Diane Pataki
  • Associate Vice President for Research, Vp For Research
  • Adjunct Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning
  • Adjunct Professor, School Of Biological Sciences


  • Gómez-Navarro C, Pataki DE, Pardyjak ER, Bowling DR. 2021. Effects of vegetation on the spatial and temporal variation of microclimate in the urbanized Salt Lake Valley. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 296, 108211. Published, 01/15/2021.
  • Livesley SJ, Marchionni V, Cheung PK, Daly E, Pataki DE. 2021. Water smart cities increase irrigation to provide cool refuge in a climate crisis. Earth's Future 9(1), e2020EF001806. Published, 12/14/2020.
  • Grijseels NH, Buchert PD, Brooks PD, Pataki DE. 2021. Using LiDAR to assess transitions in riparian vegetation structure along a rural to urban gradient. Ecohydrology 14(1), e2259. Published, 10/20/2020.
  • Levia DF, Creed IF, Hannah DM, Nanko K, Boyer WE, Carlyle-Moses DE, van de Giesen N, Grasso D, Guswa AJ, Hudson JE, Hudson SA, Iida S, Jackson SB, Katul GG, Kumagai T, Llorens P, Ribeiro FL, Pataki DE, Peters CA, Sanchez Carretero D, Selker JS, Tetzlaff D, Zalewski M, Bruen M. 2020. Homogenization of the terrestrial water cycle. Nature Geoscience 13: 656-658. Published, 09/21/2020.
  • Diffenbaugh NS, Field CB, Appel EA, Azevedo IL, Baldocchi DD, Burke M, Burney JA, Ciais P, David SJ, Fiore AM, Fletcher SM, Hertel TW, Horton DE, Hsiang SM, Jackson RB, Jin X, Levi M, Lobell DB, McKinley GA, Moore FC, Montgomery A, Nadeau KC, Pataki DE, Randerson JT, Reichstein M, Schnell JL, Seneviratne SI, Singh D, Steiner A, Wong-Parodi G. 2020. The COVID-19 lockdown: a window into the Earth System. Nature Reviews Earth & Environment 1: 470-481. Published, 07/29/2020.
  • Engebretson JM, Nelson KC, Ogden LA, Larson KL, Grove JM, Hall SJ, Locke DH, Pataki DE, Chowdhury RR, Trammell TLE, Groffman PM. 2020. How the nonhuman world influences homeowner yard management in the American Residential Macrosystem. Human Ecology 48: 347-356. Published, 06/23/2020.
  • Guswa AJ, Tetzlaff D, Selker JS, Carlyle-Moses DE, Boyer EW, Bruen M, Cayuela C, Creed IF, van de Giesen N, Grasso D, Hannah DM, Hudson JE, Hudson SA, Lida S, Jackson RB, Katual GG, Kumagai T, Llorens P, Ribeiro FL, Michaelzik B, Nanko K, Oster C, Pataki DE, Peters CA, Rinaldo A, Carretero DS, Trifunovic B, Zalewski M, Haagsma M, Levia DF. 2020. Advancing ecohydrology in the 21 century: A convergence of opportunities. Ecohydrology 13: e2208. Published, 04/08/2020.
  • Cubino JP & Avolio ML, Wheeler MM, Larson KL, Hobbie SE, Cavendar-Bares J, Hall SJ, Nelson KC, Trammell TLE, Neill C, Pataki DE, Grove JM, Groffman PM. (2020). Linking yard plant diversity to homeowners’ landscaping priorities across the U.S. Landscape and Urban Planning. Vol. 196, 103730. Published, 04/01/2020.
  • Avolio M & Pataki DE, Jenerette GD, Pincetl S, Clarke LW, Cavender-Bares J, Gillespie TW, Larson KL, McCarthy HR, Trammell TLE (2020). Urban plant diversity in Los Angeles, California: Species and functional type turnover in cultivated landscapes. Plants People Planet. Vol. 2, 144-156. Published, 03/01/2020.
  • Cobley LAE & Pataki DE (2019). Vehicle emissions and fertilizer impact the leaf chemistry of urban trees in Salt Lake Valley, UT. Environmental Pollution. Vol. 254. Published, 11/01/2019.
  • Gómez-Navarro C & Pataki DE, Bowen GJ, Oerter EJ (2019). Spatiotemporal variability in water sources of urban soils and trees in the semiarid, irrigated Salt Lake Valley. Ecohydrology. Vol. 12, e2154. Published, 10/10/2019.
  • Eisenman TS & Churkina G, Jariwala SP, Kumar P, Lovasi GS, Pataki DE, Weinberger KR, Whitlow TH (2019). Urban trees, air quality, and asthma: An interdisciplinary review. Landscape and Urban Planning. Vol. 187, 47-59. Published, 07/01/2019.
  • Trammell TLE & Pataki DE, Still CJ, Ehleringer JR, Avolio ML, Bettez N, Cavender-Bares J, Groffman PM, Grove M, Hall SJ, Heffernan J, Hobbie SE, Larson KL, Morse JL, Neill C, Nelson KC, O’Neil-Dunne J, Pearse WD, Chowdhury RR, Steele M, Wheeler MM (2019). Biophysical and social factors control C4 plant distribution in residential lawns across seven U.S. cities. Ecological Applications. Vol. 29, e01884. Published, 06/01/2019.
  • Pataki DE. 2019. On the definition of cultivated ecology. Philosophical Topics 47(1): 181-201. Published, 05/01/2019.
  • Pincetl S & Gillespie TW, Pataki DE, Porse E, Jia S, Kidera E, Nobles N, Rodriguez J, Choi D (2019). Evaluating the effects of the turf-replacement programs in Los Angeles. Landscape and Urban Planning. Vol. 185, 210-221. Published, 05/01/2019.
  • Pincetl S & Porse E, Mika KB, Litvak E, Manago KF, Hogue TS, Gillespie T, Pataki DE, Gold M (2019). Adapting urban water systems to manage scarcity in the 21st century: The case of Los Angeles. Environmental Management. Vol. 63, 293-308. Published, 03/01/2019.
