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CODE (* graduate student co-author, ** post-doc co-author, ~ Australian collaborator, ~~ indicates Web of Science “highly cited paper”, designated to havereceived enough citations as of September/October 2018 to place them in the top 1% of their academic fields based on a highly cited threshold for the field and publication year”)


Poff NL. 2019. A river that flows free connects up in 4D. Nature 569:201-202. [Link]

Tonkin JD, NL Poff, NR Bond, A. Horne, DM Merritt, JD Olden, LV Reynolds, A Ruhi, DA Lytle. 2019. Adaptation is essential for sustaining river ecosystems. Nature 570:301-303.

~Horne AC, R Nathan, NL Poff, N Bond, JA Webb, J Wang, A John. Modelling flow-ecology responses in the Anthropocene: Challenges for sustainable riverine management. BioScience (in press)

Boltz, F, A Martinez, C Folke, C Brown, J Rockström, J Matthews, NL Poff, N Kete, S Freeman. Water is a master variable: Solving for resilience in the modern era. Submitted to Water Security (in press)

Bestgen KR, NL Poff, DW Baker, BP Bledsoe, DM Merritt, M Lorie, GT Auble, JS Sanderson, BC Kondratieff. Designing flows to enhance ecosystem functioning in heavily altered rivers. Ecol. Appl. (in press)

Van Looy K, JD Tonkin, M Floury, C Leigh, J Soininen, S Larsen, J Heino, NL Poff, M Delong, SC Jähnig, T Datry, N Bonada, J Rosebery, A Jamoneau, SJ Ormerod, K Collier, C Wolter. 2019. The three Rs of river resilience: Resources, Recruitment and Refugia. River Research & Applications. 35:107-120. doi/10.1002/rra.3396 [Link]

Haasnoot M, M van Aalst, J Rozenberg, K Dominique, Matthews J, LM Bouwer, J Kind, NL Poff. 2019. Investments under non-stationarity: economic evaluation of adaptation pathways. Climatic Change. doi/10.1007/s10584-019-02409-6 [Link]


~Arthington AH, A Bhaduri, SE Bunn, S Jackson, RE Tharme, D Tickner, B Young, M Acreman, N Baker, S Capon, A Horne, E Kendy, M McClain, NL Poff, B Richter, S Ward. 2018. The Brisbane Declaration and Global Action Agenda on environmental flows (2018). Frontiers in Environmental Science 6:1-15 doi:10.3389/fenvs.2018.00045 [Link]

Atkinson**CL, AS Flecker, AC Encalada, AT Rugenski**, SA Thomas, NL Poff. 2018. Determinants of food resource assimilation along by stream insects along a tropical elevation gradient. Oecologia 187:731-744. doi/10.1007/s00442-018-4142-2 [Link]

Beck* WS, MH Lafferty*, DW Markman*, IA Oleksy*, NL Poff. 2018. Seasonal shifts in the importance of bottom-up and top-down factors on stream periphyton community structure.Oikos 126:680-691. doi: 10.1111/oik.05844 [Link]

Larson* E, NL Poff, CL Atkinson**, AS Flecker. 2018. Extreme flooding decreases stream consumer autochthony by increasing detrital resource availability. Freshwater Biology 63:1483-1497. doi/10.1111/fwb.13177 [Link]

Poff NL, EL Larson*, PE Salerno**, SG Morton*, BC Kondratieff, AS Flecker, KR Zamudio, WC Funk. 2018. Extreme streams: Mechanisms of aquatic insect persistence and evolutionary change across a gradient of extreme flooding in a montane landscape. Ecology Letters 21:525-535. doi/10.1111/ele.12918 [Link]

Polato** NR, BA Gill*, AA Shah*, MM Gray, KL Casner, A Barthelet, PW Messer, M Simmons,  JM Guayasamin, AC Encalada, BC Kondratieff, AS Flecker, SA Thomas, CK Ghalambor, NL Poff, WC Funk, KR Zamudio. 2018. Narrow thermal tolerance and low dispersal drive higher speciation in tropical mountains. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 115:12471-12476. doi/10.1073/pnas.1809326115 [Link]


Beck* W, AT Rugenski** and NL Poff. 2017. Influence of experimental, environmental, and geographic factors on nutrient diffusing substrate experiments in running waters. Freshwater Biology 62:1667-1680. doi/10.1111/fwb.12989 [Link]

~Horne AC, JA Webb, E O’Donnell, A Arthington, M McClain, N Bond, M Acreman, B Hart, M Stewardson, B Richter, and NL Poff. 2017. Research priorities to improve future environmental water outcomes. Front. Environ. Sci. 5:1-11. doi/10.3389/fenvs.2017.00089 [Link]

~ Horne AC, EL O’Donnell, M Acreman, ME McClain, NL Poff, JA Webb, MJ Stewardson, NR Bond, B Richter, AH Arthington, RE Tharme, DE Garrick, KA Daniell, JC Conallin, G.A. Thomas, and B.T. Hart. 2017. Moving forward: The implementation challenge for environmental water management. Pages 649-674 in Horne A, A Webb, M Stewardson, B Richter and M Acreman (eds.), Water for the environment: From Policy and Science to Implementation and Management. Academic Press. [Link]

