Publications / CV

William R. L. Anderegg

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2013 - 2015Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
NOAA C&GC Post-doctoral Fellow, Princeton Environmental Institute
2008 – 2013Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Ph.D. degree, Department of Biology – Ecology, Evolution, and Population Biology
Concentration: Physiological pathways and consequences of widespread climate-induced forest die-off
2004 – 2008Stanford University, Stanford, CA
B.A. in Human Biology with Distinction and Honors
Concentrations: Ecology and Environmental Science; English Minor – Creative Writing


1/2015Tansley Medal, Outstanding contributions to plant science by a young scientist, New Phytologist Trust
5/2013Climate & Global Change Post-doctoral fellowship, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
4/2012George Melendez Wright Climate Change Fellowship, National Park Service, Declined
3/2011Excellence in the Academy Award – New Scholar, National Education Association
4/2010Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF), National Science Foundation (NSF), Declined
4/2010Office of Science Graduate Fellowship (SCGF), Department of Energy (DOE)


5/2014 - 5/2016NSF Macrosystems Biology: Ecosystem acclimation: Scaling extremes from cells to ecosystems
8/2012 – 7/2014NSF RAPID: Drought Open-Source Ecology to examine impact of 2012 US drought on forest mortality
6/2011 – 6/2013NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant
4/2010Research Grant, Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University
9/2010 – 6/2013Office of Science Graduate Fellowship (SCGF), Department of Energy


  • Course Instructor for Graduate Research Seminar: Organized and taught Biology 323: California Plant Ranges with 20th Century Climate Change graduate seminar.
  • Course Instructor: Organized and taught Student Initiated Course English 18SI: The Life and Literature of John Steinbeck. 
  • Teaching Assistant: Lectured and led discussion sessions in Biology 247: Controlling Climate Change in the 21st Century.
  • Teaching Assistant: Lectured and led discussion in Biology 139: Biology of Birds. Designed and led students in field-based scientific research projects.
  • Teaching Assistant: Lectured and led laboratory sessions in Biology 44Y: Laboratory Methods in Biology.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Anderegg, W.R.L., T. Klein, M. Bartlett, L. Sack, A. Pellegrini, B. Choat, S. Jansen (2016). Meta-analysis reveals that hydraulic traits explain cross-species patterns of drought-induced tree mortality across the globe. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 113: 5024-5029

Anderegg, W.R.L., J. Martinez-Vilalta, M. Cailleret, J.J. Camarero, B. Ewers, D. Galbraith, A. Gessler, R. Grote, C.Y. Huang, S. Levick, T.L. Powell, L. Rowland, R. Sánchez-Salguero, V. Trotsiuk (2016). When a tree dies in the forest: Scaling climate-driven tree mortality to ecosystem fluxes. Ecosystems. DOI 10.1007/s10021-016-9982-1

Cook, J., N. Oreskes, P.T. Doran, W.R.L. Anderegg, B. Verheggen,
E. Maibach, J.S. Carlton, S. Lewandowsky, A.G. Skuce, S.A. Green, D. Nuccitelli, P. Jacobs, M. Richardson, B. Winkler, R. Painting and K. Rice (2016). Consensus on consensus: a synthesis of consensus estimates on human-caused global warming. Environmental Research Letters 11: 048002-9

–     Reported by: Washington Post, the Guardian, Grist, top-read post on Reddit

Smith, W.K., S.C. Reed, A.P. Ballantyne, C.C. Cleveland, W.R.L. Anderegg, W.R. Wieder , S.W. Running (2016). Large divergence of satellite and Earth system model estimates of global terrestrial CO2 fertilization. Nature Climate Change. 6: 306-310

Wolf, A., N. Zimmermann, W.R.L. Anderegg, P. Busby, and J. Christenson. Altitudinal shifts of the native and introduced flora of California in the context of 20th‐century warming (2016). Global Ecology and Biogeography. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12423

Anderegg, W.R.L., C. Schwalm, F. Biondi, J.J. Camarero, G. Koch, M. Litvak, K. Ogle, J.D. Shaw, E. Shevliakova, A.P. Williams, A. Wolf, E. Ziaco, S. Pacala (2015). Pervasive drought legacies in forest ecosystems and their implications for carbon cycle models. Science. 349: 528-532. <Full Text>

  • Reported by: Newsweek, Washington Post, New York Times, Pacific Standard,  & others

Anderegg, W.R.L., A. Ballantyne, W.K. Smith, J. Majkut, S. Rabin, P.E. Kauppi, C. Beaulieu, R. Birdsey, J. Dunne, R.A. Houghton, R.B. Myneni, Y. Pan, J. Sarmiento, N. Serota, E. Shevliakova, P. Tans, and S. Pacala (2015). Tropical nighttime warming as a dominant driver of variability in the terrestrial carbon sink. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 12: 15591-15596

