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


2019 (Published)

Position of cones within cone clusters determines seed survival in black spruce during wildfire . Splawinski, T.B., Greene, D.F., Michaletz, S.T., Gauthier, S., Houle, D., Bergeron, Y. (2019): Canadian Journal of Forest Research 49(2): 121-127.

2018 (Published)

Traits drive global wood decomposition rates more than climate . Hu, Z., Michaletz, S. T., Johnson, D. J., McDowell, N. J., Huang, Z., Zhou, X., Xu, C. (2018): Global Change Biology 24(11): 5259-5269.

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.