D. Scott Mackay

Department of Geography
State University of New York
105 Wilkeson Quadrangle
Buffalo, NY 14261 USA

Phone: +1-716-645-0477
Fax: +1-716-645-2329

dsmackay at buffalo dot edu

Curriculum vitae

Water Resources Research
American Geophysical Union

AGU Ecohydrology Leaf

Ecohydrology Group
Department of Geography and
Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution & Behavior

About our research
Ecohydrology is the study of how traits of living things both affect and are affected by the availability and quality of water. Our research focuses on understanding these traits by studying mechanisms of vegetative stress responses to environmental dynamics, such as drought, elevated temperature, and nutrient limitation. Our research involves the development of novel biophysical models that assimilate physical and physiological observations to identify emergent traits of plants that are difficult to quantify empirically. Our research addresses many important issues facing society, including severe and prolonged droughts that promote widespread forest mortality, increase pressure on water resources, and stress food production.

News Release (December 30, 2019):
How do conifers survive droughts?

AGU Editor's Vox:
Ecohydrology: What's in a name?

Recent representative products

Pleban, J.R., C.R. Guadagno, D.S. Mackay, B.E. Ewers, and C. Weinig. 2020. Rapid chlorophyll a fluorescence light response curves mechanistically inform photosynthesis modeling. Plant Physiology, 183, 602-619, doi:10.1104/pp.19.00375.

Mackay, D.S., P.R. Savoy, C. Grossiord, X. Tai*, J.R. Pleban*, D.R. Wang*, N.G. McDowell, H.D. Adams, and J.S. Sperry. 2020. Conifers depend on established roots during drought: results from a coupled model of carbon allocation and hydraulics. New Phytologist, 225(2), 679-692, doi:10.1111/nph.16043.

Tai, X., D.S. Mackay, B.E. Ewers, A.D. Parsekian, D. Beverly, H. Speckman, P.D. Brooks, and W.R.L. Anderegg. 2019. Plant hydraulic stress explained tree mortality and tree size explained beetle attack in a mixed conifer forest. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, 124(11), 3555-3568, doi: 10.1029/2019JG005272.
Wang, D.R., C.R. Guadagno, X. Mao, D.S. Mackay, J.R. Pleban, R.L. Baker, C. Weinig, J.-L. Jannink, and B.E. Ewers. 2019. A framework for genomics-informed ecophysiological modeling in plants. Journal of Experimental Botany. doi: 10.1093/jxb/erz090.

Current research projects:

> Integrating plant hydraulics with climate and hydrology to understand and predict responses to climate change

> A systems analysis of plant growth promotion by the rhizosphere microbiome
(see Project web site)

> Predicting genotypic variation in growth and yield under abiotic stress through biophysical process modeling

> Improving hydrologic representation in earth systems modeling
(see Hydrologic Process Team)

Relevant education and research:

Department of Environment and Sustainability

National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA

Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI)

Chequamegon Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (ChEAS)

Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory (SSHCZO)

North American Carbon Program (NACP)

Publons ID

ResearchGate Profile

Google Scholar Profile

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