Research & CV

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

Last updated 2016-11-11 19:41:42.

Preprints

Trajectories: how functional traits influence plant
4 growth and shade tolerance across the life-cycle

     Falster DS, Duursma RA, FitzJohn RG (2016) bioRxiv: 083451.
     doi: 10.1101/083451  code: github    abstract:

Multi-trait eco-evolutionary dynamics explain niche diversity and evolved neutrality in forests
     Falster DS, Brännström Å, Westoby M, Dieckmann U (2015) bioRxiv: 014605.
     doi: 10.1101/014605  code: github  Times cited: 1    abstract:

Publications

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: Accepted 28/04/2016.
     doi: 10.1111/nph.14033  code: github  Times cited: 1    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: 1488-1503.
     doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12594  code: github    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: 1    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: 30    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: 2    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: 16    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  Times cited: 5    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: 10    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: 5    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: 35    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: 42    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: 23    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: 273    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: 7    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: 67    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: 22   

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: 156    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: 49    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: 8    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: 35    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: 56    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: 26   

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: 6    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: 1212    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: 71   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: 147    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: 60    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: 439    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: 412    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: 208    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: 285    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: 310    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: 1461    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: Embargoed until published.
     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, Diaz M, Falster D, Franklin EC, Gates RD, Hoogenboom MO, Huang D, Keith SA, Kosnik MA, Kuo C, Lovelock CE, Luiz O, Martinelli J, Mizerek T, Pandolfi JM, Pochon X, Putnam H, Roberts TE, Stat M, Baird AH (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, Aiba M, Ando M, Anten N, Aspinwall MJ, Baltzer JL, Baraloto C, Battaglia M, Battles JJ, Bond-Lamberty B, Breugel Mv, Camac J, Claveau Y, Coll L, Dannoura M, Delagrange S, Domec J, Fatemi F, Feng W, Gargaglione V, Goto Y, Hagihara A, Hall JS, Hamilton S, Harja D, Hiura T, Holdaway R, Hutley LS, Ichie T, Jokela EJ, Kantola A, Kelly JWG, Kenzo T, King D, Kloeppel BD, Kohyama T, Komiyama A, Laclau J, Lusk CH, Maguire DA, Maire Gl, Mäkelä A, Markesteijn L, Marshall J, McCulloh K, Miyata I, Mokany K, Mori S, Myster RW, Nagano M, Naidu SL, Nouvellon Y, O’Grady AP, O’Hara KL, Ohtsuka T, Osada N, Osunkoya OO, Peri PL, Petritan AM, Poorter L, Portsmuth A, Potvin C, Ransijn J, Reid D, Ribeiro SC, Roberts SD, Rodríguez R, Saldaña-Acosta A, Santa-Regina I, Sasa K, Selaya NG, Sillett SC, Sterck F, Takagi K, Tange T, Tanouchi H, Tissue D, Umehara T, Utsugi H, Vadeboncoeur MA, Valladares F, Vanninen P, Wang JR, Wenk E, Williams R, Ximenes FdA, Yamaba A, Yamada T, Yamakura T, Yanai RD, York RA (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, Bastin G, Battaglia M, Bradford M, Bradstock R, Brand B, Brooksbank K, Cameron D, Carter J, England J, Falster D, Feller M, Forrester D, Green D, Groves T, Hamilton S, Hobbs T, Huxtable D, Jonson J, Larmour J, Lewis T, McArthur G, Mendham D, Montagu K, O’Brien N, O’Grady A, Peck A, Pinkard E, Rance S, Ritson P, Roxburgh S, Snowdon P, Sochacki S, Specht A, Spencer B, Sudmeyer R, Theiveyanathan S, Turner J, Waterworth R, Wenk E, Wildy D, Williams R, Zerihun A (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, Coomes DA (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