  • Cubino JP & Cavendar-Bares J, Hobbie SE, Pataki DE, Avolio ML, Darling LE, Larson KL, Hall SJ, Groffman PM, Trammell TLE, Steele MK, Grove JM, Neill C. (2019). Drivers of plant species richness and phylogenetic composition in urban yards at the continental scale. Landscape Ecology. Vol. 34, 63–77. Published, 01/01/2019.
  • Cobley LE & Cavendar-Bares J, Hobbie SE, Pataki DE, Avolio ML, Darling LE, Larson KL, Hall SJ, Groffman PM, Trammell TLE, Steele MK, Grove JM, Neill C (2019). Drivers of plant species richness and phylogenetic composition in urban yards at the continental scale. Landscape Ecology. Vol. 34, 63-77. Published, 01/01/2019.
  • Lin JC & Mitchel L, Cros E, Mendoza D, Buchert M, Bares R, Fasoli B, Bowling DR, Pataki DE, Catharine D, Strong C, Gurney K, Patarasuk R, Baasandorj M, Jackques A, Hoch S, Horel J, Ehleringer JR. (2018). CO2 and carbon emissions from cities: Linkages to air quality, socioeconomic activity and stakeholders in the Salt Lake City urban area. Bulletion of the American Meteorological Society. doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0037.1. Published, 11/01/2018.
  • Locke DH, Avolio ML, Trammell TLE, Chowdhury RR, Grove MJ, Rogan J, Martin DG, Bettez N, Cavendar-Bares J, Groffman PM, Hall SJ, Heffernan JB, Hobbie SE, Larson KL, Morse JL, Neill C, Ogden LA, O’Neil-Dunne JPM, Pataki DE, Pearse WD, Polsky C, Wheeler MM. 2018. A multi-city comparison of front and backyard differences in plant species diversity and nitrogen cycling in residential landscapes. Landscape and Urban Planning 178: 102-111. Published, 10/2018.
  • Cobley LAE & Pataki DE, McCarthy HR, Martin SA, Ehleringer JR (2018). Housing age and affluence influence plant and soil nitrogen and carbon cycles in two semi-arid cities. JGR Biogeosciences. Vol. 123, 3178-3192, doi/10.1029/2018JG004424. Published, 09/01/2018.
  • Smith RS & Williamson JC, Pataki DE, Ehleringer JR, Dennison P. (2018). Soil carbon and nitrogen accumulation in residential lawns of the Salt Lake Valley, Utah. Oecologia. Vol. 187, 1107-1118. Published, 08/01/2018.
  • Ward EJ & Oren R, Kim HS, Kim D, Torngern P, Ewers PE, McCarthy HR, Oishi AC, Pataki DE, Palmroth S, Phillips NG, Schäfer KVR (2018). Evapotranspiration and water yield of a pine-broadleaf forest are not altered by long-term atmospheric CO2 enrichment under native or enhanced soil fertility. Global Change Biology. Vol. 24, 4841-4856. Published, 06/27/2018.
  • Blaszczak JR, Steele MK, Badgley BD, Heffernan JB, Hobbie SE, Morse JL, Rivers EN, Hall SJ, Neill C, Pataki DE, Groffman PM, Bernhardt E. 2018. Sediment chemistry of urban stormwater ponds and controls on denitrification. Ecosphere 9(6): e01318. Published, 06/2018.
  • Porse E, Mika KB, Litvak E, Manago KF, Hogue TS, Gold M, Pataki DE, Pincetl S. The economic value of local water supplies in Los Angeles. Nature Sustainability 1: 289-297. Published, 05/2018.
  • Roman LA, Pearsall H, Eisenman TS, Conway TM, Fahey RT, Landry S, Vogt J, van Doorn NS, Grove JM, Locke DH, Bardekjian AC, Battles JJ, Cadenasso ML, van den Bosch CCK, Avolio ML, Berland A, Jenerette GC, Mincey SK, Pataki DE, Staudhammer C. 2018. Human and biophysical legacies shape contemporary urban forests: A literature synthesis. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 31: 157-168. Published, 04/2018.
  • Mitchell LE, Lin JC, Bowling DR, Pataki DE, Strong C, Schauer AJ, Bares R, Bush SE, Stephens BB, Mendoza D, Mallia D, Holland L, Gurney KR, Ehleringer JR. 2018. Long-term urban carbon dioxide observations reveal spatial and temporal dynamics related to urban characteristics and growth. PNAS 114(12):2912-2917. Published, 03/2018.
  • Pearse WD, Bares-Cavender J, Hobbie SE, Avolio ML, Bettez N, Roy Chowdhury R, Darling LE, Groffman PM, Grove M, Hall SJ, Heffernan JB, Learned J, Neill C, Nelson KC, Pataki DE, Ruddell BL, Steele MK, Trammell TLE. 2018. Homogenization of plant diversity, composition, and structure in North American urban yards. Ecosphere 9(2):e02105. Published, 02/2018.
  • Avolio ML, Pataki DE, Trammell TLE, Endter-Wada J. 2018. Biodiverse cities: The nursery industry, homeowners, and neighborhood differences drive urban tree composition. Ecological Monographs 88(2):259-276. Published, 02/2018.
  • Porse E, Kathryn MB, Litvak E, Manago K, Naik K, Glickfield M, Hogue TS, Gold M, Pataki DE & Pincetl S (2017). Optimization of local water supply in Los Angeles: Urban water systems analysis with institutional complexity. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. Vol. 143, 04017049. Published, 09/01/2017.
  • Raczka B, Biraud SC, Ehleringer JR, Lai C, Miller JB, Pataki DE, Saleska S, Torn MS, Vaughn BH, Wehr R & Bowling DR (2017). Does vapor pressure deficit drive the seasonality of 13C of the net land-atmosphere CO2 exchange across the United States?. JGR Biogeosciences. Vol. 122, 1969-1987. Published, 08/10/2017.
