7: 211-221.

Greer, M.J. and G.W.T. Wilson. 2014. Restoration Ecology: Introduction in a “Timely” Manner. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 95: 274-280.

Greer, M.J., G.W.T. Wilson, K.R. Hickman, and S. Wilson. 2014. Experimental evidence that invasive grasses use allelopathic biochemicals as a potential mechanism for invasion: Chemical warfare in nature. Plant and Soil 385: 165-179.

Hallett, L.M., J.S. Hsu, Cleland, E.E., S.L. Collins, T.L. Dickson, E.C. Farrer, L.A. Gherardi, K.L. Gross, R.J. Hobbs, L. Turnbull, and K.N. Suding. 2014. Biotic mechanisms of community stability shift along a precipitation gradient. Ecology 95: 1693-1700.

Hautier, Y., E.W. Seabloom, E.T. Borer, P.B. Adler, W.S. Harpole, H. Hillebrand, E.M. Lind, A.S. MacDougall, C.J. Stevens, J.D. Bakker, Y.M. Buckley, C. Chu, S.L. Collins, P. Daleo, E.I. Damschen, K.F. Davies, P.A. Fay, J. Firn, D.S. Gruner, V.L. Jin, J.A. Klein, J.M.H. Knops, K.J. La Pierre, W. Li, R.L. McCulley, B.A. Melbourne, J.L. Moore, L.R. O’Halloran, S.M. Prober, A.C. Risch, M. Sankaran, M. Schuetz, and A. Hector. 2014. Eutrophication weakens stabilizing effects of diversity in natural grasslands. Nature 508: 521-525.

Hoover, D.L., A.K. Knapp and M.D. Smith. 2014. Contrasting sensitivities of two dominant C4 grasses to heat waves and drought. Plant Ecology 215: 721-731.

Hoover, D.L., A.K. Knapp, and M.D. Smith. 2014. Resistance and resilience of a grassland ecosystem to climate extremes. Ecology 95: 2646-2656.

Horne, E.A., S. Forlks, and N.M. Bello. 2014. Visual display in Blanchard's cricket frogs (Acris blanchardi). The Southwestern Naturalist 59: 409-413.

Jumpponen, A. and K.L. Jones. 2014. Tallgrass prairie soil fungal communities are resilient to climate change. Fungal Ecology 10: 44-57.

Kaufman, D.W. and G.A. Kaufman. 2014. Woodland voles captured among sparse shrubs in native tallgrass prairie on Konza Prairie Biological Station, Kansas. Transactions of Kansas Academy of Science 117: 76-78.

Kaufman, G.A. and D.W. Kaufman. 2014. Plains harvest mice in tallgrass prairie: Abundance, habitat association and individual attributes. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 117: 167-180.

Kirkman, K., S.L. Collins, M.D. Smith, A.K. Knapp, D.E. Burkepile, C.E. Burns, R.W.S. Fynn, N. Hagenah, S.E. Koerner, K.J. Matchett, D.I. Thompson, K.R. Wilcox, and P.D. Wragg. 2014. Responses to fire differ between South African and North American grassland communities. Journal of Vegetation Science 25: 793-804.

Klopf, R.P., S.G. Baer, and D.J. Gibson. 2014. Convergent and contingent community responses to grass source and dominance during prairie restoration across a longitudinal gradient. Environmental Management 53: 252-265.

Koerner, S.E., and S.L. Collins. 2014. Interactive effects of grazing, drought, and fire on grassland plant communities in North America and South Africa. Ecology 95: 98-109.

Koerner, S.E., D.E. Burkepile, R.W.S. Fynn, C.E. Burns, S. Eby, N. Govender, N. Hagenah, K.J. Matchett, D.I. Thompson, K.R. Wilcox, S.L. Collins, K.P. Kirkman, A.K. Knapp, and M.D. Smith. 2014. Plant community response to loss of large herbivores differs between North American and South African savanna grasslands. Ecology 95: 808-816.

Koerner, S.E., S.L. Collins, J.M. Blair, A.K. Knapp, and M.D. Smith. 2014. Rainfall variability has minimal effects on grassland recovery from repeated grazing. Journal of Vegetation Science 25: 36-44.

Ling, B.H., D.G. Goodin, R.L. Mohler, A.N. Laws, and A. Joern. 2014. Estimating canopy nitrogen content in a heterogeneous grassland with varying fire and grazing treatments: Konza Prairie, Kansas, USA. Remote Sensing 6: 4430-4453.

McLauchlan, K.K., J.M. Craine, J.B. Nippert, and T.W. Ocheltree. 2014. Lack of eutrophication in a tallgrass prairie ecosystem over 27 years. Ecology 95: 1225-1235.

Ocheltree, T.W., J.B. Nippert, and P.V.V. Prasad. 2014. Stomatal responses to changes in vapor pressure deficit reflect tissue-specific differences in hydraulic conductance. Plant, Cell and Environment 37: 132-139.