Lamouroux N, C Hauer, MJ Stewardson, NL Poff. 2017. Physical habitat modeling and ecohydrological tools. Pages 265-286 in Horne A, A Webb, M Stewardson, B Richter and M Acreman (eds.), Water for the environment: From Policy and Science to Implementation and Management. Academic Press. [Link]

Martin*, DM, SJ Powell, A Webb, SJ Nichols and NL Poff. 2017. An objective method to prioritize socio-environmental water management tradeoffs using multi-criteria decision analysis. River Research & Applications 4:586-596. doi/10.1002/rra.3103 [Link]

Poff NL, JD Olden. 2017. Can dams be designed for sustainability? Science 358:1252-1253. doi/10.1126/science.aaq1422 [Link]

Poff, NL. 2017. Beyond the Natural Flow Regime? Broadening the hydro-ecological foundation to meet environmental flows challenges in a nonstationary world. Freshwater Biology 63:1011-1021. doi/10.1111/fwb.13038 [Link]

~ Poff NL, R Tharme, A Arthington. 2017. Evolution of environmental flows assessment science, principles, and methodologies. Pages 203-236 in Horne A, A Webb, M Stewardson, B Richter M Acreman (eds.), Water for the environment: From Policy and Science to Implementation and Management. Academic Press. [Link]

Polato** NR, BA Gill*, AA Shah*, MM Gray, KL Casner, A Barthelet, PW Messer, M Simmons, JM Guayasamin, AC Encalada, BC Kondratieff, AS Flecker, SA Thomas, CK Ghalambor, NL Poff, WC Funk, and KR Zamudio. 2017. Genetic diversity and gene flow decline with elevation in montane mayflies. Heredity 119:107-116. doi/10.1038/hdy.2017.23 [Link]

Pyne* M, NL Poff. 2017. Vulnerability of stream community composition and function to projected thermal warming and hydrologic change across ecoregions in the western United States. Global Change Biology 23:77-93. doi/10.1111/gcb.13437 [Link]

Shah*, AA, BA Gill, A Encalada, AS Flecker, WC. Funk, J Guayasamin, BK Kondratieff,  NL Poff, S Thomas, K Zamudio, CK Ghalambor. 2017. Climate variability predicts thermal limits of aquatic insects across elevation and latitude. Functional Ecology 31:2118-2127. doi/10.1111/1365-2435.12906 [Link]

~ Thompson RM, N Bond, NL Poff, N Byron. 2017. Towards a systems approach for river basin management – lessons from Australia’s largest river. River Research & Applications 35:466-475. doi/10.1002/rra.3242 [Link]

Thompson~ RM, AJ King, RM Kingsford, R Mac Nally, NL Poff.  2017. Legacies, lags and long-term trends: Effective flow restoration in a changed and changing world. Freshwater Biology 63:986–995. doi/10.1111/fwb.13029 [Link]


Gill* BA, BC Kondratieff, KL Casner, AC Encalada, AS Flecker, D Gannon, CK Ghalambor, JM Guayasamin, NL Poff, MP Simmons, SA Thomas, KR Zamudio, WC Funk. 2016. Cryptic species diversity reveals biogeographic support for the ‘mountain passes are higher in the tropics’ hypothesis. Proc. Royal Society London, B 283:20160553. doi/10.1098/rspb.2016.0553 [Link]

Harrington* RA, NL Poff, BC Kondratieff. 2016. Aquatic insect β-diversity is not dependent on elevation in southern Rocky Mountain streams. Freshwater Biology 61:195-205. doi/10.1111/fwb.12693 [Link]

Lessmann J, JM Guayasamin, KL Casner, AS Flecker, WC Funk, CK Ghalambor, BA Gill, I Jácome-Negrete, BC Kondratieff, NL Poff, J Schreckinger, SA Thomas, E Toral-Contreras, KR Zamudio, AC Encalada. 2016.  Freshwater vertebrate and invertebrate diversity patterns in an Andean-Amazon basin: implications for conservation efforts, Neotropical Biodiversity 2:99-114. doi/10.1080/23766808.2016.1222189 [Link]

Martin* DM, V Hermoso, F Pantus, S Linke and NL Poff. 2016. A proposed framework to systematically design and objectively evaluate non-dominated restoration tradeoffs for watershed planning. Ecological Economics 127:146-155. doi/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.04.007 [Link]

Poff NL, JC Schmidt. 2016. How dams can go with the flow: Small changes to water flow regimes from dams can help to restore river ecosystems.Science 353:7-8. doi/10.1126/scienceaah5571 [Link]

~~Poff NL, C Brown, T Grantham, JM Matthews, MA Palmer, C Spence, R Wilby, M Haasnoot, GF Mendoza, K Dominique, A Baeza. 2016.  Sustainable water management under future uncertainty with eco-engineering decision scaling. Nature Climate Change 6:25-45. doi/10.1038/nclimate2765 [Link]


Maheu* A, NL Poff, A St-Hilaire. 2015. A classification of stream water temperature regimes in the conterminous United States. River Research & Applications 32: 896–906. doi/10.1002/rra.2906 [Link]

