PAUL D BROOKS portrait
  • Professor, Geology & Geophysics
  • Director, Hydrology and Water Resources Graduate Certificate Program, Graduate School
  • Faculty Affiliate, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado


  • UVU Climate Change Symposium. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/25/2017.
  • Open Plenary, Chapman Conference on Catchment Science. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/22/2017.
  • USAID World Water Day Forum, Salt Lake City, UT . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/17/2017.
  • June 2016, Challenges and Opportunities in Managing Headwater Forests, Healthy Headwater Convening, Salt Lake City, UT . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/02/2016.
  • Regional Sensitivity of Seasonal Snow Cover, Spring Runoff Conference Plenary, Utah State University. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/12/2016.


  • Love, D.M., M. D. Venturas, J. S. Sperry, P. D. Brooks, J. L. Pettit, Y. Wang, W. R. L. Anderegg, X. Tai, and D. S. Mackay, (2018) Dependence of Utah Aspen Stands on a Subsurface Root Zone Subsidy: Implications for Climate Change Impacts, Water Resources Research, DOI: 10.1029/2018WR023468. Published, 12/17/2018.
  • Neilson, B.T., H. Tennant, T.L. Stout, M. Miller, R.S. Gabor, Y. Jameel, M. Millington, A. Gelderloos, G. Bowen, P. D. Brooks (2018) Stream centric methods for establishing groundwater contributions in karst mountain watersheds, Water Resources Research, Published, 08/08/2018.
  • Tai, X., D.S. Mackay, J.S. Sperry, P.D. Brooks, W.R.L. Anderegg, L.B. Flanagan, S.B. Rood, C. Hopkinson 
(2018) Distributed Plant Hydraulic and Hydrological Modeling to Understand the Susceptibility of Riparian Woodland Trees to Drought‐Induced Mortality, Water Resources Research, Published, 07/02/2018.
  • Perdrial, J., Brooks, P.D., Swetnam, T., Lohse, K.A., Rasmussen, C., Litvak, C., Harpold, A.A., Zapata-Rios, X., Broxton, P., Mitra, B., Meixner, T., Condon, K., Huckle, D., Stielstra, C., Vázquez-Ortega, A., Lybrand, R., Holleran, M., Orem, C., Pelletier, J., Chorover, J. (2018) A net ecosystem carbon budget for snow-dominated, forested headwater catchments: linking water and carbon fluxes to critical zone carbon storage, Biogeochemistry 138: 225. Published, 04/06/2018.
  • Harpold, A.A. and P.D. Brooks (2018) Humidity determines snowpack response to climate change, Proc Nat Acad Sci doi:10.1073/pnas.1716789115. Published, 02/06/2018.
  • Tenant, C. J., A.A. Harpold, K.A. Lohse, S.E. Godsey, B.T. Cosby, L. G. Larsen, P. D. Brooks, and R.W. Van Kirk (2017) Regional sensitivities of seasonal snow cover to elevation, aspect, and vegetation structure in western North America, Water Resources Research 53, Issue 8, 6908–6926, DOI: 10.1002/2016WR019374. Published, 10/16/2017.
  • McIntosh, J.C., Schuamberg, C., Perdrial, J., Harpold, A.A., Vázquez-Ortega, A., Rasmussen, C., Zapata-Rios, X., Brooks. P.D., Meixner, T., Pelleteir, J., Derry, L., Chorover, J. (2017) Geochemical evolution of the Critical Zone across variable time scales informs concentration-discharge relationships: Jemez River Basin Critical Zone Observatory, Water Resources Research DOI: 10.1002/2016WR019712. Published, 08/31/2017.
  • Tai, Xiaonan, D. Scott Mackay, William R. L. Anderegg, John S. Sperry, Paul D. Brooks (2017) Incorporating plant hydraulics improves and topography mediates prediction of aspen mortality in southwestern USA, New Phytologist, DOI:10.1111/nph.14098. Published, 08/15/2017.
  • Gabor, R.S., S. J. Hall, D. Eiriksson, Y. Jameel, M. Millington, T. Stout, M. L. Barnes, A. Gelderloos, H. Tennant, G. J. Bowen, B. T. Neilson P.D. Brooks (2017) Persistent urban influence on surface water quality via impacted groundwater Environ. Sci. Tech DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b00271. Published, 08/01/2017.
