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Abney, R. B.*, T. J. Kuhn, A. Chow, W. Hockaday, M. L. Fogel, A.A. Berhe. Pyrogenic car- bon erosion after the Rim Fire, Yosemite National Park: the role of fire severity and topogra- phy on determining the fate of PyC. In Press. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences. DOI:10.1029/2018JG004787

Ghezzehei, TA; B Sulman; CL Arnold*; NA Bogie*; A.A. Berhe. On the role of soil water retention characteristic on aerobic microbial respiration. In Press. Biogeosciences. 2018-265

Santos, F*; A.S. Wymore; B.K. Jackson; S.M.P. Sullivan; W.H. McDowell; AA Berhe. (2019). Time since fire and site-level characteristics influence streamwater chemistry at baseflow conditions in catchments of the Sierra Nevada, California, USA. In Press. Fire Ecology

M Delgado-Baquerizo, R Bardgett, P Vitousek, F Maestre, M Williams, D Eldridge, H Lambers, A Gallardo, O Sala, S Abades, F Alfaro, AA Berhe, M Bowker, C Currier, N Cutler, L García- Velázquez, S Hart, P Hayes, Z Hseu, M Kirchmair, S Neuhauser , V Peña , C Pérez, S Reed, F Santos, C Siebe, B Sullivan, L Weber-Grullon, N Fierer. (2019) Changes in belowground biodiversity during ecosystem development. In Press. PNAS

Liu,C*, Z Li, AA Berhe, G Zeng, H Xiao; L Liu, D Wang, H Peng. (2019). Chemical characteri- zation and source identification of eroded soil organic matter: role of landuse and erosion intensity. In Press. Chemical Geology.

Stacy, EM.*, AA Berhe, CT Hunsaker, DW Johnson, S Mercer Meding, SC Hart (2019). Stabi- lization mechanisms and decomposition potential of eroded soil organic matter pools in temperate forests of the Sierra Nevada, California. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences 124. DOI: 10.1029/2018JG004566

Liu, C*, Z Li, A.A. Berhe, H Xiao, L Liu, D Wang. H Peng, G Zeng. (2019). Characterizing eroded Dissolved Organic Matter in a typical loess hilly catchment using fluorescence EEM-PARAFAC and UV-Visible absorption: Insights from source identification and carbon cycling. Geoderma 334: 37- 48.

Finke, P, E Opolot, J Balesdent, A.A. Berhe, P. Boeckx, S. Cornu, J. Harden, C. Hattè, E. Williams*, S. Doetterl*. (2019). Improved SOC modeling by accounting for pedogenesis and weath- ering in a chronosequence. Geoderma. 338: 513-524

Doetterl, S*; AA Berhe; C Arnold*; S Bodé; P Fiener; P Finke; L Fuchslueger; M Griepentrog; J Harden; E Nadeu; J Schnecker; J Six, S Trumbore; K Van Oost; C Vogel; P Boeckx. (2018). Links among warming, carbon and microbial dynamics mediated by soil mineral weathering. Nature Geosciences. doi:10.1038/s41561-018-0168-7

Hall, SJ; A.A. Berhe, A Thompson. (2018) Order from disorder: Do soil organic matter composi- tion and turnover co-vary with iron phase crystallinity? Biogeochemistry. 140 (1): 93–110

JC Blankinship; AA Berhe; SE Crow; JL Druhan; KA Heckman; M Keiluweit; CR Lawrence; E Marín-Spiotta; AF Plante; C Rasmussen; C Schädel; JP Schimel; CA Sierra; A Thompson; R Wagai; WR Wieder. (2018) Improving understanding of soil organic matter dynamics by triangulating theories, measurements, and models. Biogeochemistry. 140 (1):1–13

Jian, M*, M. Berli, A.A. Berhe, T.A. Ghezzehei. (2018). Vulnerability of physically protected soil organic carbon to loss under low intensity fires. Frontiers in Environmental Sciences. doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2018.00066

Williams, E.*, A. Plante , A.A. Berhe, M. Fogel. (2018). Distinct bioenergetic signatures in particulate versus mineral-associated soil organic matter. Geoderma 330: 107–116

Dungait, JAJ, AA Berhe, AS Gregory, DW Hopkins. (2018) Physical Protection and Mean Resi- dence Time of Soil Carbon. In Climate and Soil Organic Matter, Advances in Soil Science, Eds. R Lal and BA Stewart. In Press.

