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Schwinning, S. 2010. Ecohydrology Bearings – Invited Commentary: The ecohydrology of roots in rocks. Ecohydrology 3: 238-245.pdf file

Schwinning, S., Sandquist, D.R., Miller, D.M., Bedford, D.R., Phillips, S., Belnap, J. 2010. The influence of stream channels on shrub distributions in the Mojave Desert, CA, USA: patterns, mechanisms and effects of stream redistribution. Ecohydrology DOI: 10.1002/eco.116.pdf file

Eggemeyer K.D., Schwinning, S. 2009. Biogeography of woody encroachment: why is mesquite excluded from shallow soils? Ecohydrology 2: 81-87. pdf file

Heilman, J.L., McInnes, K.J., Kjelgaard, J.F., Owens, M.K., Schwinning, S. 2009. Energy balance and water use in a subtropical karst woodland on the Edwards Plateau, Texas. Journal of Hydrology 373:426-435. pdf file

Schwinning, S., J. Belnap, D. R. Bowling, and J. R. Ehleringer. 2008. Sensitivity of the Colorado Plateau to change: climate, ecosystems, and society. Ecology and Society 13(2): 28. [online] URL:

Schwinning, S. 2008. The water relations of two evergreen tree species in a karst savanna. Oecologia, 10.1007/s00442-008-1147-2. pdf file

Schwinning, S., Hooten, M.M. 2009. Mojave desert root systems. In: The Mojave Desert: Ecosystem Processes and Sustainability. Webb, R.H., Fenstermaker, L.F., Heaton, J.S., Hughson, D.L.,McDonald, E.V., Miller, D.M. (eds), University of Nevada Press, Reno, pp. 278-31. pdf file

Schwinning, S., B. I. Starr, N. J. Wojcek, M. E. Miller, J. R. Ehleringer, and R. L. Sanford Jr. 2006. Effects of nitrogen deposition on an arid grassland in the Colorado Plateau cold desert. Journal of Rangeland Ecology and Management 58: 565-574. pdf file

Schwinning, S., B. I. Starr, and J. R. Ehleringer. 2005. Summer and winter drought in a cold desert ecosystem (Colorado Plateau) - I: effects on soil water and plant water uptake. Journal of Arid Environments 60:547-566.  pdf file

Schwinning, S., B. I. Starr, and J. R. Ehleringer. 2005. Summer and winter drought in a cold desert ecosystem (Colorado Plateau) - II: effects on plant carbon assimilation and growth. Journal of Arid Environments 61:61-78. pdf file

Seyfried, M.S., S. Schwinning, M. A. Walvoord, W. Y. Pockman, B. D. Newman, R. B. Jackson, and F. M. Phillips. 2005. Ecohydrological Control of Deep-Drainage in Arid and Semiarid Basins. Ecology 86:277-287. pdf file

Schwinning, S., Sala, O.E., Loik, M.E., and J.R. Ehleringer. 2004. Thresholds, memory and seasonality: understanding pulse dynamics in arid/semiarid ecosystems. Oecologia 141: 191-193. pdf file

Schwinning, S. and Sala, O.E., 2004. Hierarchy of responses to resource pulses in arid and semi-arid ecosystems. Oecologia, 141: 211-220. pdf file

Chesson, P., Gebauer, R.L.E., Schwinning, S., Huntly, N., Wiegand, K., Ernest, M.S.K., Sher, A., Novoplansky, A. and Weltzin, J.F., 2004. Resource pulses, species interactions, and diversity maintenance in arid and semi-arid environments. Oecologia, 141, 236-253. pdf file

Huxman, T. E., M. D. Smith, P. A. Fay, A. K. Knapp, M. R. Shaw, M. E. Loik, S. D. Smith, D. T. Tissue, J. C. Zak, J. F. Weltzin, W. T. Pockman, O. E. Sala, B. M. Haddad, J. Harte, G. W. Koch, S. Schwinning, E. E. Small, and D. G. Williams. 2004. Convergence across biomes to a common rain-use efficiency. Nature 429:651-654. pdf file

