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34. Little C.J.*Rizzuto M.*, Luhring T.M., Monk J.D., Nowicki R.J., Paseka R.E., Stegen J.C., Symons C.S., Taub F.B., Yen J.D.L. (2020) Filling the information gap in meta-ecosystem ecology. EcoEvoRxiv DOI: 10.32942/

  • * joint first authorship

Peer-Reviewed Publications

33. Scharn R., Little C.J., Bacon C.D., Alatalo J.M., Antonelli A., Björkman M.P., Molau U., Nilsson R.H., Björk R.G. (2021) Decreased soil moisture due to warming drives phylogenetic diversity and community transitions in the tundraEnvironmental Research Letters 16:064031.

32. Mackay J., Nikiforuk K., Szojka M., Little C.J., Fleri J.R., Germain R.M. (2021) Animals connect plant species and resources in a meta-ecosystemLandscape Ecology 36:1621–1629.

31. Gounand I., Little C.J., Harvey E., Altermatt F. (2020) Global quantitative synthesis of ecosystem functioning across climatic zones and ecosystem types. Global Ecology and Biogeography 29(7):1139-1176.

30. Altermatt F., Little C.J., Maechler E., Wang S., Zhang X., Blackman R.C. (2020) Uncovering the complete biodiversity structure in spatial networks: the example of riverine systems. Oikos 129:607-618.

29. Thomas H.J.D., et al (including Little C.J.). (2020) Global plant trait relationships extend to the climatic extremes of the tundra biome. Nature Communications 11:1351.

28. Little C.J., Fronhofer E.A., Altermatt F. (2020) Nonlinear Effects of Intraspecific Competition Alter Landscape-Wide Scaling-Up of Ecosystem Function. The American Naturalist 195(3):432-444.

27. Maechler E.*, Little C.J.*, Wuethrich R., Alther R., Fronhofer E.A., Gounand I., Harvey E., Huerlemann S., Walser J.-C., Altermatt F. (2019) Assessing different components of biodiversity across a river network using eDNA. Environmental DNA 1(3):290-301.

  • joint first authorship
  • Sequencing data is on the European Nucleotide Archive with study accession numbers (secondary accession number) PRJEB31920 (ERP114535) and PRJEB33506 (ERP116301)

26. Cooper E.J., Little C.J., Pilsbacher A.K., Mörsdorf M.A. (2019) Disappearing green: Shrubs decline and bryophytes increase with nine years of increased snow accumulation in the High Arctic. Journal of Vegetation Science 30(5):857-867.

25. Von Schiller D., Datry T., … Little C.J., … et al (92 authors). (2019) Sediment Respiration Pulses in Intermittent Rivers and Ephemeral Streams. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 33(10):1251-1263.

24. Little C.J. & Altermatt F. (2019) Differential resource consumption in leaf litter mixtures by native and non-native amphipods. Aquatic Ecology 53(2):151-162.

23. Shumilova O., Zak D., Datry T., von Schiller D., … Little C.J., … et al. (76 authors). (2019) Simulating rewetting events in intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams: a global analysis of leached nutrients and organic matter. Global Change Biology 25(5):1591-1611.

22. Little C.J., Fronhofer E.A., Altermatt F. (2019) Dispersal syndromes can impact ecosystem functioning in spatially structured freshwater populations. Biology Letters 15:20180865.

21. Thomas H.J.D., Myers-Smith I.H., Bjorkman A.D., Elmendorf S.C., … Little C.J., … et al. (88 authors). (2019) Traditional plant functional groups explain variation in economic but not size‐related traits across the tundra biome. Global Ecology & Biogeography 28(2):78-95.

20. Gounand I., Little C.J., Harvey E., Altermatt F. (2018) Cross-ecosystem carbon flows connecting ecosystems worldwide. Nature Communications 9:4825.

19. Fronhofer E.A., Legrand D., Altermatt F.Ansart A.Blanchet S.Bonte D.Chaine A.Dahirel M.De Laender F.De Raedt J.di Gesu L.Jacob S.Kaltz O.Laurent E.Little C.J.Madec L.Manzi F.Masier S.Pellerin F.Pennekamp F.Schtickzelle N.Therry L.Vong A.Winandy L.Cote J. (2018) Bottom-up and top-down control of dispersal across major organismal groups. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2:1859–1863.

