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C.R. Lawrence, R. Reynolds, M.E. Ketterer, J.C. Neff. 2013. Aeolian controls on soil geochemistry and weathering fluxes in high elevation ecosystems of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado. Geochemica, Cosmochemica, Acta. 107: 27-46.

J. Brahney, *Ballantyne, A.P., J.C. Neff. 2013. Evidence for recent increases in dust deposition over regions of the United States. Aeolian Research.

S. Castle, J.C. Neff. 2013. What controls plant nutrient use in high elevation ecosystems? Oecologia. 10.1007/s00442-013-2695-7

D.P Fernandez, J.C. Neff, C. Huang, G.P. Asner, N.N. Barger. 2013. Twentieth century carbon stock changes related to Piñon-Juniper expansion into a Black Sagebrush Community. Carbon Balance and Management. 8(8): doi:10.1186/1750-0680-8-8.

J.C. Neff, R.L. Reynolds, S.M. Munson, D. Fernandez, and J. Belnap.
2013. Large mineral particles dominate atmospheric aerosol concentrations at two remote western U.S. sites. JGR – Atmospheres. DOI:10.1002/jgrd.50855.

C. Flagg, J.C. Neff, R. Reynolds, J. Belnap.
In Press. Spatial and temporal patterns of dust emissions (2004-2012) in semi-arid landscapes, Southeastern Utah, USA. Aeolian Research.

J.M. Nyaga, M.D. Cramer, J.C. Neff. In Press. Atmospheric nutrient deposition to the west coast of South Africa. Atmospheric Environment.


K. C. Kelsey, K.P. Wickland, R.G. Striegl & J. C. Neff, 2012. Variation in soil carbon dioxide efflux at two topographically complex black spruce boreal forest. Arctic and Alpine Research. 44(4): 457-468.

Rangwala, I., J. Barsugli, K. *Cozzetto, J. Neff, J. Prarie. 2012. Mid-21st Century Projections in Temperature Extremes in the Southern Colorado Rocky Mountains from Regional Climate Models. Climate Dynamics. DOI) 10.1007/s00382-011-1282-z


C.E. Stewart, J.C. Neff, K. Amatangelo, P.M. Vitousek. 2011. Vegetation effects on soil organic matter chemistry of aggregate fractions in a Hawaiian Forest. Ecosystems. V14(3): 382-397. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-011-9417-y.

Fan, Z., J.C. Neff, J. Harden, T. Zhang, H. Veldhuis, C.I. Czimczik, G.C. Winston, J.O’Donnell. 2011. Water and heat transport in boreal soils: Implications for soil response to climate change. Science of the Total Environment. V409(10): 1836-1842. DOI: 10.1015/j.scitotenv.2011.02.009.

Lawrence, C.L., J.C. Neff, and L. Farmer. 2011. The accretion of aeolian dust in soils of the San Juan Mountains, CO, USA. Journal of Geophysical Research –Earth Surface. V116. DOI: 10.1029/2010JF001899.

Ballantyne, A.P.,
J. Brahney, D. Fernandez, C.L Lawrence, J. Saros, J.C. Neff. 2011 Biogeochemical response of alpine lakes to a recent increase in dust deposition in the Southwestern US. Biogeosciences. V8 (no 9): 2689-2706. DOI: 10.5194/bg-8-2689-2011.


N.N. Barger, H.D. Adams, C. Woodhouse, J.C. Neff, and G.P. Asner. 2010. Influence of Livestock Grazing and Climate on Pinyon Pine (Pinus edulis) Dynamics. Rangeland Ecology and Management. Vol. 62, No. 6, pp. 531-539.

N. M. Mahowald, S. Kloster, S. Engelstaedter, J. K. Moore, S. Mukhopadhyay, J. R. McConnell,S. Albani, S. C. Doney, A. Bhattacharya, M. A. J. Curran, M. G. Flanner, F. M. Hoffman, D. M. Lawrence, K. Lindsay, P. A. Mayewski , J. Neff, D. Rothenberg, E. Thomas, P. E. Thornton, C. S. Zender. 2010. Observed 20th Century desert dust variability: Impacts on climate and biogeochemistry. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 10875-10893, 2010, doi:10.5194/acp-10-10875-2010.

K.P. Wickland, J.C. Neff, J Harden. 2010. The role of soil drainage class in carbon dioxide exchange and decomposition in boreal black spruce forest stands. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. Vol. 40 (11), pp 2123-2134.

