Asner Lab Recent Publication List



  1. Bouvet, A., S. Mermoz, T. Le Toan, L. Villard, R. Mathieu, L. Naidoo, and G.P. Asner. 2018. An above-ground biomass map of African savannahs and woodlands at 25 m resolution derived from ALOS PALSAR. Remote Sensing of Environment 206:156-173.
  2. McManus Chauvin, K., G.P. Asner, R.E. Martin, W.J. Kress, S.J. Wright, and C.B. Field. 2018. Decoupled dimensions of leaf economic and anti-herbivore defense strategies in a tropical canopy tree community. Oecologia doi:10.1007/s00442-017-4043-9.
  3. Veenendaal, E.M. M. Torello-Raventos, H.S. Miranda, N.M. Sato, I. Oliveras, F. van Langevelde, G.P. Asner, and J. Lloyd. 2018. On the relationship between fire regime and vegetation structure in the tropics. New Phytologist doi:10.1111/nph.14940.
  4. Martin, R.E., K.D. Chadwick, P.G. Brodrick, L. Carranza-Jimenez, N.R. Vaughn, and G.P. Asner. 2018. An approach for foliar trait retrieval from airborne imaging spectroscopy of tropical forests. Remote Sensing 10:199 doi:10.3390/rs10020199
  5. Davies, A.B., A. Gaylard, and G.P. Asner. 2018. Megafaunal effects on vegetation structure throughout a densely wooded African landscape. Ecological Applications doi:10.1002.eap.1655
  6. Blonder, B., N. Salinas, L. Patrick Bentley, A. Shenkin, P.O. Chambi Porroa, Y. Valdez Tejeira, T.E. Boza Espinoza, G.R. Goldsmith, L. Enrico, R. Martin, G.P. Asner, S. Diaz, B.J. Enquist, and Y. Malhi. 2018. Structural and defensive roles of angiosperm leaf venation network reticulation across an Andes-Amazon elevation gradient. Journal of Ecology 106:1683-1699.
  7. Evans, L.J., G.P. Asner, and B. Goossens. 2018. Protected area management priorities crucial for the future of Bornean elephants. Biological Conservation doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2018.03.015
  8. Asner, G.P., R.E. Martin, L.M. Keith, W.P. Heller, M.A. Hughes, N.R. Vaughn, R.F. Hughes, and C. Balzotti. 2018. A spectral mapping signature for the Rapid Ohia Death (ROD) pathogen in Hawaiian forests. Remote Sensing 10:404, doi:10.3390/rs10030404
  9. Vaughn, N.R., G.P. Asner, P.G. Brodrick, R.E. Martin, J.W. Heckler, D.E. Knapp, and R.F. Hughes. 2018. An approach for high-resolution mapping of Hawaiian Metrosideros forest mortality using laser-guided imaging spectroscopy. Remote Sensing 10:502, doi:10.3390/rs10040502
  10. Chadwick, K.D., and G.P. Asner. 2018. Landscape evolution and nutrient rejuvenation reflected in Amazon forest canopy chemistry. Ecology Letters doi:10.1111/ele.12963
  11. Paz-Kagan, T., N.R. Vaughn, R.E. Martin, P.G. Brodrick, N.L. Stephenson, A.J. Das, K.R. Nydick, and G.P. Asner. 2018. Landscape-scale variation in canopy water content of giant sequoias during drought. Forest Ecology and Management 419-420:291-304.
  12. Martin, R.E., G.P. Asner, E. Francis, A. Ambrose, W. Baxter, A.J. Das, N.R. Vaughn, T. Paz-Kagan, T. Dawson, K. Nydick, and N.L. Stephenson. 2018. Remote measurement of canopy water content in giant sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) during drought. Forest Ecology and Management 419-420:279-290.
  13. Ambrose, A.R., W.L. Baxter, R.E. Martin, E. Francis, G.P. Asner, K.R. Nydick, and T.E. Dawson. 2018. Leaf- and crown-level adjustments help giant sequoias maintain favorable water status during severe drought. Forest Ecology and Management 419-420:257-267.
  14. Nydick, K.R., N.L. Stephenson, A.R. Ambrose, G.P. Asner, W.L. Baxter, A.J. Das, T. Dawson, R.E. Martin, and T. Paz-Kagan. 2018. Leaf to landscape responses of giant sequoia to hotter drought: An introduction and synthesis for the special section. Forest Ecology and Management 419-420:249-256.
  15. Hughes, R.F., G.P. Asner, J.A. Baldwin, J. Mascaro, L.K.K. Bufil, and D.E. Knapp. 2018. Estimating aboveground carbon density across forest landscapes of Hawaii: combining FIA plot-derived estimates and airborne LiDAR. Forest Ecology and Management 424:323-337.
  16. Jucker, T., G.P. Asner, M. Dalponte, P.G. Brodrick, C.D. Philipson, N.R. Vaughn, Y.A. Teh, C. Brelsford, D.F.R.P. Burslem, et al., and D.A. Coomes. 2018. Estimating aboveground carbon density and its uncertainty in Borneo’s structurally complex tropical forests using airborne laser scanning. Biogeosciences 15:3811-3830.