  • Groffman PM, Avolio M, Cavender-Bares J, Bettez ND, Grove JM, Hall SJ, Hobbie SE, Larson KL, Lerman SB, Locke DH, Heffernan JB, Morse JL, Neill C, Nelson KC, O'Neil-Dunne J, Pataki DE, Polsky C, Chowdhury RR & Trammell TLE (2017). Ecological homogenization of residential macrosystems. Nature Ecology and Evolution. Vol. 1, doi:10.1002/2017JG003795. Published, 06/22/2017.
  • Litvak E, Manago KF, Hogue TS, Pataki DE. 2017. Evapotranspiration of urban landscapes in Los Angeles, California at the municipal scale. Water Resources Research, 53, doi:10.1002/2016WR020254. Published, 05/24/2017.
  • Wheeler MM, Neill C, Groffman PM, Avolio M, Bettez N, Cavender-Bares J, Chowdhury RR, Darling L, Grove JM, Hall SJ, Heffernan JB, Hobbie SE, Larson KL, Morse JL, Nelson KC, Ogden LA, O'Neil-Dunne J, Pataki DE, Polsky C, Steele M, Trammell TLE. 2017. Continental-scale homogenization of residential lawn communities. Landscape and Urban Planning 165: 54-63. Published, 05/09/2017.
  • Litvak E, McCarthy HR, Pataki DE. 2017. A method for estimating transpiration of irrigated urban trees in California. Landscape and Urban Planning 158: 48-61. Published, 02/01/2017.
  • Groffman PM, Cadenasso ML, Cavendar-Bares J, Childers DL, Grimm NB, Grove JM, Hobbie SE, Hutrya LR, Jenerette GD, McPhearson T, Pataki DE, Pickett STA, Pouyat RV, Rosi-Marshall E, Ruddell BL. 2017. Moving towards a new urban systems science. Ecosystems 20:38. Published, 01/01/2017.
  • Gillespie TW, de Goede J, Aguilar L, Jenerette GD, Fricker GA, Avolio ML, Pincelt S, Johnston T, Clarke LW. Pataki DE. 2016. Predicting tree species richness in urban forests. Urban Ecosystems doi:10.1007/s11252-016-0633-2. Published, 12/01/2016.
  • Jenerette GD, Clarke LW, Avolio ML, Pataki DE, Gillespie TW, Pincetl S, Nowak DJ, Hutyra LR, McHale M, McFadden JP, Alonzo M. 2016. Climate tolerances and trait choices shape continental patterns of urban tree biodiversity. Global Ecology and Biogeography 25(11):1367-1376. Published, 08/24/2016.
  • Litvak E, Pataki DE. 2016. Evapotranspiration of urban lawns in a semi-arid environment: an in situ evaluation of microclimatic conditions and watering recommendations. Journal of Arid Environments 135: 87-96. Published, 07/15/2016.
  • Groffman PM, Grove JM, Polsky C, Bettez ND, Morse JL, Cavendar-Bares J, Hall SJ, Heffernan JB, Hobbie SE, Larson KL, Neill C, Nelson K, Ogden L, O’Neil-Dunne, Pataki DE, Chowdhury R, Locke DH. 2016. Satisfaction, water and fertilizer use in the American residential macrosystem. Environmental Research Letters 11: 03004. Published, 02/29/2016.
  • Trammell TLE, Pataki DE, Cavendar-Bares J, Groffman PM, Hall SJ, Heffernan JB, Hobbie SE, Morse JL, Neill C, Nelson KC. 2016. Plant N concentration and isotopic composition in residential lawns across seven U.S. cities. Oecologia 181(1):271-285. Published, 02/04/2016.
  • Hall SJ, Learned J, Ruddell B, Larson KL, Cavender-Bares J, Bettez N, Groffman PM, Grover JM, Heffernan JB, Hobbie SE, Morse JL, Neill C, Nelson KC, O'Neil-Dunne JPM, Ogden L, Pataki DE, Pearse WD, Polsky C, Chowdhury RR, Steele MK, Trammel TLE. (2016). Convergence of microclimate in residential landscapes across diverse cities in the United States. Landscape Ecology 31(1): 101-117. Published, 01/2016.
  • Larson KL, Nelson KC, Samples SR, Hall SJ, Bettez N, Carender-Bares J, Groffman PM, Grove M, Heffernan JB, Hobbie SE, Learned J, Morse JL, Neill C, Ogden LA, O'Neil-Dunne J, Pataki DE, Polsky C, Chowdhury RR, Steele M, Trammell TLE. 2016. Ecosystem services in managing residential landscapes: priorities, value dimensions, and cross-regional patterns. Urban Ecosystems 19(1): 95-113. Published, 07/02/2015.
  • Avolio ML, Pataki DE, Gillespie TW, Jenerette GD, McCarthy HR, Pincetl S & Weller-Clarke L (2015). Tree biodiversity in southern California’s urban forest: The interacting roles of social and environmental variables. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolu. Vol. 3, 00073. Published, 07/2015.
  • Pataki, D.E. (2015). Grand challenges in urban ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. Vol. 3, doi: 10.3389/fevo.2015.00057. Published, 06/2015.
  • Schwarz, Kirsten, Fragkias, Michail, Boone, Christopher G., Zhou, Weiqi, McHale, Melissa, Grove, J. Morgan, O’Neil-Dunne, Jarlath, McFadden, Joseph P., Buckley, Geoffrey L., Childers, Dan, Ogden, Laura, Pincetl, Stephanie, Pataki, Diane, Whitmer, Ali & Cadenasso, Mary L. (2015). Trees Grow on Money: Urban Tree Canopy Cover and Environmental Justice. Public Library of Science (PLoS). Vol. 10(4), e0122051. Published, 04/01/2015.
  • Avolio ML, Pataki DE, Pincetl S, Gillespie TW, Jenerette GD, McCarthy HR. (2015). Understanding preferences for tree attributes: the relative effects of socio-economic and local environmental factors. Urban Ecosystems 18(1):73-86. Published, 03/2015.