S.E. Buckingham, J.C. Neff, B. Titiz-Maybach, and R.L Reynolds. 2010. Chemical and textural controls on phosphorus mobility in drylands of southeastern Utah. Biogeochemistry. DOI: 10.1007/s10533-010-9408-7

C.R. Lawrence, J.C. Neff, T. Painter, and C. Landry.
2010. Contemporary composition of Aeolian dust deposited in the San Juan Mountains, Colorado, USA. Journal of Geophysical Research, Biogeosciences, 115, GO3007. doi:10.1029/2009JG001077

C. Huang, G.P. Asner, N.N. Barger, J.C. Neff, and M.Lisa Floyd. 2010. Regional aboveground live carbon losses due to drought-induced tree dieback in pinon-juniper ecosystems.
Remote sensing and environment. 114 (7): 1471-1479.

Z. Fan, J.C. Neff, K.P. Wickland. 2010, Modeling the production, decomposition, and transport of dissolved organic carbon in Boreal soils. Soil Science. 175 (5): 223-232.


A. O'Donnell, M.R. Turresky, J.W. Harden, K.L. Manies, L.E. Pruett, G. Shetler, and J.C. Neff.
2009. Interactive effects of fire, soil climate and vegetation on CO2 fluxes in a black spruce forest and peatland in interior Alaska. Ecosystems. 10.1007/s10021-008-9206-4

Huang, C., G.P. Asner, R. Martin, N.Barger, and J.C. Neff.
2009. Multi-Scale Analysis of Tree Cover and Aboveground Biomass in Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands of the Colorado Plateau, USA. Ecological Applications. 10.1890.97-2103.1

S.C. Castle, and J.C. Neff.
2009. Plant response to nutrient availability across variable bedrock geologies. Ecosystems. 10.1007/s10021-008-9210-8.

C.R. Lawrence, and J.C. Neff.
2009. The physical and chemical flux of eolian dust across the landscape: A synthesis of observations and an evaluation of spatial patterns. Chemical Geology. 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2009.02.005

J.C. Neff, N.N. Barger, W.T. Baisden, D.P. Fernandez, G.P. Asner.
2009. Soil carbon storage responses to expanding pinyon-juniper populations in Southern Utah. Ecological Applications. 19(6): 1405-1416.

N.N. Barger, H.D. Adams, C. Woodhouse, J.C. Neff, G.P. Asner.
2009. Influence of livestock grazing and climate on Pinyon pine (pinus edulis) dynamics. Journal of Range Management.62 (6): 532-539

J.P. Field, J. Belnap, D.D. Breshears, J.C. Neff, G.S. Okin, J.J. Whicker, T.H. Painter, S. Ravi, M.C. Reheis, and R. L. Reynolds.
The ecology of dust: local to global-scale perspectives. 2009 Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. doi: 10.1890/090050


A.S. Grandy, R.L. Sinsabaugh, J.C. Neff, M. Sturstova, D.R. Zak. 2008. Molecular carbon chemistry and enzyme activities in soil fractions: ecosystem specific responses to N fertilization. Biogeochemistry. 10.1007/s10533-008-9257-9

Z. Fan, J.C. Neff, J. Harden, and K.P. Wickland. 2008. Boreal soil carbon dynamics under a changing climate: a model inversion approach. JGR - Biogeosciences. 113, G04016, doi:10.1029/2008JG000723

D.R. Nemergut, A.R. Townsend, S.R. Sattin, K. Freeman, N. Fierer, J.C. Neff, W.D. Bowman, C.W. Schadt, M.N. Weintraub, S.K. Schmidt. 2008. The effects of chronic nitrogen fertilization on alpine tundra soil microbial communities: Implications for carbon and nitrogen cycling. Environmental Microbiology. DOI: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2008.01735.x

S.K. Schmidt, S.C. Reed, D.R. Nemergut, *A.S. Grandy, C.C. Cleveland, M.N. Weintraub, A.W. Hill, E.K. Costello, A.F. Meyer, A.M. Martin, J.C. Neff.. 2008. The Earliest Stages of Microbial Ecosystem Succession in High-Elevation, Recently Deglaciated Soils. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2008.0808

J.C. Neff, *A.P. Ballantyne, G.L. Farmer, N.M. Mahowald, J.L. Conroy, C.C. Landry, J.T. Overpeck, T.H. Painter, C.R. Lawrence, and R.L. Reynolds. 2008. Increasing eolian dust deposition in the western United States linked to human activity. Nature - Geosciences. doi:10.1038/ngeo133

Wickland KP., Neff JC. (2008)
Dissolved organic carbon in the boreal forest: Sources, Chemistry and Biodegradability. Ecosystems. DOI:10.1007/s10021-007-9101-4.

