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)
3/2010Graduate Scholarship, Phi Beta Kappa, Northern California Chapter
3/2009AAAS/Science Program for Excellence in Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Stanford University
6/2008Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research: Received for Senior Honors Thesis in Human Biology on riparian avian communities, land-use change, and climate change over time


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
5/2010Research Grant, SCORE Grants, Department of Biology, Stanford University
5/2010Research Grant, Morrison Institute of Population and Resource Studies, Stanford University
4/2010Graduate Scholarship, Phi Beta Kappa, Northern California Chapter
3/2010Research Grant, Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University
6/2009Research Grant, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Stanford University
5/2007 – 6/2008Major Grant, Stanford Undergraduate Research Program


  • 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., 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., 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.

Physiological pathways and consequences of widespread climate-induced aspen die-off. Invited presentation at the Biogeosciences Seminar, UC Santa Barbara, February 2012.

Drought’s Legacy: Multi-year hydraulic deterioration underlies widespread aspen die-off and portends future increased risk. Invited presentation at the Ecological Society of America annual meeting, August 2012.

Western forests and climate change. Invited presentation at the Telluride Foundation, Telluride Colorado, August 2012.

Frontiers in the physiology of drought-induced tree mortality. Invited presentation at Center for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF), Barcelona, Spain, September 2012.

Non-structural carbohydrates and drought: Insights from drought experiments, observations, and defoliation-induced carbon starvation. Invited presentation at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, California, December 2012.

Climate Expertise, Risk Management, and Climate Change. Invited presentation at the Annual Meeting of the National Education Association, Boston, Massachusetts, March 2011.

Climate change: The science, the risk, and what it means for California. Invited presentation at California State University – Chico, Chico, California, April 2011.

Causes and Consequences of Drought-Induced Aspen Die-off. Invited presentation at the U.S. Forest Service District Office, August 2011.




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)