Martin* DM, JW Labadie, NL Poff. 2015. Incorporating social preferences into the ecological limits of hydrologic alteration (ELOHA): a case study in the Yampa-White River basin, Colorado. Freshwater Biology 60:1890-1900. doi:10.1111/fwb.12619 [Link]

McShane* RR, DA Auerbach*, JM Friedman, GT Auble, PB Shafroth, MF Merigliano, ML Scott, NL Poff. 2015. Distribution of invasive and native riparian woody plants across the western USA in relation to climate, river flow, floodplain geometry and patterns of introduction. Ecography 38: 1254-1265. doi/ 10.1111/ecog.01285 [Link]

Reynolds** LV, PB Shafroth, NL Poff. 2015. Modeled intermittency risk for small streams in the Upper Colorado River Basin under climate change. Journal of Hydrology 523:768–780. doi/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.02.025 [Link]

Schmera D, J Podani, J Heino, T Erős, and NL Poff. 2015. A proposed unified terminology of species traits in stream ecology. Freshwater Science 34:823-830. doi/10.1086/681623 [Link]

Wohl EE, B Bledsoe, R Jacobson, NL Poff, S Rathburn, D Walters, and A Wilcox. 2015. The natural sediment regime in rivers: broadening the foundation for ecosystem management. BioScience 65:358-371. doi/10.1093/biosci/biv002 [Link]


Auerbach* DE, D Deisenroth, RM McShane*, KE McCluney**, NL Poff. 2014. Beyond the Concrete: Accounting for ecosystem services from free-flowing rivers. Ecosystem Services 10:1-5. doi/10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.07.005 [Link]

Gill* BA, RA Harrington*, BC Kondratieff, KR Zamudio, NL Poff, WC Funk. 2014. Morphological taxonomy, DNA barcoding, and species diversity in southern Rocky Mountain headwater streams. Freshwater Science 33:288-301. doi/10.1086/674526 [Link]

Harden C, A Chin, M English, R Fu, K Galvin, A Gerlak, P McDowell, D McNamara, J Peterson, NL Poff, E Rosa, W Solecki, EE Wohl. 2014. Understanding Human–Landscape Interactions in the “Anthropocene”. Environmental Management  53: 4-13. doi/10.1007/s00267-013-0082-0 [Link]

Martin* DM, D Harrison-Atlas*, NA Sutfin*, NL Poff. 2014. Integrative water data and the quest for holistic environmental flows management. Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education 153:49-58. doi/10.1111/j.1936-704x.2014.03179.x [Link]

McCluney** KE, NL Poff, JH Thorp, GC Poole, MA Palmer, M Williams, BS Williamson, JS Baron. 2014. Riverine macroecology: sensitivity, resistance, and resilience of whole river basins with human alterations. Frontiers in Ecology & Environment 12:48-58. doi 10.1890/120367 [Link]

Poff NL. 2014. Rivers of the Anthropocene? Frontiers in Ecology and Environment 12:427. doi/10.1890/1540-12.8427 [Link]

Webb JA, SC De Little, KA Miller, MJ Stewardson, ID Rutherfurd, AK Sharpe, L Patulny, NL Poff. 2014. A general approach to predicting ecological responses to environmental flows: making best use of the literature, expert knowledge, and monitoring. River Research & Applications 31:505-514. doi10.1002/rra.2832 [Link]

Wilding* TK, BP Bledsoe, NL Poff, JS Sanderson. 2014. Predicting habitat response to flow using generalized habitat models for trout in Rocky Mountain streams. River Research & Applications 30: 805-824. doi/10.1002/rra.2678 [Link]

Wilding* TK, JS Sanderson, DM Merritt, SB Rood, NL Poff. 2014. Riparian responses to reduced flood flows: comparing and contrasting narrowleaf and broadleaf cottonwoods. Hydrological Sciences Journal 59:605-617. doi/10.1080/02626667.2014.880786 [Link]

Wohl EE, NL Poff, A Gerlak, A Chin. 2014. Common core themes in geomorphic, ecological and social systems. Environmental Management 53:14-27. doi/10.1007/s00267-013-0093-x [Link]


Pahl-Wostl C, A Arthington, J Bogardi, S Bunn, H Hoff, L Lebel, E Nikitina, MA Palmer, NL Poff, K Richards, M Schlüter, R Schulze, A St-Hilaire, R Tharme, K Tockner, D Tsegai. 2013. Environmental flows and water governance: managing sustainable water uses. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 5:341-351. doi/10.1016/j.cosust.2013.06.009 [Link]

Poff NL, JH Matthews. 2013. Environmental flows in the Anthropocene: Past progress and future prospects. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 5:667-675. [Link]

Solans MA, NL Poff. 2013. Classification of natural flow regimes in the Ebro Basin (Spain) by using a wide range of hydrologic parameters. River Research & Applications 29:1147-1163. doi/10.1002/rra.2598 [Link]

