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In press

  • C. Ruiz-González, J.P. Niño-García, S.W. Kembel, and P.A. del Giorgio. Identifying the core seed bank of a complex boreal bacterial metacommunity. ISME Journal. In press.
  • G.T. Freschet et al. 2017. Climate, soil and plant functional types as drivers of global fine-root trait variation. J Ecol. In press.


  • I. Laforest-Lapointe, A. Paquette, C. Messier, and S.W. Kembel. 2017. Leaf bacterial diversity mediates plant diversity and ecosystem function relationships. Nature 546:145-147.


  • C.A. Baldeck, S.W. Kembel, K.E. Harms, J.B. Yavitt, R. John, B.L. Turner, et al. 2016. Phylogenetic turnover along local environmental gradients in tropical forest communities. Oecologia. In press.
  • I. Laforest-Lapointe, C. Messier, and S.W. Kembel. 2016. Tree phyllosphere bacterial communities: exploring the magnitude of intra-and inter-individual variation among host species. PeerJ 4:e2367.
  • I. Laforest-Lapointe, C. Messier, and S.W. Kembel. 2016. Host species identity, site and time drive temperate tree phyllosphere bacterial community structure. Microbiome 4:27.


  • J.P. O’Dwyer, S.W. Kembel, and T.J. Sharpton. 2015. Backbones of evolutionary history test biodiversity theory for microbes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A. 112:8356-8361.
  • P.R. Peres-Neto and S.W. Kembel. 2015. Phylogenetic gradient analysis: environmental drivers of phylogenetic variation across ecological communities. Plant Ecology 216:709-724.
  • NESCent Working Group on the Evolutionary Biology of the Built Environment. 2015. Evolution of the indoor biome. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 30:223-232.
  • A Siefert, C Violle, et al. 2015. A global meta‐analysis of the relative extent of intraspecific trait variation in plant communities. Ecology Letters 18:1406-1419.
  • H. Morlon, T.K. O’Connor, J.A. Bryant, L.K. Charkoudian, K.M. Docherty, E. Jones, S.W. Kembel, J.L. Green, and B.J.M. Bohannan. 2015. The biogeography of putative microbial antibiotic production. PLOS ONE 10:e0130659.


  • S.W. Kembel, T.K. O’Connor, H.K. Arnold, S.P. Hubbell, S.J. Wright, and J.L. Green. 2014. Relationships between phyllosphere bacterial communities and plant functional traits in a neotropical forest. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A. 38:13715-13720.
  • S.W. Kembel and R.C. Mueller. 2014. Plant traits and taxonomy drive host associations in tropical phyllosphere fungal communities. Botany 92:303-311.
  • S.W. Kembel, J.F. Meadow, T.K. O’Connor, G. Mhuireach, D. Northcutt, J. Kline, M. Moriyama, G.Z. Brown, B.J.M. Bohannan, and J.L. Green. 2014. Architectural design drives the biogeography of indoor bacterial communities. PLoS ONE 9 (1), e87093.
  • M. Vellend, G. Lajoie, A. Bourret, C. Múrria, S.W. Kembel, and D. Garant. 2014. Drawing ecological inferences from coincident patterns of population- and community-level biodiversity. Molecular Ecology 23:2890-2901.
  • J.F. Meadow, A.E. Altrichter, S.W. Kembel, et al. 2014. Bacterial communities on classroom surfaces vary with human contact. Microbiome 2:7.
  • S. Joly, T.J. Davies, A. Archambault, A. Bruneau, A. Derry, S.W. Kembel, et al. 2014. Ecology in the age of DNA barcoding: the resource, the promise and the challenges ahead. Molecular Ecology Resources 14:221-232.
  • J.F. Meadow, A.E. Altrichter, S.W. Kembel, et al. 2014. Indoor airborne bacterial communities are influenced by ventilation, occupancy, and outdoor air source. Indoor Air 24:41-48.


  • C.A. Baldeck, S.W. Kembel, K.E. Harms, et al. 2013. A taxonomic comparison of local habitat niches of tropical trees. Oecologia 4: 1491-1498. (doi:10.1007/s00442-013-2709-5).
  • S. Joly, T.J. Davies, A. Archambault, A. Bruneau, A. Derry, S.W. Kembel, P. Peres-Neto, J. Vamosi, and T.A. Wheeler. 2013. Ecology in the age of DNA barcoding: the resource, the promise, and the challenges ahead. Molecular Ecology Resources. (doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12173).
  • J.F. Meadow, A.E. Altrichter, S.W. Kembel, J. Kline, G. Mhuireach, M. Moriyama, D. Northcutt, T.K. O’Connor, A.M. Womack, G.Z. Brown, J.L. Green, and B.J.M. Bohannan. 2013. Indoor airborne bacterial communities are influenced by ventilation, occupancy, and outdoor air source. Indoor Air. (doi:10.1111/ina.12047).
  • J. Ladau, T.J. Sharpton, M.M. Finucane, G. Jospin, S.W. Kembel, J.P. O’Dwyer, A.F. Koeppel, J.L. Green, and K.S. Pollard. 2013. Global marine bacterial diversity peaks at high latitudes in winter. ISME Journal 7:1669-1677. (doi:10.1038/ismej.2013.37).


