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Nate McDowell

Nate McDowell

Scientist, Earth Systems Analysis & Marketing, Pacifici Northwest National Laboratory

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
U.S. Department of Energy
902 Battelle Boulevard
Richland, WA 99532


  • Scientist, Earth Systems Analysis & Marketing, Pacifici Northwest National Laboratory

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Journal Articles


Asbjornsen, H., J. L. Campbell, K. A. Jennings, M. A. Vadeboncoeur, C. McIntire, P. H. Templer, R. P. Phillips, T. L. Bauerle, M. C. Cietze, S. D. Frey, P. M. Groffman, R. Guerrieri, P. J. Hanson, E. P. Kelsey, A. K. Knapp, N. G. McDowell, P. Meir, K. A. Novick, S. V. Ollinger, W. T. Pockman, P. G. Schaberg, S. D. Wullschleger, M. D. Smith and L. E. Rustad. 2018. Guidelines and considerations for designing field experiments simulating precipitation extremes in forest ecosystems. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 9(12):2310-2325. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.13094. (link )

Bennett, K. E., T. J. Bohn, K. Solander, N. G. McDowell, C. Xu, E. R. Vivoni and R. S. Middleton. 2018. Climate-driven disturbances in the San Juan River sub-basin of the Colorado River. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 22(1):709-725. DOI: 10.5194/hess-2017-204. (link )

Goodsman, D. W., B. H. Aukema, N. G. McDowell, R. S. Middleton and C. Xu. 2018. Incorporating variability in simulations of seasonally forced phenology using integral projection models. Ecology and Evolution 8(1):162-175. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3590. (link )

Grossiord, C., A. Gessler, S. C. Reed, I. Borrego, A. D. Collins, L. T. Dickman, M. Ryan, L. Schönbeck, S. Sevanto, A. Vilagrosa and N. G. McDowell. 2018. Reductions in tree performance during hotter droughts are mitigated by shifts in nitrogen cycling. Plant, Cell & Environment 41(11):2627-2637. DOI: 10.1111/pce.13389. (link )

Grossiord, C., S. Sevanto, J. Limousin, P. Meir, M. Mencuccini, R. E. Pangle, W. T. Pockman, Y. Salmon, R. Zweifel and N. G. McDowell. 2018. Manipulative experiments demonstrate how long-term soil moisture changes alter controls of plant water use. Environmental and Experimental Botany 152:19-27. DOI: 10.1016/j.envexpbot.2017.12.010. (link )

Guérin, M., D. Martin‐Benito, G. von Arx, L. Andreu‐Hayles, K. L. Griffin, R. Hamdan, N. G. McDowell, R. Muscarella, W. T. Pockman and P. Gentine. 2018. Interannual variations in needle and sapwood traits of Pinus edulis branches under an experimental drought. Ecology and Evolution 8(3):1655-1672. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3743. (link )

Hudson, P. J., J. Limousin, D. J. Krofcheck, A. L. Boutz, R. E. Pangle, N. Gehres, N. G. McDowell and W. T. Pockman. 2018. Impacts of long‐term precipitation manipulation on hydraulic architecture and xylem anatomy of piñon and juniper in Southwest USA. Plant, Cell & Environment 41(2):421-435. DOI: 10.1111/pce.13109. (link )

Hu, Z., S. T. Michaletz, D. J. Johnson, N. G. McDowell, Z. Huang, X. Zhou and C. Xu. 2018. Traits drive global wood decomposition rates more than climate. Global Change Biology 24(11):5259-5269. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14357. (link )

Johnson, D. M., J. Domec, Z. C. Berry, A. M. Schwantes, K. A. McCulloh, D. R. Woodruff, H. W. Polley, R. Wortemann, J. J. Swenson, D. S. Mackay, N. G. McDowell and R. B. Jackson. 2018. Co‐occurring woody species have diverse hydraulic strategies and mortality rates during an extreme drought. Plant, Cell & Environment 41(3):576-588. DOI: 10.1111/pce.13121. (link )

