image descriptionFunctional Landscape Ecology

Our research focuses on the coupling between biodiversity, energy fluxes, and biogeochemical cycling embedded within ecological landscapes.  We conduct research across wildland, agricultural, and urban land uses.  Linking processes across scales is central to our work  -- landscape dynamics occur at scales  of microbes, to hundreds of kilometers, to the entire world.  Everyone in the lab endeavors to both generate new understanding of how the world works and forecast the effects global change drivers on  sustainability trade-offs.  Current activities are answering questions such as: What regulates biodiversity and ecosystem functioning within cities?  What limits rates of nitrogen cycling and nitrogen trace gas emissions in high temperature regions? What are landscape feedbacks to coupled carbon, nitrogen, and water cycles following grass invasions in arid ecosystems?

The lab is part of the Center for Conservation Biology and the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at the University of California Riverside.  Contact Email:

News and Recent Publications

Pete Homyak and I are recruiting a postdoc for dryland nitrogen cycling.  Contact either of us for more information and the advertisement is here.

I am recruiting 2 graduate students to start in 2019.  Email inquiries are welcome.

Recent Publications (Bold for Jenerette Lab)

GD Jenerette. In Press. Ecological contributions to human health in cities. Landscape Ecology

Park IW, J Hooper, JM Flegal and GD Jenerette. 2018.  Drivers of herbaceous cover throughout chaparral shrublands: Insights from a remote sensing method.  Diversity and Distributions 24:497-508

Tayyebi A and GD Jenerette. 2018. Assessing diel urban climate dynamics using land surface temperature harmonization model. International Journal of Remote Sensing 39:3010-3028

Liang LL, RG Anderson, SA Shiflett, and GD Jenerette. 2017. Urban outdoor water use and response to drought assessed through mobile energy balance and vegetation greenness measurements. Environmental Research Letters 084007

Fertitta-Roberts C, S Spatari, DA Grantz, and GD Jenerette. 2017. Tradeoffs across productivity, carbon intensity, and pollutant loads from second generation sorghum bioenergy. Global Change Biology Bioenergy 9:1764-1779

Crum SM, S Shiflett, and GD Jenerette. 2017.  The influence of vegetation, mesoclimate and meteorology on urban atmospheric microclimates across a coastal to desert climate gradient.  Journal of Environmental Management 200:295-303

Crum SM and GD Jenerette. 2017. Microclimate variation among urban land covers: The importance of vertical and horizontal structure in air and land surface temperature relationships. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 56:2531-2543

Eberwein JR, W Shen, GD Jenerette. 2017. Michaelis-Menten kinetics and soil respiration feedbacks to nitrogen deposition and climate change in subtropical forests. Scientific Reports 7:1752

Shiflett S, LL Liang, S Crum, GL Feyisa, J Wang, and GD Jenerette. 2017. Variation in the urban vegetation, air temperature, surface temperature nexus. Science of the Total Environment 579:495-505