Russell L. Scott, Ph.D.
Southwest Watershed Research Center
USDA-Agricultural Research Service
2000 E. Allen Road
I am interested in the exchanges of energy and mass (primarily, water and carbon dioxide) at the soil, vegetation, and atmospheric interface and the interactions between hydrology and ecology. I focus on these exchanges and interactions in water-limited areas. Some of my specific research topics include: 1) the consequences of global change on water and carbon cycling in semiarid areas, 2) improving estimates and models of riparian vegetation water use, 3) determining the role that vegetation plays on vadose zone soil water redistribution, and 4) partitioning evapotranspiration and carbon fluxes into their component fluxes.
Ten representative publications (a complete list and pdf’s available here)
Barron-Gafford, G.A., Scott, R.L., Darrel Jenerette, G., Hamerlynck, E.P., and Huxman, T.E. 2011. Temperature and precipitation controls over leaf- and ecosystem-level CO2 flux along a woody plant encroachment gradient. Global Change Biology, in press, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2011.02599.x
Scott, R.L., Hamerlynck, E.P., Jenerette, G.D., Moran, M.S., and Barron-Gafford, G. 2010. Carbon dioxide exchange in a semidesert grassland through drought-induced vegetation change.Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, 115, G03026. doi:10.1029/2010JG001348.
Scott, R.L., Jenerette, G.D., Potts, D.L., and Huxman, T.E. 2009. Effects of seasonal drought on net carbon dioxide exchange from a woody-plant-encroached semiarid grassland. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, 114, G04004.
Potts, D.L., Scott, R.L., Cable, J.E., Huxman, T.E., and Williams, D.G. 2008. Sensitivity of mesquite shrubland CO2 exchange to precipitation in contrasting landscape settings. Ecology, 89, 2900–2910.
Scott, R.L., Cable, W.L., Huxman, T.E., Nagler, P.L., Hernandez, M., and
Scott, R.L., Cable, W.L., and Hultine, K.R. 2008. The ecohydrologic significance of hydraulic redistribution in a semiarid savanna. Water Resources Research, 44, W02440, doi:10.1029/2007WR006149
Scott, R.L., Huxman, T.E., Cable, W.L., and Emmerich, W.E. 2006. Partitioning of evapotranspiration and its relation to carbon dioxide exchange in a
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Scott, R.L., Shuttleworth, W.J., Keefer, T.O., and Warrick, A.W. 2000. Modeling multiyear observations of soil moisture recharge in the semiarid American southwest. Water Resources Research, 36, 2233-2247.