LAB PUBLICATIONS (* denotes undergraduate author)

  1. Fischer, D.G., J.A. Antos, W.G. Grandy, and D.B. Zobel. 2016. A little disturbance goes a long way: 33-year understory successional responses to a thin tephra deposit. Forest Ecology and Management, 382:236-243.
  2. Fischer, D.G., C.J. LeRoy, E. Hersch-Green, C. Dirks, R.K. Bangert, G.M. Wimp, J.K. Bailey, J.A. Schweitzer, S.C. Hart, G. Allan, and T.G. Whitham. 2016. Tree genetics strongly affect forest productivity, but intraspecific diversity-productivity relationships do not. Functional Ecology (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12733). Podcast here
  3. LeRoy, C.J., D.G. Fischer, *W.M. Andrews, *L. Belleveau, C.H. Barlow, J.A. Schweitzer, J.K. Bailey, J.C. Marks, J.C. Kallestad. 2016. Salmon carcasses influence genetic linkages between forests and streams. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 73:910-920. Watch a video abstract of this paper from a class project.
  4. Husby, J.F., C.J. LeRoy and C. Fimbel. 2015. Pollinators may not limit native seed viability for Puget Lowland prairie restoration. Journal of Pollination Ecology 15(5): 30-37.
  5. Crutsinger, G.M., S.M. Rudman, M.A. Rodriguez-Cabal, A.D. McKown, T. Sato, A.A.M. MacDonald, J. Heavyside, A. Geraldes, E.M. Hart, C.J. LeRoy, and R.W. El-Sabaawi. 2014. Testing a “genes-to-ecosystems” approach to understanding aquatic-terrestrial linkages. Molecular Ecology 23:5888-5903.
  6. Hommeyer, A.A., Medlock, A., and J. Spiegelman. 2014. Understory richness and evenness across a prairie-forest encroachment gradient (1943- present). Metamorphosis. Fall 2014.
  7. LeRoy, C.J., A.S. Wymore, R. *Davis, and J.C. Marks. 2014. Indirect influences of a major drought on leaf litter quality and decomposition in a southwestern stream. Fundamental and Applied Limnology 184:1-10 (DOI: 10.1127/1863-9135/2014/0505).
  8. Claeson, S., C.J. LeRoy, *J.R. Barry, and K.A. Kuehn. 2013. Impacts of invasive riparian knotweed on litter decomposition, fungi, and macroinvertebrates. Biological Invasions (online; DOI: 10.1007/s10530-013-0589-6).
  9. Fischer DG, Chapman SK, Classen AT, Gehring CA, Grady KC, Schweitzer JA, Whitham TG. 2014. Plant genetic effects on soils under climate change. Plant and Soil. 379:1-19
  10. *KC. Hill, DG. Fischer. 2013. Native-exotic species richness relationships across spatial scales in a prairie restoration matrix. Ecological Restoration 22: 204–21
  11. Kominoski, JS, JJ Follstad Shah, C Canhoto, DG Fischer, D Giling, E González, NA Griffiths, A Larrañaga, CJ LeRoy, MM Mineau, YR McElarney, SM Shirley, CM Swan, SD Tiegs. 2013. Predicting functional implications of global changes in riparian plant communities. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 11:423-432.
  12. LeRoy, C.J., S.C. Wooley, and R.L. Lindroth. 2012. Genotype and soil nutrient environment influence aspen litter chemistry and in-stream decomposition. Freshwater Science 31:1244-1253.
  13. Bailey, J.K., J.A. Schweitzer, F. Úbeda, M. Zinkgraf, B.M. Fitzpatrick, J. O’Reilly-Wapstra, B.J. Rehill, C.J. LeRoy, B.M. Potts, T.G. Whitham, M.A. Genung, D.G. Fischer, C.C. Pregitzer, and A.R. Keith. 2012. From genes to ecosystems: Emerging concepts bridging ecological and evolutionary dynamics. In: Ecological Reviews. The ecology of plant secondary metabolites: From genes to global processes. (G.R. Iason, M. Dicke, and S.E. Hartley, eds). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. (
  14. Schweitzer, J.A., J.K. Bailey, D.G. Fischer, C.J. LeRoy, T.G. Whitham and S.C. Hart. Functional and heritable consequences of plant genotype on community composition and ecosystem processes. In: Ecology and Evolution of Trait-mediated Indirect Interactions: Linking Evolution, Community, and Ecosystem. (T. Ohgushi, O. Schmitz & R. D. Holt eds).Cambridge University Press (In press).
  15. Lojewski NR,  Fischer DG., Bailey JK, Schweitzer JA, Whitham TG, and SC Hart. 2012.  Genetic components to belowground carbon fluxes in a riparian forest ecosystem: a common garden approach. New Phytologist. 195(3):631-639.