Anderegg, W.R.L., and N. Diffenbaugh. Observed and projected climate trends and hotspots across the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) regions (2015). Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 13: 547–552

Quentin, A.G., E.A. Pinkard, M.G. Ryan, D.T. Tissue, L.S. Baggett, H.D. Adams, P. Maillard, J. Marchand, S.M. Lanhäusser, A. Lacointe, Y. Gibon, W.R.L. Anderegg, and 30 others (2015). Assessing non-structural carbohydrates: can results be quantitatively compared among laboratories? Tree Physiology. 35: 1146-1165

Anderegg, W.R.L., J.A. Hicke, R.A. Fisher, C.D. Allen, J. Aukema, B. Bentz, S. Hood, J.W. Lichstein, A.K. Macalady, N. McDowell, K. Raffa, Y. Pan, A. Sala, J. Shaw, N.L. Stephenson, C. Tague, M. Zeppel (2015). Tree mortality from drought, insects, and their interactions in a changing climate. New Phytologist. DOI: 10.1111/nph.13477 (PDF)

Anderegg, W.R.L., A. Flint, C. Huang, L. Flint, J.A. Berry, F.W. Davis, J.S. Sperry, and C.B. Field (2015). Tree mortality predicted from drought-induced vascular damage. Nature Geoscience. 8: 367-371 (PDF)

  • Reported by: New York Times, Pacific Standard, Energy & Environment, Colorado Public Radio

Ballantyne, A.P., L.A. Cooper, R. Andres, P. Tans, J.C. Miller, C. Alden, J.W.C. White, G. Marland, R.A. Houghton, B. Stocker, R. Wanninkhof, W.R.L. Anderegg, M. DeGrandpre (2015). Audit of the Global Carbon Budget: Estimating errors and their impact on uptake uncertainty. Biogeosciences. 12: 2565-2584 (PDF)

Hartmann, H., H.D. Adams, W.R.L. Anderegg, S. Jansen, and M. Zeppel (2015). Research frontiers in drought-induced tree mortality: crossing scales and disciplines. New Phytologist. 205: 965-969. (PDF)

Anderegg, W. R. L. (2015). Spatial and temporal variation in plant hydraulic traits and their relevance for climate change impacts on vegetation. New Phytologist. 205: 1008-1014 (PDF)

Huang, C.Y., and W.R.L. Anderegg (2014). Vegetation and surface brightness dynamics after aspen forest die-off. Journal of Geophysical Research. 119: 1297-1308 (PDF)

Anderegg, W.R.L., and G. Goldsmith (2014). Public interest in climate change over the past decade and the effects of the ‘climategate’ media event. Environmental Research Letters. 054005: 1-8 (PDF)

Anderegg, W. R. L., L.D.L. Anderegg, J.A. Berry, and C.B. Field (2014). Loss of whole-tree hydraulic conductance during severe drought and multi-year forest die-off. Oecologia.  (PDF)

Anderegg, W. R. L., E. Callaway, M. Boykoff, G. Yohe and T. Root (2014). Awareness of both type I and II errors in climate science and assessment. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. (PDF)

Anderegg, W. R. L., J. Kane, and L.D.L. Anderegg (2013). Consequences of widespread tree mortality triggered by drought and temperature stress. Nature Climate Change. 3: 30–36 (PDF)

  • Reported by: New York Times, Huffington Post, Voice of America, ClimateWire

Anderegg, W.R.L., L. Plavcova, L.D.L. Anderegg, U. Hacke, J. A. Berry, and C.B. Field (2013). Drought’s legacy: Hydraulic deterioration underlies widespread aspen die-off and portends increased future vulnerability. Global Change Biology. 19: 1188–1196 (PDF)

Anderegg, L.D.L.*, W.R.L. Anderegg*, J. Abatzoglou, A. Hausladen, and J.A. Berry (2013). Drought characteristics’ role in widespread aspen forest mortality across Colorado, USA. Global Change Biology. 19: 1526–1537 (PDF)       *Contributed equally

Anderegg, W.R.L., and L.D.L. Anderegg (2013). Hydraulic and carbohydrate changes in experimental drought-induced mortality of saplings in two conifer species. Tree Physiology. 33: 252-260 (PDF)

L.D.L. Anderegg, W.R.L. Anderegg, and J.A. Berry (2013). Not all droughts are created equal: translating meteorological drought into woody plant mortality. Tree Physiology. 33: 701-712 (PDF)

Anderegg, W.R.L., J. A. Berry, D.D. Smith, J.S. Sperry, L.D.L. Anderegg, and C.B. Field. (2012). The role of hydraulic and carbon stress in a widespread climate-induced forest die-off. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 109: 233-237 (PDF)

