USDA - ARS
Crops Research Laboratory
1701 Center Ave Fort Collins, CO 80526
Ph.D. 2014 Ecology Colorado State University
M.S. 2008 Integrative Geosciences University of Connecticut
B.S. 2003 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Connecticut
Dr. David Hoover’s current research is focused on how land management and climatic variability influence the ecohydrology of semi-arid rangelands. He examines carbon and water dynamics through the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum at multiple temporal and spatial scales, ranging from plant-level ecophysiology through ecosystem-level exchange, to landscape-level patterns of water movement, storage and use. In addition to his research, Dr. Hoover seeks to provide science-based information for land managers to facilitate sustainable livestock production in a changing climate.
Finger-Higgens, R., Duniway, M.C. , Ficka, S., Geigera, E.L., Hoover, D.L., Pfennigwerth, A.A., Van Scoyoc, M.W., Belnap, J. 2022. Decline in biological soil crust N-fixing lichens linked to increasing summertime temperatures. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 119(16): e2120975119. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2120975119
Hoover, D. L., A. A. Pfennigwerth, M. C. Duniway. 2021. Drought resistance and resilience: The role of soil moisture– plant interactions and legacies in a dryland ecosystem. Journal of Ecology, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.13681
Cheng, G., R.D. Harmel , L. Ma, J.D. Derner, D.J. Augustine, P.N.S. Bartling, Q. X. Fang, J.R. Williams, C.J. Zilverberg, R.B. Boone, D. Hoover, Q. Yu. 2021. Evaluation of APEX modifications to simulate forage production for grazing management decision-support in the Western US Great Plains. Agricultural Systems 191:103139, doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2021.103139
Hoover, D. L., W. K. Lauenroth, D. G. Milchunas, L. M. Porensky, D. J. Augustine, and J. D. Derner. 2021. Sensitivity of productivity to precipitation amount and pattern varies by topographic position in a semiarid grassland. Ecosphere 12(2): e03376. 10.1002/ecs2.3376
Hoover, D. L., B. Bestelmeyer, N. B. Grimm, T. E. Huxman, S. C. Reed, O. Sala, T. R. Seastedt, H. Wilmer, And S. Ferrenberg. 2020. Traversing the Wasteland: A Framework for Assessing Ecological Threats to Drylands. BioScience XX: 1–13, doi:10.1093/biosci/biz126
Smith, M. D., S. E. Koerner, A. K. Knapp, M. L. Avolio, F. A. Chaves, E. M. Denton, J. Dietrich, D. J. Gibson, J. Gray, A. M. Hoffman, D. L. Hoover, K. J. Komatsu, A. Silletti, K. R. Wilcox, Q. Yu| J. M. Blair. 2020. Mass ratio effects underlie ecosystem responses to environmental change. Journal of Ecology 00:1–10., DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.13330
Raynor E. J., J. D. Derner, D. L. Hoover, W. J. Parton, and D. J. Augustine. 2020. Large-scale and local climatic controls on large herbivore productivity: implications for adaptive rangeland management. Ecological Applications 00(00):e02053. 10.1002/eap.2053
Winkler, D. E., J. Belnap, D. Hoover, S. C. Reed, M. C. Duniway. 2019. Shrub persistence and increased grass mortality in response to drought in dryland systems. Global Change Biology, 2019;00: 1–15.
Hoover D.L., K. Koriakin, J. Albrigtsen, and T. Ocheltree. 2019. Comparing water-related plant functional traits among dominant grasses of the Colorado Plateau: Implications for drought resistance. Plant Soil, doi.org/10.1007/s11104-019-04107-9
Hoover, D. L., K. R. Wilcox, and K. E. Young. 2018. Experimental droughts with rainout shelters: a methodological review. Ecosphere 9(1):e02088. 10.1002/ecs2.2088
Hoover D.L., M. Duniway, J. Belnap. 2017. Testing the apparent resistance of three dominant plants to chronic drought on the Colorado Plateau. Journal of Ecology, 105:152-162.
Knapp A.K., M. Avolio, C. Beier, C.J.W. Carroll, S.L. Collins, J.S. Dukes, L.H. Fraser, R. Griffin-Nolan, D.L. Hoover, M.E. Loik, R.P. Phillips, A. Post, O.E.Sala, I. Slette, L. Yahdjian, M.D. Smith. 2016. Pushing precipitation to the extreme in distributed experiments: recommendations for simulating wet and dry years. Global Change Biology, 10.1111/gcb.13504.
Hoover, D.L., A.K. Knapp, M.D. Smith. 2016. Photosynthetic responses to an experimental heat wave are mediated by soil water availability in a mesic grassland. Oecologia, 10.1007/s00442-016-3755-6.
Smith M.D., A.K. Knapp, S.L. Collins, D.E. Burkepile, K.P. Kirkman, S.E. Koerner, D.I. Thompson, J.M. Blair, C.E. Burns, S. Eby, E.J. Forrestel, R.W.S. Fynn, N. Govender, N. Hagenah, D.L. Hoover, K.R. Wilcox. 2016. Shared drivers but divergent ecological dynamics: insights from long-term experiments in savanna grasslands. BioScience, 66:666-682.
Hoover D.L, .A.K. Knapp, M.D. Smith. 2016. The immediate and prolonged effects of climate extremes on soil respiration in a mesic grassland. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences, 10.1002/2015JG003256:1-11.
Hoover D.L., .B.M. Rogers. 2016. Not all droughts are created equal: the impacts of drought frequency and magnitude on grassland carbon cycling. Global Change Biology, 22:1809-1820.
Koerner S.E., M.L. Avoilio, C.C. Chang, J. Gray, Hoover D.L., M.D. Smith. 2015. Invasibility of a mesic grassland depends on time-scale of fluctuating resources. Journal of Ecology, 103:1538-1546.
Hoover D.L., M. Duniway, J. Belnap. 2015. Pulse-drought atop press-drought: Unexpected plant responses and implications for dryland ecosystems. Oecologia, 179:1211-1221.
Knapp A, D.L. Hoover, K. Wilcox, M. Avolio, S. Koerner , K. La Pierre, M. Loik , L. Yiqi, O. Sala, M. Smith. 2015. Characterizing differences in precipitation regimes of extreme wet and dry years: Implications for climate change experiments. Global Change Biology, 21:2624-2633.
Hoover D.L., A.K. Knapp, M.D. Smith. 2014. Resistance and resilience of a grassland ecosystem to climate extremes. Ecology, 95: 2646-2656.
Smith G.N., V.L. Rodgers, E.R. Brzostek, A. Kulmatiski, M.L. Avolio, S.E.Koerner, D.L. Hoover, K. Grant, A. Jentsch, S. Fatichi, D. Niyogi. 2014. Towards a better integration of biological data from precipitation manipulation experiments into Earth system models. Reviews of Geophysics, 15: 412-434.
Hoover D.L., A.K. Knapp, M.D. Smith. 2014. Contrasting sensitivities of two dominant C4 grasses to extreme heat waves and drought. Plant Ecology, 215:721-731.
Knapp A.K., D.L. Hoover, J.M. Blair, G. Buis, D.E. Burkepile, A. Chamberlin, S.L. Collins, R.W.S. Fynn, K. Kirkman, M.D. Smith, D. Blake, N. Govender, P. O’Neal, T. Schreck, A. Zinn. 2012.A test of two mechanisms proposed to optimize grassland aboveground primary productivity in response to grazing. Journal of Plant Ecology, 5: 357-365.