Publications from the McCulley Lab

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 Indicates corresponding author. * Indicates a graduate or undergraduate student from the McCulley lab or who worked closely with the lab to obtain the data presented. ® Indicates a postdoc, research associate, or visiting scientist associated with my lab.  IF = 2014 ISI JCR Impact Factor of the journal. For comparison, IF for ecology journals (n=144) range from <1 to 16, with the average being ~1.84 in 2014.  Total citation count for individual articles are provided where possible (as reported in Google Scholar on July 2, 2015).

 A)    Refereed Journal Articles

70) Derner, J.D., A.J. Smart, T.P. Toombs, D. Larsen, R.L. McCulley, J. Goodwin, S. Sims, and L.M. Roche. In Press. Soil health as a transformation change agent for U.S. grazing lands management. Rangeland Ecology & Management.


69) Rounsaville, T.J.†, C.C. Baskin, E.A. Roualdes, R.L. McCulley, and M.A. Arthur. In Press. Seed dynamics of the liana Euonymus fortune and implications for invasibility. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society.


68) Kalosa-Kenyon, E. *, L.C. Slaughter†*, J.A. Rudgers, and R.L. McCulley. 2018. Asexual Epichloë endophytes do not consistently alter arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi colonization in three grasses. American Midland Naturalist 179:157-165.


67) Anderson, T.M.†, D. Griffith, J. Grace, E. Lind, P. Adler, L. Biederman, D. Blumenthal, P. Daleo, J. Firn, N. Hagenah, A. MacDougall, R. McCulley, S. Prober, A. Risch, M. Sankaran, M. Schutz, E. Seabloom, C. Stevens, L. Sullivan, P. Wragg, and E. Borer. 2018. Herbivory and eutrophication mediate grassland plant nutrient responses across a global climatic gradient. Ecology.


66) Shelton, R.E.†*, K.L. Jacobsen, and R.L. McCulley. 2018. Cover crops and fertilization alter nitrogen loss in organic and conventional conservation agriculture systems. Frontiers in Plant Science 8: 2260.


65) Slaughter, L.C.†*, J.A. Nelson®, E. Carlisle®, M. Bourguignon*, R.D. Dinkins, T.D. Phillips, and R.L. McCulley. 2018. Climate change and Epichloë coenophiala association modify belowground fungal symbioses of tall fescue host. Fungal Ecology 31: 37-46.


64) Hautier, Y.†, I. Forest, E.T. Borer, E.W. Seabloom, W.S. Harpole, E.M. Lind, A.S. MacDougall, C.J. Stevens, P.B. Adler, J. Alberti, J.D. Bakker, L.A. Brudvig, Y.M. Buckley, M. Cadotte, M.C. Caldeira, E.J. Chaneton, C. Chu, P. Daleo, C.R. Dickman, J.M. Dwyer, A. Eskelinen, P.A. Fay, J. Firn, N. Hagenah, H. Hillebrand, O. Iribarne, K.P. Kirkham, J.M.H. Knops, K.J. La Pierre, R.L. McCulley, J.W. Morgan, M. Partel, J. Pascual, J.N. Price, S.M. Prober, A.C. Risch, M. Sankaran, M. Schuetz, R.J. Standish, R. Virtanen, G.M. Wardle, L. Yahdjian, and A. Hector. 2017. Local loss and spatial homogenization of plant diversity reduce ecosystem multifunctionality. Nature Ecology & Evolution


63) Biederman, L.A.†, B. Mortensen, P.A. Fay, N. Hagenah, J. Knops, K. La Pierre, R. Laungani, E. Lind, R.L. McCulley, S. Power, E.W. Seabloom, P. Tognetti. 2017. Nutrient addition shifts plant community composition towards earlier flowering species in some prairie ecoregions in the U.S. Central Plains. PLOS ONE.