18. Bjorkman A.D., Myers-Smith I.H., Elmendorf S.C., Normand S., …  Little al (104 authors). (2018) Tundra Trait Team: A database of plant traits spanning the tundra biome. Global Ecology & Biogeography 27:1402-1411.

17. Bjorkman A.D., Myers-Smith I.H., Elmendorf S.C., Normand S., …  Little al (129 authors). (2018) Plant functional trait change across a warming tundra biome. Nature 562:57-62.

16. Little C.J. and Altermatt F. (2018) Landscape configuration alters spatial arrangement of terrestrial-aquatic subsidies in headwater streams. Landscape Ecology 33:1519–1531.

15. Little C.J. & Altermatt F. (2018) Species turnover and invasion of dominant freshwater invertebrates alter biodiversity-ecosystem function relationship. Ecological Monographs 88:461-480.

14. Little C.J. and Altermatt F. (2018) Do priority effects outweigh environmental filtering in a guild of dominant freshwater macroinvertebrates? Proceedings of the Royal Society B: 285:20180205.

13. Datry T., Foulquier A., Corti R., von Schiller D., … Little C.J., … Zak D., Zarfl C., & Zoppini A (94 authors). (2018) A global analysis of terrestrial plant litter dynamics in non-perennial waterways. Nature Geoscience 11:497–503.

12. Gounand I., Harvey E., Little C.J., Altermatt F. On Embedding Meta-ecosystems into a Socioecological Framework: A Reply to Renaud et al. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 33:484-486.

11. Gounand I., Harvey E., Little C.J., Altermatt F. (2018) Meta-ecosystems 2.0: Rooting the Theory into the Field. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 33:36-46.

10. Little C.J., Chapuis M.-P., Blondin L., Chapuis E., Jourdan-Pineau H. (2017) Exploring the relationship between tychoparthenogenesis and inbreeding depression in the Desert Locust, Schistocerca gregariaEcology & Evolution 7:6003–6011.

9. Harvey E., Gounand I., Little C.J., Fronhofer E.A., Altermatt F. (2017) Upstream trophic structure modulates downstream community dynamics via resource subsidies. Ecology & Evolution 7:5724–5731.

  • Data and code from this paper is available on GitHub; link here

8. Little C.J., Cutting H.B.U., Alatalo J.M., Cooper E. (2017) Short-term herbivory has long-term consequences in warmed and ambient high Arctic tundra. Environmental Research Letters 12:025001.

7. Pfeifer-Meister L., Bridgham S.D., Reynolds L.L., Goklany M.E., Wilson H.E., Little C.J., Ferguson A., Johnson B.R. (2016) Climate change alters plant biogeography in Mediterranean prairies along the West Coast, USA. Global Change Biology 22:845-855.

6. Little C.J., Wheeler J.A., Sedlacek J., Cortés A.J., Rixen C. (2016) Small-scale drivers: the importance of nutrient availability and snowmelt timing on performance of the alpine shrub Salix herbacea. Oecologia 4:1015–1024.

5. Little C.J., Jägerbrand A.K., Molau U., Alatalo J.M. (2015) Community and species-specific responses to simulated global change in two subarctic-alpine plant communities. Ecosphere 6:227.

4. Alatalo J.M., Little C.J., Jägerbrand A.K., Molau U. (2015) Vascular plant abundance and diversity in an alpine heath under observed and simulated global change. Scientific Reports 5:10197.

3. Alatalo J.M., Little C.J., Jägerbrand A.K., Molau U. (2014) Dominance hierarchies, diversity and species richness of vascular plants in an alpine meadow: contrasting short and medium term responses to simulated global change. PeerJ 2:e406

2. Alatalo J.M. and Little C.J. (2014). Simulated global change: contrasting short and medium term growth and reproductive responses of a common alpine/Arctic cushion plant to experimental warming and nutrient enhancement. SpringerPlus 3:157.

1. Pfeifer-Meister L., Bridgham S.D., Little C.J., Reynolds L., Goklany M.E., and Johnson B.R. (2013). Pushing the limit: experimental evidence of climate effects on plant range distributions. Ecology 94:2131-2137.

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