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Daniel R Lecain
Rangeland Resources Research
Plant Physiologist

Phone: (970) 492-7123
Fax: (970) 492-7310
1701 CENTRE AVENUE
FORT COLLINS, CO, 80526-2083


Publications (Clicking on the reprint icon Reprint Icon will take you to the publication reprint.)
Warming and elevated CO2 lead to longer growing season in temperate grassland - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Reyes-Fox, M.A., Steltzer, H., Trlica, M., Mcmaster, G.S., Andales, A., Lecain, D.R., Morgan, J.A. 2014. Warming and elevated CO2 lead to longer growing season in temperate grassland. Nature. 510:259-269. DOI:10.1038/nature13207.
Disentangling root responses to climate change in a semiarid grassland - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Carrillo, Y., Pendall, E., Dijkstra, F., Lecain, D.R., Morgan, J.A., Blumenthal, D.M., Waldron, S.E. 2014. Disentangling root responses to climate change in a semiarid grassland. Oecologia. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-014-2912-z.
Plant rhizosphere influence on microbial C metabolism: the role of elevated CO2, N availability and root stoichiometry - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Carrillo, Y., Dijkstra, F.A., Pendall, E., Lecain, D.R., Colin Tucker 2014. Plant rhizosphere influence on microbial C metabolism: the role of elevated CO2, N availability and root stoichiometry. Biogeochemistry. doi 10.1007/510533-014-9954-5.
Effect of elevated CO2 concentration and nitrate: ammonium ratios on gas exchange and growth of cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Cruz, J., Alves, A., Lecain, D.R., Ellis, D.D., Morgan, J.A. 2014. Effect of elevated CO2 concentration and nitrate: ammonium ratios on gas exchange and growth of cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz). Plant and Soil. 374:33-43.
Invasive forb benefits from water savings by native plants and carbon fertilization under elevated CO2 and warming Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Blumenthal, D.M., Resco, V., Morgan, J.A., Williams, D.G., Lecain, D.R., Hardy, E.M., Pendall, E., Bladyka, E. 2013. Invasive forb benefits from water savings by native plants and carbon fertilization under elevated CO2 and warming. New Phytologist. 200(4):1156-1165.
Warming reduces carbon losses from grassland exposed to elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Pendall, E., Heisler-White, J., Williams, D., Dijkstra, F., Carrillo, Y., Morgan, J.A., Lecain, D.R. 2013. Warming reduces carbon losses from grassland exposed to elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide. PLoS One. 8(8):e71921. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0071921.
Climate change reduces the net sink of CH4 and N2O in a semiarid grassland - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Dijkstra, F., Morgan, J.A., Follett, R.F., Lecain, D.R. 2013. Climate change reduces the net sink of CH4 and N2O in a semiarid grassland. Global Change Biology. 19:1816-1826.
Elevated CO2 does not offset greater water stress predicted under climate change for native and exotic riparian plants - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Perry, L.G., Shafroth, P.P., Blumenthal, D.M., Morgan, J.A., Lecain, D.R. 2013. Elevated CO2 does not offset greater water stress predicted under climate change for native and exotic riparian plants. New Phytologist. 197:532-543.
Climate change alters stoichiometry of phosphorus and nitrogen in semiarid grassland - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Dijkstra, F.A., Pendall, E., Morgan, J.A., Blumenthal, D.M., Carrillo, Y., Lecain, D.R., Follett, R.F., Williams, D.G. 2012. Climate change alters stoichiometry of phosphorus and nitrogen in semiarid grassland. New Phytologist. 196:807-815.
Interactions between elevated atmospheric CO2 and defoliation on North American rangeland plant species at low and high N availability - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Lecain, D.R., Morgan, J.A., Hutchinson, G.L., Reeder, J.D., Dijkstra, F.A. 2012. Interactions between elevated atmospheric CO2 and defoliation on North American rangeland plant species at low and high N availability. Grass and Forage Science. 67:350-360.
Impact of precipitation dynamics on net ecosystem exchange - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Parton, W., Morgan, J.A., Smith, D.P., Del Grosso, S.J., Prihodko, L., Lecain, D.R., Kelly, R. 2012. Impact of precipitation dynamics on net ecosystem exchange. Global Change Biology. 28:915-927.
