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Dr Emma Sayer

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  1. 2021
  2. E-pub ahead of print

    High foliar K and P resorption efficiencies in old-growth tropical forests growing on nutrient-poor soils.

    Urbina, I., Grau, O., Sardans, J., Margalef, O., Peguero, G., Asensio, D., Llusià, J., Ogaya, R., Gargallo-Garriga, A., Van Langenhove, L., Verryckt, L. T., Courtois, E. A., Stahl, C., Soong, J. L., Chave, J., Hérault, B., Janssens, I. A., Sayer, E. & Penuelas, J., 14/06/2021, In: Ecology and Evolution.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  3. Published

    Adaptation to chronic drought modifies soil microbial community responses to phytohormones

    Sayer, E., Crawford, J., Edgerley, J., Askew, A. P., Hahn, C. Z., Whitlock, R. & Dodd, I., 3/05/2021, In: Communications Biology. 4, 9 p., 516.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  4. Forthcoming

    Soil stoichiometry mediates links between tree functional diversity and soil microbial diversity in a temperate forest

    Sayer, E., 2/05/2021, (Accepted/In press) In: Ecosystems.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  5. E-pub ahead of print

    Aboveground litter inputs determine carbon storage across soil profiles: a meta-analysis

    Xu, S., Sayer, E. J., Eisenhauer, N., Lu, X., Wang, J. & Liu, C., 17/02/2021, In: Plant and Soil.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  6. 2020
  7. E-pub ahead of print

    Altered litter inputs modify carbon and nitrogen storage in soil organic matter in a lowland tropical forest

    Sayer, E., Baxendale, C., Birkett, A., Brechet, L., Castro, B., Kerdraon-Byrne, D., Lopez-Sangil, L. & Rodtassana, C., 23/12/2020, In: Biogeochemistry.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  8. Published

    Sustainable management of grassland soils

    Sayer, E., 27/10/2020, Soils and Landscape Restoration. Stanturf, J. A. & Callaham Jr., M. A. (eds.). Academic Press, p. 95-124 30 p.

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings - With ISBN/ISSNChapter

  9. Published

    The diversity of decay

    Sayer, E. J. & Schäfer, R., 4/08/2020, In: eLife. 9

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  10. Published

    Author Correction: Tropical forest soil carbon stocks do not increase despite 15 years of doubled litter inputs (Scientific Reports, (2019), 9, 1, (18030), 10.1038/s41598-019-54487-2)

    Sayer, E. J., Lopez-Sangil, L., Crawford, J. A., Bréchet, L. M., Birkett, A. J., Baxendale, C., Castro, B., Rodtassana, C., Garnett, M. H., Weiss, L. & Schmidt, M. W. I., 23/07/2020, In: Scientific Reports. 10, 1, 3 p., 12610.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  11. Published

    Soil microbial biomass and community responses to experimental precipitation change: A meta-analysis

    Xu, S., Geng, W., Sayer, E., Zhou, G., Zhou, P. & Liu, C., 1/06/2020, In: Soil Ecology Letters. 2, 2, p. 93-103 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  12. Published

    Deepened winter snow cover enhances net ecosystem exchange and stabilizes plant community composition and productivity in a temperate grassland

    Li, P., Sayer, E. J., Jia, Z., Liu, W., Wu, Y., Yang, S., Wang, C., Yang, L., Chen, D., Bai, Y. & Liu, L., 1/05/2020, In: Global Change Biology. 26, 5, p. 3015-3027 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  13. Published

    Revisiting nutrient cycling by litterfall—Insights from 15 years of litter manipulation in old-growth lowland tropical forest

    Sayer, E. J., Rodtassana, C., Sheldrake, M., Bréchet, L. M., Ashford, O. S., Lopez-Sangil, L., Kerdraon-Byrne, D., Castro, B., Turner, B. L., Wright, S. J. & Tanner, E. V. J., 1/03/2020, Tropical Ecosystems in the 21st Century. Dumbrell, A. J., Turner, E. C. & Fayle, T. M. (eds.). Academic Press, p. 173-223 51 p. (Advances in Ecological Research).