  17. Anderson, C.M., G.P. Asner, W. Llactayo, and E.F. Lambin. 2018. Overlapping land allocations reduce deforestation in Peru. Land Use Policy 79:174-178.



  1. Skowronek, S., G.P. Asner, and H. Feilhauer. 2017. Performance of one-class classifiers for invasive species mapping using airborne imaging spectroscopy. Ecological Informatics 37:66-75.
  2. Osborne, B.B., M.K. Nasto, G.P. Asner, C.S. Balzotti, C.C. Cleveland, B.W. Sullivan, P.G. Taylor, A.R. Townsend, and S. Porder. 2017. Climate, topography, and canopy chemistry exert hierarchical control over soil N cycling in a Neotropical lowland forest. Ecosystems doi:10.1007/s10021-016-0095-7
  3. Mograbi, P.J. G.P. Asner, E.T.F. Witkowski, B.F.N. Erasmus, K.J. Wessels, R. Mathieu, and N.R. Vaughn. 2017. Humans and elephants as treefall drivers in African savannas. Ecography 10.1111/ecog.02549
  4. Barbosa, J.M. and G.P. Asner. 2017. Prioritizing landscapes for restoration based on spatial patterns of ecosystem controls and plant-plant interactions. Journal of Applied Ecology doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12857
  5. Caughlin, T.T., S.W. Rifai, S.J. Graves, G.P. Asner, and S.A. Bohlman. 2017. Integrating LiDAR-derived tree height and Landsat satellite reflectance to estimate forest regrowth in a tropical agricultural landscape. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation 2(4):190-203.
  6. Asner, G.P., R.E. Martin, D.E. Knapp, et al. 2017. Airborne laser-guided imaging spectroscopy to map forest trait diversity and guide conservation. Science 355:385-389.
  7. Barbosa, J.M., G.P. Asner, R.F. Hughes, and M.T. Johnson. 2017. Landscape-scale GPP and carbon density inform patterns and impacts of an invasive tree across wet forests of Hawaii. Ecological Applications 27:403-415.
  8. Nasto, M.K., B.B. Osborne, Y. Lekberg, G.P. Asner, C.S. Balzotti, S. Porder, P.G. Taylor, A.R. Townsend, and C.C. Cleveland. 2017. Nutrient acquisition, soil phosphorus partitioning and competition among trees in a lowland tropical rain forest. New Phytologist 214:1506-1517.
  9. Clark, K.E., R.G. Hilton, A.J. West, A. Robles Caceres, D.R. Grocke, T.R. Marthews, R.I. Ferguson, G.P. Asner, M. New, and Y. Malhi. 2017. Erosion of organic carbon from the Andes and its effects on ecosystem carbon dioxide balance. J. of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences doi:10.1002/2016JG003615
  10. Wu, M.S., S.J. Feakins, R.E. Martin, A. Shenkin, L. Patrick Bentley, B. Blonder, N. Salinas, G.P. Asner, and Y. Malhi. 2017. Altitude effect on leaf wax carbon isotopic composition in humid tropical forests. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 206:1-17. doi:10.1016/j.gca.2017.02.022
  11. Asner, G.P., R.E. Martin, and J. Mascaro. 2017. Coral reef atoll assessment in the South China Sea using Planet Dove satellites. Remote Sensing for Ecology and Conservation doi:10.1002/rse2.42
  12. Blackman, A., L. Corral, E. Santo Lima, and G.P. Asner. 2017. Titling indigenous communities protects forests in the Peruvian Amazon. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences doi:10.1073/pnas.1603290114
  13. Ordway, E.M., G.P. Asner, and E. Lambin. 2017. Deforestation risk due to commodity crop expansion in sub-Saharan Africa. Environmental Research Letters 12:044015.
  14. Blonder, B., N. Salinas, L. Patrick Bentley, A. Shenkin, P.O. Chambi Porroa, Y. Valdez Tejeira, C. Violle, N.M. Fyllas, G.R. Goldsmith, R. Martin, G.P. Asner, S. Diaz, B.J. Enquist, and Y. Malhi. 2017. Predicting trait-environment relationships for venation networks along an Andes-Amazon elevation gradient. Ecology doi:10.1002/ecy.1747
  15. Coomes, D.A., M. Dalponte, T. Jucker, G.P. Asner, L.F. Banin, D.F.R.P. Burslem, S.L. Lewis, R. Nilus, O.L. Phillips, M.-H. Phua, and L. Qie. 2017. Area-based vs tree-centric approaches to mapping forest carbon in Southeast Asian forests from airborne laser scanning data. Remote Sensing of Environment 194:77-88.
  16. Asner, G.P., R.E. Martin, R. Tupayachi, and W. Llactayo. 2017. Conservation assessment of the Peruvian Andes and Amazon based on mapped forest functional diversity. Biological Conservation 210:80-88.
