Research & CV

Select research outputs are provided below, including Preprints, Publications, Datasets, Software, & Talks. See also:

Last updated 2017-06-06 08:48:39.

Preprints

Coordinated Shifts In Allocation Among Reproductive Tissues Across 14 Coexisting Plant Species
     Wenk EH, Abramowicz K, Westoby M, Falster DS (2017) bioRxiv: 141473.
     doi: 10.1101/141473  code: github   

Trajectories: how functional traits influence plant growth and shade tolerance across the life-cycle
     Falster DS, Duursma RA, FitzJohn RG (2016) bioRxiv: 083451.
     doi: 10.1101/083451  code: github    abstract:

Publications

Multitrait successional forest dynamics enable diverse competitive coexistence
     Falster DS, Brännström Å, Westoby M, Dieckmann U (2017) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 114: E2719-E2728.
     doi: 10.1073/pnas.1610206114  preprint: 10.1101/014605  code: github  Times cited: 3    abstract:

Leaf mass per area, not total leaf area, drives differences in above-ground biomass distribution among woody plant functional types
     Duursma RA, Falster DS (2016) New Phytologist 212: 368–376.
     doi: 10.1111/nph.14033  preprint: 10.1101/025361  code: github  Times cited: 2    abstract:

On the link between functional traits and growth rate: meta-analysis shows effects change with plant size, as predicted
     Gibert A, Gray EF, Westoby M, Wright IJ, Falster DS (2016) Journal of Ecology 104: 1488-1503.
     doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12594  code: github  Times cited: 3    abstract:

plant: A package for modelling forest trait ecology & evolution
     Falster DS, FitzJohn RG, Brännström Å, Dieckmann U, Westoby M (2016) Methods in Ecology and Evolution 7: 136-146.
     doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12525  R package: github.com/traitecoevo/plant  code: github  Times cited: 3    abstract:

Plant functional traits have globally consistent effects on competition
     Kunstler G, Falster D, Coomes DA, Hui F, Kooyman RM, Laughlin DC + 30 more (2016) Nature 529: 204–207.
     doi: 10.1038/nature16476  Times cited: 71    abstract:

The Coral Trait Database: a curated database of trait information for coral species from the global oceans
     Madin JS, Andreasen MH, Bridge T, CairnsX S, Connolly SR, Darling E + 19 more (2016) Scientific Data: 160017.
     doi: 10.1038/sdata.2016.17    abstract:

A trait-based approach to advance coral reef science
     Madin JS, Hoogenboom MO, Connolly SR, Darling ES, Falster DS, Huang D + 5 more (2016) Trends in Ecology & Evolution: published online.
     doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2016.02.012    abstract:

Testing the generality of above-ground biomass allometry across plant functional types at the continent scale
     Paul KI, Roxburgh SH, Chave J, England JR, Zerihun A, Specht A + 42 more (2016) Global Change Biology 22: 2106-2124.
     doi: 10.1111/gcb.13201  data: 10.4227/05/57354015127B8  Times cited: NA    abstract:

BAAD: a Biomass And Allometry Database for woody plants
     Falster DS, Duursma RA, Ishihara MI, Barneche DR, FitzJohn RG, Vårhammar A + 90 more (2015) Ecology 96: 1445.
     doi: 10.1890/14-1889.1  data: Ecological Archives E096-128-D1  R package: baad.data  code: github.com/dfalster/baad  Times cited: 27    abstract:

Quantifying and understanding reproductive allocation schedules in plants
     Wenk E, Falster D (2015) Ecology and Evolution 5: 5521-5538.
     doi: 10.1002/ece3.1802  preprint: 10.1101/008508  Times cited: 11    abstract:

Simulation of tree-ring widths with a model for primary production, carbon allocation, and growth
     Li G, Harrison SP, Prentice IC, Falster DS (2014) Biogeosciences 11: 6711-6724.
     doi: 10.5194/bg-11-6711-2014  Times cited: 18    abstract:

Plant diversity and drought: the role of deep roots
     Lindh M, Zhang L, Falster DS, Franklin O, Brännström Å (2014) Ecological Modelling 290: 85-93.
     doi: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2014.05.008  Times cited: 6    abstract:

Functional distinctiveness of major plant lineages
     Cornwell WK, Westoby M, Falster DS, FitzJohn R, O’Meara B, Pennell MW + 20 more (2014) Journal of Ecology 102: 345-356.
     doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12208  R package: ksi  Times cited: 49    abstract:

Light interception efficiency explained by two simple variables: a test using a diversity of small- to medium-sized woody plants
     Duursma RA, Falster DS, Valladares F, Sterck FJ, Pearcy RW, Lusk CH + 10 more (2012) New Phytologist 193: 397-408.
     doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2011.03943.x  Times cited: 52    abstract:

Lifetime return on investment increases with leaf lifespan among 10 Australian woodland species
     Falster DS, Reich PB, Ellsworth DS, Wright IJ, Westoby M, Oleksyn J + 1 more (2012) New Phytologist 193: 409-419.
     doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2011.03940.x  Times cited: 31    abstract:

Seedlings of temperate rainforest conifer and angiosperm trees differ in self-shading and leaf area display
     Lusk CH, Pérez-Millaqueo MM, Saldaña A, Burns BR, Laughlin DC, Falster DS (2012) Annals of Botany 110: 177-188.
     doi: 10.1093/aob/mcs095  Times cited: 10    abstract:

smatr 3 – an R package for estimation and inference about allometric lines
     Warton DI, Duursma RA, Falster DS, Taskinen S (2012) Methods in Ecology and Evolution 3: 257-259.
     doi: 10.1111/j.2041-210X.2011.00153.x  R package: smatr  Times cited: 335    abstract:

An evolutionary attractor model for sapwood cross section in relation to leaf area
     Westoby M, Cornwell WK, Falster DS (2012) Journal of Theoretical Biology 303: 98-109.
     doi: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2012.03.008  code: 10.6084/m9.figshare.1005160  Times cited: 6    abstract:

Influence of four major plant traits on average height, leaf-area cover, net primary productivity, and biomass density in single-species forests: a theoretical investigation
     Falster DS, Brännström Å, Dieckmann U, Westoby M (2011) Journal of Ecology 99: 148-164.
     doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2010.01735.x  Times cited: 73    abstract:

Unstable DNA repair genes shaped by their own sequence modifying phenotypes
     Falster DS, Nakken S, Bergem-Ohr M, Rødland EA, Breivik J (2010) Journal of Molecular Evolution 70: 266-274.
     doi: 10.1007/s00239-010-9328-0  Times cited: 1    abstract:

Plant functional traits – linkages between stem anatomy, plant performance, and life history
     Zanne AE, Falster DS (2010) New Phytologist 185: 348-351.
     doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2009.03135.x  Times cited: 25   

Angiosperm wood structure: Global patterns in vessel anatomy and their relation to wood density and potential conductivity
     Zanne AE, Westoby M, Falster DS, Ackerly DD, Loarie SR, Arnold SE + 1 more (2010) American Journal of Botany 97: 207-215.
     doi: 10.3732/ajb.0900178  data: 10.5061/dryad.1138  Times cited: 182    abstract:

Small families and big babies
     Falster DS (2009) Australasian Science: May issue.
     link: classicbackissues.australasianscience.com.au/bi2009/304Falster.pdf  

Controls on declining carbon balance with leaf age among 10 woody species in Australian woodland: do leaves have zero daily net carbon balances when they die?
     Reich PB, Falster DS, Ellsworth DS, Wright IJ, Westoby M, Oleksyn J + 1 more (2009) New Phytologist 183: 153-166.
     doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2009.02824.x  Times cited: 52    abstract:

