Publications

Research

Dr. Burke's research, with colleagues, graduate students, and postdocs, focuses on nutrient cycling and ecosystem dynamics in semi-arid ecosystems.  This work addresses the influence of land use management (grazing, cropping, suburban/urban development), weather and climate change, and landscape to regional scale variability on carbon and nitrogen cycling.

Journal Articles (last 5 years)

Underlined authors are Dr. Burke's graduate students

  • Mobley, M. L., M.J. Cleary, and I. C. Burke.  2014. Inorganic nitrogen supply and dissolved organic nitrogen abundance across the U. S. Great Plains.  PLOS, in press. 
  • Korfanta, N. M., M. L. Mobley, and I .C. Burke.  2014.  Fertilizing western rangelands for ungulate conservation: an assessment of risks and benefits. Wildlife Society Bulletin, in press. 
  • Otgonsuren, A., W. K. Lauenroth, I. C. Burke, and M. L. Mobley. 2014.  Sagebrush steppe recovery on 30-90 year old abandoned oil and gas wells.  Ecosphere, in press. 
  • Mobley, M. L., R. L. McCulley, I. C. Burke, G. Peterson, D. S. Schimel, C. V. Cole, E. T. Elliott, and D. G. Westfall.  2014.  Grazing and no-till cropping impacts on N retention in dryland agroecosystems.  Journal of Environmental Quality, in press. 
  • Bradford, J. B., D. R. Schlaepfer, W. K. Lauenroth, and I. C. Burke.  Ecohydrological consequences of plant functional type transitions in North American sagebrush ecosystems. Journal of Ecology 102:1408-1418
  • Otgonsuren, A., I. C. Burke, M. L. Mobley, W. K. Lauenroth, and D. R. Schlaepfer.  2014.  Natural recovery of soil organic matter in 30-90 year old abandoned oil and gas wells in sagebrush steppe.  Ecosphere 5(3): 1-13. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES13-00272.1
  • Gathany, M. and I. C. Burke. 2014. The effects of forest thinning practices and altered nutrient supply on soil trace gas fluxes in Colorado.  Open Forestry Journal 4:278-289. 
  • Evans, S. E., M. D. Wallenstein, and I. C. Burke.  2014. Is bacterial moisture niche a good predictor of shifts in community composition under long-term drought? Ecology 95(1):110-122.
  • Burke, I. C., E. E. Bontti, J. E. Barrett, P. N. Lowe, W. K. Lauenroth, and R. Riggle. 2013. Impact of labile and recalcitrant carbon treatments on available nitrogen and plant communities in a semiarid ecosystem. Ecological Applications  23(3):537-545. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/12-0015.1.
  • Evans, S.E. and I.C. Burke. 2013. Carbon and nitrogen decoupling under an 11-year drought in the shortgrass steppe.  Ecosystems 16:20-33. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10021-012-9593-4
  • Gathany, M. and I. C. Burke. 2012.  DAYCENT simulations to test the influence of fire regime and fire suppression on trace gas fluxes and nitrogen biogeochemistry of Colorado. Forests 3(3):506-527, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/f3030506.
  • Munson, S. M., W. K. Lauenroth, and I. C. Burke.  2012.  Soil carbon and nitrogen recovery on semiarid Conservation Reserve Program Lands.  Journal of Arid Environments 79:25-31. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaridenv.2011.11.027
  • Evans, S. E., Byrne, K. M., W. K. Lauenroth, and I. C. Burke.  2011. Long-term drought reduces the dominant species and increases ruderals in a semiarid steppe. Journal of Ecology 99(6):1500-1507. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2745.2011.01864.x .
  • Evans, S. E., I. C. Burke, and W. K. Lauenroth. 2011.  Controls on soil organic carbon and nitrogen in Inner Mongolia, China: A cross-continental comparison of temperate grasslands, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 25, GB3006, http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2010GB003945 .
  • Gathany, M. and I. C. Burke.  2011.  Post-fire soil fluxes of CO2, CH4, and N2O along the Colorado Front Range.  International Journal of Wildland Fire 20(7): 838-846. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WF09135
  • Bontti, E. E., I. C. Burke, and W. K. Lauenroth.  2011.  Nitrogen partitioning between microbes and plants in the shortgrass steppe. Plant and Soil 342(1-2):445-457. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11104-010-0708-4