Webb JA, KA Miller, EL King, SC de Little, MJ Stewardson, J Zimmerman**, NL Poff. 2013. Squeezing the most out of existing literature: a systematic re-analysis of published evidence on ecological responses to altered flows. Freshwater Biology 58:2439-2451. doi/10.1111/fwb.12234 [Link]


Auerbach*, DA, NL Poff, RR McShane*, DM Merritt, MI Pyne*, T Wilding*. 2012. Streams past and future environmental change in the context of historical variation. Pages 232-245 in Historical Environmental Variation in Conservation and Natural Resource Management (J.A. Wiens, G.D. Hayward, H.D. Safford, and C.M. Giffen, eds). John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Poff NL, BD Richter. 2012. Water resources and sustainable aquatic ecosystems: a vision for 2050. Pages 175-186 in Toward a Sustainable Water Future: Visions for 2050 (W.M. Grayman, D.P. Loucks, and L. Saito, eds). American Society of Civil Engineers. [Link]

Poff NL, JD Olden, DS Strayer. 2012. Climate change and freshwater extinction risk. Pages 309-336 in Saving a Million Species: Extinction Risk from Climate Change (L. Hannah, Ed.), Island Press, Washington DC.

Wellnitz T, NL Poff. 2012. Current-mediated periphytic structure modifies grazer interactions and algal removal. Aquatic Ecology 46:521-530. doi/10.1007/s10452-012-9419-7 [Link]


Auerbach* DA, NL Poff. 2011. Spatiotemporal controls of simulated metacommunity dynamics in dendritic networks. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 30:235-251. doi/10.1899/89-126.1 [Link]

Baker DW, BP Bledsoe, CM Albano*, NL Poff. 2011. Downstream effects of diversion dams on sediment and hydraulic conditions of Rocky Mountain streams. River Research and Applications 27:388-401 doi/10.1002/rra.1376 [Link]

Culp JM, DG Armanini, MJ Dunbar, JM Orlofske, NL Poff, AI Pollard, AG Yates, GC Hose. 2011. Incorporating traits in aquatic biomonitoring to enhance causal diagnosis and prediction. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 7:187-197. doi/10.1002/ieam.128 [Link]

Finn* DS, NL Poff. 2011. Examining spatial concordance of genetic and species diversity to evaluate the role of dispersal limitation in structuring alpine headwater metacommunities. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 30:273-283. doi/10.1899/10-035.1 [Link]

Olden JD, MJ Kennard, JJ Lawler, NL Poff. 2011. Challenges and opportunities in implementing managed relocation for conservation of freshwater species. Conservation Biology 25:40-47. doi/10.1111/j.1523-1739.2010.01557.x [Link]

Sanderson JS, N Rowan, T Wilding*, BP Bledsoe, WJ Miller, NL Poff. 2011. Getting to scale with environmental flow assessment: the Watershed Flow Evaluation Tool. River Research and Applications 28:1369-1377. doi/10.1002/rra.1542 [Link]


~~Merritt DM, ML Scott, NL Poff, GT Auble, DA Lytle. 2010. Theory, methods, and tools for determining environmental flows for riparian vegetation: riparian vegetation-flow response guilds.  Freshwater Biology 55:206-225. doi/10.1111/j.1365-2427.2009.02206.x [Link]

Merritt**, DA, NL Poff. 2010. Shifting dominance of riparian Populus and Tamarix along gradients of flow alteration in western US rivers. Ecological Applications 20:135-152. [Link]

Mims MC, JD Olden, ZR Shattuck, NL Poff. 2010. Life history trait diversity of native freshwater fishes in North America. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 19:390-400. doi/10.1111/j.1600-0633.2010.0042.x [Link]

~~Poff NL, B Richter, AH Arthington, SE Bunn, RJ Naiman, E Kendy, M Acreman, C Apse, BP Bledsoe, M Freeman, J Henriksen, RB Jacobson, J Kennen, DM Merritt, J O’Keeffe, JD Olden, K Rogers, RE Tharme, A Warner. 2010. The Ecological Limits of Hydrologic Alteration (ELOHA): a new framework for developing regional environmental flow standards. Freshwater Biology 55:147-170. doi/10.1111/j.1365-2427.2009.02204.x [Link]

~~Poff NL, Zimmerman** JKH. 2010. Ecological responses to altered flow regimes: a literature review to inform environmental flows science and management. Freshwater Biology 55:194-205. doi/10.1111/j.1365-2427.2009.02272.x [Link]

Poff NL, MI Pyne*, BP Bledsoe, CO Cuhaciyan, DR Carlisle. 2010. Developing linkages between species traits and multiscaled environmental variation to explore vulnerability of stream benthic communities to climate change. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 29:1441-1458. doi/10.1899/10-030.1 [Link]

Stewart-Koster B, SE Bunn, SJ Mackay, NL Poff, RJ Naiman, PS Lake. 2010. The use of Bayesian networks to guide investments in flow and catchment restoration for impaired river ecosystems. 2008. Freshwater Biology 55:243-260. doi/10.1111/j.1365-2427.2009.02219.x [Link]

~~Webb CT, J Hoeting, G Ames, M Pyne, NL Poff. 2010. A structured and dynamic framework to advance traits-based theory and prediction in ecology. Ecology Letters 13:267-283. doi/10.1111/j.1461-0248.2010.01444.x [Link]