62) Slaughter, L.C. *† and R.L. McCulley. 2016. Aboveground Epichloë coenophiala – grass associations do not affect belowground fungal symbionts or associated plant, soil parameters. Microbial Ecology 72: 682-691. IF=3.232. Citations: 0


61) Guo, J.*, R.L. McCulley, T.D. Phillips, and D.H. McNear, Jr†. 2016. Fungal endophyte and tall fescue cultivar interact to differentially effect bulk and rhizosphere soil processes governing C and N cycling. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 101:165-174. IF=4.152. Citations: 0


60) Harpole, W.S.†, L.L. Sullivan, E.M. Lind, J. Firn, P.B. Adler, E.T. Borer, J. Chase, P.A. Fay, Y. Hautier, H. Hillebrand, A.S. MacDougall, E.W. Seabloom, R. Williams, J.D. Bakker, M.W. Cadotte, E.J. Chaneton, C. Chu, E.E. Cleland, C. D’Antonio, K.F. Davies, D.S. Gruner, N. Hagenah, K. Kirkman, J.M.H. Knops, K.J. La Pierre, R.L. McCulley, J.L. Moore, J.W. Morgan, S.M. Prober, A.C. Risch, M. Schuetz, C.J. Stevens, and P.D. Wragg. 2016. Addition of multiple limiting resources reduces grassland diversity. Nature 537(7618):93-96. IF=38.138. Citations: 0


59) Saikkonen, K.†, T.D. Phillips, S.H. Faeth, R.L. McCulley, I. Saloniemi, and M. Helander. 2016. Performance of endophyte infected tall fescue in Europe and North America. PLOS ONE 11(6):e0157382. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0157382. IF=3.057. Citations: 0


58) Tredennick, A.T.†, P.B. Adler, J.B. Grace, W.S. Harpole, E.T. Borer, E.W. Seabloom, T.M. Anderson, J.D. Bakker, L.A. Biederman, C.S. Brown, Y.M. Buckley, C. Chu, S.L. Collins, M.J. Crawley, P.A. Fay, J. Firn, D.S. Gruner, N. Hagenah, Y. Hautier, A. Hector, H. Hillebrand, K. Kirkham, J.M.H. Knops, R. Laungani, E.M. Lind, A.S. MacDougall, R.L. McCulley, C.E. Mitchell, J.L. Moore, J.W. Morgan, J.L. Orrock, P.L. Peri, S.M. Prober, A.C. Risch, M. Schutz, K.L. Speziale, R.J. Standish, L.L. Sullivan, G.M. Wardle, R.J. Williams, and L.H Yang. 2016. Comment on “Worldwide evidence of a unimodal relationship between productivity and plant species richness”. Science 351(6272):457. IF=34.661. Citations: 2

57) Rojas, X., J. Guo, J.W. Leff, D.H. McNear Jr., N. Fierer, and R.L. McCulley†. 2016. Infection with a shoot-specific fungal endophyte (Epichloë) alters tall fescue soil microbial communities. Microbial Ecology 72:197-206. IF=3.232. Citations: 4


56) Smets, W., J.W. Leff, M.A. Bradford, R.L. McCulley, S. Lebeer, and N. Fierer†. 2016. A method for simultaneous measurement of soil bacterial abundances and community composition via 16S rRNA gene sequencing. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 96:145-151. IF=4.152. Citations: 7


55) Flores-Moreno, H.†, P.B. Reich, E.M. Lind, L.L. Sullivan, E.W. Seabloom, L. Yahdjian, A.S. MacDougall, L. Reichmann, J. Alberti, S. Baez, J.D. Bakker, M.W. Cadotte, M.C. Caldeira, E.J. Chaneton, C. D’Antonio, P.A. Fay, J. Firn, N. Hagenah, W.S. Harpole, O. Iribarne, K.P. Kirkman, J.M.H. Knops, K.J. La Pierre, R. Laungani, A.D.B. Leakey, R.L. McCulley, J.L. Moore, J. Pascual, and E.T. Borer. 2016. Climate modifies response of non-native and native species richness to nutrient enrichment. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 371(1694): 20150273. IF=5.847. Citations: 3


54) Helander, M.†, T. Phillips, S.H. Faeth, L.P. Bush, R.L. McCulley, I. Saloniemi, and K. Saikkonen. 2016. Alkaloid quantities in endophyte-infected tall fescue are affected by the plant-fungus combination and environment. Journal of Chemical Ecology 42(2):118-126. doi: 10.1007/s10886-016-0667-1. IF=3.151. Citations: 0


53) Jokela, K.J.*†, D.M. Debinski, and R.L. McCulley. 2016. Effects of non-native grass species and endophyte infection on the development and survival of Tawny-edged skippers (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae). Environmental Entomology 45(1):142-149. doi: 10.1093/ee/nvv151. IF=1.315. Citations: 2


