PDFs of Peer-reviewed publications

Skelton, R., West, A.G., Dawson, T.E., Leonard, J. (2013) External heat-pulse method allows comparative sapflow in diverse functional types in a Mediterranean-type shrubland in South Africa. Functional Plant Biologyhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1071/FP12379

West, A.G., Midgley, G.F. and Bond, W.B. (2012) The reforestation of Africa? South African Journal of Science. 108(11/12) Art. #1448, http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/sajs.v108i11/12.1448

West, A.G., Dawson, T.E., February, E.C., Midgley, G.F., Bond, W.B., Aston, T.L. (2012) Diverse functional responses to drought in a Mediterranean-type shrubland in South Africa. New Phytologist. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2012.04170.x

West, A.G., Goldsmith, G., Matimati, I., Dawson, T.E. (2011) Spectral analysis software improves confidence in plant and soil water stable isotope analyses performed by isotope ratio infrared spectroscopy (IRIS). Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. 25: 2268-2274.

Godard-Codding C.A., Clark R., Fossi M.C., Marsili L., Maltese S., West A.G., et al. (2011) Pacific Ocean-wide profile of CYP1A1 expression, stable carbon and nitrogen isotope ratios and organic contaminant burden in sperm whale skin biopsies. Environmental Health Perspectives. doi: 10.1289/ehp.0901809 

West, A.G., Goldsmith, G., Brooks, P.D., Dawson, T.E. (2010) Discrepancies between isotope ratio infrared spectroscopy and isotope ratio mass spectrometry for the stable isotope analysis of plant and soil waters. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. 24:1948-1945 pdf

Yates, C.J., Elith, J., Latimer, A.M., Le Maitre, D., Midgley, G.F., Schurr, F.M., West, A.G. (2010) Projecting climate change impacts on species distributions in megadiverse South African Cape and Southwest Australian Floristic Regions: Opportunities and challenges. Austral Ecology. 35: 374-391 pdf

Hawkins, H-J., Hettash, H., West, A.G., Cramer, M.D. (2009) Hydraulic redistribution by Protea ‘Sylvia’ (Proteaceae) facilitates soil water recharge and water acquisition by an understorey grass and shrub. Functional Plant Biology 36: 752-760. pdf

Hoffman M.T., Carrick P.C., Gillson L. and West A.G. (2009) Drought, climate change and vegetation response in the succulent karoo. South African Journal of Science 105: 54-60. pdf

West A.G., Hultine K.R., Sperry J.S. and Ehleringer J.R. (2008) Transpiration and hydraulic strategies in a pinon-juniper woodland. Ecological Applications 18: 911-927. pdf

Hultine K.R., Bush S.E., West A.G., Burtch K.G., Pataki D.E. and Ehleringer J.R. (2008). Gender-specific patterns of aboveground allocation, canopy conductance and water use in a dominant riparian tree species: Acer negundo. Tree Physiology 28, 1383-1394 pdf

McDowell N., Pockman W.T., Allen C.D., Breshears D.D., Cobb N., Kolb T., Plaut J., Sperry J., West A.G., Williams D.G. and Yepez E.A. (2008). Mechanisms of plant survival and mortality during drought: why do some plants survive while others succumb to drought? New Phytologist. Tansley Review. 178, 719-739. pdf

Ehleringer J.R., Bowen G.J., Chesson L.A., West A.G., Podlesak D.W. and Cerling T.E. (2008). Hydrogen and oxygen isotope ratios in human hair are related to geography. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 105, 2788-2793. pdf

Bush, S.E., Pataki, D.E., Hultine, K.R., West, A.G., Sperry, J.S., Ehleringer, J.R.. (2008) Wood anatomy constrains stomatal responses to atmospheric vapor pressure deficit in irrigated, urban trees. Oecologia 156: 13-20. pdf

West, A.G., Hultine, K.R., Jackson, T.L., Ehleringer, J.R. (2007) Differential summer moisture use of Pinus edulis and Juniperus osteosperma reflects contrasting hydraulic patterns. Tree Physiology. 27: 1711-1720. pdf

West A.G., Hultine K.R., Burtch K.G., Ehleringer J.R. (2007) Seasonal variations in moisture use in a piñon-juniper woodland. Oecologia. 153: 787-798. pdf