  16. *Otto T. and Fischer DG. 2012. Relationships Between Ponderosa Pine Above-Ground Structure and Below-Ground Fine Root Mass at Multiple Spacial Scales. Metamorphosis. Fall 2012.
  17. *Kirsch J.L., Fischer D.G., *Kazakova A.N., Biswas A., *Kelm R.E., *Carlson D.W., LeRoy C.J.2012. Diversity-Carbon Flux Relationships in a Northwest Forest. Diversity. 4:33-58.
  18. Hjältén, J., E. P. Axelsson, T.G. Whitham, C.J. LeRoy, R. Julkunen-Tiitto, A. Wennström, and G. Pilate. 2012.Increased resistance of Bt aspens to Phratora vitellinae (Coleoptera) leads to increased plant growth under experimental conditionsPLoS one 7(1)
  19. Axelsson, E.P., J. Hjältén, C.J. LeRoy. 2012. Performance of insect-resistant Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)-expressing aspens under semi-natural field conditions including natural herbivory in SwedenForest Ecology and Management 264: 167-171
  20. Axelsson, E. P., J. Hjältén, C.J. LeRoy, T.G. Whitham , R. Julkunen-Tiitto, A. Wennström. 2011. Leaf litter from insect-resistant transgenic trees causes changes in aquatic insect community compositionJournal of Applied Ecology 48: 1472-1479
  21. Bretherton, W.D., J.S. Kominoski, C.J. LeRoy, D.G. Fischer. Salmon carcasses alter leaf litter species diversity effects on in-stream decomposition.Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 68:1495-1506.PDF
  22. *Elliott, CW, DG Fischer, and CJ LeRoy. 2011. Germination of Three Native Lupinus Species in Response to Temperature. Northwest Science. 85:403-410
  23. *Rook,EJ, DG Fischer, *RD Seyferth, *JL Kirsch, CJ LeRoy, and S Hamman. 2011. Responses of Prairie Vegetation to Fire, Herbicide, and Invasive Species Legacy. Northwest Science. 85:288-302
  24. LeRoy, CJ, DG Fischer,*K Halstead, *M Pryor, JK Bailey, and JA Schweitzer. 2011. Fungal endophyte decelerates in-stream litter decomposition. Freshwater Biology. 56:1426-1433
  25.  Lecerf, A., M. Guillaume, J. Kominoski, C.J. LeRoy, C. Bernadet, and C.M. Swan. 2011. Incubation time, functional litter diversity, and ecosystem characteristics predict nonadditive litter mixing effects on decomposition: A synthesis from streamsEcology 92:160–169
  26.  Axelsson, E.P., J. Hjältén, C.J. LeRoy, R. Julkunen-Tiittoc, A. Wennströmd, and G. Pilate. 2010. Can leaf litter from genetically modified trees affect aquatic ecosystems? Ecosystems 13:1049-1059.
  27. D.G. Fischer, S.C. Hart, J. A. Schweitzer, P.C. Selmants and T.G. Whitham. 2010. Soil nitrogen availability varies with plant genetics across diverse river drainages.  Plant and Soil. 331: 391-400
  28. Kominoski, J.S., T.J. Hoellein, C.J. LeRoy, C.M. Pringle, and C.M. Swan. 2010. Beyond species richness: Expanding biodiversity-ecosystem functioning theory in detritus-based streams. River Research and Applications 26:67-75.
  29. *Muehlbauer, J.D., C.J. LeRoy, J.M. *Lovett, K.K. Flaccus, J.K. Vlieg, and J.C. Marks. 2009. Short-term responses of decomposers to flow restoration in Fossil Creek, Arizona, USAHydrobiologia 618:35-45.
  30. *Lojewski, N.R., D.G. Fischer,  J.K. Bailey, J.A. Schweitzer, T. G. Whitham and S. C. Hart. 2009. Genetic basis of aboveground productivity in two native Populus species and their hybrids. Tree Physiology. 29: 1133–1142
  31. Bailey, J.K., J.A. Schweitzer, J. Koricheva, M.D. Madritch, C.J. LeRoy, B.J. Rehill, R.K. Bangert, D.G. Fischer, G. Allen, and Thomas G. Whitham. 2009. From Genes to Ecosystems: Synthesizing the Effects of Plant Genetic Factors Across Systems. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 364: 1607-1616
  32. Whitham, T.G., C.A. Gehring, L.M. Evans, C.J. LeRoy, R.K. Bangert, J.A. Schweitzer, G.J. Allan, R.C. Barbour, D.G. Fischer, B.M. Potts and J.K. Bailey. 2009. A Community and Ecosystem Genetics Approach to Conservation Biology and Management. In Molecular Approaches in Natural Resource Conservation. Cambridge University Press (in press).