52) Slaughter, L.C.*†, A.E. Carlisle®, J.A. Nelson®, and R.L. McCulley. 2016. Fungal endophyte symbiosis alters nitrogen source of tall fescue host, but not nitrogen fixation in co-occurring red clover. Plant & Soil 405:243-256. doi: 10.1007/s11104-015-2510-9. IF=2.969. Citations: 3


51) Leff, J.W., S.E. Jones, S.M. Prober, A. Barberan, E.T. Borer, J.L. Firn, W.S. Harpole, S.E. Hobbie, K.S. Hofmockel, J.M.H. Knops, R.L. McCulley, K. La Pierre, A.C. Risch, E.W. Seabloom, M. Schutz, C. Steenbock, C.J. Stevens, and N. Fierer†. 2015. Consistent responses of soil microbial communities to elevated nutrient inputs in grasslands across the globe. PNAS 112(35):10967-10972. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1508382112. IF=9.423. Citations:35


50) Strickland, M.S.†, R.L. McCulley, J.A. Nelson®, and M.A. Bradford. 2015. Compositional differences in root exudates elicit a limited functional and compositional response in soil microbial communities. Frontiers in Microbiology 6:817. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.00817. IF=4.165. Citations: 2


49) Bourguignon, M.*†, J.A. Nelson®, A.E. Carlisle®, H. Ji, R.D. Dinkins, T.D. Phillips, and R.L. McCulley. 2015. Ecophysiological responses of tall fescue genotypes to fungal endophyte infection and elevated temperature and precipitation. Crop Science 55:2895-2909. doi: 10.2135/cropsci2015.01.0020. IF=1.550. Citations: 1


48) Slaughter, L.C.*†, M.N. Weintraub, and R.L. McCulley. 2015. Seasonal effects stronger than three-year climate manipulation on grassland soil microbial community. Soil Science Society of America Journal 79:1352-1365. doi: 10.2136/sssaj2014.10.0431. IF=1.752. Citations: 1


47) Stevens, C.J.†, E.M. Lind, Y. Hautier, W.S. Harpole, E.T. Borer, S. Hobbie, E.W. 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.C. Risch, M. Schuetz, and P.D. Wragg. 2015. Anthropogenic nitrogen deposition predicts local grassland primary production worldwide. Ecology 96:1459-1465. IF=4.733. Citations: 10


46) Seabloom, E.†, E. Borer, Y. Buckley, E. Cleland, K. Davies, J. Firn, S.W. Harpole, Y. Hautier, E. Lind, A. MacDougall, J. Orrock, S. Prober, P. Adler, T. Anderson, J. Bakker, L. Biederman, D. Blumenthal, C. Brown, L. Brudvig, M. Cadotte, C. Chu, K. Cottingham, M. Crawley, E. Damschen, C. D’Antonio, N. DeCrappeo, G. Du, P. Fay, P Frater, D. Grumer, N. Hagenah, A. Hector, H. Hillebrand, K. Hofmockel, H. Humphries, V. Jin, A. Kay, K. Kirkham, J. Klein, J. Knops, K. La Pierre, L. Ladwig, J. Lambrinos, Q. Li, W. Li, R. Marushia, R.L. McCulley, B. Melbourne, C. Mitchell, J. Moore, J. Morgan, B. Mortensen, L. O’Halloran, D. Pyke, A. Risch, M. Sankaran, M. Schuetz, A. Simonsen, M. Smith, C. Stevens, L. Sullivan, E. Wolkovich, P. Wragg, J. Wright, and L. Yang. 2015. Plant species’ origin predicts dominance and response to nutrient enrichment and herbivores in global grasslands. Nature Communications 6:7710. doi: 10.1038/ncomms8710 IF=11.329. Citations: 14