Decreased summer drought affects plant productivity and soil carbon dynamics in Mediterranean woodland - (Peer Reviewed Journal) - (20-Sep-11)
Elevated CO2, not defoliation, enhances N cycling and increases short-term soil N immobilization regardless of N addition in a semiarid grassland - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Dijkstra, F., Hutchinson, G.L., Reeder, J.D., Lecain, D.R., Morgan, J.A. 2011. Elevated CO2, not defoliation, enhances N cycling and increases short-term soil N immobilization regardless of N addition in a semiarid grassland. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 43:2247-2256.
Elevated CO2, not defoliation, enhances N cycling and increases short-term soil N immobilization regardless of N addition in a semiarid grassland - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Dijkstra, F.A., Hutchinson, G.L., Reeder, J.D., Lecain, D.R., Morgan, J.A. 2011. Elevated CO2, not defoliation, enhances N cycling and increases short-term soil N immobilization regardless of N addition in a semiarid grassland. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 43:2247-2256.
C4 grasses prosper as carbon dioxide eliminates desiccation in warmed semi-arid grasslands - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Morgan, J.A., Lecain, D.R., Pendall, E., Blumenthal, D.M., Kimball, B.A., Carillo, Y., Williams, D., Heisler White, J.L., Dijkstra, F., West, M.S. 2011. C4 grasses prosper as carbon dioxide eliminates desiccation in warmed semi-arid grasslands. Nature. 476:202-205.
Seasonal and interannual variability in surface energy partitioning and vegetation cover with grazing at shortgrass steppe - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Jamiyansharav, K., Ojima, D., Pielke, R.A., Parton, W., Morgan, J.A., Beltran-Przekurat, A., Lecain, D.R., Smith, D.P. 2010. Seasonal and interannual variability in surface energy partitioning and vegetation cover with grazing at shortgrass steppe. Journal of Arid Environments. 75:360-370.
Elevated CO2 effects on semiarid grassland plant in relation to water availability and competition - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Dijkstra, F.A., Blumenthal, D.M., Morgan, J.A., Lecain, D.R., Follett, R.F. 2010. Elevated CO2 effects on semiarid grassland plants in relation to water availability and competition. Functional Ecology 24:1152-1161.
Experimental manipulations of winter snow and summer rain influence ecosystem carbon cycling in a mixed grass prairie, Wyoming, USA - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Chimner, R., Welker, J.M., Morgan, J.A., Lecain, D.R., Reeder, J. 2010. Experimental manipulations of winter snow and summer rain influence ecosystem carbon cycling in a mixed grass prairie, Wyoming, USA. Ecohydrology. 3:284-293.
Microbially Mediated CH4 Consumption and N2O Emission is Affected by Elevated CO2, Soil Water Content, and Composition of Semi-Arid Grassland Species Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Dijkstra, F.A., Morgan, J.A., Lecain, D.R., Follett, R.F. 2010. Microbially Mediated CH4 Consumption and N2O Emission is Affected by Elevated CO2, Soil Water Content, and Composition of Semi-Arid Grassland Species. Plant and Soil Journal. 329:269-281.
Partitioning of soil respiration at the PHACE experiment: A two-method comparison - (Proceedings)
Pendall, E., Dijkstra, F.A., Carrillo, Y., Wallenstein, M., Williams, D., Heisler-White, J., Lecain, D.R., Morgan, J.A. 2009. Partitioning of soil respiration at the PHACE experiment: A two-method comparison. Ecological Society of America Proceedings. COS 100-4.
Quantification of net annual C input in terrestrial ecosystems of the Italian Peninsula under different land-uses - (Abstract Only)
Inglima, I., Papale, D., Lecain, D.R., Miglietta, F., Cotrufo, M. 2009. Quantification of net annual C input in terrestrial ecosystems of the Italian Peninsula under different land-uses. Meeting Abstract.
Aboveground productivity of C3 and C4 perennial grasses are differentially affected by elevated CO2 and warming in a Wyoming northern mixed-grass prairie - (Abstract Only)
Morgan, J.A., Lecain, D.R., Booth, D.T., Blumenthal, D.M., Williams, D.G., Pendall, E., Dijkstra, F.A., Smith, D.P., Kimball, B.A., West, M.S. 2009. Aboveground productivity of C3 and C4 perennial grasses are differentially affected by elevated CO2 and warming in a Wyoming northern mixed-grass prairie. Ecological Society of America Proceedings. COS 38-5.
