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Brigham, L.M., Coffey, J., Lulow, M. E., Ta, P., Kimball, S. 2024. Persistent invasion by non-native species and transition to an upland community after removal of invasive Tamarix in a Californian Cienega. Journal of Arid Environments 224.

Kimball, S., J. Rath, J.E. Coffey, M.R. Perea-Vega, M. Walsh, N. M. Fiore, P. M. Ta, K. T. Schmidt, M. L. Goulden, S. D. Allison. 2024. Long-term drought promotes invasive species by reducing wildfire severity. Ecology.

Ta, P. **, E. Griffoul*, Q. Sorenson, K. Schmidt**, T. Huxman, J. Long, S. Gee, K. Balazs, J. Burger, M. Lulow, S. Kimball.  2024.  Effects of Non-Native Annual Plant Removal on Native Species in Mediterranean-Climate Shrub Communities. Diversity 16 (2), 115

DT Le, P Ta, KT Schmidt, S Ludovise, K Magliano, E Valdez, R Pratt, Lana Nguyen, Jennifer Long, Sarah Kimball. 2024. Native and non‐native mulch resulted in increased soil moisture and reduced plant recruitment in container plant restoration of coastal sage scrub. Restoration Ecology 32 (1), e14019

MA Nguyen, S Kimball, JC Burger, R Freese, M Lulow, KT Schmidt, P Ta, and JL Funk. 2024. Applying community assembly theory to restoration: overcoming dispersal and abiotic filters is key to diversifying California grassland. Restoration Ecology 32 (1), e14018.


Funk, J.L., Kimball, S., Nguyen, M.A., Lulow, M., and Vose, G.  2023.  Interacting ecological filters influence success and functional composition in restored plant communities over time. Ecological Applications e2899.


McGuire, K.**, K.T. Schmidt, P. Ta, J.L. Long, M. Yurko, and S. Kimball.  2022.  Is it best to add native plants to restoration projects as seeds or as seedlings?  PloS one 17.2: e0262410.

Young, S. L., S. Kimball, & Novak, S. J. 2022. Invasion of plant communities. In Global Plant Invasions (pp. 29-51). Springer, Cham.  doi:10.1007/978-3-030-89684-3_2


Finks, S. S., Weihe, C., Kimball, S., Allison, S. D., Martiny, A. C., Treseder, K. K., & Martiny, J. B. H. (2021). Microbial community response to a decade of simulated global changes depends on the plant community. Elementa-Science of the Anthropocene, 9(1). doi:10.1525/elementa.2021.00124

Hantson, S., Huxman, T. E., Kimball, S., Randerson, J. T., & Goulden, M. L. (2021). Warming as a Driver of Vegetation Loss in the Sonoran Desert of California. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, 126(6). doi:10.1029/2020jg005942


Laskey, H., Crook, E. D., & Kimball, S. (2020). Analysis of Rare Plant Occurrence Data for Monitoring Prioritization. Diversity-Basel, 12(11). doi:10.3390/d12110427

Schmidt, K. T., Maltz, M., Ta, P., Khalili, B., Weihe, C., Phillips, M., . . . Kimball, S. (2020). Identifying Mechanisms for Successful Ecological Restoration with Salvaged Topsoil in Coastal Sage Scrub Communities. Diversity-Basel, 12(4). doi:10.3390/d12040150


Khalili, B., Weihe, C., Kimball, S., Schmidt, K. T., & Martiny, J. B. H. (2019). Optimization of a Method To Quantify Soil Bacterial Abundance by Flow Cytometry. Msphere, 4(5). doi:10.1128/mSphere.00435-19

Kimball, S., Long, J. J., Ludovise, S., Ta, P., Schmidt, K. T., Halsch, C. A., . . . Nguyen, L. (2019). Impacts of competition and herbivory on native plants in a community-engaged, adaptively managed restoration experiment. Conservation Science and Practice, 1(12). doi:10.1111/csp2.122


Kimball, S., Principe, Z.,Deutschman, D., Strahm, S., Huxman, T.E., Lulow, M.E., and Balazs, K.R.  Resistance and resilience: Ten years of vegetation monitoring in Orange County, CA, USA. Ecosphere 9(5): 1-26. doi: 10.1002/ecs2.2212

Kimball, S. and Lulow, M.E.  Adaptive management in variable environments.  Plant Ecology.  doi: 10.1007/s11258-018-0856-9

Bell, M.D., Lulow, M.E., Balazs, K.R., Huxman, K.A., McCollum, J.R., Huxman, T.E., and Kimball, S. Restoring a Mediterranean‐climate shrub community with perennial species reduces future invasion.  Restoration Ecology.  doi:10.1111/rec.12851


Kimball, S., Lulow, M.E., Balazs, K.R., and Huxman, T.E. Predicting drought tolerance from slope aspect preference in restored plant communities. Ecology and Evolution 7(9): 3123-3131. doi: 10.1002/ece3.2881