45) Fay, P.†, S. Prober, W.S. Harpole, J. Knops, J. Bakker, E. Borer, E. Lind, A.S. MacDougall, E. Seabloom, P. Wragg, P. Adler, D. Blumenthal, Y. Buckley, C. Chu, E. Cleland, S. Collins, K. Davies, G. Du, X. Feng, J. Firn, D. Gruner, N. Hagenah, Y. Hautier, R. Heckman, V. Jin, K. Kirkman, J. Klein, L.M. Ladwig, Q. Li, R.L. McCulley, B. Melbourne, C. Mitchell, J. Moore, J. Morgan, A. Risch, M. Schuetz, C. Stevens, D.A. Wedin, and L. Yang. 2015. Grassland productivity is limited by multiple nutrients. Nature Plants 1:15080. doi: 10.1038/nplants.2015.80. This journal does not yet have an IF. Citations: 25


44) Guo, J.*, R.L. McCulley, and D.H. McNear, Jr.† 2015. Tall fescue cultivar and fungal endophyte combinations influence plant growth and root exudate composition. Frontiers in Plant Science 6: article 183. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00183. IF=4.495. Citations: 12


43) Orrock, J.L.†, E.T. Borer, L.A. Brudvig, J. Firn, A.S. MacDougall, B.A. Melbourne, L.H. Yang, D.V. Baker, A. Bar-Massada, M.J. Crawley, E.I. Damschen, K.F. Davies, D.S. Gruner, A.D. Kay, E. Lind, R.L. McCulley, and E.W. Seabloom.  2015. A continent-wide study reveals clear relationships between regional abiotic conditions and post-dispersal seed predation. Journal of Biogeography 42:662-670. IF=3.997. Citations: 5


42) 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.  doi: 10.1111/ele.12381. IF=10.772. Citations: 58


41) Barnes, P.W.†, H.L. Throop, S.R. Archer, D.D. Breshears, R.L. McCulley, and M.A. Tobler. 2015. Sunlight and soil-litter mixing: drivers of litter decomposition in drylands. Progress in Botany 76: 273-302.  doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-08807-5_11. No IF is available for this journal. Citations:12


40) Mobley, M.L.†, R.L. McCulley, I.C. Burke, G. Peterson, D.S. Schimel, C.V. Cole, E.T. Elliott, and D.G. Westfall. 2014. Grazing and no-till cropping impacts on nitrogen retention in dryland agroecosystems. Journal of Environmental Quality 43:1963-1971. doi: 10.2134/jeq2013.12.0530. IF=2.238. Citations: 0


39) McCulley, R.L.†, L.P. Bush, A.E. Carlisle®, H. Ji, and J.A.Nelson®. 2014. Warming reduces tall fescue abundance but stimulates toxic alkaloid concentrations in transition zone pastures of the U.S.  Frontiers in Chemistry 2: article 99. doi: 10.3389/fchem.2014.00088. This journal does not yet have an IF. Citations: 2


38) Gilliam, F.S.†, R. Hedl, M. Chudomelova, R.L. McCulley, and J.A. Nelson®. 2014. Variation in vegetation and microbial linkages with slope aspect in a montane temperate hardwood forest.  Ecosphere 5(5): art66-art66. IF=2.287. Citations: 4


37) Crowther, T.†, D. Maynard, J. Leff, E. Oldfield, R.L. McCulley, N. Fierer, M. Bradford. 2014. Predicting the responsiveness of soil biodiversity to deforestation: a cross-biome study. Global Change Biology 20(9):2983-2994. doi: 10.111/gcb.12565. IF=8.444. Citations: 21


36) Rúa, M.A.*†, R.L. McCulley, and C.E. Mitchell. 2014. Climate drivers, host identity and fungal endophyte infection determine virus prevalence in a grassland ecosystem. Journal of Ecology 102(3):690-699. IF=6.180. Citations: 7


35) Borer, E.T.†, E.W. Seabloom, D.S. Gruner, W.S. Harpole, H. Hillebrand, E.M. Lind, P.B. Adler, J. Alberti, T.M. Anderson, J.D. Bakker, L. Biederman, D. Blumenthal, C.S. Brown, L.A. Brudvig, Y.M. Buckley, M. Cadotte, C. Chu, E.E. Cleland, MJ. Crawley, P. Daleo, E.I. Damschen, K.F. Davies, N.M. DeCrappeo, G. Du, J. Firn, Y. Hautier, R.W. Heckman, A. Hector, J. HilleRisLambers, O. Iribarne, J.A. Klein, J.M.H. Knops, K.J. La Pierre, A.D.B. Leakey, W. Li, A.S. MacDougall, R.L. McCulley, B.A. Melbourne, C.E. Mitchell, J.L. Moore, B. Mortensen, L.R. O'Halloran, J.L. Orrock, J. Pascual, S.M. Prober, D.A. Pyke, A.C. Risch, M. Schuetz, M.D. Smith, C.J. Stevens, L.L. Sullivan, R.J. Williams, P.D. Wragg, J.P. Wright, and L.H. Yang. 2014. Herbivores and nutrients control grassland plant diversity via light limitation.  Nature 508:517-520. IF=37.546. Citations: 123


