Research Overview

How does climate influence carbon cycling across forests worldwide?

Forests influence climate in part through their key role in the global carbon cycle. Kristina’s interests include how carbon cycling in forests is influenced by factors such as forest age and climate. To get at this, she leverages data from the CTFS-ForestGEO network and the Global Forest Carbon database (ForC-db). ForC-db, which Kristina’s lab has created and maintains, is the largest and most comprehensive global database of forest carbon stocks and annual fluxes in existence.

How does tree size mediate forest ecosystem functioning and climate responses?

Trees of different size respond differently to variation in environmental conditions; for example, research in Kristina’s lab has shown that larger trees tend to suffer more during drought in forests worldwide. Understanding and predicting forest ecosystem responses to climatic variation and change therefore requires understanding how trees of different size contribute to ecosystem functioning and how they respond to environmental variation. Kristina’s research team uses data from the CTFS-ForestGEO network to address these questions.

How is climate change impacting forest disturbances and subsequent recovery?

Climate change and other anthropogenic pressures are altering both the frequency and intensity of a variety of types of forest disturbances (for example, droughts, fire, insect pest/pathogen outbreaks) and the dynamics of forest recovery following disturbance. In some cases, this can dramatically impact forest ecosystems and landscapes, with important consequences for biodiversity and climate feedbacks. Kristina’s research on this theme has included forest responses to drought, climatic effects on forest succession, climate change responses of fire-prone forested landscapes, and fine-scale patterns of tree mortality.

How valuable are forests for climate regulation?

The Earth's climate is strongly regulated by forests; clearing just 100 square feet of forest has roughly the same effect on climate as driving across the continental US. There is growing recognition of forest protection as an effective strategy for climate change mitigation, and designing effective climate mitigation policies requires accurate quantification of the climate services of terrestrial ecosystems. Kristina has developed framework for quantifying the climate-regulating value of ecosystems and is currently building an online tool to provide location-specific estimates of ecosystem climate regulation services.


Ph.D. Biology (with distinction). 2007. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.

B.S. Biology (H) cum laude. 2002. Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL.

Selected Publications

Meakem, V*, Tepley, AJ*, Gonzalez-Akre, EB*, Herrmann V*, Muller-Landau, HC, Wright, SJ, Hubbell, SP, Condit, R, Anderson-Teixeira, KJ. (2017) Role of tree size in moist tropical forest carbon cycling and water deficit responses. New Phytologist (In press). DOI: 0.1111/nph.14633.

Tepley, A. J.*, Thompson, J. R., Epstein, H. E. & Anderson-Teixeira, K. J. (2017) Vulnerability to forest loss through altered post-fire recovery dynamics in a warming climate in the Klamath Mountains. Glob. Change Biol. (In press). DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13704.

Herrmann V, McMahon SM, Detto M, Lutz JA, Davies SJ, Chang-Yang C-H, Anderson-Teixeira KJ. (2016) Tree Circumference Dynamics in Four Forests Characterized Using Automated Dendrometer Bands. PLoS ONE 11(12): e0169020. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0169020

Gonzalez-Akre, E. B., Meakem, V., Eng, C.Y., Tepley, A. J., Bourg, N. A., McShea, W. J., Davies, S. J. and Anderson-Teixeira, K. J. (2016). Patterns of tree mortality in a temperate deciduous forest derived from a large forest dynamics plot. Ecosphere 7(12): e01595. doi: 10.1002/ecs2.1595

Anderson-Teixeira, K.J., Wang, M. M. H., McGarvey, J.C., and LeBauer, D.S. 2016. Carbon dynamics of mature and regrowth tropical forests derived from a pantropical database (TropForC-db). Global Change Biology 22(5): 1690-1705. doi:10.1111/gcb.13226.

Bennett, A.C., McDowell, N.G., Allen, C.D., Anderson-Teixeira, K.J. 2015. Larger trees suffer most during drought in forests worldwide. Nature Plants, 1(10), 15139. doi:10.1038/nplants.2015.139

Miller, A.D., Dietze, M.D., DeLucia, E.H., Anderson-Teixeira, K.J. 2015. Alteration of forest succession and carbon cycling under elevated CO2. Global Change Biology 22(1) 351-363. doi: 10.1111/gcb.13077.

Anderson-Teixeira, K. J., J. C. McGarvey, H. C. Muller-Landau, J. Park, E. B. Gonzalez-Akre, V. Herrmann, A. C. Bennett, C. V. So, N. A. Bourg, J. Thompson, S. McMahon, and W. McShea. (2015) Size-related scaling of tree form and function in a mixed-age forest. Functional Ecology 29(12) 1587-1602. doi: 10.1111/1367-2435.12470.

Anderson-Teixeira KJ, Davies, SJ; Bennett, AC; Gonzalez-Akre, EB; Muller-Landau, HC; Wright, SJ; Abu Salim, K; Almeyda Zambrano, AM; Alonso,A; Baltzer, JL; Basset, Y; Bourg, NA; Broadbent, EN; Brockelman, WY; Bunyavejchewin, S; Burslem, DFRP; Butt, N; Cao, M; Cardenas, D; Chuyong, GB; Clay, K; Cordell, S; Dattaraja, HS; Deng, X; Detto, D; Du, X; Duque, A; Erikson, DL; Ewango, CEN; Fischer, GA; Fletcher, C; Foster, RB; Giardina, CP; Gilbert, GS; Gunatilleke, N; Gunatilleke, S; Hao, Z; Hargrove, WW; Hart, TB; Hau, BCH; He, F; Hoffman, FM; Howe, RW; Hubbell, SP; Inman-Narahari, FM; Jansen, PA; Jiang, M; Johnson, DJ; Kanzaki, M; Kassim, AR; Kenfack, D; Kibet, S; Kinnaird, MF; Korte, L; Kral, K; Kumar, J; Larson, AJ; Li, Y; Li, X; Liu, S; Lum, SKY; Lutz, JA; Ma, K; Maddalena, DM; Makana, JR; Malhi, Y; Marthews, T; Mat Serudin, R; McMahon, SM; McShea, WJ; Memiaghe, HR; Mi, X; Mizuno, T; Morecroft, M; Myers, JA; Novotny, V; Oliveira, AA de; Ong, PS; Orwig, DA; Ostertag, R; Ouden, J d; Parker, GG; Phillips, RP; Sack, L; Sainge, MN; Sang,W; Sri-ngernyuang, K; Sukumar, R; Sun, IF; Sungpalee,W; Suresh, HS; Tan, S; Thomas, SC; Thomas, DW; Thompson, J; Turner, BL; Uriarte, M; Valencia, R; Vallejo, MI; Vicentini, V; Vrška, T; Wang, X; Wang, X; Weiblen, G; Wolf, A; Xu, H; Yap, S; Zimmerman, J (2015) CTFS-ForestGEO: A worldwide network monitoring forests in an era of global change. Global Change Biology, 21 (2), 528-549. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12712

Anderson-Teixeira, KJ, Miller, AD, Mohan, JE, Hudiburg, T, Duval, BD, DeLucia, EH (2013). Altered dynamics of forest recovery under a changing climate. Global Change Biology, 19, 2001-2021. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12194

Anderson-Teixeira K.J., Snyder P.K., Twine, T.E., Cuadra, S, Costa, MH, & DeLucia E.H. (2012) Climate regulation services of natural and agricultural ecoregions of the Americas. Nature Climate Change, 2, 177-181. 

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