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Diane E. Pataki

Associate Professor, Earth System Science
School of Physical Sciences

Associate Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
School of Biological Sciences

Director, Center for Environmental Biology
School of Biological Sciences

Ph.D., Duke University, 1998, Ecology

M.S., Duke University, 1995, Ecology

B.A., Barnard College, 1993, Environmental Science

Phone: (949) 824-9411
Fax: (949) 824-3874
Email: dpataki@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
3313 Croul Hall
Mail Code: 3100
Irvine, CA 92697

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Physiological Plant Ecology, Ecosystem Ecology, Urban Ecology, Global Change Biology
URLs Lab Website
UC Irvine Stable Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS) Facility
Global Change Ecology at UC Irvine
Center for Environmental Biology
2010- Science Committee, Ecological Society of America
2009-2010 Energy Sustainability subcommittee, U.S. DOE Biological and
Environmental Research Strategic Planning Committee
2009- Director, Anza Borrego Field Station Initiative, UC Irvine
2009- Steering Committee, Environment Institute, UC Irvine
2008 James B. Macelwane Medalist, American Geophysical Union
2008- Fellow, American Geophysical Union
2008- Carbon Cycle Scientific Steering Group, U.S. Climate Change Science
2008- University of California Natural Reserve System Committee
2007-2009 Membership Committee, University Corporation for Atmospheric
Research (UCAR)
2006- Ecohydrology Executive Committee, American Geophysical Union
2007 Lead Author, U.S. Climate Change Science Program, State of the
Carbon Cycle Report, Chapter 14: Human Settlements
2005-2010 Subject Editor, Global Change Biology journal
2004-2011 Board of Advisors to the Editor, New Phytologist journal
2000-2010 Steering Committee, Biosphere-Atmosphere Stable Isotope Network
2000-2005 Steering Committee, Terrestrial Ecosystem Responses to Atmospheric
and Climatic Change (TERACC) network
Appointments Post-doctoral Research Associate. Desert Research Institute, Las Vegas, NV.
1998 - 1999.

IGBP-GCTE Focus 1 Program Officer, University of Utah, Salt Lake City

Research Assistant Professor. Dept. of Biology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Plants and soils provide many services for society, such as the provision of food, water and materials; the regulation of atmospheric composition, hydrology, and water quality; and cultural and aesthetic services. In urban ecosystems where landscapes are intensively managed, there are also potential environmental and economic costs of creating and maintaining different soil and vegetation types. However, the environmental benefits and costs of urban landscapes have seldom been directly measured. My lab uses a variety of methods to measure urban plant and soil processes and translate these processes into ecosystem services and disservices of interest to urban residents, managers, and policy-makers.

We have a number of ongoing projects focusing on the role of different plant species, landscape types, and land cover in influencing urban climate, water resources, atmospheric composition, and greenhouse gas emissions. We are investigating these processes in the Los Angeles metropolitan area with direct measurements of plant physiology, ecosystem water balance, soil nutrient cycling, and greenhouse gases
Publications Pataki DE, McCarthy HR, Litvak E, Pincetl S. 2011. Transpiration of urban forests in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Ecological Applications, 21(3): 661-677

Pataki DE, Boone CG, Hogue TS, Jenerette GD, McFadden JP, Pincetl S. 2011. Socio-ecohydrology and the urban water challenge. Ecohydrology 4(2): 341-347.

Pataki DE, Carreiro MM, Cherrier J, Grulke NE, Jenning V, Pincetl S, Pouyat RV, Whitlow TH, Zipperer WC. 2011. Coupling biogeochemical cycles in urban environments: Ecosystem services, green solutions, and misconceptions. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 9: 27-36.