34) 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. IF=37.546. Citations: 61


33) Lee, H.†, J. Fitzgerald, D.B. Hewins, R.L. McCulley, S.R. Archer, T. Rahn, and H.L. Throop. 2014. Soil moisture and soil-litter mixing effects on surface litter decomposition: A controlled environment assessment. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 72:123-132. IF=4.152. Citations: 26


32) Hall, S.L.*†, R.L. McCulley, R.J. Barney, and T.D. Phillips. 2014. Does fungal endophyte infection improve tall fescue’s growth response to fire and water limitation? PLoS ONE 9(1): e86904. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0086904. IF=3.057. Citations: 4


31) Fierer, N.†, J. Ladau, J.C. Clemente, J.W. Leff, S.M. Owens, K.S. Pollard, R. Knight, J.A. Gilbert, and R.L. McCulley.  2013. Reconstructing the microbial diversity and function of pre-agricultural tallgrass prairie soils in the United States. Science 342:621-624. IF=34.661. Citations: 130


30) Seabloom, E.†, E.T. Borer, Y. Buckley, W.E. Cleland, K. Davies, J. Firn, W.S. Harpole, Y. Hautier, E. Lind, A. MacDougall, J.L. Orrock, S.M. Prober, P. Adler, J. Alberti, T.M. Anderson, J.D. Bakker, L.A. Biederman, D. Blumenthal, C.S. Brown, L.A. Brudvig, M. Caldiera, C. Chu, M.J. Crawley, P. Daleo, E.I. Damschen, C.M. D’Antonia, N.M DeCrappeo, C. R. Dickman, G. Du, P.A. Fay, P. Frater, D.S. Gruner, N. Hagenah, A. Hector, A. Helm, H. Hillebrand, K.S. Hofmockel, H.C. Humphries, O. Iribarne, V.L. Jin, A. Kay, K.P. Kirman, J.A. Klein, J.M.H. Knops, K.J. La Pierre, L.M. Ladwig, J.G. Lambrinos, A.D.B. Leakey, Q. Li, W. Li, R.L. McCulley, B. Melbourne, C.E. Mitchell, J.L. Moore, J. Morgan, B. Mortensen, L.R. O’Halloran, M. Partel, J. Pascual, D.A. Pyke, A.C. Risch, R. Salguero-Gomez, M. Sankaran, M. Schuetz, A. Simonsen, M. Smith, C. Stevens, L. Sullivan, G.M. Wardle, E.M. Wolkovich, P.D. Wragg, J. Wright, L. Yang.  2013. Predicting invasion in grassland ecosystems: is exotic dominance the real embarrassment of richness.  Global Change Biology 19(12):3677-3687. IF=8.444. Citations: 22


29) Kreba, S.A.†, M.S. Coyne, R.L. McCulley, and O.O. Wendroth. 2013. Spatial and temporal patterns of CO2 flux in crop and grass land-use systems. Vadose Zone Journal 12(4). doi: 10.2136/vzj2013.01.0005. IF=1.737. Citations: 8


28) Rúa, M.A.*†, R.L. McCulley, and C.E. Mitchell. 2013. Fungal endophyte infection and host genetic background jointly modulate host response to an aphid-transmitted viral pathogen. Journal of Ecology 101:1007-1018. IF=6.180. Citations: 15


27) Strickland, M.S.†, R.L. McCulley, and M.A. Bradford. 2013. The effect of a quorum-quenching enzyme on leaf litter decomposition.  Soil Biology & Biochemistry 64:65-67. IF=4.152. Citations: 8


26) Young, C.A.†, D. Hume, and R.L. McCulley. 2013. Fungal endophytes of tall fescue and perennial ryegrass: pasture friend or foe? Journal of Animal Science 91:2379-2394. IF=2.014. Citations: 36