  17. Balzotti, C.S., and G.P. Asner. 2017. Biotic and abiotic controls over canopy function and structure in humid Hawaiian forests. Ecosystems doi:10.1007/s10021-017-0151-y
  18. Fyllas, N.M., L. Patrick Bentley, A. Shenkin, G.P. Asner, et al. 2017 Solar radiation and functional traits explain the decline of forest primary productivity along a tropical elevation gradient. Ecology Letters doi:10.1111/ele.12771.
  19. Balzotti, C.S., G.P. Asner, P.G. Taylor, R. Cole, B.B. Osborne, C.C. Cleveland, S. Porder, and A.R. Townsend. 2017. Topographic distributions of emergent trees in tropical forests of the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. Ecography 40:829-839 (doi 10.1111/ecog.02062)
  20. Davies, A.B., M. Ancrenaz, F. Oram, and G.P. Asner. 2017. Canopy structure drives orangutan habitat selection in disturbed Bornean forests. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences doi:10.1073/pnas.1706780114
  21. Evans, L.J., B. Goossens, and G.P. Asner. 2017. Underproductive agriculture aids connectivity in tropical forests. Forest Ecology and Management 401:159-165.
  22. Thompson, D.R., E.J. Hochberg, G.P. Asner, R.O. Green, D.E. Knapp, B.-C. Gao, R. Garcia, M. Gierach, Z. Lee, S. Maritorena, and R. Fick. 2017. Airborne mapping of benthic reflectance spectra with Bayesian linear mixtures. Remote Sensing of Environment 200:18-30.
  23. Balzotti, C.S, and G.P. Asner. 2017. Episodic canopy structural transformations and biological invasion in a Hawaiian forest. Frontiers in Plant Science doi:10.3389/fpls.2017.01256
  24. Asner, G.P. and R. Tupayachi. 2017. Accelerated losses of protected forests from gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon. Environmental Research Letters 12:094004.
  25. Barbosa, J.M. and G.P. Asner. 2017. Effects of long-term rainfall decline on the structure and functioning of Hawaiian forests. Environmental Research Letters 12:094002.
  26. North, M.P., J.T. Kane, V.R. Kane, G.P. Asner, W. Berigan, D.J. Churchill, S. Conway, R.J. Gutierrez, S. Jeronimo, J. Keane, A. Koltunov, T. Mark, M. Moskal, T. Munton, Z. Peery, C. Ramirez, R. Sollmann, A.M. White, and S. Whitmore. 2017. Colver of tall trees best predicts California spotted owl habitat. Forest Ecology and Management 405:166-178.
  27. Paz-Kagan, T., and G.P. Asner. 2017. Drivers of woody canopy water content responses to drought in a Mediterranean-type ecosystem. Ecological Applications DOI: 10.1002/eap.1603
  28. Evans, L.J., A.B. Davies, B. Goossens, and G.P. Asner. 2017. Riparian vegetation structure and the hunting behavior of adult estuarine crocodiles. PLoS One doi:10/1371/journal.pone.0184804
  29. Enquist, B.J., L.P. Bentley, A. Shenkin, B. Maitner, V. Savage, S. Michaletz, B. Blonder, V. Buzzard, T.E. Boza Espinoza, W. Farfan-Rios, C.E. Doughty, G.R. Goldsmith, R.E. Martin, N. Salinas, M. Silman, S. Diaz, G.P. Asner, and Y. Malhi. 2017. Assessing trait-based scaling theory in tropical forests spanning a broad temperature gradient. Global Ecology and Biogeography doi:10.1111/geb.12645
  30. Brodrick, P.G., and G.P. Asner. 2017. Remotely sensed predictors of conifer tree mortality during severe drought. Environmental Research Letters 115013. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aa8f55
  31. Doughty, C.E., P.E. Santos-Andrade, G.R. Goldsmith, B. Blonder, A. Shenkin, L.P. Bentley, C. Chavana-Bryant, W. Huaraca-Huasco, S. Diaz, N. Salinas, B.J. Enquist, R. Martin, G.P. Asner, and Y. Malhi. 2017. Can leaf spectroscopy predict leaf and forest traits along a Peruvian tropical forest elevation gradient? Journal of Geophysical Research 10.1002/2017JG003883
  32. Paz-Kagan, T., P.G. Brodrick, N.R. Vaughn, A.J. Das, N.L. Stephenson, K.R. Nydick, and G.P. Asner. 2017. What mediates tree mortality during drought in the southern Sierra Nevada? Ecological Applications 27(8):2443-2457.
  33. Niemiec, R.M., G.P. Asner, P.G. Brodrick, J.A. Gaertner, N.M. Ardoin. 2018. Scale-dependence of environmental and socioeconomic drivers of Albizia invasion in Hawaii. Landscape and Urban Planning 169:70-80.
  34. Asner, G.P., P.G. Brodrick, C. Philipson, N.R. Vaughn, R.E. Martin, D.E. Knapp, J. Heckler, L.J. Evans, T. Jucker, B. Goossens, D.J. Stark, G. Reynolds, R. Ong, N. Renneboog, F. Kugan, and D.A. Coomes. 2017. Mapped aboveground carbon stocks to advance forest conservation and recovery in Malaysian Borneo. Biological Conservation 217:289-310.