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings - With ISBN/ISSNChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

  14. Published

    Litter Inputs, but Not Litter Diversity, Maintain Soil Processes in Degraded Tropical Forests—A Cross-Continental Comparison

    Kerdraon-Byrne, D., Drewer, J., Chung, A. Y. C., Majalap-Lee, N., Slade, E., Brechet, L., Wallwork, A., Castro-Trujillo, B. & Sayer, E., 14/01/2020, In: Frontiers in Forests and Global Change. 2, 14 p., 90.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  15. 2019
  16. Published

    Tropical forest soil carbon stocks do not increase despite 15 years of doubled litter inputs

    Sayer, E. J., Lopez-Sangil, L., Crawford, J. A., Bréchet, L. M., Birkett, A. J., Baxendale, C., Castro, B., Rodtassana, C., Garnett, M. H., Weiss, L. & Schmidt, M. W. I., 2/12/2019, In: Scientific Reports. 9, 1, 9 p., 18030.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  17. Published

    The essentials of effective scientific writing – A revised alternative guide for authors

    Sayer, E. J., 30/09/2019, In: Functional Ecology. 33, 9, p. 1576-1579 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialpeer-review

  18. Published

    Biodiversity in tropical plantations is influenced by surrounding native vegetation but not yield: A case study with dung beetles in Amazonia

    Beiroz, W., Barlow, J., Slade, E. M., Borges, C., Louzada, J. & Sayer, E. J., 15/07/2019, In: Forest Ecology and Management. 444, p. 107-114 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  19. Published

    Foliar phosphorus fractions reveal how tropical plants maintain photosynthetic rates despite low soil phosphorus availability

    Mo, Q., Li, Z., Sayer, E. J., Lambers, H., Li, Y., Zou, B., Tang, J., Heskel, M., Ding, Y. & Wang, F., 1/03/2019, In: Functional Ecology. 33, 3, p. 503-513 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  20. Published

    Litter Traits of Native and Non-Native Tropical Trees Influence Soil Carbon Dynamics in Timber Plantations in Panama

    Kerdraon, D., Drewer, J., Castro, B., Wallwork, A., Hall, J. S. & Sayer, E. J., 26/02/2019, In: Forests. 10, 3, 17 p., 209.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  21. Published

    Tree stem bases are sources of CH4 and N2O in a tropical forest on upland soil during the dry to wet season transition

    Welch, B., Gauci, V. & Sayer, E. J., 1/01/2019, In: Global Change Biology. 25, 1, p. 361-372 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  22. 2018
  23. Published

    Spatial and temporal shifts in functional and taxonomic diversity of dung beetles in a human-modified tropical forest landscape

    Beiroz, W., Sayer, E. J., Slade, E. M., Audino, L., Braga, R. F., Louzada, J. N. & Barlow, B. J., 12/2018, In: Ecological Indicators. 95, Part 1, p. 518-526 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  24. Published

    Initial Soil Organic Matter Content Influences the Storage and Turnover of Litter, Root and Soil Carbon in Grasslands

    Xu, S., Li, P., Sayer, E. J., Zhang, B., Wang, J., Qiao, C., Peng, Z., Diao, L., Chi, Y., Liu, W. & Liu, L., 11/2018, In: Ecosystems. 21, 7, p. 1377-1389 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  25. Published

    The anatomy of an excellent review paper

    Sayer, E. J., 10/2018, In: Functional Ecology. 32, 10, p. 2278-2281 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialpeer-review

  26. Published

    Drying and rewetting conditions differentially affect the mineralization of fresh plant litter and extant soil organic matter

    Lopez-Sangil, L., Hartley, I. P., Rovira, P., Casals, P. & Sayer, E. J., 09/2018, In: Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 124, p. 81-89 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  27. Published

    Responses of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to long-term inorganic and organic nutrient addition in a lowland tropical forest

    Sheldrake, M., Rosenstock, N. P., Mangan, S., Revillini, D., Sayer, E. J., Olsson, P. A., Verbruggen, E., Tanner, E. V. J., Turner, B. L. & Wright, S. J., 13/06/2018, In: ISME Journal. 12, p. 2433-2445 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  28. Published

    Decomposition of coarse woody debris in a long‐term litter manipulation experiment: A focus on nutrient availability