  • Adair, E. A. and I. C. Burke. 2010. Plant phenology and life span influence soil pool dynamics: Bromus tectorum invasion of perennial C3-C4 grass communities. Plant and Soil 335:255-269.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11104-010-0413-3
  • Currie, W. S., M. E. Harmon, I. C. Burke, S. C. Hart, W. J. Parton, and W. Silver. 2010.  Cross-biome transplants of plant litter show decomposition models extend to a broader climatic range but low predictability at the decadal time scale. Global Change Biology 16: 1744-1761. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2486.2009.02086.x
  • Munson, S. M., T. J. Benton, W. K. Lauenroth, and I. C. Burke. 2010. Soil carbon flux following pulse precipitation events in the shortgrass steppe.  Ecological Research, 25: 205-211.
  • Bontti, E. E., J. P. DeCant, S. M. Munson, M. Gathany, A. Przeszlowska, M. L. Haddix, S. M. Owens, I. C. Burke, W. J. Parton, and M. E. Harmon. 2009. Litter decomposition in grasslands of Central North America (US Great Plains). Global Change Biology 15(5):1356-1363. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2486.2008.01815.x
  • McCulley, R. L., I. C. Burke, and W. K. Lauenroth. 2009. Conservation of nitrogen increases with precipitation across a major grassland gradient in the central Great Plains of North America. Oecologia 159(3):571-581. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00442-008-1229-1
  • McHale, M. R., I. C. Burke, M. A. Lefsky, P. J. Peper, and E. G. McPherson. 2009. Urban forest biomass estimates: is it important to use allometric relationship developed specifically for urban trees? Urban Ecosystems 12:95-113. http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1007/s11252-009-0081-3    
  • Harmon, M. E., W. L. Silver, B. Fasth, H. Chen, I. C. Burke, W. J. Parton, S. C. Hart, W. S. Currie, and LIDET. 2009. Long-term patterns of mass loss during the decomposition of leaf and fine root litter: an intersite comparison. Global Change Biology 15(5):1320-1338. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2486.2008.01837.x
  • Adair. E. A., W. J. Parton, S. J. Del Grosso, W. L. Silver, M. E. Harmon, S. A. Hall, I. C. Burke, and S. C. Hart. 2008. A simple three-pool model accurately describes patterns of long-term litter decomposition in diverse climates. Global Change Biology 14:2636-2660. http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2008.01674.x
  •  Hamman, S. T., I. C. Burke, and E. E. Knapp. 2008. Soil nutrients and microbial activity after early and late season prescribed burns in a Sierra Nevada mixed conifer forest. Forest Ecology and Management 256:367-374.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2008.04.030
  • Adair, E. C., I. C. Burke, and W. K. Lauenroth. 2008. Contrasting effects of resource availability and plant mortality on plant community invasion by Bromus tectorum. Plant and Soil 304:103-115.  http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1007/s11104-007-9525-9
  • Otgonsuren, A., C. E. Goulden, I. C. Burke, and B. Bulgan. 2008. Soil CO2 flux in Hovsgol National Park, Northern Mongolia. Mongolian Journal of Biological Sciences 6:31-38.
  • Cleland, E. E., C. M. Clark, S. L. Collins, J. E. Fargione, L. Gough, K. L. Gross, D. G. Milchunas, S. C. Pennings, W. D. Bowman, I. C. Burke, W. K. Lauenroth, G. P. Robertson, J. C. Simpson, D. Tilman, and K. N. Suding. 2008. Species responses to nitrogen fertilization in herbaceous plant communities, and associated species traits. Ecology 89:1175-1175 (data paper).
  • McHale, M. R., E. G. McPherson, I. C. Burke. 2007. The potential of urban tree plantings to be cost effective in carbon credit markets. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 6:49-60.
  • Hamman, S. T., I. C. Burke, and M.  E. Stromberger.2007. Relationships between microbial community structure and soil environmental conditions in a recently burned system. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 39:1703-1711.  
  • Parton, W. J., W. L. Silver, I. C. Burke, L. Grassens, M. E. Harmon, W. S. Currie, J. Y. King, E. Carol Adair, L. A. Brandt, S. C. Hart, and B. Fasth. 2007. Global-scale similarities in nitrogen release patterns during long-term decomposition. Science 315: 361-364. 