Abney, R*, A.A.Berhe. (2018) Erosional redistribution of pyrogenic carbon: implications for persistence of PyC in the soil system. Frontiers in Earth Science 6:26. doi: 10.3389/feart.2018.00026

Santos, F*, K. Moreland*, M. Barnes*, R. Abney*, L. Jin*, N. Bogie*, T.A. Ghezzehei, AA Berhe. (2018) Response of soil physical properties to warming and implications for biogeochemical cycling of essential elements. In Ecosystem Consequences of Soil Warming: microbes, vegetation, fauna, and soil biogeochemistry. J. Mohan (Ed). Elsevier. In Press. INVITED

Berhe, A.A., R. Barnes, J. Six, E. Marin-Spiotta. (2018) Role of erosional mass movement on the biogeochemical cycling of essential elements: carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus. Annual Reviews of Earth and Planetary Sciences. 46: 521-548. INVITED

PZ Klos, ML Goulden, CS Riebe, CL Tague, AT O’Geen, BA Flinchum, M Safeeq, MH Conklin, SC Hart, AA Berhe, PC Hartsough, WS Holbrook, RC Bales. (2018) Subsurface plant-accessible water in mountain ecosystems with a Mediterranean climate. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water. 2018;e1277. DOI 10.1002/wat2.1277

Rasmussen, C, K Heckman, W Wieder, M Keiluweit, AA Berhe, J Blankinship, S Crow, J Druhan, CH Pries, E Marin-Spiotta, C Lawrence, A Plante, C Schadel, J Schimel, C Sierra, A Thompson, R Wagai. (2018) Beyond clay: towards an improved set of variables for predicting soil organic matter content. Biogeochemistry. 137 (3): 1-10

Ramirez, K. S., A. A. Berhe, J. Burt, G. Gil-Romera, R. F. Johnson, A. M. Koltz, I. Lacher, T. McGlynn, K. J. Nielsen, R. Schmidt, J. L. Simonis, C. P. terHorst and K. Tuff (2017). “The future of ecology is collaborative, inclusive and deconstructs biases.” Nature Ecology & Evolution. doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0445-7

Abney, R.B.*, J. Sanderman, D. Johnson, M. L. Fogel, A. A. Berhe. (2017) Post-wildfire erosion in mountainous terrain leads to rapid and major redistribution of soil organic carbon. Frontiers in Earth Science. 5:99. doi: 10.3389/feart.2017.00099

Marín-Spiotta, E., A. S. Adams, R. T. Barnes, A.A. Berhe, M. Burt, E. Fischer, M. H. Okoro, M. Hastings, T. Holloway, A. Morris, C. Wiedinmyer. (2017). Lessons from the Earth Science Women’s Network. EarthZine.


Sanderman, J., and Berhe, A. A. (2017). Biogeochemistry: The soil carbon erosion paradox. Nature Climate Change, 7 (5), 317-319 doi:10.1038/nclimate3281

Berhe, A.A., R. Amundson, E. Sztein. (2017) Soil: The Foundation of Life. Eos. 98,

Lajtha, K., E. Bai, T. Baisden, A. A. Berhe, B. Bowden, J. Brookshire, E. Brzostek, S. Crow, C. Driscoll, C. Evans, J. Finlay, M. Fisk, S. Grandy, L. Hamdan, J. Harrison, C. Hawkes, K. Kalbitz, S. Kaushal, M. Kramer, E. Matzner, J. Melack, J. Mulder, S. Porder, J. Sanderman, E. Stanley, J. Tank, M. Vile, M. Voss, K. Wieder, S. Ziegler. (2017). Brave New Wold. Biogeochemistry. 133(1): 3–5. doi:10.1007/s10533-017-0316-y

Araya, S.N.*, M. Fogel, A.A. Berhe. (2017). Thermal alteration of soil organic matter properties: a systematic study to infer response of Sierra Nevada climosequence soils to forest fires. SOIL. 3, 31-44. doi:10.5194/soil-3-31-2017

