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

  • 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.

  • Oliver Binks, Patrick Meir, Lucy Rowland, Antonio Costa, Steel Vasconcelos, Alex Oliveira, Leandro Ferreira, Bradley Christoffersen, Andrea Nardini, and Maurizio Mencuccini. "Plasticity in leaf-level water relations of tropical rainforest trees in response to experimental drought," New Phytologist 211, no. 2 (2016): 477--488.

  • Hannes De Deurwaerder, Hans Verbeeck, Timothy Baker, Bradley Christoffersen, Philippe Ciais, David Galbraith, Matthieu Guimberteau, Bart Kruijt, Fanny Langerwisch, Patrick Meir, "The ambiguity of drought events, a bottleneck for Amazon forest drought response modelling," EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts. 18, 2016: 13304.

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. 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

  • 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)

Current Courses

BIOL 4201 13 - Biology Problems I:
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BIOL 4405 01 - Plant Physiology:
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BIOL 4405 A - Plant Physiology:
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BIOL 4201 M - Biology Problems I:
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