Townsend-Small A, Pataki DE, Czimczik CI, Tyler SC. 2011. Nitrous oxide emissions and isotopic composition in urban and agricultural systems in southern California. JGR Biogeosciences 116, G01013: doi:10.1029/2010JG001494
  McCarthy HR, Pataki DE. 2010. Drivers of variability in water use of native and non-native urban trees in the Greater Los Angeles area. Urban Ecosystems 13(4): 393-414.
  Djuricin S, Pataki DE, Xiaomei Xu. 2010. A comparison of tracer methods for quantifying CO2 sources in an urban region. JGR Atmospheres 115, D11303 doi:10/1029/2009JD012236.
  Kennedy C, Steinberger J, Gasson B, Hansen Y, Hillman T, Havranek M, Pataki D, Phdungsilp A, Ramaswami A, Mendez GV. 2010. Methodology for inventorying greenhouse gas emissions from global cities. Energy Policy 38(9): 4828-4837
  Wang W, Pataki DE. 2010. Spatial patterns of plant isotope tracers in the Los Angeles urban region. Landscape Ecology 25(1): 35-52.
  Pataki DE, Randerson JT, Wang W, Herzenach MK, Grulke NE. 2010. The carbon isotope composition of plants and soils as biomarkers of pollution. In West JB, Bowen G, Dawson TE, Eds. Isoscapes: Understanding movement, pattern, and process on Earth through isotope mapping. Springer, New York.
  Kennedy C, Steinberger J, Gasson B, Hansen Y, Hillman T, Havranek M, Pataki D, Phdungsilp P, Ramaswami A, Mendez GV. 2009. Greenhouse gas emissions from global cities. Environmental Science and Technology, 43, 7297-7302.
  Pataki DE, Emmi PC, Forster CB, Mills JI, Pardyjak ER, Peterson TR, Thompson JD, Dudley-Murphy E. 2009. An integrated approach to improving fossil fuel emissions scenarios with urban ecosystem studies. Ecological Complexity 6(1):1-14.
  Riley WJ, Hsueh DJ, Randerson JT, Fischer ML, Hatch JG, Pataki DE, Goulden ML. 2008. Where do fossil fuel carbon dioxide emissions from California go? An analysis based on radiocarbon observations and an atmospheric transport model. JGR Biogeosciences 113, G04002, doi:10.1029/2007JG000625.
  Hultine KR, Bush SE, West AG, Burtch KG, Pataki DE, Ehleringer JR. 2008. Gender-specific patterns of aboveground allocation, canopy conductance and water use in a dominant riparian tree species: Acer negundo. Tree Physiology 28(9) 1383-1394.
  Bijoor NS, Czimczik C, Pataki DE, Billings SA. 2008. The effects of temperature and fertilization on nitrogen cycling and community composition of an urban lawn. Global Change Biology, 14: 1-13.
  Pataki DE, Billings SA, Naumburg E, Goedhart CM. 2008. Water sources and nitrogen relations of grasses and shrubs in phreatophytic communities of the Great Basin Desert. Journal of Arid Environments, 72(9):1581-1593
  Pataki DE, McCarthy HR, Litvak E, Pincetl S. 2011. Transpiration of urban forests in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Ecological Applications, 21(3): 661-677
  Ngo NS and Pataki DE. 2008. The energy and mass balance of Los Angeles County. Urban Ecosystems, 11: 121-139.
  Bush SE, Pataki DE, Hultine KR, West AG, Sperry JS, Ehleringer JR. 2008. Wood anatomy constrains stomatal responses to atmospheric vapor pressure deficit in irrigated, urban trees. Oecologia, 156: 13-20.
  Bowling DR, Pataki DE, Randerson JT. 2008. Carbon isotopes in terrestrial ecosystem pools and CO2 fluxes. New Phytologist, 178(1): 24–40.
  Grimm NB, Foster D, Groffman P, Grove JM, Hopkinson CS, Nadelhoffer K, Pataki DE, Peters D. 2008. The changing landscape: ecosystem responses to urbanization and pollution across climatic and societal gradients. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 6(5): 264-272.
  Bush SE, Pataki DE, Ehleringer JR. 2007. Sources of variation in d13C of fossil fuel emissions in Salt Lake City, USA. Applied Geochemistry 22: 715-723.
  Pataki DE, Lai CT, Keeling CD, Ehleringer JR. 2007. Insights from stable isotopes on the role of terrestrial ecosystems in the global carbon cycle. In Terrestrial Ecosystems in a Changing World. Canadell JG, Pataki DE, Pitelka LF, Eds, Springer, Berlin.

Pouyat RV, Pataki DE, Belt KT, Groffman PM, Hom J, Band LE. 2007. Effects of urban land use change on biogeochemical cycles. In Terrestrial Ecosystems in a Changing World. Canadell JG, Pataki DE, Pitelka LF, Eds, Springer, Berlin.

Canadell JG, Pataki DE, Gifford R, Houghton R, Luo Y, Raupach M, Smith P, Steffen W. 2007. Saturation of the terrestrial carbon sink. In Terrestrial Ecosystems in a Changing World. Canadell JG, Pataki DE, Pitelka LF, Eds, Springer, Berlin.