Berhe, A. A., C. Arnold*, L. Jin*, M. Kaiser*, R. Lever*. (2017). Carbon Dynamics. In Oxford Bibliographies in Environmental Science. Ed. Ellen Wohl. 1–24. doi:10.1093/OBO/9780199363445- 0065 INVITED

Berhe, A. A. and M. S. Torn. (2017). Soil nitrogen storage and stabilization in eroding landscapes. Biogeochemistry 132(1), 37-54. DOI: 10.1007/s10533-016-0286-5

Fissore, C, BJ Dalzell, A.A. Berhe, M Voegtle, M Evans, A. Wu. (2017). Influence of Topography on soil organic carbon dynamics in a Southern California Grassland. Catena. 149, 140-149

F Santos*, D Russel, AA Berhe. (2016) Thermal alteration of water extractable organic matter in climosequence soils from the Sierra Nevada, California. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences. 121 (11) 2877–2885


Araya, S.N.*, M. Medina, A.A. Berhe. (2016) Thermal alteration of soil physico-chemical properties: a systematic study to infer response of Sierra Nevada climosequence soils to forest fires. SOIL . 2: 351-366. doi:10.5194/soil-2-351-2016

Hu,Y.*, A.A. Berhe, M. Fogel, G.J. Heckrath, N.J. Kuhn. (2016) A Field Investigation on Settling Velocity Specific SOC Distribution along Hillslopes. Biogeochemistry. 128: 339. doi:10.1007/s10533-016-0211-y

McCorkle, E.P.*, A.A. Berhe, C.T. Hunsaker, D.W. Johnson, K.J. McFarlane, M.L. Fogel, S.C. Hart. (2016)Tracing the source of soil organic matter eroded from temperate forest catchments using carbon and nitrogen isotopes. In Press. Chemical Geology – Available online April 29, 2016

Doetterl, S*., A.A. Berhe, E Nadeu*, Z. Wang, M. Sommer, P. Fiener. (2016) Erosion, deposition and soil carbon: A review on process-level controls, experimental tools and models to address C cy- cling in dynamic landscapes. Earth Surface Reviews 154:102-122 doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2015.12.005

Stacy, E. M.*, S. C. Hart, C. T. Hunsaker, D. W. Johnson, A. A. Berhe. (2015) Soil carbon and nitrogen erosion in forested catchments: implications for erosion-induced terrestrial carbon sequestration. Biogeosciences. 12, 4861-4874 doi:10.5194/bg-12-4861-201

Amundson, R, A.A. Berhe, J. Hopmans, C. Olson, E. Sztein, D. Sparks. (2015) Soil and Human Security in the 21st Century. Science. vol 348, no. 6235, DOI: 10.1126/science.1261071

Holden, S.R*, A.A. Berhe, K.K. Treseder. (2015) Decrease in soil moisture and organic matter quality suppresses microbial decomposition following boreal forest fires. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 87: 1-9 doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2015.04.005

Arnold, C*, T.A. Ghezzehei, A.A. Berhe. (2015) Decomposition of distinct organic matter pools is regulated by moisture status in structured wetland soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 81: 28-37

Kaiser, M*, M Kleber, A.A. Berhe. (2015) How air-drying and rewetting modify soil organic matter characteristics: an assessment to improve data interpretations and inference. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 80:324-340

Kaiser, M.*, M. Kleber, TA Ghezzehei, D Myrold, A.A. Berhe. (2014) Calcium carbonate and charcoal applications promote organic matter storage in silt-sized aggregates. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 78: 1624-1631

Arnold, C*, T.A. Ghezzehei, A.A. Berhe. (2014) Early Spring, Severe Frost Events, and Drought Induce Rapid Carbon Loss in High Elevation Meadows. PLOS ONE. 9(9):e106058. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0106058.

Ghezzehei, TA, Sarkhot, D.V.* A.A. Berhe. (2014) Biochar can be used to recapture essential nutrients from dairy wastewater and improve soil quality. Solid Earth 5: 953–62. doi:10.5194/se-5-953-2014.