J.C. Neff, A.P. Ballantyne, G.L. Famer, N.M. Mahowald, J.L. Conroy, C.C. Landry, J.T. Overpeck, T.H. Painter, C.R. Lawrence, and R.L. Reynolds.(2008). Increasing eolian dust deposition in western United States links to human activity. Nature - Geosciences. Please email for pdf.

K.P. Wickland and J.C. Neff (2008). Decomposition of black spruce forest soils: environmental and chemical controls. Biogeochemistry. 10.1007/s10533-007-9166-3.

Grandy, A.S., and J.C. Neff. (2008).Molecular C Dynamics Downstream: The Biochemical Decomposition Sequence and its Impact on Soil Organic Matter Structure and Function. Science of the Total Environment. doi:10.1016.j.scitotenv.2007.11.013

Goldstein, H.L., Reynolds, R.L., Reheis, M.C., Yount, J.C., and Neff, J.C. (2008). Compositional trends in eolian dust along a transect across the southwestern United States. Journal of Geophysical Research, Earth Surface.doi:10.1029/2007JF000751


Fernandez DP., Neff JC., Reynolds RL. (2007). Biogeochemical and ecological impacts of livestock grazing in semi-arid Southeastern Utah, USA, Journal of Arid Environments. doi:10.1016/j.jaridenv.2007.10.009

Prior, C.A., W.Troy Baisden, F. Bruhn, and J.C. Neff. (2007). Identifying the optimal soil fractions for modeling soil carbon dynamics in New Zealand.Radiocarbon 49 (2) 1093-1102

C. Wiedinmyer and J.C. Neff. (2007). Estimates of CO2 from fires in the United States: Implications for Carbon Management. Carbon Balance and Management. 2:10

Williams, C.A., N.P. Hanan, J.C. Neff, R.J.Scholes, J. Berry, A.S. Denning, and D.F. Baker. (2007). Africa and the global carbon cycle. Carbon Balance and Management. 2:3

T. H. Painter, A. P. Barrett, C. C. Landry, J. C. Neff, M. P. Cassidy, C. R. Lawrence, K. P. Thatcher, L. Farmer. (2007). Impact of disturbed desert soils on duration of mountain snowcover. Geophysical Research Letters. V34, 12, L12502, 10.1029/2007GL030208.

A.S. Grandy, J.C. Neff and M.N. Weintraub. (2007). Carbon structure and enzyme activities in alpine and forest ecosystems. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. v39: 2701-2711.


Neff, J.C., J. Finlay, S.A. Zimov, S. Davydov, J.J. Carrasco, E.A.G. Schuur, A. Davydova. (2006). Geophysical Research Letters. 33(23), L23401, 10.1029/2006GL028222.

Chapin, F.S. III, G.M Woodwell, J.T. Randerson, G.M. Lovett, E.B. Rastetter, D.D. Baldocchi, D.A. Clark, M.E. Harmon, D.S. Schimel, R. Valentini, C. Wirth, J.D. Aber, J.J. Cole, M.L. Goulden, J.W. Harden, M. Heimann, R.W. Howarth, P.A. Matson, A.D. McGuire, J.M. Melillo, H.A. Mooney, J.C. Neff, R.A. Houghton, M.L. Pace, M.G. Ryan, S.W. Running, O.E. Sala, W.H. Schlesinger, E.-D. Schulze. (2006) Reconciling Carbon Cycle Concepts, Terminology, and Methodology. Ecosystems, 10.1007/s10021-005-0105-7, 9(7): 1041-1050.

Randerson, J.T., H. Liu, M.G. Flanner, S.D. Chambers, Y. Jin, P.G. Hess, G. Pfister, M.C. Mack, K.K. Treseder, L.R. Welp, F.S. Chapin, J.W. Harden, M.L. Goulden, E. Lyons, J.C. Neff, E.A.G. Schuur, C.S. Zender. (2006). The Impact of Boreal Forest Fire on Climate Warming. Science V314 (5802). Please email for pdf.