Hultine K.R., Bush S.E., West, A.G. and Ehleringer J.R. (2007) Population structure, physiology and ecohydrological impacts of dioecious riparian tree species of western North America. Oecologia. 154: 85-93. pdf

Hultine, K.R., Bush, S.E., West, A.G., Ehleringer, J.R. (2007) The effect of gender on sap flux-scaled transpiration in a dominant riparian tree species: box elder (Acer negundo). JGR Biogeosciences. 112: G03S06. doi:10.1029/2006JG000232 pdf

February, E.C., West, A.G., Newton, R. (2007) The relationship between rainfall, water source and growth for an endangered tree. Austral Ecology. 32: 397-402. pdf

Cerling, T.E., Ayliffe, L.K., Dearing, M.D., Ehleringer, J.R., Passey, B.H., Podlesak, D.W., Torregrossa, A and West, A.G.. (2007) The reaction progress variable in stable isotope studies of biological tissue turnover. Oecologia 151, 175-189. pdf

February, E.C., Higgins, S.I., Newton, R. and West, A.G. (2007) Tree distribution on a steep environmental gradient in an arid savanna. Journal of Biogeography 34, 270–278. pdf

West, A.G., Patrickson, S.J. and Ehleringer, J.R. (2006) Water extraction times for plant and soil materials used in stable isotope analysis. Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom. 20: 1317-1321. pdf

West A.G., Ayliffe, L.K., Cerling, T.E., Robinson, T.F., Karren, B., Dearing, M.D. and Ehleringer, J.R. (2004) Short-term diet changes revealed using stable carbon isotopes in horse tail-hair. Functional Ecology. 18:616-624. pdf

Ayliffe, L.K., Cerling T.E., Robinson, T., West, A., Sponheimer, M., Passey, B., Hammer, J., Roeder, B, Dearing, M.D, Ehleringer, J.R. (2004) Turnover of carbon isotopes in tail hair and breath CO2 of horses fed an isotopically varied diet. Oecologia 139:11-12. pdf

Baugh, A.T., West, A.G., Rickart, E.A, Cerling, T.E., Ehleringer, J.R. and Dearing, M.D. (2004) Stable isotope ratios (d15N and d13C) of syntopic shrews (Sorex). The Southwestern Naturalist. 49(4):493-500. pdf

Sponheimer M, Robinson T, Ayliffe L, Roeder B, Hammer J, Passey B, West A., Cerling T, Dearing D, Ehleringer J. (2003) Nitrogen isotopes in mammalian herbivores: Hair delta N-15 values from a controlled feeding study. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 13 (1-2): 80-87. pdf

West A.G., Midgley J.J. and Bond W.J. (2001) The evaluation of d13C isotopes of trees to determine past regeneration environments. Forest Ecology and Management 147: 139-149. pdf

West A.G., Bond W.J. and Midgley J.J. (2000) Soil carbon isotopes reveal ancient grassland under forest in Hluhluwe, KwaZulu-Natal. South African Journal of Science 96: 252-254. pdf

West A.G., Midgley J.J. and Bond W.J. (2000) Regeneration failure and the potential importance of human disturbance in a sub-tropical forest. Applied Vegetation Science 3: 223-232. pdf



Other research outputs

West, A.G. Climate change, drought and biodiversity. South African Association of Botanists, Stellenbosch, January 2009.
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West, A.G., Goldsmith, G.R., Dawson, T.E.  American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, December 2010.
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West A.G., Midgley J.J. and Bond W.J. (2000) Hunting for human historical impacts in forest ecosystems: patterns and processes. In: A, Seydack, W. Vermeulen & C. Vermeulen (eds). Towards sustainable management based on scientific understanding of natural forests and woodlands. Dept. of Water Affairs and Forestry. Knysna, South Africa. pp. 59-64. pdf

West A.G., Bond W.J. and Midgley J.J. (2000) Dune forest succession on old lands: implications for post-mining restoration. In: A, Seydack, W. Vermeulen & C. Vermeulen (eds). Towards sustainable management based on scientific understanding of natural forests and woodlands. Dept. of Water Affairs and Forestry. Knysna, South Africa. pp. 35-39. pdf

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