E. Brok*, C. Frandsen, D.E. Madsen, H. Jacobsen, J. O. Birk, K. Lefmann, J. Bendix, K. S. Pedersen, C. Boothroyd, A.A. Berhe, G.Simeoni, and S. Mørup (2014) Magnetic properties of ultra-small goethite nanoparticles. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 47(36):365003 doi:10.1088/0022- 3727/47/36/365003

Berhe, AA, C Arnold*, EM Stacy*, R Lever*, E McCorckle*, SN Araya*. (2014) Soil erosion controls on biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nitrogen. Nature Education Knowledge 5(8):2

Kaiser, M.* and A.A. Berhe. (2014) How does sonication affect the mineral and organic constituents of soil aggregates. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science.  4: 479–495 DOI: 10.1002/jpln.201300339

Taş N*, Prestat E, Wang S, Mcfarland JW, Wickland K, Knight R, Berhe AA, Jorgenson T, Waldrop M, Jansson JK. (2014) Impact of fire on active layer and permafrost microbial communities and metagenomes in an upland Alaskan boreal forest. The ISME Journal 1–16. doi:10.1038/ismej.2014.36

Ryals, R*, M. Kaiser*, M.S. Torn, A.A. Berhe, W.L. Silver. (2014) Impacts of organic ammendements on soil carbon and nitrogen stocks and dynamics in rangeland soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 68: 52-61

Sarkhot, D.V.* T. A. Ghezzehei, A. A. Berhe. (2013) Effectiveness of Biochar for sorption of Ammonium and Phosphate from Dairy Effluent. Journal of Environmental Quality. 42(5): 1545-1554

Albalasmesh, A.A.*, A.A. Berhe, T.A. Ghezzehei (2013). Rapid determination of concentration and carbon content of carbohydrates using UV Absorbance. Carbohydrate Polymers 97(2):253-261

Berhe, A. A. and M. Kleber (2013). Erosion, deposition and the persistence of soil organic matter: important considerations and problems with terminology. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.  38(8): 908-912 Doi: 10.1002/esp.3408

Berhe, A. A. (2013) Effect of Mesh Litterbags on Decomposition of Organic Matter: investigation along depth and slope gradients. Journal of Soils and Sediments. DOI: 10.1007/s11368-012-0639-1

Kaiser, M.*, A.A. Berhe, M. Sommer, M. Kleber (2012). Application of ultrasound to investigate the mechanical stability of aggregates. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science. DOI: 10.1002/jpln.201200077

Berhe, A. A., Torn, M.S., Harden, J., Kleber, M., Burton, S.D., Harte, J. (2012).Persistence of Soil Organic Matter in Eroding vs. Depositional Landform Positions.  Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences. 117, G02019 doi:10.1029/2011JG001790

Lopez-Carr, D., C. Hunsberger, J. Jabbor, C. Chizoba, L. Hislop, H. Masundire., M. T. Abdelhamid, F. Ayache, J. A. Montoro, A. Guhl, S. M. Borras, A.A. Berhe, T. Evans, J. Melilo, S. Kant, N. G. Pricope, M. Leach, D. Martino, T. M. Aide, K. A. Crews, T. Devisscher, H. F. del Valle, R. Sanchez-Rodriguez, T. Timmins, A. F. Barbieri, C. S. Junior, P. Kameri-Mbote, A. Angelsen, L. Zulu, W. Kuang-Yao, J. Kozakova, C. Chizoba, C. Gibbes. (2012) Chapter 3 – Land. United Nations Environmet Programme, Global Environmental Oulook series, GEO-5 Report.

Nadeu, E.*, A. A. Berhe, J. de Vente, C. Boix-Fayos. (2012) Erosion, deposition and replacement of soil organic carbon in Mediterranean catchments: a geomorphical, isotopic and land use change approach. Biogeosciences 9, 1099–1111, 2012. doi:10.5194/bg-9-1099-2012

Berhe, A.A., Suttle, K.B., Burton, S.D., and J.F. Banfield. (2012). Contingency in the Direction and Mechanics of Soil Organic Matter Responses to Increased Rainfall. Plant and soil. DOI 10.1007/s11104-012-1156-0

Sarkhot, D. V.*, A.A. Berhe, T. A. Ghezzehei. (2012) Does soil amendment with nutrient-enriched biochar reduce efflux of carbon and nitrogen? Journal of Environmental Quality. doi:10.2134/jeq2011.0123

Berhe, A. A. (2012) Decomposition of organic substrates at eroding vs. depositional landform positions. Plant and Soil. 350:261-280. DOI: 10.1007/s11104-011-0902-z

+Berhe, A.A and Ghezzehei, T.A. 2008.Biogeochemical Feedbacks. Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change. S. G. Philander (Ed). Sage Publishers.

