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Jennifer Rudgers

Jennifer Rudgers

Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico


Department of Biology
University of New Mexico
MSC03 2020
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001


  • Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico


  • PhD, Population Biology, University of California-Davis, 2002
  • BS, Environmental Science, Denison University, 1996

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Journal Articles


Collins, S. L., Y. A. Chung, L. E. Baur, A. Hallmark, T. J. Ohlert and J. A. Rudgers. 2020. Presss-pulse interactions and long-term community dynamics in a Chihuahuan Desert grassland. Journal of Vegetation Science 5:722-732. DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12881. (link )

Kent, D. R., J. S. Lynn, S. C. Pennings, L. Souza, M. D. Smith and J. A. Rudgers. 2020. Weak latitudinal gradients in insect herbivory for dominant rangeland grasses of North America. Ecology and Evolution 10(13):6385-6394. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.6374. (link )


Whitney, K. D., J. Mudge, D. O. Natvig, A. Sundararajan, W. T. Pockman, J. Bell, S. L. Collins and J. A. Rudgers. 2019. Experimental drought reduces genetic diversity in the grassland foundation species Bouteloua eriopoda. Oecologia 189(4):1107-1120. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-019-04371-7. (link )


Carlton, L., N. C. Duncritts, Y. A. Chung and J. A. Rudgers. 2018. Plant-microbe interactions as a cause of ring formation in Bouteloua gracilis. Journal of Arid Environments 152(May):1-5. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2018.02.001. (link )

Cavazos, B. R., T. F. Bohner, M. L. Donald, M. E. Sneck, A. Shadow, M. Omacini, J. A. Rudgers and T. E. Miller. 2018. Testing the roles of vertical transmission and drought stress in the prevalence of heritable fungal endophytes in annual grass populations. New Phytologist 219(3):1075-1084. DOI: 10.1111/nph.15215. (link )

Chung, Y. A., A. Jumpponen and J. A. Rudgers. 2018. Divergence in diversity and composition of root-associated fungi between greenhouse and field studies in a semiarid grassland. Microbial Ecology DOI: 10.1007/s00248-018-1277-y. (link )

Dettweiler-Robinson, E., R. L. Sinsabaugh and J. A. Rudgers. 2018. Biocrusts benefit from plant removal. American Journal of Botany 105(7):1133-1141. DOI: 10.1002/ajb2.1120. (link )

Rudgers, J. A., Y. A. Chung, G. E. Maurer, D. I. Moore, E. H. Muldavin, M. E. Litvak and S. L. Collins. 2018. Climate sensitivity functions and net primary production: A framework for incorporating climate mean and variability. Ecology 99(3):576-582. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2136. (link )

Rudgers, J. A., E. D. Robinson, J. Belnap, L. E. Green, R. L. Sinsabaugh, K. E. Young, C. E. Cort and A. Darrouzet-Nardi. 2018. Are fungal networks key to dryland primary production?. American Journal of Botany 105(11):1783-1787. DOI: 10.1002/ajb2.1184. (link )


Bell-Dereske, L., C. Takacs-Vesbach, S. N. Kivlin, S. M. Emery and J. A. Rudgers. 2017. Leaf endophytic fungus interacts with precipitation to alter belowground microbial communities in primary successional dunes. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 93(6):fix036. DOI: 10.1093/femsec/fix036. (link )

Chung, Y. A., R. L. Sinsabaugh, C. R. Kuske, S. C. Reed and J. A. Rudgers. 2017. Spatial variation in edaphic characteristics is a stronger control than nitrogen inputs in regulating soil microbial effects on a desert grass. Journal of Arid Environments 147(Jul):59-65. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2017.03.005. (link )


Collins, S. L., J. Belnap, N. B. Grimm, J. A. Rudgers, C. N. Dahm, P. D'Odorico, M. E. Litvak, D. O. Natvig, D. C. Peters, W. T. Pockman, R. L. Sinsabaugh and B. O. Wolf. 2014. A multiscale, hierarchical model of pulse dynamics in arid-land ecosystems. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 45:397-419. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-ecolsys-120213-091650. (link )



Hallmark, A., J. A. Rudgers, S. L. Collins, D. I. Moore and S. Baker. 2019. Optimizing plant size:biomass allometric relationships at the Sevilleta LTER. Poster presented at the 21st Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, Januay 11, 2019, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )

Kazenel, M. R., K. W. Wright, T. I. Griswold, J. Bettinelli, J. A. Rudgers and K. D. Whitney. 2019. Native bees exhibit species- and ecosystem-specific changes in abundance with aridity. Poster presented at the 21st Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, January 11, 2019, Skysong, Scotttsdale, AZ. (link )