David Breshears

Regents' Professor Emeritus - School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Selected Publications

  • Allen, C.D., D.D. Breshears, and N.G. McDowell,  2015.  On underestimation of global vulnerability to tree mortality and forest die-off under hotter drought in the Anthropocene.  An ESA Centennial Paper.  Ecosphere 6(8): 1-55.
  • Field, J.P, D.D. Breshears, D.J. Law, J.C. Villegas, L. López-Hoffman, P.D. Brooks, J. Chorover, G.A. Barron-Gafford, R.E. Gallery, M.E. Litvak, R.A. Lybrand, J.C. McIntosh, T. Meixner, G.-Y. Niu, S.A. Papuga, J.D. Pelletier, C.R. Rasmussen, and P.A. Troch,  2015.  Critical Zone Services: Extending context, constraints and currency beyond ecosystem services.  Vadose Zone Journal 14(1), doi:10.2136/vzj2014.10.0142
  • Breshears, D.D., L. López-Hoffman, and L.J. Graumlich,  2011.  When ecosystem services crash: Preparing for big, fast, patchy climate change.  Ambio 40:1-8.
  • López-Hoffman, L, D.D. Breshears, C.D. Allen, and M.L. Miller, 2013. Key landscape ecology metrics for assessing climate change adaptation options: rate of change and patchiness of impacts.  Ecosphere 4 (8), art101.
  • Breshears, D.D., and C.D. Allen, 2002.  The importance of rapid, disturbance-induced losses in carbon management and sequestration.  Global Ecology and Biogeography 11: 1-5.


  • PhD, Radiological Health Sciences, Colorado State University
  • MS, Radiology and Radiation Biology, Colorado State University
  • BS, Wildlife Science, New Mexico State University
Expertise Area
Ecology and Restoration
Ecosystem Services