  • S.W. Kembel, M. Wu, J.A. Eisen, and J.L. Green. 2012. Incorporating 16S gene copy number information improves estimates of microbial diversity and abundance. PLoS Computational Biology 8(10):e1002743. (doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002743).
  • J.P. O’Dwyer, S.W. Kembel, and J.L. Green. 2012. Phylogenetic Diversity Theory Sheds Light on the Structure of Microbial Communities. PLoS Comput Biol 8(12): e1002832. (doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002832).
  • S.W. Kembel, E. Jones, J. Kline, D. Northcutt, J. Stenson, A.W. Womack, B.J.M. Bohannan, G.Z. Brown, and J.L. Green. 2012. Architectural design shapes the built environment microbiome. ISME Journal. Published online before print on January 26, 2012 (doi:10.1038/ismej.2011.211).
  • J.M. Craine, T.W. Ocheltree, J.B. Nippert, E.G. Towne, A.M. Skibbe, S.W. Kembel, and J.E. Fargione. 2012. Global diversity of drought tolerance and grassland climate-change resilience. Nature Climate Change. (doi:10.1038/nclimate1634).
  • B. Maurer, S.W. Kembel, A.J. Rominger, and B.J. McGill. 2012. Estimating metacommunity extent using data on species abundances, environmental variation, and phylogenetic relationships across geographic space. Ecological Informatics. (doi:10.1016/j.ecoinf.2012.06.003).
  • J.M. Craine, E.M. Wolkovich, E.G. Towne, and S.W. Kembel. 2012. Flowering phenology as a functional trait in a tallgrass prairie. New Phytologist 193: 673–682. (doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2011.03953.x).
  • D.O. Burge, G. Jui, S.W. Kembel, and K. Zhukovsky. 2012. Microsatellite markers from the endangered, gabbro-endemic shrub Ceanothus roderickii (Rhamnaceae) using next-generation sequencing technology. American Journal of Botany 99:e127-e130. (doi:10.3732/ajb.1100431).


  • S.W. Kembel, J.A. Eisen, K.S. Pollard, and J.L. Green. 2011. The phylogenetic diversity of metagenomes. PLoS ONE 6(8): e23214. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023214).
  • S.W. Kembel and J.F. Cahill, Jr. 2011. Independent evolution of leaf and root traits within and among temperate grassland plant communities. PLoS ONE 6(6): e19992. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019992).
  • D.O. Burge, D.M. Erwin, M.B. Islam, J. Kellermann, S.W. Kembel, D.H. Wilken, and P.S. Manos. 2011. Diversification of Ceanothus (Rhamnaceae) in the California Floristic Province. International Journal of Plant Sciences 172:1137-1164. (doi:10.1086/662028).
  • J.M. Craine, J.B. Nippert, E.G. Towne, S.Tucker, S.W. Kembel, A. Skibbe, and K.K. McLauchlan. 2011. Functional consequences of climate-change induced plant species loss in a tallgrass prairie. Oecologia 165:1109-1117. (doi:10.1007/s00442-011-1938-8)
  • P. Fine* and S.W. Kembel*. 2011. Phylogenetic community structure and phylogenetic turnover across space and edaphic gradients in western Amazonian tree communities. Ecography 34: 552–565. (* = Equal author contribution. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0587.2010.06548.x)
  • R. D. Sargent, S.W. Kembel, N.C. Emery, E.J. Forrestel, and D.D. Ackerly. 2011. Effect of local community phylogenetic structure on pollen limitation in an obligately insect-pollinated plant. American Journal of Botany 98:1-9. (doi:10.3732/ajb.1000329)
  • T.J. Sharpton, S.J. Risenfeld, S.W. Kembel, J. Ladau, J.P. O’Dwyer, J.L. Green, J.A. Eisen, and K.S. Pollard. 2011. PhylOTU: A High-throughput Procedure Quantifies Microbial Community Diversity and Resolves Novel Taxa from Metagenomic Data. PLoS Computational Biology 7(1): e1001061. (doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1001061)


