Field, J.P., Breshears, D.D., Law, D.J., Villegas, J.C., López-Hoffman, L. Brooks, P.D., Chorover, J., Barron-Gafford, G.A., Gallery, R.E., Litvak, M.E., Lybrand, R.A., McIntosh, J.C., Meixner, T., Niu, G.-Y., Papuga, S.A., Pelletier, J.D., Rasmussen, C.R., and P.A. Troch. (2014) Critical zone services: Expanding context, constraints, and currency beyond ecosystem services. Vadose Zone Journal.


Bunting, D.P., Kurc, S.A., Glenn, E., Nagler, P., and R.L. Scott. (2014) Insights for empirically modeling evapotranspiration influenced by riparian and upland vegetation in semiarid ecosystems. Journal of Arid Environments.

Biederman, J.A., A.A. Harpold, D. Gochis, B.E. Ewers, D.E. Reed, S.A. Papuga, P.D Brooks. (2014) Increased evaporation following widespread tree mortality limits streamflow response. Water Resources Research, 50: 5395-5409.

Sanchez-Mejia, Z.M., S.A. Papuga, J.B. Swetish, W.J.D. van Leeuwen, D. Szutu, and K. Hartfield. (2014) Quantifying the influence of deep soil moisture on ecosystem albedo: The role of vegetation. Water Resources Research, 50: 4038-4053.

Sanchez-Mejia, Z. and S.A. Papuga (2014) Observations of a two-layer soil moisture influence on surface energy dynamics and planetary boundary layer characteristics in a semiarid shrubland. Water Resources Research, 50:306–317.

Nelson, K., Kurc, S.A., John, G.P., Minor, R., and G.A. Barron-Gafford (2014) Influence of snow cover duration on soil evaporation and respiration efflux in mixed-conifer ecosystems. Ecohydrology, 7: 869–880.


Rosolem, R., Shuttleworth, W.J., Zreda, M., Franz, T., Zeng, X. and S.A. Kurc (2013) The effect of atmospheric water vapor on the cosmic-ray soil moisture signal. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 14:1659–1671.

Pelletier, J.P., Barron-Gafford, G.A., Breshears, D.D, Brooks, P.D., Chorover, J., Durcik, M., Harman, C.J., Huxman, T.E., Lohse, K.A., Lybrand, R., Meixner, T., McIntosh, J.C., Papuga, S.A., Rasmussen, C., Schaap, M., Swetnam, T.L., and and P.A. Troch (2013) Coevolution of nonlinear trends in vegetation, soils, and topography with elevation and slope aspect: A case study in the sky islands of southern Arizona. Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Sciences, 118:741–758.

Bunting, D.P., Kurc, S.A., and M.R. Grabau. (2013) Long-term vegetation dynamics after high-density seedling establishment: implications for riparian restoration and management. River Research and Applications, 29:1119–1130.


Martin, J., Kurc, S.A., Zaimes, G., Crimmins, M., Hutmacher, A., and D. Green (2012) Elevated air temperatures in riparian ecosystems along ephemeral streams: The role of housing density. Journal of Arid Environments 84:9-18.

Royer, P.D., Breshears, D.D., Zou, C.B., Villegas, J.C., Cobb, N.S., and S.A. Kurc (2012) Density-dependent ecohydrological effects of piñon-juniper woody canopy cover on soil microclimate and potential soil evaporation. Rangeland Ecology and Management 65: 11-20.


Cavanaugh, M. L., S. A. Kurc, and R. L. Scott. 2011. Evapotranspiration partitioning in semiarid shrubland ecosystems: a two-site evaluation of soil moisture control on transpiration. Ecohydrology 4:671-681.

Bunting, D. P., S. A. Kurc, and M. R. Grabau. 2011. Using existing agricultural infrastructure for restoration practices: Factors influencing successful establishment of Populus fremontii over Tamarix ramosissima. Journal of Arid Environments 75:851-860.

Chorover, J., P. A. Troch, C. Rasmussen, P. D. Brooks, J. D. Pelletier, D. D. Breshars, T. E. Huxman, S. A. Kurc, K. A. Lohse, J. C. McIntosh, T. Meixner, M. G. Schaap, M. E. Litvak, J. Perdrial, A. Harpold, and M. Durcik. 2011. How Water, Carbon, and Energy Drive Critical Zone Evolution: The Jemez-Santa Catalina Critical Zone Observatory. Vadose Zone Journal 10:884-899.

Neal, A. L., H. V. Gupta, S. A. Kurc, and P. D. Brooks. 2011. Modeling moisture fluxes using artificial neural networks: can information extraction overcome data loss? Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 15:359-368.


Jardine, K., L. Abrell, L., S. A. Kurc, T. Huxman, J. Ortega, and A. Guenther. (2010) Volatile organic compound emissions from Larrea tridentata (creosotebush). Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics: 10, 12191-12206.

Papuga, S.A. Supporting Generation “E”: Teaching and Research is Not Enough. The Journal of Sustainability Education. October, 2010.

Royer, P. D., D. D. Breshears, C. B. Zou, N. S. Cobb, and S. A. Kurc, 2010. Ecohydrological energy inputs in semiarid coniferous gradients: Responses to management- and drought-induced tree reductions. Forest Ecology and Management 260(10):1646-1655.

Kurc, S. A. and L. M. Benton,(2010) Digital image‐derived greenness links deep soil moisture to carbon uptake in a creosotebush‐dominated shrubland, Journal of Arid Environments Volume 74, Issue 5, May 2010, Pages 585‐594.


Papuga, S. A. (2009), Highlight FLUXNET site Santa Rita Creosotebush. FluxLetter: The Newsletter of FLUXNET, Vol. 2 No. 4, December, 2009.


Kurc, S. A. (2008) Extreme makeovers: Crossing critical thresholds into desertification. Arid Lands Newsletter, 60, ISSN: 0277‐9455, E‐ISSN: 1092‐5481.


Kurc, S. A. and E. E. Small (2007), Soil moisture variations and ecosystem-scale fluxes of water and carbon in semiarid grassland and shrubland, Water Resources Research , 43, W06416, doi:10.1029/2006WR005011.


Turner D. P., Ritts W. D., Zhao, M., Kurc, S. A., Dunn, A. L., Wofsy, S. C., Small, E. E., and S. W. Running (2006), Assessing Interannual Variation in MODIS-Based Estimates of Gross Primary Production. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 44(7): 1899-1907.


Turner D. P., Ritts W. D., Cohen W. B., Maeirsperger T. K., Gower S. T., Kirschbaum A. A., Running S. W., Zhao M. S., Wofsy S. C., Dunn A. L., Law B. E., Campbell J. L., Oechel W. C., Kwon H. J., Meyers T. P., Small E. E., Kurc S. A. and J. A. Gamon (2005) Site-level evaluation of satellite-based global terrestrial gross primary production and net primary production monitoring. Global Change Biology, 11(4): 666-684.


Kurc, S. A. and E. E. Small (2004), Dynamics of evapotranspiration in semiarid grassland and shrubland during the summer monsoon season, central New Mexico. Water Resources Research, 40, W09305, doi:10.1029/2004WR003068.


Small, E., and S. Kurc (2003) Tight coupling between soil moisture and the surface radiation budget in semiarid environments: Implications for land-atmosphere interactions Water Resources Research 39(10), 1278, doi: 10.1029/2002WR001297.


Small, E., and S. Kurc (2001) The influence of soil moisture on the surface energy balance in semiarid environments, NM WRRI Technical Completion Report no 318.