Canadell JG, Pataki DE, Pitelka LF, Eds. 2007. Terrestrial Ecosystems in a Changing World, Springer, Berlin.
  Pataki DE, Xu T, Luo YQ, Ehleringer JR. 2007. Inferring biogenic and anthropogenic CO2 sources across an urban to rural gradient. Oecologia 152: 307-322.
  Pataki DE, Alig RJ, Fung AS, Golubiewski NE, Kennedy CA, McPherson EG, Nowak DJ, Pouyat RV, Romero Lankao P. 2006. Urban ecosystems and the North American carbon cycle. Global Change Biology 12: 2092-2101.
  Pataki DE, Bowling DR, Ehleringer JR, Zobitz JM. 2006. High resolution monitoring of urban carbon dioxide sources. Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L03813, doi:10.1029/2005GL024822
  Aranibar JN, Berry JA, Riley WJ, Pataki DE, Law BE, Ehleringer JR. 2006. Combining meteorology, eddy fluxes, isotope measurements, and modeling to understand environmental controls of carbon isotope discrimination at the canopy scale. Global Change Biology, 12: 710-730.
  Pataki DE, Tyler BJ, Peterson RE, Nair AP, Steenburgh WJ, Pardyjak ER. 2005. Can carbon dioxide be used as a tracer of urban atmospheric transport? Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres,110: D15102, doi:10.1029/2004JD005723.
  Pataki DE, Bush SE, Gardner P, Solomon DK, Ehleringer JR. 2005. Ecohydrology in a Colorado River riparian forest: Implications for the decline of Populus fremontii. Ecological Applications 15(3): 1009-1018.
  Pataki DE. 2005. Emerging topics in stable isotope ecology: are there isotope effects in plant respiration? New Phytologist, 167: 321-323.
  Pataki DE, Bush SE, Ehleringer JR. 2005. Stable isotopes as a tool in urban ecology. In Stable isotopes and biosphere-atmosphere interactions: Processes and biological controls. Flanagan LB, Ehleringer JR, Pataki DE, Eds. Elsevier Press, San Diego.

Flanagan LB, Ehleringer JR, Pataki DE, Eds. 2005. Stable isotopes and biosphere-atmosphere interactions: Processes and biological controls. Elsevier Press, San Diego.
  Luo Y, Su B, Currie WS, Dukes JS, Finzi A, Hartwig U, Hungate B, McMurtrie R, Oren R, Parton WJ, Pataki DE, Shaw R, Zak DR, Field C. 2004. Progressive nitrogen limitation of ecosystem responses to rising atmospheric CO2. Bioscience 54(8): 731-739.
  Morgan JA, Pataki DE, Gruenzweig J, Körner C, Newton P, Niklaus PA, Nippert J, Nowak RS, Parton W, Clark H, Del Grosso SJ, Knapp AK, Mosier AR, Polley W, Shaw R. 2004. Grassland responses to rising atmospheric CO2 are driven primarily by water relations. Oecologia 140: 11-25.

Pataki DE, Bowling DR, Ehleringer JR. 2003. Seasonal cycle of carbon dioxide and its isotopic composition in an urban atmosphere: anthropogenic and biogenic effects. Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres 108(D23), 4735

Pataki DE, Oren R. Species differences in stomatal control of water loss at the canopy scale in a mature bottomland deciduous forest. 2003. Advances in Water Resources 26(12): 1267-1278.

Pataki DE, Ellsworth DW, King JS, Leavitt SW, Lin G, Pendall E, Siegwolf R, van Kessel C, Ehleringer JR. 2003. Tracing changes in ecosystem function under elevated CO2. Bioscience 53(9): 805-818.

Bowling DR, Pataki DE, Ehleringer JR. 2003. Critical evaluation of micrometeorological methods for measuring ecosystem-atmosphere isotopic exchange of CO2. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 116: 159-179.

Pataki DE, Ehleringer JR, Flanagan LB, Yakir D, Bowling DR, Still C, Buchmann N, Kaplan JO, Berry JA. 2003. The application and interpretation of Keeling plots in terrestrial carbon cycle research. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 17(1), 1022

Canadell J, Pataki DE. 2002. New advances in carbon cycle research. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 17(4): 156-158.

Pataki DE. 2002. Atmospheric CO2, climate and evolution – lessons from the past. New Phytologist 154:10-14.

Oren R, Pataki DE. 2001. Transpiration in response to variation in microclimate and soil moisture in southeastern deciduous forests. Oecologia 127: 549-559.

Oren R, Sperry JS, Ewers BE, Pataki DE, Phillips N, Megonigal JP. 2001. Sensitivity of mean canopy stomatal conductance to vapor pressure deficit in a flooded Taxodium distichum L. forest: hydraulic and non-hydraulic effects. Oecologia 126:21–29.

