Greg Barron-Gafford

Assistant Professor - School of Geography & Development

Adaptation programs/projects:

Much of my work related to adaptations has focused on how natural semiarid ecosystems have responded to climatic change by way of plant physiological adaptation or shifts in community composition. I have begun a new series of experiments to test using "novel ecosystems" to make use of traditional ecological knowledge in mitigating the impacts of large-scale photovoltaic renewable energy production.

Selected publications:

  • Barron-Gafford, GA, RL Scott, GD Jenerette, EP Hamerlynck, TE Huxman. Landscape and environmental controls over leaf and ecosystem carbon dioxide fluxes under woody plant expansion. Journal of Ecology, 101(6): 1471-1483. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12161, 2013.
  • Barron-Gafford, GA, AL Angert AL, DL Venable, AP Tyler, KL Gerst, TE Huxman. (2013). Photosynthetic temperature responses of co-occurring desert winter annuals with contrasting resource-use efficiencies and different temporal patterns of resource utilization may allow for species coexistence. Journal of Arid Environments, 91, 95-103, 2013.
  • Barron-Gafford, GA, Scott RL, Jenerette GD, Hamerlynck EP, and Huxman TE. (2012). Temperature and precipitation controls over leaf- and ecosystem-level CO2 flux of grass and woody species along a woody plant encroachment gradient. Global Change Biology, 18: 1389-1400, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2011.02599.x, 2013.


  • Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2010
  • M.S. Forest Ecology, University of Georgia, 2001
  • B.S., Environmental Science, Texas Christian University, 1998
Geographic Area
Expertise Area
Ecology and Restoration
Planning and Land Use
Vulnerability Assessment