25) Hewins, D.†, S. Archer, G. Okin, R.L. McCulley, and H. Throop. 2013. Soil-litter mixing accelerates decomposition in a Chihuahuan Desert grassland. Ecosystems 16:183-195. IF=3.751. Citations: 18


24) O’Halloran, L.R.†, E.T. Borer, E.W. Seabloom, A.S. MacDougall, E.E. Cleland, R.L. McCulley, S. Hobbie, W.S. Harpole, N.M. DeCrappeo, C. Chu, J.D. Bakker, K.F. Davies, G. Du, J. Firn, N. Hagenah, K.S. Hofmockel, J.M.H. Knops, W. Li, B.A. Melbourne, J.W. Morgan, J.L. Orrock, S.M. Prober, and C.J. Stevens. 2013. Regional contingencies in the relationship between aboveground biomass and litter in the world’s grasslands. PLOS One 8(2):e54988. IF=3.057. Citations: 11


23) Iqbal, J.®, J.A. Nelson®, and R.L. McCulley†. 2013. Fungal endophyte presence and genotype affect plant diversity and soil-to-atmosphere trace gas fluxes. Plant and Soil 364:15-27. IF=2.969. Citations: 24


22) Ruffner, M.E.†*, R.L. McCulley, J.A. Nelson®, and T.G. Barnes. 2012. Ecosystem function differs between Old World bluestem invaded and native coastal prairie in South Texas. Biological Invasions 14:1483-1500. IF=2.855. Citations: 5


21) Iqbal, J.®, J.A. Siegrist*, J.A. Nelson®, and R.L. McCulley†. 2012. Fungal endophyte infection increases carbon sequestration potential of southeastern U.S.A. tall fescue stands. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 44(1):81-92. IF=4.152. Citations: 31


20) McCulley, R.L.† and R.B. Jackson. 2012. Conversion of tallgrass prairie to woodland: Consequences for carbon and nitrogen cycling. American Midland Naturalist 167:307-321. IF=0.592. Citations: 8


19) Hall, S.L.*†, R.L. McCulley, and R.J. Barney. 2012. Restoration of native warm season grassland species in a tall fescue pasture using prescribed fire and herbicides. Restoration Ecology 20:194-201. IF=1.891. Citations: 8


18) Adler, P.B.†, E.W. Seabloom, E.T. Borer, H. Hillebrand, Y. Hautier, A. Hector, W.S. Harpole, L.R. O’Halloran, J.B. Grace, T.M. Anderson, J.D. Bakker, L.A. Biederman, C.S. Brown, Y.M. Buckley, L.B. Calabrese, C-J. Chu, E.E. Cleland, S.L. Colllins, K.L. Cottingham, M.J. Crawley, E.I. Damschen, K.F. Davies, N.M. DeCrappeo, P.A. Fay, J. Firn, P. Frater, E.I. Gasarch, D.S. Gruner, N. Hagenah, J. Hille Ris Lambers, H. Humphries, V.L. Jin, A.D. Kay, K.P. Kirkham, J.A. Klein, J.M.H. Knops, K.J. La Pierre, J.G. Lambrinos, W. Li, A.S. MacDougall, R.L. McCulley, B.A. Melbourne, C.E. Mitchell, J.L. Moore, J.W. Morgan, B. Mortensen, J.L. Orrock, S.M. Prober, D.A. Pyke, A.C. Risch, M. Schuetz, M.D. Smith, C.J. Stevens, L.L. Sullivan, G. Want, P.D. Wragg, J.P. Wright, and L.H. Yang. 2011. Productivity is a poor predictor of plant species richness. Science 333:1750-1753. IF=34.661. Citations: 247


17) Firn, J.†, Moore, J.L., MacDougall, A.S., Borer, E.T., Seabloom, E.W., HilleRisLambers, J., Harpole, W.S., Cleland, E.E., Brown, C.S., Knops, J.M.H., Prober, S.M., Pyke, D.A., Farrell, K.A., Bakker, J.D., O’Halloran, L.R., Adler, P.B., Collins, S.L., D’Antonio, C.M., Crawley, M.J., Wolkovich, E.M., La Pierre, K.J., Melbourne, B.A., Hautier, Y., Morgan, J.W., Leakey, A.D.B., Kay, A., McCulley, R.L., Davies, K.F., Stevens, C.J., Chu, C., Holl, K.D., Klein, J.A., Fay, P.A., Hagenah, N., Kirkman, K.P., and Y.M. Buckley. 2011. Abundance of introduced species at home predicts abundance away in herbaceous communities.  Ecology Letters 14:274-281. IF=10.772. Citations: 50