  • Swetnam, T., P.D. Brooks, H.R. Barnard, A.A. Harpold, E. Gallo (2017) Revisiting environmental gradient ecology: how topography trumps climate in determining forest carbon reservoir size, Ecosphere 8 (4), e01797. 10.1002/ecs2.1797. Published, 08/01/2017.
  • Weintraub, S.R. P. D. Brooks, and G.J. Bowen (2017) Interactive effects of vegetation type and topographic position on nitrogen availability and loss in a temperate montane ecosystem, Ecosystems DOI 10.1007/s10021-016-0094-8. Published, 03/15/2017.
  • Weintraub, S.R. P. D. Brooks, and G.J. Bowen (2016) Interactive effects of vegetation type and topographic position on nitrogen availability and loss in a temperate montane ecosystem, Ecosystems DOI 10.1007/s10021-016-0094-8. Published, 10/31/2016.
  • Tai, Xiaonan, D. Scott Mackay, William R. L. Anderegg, John S. Sperry, Paul D. Brooks (2016) Incorporating Plant hydraulics improves and topography mediates prediction of aspen mortality in southwestern USA, New Phytologist, DOI:10.1111/nph.14098. Published, 08/15/2016.
  • Foster, L. Bearup, L., Molotch, N., Brooks, P.D., and Maxwell, R. (2016) Energy Budget Changes Impact Arid Mountain Hydrology More Than Snow-Rain Transitions, Environ. Res. Lett. 11 044015 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/4/044015. Published, 08/01/2016.
  • Burns, M.A., H. R. Barnard, R.S. Gabor, D.M. McKnight, P.D. Brooks (2016) Dissolved Organic Matter Transport and Transformation Reflects Hillslope to Stream Connectivity during Snowmelt in a Semi-arid Catchment, Water Resources Research DOI: 10.1002/2015WR017878. Published, 08/01/2016.
  • Biederman, J. A., Meixner, T., Harpold, A.A., Reed, D.E., Gutmann, E.D., Guan, J.A. and Brooks, P.D. (2016) Riparian zones attenuate nitrogen loss following bark beetle-induced lodgepole pine mortality, J Geophys. Res. Biogeosci 121, doi:10.1002/2015JG003284. Published, 06/01/2016.
  • Field, J.P., D.D. Breshears, D.J. Law, L.López-Hoffman, P.D. Brooks, J. Chorover, J.D. Pelletier. (2016) Understanding ecosystem services from a geosciences perspective, Eos, 97, doi:10.1029/2016EO043591. Published, 01/04/2016.
  • Hall S., Weintraub S., Eiriksson D., Brooks P.D., Baker M., Bowen G., and Bowling, D. (2016) Stream nitrogen inputs reflect groundwater across a snowmelt-dominated montane to urban watershed, Environ. Sci. Tech. 2016, 50 (3), pp 1137–1146 DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b04805. Published, 01/04/2016.
  • Gallo, E. L., T. Meixner, H. Aoubid, K. A. Lohse, and P. D. Brooks. (2015) Combined Impact of Catchment Size, Land Cover and Precipitation on Streamflow and Stream 
Nitrogen: A Global Comparative Analysis Biogeochemistry . Published, 09/15/2015.
  • Brooks P.D., J. Chorover, Y.F. Reinfelder, S.E., Godsey, R.M. Maxwell, J.P. McNamara, N.C. Tague (2015) Hydrological Partitioning in the Critical Zone: Recent Advances and Opportunities for Developing Transferrable Understanding of Water Cycle Dynamics, Water Resources Research. Published, 09/06/2015.
  • Zapata-Rios X., P.D. Brooks, P.A. Troch, J. McIntosh., Q. Guo (2015), Influence of terrain aspect on water partitioning, vegetation structure and vegetation greening in high elevation catchments in northern New Mexico. Ecohydrology DOI:10.1002/eco.1674. Published, 08/15/2015.
  • Zapata-Rios X., J. McIntosh., L. Rademacher., T. Meixner., P.D. Brooks., P.A. Troch., J. Chorover (2015), Climatic and landscape controls on water transit times and silicate mineral weathering in the critical zone. Water Resources Research; DOI:10.1002/2015WR017018. Published, 07/01/2015.
