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Laureano Gherardi

Laureano Gherardi

Senior Manager, Global Drylands Center


School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
PO Box 874501
Tempe, AZ 85287-4501


  • Senior Manager, Global Drylands Center
  • Instructor, School of Sustainability
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Journal Articles


Andriuzzi, W. S., A. L. Franco, K. E. Ankrom, S. Cui, C. Milano de Tomasel, P. Guan, L. A. Gherardi, O. E. Sala and D. H. Wall. 2020. Body size structure of soil fauna along geographic and temporal gradients of precipitation in grasslands. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 140(Jan):107638. DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2019.107638. (link )


Corman, J. R., S. L. Collins, E. M. Cook, X. Dong, L. A. Gherardi, N. B. Grimm, R. L. Hale, T. Liu, J. Ramos, L. G. Reichmann and O. E. Sala. 2019. Foundations and frontiers of ecosystem science: Legacy of a classic paper (Odum 1969). Ecosystems 22(5):1160-1172. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-018-0316-3. (link )

Franco, A. L., L. A. Gherardi, C. Milano de Tomasel, W. S. Andriuzzi, K. E. Ankrom, E. A. Shaw, E. M. Bach, O. E. Sala and D. H. Wall. 2019. Drought suppresses soil predators and promotes root herbivores in mesic, but not in xeric grasslands. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 116(26):12883-12888. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1900572116. (link )

Gherardi, L. A. and O. E. Sala. 2019. Effect of interannual precipitation variability on dryland productivity: A global synthesis. Global Change Biology 25(1):269-276. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14480. (link )


Petrie, M. D., D. P. Peters, J. Yao, J. M. Blair, N. D. Burruss, S. L. Collins, J. D. Derner, L. A. Gherardi, J. R. Hendrickson, O. E. Sala, P. J. Starks and J. L. Steiner. 2018. Regional grassland productivity responses to precipitation during multiyear above- and below-average rainfall periods. Global Change Biology 24(5):1935-1951. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14024. (link )


Wilcox, K. R., Z. Shi, L. A. Gherardi, N. P. Lemoine, S. E. Koerner, D. L. Hoover, E. W. Bork, K. M. Byrne, J. F. Cahill Jr, S. L. Collins, S. Evans, A. K. Gilgen, P. Holub, L. Jiang, A. K. Knapp, D. LeCain, J. Liang, P. Garcia-Palacios, J. Penuelas, W. T. Pockman, M. D. Smith, S. Sun, S. R. White, L. Yahdjian, K. Zhu and Y. Luo. 2017. Asymmetric responses of primary productivity to precipitation extremes: A synthesis of grassland precipitation manipulation experiments. Global Change Biology 23(10):4376-4385. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13706. (link )


Gherardi, L. and O. E. Sala. 2015. Enhanced interannual precipitation variability increases plant functional diversity that in turn ameliorates negative impact on productivity. Ecology Letters 18(12):1293-1300. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12523. (link )

Gherardi, L. A. and O. E. Sala. 2015. Enhanced precipitation variability decreases grass- and increases shrub-productivity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112(41):12735-12740. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1506433112. (link )

Sala, O. E., L. A. Gherardi and D. P. Peters. 2015. Enhanced precipitation variability effects on water losses and ecosystem functioning: Differential response of arid and mesic regions. Climate Change 131(2):213-227. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-015-1389-z. (link )


Yahdjian, L., L. A. Gherardi and O. E. Sala. 2014. Grasses have larger response than shrubs to increased nitrogen availability: A fertilization experiment in the Patagonian steppe. Journal of Arid Environments 102(Mar):17-20. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2013.11.002. (link )


Gherardi, L. A. and O. E. Sala. 2013. Automated rainfall manipulation system: A reliable and inexpensive tool for ecologists. Ecosphere 4(2):1-10. DOI: 10.1890/ES12-00371.1. (link )

Gherardi, L. A., O. E. Sala and L. Yahdjian. 2013. Preference for different inorganic nitrogen forms among plant-functional types and species of the Patagonian steppe. Oecologia 173(3):1075-1081. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-013-2687-7. (link )


Sala, O. E., L. A. Gherardi, L. G. Reichmann, E. G. Jobbágy and D. P. Peters. 2012. Legacies of precipitation fluctuations on primary production: Theory and data synthesis. Philiosphical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 367(1606):3135-3144. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2011.0347. (link )


Yahdjian, L., L. A. Gherardi and O. E. Sala. 2011. Nitrogen limitation in arid-subhumid ecosystems: A meta-analysis of fertilization studies. Journal of Arid Environments 75(8):675-680. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2011.03.003. (link )