David D. Breshears
Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
(520) 621-7259
PhD, Colorado State University, 1993

David D. Breshears is a Professor of Natural Resources in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona; he also has a joint appointment with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and currently is a Sir Walter Distinguished Visiting Collaborator with Murdoch University in Perth. His research focuses on the ecohydrology of dryland ecosystems, vegetation gradients spanning grassland to forest, wind- and water-driven sediment transport and erosion, and particularly on drought-induced tree mortality and climate change. Breshears was a lead author for the Forests chapter of the most recent US National Climate Assessment. He has published more than 100 journal articles, and his work has been covered by the New York Times, NPR All Things Considered, and USA Today, among many others. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Ecological Society of America, the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program and the Kavli US Frontiers in Science.

Research Themes: 
Climate and Adaptation
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Public Health
Arid lands
Biogeochemical processes
Climate change impacts
Watershed hydrology
Watershed management
Air quality
Soil contaminants
Arid lands
Biogeochemical processes
Carbon cycling
Conservation biology
Ecosystem disturbances
Ecosystem ecology
Ecosystem restoration
Ecosystem services
Erosion and sedimentation
Grasslands and savannas
Landscape restoration
Natural resource management
Nutrient cycling
Plant ecology
Terrestrial ecology
Air quality
Arid lands
Ecosystem management
Extreme events
Global warming
Range management
Science communication
Water resources

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