  • +Revised version published in the Second edition (2012)

+Berhe, A.A. and Ghezzehei, T.A. 2008. Climate Data – Sediment Records. Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change. S. G. Philander (Ed). Sage Publishers.

  • +Revised version published in the Second edition (2012)

Waldrop, M. P., Wickland K., White, R III, Berhe, A.A., Harden, J.W., V. Romanovskys. (2010). Molecular Investigation into a globally important carbon pool: permafrost-protected carbon in Alaskan soils. Global Change Biology. 16(9): 2543-2554.

Shrestha, G*, Berhe, A.A., Swanston, C, Traina, S. J. (2009) Surface soil black carbon in Yosemite, California: effect of Prescribed forest fires. Proceedings of the North American Biochar Conference. August 9-12, 2009. University of Colorado, Boulder.

Berhe, A. A., Harden, J., Torn, M.S., Harte, J. (2008). Role of Landform Position in Erosion-Induced Terrestrial Carbon Sequestration. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences, 13, G04039, doi:10.1029/2008JG000751

Harden, J.W., Berhe, A.A., Torn, M.S., Harte, J., Liu, S., Stallard, R.F. 2008. Soil Erosion: Data Say C Sink (Technical Comment). Science. 320(5873): 178 – 179.

Berhe, A.A., Harte J., Harden, J. W., Torn, M.S. 2007. The Significance of the Erosion Induced Terrestrial Carbon Sink. Bioscience. 57(4):337-346.

Berhe, A.A. 2007. The Contribution of Landmines to Land Degradation. Land Degradation and Development. 18: 1–15

Nelson, G., Bennett, E., Berhe, A.A, Cassman, K., DeFries, R., Dietz, T., Dobermann, A., Dobson, A., Janetos, A., Levy, M., Marco, D., Nakicenovic, N., O’Neill, B., Norgaard, R., Petschel-Held, G., Ojima, D., Pingali, P., Watson, R., Zurek. M. 2006. Anthropogenic Drivers of Ecosystem Change: An Overview. Ecology and Society. 11(2): 32. INVITED.

Akbari, H., Berhe, A. A, Levinson, R., Graveline, S., Foley, K., Delgado, A. H., Paroli, R. M.. Aging and weathering of cool roofing membranes. 2006. Proceedings of the First International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Cooling for the Built Environment. May 17, 2005, Athens, Greece. Also published as Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Report, LBNL-58055.

Levinson, R., Berdhal, P., Berhe, A.A, Akbari, H.. 2005. Effect of Soiling and Cleaning on the Reflectance and Solar Heat Gain of a White Roofing Membrane. Atmospheric Environment, 39(40):7807-7824.

Berhe, A.A. 2005. Politicizing Indiscriminate Terror: Imagining an Inclusive Framework for the Anti-Landmines Movement. Journal of Environment and Development, 14: 375-393.

Lavelle, P., Dugdale, R., Scholes, R., Berhe, A.A., Carpenter, E., Codispoti, L., Izac, A.-M., Lemoalle, J., Luizao, F., Scholes, M., Tréguer, P., Ward, B.. 2005. Chapter 12 – Nutrient Cycling. In R. Hassan, et al., eds. Ecosystems and Human Well-being: Current State and Trends, Volume 1. Findings of the Condition and Trends Working Group of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Island Press.

Nelson, G.C., Bennett, E., Berhe, A.A., Cassman, K.G., DeFries, R., Dietz, T., Dobson, A., Dobermann, A., Janetos, A., Levy, M., Marco, D., Nakic´enovic´, N., O’Neill, B., Norgaard, R., Petschel-Held, G., Ojima, D., Pingali, P., Watson, R., Zurek, M. 2005. Chapter 7 – Drivers of Change in Ecosystem Condition and Services. In S. R. Carpenter, et al., eds. Ecosystems and Human Well-being: Scenarios, Volume 2. Findings of the Scenarios Working Group of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Island Press.

Berhe, A.A. 2004. Of Land and Identity: Territorialization of the Eritrean National Identity. Eritrean Studies Review, 4 (1): 55-82.

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