16) Brosi, G.B.*, R.L. McCulley†, L.P. Bush, J.A. Nelson®, A.T. Classen, and R.J. Norby. 2011. Effects of multiple climate change factors on the tall fescue – fungal endophyte symbiosis: infection frequency and tissue chemistry. New Phytologist 189:797-805. IF=7.210. Citations: 47


15) Gilliam, F.S.†, R.L. McCulley, and J.A. Nelson®. 2011. Spatial variability in soil microbial communities in a nitrogen-saturated hardwood forest watershed. Soil Science Society of America Journal 75: 280-286. IF=1.752. Citations: 13


14) Weand, M.†*, M.A. Arthur, G.M. Lovett, R.L. McCulley, and K.C. Weathers. 2010. Effects of tree species and N additions on forest floor microbial communities and extracellular enzyme activities.  Soil Biology & Biochemistry 42: 2161-2173. IF=4.152. Citations: 72


13) Siegrist, J.A.*, R.L. McCulley†, L.P. Bush, and T.D. Phillips. 2010. Alkaloids may not be responsible for endophyte-associated reductions in tall fescue decomposition rates.  Functional Ecology 24: 460-468. IF=5.210. Citations: 41


12) Ippolito, J.A.†, S.W. Blecker, C.L. Freeman, J. Blair, R.L. McCulley, and E.F. Kelly. 2010. Phosphorus biogeochemistry across a grassland climosequence. Journal of Arid Environments 74(8): 954-961. IF=1.623. Citations: 13


11) McCulley, R.L.†, I.C. Burke, and W.K. Lauenroth. 2009. Conservation of nitrogen increases with precipitation across a major grassland gradient in the Central Great Plains of North America. Oecologia 159: 571-581. IF=2.902. Citations: 54


10) McCulley, R.L., T.W. Boutton, S.R. Archer.  2007. Soil respiration in a subtropical savanna parkland: Response to water additions. Soil Science Society of America Journal 71:820-828.  IF=1.752. Citations: 67


9) Blecker, S.W., R.L. McCulley, O.A. Chadwick, and E.F. Kelly. 2006. Biologic cycling of silica across a grassland bioclimosequence. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 20, GB3023, doi:10.1029/2006GB002690.  IF=4.495. Citations: 132


8) McCulley, R.L., I.C. Burke, J.A. Nelson, W.K. Lauenroth, A.K. Knapp, and E.F. Kelly. 2005. Regional patterns in carbon cycling across the Great Plains of North America.  Ecosystems 8: 106-121. IF=3.751. Citations: 84


7) Kaye, J.P., R.L. McCulley, and I.C. Burke. 2005. Carbon fluxes, nitrogen cycling and soil microbial communities in adjacent urban, native and agricultural ecosystems. Global Change Biology 11: 575-587. IF=8.444. Citations: 252


6) McCulley, R.L. and I.C. Burke. 2004. Microbial community composition across the Great Plains: Landscape versus regional variability. Soil Science Society of America Journal 68: 106-115. IF=1.752. Citations: 50


5) Roberts, L.*, R.L. McCulley, I. Burke, and W. Lauenroth. 2004. Indications of groundwater usage by Limber Pine (Pinus flexilis) communities in northeastern Colorado: An oxygen isotope study.  American Midland Naturalist 152: 178-182. IF=0.592. Citations: 1


4) Jackson, R.B., S.T. Berthrong, C.W. Cook, E.G. Jobbágy, and R.L. McCulley. 2004. Comment on “A Reservoir of Nitrate Beneath Desert Soils.” Science 304: 51. IF=34.661. Citations: 23


3) McCulley, R.L.†, S.R. Archer, T.W. Boutton, F. Hons, and D.A. Zuberer.  2004. Soil respiration and nutrient cycling of wooded communities developing in grassland.  Ecology 85: 2804-2817. IF=4.733. Citations: 126


