Peer-reviewed publications

# = graduate student co-author, * = undergraduate student co-author

Zhao Y#, Nelson DM, Clegg BF, An C-B, Hu FS. 2017. Carbon isotopic analysis on nanogram quantities of carbon from dissolved insect cuticle: a method for paleoenvironmental inferences. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 31: 1825-1834.

McLauchlan KK, Gerhart LM, Battles JJ, Craine JM, Elmore AJ, Higuera PE, Mack MC, McNeil BE, Nelson DM, Pederson N, Perakis SS. 2017. Centennial-scale reductions in nitrogen availability in temperate forests of the United States. Scientific Reports 7: 7856.

Elmore AJ, Craine JM, Nelson DM, Guinn SM. 2017. Continental scale variability of foliar nitrogen and carbon isotopes in Populus balsamifera and their relationships with climate. Scientific Reports 7: 7759.

Katzner TE, Nelson DM, Braham MA, Doyle JM, Fernandez NB, Duerr AE, Bloom PH, Fitzpatrick MC, Miller TA, Culver RCE, Braswell L, DeWoody JA. 2017. Golden eagle fatalities and the continental-scale consequences of local wind-energy generation. Conservation Biology 31: 406-415.

Elmore AJ, Nelson DM, Craine JM. 2016. Earlier springs are causing reduced nitrogen availability in North American eastern deciduous forests. Nature Plants 2: 16133.

Sabo RD#, Scanga SE, Lawrence GB, Nelson DM, Eshleman KN, Zabala G*, Alinea A*, Schirmer C. 2016. Watershed-scale changes in terrestrial nitrogen cycling during a period of decreased atmospheric nitrate and sulfate deposition. Atmospheric Environment 146: 271-279.

Nelson DM, Urban MA#, Kershaw P, Hu FS. 2016. Late-Quaternary variation in C3 and C4 grass abundance in southeastern Australia as inferred from δ13C analysis: Assessing the roles of climate, pCO2, and fire. Quaternary Science Reviews: 139: 67-76.

Sabo RD#, Nelson DM, Eshleman KN. 2016. Episodic, seasonal, and annual export of atmospheric and microbial nitrate from a temperate forest. Geophysical Research Letters: 43: 683–691.

Pylant CL#, Nelson DM, Fitzpatrick MC, Gates JE, Keller SR. 2016. Geographic origins and population genetics of bats killed at wind‐energy facilities. Ecological Applications 26: 1381–1395.

Urban MA#, Nelson DM, Jiménez-Moreno G, Hu FS. 2016. Carbon isotope analyses reveal relatively high abundance of C4 grasses during early-middle Miocene in southwestern Europe. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 443: 10-17.

Nelson, DM, Braham M, Miller TA, Duerr AE, Cooper J, Lanzone M, Lemaitre J, Katzner T.  2015.  Stable hydrogen isotopes identify leapfrog migration, degree of connectivity, and summer distribution of Golden Eagles in eastern North America.  The Condor: Ornithological Applications 117: 414-429.

Urban MA#, Nelson DM, Street-Perrott FA, Verschuren D, Hu FS. 2015. A late-Quaternary perspective on atmospheric pCO2, climate, and fire as drivers of C4-grass abundance. Ecology 96: 642-653.

 Pylant CL#, Nelson DM, Keller SR. 2014. Stable hydrogen isotopes record the summering grounds of eastern red bats (Lasiurus borealis).  PeerJ 2:e629.

Landesman WJ#, Nelson DM, Fitzpatrick MC. 2014. Soil properties and tree species drive ß-diversity of soil bacterial communities. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 76: 201-209.

Nelson DM, Urban MA#, Hu FS. 2014. Spatiotemporal variation in the origin of C4 grasses: δ13C analysis of grass pollen from the southeastern United States. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 396: 227-231.

Genomic Resources Development Consortium, Keller SR, Trott R, Pylant CL#, Nelson DM. 2014. Genomic Resources Notes accepted 1 October 2013 – 30 November 2013. Molecular Ecology Resources 14: 435-436. [Genome-wide microsatellite marker development from next-generation sequencing of two non-model bat species impacted by wind turbine mortality: Lasiurus borealis and L. cinereus (Vespertilionidae)]

Urban MA#, Nelson DM, Kelly R, Ibrahim T*, Dietze M, Pearson A, Hu FS. 2013. A hierarchical Bayesian approach to the classification of C3 and C4 grass pollen based on SPIRAL δ13C data. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 121: 168-176.

Griener K#, Nelson DM, Warny S. 2013. Declining moisture availability on the Antarctic Peninsula during the Late Eocene. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 383-384: 72-78.

Nelson DM, Henderson AK, Huang Y, Hu FS. 2013. Influence of terrestrial vegetation on leaf wax D of Holocene lake sediments. Organic Geochemistry 56: 106-110.

Nelson DM, Verschuren D, Urban MA, Hu FS. 2012. Long-term variability and rainfall control of savanna fire regimes in equatorial East Africa. Global Change Biology 18:3160-3170.

Nelson DM.2012. Carbon isotopic composition of Ambrosia and Artemisia pollen: assessment of a C3-plant paleophysiological indicator. New Phytologist 195:787-793.