Tamura, N., Lulow, M.E., Halsch, C.A., Major, M.R., Balazs, K.R., Austin, P., Huxman, T.E., and Kimball, S. 2017. Effectiveness of seed sowing techniques for sloped restoration sites. Restoration Ecology. doi: 10.1111/rec.12515


Balshor, B.J., Garrambone, M.S., Austin, P., Balazs, K.R., Weihe, C., Martiny, J.B.H., Huxman, T.E., McCollum, J.R., and Kimball, S. 2016. The effect of soil inoculants on seed germination of native and invasive species. Botany: 1916-2790. doi: 10.1139/cjb-2016-0248 

Maltz, M.R., Bell, C.E., Mitrovich, M.J., Iyer, A.R., and Treseder, K.K. 2016. Invasive plant management techniques alter arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Ecological Restoration 34(3): 209-215. doi: 10.3368/er.34.3.209 

Gremer, J.R., Kimball, S., and Venable, D.L. 2016. Within-and among-year germination in Sonoran Desert winter annuals: bet hedging and predictive germination in a variable environment. Ecology Letters 19(10): 1209-1218. doi: 10.1111/ele.12655

Bruckman, D. and Campbell, D.R. 2016. Pollination of a native plant changes with distance and density of invasive plants in a simulated biological invasion. American Journal of Botany 103(8): 1458-1465. doi: 10.3732/ajb.1600153

Nguyen, M.A., Ortega, A.E., Nguyen, K.Q., Kimball, S., Goulden, M.L., and Funk, J.L. 2016. Evolutionary responses of invasive grass species to variation in precipitation and soil nitrogen. Journal of Ecology 104(4): 979-986. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12582

Halsch, C., Wessling, J., Lister, A., Beck, E., Zembel, R., Yurko, M., and Kimball, S. 2016. Upper Newport Bay Restoration Plan. UC Irvine: Center for Environmental Biology. Available at: 

Bruckman, D. and Campbell, D.R. Timing of invasive pollen deposition influences pollen tube growth and seed set in a native plant. Biological Invasions 18: 1701. doi: 10.1007/s10530-016-1113-6

Aprahamian, A.M., Lulow, M.E., Major, M.R., Balazs, K.R., Treseder, K.K., and Maltz, M.R. 2016. Arbuscular mycorrhizal inoculation in coastal sage scrub restoration. Botany 94(6): 493-499. doi: 10.1139/cjb-2015-0226


Kimball, S., Lulow, M.E., Sorenson, Q., Balazs, K.R., Fang, Y., Davis, S.J., O’Connell, M., and Huxman, T.E. 2015. Cost-effective ecological restoration. Restoration Ecology 23(6): 800-810. doi: 10.1111/rec.12261

Matulich, K.L., Weihe, C., Allison, S.D., Amend, A.S., Berlemont, R., Goulden, M.L., Kimball, S., Martiny, A.C., and Martiny, J.B.H. 2015. Temporal variation overshadows the response of leaf litter microbial communities to simulated global change. The ISME Journal 9: 2477-2489. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2015.58


Bruckman, D. and Campbell, D.R. 2014. Floral neighborhood influences pollinator assemblages and effective pollination in a native plant. Oecologia 176(2): 465-476. doi: 10.1007/s00442-014-3023-6

Angert, A.L., Kimball, S., Peterson, M., Huxman, T.E., and Venable, D.L. 2014. Phenotypic constraints and community structure: Linking trade-offs within and among species. Evolution 68(11): 3149-3165. doi: 10.1111/evo.12514

Kimball, S., Goulden, M.L., Suding, K.N., and Parker, S. 2014. Altered water and nitrogen input shifts succession in a Southern California coastal sage community. Ecological Applications 24(6): 1390-1404. doi: 10.1890/13-1313.1 

Kimball, S., Gremer, J.R., Barron-Gafford, G.A., Angert, A.L., Huxman, T.E., and Venable, D.L. 2014. High water-use efficiency and growth contribute to success of non-native Erodium cicutarium in a Sonoran Desert winter annual community. Conservation Physiology 2(1). doi: 10.1093/conphys/cou006 


Gremer, J.R., Kimball, S., Keck, K.R., Huxman, T.E., Angert, A.L., and Veneble, D.L. 2013. Water- use efficiency and relative growth rate mediate competitive interactions in Sonoran Desert winter annual plants. American Journal of Botany 100(10): 2009-2015. doi: 10.3732/ajb.1300064

Huxman, T.E., Kimball, S., Angert, A.L., Gremer, J.R., Barron-Gafford, G.A., Venable, D.L. 2013. Understanding past, contemporary, and future dynamics of plants, populations, and communities using Sonoran Desert winter annuals. American Journal of Botany 100(7): 1369-1380. doi: 10.3732/ajb.1200463

Kimball, S., Lulow, M.E., Mooney, K.A., and Sorenson, Q.M. 2013. Establishment and management of native functional groups in restoration. Restoration Ecology 22(1): 81-88. doi: 10.1111/rec.12022