2) McCulley, R.L., E.G. Jobbágy, W.T. Pockman, and R.B. Jackson.  2004. Nutrient uptake as a contributing explanation for deep rooting in arid ecosystems.  Oecologia 141: 620-628. IF=2.902. Citations: 100


1) Barrett, J.E., R.L. McCulley, D.R. Lane, I.C. Burke, and W.K. Lauenroth.  2002.  Influence of climate variability on plant production and N-mineralization in Central US grasslands.  Journal of Vegetation Science 13: 383-394. IF=3.151. Citations: 38


Refereed Journal Articles Currently In Review: n = 6



B) Peer Reviewed Book Chapters, Conference Proceedings, Webinars, and Extension Pubs.

* Indicates a graduate student I advised or who worked closely with my lab to obtain the data presented.


1)      Biederman, L.A., B. Mortensen, P. Fay, N. Hagenah, J. Knops, K. La Pierre, R. Laungani, E. Lind, R. McCulley, S. Power, E. Seabloom, and P. Tognetti. 2017. How do nutrients change flowering in prairies? Environmental Science Journal for Teens. September issue.


2) Russell, K.*, C. Lee, R.L. McCulley, and D. Van Sanford.  2014. Impact of climate change on wheat production in Kentucky. Plant and Soil Sciences Research Report 3(3). Citations: 1


3) Lucero, M.E.†, S. DeBolt, A. Unc, A. Ruiz-Font, L.V. Reyes, R.L. McCulley, S.C. Alderman, R.D. Dinkins, J.R. Barrow, and D.A. Samac.  2014. Ch. 10: Using microbial community interactions within plant microbiomes to advance an evergreen agricultural revolution.  In “Sustainable Agroecosystems in Climate Change Mitigation” M. Oelberman (ed.), Wageningen Academic, pgs. 185-204. Citations: 0


4) McCulley, R.L.† 2012. Grasslands and carbon: Processes and trends.  In Forest and Grassland Carbon in North America: A Short Course for Land Managers, ed. by C. Swanston, M.J. Furniss, K. Schmitt, J. Guntle, M. Janowiak, and S. Hines. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRE-93 USDA-Forest Service Northern Research Station, Newtown Square, PA.  DVD and online at: Citations: 2


5) McNear Jr., D.H.† and R.L. McCulley. 2012. Ch. 4.2 - Influence of the Neotyphodium – tall fescue symbiosis on belowground processes. In Epichloae, Endophytes of Cool Season Grasses: Implications, Utilization, and Biology, ed. by C.A. Young, G.E. Aiken, R.L. McCulley, J.R. Strickland, and C.L. Schardl. The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, OK, pp. 94-99.McNear Jr., D.H. and R.L. McCulley. Citations: 8


6) Burke, I.C.†, A.R. Mosier, P.B. Hook, D.G. Milchunas, J.E. Barrett, M.A. Vinton, R.L. McCulley, J.P. Kaye, R.A. Gill, H.E. Epstein, R.H. Kelly, W.J. Parton, C.M. Yonker, P. Lowe, and W.K. Lauenroth. 2008. Ch 13 – Soil organic matter and nutrient dynamics of shortgrass steppe ecosystems. Pp. 306-341, In: Ecology of the Shortgrass Steppe. Eds. W.K. Lauenroth and I.C. Burke.  Oxford University Press, NY, NY. Citations: 16


7) Jackson, R.B.†, K.A. Farley, W.A. Hoffman, E.G. Jobbágy, and R.L. McCulley. 2007. Ch 19: Carbon and water tradeoffs in conversions to forests and shrublands. Pp. 237-246, In Terrestrial Ecosystems in a Changing World. Eds. Canadell, J.G., D.E. Pataki, and L.F. Pitelka. Springer, Cambridge, MA. Citations: 17


8) Burke, I.C.†, J.P. Kaye, S.P. Bird, S.A. Hall, R.L. McCulley, and G.L. Sommerville. 2003. Ch. 13 - Evaluating and testing models of terrestrial biogeochemistry: The role of temperature in controlling decomposition.  Pp. 225-253 In: Canham, C.D., J.J. Cole, and W.K. Lauenroth, editors.  Models in Ecosystem Science.  Princeton (NJ): Princeton University Press. Citations: 55