Tian J, Nelson DM, Hu FS. 2011. How well do sediment indicators record past climate? An evaluation using annually laminated sediments. Journal of Paleolimnology: 45:73-84.

Nelson DM, Cann IKO, Mackie RI. 2010. Response of archaeal communities in the rhizosphere of maize and soybean to elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations. PLoS ONE 5: e15897.

 Henderson AK#, Nelson DM, Hu FS, Huang YS, Shuman BN, Williams J. 2010. Holocene precipitation seasonality captured by a dual hydrogen and oxygen isotope approach at Steel Lake, Minnesota. Earth and Planetary Science Letters: 30:205-214.

Urban MA#, Nelson DM, Jiménez-Moreno G, Châteauneuf J-J, Pearson A, Hu FS. 2010. Isotopic evidence of C4 grasses in southwestern Europe during the Early Oligocene-Middle Miocene. Geology 38:1091-1094.

-Publication was featured as an “Editor’s Choice” in Science 330:1725

Edwards EJ, Osborne CP, Strömberg CAE, Smith SA, C4 Grasses Consortium (including Nelson DM). 2010. The origins of C4 grasslands: merging evolutionary and ecosystem science. Science 328: 587-591.

Nelson DM, Cann IKO, Altermann E, Mackie RI. 2010. Phylogenetic evidence for lateral gene transfer in the intestine of marine iguanas. PLoS ONE 5: e10785.

Grimm EC, Maher LJ, Nelson DM. 2009. The magnitude of error in conventional bulk-sediment radiocarbon dates from central North America. Quaternary Research 72: 301-308.

Nelson DM, Glawe AJ*, Labeda DP, Cann IKO, Mackie RI. 2009. Paenibacillus tundrae sp. nov. and Paenibacillus xylanexedens sp. nov., psychrotolerant, xylan-degrading, bacteria from Alaskan tundra. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 59: 1708-1714.

Mackie RI, Nelson DM, Wheeler E, Wikelski M, Cann IKO. 2008. Fermentative digestion in herbivorous lizards: bacterial population analysis in the intestinal tract of free-living land (Conolophus pallidus) and marine iguanas (Amblyrynchus cristatus) on the Galapágos archipelago. Pages 193-202 in S. Morris and A. Vosloo, eds. Molecules to Migration: The Pressures of Life. Medimond Publishing Co., Bologna, Italy.

Nelson DM, Hu FS. 2008. Patterns and drivers of Holocene vegetation change near the prairie-forest ecotone in Minnesota: revisiting McAndrews’ transect. New Phytologist 179: 449-459.

Nelson DM, Hu FS, Scholes DR*, Joshi N*, Pearson A. 2008. Using SPIRAL (Single Pollen Isotope Ratio AnaLysis) to estimate C3- and C4-grass abundance in the paleorecord. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 269: 11-16.

Power MJ and 84 others (including Nelson DM). 2008. Changes in fire activity since the Last Glacial Maximum: an assessment based on a global synthesis and analysis of charcoal data. Climate Dynamics 30: 887-907.

Nelson DM, Hu FS, Mikucki J, Tian J, Pearson A. 2007. Carbon-isotopic analysis of individual pollen grains from C3 and C4 grasses using a spooling wire microcombustion interface. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 71: 4005-4014.

Nelson DM, Ohene-Adjei S, Hu FS, Cann IKO, Mackie RI. 2007. Bacterial diversity and distribution in the Holocene sediments of a northern temperate lake. Microbial Ecology 54: 252-263.

Tian J, Nelson DM, Hu FS. 2006. Possible linkages of late-Holocene drought in the North American midcontinent to Pacific Decadal Oscillation and solar activity. Geophysical Research Letters 33: L23702.

Nelson DM, Hu FS, Grimm EC, Curry BBC, Slate J. 2006. The influence of aridity and fire onHolocene prairie communities in the eastern Prairie Peninsula. Ecology 87: 2523–2536.

Hu FS, Nelson DM, Clarke GH, Rühland K, Huang Y, Kaufman DS, Smol JP. 2006. Abrupt climatic events during the last glacial-interglacial transition in Alaska. Geophysical Research Letters 33: L18708.

Nelson DM, Hu FS, Michener RH. 2006. Stable-carbon isotope composition of Poaceae pollen: an assessment for reconstructing C3 and C4 grass abundance. The Holocene 16: 819-825.

 Anderson LL, Hu FS, Nelson DM, Petit RJ, Paige KN. 2006. Ice-age endurance: DNA evidence of a white spruce refugium in Alaska. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 103: 12447-12450.

Nelson DM, Hu FS, Tian J, Stefanova I, Brown TA. 2004. Response of C3 and C4 plants to middle-Holocene climatic variation near the prairie-forest ecotone of Minnesota.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 101: 562-567.

Hu FS, Kaufman D, Yoneji S, Nelson D, Shemesh A, Huang Y, Tian J, Bond G, Clegg B, Brown T. 2003. Cyclic variation and solar forcing of Holocene climate in the Alaskan subarctic. Science 301: 1890-1893.

Hu FS, Lee BY, Kaufman DS, Yoneji S, Nelson DM, Henne PD. 2002. Response of tundra ecosystem in southwestern Alaska to Younger-Dryas climatic oscillations. Global Change Biology 8, 1-8.