Elevated CO2 and warming differentially impact carbon isotope discrimination and tissue N concentration in five grassland species - (Abstract Only)
Sage, E., Pendall, E., Williams, D., Lecain, D.R., Morgan, J.A. 2009. Elevated CO2 and warming differentially impact carbon isotope Discrimination and tissue N concentration in five grassland species. Ecological Society of America Proceedings. COS 42-10.
Elevated CO2 and warming influence ecosystem carbon dynamics and evapotranspiration in a semi-arid grassland - (Abstract Only)
Heisler-White, J., Pendall, E., Williams, D., Carrillo, Y., Morgan, J.A., Lecain, D.R., Newcomb, J. 2009. Elevated CO2 and warming influence ecosystem carbon dynamics and evapotranspiration in a semi-arid grassland. Ecological Society of America Proceedings. COS 07-3.
Co2, Ch4, and N2o Fluxes Affected by Elevated Co2, Water Availability and Species Composition: Results from a Greenhouse Study - (Abstract Only)
Dijkstra, F.A., Morgan, J.A., Lecain, D.R., Follett, R.F. 2008. CO2, CH4, and N2O fluxes affected by elevated CO2, water availability and species composition: results from a greenhouse study. In: Joint annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, and Gulf Coast Asso. of Geological Studiesk. October 2008. CDROM.
Plant productivity responses to rising atmospheric CO2 and warming in semi-arid grassland in Wyoming, USA - (Abstract Only)
Morgan, J.A., Pendall, E., Williams, D.G., Lecain, D.R., Blumenthal, D.M., Dijkstra, F.A., Miglietta, F., Kimball, B.A. 2008. Plant productivity responses to rising atmospheric CO2 and warming in semi-arid grassland in Wyoming, USA. In: Proceedings of the Grassland International Congress/International Rangeland Congress. p. 895.
Warming and carbon dioxide enrichment alter plant production and ecosystem gas exchange in a semi-arid grassland through direct responses to global change factors and indirect effects on water relations - (Abstract Only)
Morgan, J.A., Pendall, E., Williams, D.G., Bachman, S., Dijkstra, F.A., Lecain, D.R., Follett, R.F. 2007. Warming and carbon dioxide enrichment alter plant production and ecosystem gas exchange in a semi-arid grasslands through direct responses to global change factors and indirect effects on water relations. American Geophysical Union Meeting Abstract.
Carbon dioxide enrichment alters plant community structure and accelerates shrub growth in the shortgrass steppe - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Morgan, J.A., Milchunas, D.G., Lecain, D.R., West, M.S., Mosier, A. 2007. Carbon dioxide enrichment alters plant community structure and accelerates promotes shrub growth in the shortgrass steppe. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104(37):14724-14729.
Ecophysiology of native and invasive taprooted forbs in northern mixed-grass prairie - (Abstract Only)
Schomp, J., Koenig, P., Pendall, E., Lecain, D.R., Blumenthal, D.M., Morgan, J.A., Williams, D. 2007. Ecophysiology of native and invasive taprooted forbs in northern mixed-grass prairie. In: Ecology-based restoration in a changing world. Ecological Society of America annual meeting. Abstract. PS130-33.
Elevated CO2 alters plant & microbial communities in the shortgrass steppe Reprint Icon - (Abstract Only)
Morgan, J.A., Kandeler, E., Milchunas, D.G., Lecain, D.R., Mosier, A.R., King, J.Y., Parton, W.J., Rudolph, S., Tscherko, D. 2007. Elevated CO2 alters plant & microbial communities in the shortgrass steppe. Shortgrass Steppe Symposium, January 2007, Ft. Collins, CO.
Prairie Heating And CO2 Enrichment (PHACE) project: Semi-arid grassland responses to elevated CO2 and warming. Reprint Icon - (Abstract Only)
Morgan, J.A., Migletta, F., Kimball, B.A., Parton, W., Lecain, D.R., Pendall, E., Williams, D., Blumenthal, D.M., Smith, D.P., Hardy, E.M., et al. 2007. Prairie Heating And CO2 Enrichment (PHACE) project: Semi-arid grassland responses to elevated CO2 and warming. Shortgrass Steppe Symposium, January 2007, Ft. Collins, CO.