  • S.W. Kembel, P.D. Cowan, M.R. Helmus, W.K. Cornwell, H. Morlon, D.D. Ackerly, S.P. Blomberg, and C.O. Webb. 2010. Picante: R tools for integrating phylogenies and ecology. Bioinformatics 26:1463-1464. (doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btq166)
  • S.A. Little, S.W. Kembel, and P. Wilf. 2010. Paleotemperature Proxies from Leaf Fossils Reinterpreted in Light of Evolutionary History. PLoS ONE 5(12): e15161. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015161)
  • P. Fine, R. Garcia, N. Pitman, I. Mesones, and S.W. Kembel. 2010. A floristic study of the white-sand forests of Peru. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 97:283-305. (doi:10.3417/2008068)
  • V. Klepac-Ceraj, K.P. Lemon, T.R. Martin, M. Allgaier, S.W. Kembel, A.A. Knapp, S. Lory, E.L. Brodie, S.V. Lynch, B.J.M. Bohannan, J.L. Green, B.A. Maurer, and R. Kolter. 2010. Relationship between cystic fibrosis respiratory tract bacterial communities and age, genotype, antibiotics and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Environmental Microbiology 12:1293-1303. (doi:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2010.02173.x)
  • M.W. Cadotte, T.J. Davies, J. Regetz, S.W. Kembel, E. Cleland, and T.H. Oakley. 2010. Phylogenetic diversity metrics for ecological communities: integrating species richness, abundance and evolutionary history. Ecology Letters 13:96-105. (doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2009.01405.x)


  • S.W. Kembel. 2009. Disentangling niche and neutral influences on community assembly: assessing the performance of community phylogenetic structure tests. Ecology Letters 12:949-960. (doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2009.01354.x)
  • J.L. Sachs, S.W. Kembel, A.H. Lau, and E.L. Simms. 2009. In situ phylogenetic structure and diversity of wild Bradyrhizobium communities. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 75:4727-4735. (doi:10.1128/AEM.00667-09)
  • J. Cavender-Bares, K.H. Kozak, P.V.A. Fine, and S.W. Kembel. 2009. The merging of community ecology and phylogenetic biology. Ecology Letters 12:693-715. (doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2009.01314.x)
  • E. Lamb, S.W. Kembel, and J.F. Cahill, Jr. 2009. Shoot, but not root, competition reduces community diversity in experimental mesocosms. Journal of Ecology 97:155-163. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2745.2008.01454.x)


  • C.O. Webb, D.D. Ackerly, and S.W. Kembel. 2008. Phylocom: software for the analysis of phylogenetic community structure and trait evolution. Bioinformatics 18:2098-2100. (doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btn358)
  • S.W. Kembel, H. de Kroon, J.F. Cahill, Jr., and L. Mommer. 2008. Improving the scale and precision of hypotheses to explain root foraging ability. Annals of Botany 101:1295-1301. (doi:10.1093/aob/mcn044)
  • S.W. Kembel, I. Waters, and J.M. Shay. 2008. Short-term effects of cut-to-length versus full-tree harvesting on understorey plant communities and understorey-regeneration associations in Manitoba boreal forests. Forest Ecology and Management 255:1848-1858. (doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2007.12.006)
  • J.F. Cahill, Jr., S.W. Kembel, E.G. Lamb, and P. Keddy. 2008. Does phylogenetic relatedness influence the strength of competition among vascular plants? Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 10:41-50. (doi:10.1016/j.ppees.2007.10.001)


  • S.W. Kembel and M.R.T. Dale. 2006. Within-stand spatial structure and relation of boreal canopy and understory vegetation. Journal of Vegetation Science 17: 783-790. (doi:10.1658/1100-9233(2006)17[783:WSSARO]2.0.CO;2)
  • Cousens, R.D., M.R.T. Dale, J. Taylor, R. Law, M. Moerkerk, and S.W. Kembel. 2006. Interpretation of causes of pattern in communities where environmental change is rapid and species longevity is short. Journal of Vegetation Science 17:509-524. (doi:10.1658/1100-9233(2006)17[599:COPIPC]2.0.CO;2)
  • S.W. Kembel and S.P. Hubbell. 2006. The phylogenetic structure of a neotropical forest tree community. Ecology. 87(Suppl): S86-S99. (doi:10.1890/0012-9658(2006)87[86:TPSOAN]2.0.CO;2)
    J.F. Cahill, Jr., S.W. Kembel, and D. Gustafson. 2005. Differential genetic influences on competitive effect and response in Arabidopsis thaliana. Journal of Ecology. 93:958-967. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2745.2005.01013.x)
  • S.W. Kembel and J.F. Cahill, Jr.. 2005. Plant phenotypic plasticity belowground: a phylogenetic perspective on root foraging tradeoffs. American Naturalist 166:216-230. (doi:10.1086/431287)
  • I. Waters, S.W. Kembel, J.-F. Gingras, and J.M. Shay. 2004. Short-term effects of cut-to-length versus full-tree harvesting on conifer regeneration in jack pine, mixedwood, and black spruce forests in Manitoba. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 34:1938-1945. (doi:10.1139/X04-064)