Johnson, D. J., J. Needham, C. Xu, E. C. Massoud, S. J. Davies, K. J. Anderson-Teixeira, S. Bunyavejchewin, J. Q. Chambers, C. H. Chang-Yang, J. M. Chiang, G. B. Chuyong, R. Condit, S. Cordell, C. Fletcher, C. P. Giardina, T. W. Giambelluca, N. Gunatilleke, S. Gunatilleke, C. F. Hsieh, S. Hubbell, F. Inman-Narahari, A. R. Kassim, M. Katabuchi, D. Kenfack, C. M. Litton, S. Lum, M. Mohamad, M. Nasardin, P. S. Ong, R. Ostertag, L. Sack, N. G. Swenson, I. F. Sun, S. Tan, D. W. Thomas, J. Thompson, M. N. Umana, R. Valencia, S. Yap, J. Zimmerman, N. G. McDowell and S. M. McMahon. 2018. Climate sensitive size-dependent survival in tropical trees. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2(9):1436-1442. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0626-z. (link )

Manrique‐Alba, A., S. Sevanto, H. D. Adams, A. D. Collins, L. T. Dickman, E. Chirino, J. Bellot and N. G. McDowell. 2018. Stem radial growth and water storage responses to heat and drought vary between conifers with differing hydraulic strategies. Plant, Cell & Environment 41(8):1926-1934. DOI: 10.1111/pce.13340. (link )

McBranch, N. A., C. Grossiord, H. D. Adams, I. Borrego, A. D. Collins, L. T. Dickman, M. Ryan, S. Sevanto and N. G. McDowell. 2018. Lack of acclimation of leaf area:sapwood area ratios in piñon pine and juniper in response to precipitation reduction and warming. Tree Physiology tpy066. DOI: 10.1093/treephys/tpy066. (link )

McDowell, N. G. 2018. Deriving pattern from complexity in the processes underlying tropical forest drought impacts. New Phytologist 219(3):841-844. DOI: 10.1111/nph.15341. (link )

McDowell, N. G., C. D. Allen, K. J. Anderson-Teixeira, P. Brando, R. Brienen, J. Chambers, B. Christoffersen, S. Davies, C. Doughty, A. Duque, F. Espirito-Santo, R. A. Fisher, C. G. Fontes, D. Galbraith, D. W. Goodsman, C. Grossiord, H. Hartmann, J. Holm, D. J. Johnson, A. R. Kassim, M. Keller, C. D. Koven, L. M. Kueppers, T. Kumagai, Y. Malhi, S. M. McMahon, M. Mencuccini, P. Meir, P. Moorcroft, H. C. Muller-Landau, O. L. Phillips, T. L. Powell, C. Sierra, J. Sperry, J. Warren, C. Xu and X. Xu. 2018. Drivers and mechanisms of tree mortality in moist tropical forests. New Phytologist 219(3):851-569. DOI: 10.1111/nph.15027. (link )

Munson, S. M., S. C. Reed, J. Penuelas, N. G. McDowell and O. E. Sala. 2018. Ecosystem thresholds, tipping points, and critical transitions. New Phytologist Trust 218(4):1315-1317. DOI: 10.1111/nph.15145. (link )

Powell, T. L., C. D. Koven, D. J. Johnson, B. Faybishenko, R. A. Fisher, R. G. Know, N. G. McDowell, R. Condit, S. P. Hubbell, S. J. Wright, J. Q. Chambers and L. M. Kueppers. 2018. Variation in hydroclimate sustains tropical forest biomass and promotes functional diversity. New Phytologist 219(3):932-946. DOI: 10.1111/nph.15271. (link )

Schönbeck, L., A. Gessler, G. Hoch, N. G. McDowell, A. Rigling, M. Shaub and M. Li. 2018. Homeostatic levels of nonstructural carbohydrates after 13 yr of drought and irrigation in Pinus sylvestris. New Phytologist 219(4):1314-1324. DOI: 10.1111/nph.15224. (link )