  • Hale, Rebecca L., Armstrong, Andrea, Baker, Michelle A., Bedingfield, Sean, Betts, David, Buahin, Caleb, Buchert, Martin, Crowl, Todd, Dupont, R. Ryan, Ehleringer, James R., Endter-Wada, Joanna, Flint, Courtney, Grant, Jacqualine, Hinners, Sarah, Horsburgh, Jeffery S., Jackson-Smith, Douglas, Jones, Amber S., Licon, Carlos, Null, Sarah E., Odame, Augustina, Pataki, Diane E., Rosenberg, David, Runburg, Madlyn, Stoker, Philip & Strong, Courtenay (2015). iSAW: Integrating Structure, Actors, and Water to study socio-hydro-ecological systems. Earth's Future. Vol. 3(3), 110-132. Published, 03/2015.
  • Riordan EC, Gillespie TW, Pitcher L, Pincetl S, Jenerette GD, Pataki DE. (2015). Threats of future climate change and land use to vulnerable tree species native to Southern California. Environmental Conservation 42(2): 1-12. Published, 01/2015.
  • Tanner, Colby J, Adler, Frederick R, Grimm, Nancy B, Groffman, Peter M, Levin, Simon A, Munshi-South, Jason, Pataki, Diane E, Pavao-Zuckerman, Mitchell & Wilson, William G (2014). Urban ecology: advancing science and society. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Vol. 12(10), 574-581. Published, 12/2014.
  • Litvak E, Bijoor NS, Pataki DE. 2014. Adding trees to irrigated turfgrass lawns may be a water-saving measure in semi-arid environments. Ecohydrology 7(5):1314-1330. Published, 10/24/2014.
  • Pataki DE, Jenerette GD, Pincetl S, Trammell TLE, Ervin L. (2014) Urban Ecosystems. In: Ecosystems of California – A Source Book. Mooney HA, Zavaleta ES, Eds. University of California Press. Published, 10/2014.
  • Wang W, Pataki DE, Haver D. (2014). Nitrogen budgets of urban lawns under three different management regimes in southern California. Biogeochemistry 121(1):127-148. Published, 10/01/2014.
  • Bijoor, Neeta S., Pataki, Diane E., Haver, Darren & Famiglietti, James S. (2014). A comparative study of the water budgets of lawns under three management scenarios. Urban Ecosystems. Vol. 17(4), 1095-1117. Published, 05/2014.
  • Polsky C, Grove JM, Knudson C, Groffman PM, Bettez N, Cavender-Bares J, Hall SJ, Heffernan JB, Hobbie SE, Larson KL, Morse JL, Neill C, Nelson KC, Ogden LA, O'Neil-Dunne J, Pataki DE, Chowdhury RR & Steele MK (2014). Assessing the homogenization of urban land management with an application to US residential lawn care. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Vol. 111, 4432-7. Published, 04/01/2014.
  • Steele, M. K., Heffernan, J. B., Bettez, N., Cavender-Bares, J., Groffman, P. M., Grove, J. M., Hall, S., Hobbie, S. E., Larson, K., Morse, J. L., Neill, C., Nelson, K. C., O’Neil-Dunne, J., Ogden, L., Pataki, D. E., Polsky, C. & Roy Chowdhury, R. (2014). Convergent Surface Water Distributions in U.S. Cities. Ecosystems. Vol. 17(4), 685-697. Published, 02/2014.
  • Groffman PM, Cavendar-Bares J, Bettez ND, Grove JM, Hall SJ, Heffernan JB, Hobbie SE, Larson KL, Morse JL, Neill C, Nelson K, O’Neil-Dunne J, Ogden L, Pataki DE, Polsky C, Chowdhury RR, Steele MK. (2014). Ecological homogenization of urban USA. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Vol. 12(1), 74-81. Published, 02/01/2014.
  • Jenerette GD, Miller G, Buyantuyev A, Pataki DE, Gillespie T, Pincetl S. (2013). Urban vegetation and income segregation in drylands: a synthesis of seven metropolitan regions in the southwestern United States. Environmental Research Letters Vol. 8(4), 044001. Published, 10/2013.
  • Pincetl S, Prabhu S, Gillespie TW, Jenerette GD, Pataki DE. (2013). The evolution of tree nursery offerings in Los Angeles County over the last 110 years. Landscape and Urban Planning 118, 10-17. Published, 10/2013.
  • Pataki DE, Alberti M, Cadenasso ML, Felson AJ, McDonnell MJ, Pincetl S, Pouyat RV, Setala H, Whitlow TW. (2013). City trees: Urban greening needs better data. Nature, Vol 502: 624. Published, 10/01/2013.
  • Townsend-Small A, Pataki DE, Liu H, Li Z, Wu Q, Thomas B. (2013). Increasing summer river discharge in southern California, USA, linked to urbanization. Geophysical Research Letters 40(17):4643-4647. Published, 09/2013.
  • Pincetl S, Gillespie TW, Pataki DE, Saatchi S, Saphores J-D. (2013). Urban tree planting programs, function or fashion? Los Angeles and urban tree planting campaigns. GeoJournal. Vol. 78(3), 475-493. Published, 06/2013.
  • Pataki DE, McCarthy HR, Gillespie T, Jenerette GD, Pincetl S. (2013). A trait-based ecology of the Los Angeles urban forest. Ecosphere Vol. 4(6), art72. Published, 06/2013.
  • Djuricin S, Xu X, Pataki DE. (2012). The radiocarbon composition of tree rings as a tracer of local fossil fuel emissions in the Los Angeles basin: 1980-2008. JGR Atmospheres 117 (D12302), doi:10.1029/2011JD017284. Published, 06/2012.
  • Litvak E, McCarthy HR & Pataki DE (2012). Transpiration sensitivity of urban trees in a semi-arid climate is constrained by xylem vulnerability to cavitation. Tree physiology. Vol. 32, 373-88. Published, 04/01/2012.