Gao Y, RM Vogel, CN Kroll, NL Poff, JD Olden. 2009. Development of representative indicators of hydrologic alteration. Journal of Hydrology 374:136–147. doi/10.1016/j.hydrol.2009.06.009 [Link]

Palmer MA, DP Lettenmaier, NL Poff, S Postel, B Richter, R Warner. 2009. Climate change and river ecosystems: protection and adaptation options. Environmental Management 44:1053-1068. doi/10.1007/s00267-009-9329-1 [Link]

Poff NL. 2009. Managing for variation to sustain freshwater ecosystems. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 135:1-4. (invited editorial) [Link]


Barbour MT, NL Poff, RH Norris, and JD Allan. 2008. Perspective: communicating our science to influence public policy. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 27:562-569. doi/10.1899/07-051.1 [Link]

Finn* DS, Poff NL. 2008. Emergence and flight activity of alpine stream insects in two years with contrasting winter snowpack. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 40:638-646. doi/10.1657/1523-0430(07-072)[FINN]2.0.CO;2 [Link]

Moline* AB, NL Poff. 2008.Growth of an invertebrate shredder on native (Populus) and non-native (Tamarix, Eleagnus) leaf litter. Freshwater Biology 53:1012-1020. doi/10.1111/j.365-2427.2008.01960.x [Link]

Olden* JD, NL Poff, K Bestgen. 2008. Trait synergisms and the rarity, extirpation, and extinction risk of endemic fishes in the Colorado River Basin. Ecology 89:847–856. [Link]

Olden JD, JJ Lawler, NL Poff. 2008. Machine learning methods without tears: a primer for ecologists. Quarterly Review of Biology 83:171-193. [Link]

Parasiewicz P, J Nestler, NL Poff, RA Goodwin. 2008. Virtual reference river: a model for scientific discovery and reconciliation. Pages 189-206 in Alonso MS, IM Rubio, editors, Ecological Management: New Research. Editors, Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge, NY [Link]

Souchon Y, C Sabaton, R Deibel, D Reiser, J Kershner, M Gard, C Katopodis, P Leonard, NL Poff, WJ Miller, BL Lamb. 2008. Detecting biological responses to flow management: missed opportunities; future directions. River Research & Applications 24:506-518. doi/10.1002/rra.1134 [Link]


Kennard MJ, JD Olden, AH Arthington, B.J Pusey, NL Poff. 2007. Flow regime and habitat interact at multiple scales to shape fish assemblages in hydrologically variable rivers of eastern Australia.Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 64:1346-1359. doi/10.1139/F07-108 [Link]

~~Poff NL, JD Olden*, D Merritt, D Pepin. 2007. Homogenization of regional river dynamics by dams and global biodiversity implications. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104:5732-5737. doi/10.1073/pnas.0609812104 [Link]

Thorp RA, JB Monroe*, EC Thorp, TA Wellnitz**, NL Poff. 2007. Food and habitat relationships of Claassenia sabulosa (Plecoptera: Perlidae) in the upper Colorado River, Colorado. Western North American Naturalist 67:57-62. doi/10.3398/1527-0904(2007)67[57:FAHROC]2.0.CO;2 [Link]

Wohl E, D Cooper, NL Poff, F Rahel, D Staley, D Winters. 2007. Assessment of stream ecosystem function and sensitivity in the Bighorn National Forest, Wyoming. Environmental Management 40:284-302. doi/10.1007/s00267-006-0168-z [Link]


Arthington AH, SE Bunn, NL Poff, RJ Naiman. 2006. The challenge of providing environmental flow rules to sustain river ecosystems. Ecological Applications 16:1311-1318. [Link]

Finn* DS, DM Theobald, WC Black, NL Poff. 2006. Spatial population genetic structure and limited dispersal in a Rocky Mountain alpine stream insect. Molecular Ecology 15:3553-3546. doi/10.1111/j.1365-294X.2006.03034.x [Link]

Groffman PM, JS Baron, T Blett, AJ Gold, I Goodman, LH Gunderson, B Levinson, MA Palmer, HW Paerl, GD Peterson, NL Poff, DW Rejeski, JF Reynolds, MG Turner, KC Weathers, J Wiens. 2006. Ecological thresholds: the key to successful environmental management or an important concept with no practical application? Ecosystems 9:1-13. doi/10.1007/s10021-003-0142-z [Link]

Hoffman*AL, JD Olden*, JB Monroe*, NL Poff, T Wellnitz**, JA Wiens. 2006. Current velocity and habitat patchiness shape stream herbivore movement. Oikos 115:358-368. doi/10.1111/j.2006.0030-1299.14675.x [Link]

Johnson DS, JA Hoeting, NL Poff. 2006. Biological monitoring: A Bayesian model for multivariate compositional data. Bayesian Statistics and its Applications. Eds.  S. K. Upadhyay, U. Singh and D. K. Dey. Anamaya publishers: New Delhi. [Link]