Pataki DE, Huxman TE, Jordan DN, Zitzer SF, Coleman JS, Smith SD, Nowak RS, Seemann JR. 2000. Water use of two Mojave Desert shrubs under elevated CO2. Global Change Biology 6(8): 889-898.

Pataki DE, Oren R, Smith WK. 2000. Sap flux of co-occurring species in a western subalpine forest during seasonal soil drought. Ecology 81(9) 2557-2566.

Oren R, Phillips N, Ewers BE, Pataki DE, Megonigal JP. 1999. Sap-flux-scaled transpiration responses to light, vapor pressure deficit, and leaf area reduction in a flooded Taxodium distichum forest. Tree Physiology 19:337-347.

Oren R, Sperry JS, Katul GG, Pataki DE, Ewers BE, Phillips N, Schäfer KVR. 1999. Survey and synthesis of intra- and interspecific variation in stomatal sensitivity to vapour pressure deficit. Plant, Cell and Environment 22: 1515-1526.

Pataki DE, Oren R, Phillips N. 1998. Responses of sap flux and stomatal conductance of Pinus taeda L. trees to stepwise reductions in leaf area. Journal of Experimental Botany 49: 871-878.

Pataki DE, Oren R, Tissue DT. 1998. Elevated carbon dioxide does not affect stomatal conductance of Pinus taeda L. Oecologia 117: 47-52.

Pataki DE, Oren R, Katul G, Sigmon J. 1998. Canopy conductance of Pinus taeda, Liquidambar styraciflua and Quercus phellos under varying atmospheric and soil moisture conditions. Tree Physiology 18: 307-315.

Oren R, Phillips N, Katul G, Ewers BE, Pataki DE. 1998. Scaling xylem sap flux and soil water balance, and calculating variance: a method for partitioning water flux in forests. Annales des Sciences Forestieres 55: 191-216.

Katul G, Todd P, Pataki DE, Kabala ZJ, Oren R. 1997. Soil water depletion by oak trees and the influence of root water uptake on the moisture content spatial statistics. Water Resources Research 33(4):611-623.
Grants “Urban trace-gas emissions study (UTES): Interactions between canopy processes, anthropogenic emissions, and social institutions in the Salt Lake Valley, Utah.” NSF-biocomplexity, 9/02-2/07, Pataki, Emmi, Forster, Klewicki, Peterson
“Is carbon sequestration a feasible management goal for urban soils? Exploratory research in the Los Angeles Basin” Newkirk Center for Science and Society, 9/05 – 9/06, Pataki and Trumbore
“Plant water use in Owens Valley, CA: Understanding the influence of climate and depth to groundwater.” UC Center for Water Resources, 7/05 – 6/07, Pataki
“Controls on C and N cycling in a Southern California urban turfgrass ecosystem” Kearney Foundation of Soil Science, 1/06 – 12/06, Pataki
“Improving greenhouse gas emissions inventories in California with atmospheric measurements,” UC Energy Institute, 7/06 – 6/07, Pataki
“The spatial distribution of isotopic tracers in urban organic matter: understanding multiple and confounding effects of human activities on urban vegetation” NSF Geography, 8/06 – 7/09, Pataki
“Collaborative Research: A study in the dynamics of human behavior in institutional innovation and learning,” NSF-HSD, 9/1/06 – 8/31/09, Pincetl and Saatchi, UCLA, Pataki and Saphores, UCI
“Distinguishing between greenhouse gas emissions from cropland, animal operations, and urban land cover with isotopic tracers,” USDA Air Quality, 1/1/07 – 12/31/09, Pataki, Tyler, Trumbore
“Creating sustainability indicators to assess the physical, social, and economic values of greening cities,” EPA-STAR, 10/06-9/09, Saphores and Pataki, UCI, Pincetl and Saatchi, UCLA
“Reductions in urban outdoor water use as an adaptation to rising temperatures and declining water supplies in southern California,” California Energy Commission PIER, 12/1/09 – 11/30/10, Pataki, Hogue, Pincetl
Dynamics of urban ecosystem services and their relationship to ecohydrology: Exploratory study for a Los Angeles Urban Long-term Research Site (LA-ULTRA), NSF-ULTRA, 1/1/10-12/31/11, Pincetl, Boone, Hogue, McFadden, Pataki
Toward a biogeography of urban forests,” NSF-DEB, 9/1/09-8/31/12, Pataki, Jenerette, Pincetl, Gillespie
Ecological Society of America
American Geophysical Union
International Association for Urban Climate
Research Center Center for Environmental Biology
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