Prestat, E., M. David, J. Hultman, N. Tas, R. Lamendella, J. Dvornik, R. Mackelprang, D. Myrold, A. Jumpponen, S. Tringe, E. Holman, K. Mavromatis, and J.K. Jansson. 2014. FOAM: Functional Ontology Assignments for Metagenomes: a Hidden Markov Model (HMM) database with environmental focus. Nucleic Acids Research 42: e145: -.

Ratajczak, Z, J.B. Nippert, J.M. Briggs, and J.M. Blair. 2014. Fire dynamics distinguish grasslands, shrublands, and woodlands as alternative attractors in the Central Great Plains of North America. Journal of Ecology 102: 1374-1385.

Ratajczak, Z., J.B. Nippert, and T.W. Ocheltree. 2014. Abrupt transition of mesic grassland to shrubland: evidence for thresholds, alternative attractors, and regime shifts. Ecology 95: 2633-2645.

Shi, Z., M.L. Thomey, M. Mowll, M. Litvak, N.A. Brunsell, S.L. Collins, W.T. Pockman, M.D. Smith, A.K. Knapp, and Y. Luo. 2014. Differential effects of extreme drought on production and respiration: Synthesis and modeling analysis. Biogeosciences 11: 621-633.

Sylvain, Z.A., D.H Wall, K.L Cherwin, D.P.C Peters, L.G Reichmann, and O.E. Sala. 2014. Soil animal responses to moisture availability are largely scale, not ecosystem dependent: Insight from a cross-site study. Global Change Biology 20: 2631-2643.

Towne, E.G., and J.M. Craine. 2014. Ecological consequences of shifting the timing of burning tallgrass prairie. PLOS One 9: e103423: -.

Troia, M.J. and K.B. Gido. 2014. Towards a mechanistic understanding of fish species niche divergence along a river continuum. Ecosphere 5:art41: -.

VanderWeide, B.L., D.C. Hartnett, and D.L. Carter. 2014. Belowground bud banks of tallgrass prairie are insensitive to multi-year, growing-season drought. Ecosphere 5: art103: -.

Veach, A.M., W.K. Dodds, and A. Skibbee. 2014. Fire and Grazing Influences on Rates of Riparian Woody Plant Expansion along Grassland Streams. PLOS ONE 9:e106922: -.

Wodika, B.R., S.G. Baer, and R.P. Klopf. 2014. Colonization and recovery of invertebrate ecosystem engineers during prairie restoration. Restoration Ecology 22: 456-464.

Book Sections

Blair, J.M., J. Nippert, and J. Briggs 2014. Grassland Ecology. In The Plant Sciences - Ecology and the Environment (R. Monson, ed.), SpringerReference. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg,

Mandyam, K. and A. Jumpponen 2014. Unraveling the dark septate endophyte functions: Insights from the Arabidopsis model. Page 115-141. In Verma, V.C., Gange, A.C. (eds.) Advances in Endophytic Research. Springer-Verlag, Berlin.



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.


Denton, E. 2014. When a drought is not a drought: Timing determines productivity responses to drought in a mesic grassland. MS Thesis, Colorado State University. Fort Collins, CO.

Grischkowsky, S.A. 2014. Did selective breeding of a non-native grass promote invasiveness?. MS Thesis, Oklahoma State University. Stillwater, OK.

Harris, P.T. 2014. The role of deer browsing on plant community development and ecosystem functioning during tallgrass prairie restoration. MS Thesis, Southern Illinois University. Carbondale, IL.

Jackson, K.E. 2014. Influence of patch-burn grazing and riparian protection on the ecological integrity of headwater prairie streams. MS Thesis, Southern Illinois University. Carbondale, IL.

Larson, D. M. 2014. The influence of fire and grazing on tallgrass prairie streams and herpetofauna. PhD Dissertation, Kansas State University. Manhattan, KS.

Liu, Huan. 2014. Inorganic and organic carbon variations in surface water, Konza Prairie LTER Site, USA, and Maolan Karst Experimental Site, China. MS Thesis, University of Kansas. Lawrence, KS.

Martin, E. 2014. Ontogenetic shifts, habitat USE and community structure: how fishes use and influence protected tallgrass prairie streams. PhD Dissertation, Kansas State University. Manhattan, KS.

Ott, J.P. 2014. Ecological implications of grass bud bank and tiller dynamics in mixed-grass prairie. PhD Dissertation, Kansas State University. Manhattan, KS.

Ratajczak, Z. 2014. Ecological thresholds and abrupt transitions of tallgrass prairie to shrublands and woodlands. PhD Dissertation, Kansas State University. Manhattan, KS.

Soong, J. 2014. Moving beyond mass loss: Advancing understanding about the fate of decomposing leaf litter and pyrogenic organic matter in the mineral soil. PhD Dissertation, Colorado State University. Fort Collins, CO.

Stanton, N.L. 2014. How does your prairie (re)grow?: Interactions of seed additions with resource availability, heterogeneity, and disturbance on recruitment and diversity in a restored tallgrass prairie. MS Thesis, Kansas State University. Manhattan, KS.

Troia, M.J. 2014. A mechanistic framework for understanding prairie stream fish distributions. PhD Dissertation, Kansas State University. Manhattan, KS.