  • Townsend-Small A, Tyler SC, Pataki DE, Xu X, Christensen LE. (2013). Isotopic measurements of atmospheric methane in Los Angeles, California, USA reveal the influence of "fugitive" fossil fuel emissions. JGR Atmospheres 117: 10.1029/2011JD016826. Published, 04/2012.
  • Gillespie TW, Pincetl S, Brossard S, Smith J, Saatchi S, Pataki DE, Saphores J-D. (2012). A time series of urban forestry in Los Angeles. Urban Ecosystems. Vol. 15(1), 233-246. Published, 03/2012.
  • Bijoor, Neeta S., McCarthy, Heather R., Pataki, Diane E. & Zhang, Dachun (2012). Water sources of urban trees in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Urban Ecosystems. Vol. 15(1), 195-214. Published, 03/2012.
  • Wang W, Pataki DE. (2012). Drivers of spatial variability in urban plant and soil isotopic composition in the Los Angeles Basin. Plant and Soil 350: 323–338. Published, 01/2012.
  • Goedhart, Christine M. & Pataki, Diane E. (2012). Do arid species use less water than mesic species in an irrigated common garden?. Urban Ecosystems. 15(1), 215-232. Published, 01/2012.
  • McCarthy HR, Pataki DE, Jenerette GD. (2011). Plant water use efficiency as a metric of urban ecosystem services. Ecological Applications, 21(8): 3115–3127. Published, 12/2011.
  • Townsend-Small, Amy, Tseng, Linda Y., Pataki, Diane E., Rosso, Diego & Tsai, Cheng-Yao (2011). Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Wastewater Treatment and Water Reclamation Plants in Southern California. Journal of Environmental Quality. Vol. 40(5), 1542. Published, 12/2011.
  • Bijoor NS, Pataki DE, Rocha AV & Goulden ML (2011). The application of δ¹⁸O and δD for understanding water pools and fluxes in a Typha marsh. Plant, cell & environment. Vol. 34, 1761-75. Published, 09/01/2011.
  • McKinley DC, Ryan MG, Birdsey RA, Giardina CP, Harmon ME, Heath LS, Houghton RA, Jackson RB, Morrison JF, Murray BC, Pataki DE, Skog KE. (2011). A synthesis of current knowledge on forests and carbon storage in the United States. Ecological Applications. Vol. 21(6), 1902-1924. Published, 09/2011.
  • Townsend-Small A, Pataki DE, Tseng LY, Tsai CY & Rosso D (2011). Nitrous oxide emissions from wastewater treatment and water reclamation plants in southern California. Journal of environmental quality. Vol. 40, 1542-50. Published, 08/01/2011.
  • Litvak E, McCarthy HR & Pataki DE (2011). Water relations of coast redwood planted in the semi-arid climate of southern California. Plant, cell & environment. Vol. 34, 1384-400. Published, 07/01/2011.
  • Bijoor, NS, Pataki DE, Rocha AV, Goulden ML. (2011). The application of δ18O and δD for understanding water pools and fluxes in a Typha marsh: δ18O and δD of Typha marsh water pools and fluxes. Plant, Cell and Environment. Vol. 34(10), 1761-1775. Published, 07/2011.
  • Pataki DE, McCarthy HR, Litvak E & Pincetl S (2011). Transpiration of urban forests in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Ecological Applications. Vol. 21, 661-77. Published, 06/01/2011.
  • Goedhart CM, Pataki DE. (2011). Ecosystem effects of groundwater depth in Owens Valley, California. Ecohydrology, 4(3): 458-468. Published, 05/2011.
  • Pataki DE, Boone CG, Hogue TS, Jenerette GD, McFadden JP, Pincetl S. (2011). Socio-ecohydrology and the urban water challenge. Ecohydrology. Vol. 4(2), 341-347. Published, 03/2011.
  • Townsend-Small A, Pataki DE, Czimczik CI, Tyler SC. (2011). Nitrous oxide emissions and isotopic composition in urban and agricultural systems in southern California. JGR Biogeosciences, 116, G01013, doi:10.1029/2010JG001494. Published, 02/2011.
  • Pataki DE, Carreiro MM, Cherrier J, Grulke NE, Jenning V, Pincetl S, Pouyat RV, Whitlow TH, Zipperer WC. (2011). Coupling biogeochemical cycles in urban environments: Ecosystem services, green solutions, and misconceptions. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 9: 27-36. Published, 02/2011.
  • McCarthy, Heather R. & Pataki, Diane E. (2010). Drivers of variability in water use of native and non-native urban trees in the greater Los Angeles area. Urban Ecosystems. Vol. 13(4), 393-414. Published, 12/2010.
  • Kennedy C, Steinberger J, Gasson B, Hansen Y, Hillman T, Havranek M, Pataki D, Phdungsilp P, Ramaswami A, Mendez GV. (2010). Methodology for inventorying greenhouse gas emissions from global cities. Energy Policy 38(9): 4828-4837. Published, 09/2010.
  • Djuricin S, Pataki DE, Xiaomei Xu. (2010). A comparison of tracer methods for quantifying CO2 sources in an urban region. JGR Atmospheres 115, D11303 doi:10/1029/2009JD012236. Published, 06/2010.
  • Goedhart CM, Pataki DE, Billings SA. (2010). Seasonal variations in plant nitrogen relations and photosynthesis along a grassland to shrubland gradient in Owens Valley, California. Plant and Soil 327:213-223. Published, 02/2010.
  • Wang W, Pataki DE. (2010). Spatial patterns of plant isotope tracers in the Los Angeles urban region. Landscape Ecology 25(1): 35-52. Published, 01/2010.
  • Kennedy C, Steinberger J, Gasson B, Hansen Y, Hillman T, Havranek M, Pataki D, Phdungsilp P, Ramaswami A, Mendez GV. (2009). Greenhouse gas emissions from global cities. Environmental Science and Technology, 43, 7297-7302. Published, 09/2009.
