Sean T. Michaletz

PhD, plant ecology, University of Calgary, 2012
MSc, plant ecology, University of Calgary, 2005
BA, biology and environmental studies in chemistry, Hamline University, 2001
Title & Affiliation: 
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Biosphere 2, University of Arizona
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Enquist Macroecology Lab, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona

I am a plant ecologist. I’m interested in how physics link environmental variation to plant physiology, and how this “scales up” to influence higher-level ecological patterns and processes. My research is interdisciplinary and draws on various fields including ecology, plant physiology, engineering, and geoscience.  I am integrating ecophysiological, plant trait, and ecosystem measures of tropical forest biome function at Biosphere 2.

Model Systems


2018 (Published)

Drivers of terrestrial plant production across broad geographical gradients . Michaletz, S.T., Kerkhoff, A.J., Enquist, B.J. (2018): Global Ecology and Biogeography 27(2): 166–174.

2018 (Published)

Xylem dysfunction in fires: towards a hydraulic theory of plant responses to multiple disturbance stressors . Michaletz, S.T. (2018): New Phytologist 217: 1391–1393 .

2018 (Published)

Evaluating the kinetic basis of plant growth from organs to ecosystems . Michaletz, S. T. (2018): New Phytologist 219(1): 37-44.