Amanda Schwantes

Amanda Schwantes

My dissertation research seeks to understand how forests will respond to increases in drought severity and heatwaves projected under climate change, by studying the impacts of the 2011 drought on the forests and woodlands of Texas.  We use remotely sensed imagery to map canopy loss due to drought across Texas. We then use these maps to better inform models to improve our ability to forecast future tree mortality events, following climate change.

My research interests include: Forest disturbance, drought-induced tree mortality, global change ecology, remote sensing, geospatial analysis, landscape ecology, biogeochemistry, and conservation biology

For more information on my research and publications see my website and google scholar page.


Johnson, DM, Domec, J-C, Carter Berry, Z, Schwantes, AM, McCulloh, KA, Woodruff, DR, Wayne Polley, H, Wortemann, R, Swenson, JJ, Scott Mackay, D, McDowell, NG, and Jackson, RB. "Co-occurring woody species have diverse hydraulic strategies and mortality rates during an extreme drought." Plant, cell & environment 41, no. 3 (March 2018): 576-588.
Schwantes, AM, Swenson, JJ, González-Roglich, M, Johnson, DM, Domec, J-C, and Jackson, RB. "Measuring canopy loss and climatic thresholds from an extreme drought along a fivefold precipitation gradient across Texas." Global change biology 23, no. 12 (December 2017): 5120-5135.
Austin, KG, González-Roglich, M, Schaffer-Smith, D, Schwantes, AM, and Swenson, JJ. "Trends in size of tropical deforestation events signal increasing dominance of industrial-scale drivers." Environmental Research Letters 12, no. 5 (May 1, 2017): 054009-054009.
Schwantes, AM, Swenson, JJ, and Jackson, RB. "Quantifying drought-induced tree mortality in the open canopy woodlands of central Texas." Remote Sensing of Environment 181 (2016): 54-64.
McDowell, NG, Coops, NC, Beck, PSA, Chambers, JQ, Gangodagamage, C, Hicke, JA, Huang, C-Y, Kennedy, R, Krofcheck, DJ, Litvak, M, Meddens, AJH, Muss, J, Negrón-Juarez, R, Peng, C, Schwantes, AM, Swenson, JJ, Vernon, LJ, Williams, AP, Xu, C, Zhao, M, Running, SW, and Allen, CD. "Global satellite monitoring of climate-induced vegetation disturbances." Trends in plant science 20, no. 2 (February 2015): 114-123. (Review)

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