David Eissenstat

Affiliate Researcher
Titles and Affiliations
Professor, Ecosystem Science and Management

Research Summary

Biogeochemistry of soil-plant interactions, land use impacts on water and forests, and climate change ecology. Root biology: ecology of root lifespan, nutrient foraging by mycorrhizal roots, and belowground phenology in a warming Arctic.

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Recent Publications

Mite density, not diversity, declines with biomass removal in Patagonian woodlands

Fernández, M. M., Casas, C., Bedano, J. C., Eissenstat, D. M., Kaye, M. W., García, I. M., Kun, M. E. & Garibaldi, L. A., Jan 2022, In: Applied Soil Ecology. 169, 104242.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Functionally-explicit sampling can answer key questions about the specificity of plant–microbe interactions

Fleishman, S. M., Eissenstat, D. M., Bell, T. & Centinari, M., Dec 2022, In: Environmental Microbiomes. 17, 1, 51.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterpeer-review

Rock fragment content in soils shift root foraging behavior in xerophytic species

Hu, H., Bao, W., Eissenstat, D. M., Huang, L., Liu, J. & Li, F., Sep 2022, In: Plant and Soil. 478, 1-2, p. 671-688 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Topography Mediates the Response of Soil CO2 Efflux to Precipitation Over Days, Seasons, and Years

Kopp, M., Kaye, J. P., Smeglin, Y. H., Adams, T., Primka, E. J., Bradley, B., Shi, Y. & Eissenstat, D., 2022, (Accepted/In press) In: Ecosystems.

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Phylogenetic Signal, Root Morphology, Mycorrhizal Type and Macroinvertebrate Exclusion: Exploring Wood Decomposition in Soils Conditioned by 13 Temperate Tree Species

Malik, R. J., Bruns, M. A. V., Bell, T. H. & Eissenstat, D. M., Apr 2022, In: Forests. 13, 4, 536.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Shifts in root dynamics along a hillslope in a mixed, mesic temperate forest

Primka, E. J., Adams, T. S., Buck, A. S. & Eissenstat, D. M., Aug 2022, In: Plant and Soil. 477, 1-2, p. 707-723 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Undervine groundcover substantially increases shallow but not deep soil carbon in a temperate vineyard

Fleishman, S. M., Bock, H. W., Eissenstat, D. M. & Centinari, M., Jun 15 2021, In: Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 313, 107362.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

The hierarchy of root branching order determines bacterial composition, microbial carrying capacity and microbial filtering

King, W. L., Yates, C. F., Guo, J., Fleishman, S. M., Trexler, R. V., Centinari, M., Bell, T. H. & Eissenstat, D. M., Dec 2021, In: Communications Biology. 4, 1, 483.

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Limited evidence of vertical fine-root segregation in a subtropical forest

Luo, W., Ni, M., Wang, Y., Lan, R., Eissenstat, D. M., Cahill, J. F., Li, B. & Chu, C., Sep 2021, In: New Phytologist. 231, 6, p. 2308-2318 11 p.

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Limiting similarity shapes the functional and phylogenetic structure of root neighborhoods in a subtropical forest

Luo, W., Lan, R., Chen, D., Zhang, B., Xi, N., Li, Y., Fang, S., Valverde-Barrantes, O. J., Eissenstat, D. M., Chu, C. & Wang, Y., Jan 2021, In: New Phytologist. 229, 2, p. 1078-1090 13 p.

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Topographical shifts in fine root lifespan in a mixed, mesic temperate forest

Primka IV, E. J., Adams, T. S., Buck, A. & Eissenstat, D. M., Jul 2021, In: PloS one. 16, 7 July, e0254672.

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Remarkable Similarity in Timing of Absorptive Fine-Root Production Across 11 Diverse Temperate Tree Species in a Common Garden

Withington, J. M., Goebel, M., Bułaj, B., Oleksyn, J., Reich, P. B. & Eissenstat, D. M., Jan 28 2021, In: Frontiers in Plant Science. 11, 623722.

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Warming and grazing interact to affect root dynamics in an alpine meadow

Wu, Y., Zhu, B., Eissenstat, D. M., Wang, S., Tang, Y. & Cui, X., Feb 2021, In: Plant and Soil. 459, 1-2, p. 109-124 16 p.

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Tree‐induced alterations to soil properties and rhizoplane‐associated bacteria following 23 years in a common garden

Yates, C. F., Guo, J., Bell, T. H., Fleishman, S. M., Bock, H. W., Trexler, R. V., Eissenstat, D. M. & Centinari, M., Apr 2021, In: Plant and Soil. 461, 1-2, p. 591-602 12 p.

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Topographic and Host Effects on Arbuscular Mycorrhizal and Ectomycorrhizal Fungal Communities in a Forested Watershed

Chen, W., Koide, R. T. & Eissenstat, D. M., Dec 2020, In: Ecosystems. 23, 8, p. 1537-1546 10 p.

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