The High Plains Global Change Experiment: Semi-Arid Grassland Responses to Combined Elevated Co2 and Warming - (Abstract Only)
Morgan, J.A., Miglietta, F., Kimball, B.A., Parton, W.J., Lecain, D.R., Zaldei, A., Reeder, S.J., Pendall, E., Williams, D.G., Blumenthal, D.M. 2006. The high plains global change experiment: semi-arid grassland responses to combined elevated co2 and warming. Ecological Society of America Proceedings. p. 60, Poster #159.
Root Biomass of Individual Species, and Root Size Characteristics after Five Years of Co2 Enrichment on Native Shortgrass Steppe - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Lecain, D.R., Morgan, J.A., Milchunas, D.G., Mosier, A.R., Nelson, J.A., Smith, D.P. 2006. Root biomass of individual species, and root size characteristics after five years of CO2 enrichment on native shortgrass steppe. Plant and Soil Journal. 279:219-228.
Manipulation of Precipitation and N Alters Weed Invasion of Northern Mixed-Grass Prairie - (Proceedings)
Blumenthal, D.M., Chimner, R., Welker, J., Morgan, J.A., Lecain, D.R. 2005. Manipulation of precipitation and N alters weed invasion of northern mixed-grass prairie. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting Proceedings. August, Montreal, Canada. CDROM Abstract.
Root Dynamics and Demography in Shortgrass Steppe under Elevated Co2, and Comments on Minirhizotron Methodology - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Milchunas, D., Morgan, J.A., Mosier, A., Lecain, D.R. 2005. Root dynamics and demography in shortgrass steppe under elevated CO2, and comments on minirhizotron methodology. Global Change Biology. 11:1837-1855.
Elevated Co2 and Defoliation Effects on a Shortgrass Steppe: Forage Quality Versus Quantity for Ruminants - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Milchunas, D., Mosier, A.R., Morgan, J.A., Lecain, D.R., King, J.Y., Nelson, J.A. 2005. Elevated CO2 and defoliation effects on a shortgrass steppe: forage quality versus quantity for ruminants. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 111:166-184.
Root Production and Tissue Quality in a Shortgrass Steppe Exposed to Elevated Co2: Using a New Ingrowth Method - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Milchunas, D., Mosier, A., Morgan, J.A., Lecain, D.R., King, J. 2005. Root production and tissue quality in a shortgrass steppe exposed to elevated CO2: using a new ingrowth method. Plant and Soil Journal. 268:111-122.
Drought and Grazing Impacts on Co2 Fluxes in the Colorado Shortgrass Steppe - (Proceedings)
Morgan, J.A., Lecain, D.R., Reeder, S.J., Schuman, G.E., Derner, J.D., Lauenroth, W.K., Parton, W.J., Burke, I.C. 2004. Drought and grazing impacts on co2 fluxes in the colorado shortgrass steppe. Ecological Society Of America Proceedings.
Co2 Enrichment in Great Plains Grasslands: Past Findings and Future Research Direction - (Proceedings)
Morgan, J.A., Blumenthal, D.M., Reeder, S.J., Lecain, D.R., Miglietta, F., Mosier, A.R., Parton, W., Schuman, G.E. 2004. CO2 enrichment in great plains grasslands: past findings and future research direction. FACE workshop, Ascona, Switzerland. March 2004. No proceedings were published.
Elevated CO2 increases soil moisture and enhances plant water relations in a long-term field study in the semi-arid shortgrass steppe of Northern Colorado - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Nelson, J.A., Morgan, J.A., Lecain, D.R., Mosier, A.R., Milchunas, D.G., Parton, W.A. 2004. Elevated co2 increases soil moisture and enhances plant water relations in a long-term field study in the semi-arid shortgrass steppe of colorado. Plant And Soil Journal. 259:169-179.
Response of Organic and Inorganic Carbon and Nitrogen to Long-Term Grazing of the Shortgrass Steppe - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Reeder, S.J., Schuman, G.E., Morgan, J.A., Lecain, D.R. 2004. Response of organic and inorganic carbon and nitrogen to long-term grazing of the shortgrass steppe. Environmental Management. 33(4):485-495.