Dutta, K., E.A.G. Schuur, J.C. Neff, and S.A. Zimov. (2006). Potential carbon release from permafrost soils of Northeastern Siberia, Global Change Biology.Published article online: 25-Oct-2006. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2006.01259.x

Harden J. W. , K. L. Manies, M.R. Turetsky, and J. C. Neff. (2006). Effects of wildfire and permafrost on soil organic matter and soil climate in interior Alaska. Global Change Biology. Published article online: 18-Oct-2006. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2006.01255.x

Neff J.C. , R. Reynolds, R.L. Sanford, Jr., D. Fernandez and P. Lamothe. (2006) Controls of bedrock geochemistry on soil and plant nutrients in Southeastern Utah. Ecosystems, 9:879-893.1007/s10021-005-0092-8

Reynolds, R.L., M.C. Reheis, J.C. Neff, H. Goldstein, and J. Yount. (2006). Late Quaternary eolian dust in surficial deposits of a Colorado Plateau Grassland: Controls on distribution and ecologic effects. Catena v66(3), 251-266

Wickland, K. P., R. G. Striegl, J. C. Neff, and T. Sachs (2006), Effects of permafrost melting on CO2 and CH4 exchange of a poorly drained black spruce lowland, J. Geophys Res., 111, G02011, doi:10.1029/2005JG000099.

Finlay J. , J.C. Neff, S. Zimov, A. Davydova, and S. Davydov. (2006). Snowmelt dominance of dissolved organic carbon in high-latitude watersheds: implications for characterization and flux of river DOC. Geophysical Research Letters. Vol. 33, No. 10, L10401

Carrasco, J.J., J.C. Neff, and J.W. Harden, (2006). Modeling the long term accumulation of carbon in boreal soils. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences, 111, G02004, doi:10.1029/2005JG000087

Fernandez D. P., J.C. Neff, J. Belnap, and R. L. Reynolds. (2006). Soil respiration in a cold desert environment: abiotic regulators and thresholds. Biogeochemistry. 78(3): 247-265.

Rosenbloom N.A. , J. W. Harden, J. C. Neff, and D. S. Schimel (2006). Geomorphic control of landscape carbon accumulation, J. Geophys. Res., 111, G01004, doi:10.1029/2005JG000077.

Reynolds R., J.C. Neff, M. Reheis, and P. Lamothe. (2006). Atmospheric dust in modern soil on aeolian sandstone, Colorado Plateau (USA): Variation with landscape position and contribution to potential plant nutrients. Geoderma 130:108-123.


Parton W.J., J.C. Neff and P.M. Vitousek , Modeling phosphorus dynamics in terrestrial ecosystems. 2005. In Organic Phosphorus and the Environment ( BL Turner, E Frossard, ETH Lindau, DS Baldwin eds) Oxford University Press. 350 pages. pp 325-347.

Neff J.C., R. Reynolds, J. Belnap, and P. Lamothe. 2005. Multi-decadal impacts of grazing on soil physical and biogeochemical properties in Southeast Utah. Ecological Applications, v15 (1), 87-95

Neff J.C., J.W. Harden, and G. Gleixner. 2005. Fire effects on soil organic matter content and composition in boreal interior Alaska. 2005. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 35(9): 2178-2187


Cleveland C.C., J.C. Neff, A.R. Townsend, & E. Hood. 2004. Composition, dynamics, and fate of leached dissolved organic matter in terrestrial ecosystems: Results from a decomposition experiment. Ecosystems. 7:275-285.

Harden, J. W.; Neff, J. C.; Sandberg, D. V.; Turetsky, M. R.; Ottmar, R.; Gleixner, G.; Fries, T. L.; Manies, K. L. (2004). Chemistry of burning the forest floor during the FROSTFIRE experimental burn, interior Alaska, 1999 Global Biogeochem. Cycles, Vol. 18, No. 3, GB301410.1029/2003GB002194.


Ollinger S., G. Ågren,B. Berg, E. Davidson, C. Field,M. Lerdau, J. Neff,O. Sala,M. Scholes, and R. Sterner. (2003) New frontiers in the study of element interactions. In Interactions of the Major Biogeochemical Cycles (Melillo, Field and Moldan eds.). pp 63-91.