  33. Fischer and *Kazakova. 2008. Book Review: Measuring Carbon Uptake in Forests and Farms . Environmental Practice.
  34. *Muehlbauer  J.D., LeRoy C.J., Lovett J.M., Flaccus K.K., Vlieg J.K. & Marks J.C. 2008 Short-term responses of decomposers to flow restoration in Fossil Creek, Arizona, USA.Hydrobiologiapdf
  35. Schweitzer, J.A., M. D. Madritch, J. K. Bailey, C.J. LeRoy, D.G. Fischer, B.J. Rehill, R.L. Lindroth, T.G. Whitham. 2008. Review – Ecological impacts of foliar condensed tannins: a genes-to-ecosystem approach. Ecosystems (link)
  36. Schweitzer, JA, JK Bailey, DG Fischer, CJ LeRoy, EV Lonsdorf, TG Whitham and SC Hart. 2008. Soil Microorganism-Plant Interactions; Heritable relationship between plant genotype and associated microorgansims.. Ecology. 89: 773–781
  37. Bangert, RK, EV Lonsdorf, GM Wimp, , S M Shuster, DG Fischer, JA Schweitzer, GJ Allan, JK Bailey, TG Whitham. 2008. Genetic structure of a foundation species: scaling community phenotypes from the individual to the region. Heredity. 18 October 2006
  38. LeRoy, C.J., T.G. Whitham, S.C. Wooley, and J.C. Marks. 2007. Within-species variation in foliar chemistry influences leaf-litter decomposition in a Utah riverJournal of the North American Benthological Society 26:426-438
  39. Fischer, DG, SC Hart, CJ LeRoy and TG Whitham. 2007 Variation in Belowground Carbon Fluxes along a Populus Hybridization Gradient. New Phytologist. 176: 415–425
  40. Kovacs, Z.I., C.J. LeRoy, D.G. Fischer, S. Lubarsky, and W.Burke. 2007 How do aesthetics affect our ecology? Journal of Ecological Anthropology. 10:61-65
  41. Fischer, D.G., S.C. Hart, B.J. Rehill, R.L. Lindroth, P. Keim and T.G. Whitham. 2006. Do high-tannin leaves require more roots? Oecologia 149:668–675
  42. LeRoy, C.J., T.G. Whitham, P. Keim, and J.C. Marks. 2006. Plant genes link forests and streams. Ecology 87(1): 255-261. pdf
  43. LeRoy, C.J., and J.C. Marks. 2006. Litter quality, stream condition, and litter diversity influence decomposition rates and macroinvertebrate communities. Freshwater Biology 51: 605-617. pdf
  44. Whitham TG, Bailey JK, Schweitzer JA, LeRoy CJ, Fischer, DG, Lonsdorf E, Shuster SM, Lindroth RL, Hart SC, Allan GJ, Gehring CA, Keim P, Potts BM, and Woolbright S. 2006. From Genes to Ecosystems: How Genes Structure Communities and Affect Ecosystem Processes. Nature: Genetics. 7:510-523
  45. *G. Cox, D.G. Fischer, S.C. Hart, and T.G. Whitham. 2005. Nonresponse of native cottonwood trees to water additions during summer drought. Western North American Naturalist. 65: 175-185
  46. Whitham TG, Lonsdorf E, Schweitzer JA, Bailey JK, Fischer, DG, Shuster SM, Lindroth RL, Hart SC, Allan GJ, Gehring CA, Keim P, Potts BM, Marks, J, Rehill BJ, DiFazio SP, LeRoy CJ, Wimp GM, and S. Woolbright 2005. “All effects of a gene on the world”: Extended phenotypes, feedbacks, and multi-level selection. Écoscience 12: 5-7.
  47. Fischer, D.G., S.C. Hart, T.G. Whitham, G.D. Martinsen and P. Keim. 2004. Ecosystem implications of genetic variation in water-use of a dominant riparian tree. Oecologia 139:188-197.
  48. Flaccus, K., J. Vlieg, J.C. Marks and C.J. LeRoy. 2004. Restoring Fossil Creek. The Science Teacher 71(6):36-40.
  49. Whitham, T.G., W.P. Young, G.D. Martinsen, C.A. Gehring, J.A. Schweitzer, S.M. Shuster, G.M. Wimp, D.G. Fischer, J.K. Bailey, R.L. Lindroth, S. Woolbright, and C.R. Kuske. 2003. Community and ecosystem genetics: a consequence of the extended phenotype. Ecology 84: 559-573
  50. Fischer, D.G., T.E. Kolb, and L.E. Dewald. 2002. Changes in whole-tree water relations during ontogeny of Pinus flexilis and Pinus ponderosa in a high-elevation meadow. Tree Physiology. 22:675-685.

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