    Gora, E., Sayer, E. J., Turner, B. L. & Tanner, E. V. J., 04/2018, In: Functional Ecology. 32, 4, p. 1128-1138 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  29. Published

    Distinct responses of soil respiration to experimental litter manipulation in temperate woodland and tropical forest

    Brechet, L. M., Lopez-Sangil, L., George, C., Birkett, A. J., Baxendale, C. L., Trujillo, B. C. & Sayer, E. J., 04/2018, In: Ecology and Evolution. 8, 7, p. 3787-3796 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  30. 2017
  31. Published

    Tropical forest restoration: Fast resilience of plant biomass contrasts with slow recovery of stable soil C stocks

    Wang, F., Ding, Y., Sayer, E. J., Li, Q., Zou, B., Mo, Q., Li, Y., Lu, X., Tang, J., Zhu, W. & Li, Z., 12/2017, In: Functional Ecology. 31, 12, p. 2344-2355 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  32. Published

    Tree functional diversity affects litter decomposition and arthropod community composition in a tropical forest

    Laird-Hopkins, B., Brechet, L. M., Trujillo, B. C. & Sayer, E. J., 11/2017, In: Biotropica. 49, 6, p. 903-911 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  33. Published

    Short- and long-term influence of litter quality and quantity on simulated heterotrophic soil respiration in a lowland tropical forest

    Brechet, L. M., Le Dantec, V., Ponton, S., Goret, J-Y., Sayer, E. J., Bonal, D., Freycon, V., Roy, J. & Epron, D., 09/2017, In: Ecosystems. 20, 6, p. 1190-1204 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  34. Published

    The Automated Root Exudate System (ARES): a method to apply solutes at regular intervals to soils in the field

    Lopez-Sangil, L., George, C., Medina Barcenas, E., Birkett, A. J., Baxendale, C. L., Brechet, L. M., Estradera-Gumbau, E. & Sayer, E. J., 09/2017, In: Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 8, 9, p. 1042-1050 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  35. Published

    Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal community composition is altered by long-term litter removal but not litter addition in a lowland tropical forest

    Sheldrake, M., Rosenstock, N. P., Revillini, D., Olsson, P. A., Mangan, S., Sayer, E. J., Wallander, H., Turner, B. L. & Tanner, E. V. J., 04/2017, In: New Phytologist. 214, 1, p. 455-467 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  36. Published

    Links between soil microbial communities and plant traits in a species-rich grassland under long-term climate change

    Sayer, E. J., Oliver, A. E., Fridley, J. D., Askew, A. P., Mills, R. T. E. & Grime, J. P., 02/2017, In: Ecology and Evolution. 7, 3, p. 855-862 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  37. Published

    Dung beetle community dynamics in undisturbed tropical forests: implications for ecological evaluations of land-use change

    Da Silva, W., Slade, E. M., Barlow, B. J., Da Silveira, J. M., Louzada, J. N. & Sayer, E. J., 01/2017, In: Insect Conservation and Diversity. 10, 1, p. 94-106 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  38. 2016
  39. Published

    Nutrient limitation of woody debris decomposition in a tropical forest: contrasting effects of N and P addition

    Chen, Y., Sayer, E., Li, Z., Mo, Q., Li, Y., Ding, Y., Wang, J., Lu, X., Tang, J. & Wang, F., 02/2016, In: Functional Ecology. 30, p. 295-304 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  40. Published
  41. 2014
  42. Published

    Sex & bugs & rock 'n roll: getting creative about public engagement

    Sayer, E., Featherstone, H. C. & Gosling, W. D., 02/2014, In: Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 29, 2, p. 65-67 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  43. Published

    The forest for the trees

    Sayer, E., 2014, In: Frontiers of Biogeography. 6, 3

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewpeer-review

  44. 2013
  45. Published

    Leaf-cutting ants as ecosystem engineers: topsoil and litter perturbations around Atta cephalotes nests reduce nutrient availability

    Meier, S., Neubauer, M., Sayer, E., Leal, I., Tabarelli, M. & Wirth, R., 10/2013, In: Ecological Entomology. 38, 5, p. 497-504 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  46. Published

