James F. Reynolds

James F. Reynolds

Professor of Environmental Sciences and Biology

Integrated assessment of complex human-environmental systems; Land degradation and desertification in global drylands; Conceptual frameworks and models to advance the science of dryland development


Cherlet, Michael, C. Hutchinson, J. Reynolds, J. Hill, S. Sommer, and G von Maltitz. World Atlas of Desertification Rethinking Land Degradation and Sustainable Land Management, 2018.
Reynolds, J. F., B. R. Strain, G. L. Cunningham, and K. R. Knoerr. “Predicting primary productivity for forest and desert ecosystem models.” In Predicting Photosynthesis for Ecosystem Models, 2:169–208, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1201/9781351075954.
Ye, J. S., J. F. Reynolds, F. T. Maestre, and F. M. Li. “Hydrological and ecological responses of ecosystems to extreme precipitation regimes: A test of empirical-based hypotheses with an ecosystem model.” Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 22 (October 1, 2016): 36–46. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ppees.2016.08.001.
Abbott, B. W., J. B. Jones, E. A. G. Schuur, F. S. Chapin, W. B. Bowden, M. S. Bret-Harte, H. E. Epstein, et al. “Biomass offsets little or none of permafrost carbon release from soils, streams, and wildfire: An expert assessment.” Environmental Research Letters 11, no. 3 (March 7, 2016). https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/11/3/034014.
Marchesini, V. A., R. J. Fernández, J. F. Reynolds, J. A. Sobrino, and C. M. Di Bella. “Changes in evapotranspiration and phenology as consequences of shrub removal in dry forests of central Argentina.” Ecohydrology 8, no. 7 (January 1, 2015): 1304–11. https://doi.org/10.1002/eco.1583.

Recent Grants


ENVIRON 390K: Special Topics in Environmental Sciences and Policy (ENVIRON 390K: Special Topics in Environmental Sciences and Policy)

area(s) of expertise

Desertification Global Change Ecology

Contact Information

Duke Box 90338
Durham, NC 27708-0338
130 Science Dr., Biological Sciences Bldg., Rm 137-BOX 90338
Durham, NC 27708


Ph.D., New Mexico State University (1974)