  • Pataki DE, Emmi PC, Forster CB, Mills JI, Pardyjak ER, Peterson TR, Thompson JD, Dudley-Murphy E. (2009). An integrated approach to improving fossil fuel emissions scenarios with urban ecosystem studies. Ecological Complexity 6(1):1-14. Published, 03/2009.
  • Riley WJ, Hsueh DJ, Randerson JT, Fischer ML, Hatch JG, Pataki DE, Goulden ML. (2008). Where do fossil fuel carbon dioxide emissions from California go? An analysis based on radiocarbon observations and an atmospheric transport model. JGR Biogeosciences 113, G04002, doi:10.1029/2007JG000625. Published, 12/2008.
  • Jackson RB, Randerson JT, Canadell JG, Anderson RG, Avissar R, Baldocchi DD, Bonan GB, Caldeira, Diffenbaugh NS, Field CB, Hungate BA, Jobbagy EG, Kueppers LM, Nosetto MD, Pataki DE. (2008). Protecting climate with forests. Environmental Research Letters 3, 044006. Published, 11/2008.
  • Pataki DE, Billings SA, Naumburg E, Goedhart CM. (2008). Water sources and nitrogen relations of grasses and shrubs in phreatophytic communities of the Great Basin Desert. Journal of Arid Environments, 72(9):1581-1593. Published, 09/2008.
  • Bijoor NS, Czimczik C, Pataki DE, Billings SA. 2008. The effects of temperature and fertilization on nitrogen cycling and community composition of an urban lawn. Global Change Biology 14(9):2119-2131. Published, 09/2008.
  • Hultine KR, Bush SE, West AG, Burtch KG, Pataki DE & Ehleringer JR (2008). Gender-specific patterns of aboveground allocation, canopy conductance and water use in a dominant riparian tree species: Acer negundo. Tree physiology. Vol. 28, 1383-94. Published, 07/01/2008.
  • Ngo, N. S. & Pataki, D. E. (2008). The energy and mass balance of Los Angeles County. Urban Ecosystems. Vol. 11(2), 121-139. Published, 06/2008.
  • Grimm NB, Foster D, Groffman P, Grove JM, Hopkinson CS, Nadelhoffer K, Pataki DE, Peters D. (2008). The changing landscape: ecosystem responses to urbanization and pollution across climatic and societal gradients. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 6(5): 264-272. Published, 06/2008.
  • Bush SE, Pataki DE, Hultine KR, West AG, Sperry JS, Ehleringer JR. (2008). Wood anatomy constrains stomatal responses to atmospheric vapor pressure deficit in irrigated, urban trees. Oecologia, 156:13-20. Published, 05/2008.
  • Bowling DR, Pataki DE & Randerson JT (2008). Carbon isotopes in terrestrial ecosystem pools and CO2 fluxes. The New phytologist. Vol. 178, 24-40. Published, 03/01/2008.
  • Gurney K, Ansely W, Mendoza D, Petron G, Frost G, Gregg J, Fischer, M, Pataki D, Acerkman K, Houseling S, Corbin K, Andres R, Blasing TJ. (2007). Research needs for finely resolved fossil carbon emissions. EOS 88(40): 542-543. Published, 12/2007.
  • Pataki DE, Xu T, Luo YQ & Ehleringer JR (2007). Inferring biogenic and anthropogenic carbon dioxide sources across an urban to rural gradient. Oecologia. Vol. 152, 307-22. Published, 05/01/2007.
  • Bush SE, Pataki DE, Ehleringer JR. (2007). Sources of variation in δ13C of fossil fuel emissions in Salt Lake City, USA. Applied Geochemistry 22: 715-723. Published, 04/2007.
  • Pataki DE, Alig RJ, Fung AS, Golubiewski NE, Kennedy CA, McPherson EG, Nowak DJ, Pouyat RV, Romero Lankao P. (2006). Urban ecosystems and the North American Carbon Cycle. Global Change Biology, 12: 2092-2101, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2006.01242.x. Published, 11/2006.
  • Aranibar JN, Berry JA, Riley WJ, Pataki DE, Law BE, Ehleringer JR. (2006). Combining meteorology, eddy fluxes, isotope measurements, and modeling to understand environmental controls of carbon isotope discrimination at the canopy scale. Global Change Biology 12: 710-730. Published, 04/2006.
  • Pataki DE, Bowling DR, Ehleringer JR, Zobitz JM. (2006). High resolution monitoring of urban carbon dioxide sources. Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L03813, doi:10.1029/2005GL024822. Published, 02/2006.
  • Pataki, Diane E. (2005). Emerging topics in stable isotope ecology: are there isotope effects in plant respiration?: Commentary. New Phytologist. Vol. 167(2), 321-323. Published, 08/2005.
  • Pataki DE, Tyler BJ, Peterson RE, Nair AP, Steenburgh WJ, Pardyjak ER. (2005). Can carbon dioxide be used as a tracer of urban atmospheric transport? JGR Atmospheres, 110: D15102. Published, 08/2005.
  • Pataki DE, Bush SE, Gardner P, Solomon DK, Ehleringer JR. (2005). Ecohydrology in a Colorado River riparian forest: Implications for the decline of Populus fremontii. Ecological Applications 15(3): 1009-1018. Published, 06/2005.
  • Luo Y, Su B, Currie WS, Dukes JS, Finzi A, Hartwig U, Hungate B, McMurtrie R, Oren R, Parton WJ, Pataki DE, Shaw R, Zak DR, Field C. (2004). Progressive nitrogen limitation of ecosystem responses to rising atmospheric CO2. Bioscience 54(8): 731-739. Published, 08/2004.
  • Morgan JA, Pataki DE, Gruenzweig J, Körner C, Newton P, Niklaus PA, Nippert J, Nowak RS, Parton W, Clark H, Del Grosso SJ, Knapp AK, Mosier AR, Polley W, Shaw R. (2004). Grassland responses to rising atmospheric CO2 are driven primarily by water relations. Oecologia 140: 11-25. Published, 06/2004.