Olden* JD, NL Poff, KR Bestgen. 2006. Life-history strategies predict fish invasions and extirpations in the Colorado River Basin.  Ecological Monographs 76:25-40. [Link]

Olden* JD, NL Poff, BP Bledsoe. 2006. Incorporating ecological knowledge into ecoinformatics: An example of modeling hierarchically structured aquatic communities with neural networks. Ecological Informatics 1:33-42. doi/10.1016/j.ecoinf.2005.08.003 [Link]

Poff NL, JD Olden, NKM Vieira, DS Finn, MP Simmons, BC Kondratieff. 2006. Functional trait niches of North American lotic insects: trait-based ecological applications in light of phylogenetic relationships. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 25:730-755. doi/10.1889/0887-3593(2006)025[0730:FTNONA]2.0.CO;2 [Link]

Poff NL, BD Bledsoe, CO Cuhaciyan. 2006. Hydrologic variation with land use across the contiguous United States: geomorphic and ecological consequences for stream ecosystems. Geomorphology 79:264-285. doi/10.1016/j.geomorph.2006.06.032 [Link]

Poff NL, JD Olden*, DM Pepin*, BP Bledsoe. 2006. Placing global streamflow variability in geographic and geomorphic contexts. River Research & Applications 22:149-166. doi/10.1002/rra.902 [Link]

Wellnitz** T, NL Poff. 2006. Herbivory, current velocity and algal regrowth: how does periphyton grow when the grazers are gone? Freshwater Biology 51:2114-2123. doi/10.1111/j.1365-2427.2006.01644.x [Link]

Williams* JB, NL Poff. 2006. Informatics software for the ecologist’s toolbox: a basic example. Ecological Informatics 1:325-329. doi/10.1016/j.ecoinf.2006.03.007 [Link]


Allan JD, MA Palmer, NL Poff. 2005. Climate Change and Freshwater Ecosystems. Pages 274-290 in Lovejoy TE, L Hannah (eds.), Climate Change and Biodiversity. Yale University Press. Blinn DW, NL Poff. 2005. The Colorado River system, Pages 483-538 in AC Benke AC, CE Cushing, editors, Rivers of North America. Academic Press. 

Finn* DS NL Poff.  2005. Variability and convergence in benthic community structure along the longitudinal gradients of four physically similar Rocky Mountain streams. Freshwater Biology 50:243-261. doi/10.1111/j.1365-2427.2004.01320.x [Link]

Gibson CA, JL Meyer, NL Poff, LE Hay, A Georgakakos. 2005. Flow regime alterations under changing climate in two river basins: Implications for freshwater ecosystems. River Research & Applications 21:1-16. doi/10.1002/rra.855 [Link]

Monroe* JB, NL Poff, R Thorpe. 2005. Natural history of Pogastia partica in a regulated reach of the upper Colorado River. 2005. Southwestern American Naturalist 65:451-461. doi/10.1111/j.1365-2427.2004.01320.x [Link]

Olden* JD, NL Poff. 2005. Long-term trends of native and non-native fish faunas in the American Southwest. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation 28:75-89. [Link]

Olden* JD, NL Poff, ML McKinney. 2005. Forecasting patterns of faunal and floral homogenization associated with human population geography in North America. Biological Conservation 127:261-271. doi/10.1016/j.biocon.2005.04.027 [Link]

Wohl EE, PL Angermeier, B Bledsoe, GM Kondolf, L MacDonnell, DM Merritt, MA Palmer, NL Poff, D Tarboton. 2005. River restoration. Water Resources Research 41:1-12. doi/10l.1028/2005WR003985 [Link]


Benda L, NL Poff, D Miller, T Dunne, G Reeves, G Pess, M Pollock. 2004. The network dynamics hypothesis: how channel networks structure riverine habitats. BioScience 54:413-427. [Link]

Cook RR, PL Angermeier, DS Finn, NL Poff, KL Krueger. 2004. Geographic variation in patterns of nestedness among local stream fish assemblages in Virginia. Oecologia 140:639-649. doi/10.1007/s00442-004-1618-z [Link]

Lytle DA, NL Poff. 2004. Adaptation to natural flow regimes. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 19:94-100. doi/10.1016/j.tree.2003.10.002 [Link]

Olden* JD, NL Poff, MR Douglas, ME Douglas, KD Fausch. 2004.  Ecological and evolutionary consequences of biotic homogenization.Trends in Ecology and Evolution 19:18-24. doi/10.1016/j.tree.2003.09.010 [Link]

Olden* JD, NL Poff. 2004. Clarifying biotic homogenization.Trends in Ecology and Evolution 19:282-283.

Olden* JD, AL Hoffman*, JB Monroe*, NL Poff. 2004. Movement behaviour and dynamics of an aquatic insect larva in a stream benthic landscape. Canadian Journal of Zoology 82:1135-1146.

