Skelton, RP; Anderegg, LDL; Diaz, J; Kling, MM; Papper, P; Lamarque, LJ; Delzon, S; Dawson, TE and Ackerly, DD (2021) Evolutionary relationships between drought-related traits and climate shape large hydraulic safety margins in western North American oaks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118: In press.


Smith‐Martin, CM; Skelton, RP; Johnson, KM; Lucani, C; Brodribb, TJ (2020) Lack of vulnerability segmentation among woody species in a diverse dry sclerophyll woodland community. Functional Ecology (In press)

Skelton, RP and Diaz, J (2020) Quantifying losses of plant hydraulic function: seeing the forest, the trees and the xylem. Tree Physiology 40 (3), 285-289


Skelton, RP; Anderegg, LDL; Papper, P; Reich, E; Dawson, TE; Kling, M; Diaz, J; Ackerly, DD (2019) No local adaptation in leaf or stem xylem vulnerability to embolism, but consistent vulnerability segmentation in a North American oak. New Phytologist, 223, 1296-1306.

Skelton, RP, Anderegg, LDL, Lamarque, LJ (2019) Examining variation in hydraulic and resource acquisition traits along climatic gradients tests our understanding of plant form and function. New Phytologist223, 505-507.


Skelton, RP; Dawson, TE; Thompson, SE; Weitz, A; Shen, Y; and Ackerly, DD (2018) Low vulnerability to embolism in leaves and stems of North American oaks. Plant Physiology, 177: 1066-1077.

Feng, X; Ackerly, DD; Dawson, TE; Manzoni, S; McLaughlin, B.; Skelton, RP; Vico, G; Weitz, A. and Thompson, SE (2018) Beyond isohydricity: The role of environmental variability in determining plant drought responses. Plant, Cell and Environment (Accepted manuscript).

Skelton, RP and Brodribb, TJ (2018) Lag in gas exchange recovery following natural drought associated with embolism formation. Acta Horticulturae, 1222: 49-57.

Feng, X; Ackerly, DD; Dawson, TE; Manzoni, S; Skelton, RP; Vico, G; and Thompson, SE (2018) The ecohydrological context of drought and classification of plant responses. Ecology Letters, 21: 1723-1736.


Skelton, RP; Brodribb, TJ; McAdam, SAM and Mitchell, PJ (2017) Gas exchange recovery following natural drought is rapid unless limited by loss of leaf hydraulic conductance: evidence from an evergreen woodland. New Phytologist, 215: 1399-1412.

Skelton, RP; Brodribb, TJ and Choat, B (2017) Casting light on xylem vulnerability in an herbaceous species reveals a lack of segmentation. New Phytologist, 214: 561-569.


Brodribb, TJ; Skelton, RP; McAdam, SAM; Bienaime, D; Lucani, CJ and Marmottant, P (2016) Visual quantification of embolism reveals leaf vulnerability to hydraulic failure. New Phytologist, 209: 1403-1409.


Skelton, RP; West, AG and Dawson, TE (2015) Predicting plant vulnerability to drought in biodiverse regions using functional traits. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112: 5744–5749.


Cramer, MD; West, AG; Power, SC; Skelton, RP and Stock, WD (2014) Plant ecophysiological diversity. Chapter in: Fynbos: Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation of a Megadiverse Region (Edited by: Allsopp, N*; Verboom, GA* and Colville, JF*). Oxford University Press. 382 p.


Skelton, RP; West, AG; Dawson, TE and Leonard, JM* (2013) External heat pulse method provides comparative evaluation of sapflow between diverse functional types in the Cape Floristic Region. Functional Plant Biology, 40: 1076-1087.


Skelton, RP; Midgley, JJ; Johnson, SD; Nyaga, JM and Cramer, MD (2012) Is pubescence of Cape Proteaceae a xeromorphic or photoprotective trait? Australian Journal of Botany, 60: 104-113.


Midgley, JJ; Kruger, LM and Skelton, RP (2011) How do fires kill plants? The hydraulic death hypothesis and Cape Proteaceae “fire-resisters”. South African Journal of Botany, 77: 381-386.

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