Evolutionary coordination between offspring size at independence and adult size
     Westoby M, Moles AT, Falster DS (2009) Journal of Ecology 97: 23-26.
     doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2008.01396.x  Times cited: 6    abstract:

A general model for the scaling of offspring size and adult size
     Falster DS, Moles AT, Westoby M (2008) American Naturalist 172: 299-317.
     doi: 10.1086/589889  code: 10.6084/m9.figshare.1094315  Times cited: 40    abstract:

Ontogenetic variation in light requirements of juvenile rainforest evergreens
     Lusk CH, Falster DS, Jara-Vergara CK, Jimenez-Castillo M, Saldaña-Mendoza A (2008) Functional Ecology 22: 454-459.
     doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2008.01384.x  Times cited: 62    abstract:

Sapling strength and safety: The importance of wood density in tropical forests
     Falster DS (2006) New Phytologist 171: 237-239.
     doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2006.01809.x  Times cited: 30   

Ontogenetic variation in light interception, self-shading and biomass distribution of seedlings of the conifer Araucaria araucana (Molina) K. Koch
     Lusk CH, Falster DS, Pérez-Millaqueo M, Saldaña A (2006) Revista Chilena de Historia Natural 79: 321-328.
     doi: 10.4067/S0716-078X2006000300004  Times cited: 8    abstract:

Bivariate line-fitting methods for allometry
     Warton DI, Wright IJ, Falster DS, Westoby M (2006) Biological Reviews 81: 259-291.
     doi: 10.1017/S1464793106007007  code: smatr v2  Times cited: 1346    abstract:

Cross-species patterns in the coordination between leaf and stem traits, and their implications for plant hydraulics
     Wright IJ, Falster DS, Pickup M, Westoby M (2006) Physiologia Plantarum 127: 445-456.
     link: dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1399-3054.2006.00699.x  Times cited: 85   abstract:

Alternative height strategies among 45 dicot rain forest species from tropical Queensland, Australia
     Falster DS, Westoby M (2005) Journal of Ecology 93: 521-535.
     doi: 10.1111/j.0022-0477.2005.00992.x  data: github  Times cited: 152    abstract:

Tradeoffs between height growth rate, stem persistence and maximum height among plant species in a post-fire succession
     Falster DS, Westoby M (2005) Oikos 111: 57-66.
     doi: 10.1111/j.0030-1299.2005.13383.x  Times cited: 64    abstract:

Assessing the generality of global leaf trait relationships
     Wright IJ, Reich PB, Cornelissen JHC, Falster DS, Garnier E, Hikosaka K + 8 more (2005) New Phytologist 166: 485-496.
     doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2005.01349.x  Times cited: 484    abstract:

Modulation of leaf economic traits and trait relationships by climate
     Wright IJ, Reich PB, Cornelissen JHC, Falster DS, Groom PK, Hikosaka K + 8 more (2005) Global Ecology and Biogeography Letters 14: 411-421.
     doi: 10.1111/j.1466-822x.2005.00172.x  Times cited: 461    abstract:

Small-seeded plants produce more seeds per square metre of canopy per year, but not per individual per lifetime
     Moles AT, Falster DS, Leishman M, Westoby M (2004) Journal of Ecology 92: 384-396.
     doi: 10.1111/j.0022-0477.2004.00880.x  data: SuppMat  Times cited: 227    abstract:

Leaf size and angle vary widely across species: what consequences for light interception?
     Falster DS, Westoby M (2003) New Phytologist 158: 509-525.
     doi: 10.1046/j.1469-8137.2003.00765.x  Times cited: 303    abstract:

Plant height and evolutionary games00061-2)
     Falster DS, Westoby M (2003) Trends in Ecology and Evolution 18: 337-343.
     doi: 10.1016/S0169-5347(03)00061-200061-2)  Times cited: 348    abstract:

Plant ecological strategies: some leading dimensions of variation between species
     Westoby M, Falster DS, Moles AT, Vesk P, Wright IJ (2002) Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 33: 125-159.
     doi: 10.1146/annurev.ecolsys.33.010802.150452  Times cited: 1633    abstract:

Linking abundance, occupancy and spatial structure: An empirical test of a neutral model in an open-forest woody plant community in eastern Australia
     Falster DS, Murray BR, Lepschi BJ (2001) Journal of Biogeography 28: 317-323.
     doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2699.2001.00553.x  Times cited: 18    abstract:

Datasets

Data from: On the link between functional traits and growth rate: meta-analysis shows effects change with plant size, as predicted
     Gibert A, Gray EF, Westoby M, Wright IJ, Falster DS (2016) Dryad Digital Repository.
     doi: 10.5061/dryad.701q8   

Data from: The Coral Trait Database: a curated database of trait information for coral species from the global oceans
     Madin JS, Andreasen MH, Bridge T, CairnsX S, Connolly SR, Darling E + 19 more (2016) Figshare.
     doi: 10.6084/m9.figshare.2067414   

Data from: BAAD: a Biomass And Allometry Database for woody plants
     Falster DS, Duursma RA, Ishihara MI, Barneche DR, FitzJohn RG, Vårhammar A + 90 more (2015) Ecological Archives: E096-128-D1.
     link: www.esapubs.org/archive/ecol/E096/128/  R package: baad.data  code: github.com/dfalster/baad  

Australian individual tree biomass library, version 1.0
     Paul KI, Adams M, Applegate G, Attiwill P, Baker T, Barton C + 42 more (2015) AEKOS.
     doi: 10.4227/05/57354015127B8    abstract:

Data from: Angiosperm wood structure: Global patterns in vessel anatomy and their relation to wood density and potential conductivity
     Zanne AE, Westoby M, Falster DS, Ackerly DD, Loarie SR, Arnold SE + 1 more (2010) Dryad Digital Repository.
     doi: 10.5061/dryad.1138   

Code and data from: A general model for the scaling of offspring size and adult size
     Falster DS, Moles AT, Westoby M (2008) Figshare.
     doi: 10.6084/m9.figshare.1094315   

Data from: Alternative height strategies among 45 dicot rain forest species from tropical Queensland, Australia
     Falster DS (2005) Github.
     link: github.com/dfalster/Falster_2005_JEcol_data  

Data from: Tradeoffs between height growth rate, stem persistence and maximum height among plant species in a post-fire succession
     Falster DS (2005) Github.
     link: github.com/dfalster/Falster_2005_Oikos_data  

Data from: Small-seeded plants produce more seeds per square metre of canopy per year, but not per individual per lifetime
     Moles AT, Falster DS, Leishman M, Westoby M (2004) Journal of Ecology Supplementary material.
     link: www.blackwellpublishing.com/products/journals/suppmat/JEC/JEC880/JEC880sm.htm  

Data from: Leaf size and angle vary widely across species: what consequences for light interception?
     Falster DS, Westoby M (2003) New Phytologist: 158.
     doi: 10.1046/j.1469-8137.2003.00765.x   

Software

Select talks

  • Reproducible research in R with remake [2016, conference talk]. Sydney Bioinformatics Research Symposium. slides
  • The challenge of combining 176 x #otherpeoplesdata to create the Biomass And Allometry Database (BAAD) [2016, conference talk]. UseR (Stanford, USA). slides video
  • The plant package for R [2016, webinar]. Webinar ‘Demography beyond the population’. slides video
  • The challenge of combining 176 x #otherpeoplesdata to create the Biomass And Allometry Database (BAAD) [2015, conference talk]. Ecological Society of Australia (Adelaide). slides
  • Towards a theory of plant trait diversity [2015, invited plenary]. Ecological Society of Australia (Adelaide). slides
  • Trait-based approaches in plant ecology: towards a theory of form and function [2013, invited plenary]. Trait-based approaches to Ocean Life (Copenhagen). slides
  • Growth trajectories: a new way of understanding the influence of traits on plant growth [2013, conference talk]. Intecol (London). slides