Sarah Elmendorf

Sarah Elmendorf

Information Manager

  • Research Associate



  • PhD: University of California at Davis, 2008
  • MA: Wesleyan University, 1999
  • BA: Wesleyan University, 1998

Contact Information


Plant ecology, climate change, tundra

Research Interests

Sarah uses long-term and multi-site data to understand ecological impacts of climate change, with a particular focus on phenology & tundra plant community ecology.




Courtney CollinsSarah Elmendorf, Hollister, R. D., Henry, G. H. R., Clark, K., Bjorkman, A. D., Myers-Smith, I. H., Prevéy, J. S., Ashton, I. W., Assmann, J. J., Alatalo, J. M., Carbognani, M., Chisholm, C., Cooper, E. J., Chiara Forrester, Jónsdóttir, I. S., Klanderud, K., Kopp, C. W., Livensperger, C., Mauritz, M., May, J. L., Molau, U., Oberbauer, S. F., Ogburn, E., Panchen, Z. A., Petraglia, A., Post, E., Rixen, C., Rodenhizer, H., Schuur, E. A. G., Semenchuk, P., Jane G. Smith, Steltzer, H., Totland, Ø., Walker, M. D., Welker, J. M., Katharine Suding 2021: Experimental warming differentially affects vegetative and reproductive phenology of tundra plants. Nature Communications, 12: 3442. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-23841-2

Thomas, H. J. D., et al., including, Sarah Elmendorf 2020: Global plant trait relationships extend to the climatic extremes of the tundra biome. Nature Communications, 11(1): 1351. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-15014-4

Sarah Elmendorf, Ettinger, A. K. 2020: Is photoperiod a dominant driver of secondary growth resumption. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(52): 32,861-32,864. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2019411117

Thomas, H. J. D., et al., including, Sarah Elmendorf 2019: Traditional plant functional groups explain variation in economic but not size-related traits across the tundra biome. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 28(2): 78-95. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12783

Bjorkman, A. D., et al., including, Sarah Elmendorf 2018: Tundra Trait Team: A database of plant traits spanning the tundra biome. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 27(12): 1402-1411. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12821