Olden* JD, NL Poff. 2004. Ecological processes driving biotic homogenization: Testing of a mechanistic model using fish faunas. Ecology 85:1867-1875. [Link]

Olden* JD, RL Schooley, JB Monroe*, NL Poff. 2004. Context-dependent perceptual ranges and their relevance to animal movements in landscapes. Journal of Animal Ecology 73: 1190-1194. [Link]


Baron JS, NL Poff, PL Angermeier, CN Dahm, PH Gleick, NG Hairston Jr., RB Jackson, CA Johnston, BG Richter, AD Steinman. 2003. Sustaining healthy freshwater ecosystems. Issues in Ecology 127:52-58. [Link]

Olden* JD, NL Poff. 2003. Toward a mechanistic understanding and prediction of biotic homogenization. American Naturalist 162:442-460. [Link]

Olden* JD, NL Poff. 2003. Redundancy and the choice of hydrologic indices for characterizing streamflow regimes. River Research and Applications 19:101-121. doi/10.1002/rra.700 [Link]

Opsahl R, TA Wellnitz**, NL Poff. 2003. Current velocity and invertebrate grazing regulate  stream algae: results of an in situ electrical exclusion. Hydrobiologia 499: 135-145. [Link]

Poff NL, TA Wellnitz**, JB Monroe*. 2003. Redundancy among three herbivorous insects across an experimental current velocity gradient. Oecologia 134:262-269. doi/10.1007/s00442-002-1086-2 [Link]

Poff NL, JD Allan, MA Palmer, DD Hart, BD Richter, AH Arthington, KH Rogers, JL Meyer, JA Stanford. 2003. River flows and water wars?  Emerging science for environmental decision-making.  Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 1:298-306. [Link]


Baron JS, NL Poff, PL Angermeier, CN Dahm, PH Gleick, NG Hairston, Jr., RB Jackson, CA Johnston, BG Richter, AD Steinman. 2002. Meeting ecological and societal needs for freshwater. Ecological Applications 12:1247-1260. [Link]

Benda L, NL Poff, C Tague, MA Palmer, J Pizzuto,  SL Cooper, EH Stanley, G Moglen, N Boekstel. 2002. How to avoid train wrecks when using science in environmental problem solving. BioScience 52:1127-1136. [Link]

Cardinale BJ, MA. Palmer, CM Swan, S Brooks, NL Poff. 2002. The influence of substrate heterogeneity on biofilm metabolism in a stream ecosystem. Ecology  83:412-422. [Link]

Hart DD, NL Poff.  2002. Introduction to Special Issue. BioScience 52:653-655.

Lamouroux**N, NL Poff, PL Angermeier. 2002. Intercontinental convergence of stream fish community traits in France and Virginia (USA) streams along hydraulic and geomorphic gradients Ecology 83:1792-1807. doi/10.1890/0012-9658(2002)083[1792:ICOSFC]2.0.CO;2 [Link]

Pepin D, NL Poff, J Baron. 2002. Ecological Effects of Stream and River Water Development, Pages 113-132 in Rocky Mountain Futures (J. Baron, ed.), Island Press.

Poff NL. 2002. Ecological response to and management of increased flooding due to climate change. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, A 360:1497-1510. [Link]

Poff NL, DD Hart. 2002. How dams vary and why it matters for the emerging science of dam removal: An ecological classification of dams is needed to characterize how the tremendous variation in the size, operational mode, age, and number of dams in a river basin influences the potential for restoring regulated rivers via dam removal. BioScience 52:659-668. [Link]

Poff NL, M Brinson, JB Day. 2002. Aquatic ecosystems and global climate change: Potential impacts on inland freshwater and coast wetland ecosystems in the United States. Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Arlington, VA. [Link]


Frissell CA, NL Poff, ME Jensen. 2001. Assessment of biotic patterns in freshwater ecosystems. Pages 390-403 in M.E. Jensen and P.S. Bourgeron (eds.), A Guidebook for Integrated Ecological Assessments. Springer, New York.

Jensen ME, IA Goodman, PS Bourgeron, NL Poff, CK Brewer. 2001. Effectiveness of direct and indirect biophysical criteria in the hierarchical classification of drainage basins. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 37:1155-1167. [Link]

Poff NL, PL Angermeier, SD Cooper, PS Lake , K. Fausch, KO Winemiller, LAK Mertes, MW Oswood, J Reynolds, FJ Rahel.  2001. Fish diversity in streams and rivers. Pages 315-349 in F.S. Chapin, O.E. Sala, and R. Huber-Sannwald (eds.), Scenarios of future biodiversity. Springer-Verlag, New York.

Wellnitz** TA, NL Poff. 2001. Functional redundancy in heterogeneous environments: implications for conservation. Ecology Letters 4:177-179. [Link]

Wellnitz** TA, NL Poff, G Cosyleón, B Steury. 2001. Current velocity and spatial scale as determinants of the distribution and abundance of two rheophilic herbivorous insects. Landscape Ecology 16:111-120. [Link]


Sala OE, FS Chapin III, JJ Armesto, E Berlow, J Bloomfield, R Dirzo, E Huber-Sanwald, LF Huenneke, R Jackson, A Kinzig, R Leemans, D Lodge, HA Mooney, M Oesterheld, NL Poff, MT Sykes, BH Walker, M Walker, DH Wall. 2000. Global biodiversity scenarios for the year 2100. Science 287:1770-1774. [Link]

Meyer JL, MJ Sale, PJ Mulholland, NL Poff. 1999. Impacts of climate change on aquatic ecosystem functioning and health. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 35:1373-1386. [Link]

Marschall EA, DA Roff, TP Quinn, JA Hutchings, NB Metcalf, TA Bakke, RL Saunders, NL Poff. 1998. A framework for understanding Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) life history. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 55:48-58. [Link]

Poff NL, JD Allan.  1998. Not a panacea — reply. BioScience48:427-428.