  • Stielstra, C.M., K.A. Lohse, J. Chorover, J.C. McIntosh, M. Litvak, G. Baron-Gafford, H. Barnard, and P.D. Brooks (2015) Climatic and Landscape Influences on Soil Moisture are Primary Determinants of Soil Carbon Fluxes in Seasonally Snow-covered Forest Ecosystems, Biogeochemistry DOI 10.1007/s10533-015-0078-3. Published, 06/01/2015.
  • Harpold, Adrian A., Noah P. Molotch, Keith N. Musselman, Roger C. Bales, Peter B. Kirchner, Marcy Litvak, and Paul D. Brooks (2015) Soil Moisture Response to Snowmelt Timing in Mixed-Conifer Subalpine Forests, Hydrological Processes 29 (12)2782-2798 DOI: 10.1002/hyp. 10400. Published, 05/11/2015.
  • Berryman, E.M., Barnard, H.R., Adams, H.R., Burns, M.A., Gallo, E., Brooks, P.D. (2015) Complex terrain alters temperature and moisture limitations of forest soil respiration across a semi-arid to subalpine gradient, JGR-Biogeosciences, DOI: 10.1002/2014JG002802. Published, 05/01/2015.
  • Pangle, L.A. S. B. DeLong, Nate Abramson, J. Adams, G. Barron-Gafford, D. D. Breshears, P.D. Brooks, J. Chorover, W. Dietrich, K. Dontsova, M. Durcik, J. Espeleta, T. Ferre, R. Ferriere, W. Henderson, E. Hunt, T. E. Huxman, D. Millar, B. Murphy, G. Y. Niu, M. Pavao-Zuckerman, J. D. Pelletier, C. Rasmussen, J. Ruiz, S. Saleska, M Schaap, M. Sibayan, P. A. Troch, M. Tuller, J. van Haren, X. Zeng (2015) The Landscape Evolution Observatory: large-scale controllable infrastructures to study coupled Earth-surface processes, Geomorphology, Published, 05/01/2015.
  • Vázquez-Ortega, A., J. Perdrial, A. Harpold, X. Zapata-Ríos, C. Rasmussen, J. McIntosh, M. Schaap, J. D. Pelletier, P. D. Brooks, and M. K. Amistadi (2015), Rare earth elements as reactive tracers of biogeochemical weathering in forested rhyolitic terrain, Chemical Geology, 391, 19-32. Published, 02/01/2015.
  • Broxton, P., A. Harpold, J. Biederman, P. Troch, N. Molotch, P.D. Brooks, (2014) Quantifying the Effects of Vegetation Structure on Snow Accumulation and Ablation in Mixed-Conifer Forests, Ecohydrology DOI: 10.1002/eco. 1565. Published, 10/01/2014.
  • Biederman, J. A., A.A. Harpold, D.J. Gochis, B.E. Ewers, D. E. Reed, S.A. Papuga, and P. D. Brooks (2014) Increased evaporation following widespread forest mortality limits streamflow response, Water Resources Research 50:7 5395-5409 DOI: 10.1002/2013WR014994. Published, 10/01/2014.
  • Riha, K. G. Mikalski, E. Gallo. K. Lohse, T. Meixner, and P.D. Brooks (2014) High atmospheric nitrate inputs and nitrogen turnover in semi-arid urban catchments, Ecosystems 10.1007/s10021-014-9797-x. Published, 08/01/2014.
  • Harpold, A.A., Q. Guo, N. Molotch, P. D. Brooks, R. Bales, J.C. Fernandez-Diaz, K.N. Musselman, T.L. Swetnam, P. Kirchner, M. Meadows, J. Flanagan, and R. Lucas (2014) LiDAR-Derived Snowpack Datasets From Mixed Conifer Forests Across the Western U.S., Water Resources Research 03/2014; DOI:10.1002/2013WR013935. Published, 07/15/2014.
  • Harpold, A.A., Biederman, J. A., K. Condon, M. Merino, Y. Korgaondar, T. Nan, L. Sloat, M. Ross, and P.D. Brooks (2014) Changes in Snow Accumulation and Ablation Following the Las Conchas Forest Fire, New Mexico, USA Ecohydrology 7, 440452 DOI: 10.1002/eco.1363. Published, 07/01/2014.