Neff J.C.,F.S. Chapin III and P.M. Vitousek. (2003). The role of dissolved organic nitrogen in nutrient retention and plant mineral nutrition; reconciling observations with ecological theory. Frontiers in Ecology and Environmental Science. 1(4): 205-211.


Neff J.C.,A.R. Townsend,G. Gleixner, S. Lehman, J. Turnbull and W. Bowman (2002). Variable effects of nitrogen additions on the stability and turnover of soil carbon. Nature. 419: 915-917. Please email for pdf

Neff J.C. and D.U. Hooper (2002). Vegetation and climate controls on the potential production of CO2, DOC and DON production in northern latitude soils. Global Change Biology. 8: 872-884.

Neff J.C. , E.A. Holland, F.J. Dentener, W.H. McDowell and K.M.Russel (2002). Atmospheric organic nitrogen; Implications for the global N cycle. Biogeochemistry. 57/58: 99-136.

Randerson J.T., F.S. Chapin III, J.W. Harden , J.C. Neff , and M.E. Harmon (2002). Scaling terrestrial net carbon fluxes:A definition of net ecosystem production (NEP) that includes disturbance and non-CO2 carbon fluxes. Ecological Applications 12(4): 937-947.

Aitkenhead-Peterson J., W.H. McDowell and J.C. Neff (2002). Sources, Production and Regulation of allochthonous dissolved organic matter. In (S. Findlay and R. Sinsabaugh, Eds.), Aquatic Ecosystems, interactivity of dissolved organic matter. Academic Press, Amsterdam, pp 26-70.

2001 and Earlier

Asner G.P., A.R. Townsend, W.J. Riley,P.A. Matson, J.C. Neff and C.C. Cleveland (2001). Physical and biogeochemical controls of terrestrial ecosystem responses to nitrogen deposition. Biogeochemistry 54: 1-39.

Neff J.C. and G.P. Asner. (2001). Dissolved organic carbon in terrestrial ecosystems: Synthesis and a model. Ecosystems. 4(1): 29-48

Holland E.A., J.C. Neff, A.R. Townsend & R. McKeown. (2001). Variability in the temperature response of decomposition in sub-tropical and tropical soils. Global Biogeochemical Cycles.14(4): 1137-1153

Neff J.C., S.E. Hobbie and P.M. Vitousek.(2000). Controls over the production and stoichiometry of dissolved organic carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus in tropical soils. Biogeochemistry, 51 (3):283-302

Silver W., J.C. Neff,E. Veldkamp, M. McGroddy, & M. Keller (2000). Patterns in soil chemical properties and root biomass along a soil texture gradient in a lowland Amazonian tropical forest. Ecosystems, 003(02): 0193-0209

Vitousek P.M., P.A. Matson, L.O. Hedin, J. Fownes & J.C. Neff (1998). Within-system element cycles, input-output budgets and nutrient limitation. In (P. Groffman and M. Pace, Eds.), Successes, Limitations and Frontiers in Ecosystem Ecology. Springer-Verlag, Berlin.

Weitz A., E. Veldkamp, M. Keller, J.C. Neff and P. Crill. (1998). Nitrous Oxide, Nitric Oxide and Methane Fluxes from Soils Following Clearing and Burning of Tropical Secondary Forest, Journal of Geophysical Research

Neff J.C., M. Keller, E.A. Holland, A. Weitz & E. Veldkamp (1995) Fluxes of nitric oxide from soils following the clearing and burning of a secondary tropical rain forest. Journal of Geophysical Research, Atmospheres, 100(D12) 25,913-25,922.

Neff J.C., W. Bowman,E.A. Holland, M. Fisk & S. Schmidt (1994) Fluxes of nitrous oxide and methane from nitrogen amended soils in a Colorado alpine ecosystem. Biogeochemistry, 27:23- 33.

Other Publications

Neff, J.C. and L.O. Hedin (2002). Building a Home for the Biogeosciences: Challenges for Understanding Terrestrial Ecosystems. EOS 83: 165-166.

Gurney K.R. and J. Neff, "Carbon Sequestration Potential in Canada, Russia, and the United States Under Article 3.4 of the Kyoto Protocol," World Wildlife Fund, June 2000.

Neff J.C. (1996). Regulating nitrogen oxide emissions. In Elements of Change. Aspen Global Change Institute (S.J. Hassol and J. Katzenberger eds.). P 239-240.