Books, Book Chapters, and Contributions to National Research Council Reports (last 5 years)

Books:

Lauenroth, W. K., and I. C. Burke, eds. 2008. Ecology of the Shortgrass Steppe: a Long Term Perspective. Oxford Press.

National Resource Council Books:

Renewable Fuel Standard: Potential Economic and Environmental Effects of U.S. Biofuel Policy. Committee on Economic and Environmental Impacts of Increasing Biofuel Production. Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources and Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, National Academies Press, 2012.

A New Biology for the 21st Century.  Committee on a New Biology for the 21st Century: Ensuring the United States Leads the Coming Biology Revolution (member).  Board on Life Sciences, National Academies Press, 2009. 

Environmental Impacts of Wind Energy Projects. Committee on Environmental Impacts of Wind Energy (member). Board on Environmental Science and Toxicology. National Academies Press. 2007.

Book Chapters

  • Lauenroth, W. K., I.C. Burke, and J. A. Morgan. The Shortgrass Steppe: The Region and Research Sites. Chapter 1 In Lauenroth, W. K., and I. C. Burke, eds. 2008. Ecology of the Shortgrass Steppe: a Long Term Perspective. Oxford Press.
  • Peters, D. P. C.,  W. K. Lauenroth, and I. C. Burke.  2008.  The role of disturbances in shortgrass steppe community and ecosystem dynamics. Chapter 6 In Lauenroth, W. K., and I. C. Burke, eds. 2008. Ecology of the Shortgrass Steppe: a Long Term Perspective. Oxford Press.
  • Burke, I. C., A.R. Mosier, P. B. Hook, D.G. Milchunas, J.E. Barrett, M.A. Vinton,  R. L. McCulley, J. P. Kaye, R. A. Gill, H.E. Epstein, R. H. Kelly, W. J. Parton, C.M. Yonker, P. Lowe, and W.K. Lauenroth.  2008.  Soil Organic Matter and Nutrient Dynamics of Shortgrass Steppe Ecosystems. Chapter 13 In Lauenroth, W. K., and I. C. Burke, eds. 2008. Ecology of the Shortgrass Steppe: a Long Term Perspective. Oxford Press.
  • Mosier, A. R., W. J. Parton, R. E. Martin, D. W. Valentine, D. S. Ojima, D. S. Schimel, I. C. Burke, E. C. Adair, and S. J. Del Grosso. 2008. Soil-Atmosphere Exchange of Trace Gases in the Colorado Shortgrass Steppe. Chapter 14 In Lauenroth, W. K., and I. C. Burke, eds. 2008. Ecology of the Shortgrass Steppe: a Long Term Perspective. Oxford Press.
  • W .J. Parton, S. J. Del Grosso, I. C. Burke, and D. S. Ojima. 2008. The Shortgrass Steppe and Ecosystem Modeling. Chapter 15 In Lauenroth, W. K., and I. C. Burke, eds. 2008. Ecology of the Shortgrass Steppe: a Long Term Perspective. Oxford Press.
  • D. G. Milchunas, W. K. Lauenroth, I. C. Burke, and J. K. Detling.  2008. Effects of Grazing on Vegetation. Chapter 16 In Lauenroth, W. K., and I. C. Burke, eds. 2008. Ecology of the Shortgrass Steppe: a Long Term Perspective. Oxford Press.
  • Burke, I. C., W. K. Lauenroth,  M.F. Antolin, J.D. Derner, D.G. Milchunas, J. A. Morgan, and P. Stapp . The Future of the Shortgrass Steppe.  Chapter 19 In Lauenroth, W. K., and I. C. Burke, eds. 2008. Ecology of the Shortgrass Steppe: a Long Term Perspective. Oxford Press.
  • Burke, I. C. and W. K. Lauenroth.  2011. Theory of Ecosystem Ecology.  Pages 243-258 in Scheiner, S and M. Willig, eds, Theory of Ecology. Oxford University Press.