  • Reported by: New York Times, Salt Lake City KSL news, High Country News, Utah Public Radio, Denver Post, Durango Herald
  • Reviewed in Faculty of 1000

Huang, C., and W.R.L. Anderegg. (2012) Regional estimation of recent drought induced live aboveground biomass losses of the Rocky Mountains aspen forests. Global Change Biology. 18: 1016–1027. (PDF)

Anderegg, W.R.L. (2012) Complex aspen forest carbon and root dynamics during drought. Climatic Change Letters. 111: 983-991 (PDF)

Anderegg, W.R.L. and E.S. Callaway (2012). Infestation and hydraulic consequences of induced carbon starvation. Plant Physiology. 159: 1866-1874 (PDF)

Anderegg, W. R. L., L.D.L. Anderegg, C. Sherman, and D. Karp (2012). Effects of Widespread Drought-Induced Aspen Mortality on Understory Plants. Conservation Biology. 26(6):1082-90 (PDF)

Anderegg, W. R. L., J. A. Berry, C.B. Field (2012). Linking definitions, mechanisms, and modeling of drought-induced tree death. Trends in Plant Science. 17(12): 693-700 (PDF)

Zeppel, M., W.R.L. Anderegg, andAdams, H.D. (2012). Forest mortality due to drought: latest insights, evidence and unresolved questions on physiological pathways and consequences of tree death. New Phytologist. 197(2): 372-374 (PDF)

Wolf, A., W.R.L. Anderegg, S.J. Ryan, and J.A. Christensen (2011). Robust Detection of Plant Species Range Shifts Under Biased Sampling Regimes. Ecosphere. 2(10):115-130. (PDF)

Wolf, A., and W.R.L. Anderegg (2011). Technical Comment on Changes in Climatic Water Balance Drive Downhill Shifts in Plant Species’ Optimum Elevations. Science 334177. (PDF)

Zeppel, M., Adams, H.D., and W.R.L. Anderegg. (2011) Mechanistic causes of tree drought mortality: recent results, unresolved questions and future research needs. New Phytologist. 192:800-803. (PDF)

Anderegg, W.R.L., J.W. Prall, J. Harold, and S.H. Schneider (2010). Expert Credibility in Climate Change Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 107: 12107-12110. (PDF)

  • Reported by: Science, Time, Scientific American, BBC, The Guardian, USA Today, New York Times
  • Most Read Paper, PNAS, June 2010
  • Top 50 most read papers, PNAS: June 2010 – December 2012
  • Reprinted by the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society

Anderegg, W.R.L. (2010) The Ivory Lighthouse: Communicating climate change effectively. Climatic Change. 101:655–662 (PDF)

Anderegg, W.R.L. (2010). Moving Beyond Scientific Agreement. Climatic Change. 101:331–3377 (PDF)


Selected invited PRESENTATIONS

Quantifying legacy effects in plants following climate extremes. Invited presentation at Harvard University Herbarium, April 2015.

Tropical nighttime temperatures drive increasing global carbon cycle variability. Invited presentation at the Max Plank Institute of Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany, October 2014.

Scaling physiology and plant demography to the carbon cycle. Invited presentation at Woods Hole Research Center, February 2014.

When ecosystems crash: Plant physiology and demography in a changing climate. Invited presentation at Rutgers University, April 2014.

Linking definitions, mechanisms, and modeling of tree mortality: Modeling drought-induced aspen die-off in Colorado. Invited presentation at the Ecological Society of America annual meeting, August 2013.

When ecosystems crash: Physiology, modeling, and impacts of widespread, climate-induced forest die-off. Invited presentation at NASA Ames Earth Science Seminar, August 2013.

Physiological pathways and consequences of forest mortality. Invited presentation at Macquarie University, Sydney Australia, November 2013.

Physiology of widespread, drought-induced forest die-off. Invited presentation at Yale University, November 2013.





Anderegg, W.R.L. Predictable Futures: Climate Fact and Climate Fiction. Analog: Magazine of Science Fiction and Fact, Fall 2014

Anderegg, W.R.L. Diagnosis Earth: The Climate Change Debate. Thought and Action: Magazine of the Higher Education Association, Fall 2010 (PDF)

  • Awarded Excellence in the Academy Award for New Scholar by the National Education Association

Anderegg, W.R.L. Biosphere. In The Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather, Oxford University Press, 2010.

Anderegg, W.R.L. Good night, sweet trees: aspens, climate change, and the future of western forests. High Country News, March 1, 2010

Anderegg, W.R.L. and J. Harold. Climate science and the dynamics of expert consensus. Stanford Center for Conservation Biology, 2009. (PDF)