Adams, H. D., G. A. Barron-Gafford, R. L. Minor, A. A. Gardea, L. P. Bentley, D. J. Law, D. D. Breshears, N. G. McDowell and T. E. Huxman. 2017. Temperature response surfaces for mortality risk of tree species with future drought. Environmental Research Letters 12(11):115014. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa93be. (link )

Adams, H. D., M. J. Zeppel, W. R. Anderegg, H. Hartmann, S. A. Landhausser, D. T. Tissue, T. E. Huxman, P. J. Hudson, T. E. Franz, C. D. Allen, L. Anderegg, G. A. Barron-Gafford, D. J. Beerling, D. D. Breshears, T. J. Brodribb, H. Bugmann, R. C. Cobb, A. D. Collins, L. T. Dickman, H. Duan, B. E. Ewers, L. Galiano, D. A. Galvez, N. Garcia-Forner, M. L. Gaylord, M. J. Germino, A. Gessler, U. G. Hacke, R. Hakamada, A. Hector, M. W. Jenkins, J. M. Kane, T. E. Kolb, D. J. Law, J. D. Lewis, J. Limousin, D. M. Love, A. K. Macalady, J. Martinez-Vilalta, M. Mencuccini, P. J. Mitchell, J. D. Muss, M. J. O'Brien, A. P. O'Grady, R. E. Pangle, E. A. Pinkard, F. I. Piper, J. A. Plaut, W. T. Pockman, J. Quirk, K. Reinhardt, F. Ripullone, M. G. Ryan, A. Sala, S. Sevanto, J. Sperry, R. Vargas, M. Vennetier, D. A. Way, C. Xu, E. A. Yepez and N. G. McDowell. 2017. A multi-species synthesis of physiological mechanisms in drought-induced tree mortality. Nature Ecolog & Evolution 1(Sep):1285-1291. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-017-0248-x. (link )

Gessler, A., M. Schaub and N. G. McDowell. 2017. The role of nutrients in drought-induced tree mortality and recovery. New Phytologist 214(2):513-520. DOI: 10.1111/nph.14340. (link )

Grossiord, C., S. Sevanto, H. D. Adams, A. D. Collins, L. T. Dickman, N. A. McBranch, S. T. Michaletz, E. A. Stockton, M. Vigil and N. G. McDowell. 2017. Precipitation, not air temperature, drives functional responses of trees in semi-arid ecosystems. Journal of Ecology 105(1):163-175. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12662. (link )

Grossiord, C., S. Sevanto, I. Borrego, A. M. Chan, A. D. Collins, L. T. Dickman, P. J. Hudson, N. A. McBranch, S. T. Michaletz, W. T. Pockman, M. Ryan, A. Vilagrosa and N. G. McDowell. 2017. Tree water dynamics in a drying and warming world. Plant, Cell, & Environment 40(9):1862-1873. DOI: 10.1111/pce.12991. (link )

Grossiord, C., S. Sevanto, T. E. Dawson, H. D. Adams, A. D. Collins, L. T. Dickman, B. D. Newman, E. A. Stockton and N. G. McDowell. 2017. Warming combined with more extreme precipitation regimes modifies the water sources used by trees. New Phytologist 213(2):584-596. DOI: 10.1111/nph.14192. (link )

Li, Y., K. Guan, P. Gentine, A. G. Konings, F. C. Meinzer, J. S. Kimball, X. Xu, W. R. Anderegg, N. G. McDowell, J. Martinez-Vilalta, D. G. Long and S. P. Good. 2017. Estimating global ecosystem isohydy/anisohydry using active and passive microwave satellite data. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 122(12):3306-3321. DOI: 10.1002/2017JG003958. (link )

Morillas, L., R. E. Pangle, G. E. Maurer, W. T. Pockman, N. McDowell, C. Huang, D. J. Krofcheck, A. M. Fox, R. L. Sinsabaugh, T. Rahn and M. E. Litvak. 2017. Tree mortality decreases water availability and ecosystem resilience to drought in piñon-juniper woodlands in the southwestern U.S. Journal of Geophysical Research: Geosciences 122(12):3343–3361. DOI: 10.1002/2017JG004095. (link )