  • Pataki DE, Bowling DR, Ehleringer JR. (2003). Seasonal cycle of carbon dioxide and its isotopic composition in an urban atmosphere: anthropogenic and biogenic effects. JGR Atmospheres. 108(D23), 4735, doi:10.1029/2003JD003865. Published, 12/2003.
  • Pataki DE, Oren R. (2003). Species differences in stomatal control of water loss at the canopy scale in a mature bottomland deciduous forest. Advances in Water Resources. 26(12): 1267-1278. Published, 12/2003.
  • Pataki DE, Ellsworth DW, Evans RD, Gonzalez-Meler M, King JS, Leavitt SW, Lin G, Matamala R, Pendall E, Siegwolf R, van Kessel C, Ehleringer JR. (2003). Tracing changes in ecosystem function under elevated CO2. Bioscience 53(9): 805-818. Published, 09/2003.
  • Bowling DR, Pataki DE, Ehleringer JR. (2003). Ecosystem isotope exchange and whole-canopy discrimination in Medicago sativa. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 116: 159-179. Published, 05/2003.
  • Pataki DE, Ehleringer JR, Flanagan LB, Yakir D, Bowling DR, Still C, Buchmann N, Kaplan JO, Berry JA. (2003). The application and interpretation of Keeling plots in terrestrial carbon cycle research. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 17(1), 1022, doi:10,1029/2001GB001850. Published, 03/2003.
  • Oren R, Pataki DE. (2001). Transpiration in response to variation in microclimate and soil moisture in southeastern deciduous forests. Oecologia 127:549–559. Published, 05/2001.
  • Oren R, Sperry JS, Ewers BE, Pataki DE, Phillips N, Megonigal JP. (2001). Sensitivity of mean canopy stomatal conductance to vapor pressure deficit in a flooded Taxodium distichum L. forest: hydraulic and non-hydraulic effects. Oecologia. 126:21-29. Published, 01/2001.
  • Pataki DE, Huxman TE, Jordan DN, Zitzer SF, Coleman JS, Smith SD, Nowak RS, Seemann JR. (2000). Water use of two Mojave Desert shrubs under elevated CO2. Global Change Biology 6(8): 889-898. Published, 12/2000.
  • Pataki, D.E., R. Oren, and W.K. Smith. (2000). Sap flux of co-occurring species in a western subalpine forest during seasonal soil drought. Ecology 81(9) 2557-2566. Published, 09/2000.
  • Oren R., J.S. Sperry, G.G. Katul, D.E. Pataki, B.E. Ewers, N. Phillips, K.V.R. Schäfer. (1999). Survey and synthesis of intra- and interspecific variation in stomatal sensitivity to vapour pressure deficit. Plant, Cell and Environment 22: 1515-1526. Published, 12/1999.
  • Oren R, Phillips N, Ewers BE, Pataki DE & Megonigal JP (1999). Sap-flux-scaled transpiration responses to light, vapor pressure deficit, and leaf area reduction in a flooded Taxodium distichum forest. Tree physiology. Vol. 19, 337-347. Published, 01/01/1999.
  • Pataki, D.E., R. Oren, and D.T. Tissue. (1998). Elevated carbon dioxide does not affect stomatal conductance of Pinus taedaL. Oecologia 117: 47-52. Published, 11/1998.
  • Pataki, D.E., R. Oren, and N. Phillips. (1998). Responses of sap flux and stomatal conductance of Pinus taedaL. trees to stepwise reductions in leaf area. Journal of Experimental Botany 49: 871-878. Published, 05/1998.
  • Oren, R., N. Phillips, G. Katul, B.E. Ewers, and D.E. Pataki. (1998). Scaling xylem sap flux and soil water balance, and calculating variance: a method for partitioning water flux in forests. Annales des Sciences Forestieres 55: 191-216. Published, 01/1998.
  • Pataki DE, Oren R, Katul G & Sigmon J (1998). Canopy conductance of Pinus taeda, Liquidambar styraciflua and Quercus phellos under varying atmospheric and soil water conditions. Tree physiology. Vol. 18, 307-315. Published, 01/01/1998.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Can green infrastructure maximize ecosystem processes related to nitrogen? PI: Rose Smith. Co-PI(s): Goel, Pataki, Shah. National Science Foundation, 05/01/2020 - 04/30/2022. Total project budget to date: $199,764.00
  • Collaborative Research: Understanding the hydrologic consequences of urban irrigation across the U.S. PI: Pataki. Co-PI(s): Litvak and Jenerette. NSF EAR, 09/01/2019 - 08/20/2022. Total project budget to date: $498,172.00
  • CNH2-L: Toward a theory of trees as living infrastructure. PI: Pataki. University of California, Riverside, 09/01/2019 - 08/31/2020. Total project budget to date: $42,598.00
  • The Nature of Cities Summit. PI: Pataki. NSF DEB, 04/01/2019 - 03/31/2020. Total project budget to date: $49,891.00
  • Collaborative Research: MSB-FRA: Alternative ecological futures for the American Residential Macrosystem. PI: Groffman. Co-PI(s): Grove, Lerman, Hall, Larson, Pataki, Hobbie, Cavender-Bares, Nelson, Morse, Chowdury, Heffernan, Neill, Trammell, Avolio. NSF Macrosystems, 01/01/2017 - 12/31/2020. Total project budget to date: $3,200,000.00
  • NSF INCLUDES: Alliance to Strengthen the STEM Tapestry (ASSisT): Motivating Critical Identity Shifts to Weave the STEM Disenfranchised into Science and the Sustainability Workforce. PI: Nadkarni. Co-PI(s): O'Donnell, Gerton, Isabella, Pataki. National Science Foundation, 01/01/2017 - 01/01/2019. Total project budget to date: $299,975.00
  • Predicting CO2 emissions associated with urban development in the western U.S.” . PI: J. Lin. Co-PI(s): D.E. Pataki, M. Buchert, D. Bowling, C. Strong, J.R. Ehleringer. NOAA, 01/01/2014 - 12/30/2017. Total project budget to date: $848,181.00