Poff NL, AD Huryn. 1998. Multi-scale determinants of secondary production in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) streams. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 55:201-217. [Link]

Palmer MA, RL Ambrose, NL Poff. 1997. Restoration theory and community ecology. Restoration Ecology 17:291-301. [Link]

Palmer MA, NL Poff. 1997. The influence of environmental heterogeneity on patterns and processes in streams. Journal of the North American Benthological Society16:169-173. [Link]

Poff NL, JD Allan, MB Bain, JR Karr, KL Prestegaard, B Richter, R Sparks, J Stromberg. 1997. The natural flow regime. BioScience 47:769-784. [Link]

Poff NL. 1997. Landscape filters and species traits: towards mechanistic understanding and prediction in stream ecology. Journal of the North American Benthological Society16:391-409. [Link]

Poff NL, K Nelson-Baker, 1997. Habitat heterogeneity and algal-grazer interactions in streams:  Explorations with a spatially explicit model. Journal of the North American Benthological Society16:263-276. [Link]

Poff NL.1996. A hydrogeography of unregulated streams in the United States and an examination of scale-dependence in some hydrological descriptors. Freshwater Biology 36:71-91. [Link]

Poff NL, S Tokar, P Johnson. 1996. Stream hydrological and ecological responses to climate change assessed with an artificial neural networks. Limnology & Oceanography 36:857-863. [Link]

Poff NL, JD Allan. 1995. Functional organization of stream fish assemblages in relation to hydrologic variability. Ecology 76:606-627. [Link]

Poff NL, JV Ward. 1995. Herbivory under different flow regimes: a field experiment and test of a model with a benthic stream insect. Oikos 71:179-188. [Link]

Voelz NJ, NL Poff, JV Ward. 1994. Differential effects of a brief thermal disturbance on caddisfly species in a high elevation regulated river. American Midland Naturalist 132:173-182. [Link]

Ward JV, NJ Voelz, NL Poff. 1994. Gradient analysis of zoobenthic community structure along a mountain stream continuum. Verhandlungen der internationale  Vereinigung des angewandten und theoretische Limnologie 25:1462-1464.

Poff NL, MA Palmer, PA Angermeier, CC Hakenkamp, RL Vadas, A Bely, P Arensburger, and A Martin. 1993. Size structure of the metazoan community in a temperate Piedmont stream. Oecologia 95:202-209. [Link]

Poff NL. 1992. Why disturbances can be predictable: a perspective on the definition of disturbance in streams. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 11:86-92. [Link]

Poff NL, JV Ward. 1992. Heterogeneous currents and algal resources mediate in situ foraging activity of a mobile stream grazer. Oikos 65:465-478. [Link]

Poff NL. 1992. Regional stream hydrology: climate change and ecological implications. In Firth PL and SG Fisher (eds.), Global climate change and freshwater ecosystems. Springer-Verlag, New York. pp. 88-115

Poff NL, R DeCino, JV Ward. 1991. Size-Dependent Drift Responses of Mayflies to Experimental Hydrologic Variation: Active Predator Avoidance or Passive Hydrodynamic Displacement?Oecologia 88:577-586. [Link]

Poff NL, JV Ward. 1991. Drift responses of benthic invertebrates to experimental hydrologic variation in a regulated stream. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 48:1926-1936.

Poff NL, JV Ward. 1990. The physical habitat template of lotic systems: recovery in the context of historical pattern of spatio-temporal heterogeneity. Environmental Management  14:629-646. [Link]

Poff NL, NJ Voelz, JV Ward, RE Lee. 1990. Algal colonization under four experimentally-controlled current regimes in a high mountain stream. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 9:303-318. [Link]

Poff NL, JV Ward. 1989. Implications of streamflow variability and predictability for lotic community structure: a regional analysis of streamflow patterns. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 46:1805-1818. [Link]

Poff NL, JV Ward. 1988. Use of occupied Glossosoma verdona  (Trichoptera: Glossosomatidae) cases by early instars of Baetis spp. (Ephemeroptera: Baetidae) in a Rocky Mountain stream. Entomological News 99:97-101.

Hauer FR, NL Poff, P Firth. 1986. Leaf litter decomposition across broad thermal gradients in southeastern Coastal Plain streams and swamps. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 3:545-552. Poff NL, RA Matthews. 1985. The replacement of Stenonema spp. by Caenis diminuta Walker as the numerical dominant in the mayfly assemblage of a thermally-stressed stream. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 3:19-26.

Poff NL, RA Matthews. 1986. Benthic macroinvertebrate community structural and functional group response to thermal enhancement in the Savannah River and a Coastal Plain tributary. Archiv für Hydrobiologie 106: 119-137.