Bradley   O.  Christoffersen

Assistant Professor  

Dr. Bradley O. Christoffersen

I am a broadly trained ecologist, with extensive experience in tropical forests and soon the thornscrub ecosystems of the Rio Grande Valley. My research focuses on plant physiological ecology, ecosystem ecology, and models which scale up processes from plant tissues to whole ecosystems.





Selected Publications


  • A. Rammig, J. Heinke, F. Hofhansl, H. Verbeeck, T. Baker, Bradley Christoffersen, P. Ciais, H. De Deurwaerder, K. Fleischer, D. Galbraith, M. Guimberteau, A. Huth, M. Johnson, B. Krujit, F. Langerwisch, P. Meir, P. Papastefanou, G. Sampaio, K. Thonicke, C. von Randow, C. Zang, "A generic pixel-to-point comparison for simulated large-scale ecosystem properties and ground-based observations: an example from the Amazon region," Geoscientific Model Development Discussions 2018, (2018): 1--21.

  • Nate McDowell, Craig Allen, Kristina Anderson-Teixeira, Paulo Brando, Roel Brienen, Jeff Chambers, Brad Christoffersen, Stuart Davies, Chris Doughty, Alvaro Duque, Fernando Espirito-Santo, Rosie Fisher, Clarissa Fontes, David Galbraith, Devin Goodsman, Charlotte Grossiord, Henrik Hartmann, Jennifer Holm, Daniel Johnson, Abd Kassim, Michael Keller, Charlie Koven, Lara Kueppers, Tomo'omi Kumagai, Yadvinder Malhi, Sean McMahon, Maurizio Mencuccini, Patrick Meir, Paul Moorcroft, Helene Muller-Landau, Oliver Phillips, Thomas Powell, Carlos Sierra, John Sperry, Jeff Warren, Chonggang Xu, and Xiangtao Xu. "Drivers and mechanisms of tree mortality in moist tropical forests," New Phytologist 219, no. 3 (2018): 851-869.

  • Rosie Fisher, Charles Koven, William Anderegg, Bradley Christoffersen, Michael Dietze, Caroline Farrior, Jennifer Holm, George Hurtt, Ryan Knox, Peter Lawrence, "Vegetation demographics in Earth System Models: A review of progress and priorities," Global change biology 24, no. 1 (2018): 35--54.

  • Danielle Christianson, Charuleka Varadharajan, Bradley Christoffersen, Matteo Detto, Boris Faybishenko, Val Hendrix, Kolby Jardine, Robinson Negron-Juarez, Bruno Gimenez, Gilberto Pastorello, "A metadata reporting framework (FRAMES) for synthesis of ecohydrological observations," Ecological Informatics (2017).

  • Natalia Restrepo-Coupe, Naomi Levine, Bradley Christoffersen, Loren Albert, Jin Wu, Marcos Costa, David Galbraith, Hewlley Imbuzeiro, Giordane Martins, Alessandro Araujo, "Do dynamic global vegetation models capture the seasonality of carbon fluxes in the Amazon basin? A data-model intercomparison," Global Change Biology 23, no. 1 (2017): 191--208.

  • Bradley Christoffersen, Patrick Meir, and Nate McDowell. "Linking plant hydraulics and beta diversity in tropical forests," New Phytologist 215, no. 1 (2017): 12--14.

  • Jin Wu, Kaiyu Guan, Matthew Hayek, Natalia Restrepo-Coupe, Kenia Wiedemann, Xiangtao Xu, Richard Wehr, Bradley Christoffersen, Guofang Miao, Rodrigo Silva, "Partitioning controls on Amazon forest photosynthesis between environmental and biotic factors at hourly to interannual timescales," Global change biology 23, no. 3 (2017): 1240--1257.

  • Jin Wu, Loren Albert, Aline Lopes, Natalia Restrepo-Coupe, Matthew Hayek, Kenia Wiedemann, Kaiyu Guan, Scott Stark, Bradley Christoffersen, Neill Prohaska, "Leaf development and demography explain photosynthetic seasonality in Amazon evergreen forests," Science 351, no. 6276 (2016): 972--976.

  • Bradley Christoffersen, Manuel Gloor, Sophie Fauset, Nikolaos Fyllas, David Galbraith, Timothy Baker, Bart Kruijt, Lucy Rowland, Rosie Fisher, Oliver Binks, "Linking hydraulic traits to tropical forest function in a size-structured and trait-driven model (TFS v. 1-Hydro)," Geoscientific Model Development 9, no. 11 (2016): 4227.

  • Bradley Christoffersen. Pantropical Tree Sapwood Area Data, 1977-2015. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States), 2016.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Bradley Christoffersen. Co-evolving plant traits and hydrologic environment within watershed models, Oak Ridge National Laboratory LDRD Director's R&D Fund, $60,000.00 (October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2019)

  • Bradley Christoffersen. Development of Functionally Assembled Terrestrial Ecosystem Simulator (FATES) - Hydro, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, $17,145.00 (June 15, 2018 - July 31, 2018)

  • Bradley Christoffersen. Graduate Research Environmental Fellow, US Department of Energy Global Change Education Program, $54,000.00 (August 2008 - December 2011)

  • Bradley Christoffersen. NSF Amazon-PIRE Research Fellowship, University of Arizona, $18,000.00 (January 2008 - August 2008)

  • Bradley Christoffersen. Graduate College Fellowship, University of Arizona, $10,000.00 (August 2006 - December 2006)



Selected Presentations


  • Bradley Christoffersen, Charlotte Grossiord, Chonggang Xu, Heidi Asbjornsen, Christopher Baraloto, Z Berry, Damien Bonal, Jeffrey Chambers, Danielle Christianson, Matteo Detto, Boris Faybishenko, Rosie Fisher, Clarissa Fontes, Claire Fortunel, Kolby Jardine, Ryan Knox, Charles Koven, Lara Kueppers, Nate McDowell, Jose Medina-Vega, Georgianne Moore, Robinson Negron-Juarez, Clement Stahl, Charuleka Varadharajan, Jeffrey Warren, Brett Wolfe, and S Wright. "Tropical tree hydraulic responses to the 2015-2016 ENSO: a cross-site analysis and insights from a model," Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, ESA, New Orleans, LA (August 2018)

  • Engil Pereira, Jihoon Kang, Chu-Lin Cheng, Mirayda Torres-Avila, Bradley Christoffersen, Christopher Gabler, Kristine Lowe, and Alexis Racelis. "Increasing Hispanic Workforce in Soil Science through Training, Research, and Education: A New Integrated Program for the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas," Annual meeting of the ASA-CSSA-SSSA-CSSS, Soil Science Society of America, San Diego, California (August 2018)

  • Bradley Christoffersen. "Fusing data and models to understand (sub)tropical forest response to moisture:from trees to the ecosystem," Texas A&M ESSM Seminar Series, Texas A&M Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, College Station, TX (April 2018)

  • Bradley Christoffersen. "Unraveling the ecophysiology of tropical and subtropical ecosystems to understand and mitigate the impacts of climate change," USDA H.S.I. Program Seminar Series, USDA, Edinburg (March 2018)

  • Hsuying Ward, Ian Werkheiser, Bradley Christoffersen, Ignacio Rodriguez, Arlett Lomeli, Rupesh Kariyat, and Angela Chapman. "Accessibility Learning Community: Creating Student Success through Universal Design for Learning," UTRGV Teaching Excellence Symposium, Center for Teaching Excellence, Edinburg (February 2018)

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