    Litter manipulation and the soil arthropod community in a lowland tropical rainforest

    Ashford, O. S., Foster, W. A., Turner, B. L., Sayer, E., Sutcliffe, L. & Tanner, E. V. J., 07/2013, In: Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 62, p. 5-12 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  47. Published

    Grassland management influences spatial patterns of soil microbial communities

    Sayer, E. J., Wagner, M., Oliver, A. E., Pywell, R. F., James, P., Whiteley, A. S. & Heard, M. S., 06/2013, In: Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 61, p. 61-68 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  48. Published

    Variability of above-ground litter inputs alters soil physicochemical and biological processes: a meta-analysis of litterfall-manipulation experiments

    Xu, S., Liu, L. & Sayer, E. J., 2013, In: Biogeosciences. 10, 11, p. 7423-7433 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  49. 2012
  50. Published

    Variable responses of lowland tropical forest nutrient status to fertilization and litter manipulation

    Sayer, E. J., Joseph Wright, S., Tanner, E. V. J., Yavitt, J. B., Harms, K. E., Powers, J. S., Kaspari, M., Garcia, M. N. & Turner, B. L., 04/2012, In: Ecosystems. 15, 3, p. 387-400 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  51. 2011
  52. Published

    Soil carbon release enhanced by increased tropical forest litterfall

    Sayer, E. J., Heard, M. S., Grant, H. K., Marthews, T. R. & Tanner, E. V. J., 09/2011, In: Nature Climate Change. 1, 6, p. 304-307 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  53. Published

    Potassium, phosphorus, or nitrogen limit root allocation, tree growth, or litter production in a lowland tropical forest

    Wright, S. J., Yavitt, J. B., Wurzburger, N., Turner, B. L., Tanner, E. V. J., Sayer, E. J., Santiago, L. S., Kaspari, M., Hedin, L. O., Harms, K. E., Garcia, M. N. & Corre, M. D., 1/08/2011, In: Ecology. 92, 8, p. 1616-1625 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  54. 2010
  55. Published

    Experimental investigation of the importance of litterfall in lowland semi-evergreen tropical forest nutrient cycling: tropical forest litterfall and nutrients

    Sayer, E. J. & Tanner, E. V. J., 09/2010, In: Journal of Ecology. 98, 5, p. 1052-1062 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  56. Published

    Arthropod abundance and diversity in a lowland tropical forest floor in Panama: the role of habitat space vs. nutrient concentrations

    Sayer, E. J., Sutcliffe, L. M. E., Ross, R. I. C. & Tanner, E. V. J., 03/2010, In: Biotropica. 42, 2, p. 194-200 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  57. Published

    A new approach to trenching experiments for measuring root–rhizosphere respiration in a lowland tropical forest

    Sayer, E. & Tanner, E. V. J., 02/2010, In: Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 42, 2, p. 347-352 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  58. 2007
  59. Published

    Increased litterfall in tropical forests boosts the transfer of soil CO2 to the atmosphere

    Sayer, E. J., Powers, J. S. & Tanner, E. V. J., 12/12/2007, In: PLoS ONE. 2, 12, 6 p., e1299.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  60. 2006
  61. Published

    Effects of litter manipulation on early-stage decomposition and meso-arthropod abundance in a tropical moist forest

    Sayer, E. J., Tanner, E. V. J. & Lacey, A. L., 1/07/2006, In: Forest Ecology and Management. 229, 1-3, p. 285-293 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  62. Published

    Increased litterfall changes fine root distribution in a moist tropical forest

    Sayer, E. J., Tanner, E. V. J. & Cheesman, A. W., 03/2006, In: Plant and Soil. 281, 1-2, p. 5-13 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  63. Published

    Using experimental manipulation to assess the roles of leaf litter in the functioning of forest ecosystems

    Sayer, E. J., 02/2006, In: Biological Reviews. 81, 1, p. 1-31 31 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature reviewpeer-review

  64. 2003
  65. Published

    The role of tree size in the leafing phenology of a seasonally dry tropical forest in Belize, Central America

    Sayer, E. J. & Newbery, D. M., 09/2003, In: Journal of Tropical Ecology. 19, 5, p. 539-548 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

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