Co2 Enhances Productivity of the Shortgrass Steppe, Alters Species Composition and Reduces Forage Digestibility - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Morgan, J.A., Mosier, A.R., Milchunas, D.G., Lecain, D.R., Nelson, J.A., Parton, W.J. 2004. CO2 enhances productivity of the shortgrass steppe, alters species composition and reduces forage digestibility. Ecological Applications. 14:208-219.
Soil and Plant Water Relations, Not Photosynthetic Pathway, Primarily Influence Photosynthetic Responses in a Semi-Arid Ecosystem under Elevated Co2 - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Lecain, D.R., Morgan, J.A., Mosier, A.R., Nelson, J.A. 2003. Soil and plant water relations, not photosynthetic pathway, primarily influence photosynthetic responses in a semi-arid ecosystem under elevated CO2. Annals of Botany. 92:41-52.
Partitioning Evapotranspiration Fluxes from a Colorado Grassland Using Stable Isotopes: Seasonal Variations and Implication for Elevated Atmospheric Co2 - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ferretti, D.F., Pendall, E., Morgan, J.A., Nelson, J.A., Lecain, D.R., Mosier, A.R. 2003. Partitioning evapotranspiration fluxes from a colorado grassland using stable isotopes: seasonal variations and implications for elevated atmospheric co2. Plant and Soil Journal 254:291-303.
CO2 enhances productivity, alters species composition, and reduces forage digestibility of shortgrass steppe vegetation - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Morgan, J.A., Mosier, A.R., Milchunas, D.G., Lecain, D.R., Nelson, J.A., Parton, W.J. 2003. Co2 enhances productivity of the shortgrass steppe, alters species composition and reduced forage digestibility. Ecological Applications. 14:208-219.
Response of Organic and Inorganic Carbon and Nitrogen Stocks to Historic Grazing Management of the Shortgrass Steppe - (Proceedings)
REEDER, S.J., SCHUMAN, G.E., MORGAN, J.A., LECAIN, D.R. RESPONSE OF ORGANIC AND INORGANIC CARBON AND NITROGEN STOCKS TO HISTORIC GRAZING MANAGEMENT OF THE SHORTGRASS STEPPE. MEETING ABSTRACT. 2003.
Elevated Atmospheric Co2 Effects and Soil Water Feed-Backs on Soil Respiration Components in a Colorado Grassland - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Pendall, E., Del Grosso, S., King, J.Y., Lecain, D.R., Milchunas, D.G., Morgan, J.A., Mosier, A.R., Ojima, D.S., Parton, W.A., Tans, P.P. 2003. Elevated atmospheric CO2 effects and soil water feed-backs on soil respiration components in a colorado grassland. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 17:1-13.
Soil-Atmosphere Exchange of Ch4, Co2, Nox, and N2o in the Colorado Shortgrass Steppe under Elevated Co2 - (Abstract Only) - (16-Jul-02)
Plant Nitrogen Dynamics in Shortgrass Steppe under Elevated Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide. - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
King, J., Mosier, A.R., Morgan, J.A., Lecain, D.R., Milchunas, D., Parton, W. 2004. Plant nitrogen dynamics in shortgrass steppe under elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide. Ecosystems. 7:147-160.
Soil-atmosphere exchange of CH4, CO2, NOx, and N2O in the Colorado shortgrass steppe under elevated CO2 - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Mosier, A.R., Morgan, J.A., King, J.Y., Lecain, D.R., Milchunas, D.G. 2002. Soil-atmosphere exchange of CH4, CO2, NOx, and N2O in the Colorado shortgrass steppe under elevated CO2. Plant and Soil Journal 240:201-211.
Carbon Exchange and Species Composition of Grazed and Ungrazed Pastures in the Shortgrass Steppe of Colorado - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
LECAIN, D.R., MORGAN, J.A., SCHUMAN, G.E., REEDER, S.J., HART, R.H. CARBON EXCHANGE AND SPECIES COMPOSITION OF GRAZED AND UNGRAZED PASTURES IN THE SHORTGRASS STEPPE OF COLORADO. AGRICULTURE ECOSYSTEMS AND THE ENVIRONMENT. 2001.
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