  • MRI: Acquisition of an Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer for Tracing Human-Environment Interactions. PI: G. Bowen. Co-PI(s): D. Bowling, D.E. Pataki, J.R. Ehleringer, T. Cerling. National Science Foundation, 08/15/2013 - 08/14/2017. Total project budget to date: $629,938.00
  • Mobile greenhouse gas flux analyzer for unmanned aerial vehicles. PI: D.E. Pataki. NASA SBIR, primary awardee Los Gatos Research, Inc., 01/01/2013 - 03/31/2016. Total project budget to date: $75,000.00
  • iUtah-innovative Urban Transitions and Aridregion Hydro-sustainability. PI: T. Crowl. Co-PI(s): M. Baker, D. Jackson-Smith, J.R. Ehleringer, D.E. Pataki. National Science Foundation, 07/01/2012 - 06/30/2017. Total project budget to date: $20,000,000.00
  • WSC-Category 3: Collaborative: The role of local water resources in the water sustainability of Los Angeles. PI: D.E. Pataki. Co-PI(s): S. Pincetl, T. Hogue. National Science Foundation, 07/01/2012 - 06/30/2017. Total project budget to date: $1,484,781.00
  • Collaborative research: Mechanisms for the decline of leaf hydraulic conductance with dehydration, and plant- and environment-level impacts dehydration, and plant- and environment-level impacts. PI: L. Sack. Co-PI(s): D.E. Pataki, T. Buckley. National Science Foundation, 02/01/2012 - 01/31/2016. Total project budget to date: $198,849.00
  • Collaborative research: Ecological homogenization of urban America. PI: P. Groffman. Co-PI(s): M. Grove, S. Hobbie, J. Cavendar-Bares, K. Nelson, C. Polsky, S. Hall, S. Larson, J. Heffernan, L. Ogden, D.E. Pataki, R. Chowdhury. National Science Foundation, 06/30/2011 - 07/01/2015. Total project budget to date: $242,755.00
  • Dynamics of urban ecosystem services and their relationship to ecohydrology: Exploratory study for a Los Angeles Urban Long-term Research Site (LA-ULTRA). PI: S. Pincetl. Co-PI(s): C. Boone, T. Hogue, D.E. Pataki. National Science Foundation, 04/01/2010 - 03/31/2012. Total project budget to date: $299,429.00
  • Reductions in urban outdoor water use as an adaptation to rising temperatures and declining water supplies in southern California. PI: D.E. Pataki. Co-PI(s): S. Pincetl, T. Hogue. California Energy Commission PIER, 04/01/2010 - 03/31/2012. Total project budget to date: $199,737.00
  • Forest-Atmosphere Carbon Transfer and Storage (FACTS-1). PI: R. Oren. U.S. Dept. of Energy, 12/01/2009 - 11/30/2012. Total project budget to date: $66,068.00
  • Collaborative Research: Toward a biogeography of urban forests. PI: D.E. Pataki. Co-PI(s): G.D. Jenerette, S. Pincetl, T. Gillespie. National Science Foundation, 09/01/2009 - 08/31/2012. Total project budget to date: $204,204.00
  • Creating sustainability indicators to assess the physical, social, and economic values of greening cities. PI: J.D. Saphores. Co-PI(s): D.E. Pataki, S. Pinctel, S. Saatchi. EPA, 05/01/2007 - 08/31/2010. Total project budget to date: $0.00
  • Distinguishing between greenhouse gas emissions from cropland, animal operations, and urban land cover with isotopic tracers. PI: D.E. Pataki. Co-PI(s): S. Tyler, S. Trumbore. USDA, 01/01/2007 - 12/31/2010. Total project budget to date: $499,276.00
  • Collaborative Research: A study in the dynamics of human behavior in institutional innovation and learning. PI: S. Pincetl. Co-PI(s): S. Saatchi, D.E. Pataki, J.D. Saphores. National Science Foundation, 09/01/2006 - 10/31/2010. Total project budget to date: $748,712.00
  • The spatial distribution of isotopic tracers in urban organic matter: understanding multiple and confounding effects of human activities on urban vegetation. PI: D.E. Pataki. National Science Foundation, 08/01/2006 - 01/31/2010. Total project budget to date: $299,914.00
  • Controls on C and N cycling in a Southern California urban turfgrass ecosystem” Kearney Foundation of Soil Science. PI: D.E Pataki. Kearney Foundation of Soil Science, 01/01/2006 - 12/31/2006. Total project budget to date: $39,951.00
  • Acquisition of capability for single-compound AMS measurement of organic matter at the W.M. Keck Carbon Cycle Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Facility at UC Irvine. PI: E. Druffel. Co-PI(s): J. Southon, K. Treseder, S.Trumbore, D.E> Pataki. National Science Foundation, 11/01/2005 - 10/31/2008. Total project budget to date: $411,163.00
  • Urban trace-gas emissions study (UTES): Interactions between canopy processes, anthropogenic emissions, and social institutions in the Salt Lake Valley, Utah. PI: D.E. Pataki. Co-PI(s): P. Emmi, C. Forster, J. Klewicki, T.R. Peterson. National Science Foundation, 09/01/2002 - 02/28/2007. Total project budget to date: $1,498,173.00
  • Support of the GCTE Focus 1 Office (Ecosystem Processes in Biogeochemical Cycles)”, . PI: J.R. Ehleringer. Co-PI(s): D.E. Pataki. NASA, 02/01/2002 - 12/31/2003. Total project budget to date: $170,660.00
  • Tracing carbon in elevated CO2 experiments: A workshop on isotopic analyses of where the carbon is going. PI: D. Ellsworth. Co-PI(s): D.E. Pataki. U.S. Department of Energy, 01/01/2001 - 01/01/2002. Total project budget to date: $19,774.00