Huxman, T. E., K. A. Snyder, D. Tissue, A. J. Leffler, K. Ogle, W. T. Pockman, D. R. Sandquist, D. L. Potts, and S. Schwinning. 2004. Precipitation pulses and carbon fluxes in semiarid and arid ecosystems. Oecologia 141:254-268. pdf file

Weltzin, J.F., Loik, M.E., Schwinning, S., Williams, D.G., Fay, P.A., Haddad, M., Harte, J., Huxman, T.E., Knapp, A.K., Lin, G., Pockman, W.T., Shaw, R., Small, E.E., Smith, M.D., Smith, S.D., Tissue, D.T., Zak, J.C. 2003. Assessing the response of terrestrial ecosystems to potential changes in precipitation. Bioscience 53: 941- 952. pdf file

Schwinning, S., Starr, B. I. and Ehleringer, J.R. 2003. Dominant cold desert plants of the Colorado Plateau do not partition rain by rainfall size, Oecologia 136: 252-260. pdf file

Schwinning, S., Davis, K., Richardson, L. and Ehleringer, J.R. 2002. Deuterium enriched irrigation suggests three forms of pulse use in perennial species of the Colorado Plateau, Oecologia 130:345-355. pdf file

Gebauer, R. L.E., Schwinning, S. and Ehleringer, J.R. 2002. Interspecific competition and resource pulse utilization in a cold desert community, Ecology 83: 2602 - 2616. pdf file

Schwinning, S. and Ehleringer J. R. 2001. Water-use trade-offs and optimal adaptations to pulse-driven arid ecosystems, Journal of Ecology 89: 464-480. pdf file

Parsons, A.J., Schwinning. S. and Carrere, 2001. Plant growth functions and possible spatial and temporal scaling errors in models of herbivory, Grass and Forage Science 56: 21-34.pdf file

Ehleringer, J.R., Schwinning, S. & Gebauer, R.L.E. 1999. Water use in arid land ecosystems. IN: Advances in Plant Physiological Ecology, Press, M.C. (ed.), Blackwell Science, Oxford, pp. 347-365. 

Parsons, A.J., Carrere, P. & Schwinning, S. 1999. Dynamics of heterogeneity in a grazed sward. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Grassland Ecophysiology and Grazing Ecology, deMoraes, A., Nabinger, C. de faccio, P.C., Alves, S.J. & Campos Lustosa, S.B. (eds), Curitiba, Parana, Brazil: pp. 187-214.

Schwinning, S. & Parsons, A.J. 1999, The stability of grazing systems revisited: spatial modls and the role of heterogeneity, Functional Ecology 13: 737-747. pdf file

Schwinning, S. & Weiner, J. 1998. Mechanisms determining the degree of size-asymmetry in competition among plants, Oecologia 113, 447-455. pdf file

Schwinning, S. & Parsons, A.J. 1996a. Analysis of the coexistence mechanisms for grasses and legumes in grazing systems.Journal of Ecology 84,799-813. pdf file

Schwinning, S. & Parsons, A.J. 1996b. A spatially explicit population model of stoloniferous N-fixing legumes in mixed pasture with grass.Journal of Ecology 84, 815-826. pdf file

Schwinning, S. & Parsons, A.J. 1996c. Interactions between grasses and legumes: understanding variability in species composition. In: Legumes in Sustainable Farming Systems. Proceedings of the Sustainable Farming Systems/ British Grassland Society Joint Conference, pp. 153-163. pdf file

Chapman, D.F., Parsons, A.J. & Schwinning, S. 1996. Management of clover in grazed pastures: expectations, limitations and opportunities. In: White Clover: New Zealand's Competitive Edge. Symposium of the New Zealand Grassland Association, Lincoln, N.Z., pp. 55-64. pdf file

Schwinning, S. 1996. Decomposition analysis of competitive symmetry and size structure dynamics. Annals of Botany 72: 47-57. pdf file

Schwinning, S. & Fox, G.A. 1995. Population dynamic consequences of competitive symmetry in annual plants. Oikos 72: 422-432. pdf file

Schwinning, S. & Rosenzweig, M.L. 1990. Periodic oscillations in an ideal-free predator-prey distribution. Oikos 59: 85-91. pdf file