John Stella, Ph.D.


Papers in refereed journals

* Indicates student author.

Thorel, M., H. Piégay, C. Barthélémy, B. Räpple*, C-R Gruel*, P. Marmonier, T. Winiarsky, J-P Bedell, F. Arnaud*, G. Roux, J.C. Stella, G. Seignemartin*, A. Tena-Pagan, V. Wawrzyniak*, D. Roux-Michollet, B. Oursel, S. Fayolle, C. Bertrand*, E. Franquet. (in review) Socio-environmental stakes associated with process-based restoration strategies in large rivers: should we remove novel ecosystems along the Rhône (France)? Regional Environmental Change

Kui, L.*, J.C. Stella, P.B. Shafroth, P.K. House, A.C. Wilcox. (in revision) The long-term legacy of geomorphic and riparian vegetation feedbacks on a dammed river. Ecohydrology

Ledford, S.H.*, L.K. Lautz, P.G. Vidon, J.C. Stella. (in review) Impact of Seasonal Changes in Stream Metabolism on Nitrate Concentrations in an Urban Stream. Biogeochemistry

Räpple, B.*, H. Piégay, J.C. Stella, D. Mercier*. (in review). What drives riparian vegetation establishment in river channels at patch to corridor scales? Insights from annual airborne surveys (Drôme River, SE France). Ecohydrology.

Diehl, R.M., A.C. Wilcox, J.C. Stella, L. Kui*, L. Sklar, A. Lightbody. 2016. Fluvial sediment supply and pioneer woody seedlings as a control on bar-surface topography. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 10.1002/esp.4017 [pdf]

Hultine, K.R., K.C. Grady, T.E. Wood, S.M. Shuster, J.C. Stella, T.G. Whitham. 2016. Climate change perils for dioecious plant species. Nature Plants. 10.1038/nplants.2016.109 [pdf]

Ledford, S.H.*, L.K. Lautz, J.C. Stella. 2016. Hydrogeologic processes impacting storage, fate, and transport of chloride from road salt in urban riparian aquifers. Environmental Science and Technology 50: 4979–4988 10.1021/acs.est.6b00402 [pdf]

Kui, L.* and J.C. Stella. 2016. Fluvial sediment burial increases mortality of riparian tree seedlings but induces compensatory growth response in survivors. Forest Ecology and Management, 366. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2016.02.001 [pdf]

Bywater-Reyes, S.*, A.C. Wilcox, J.C. Stella, and A.F. Lightbody. 2015. Flow and scour constraints on uprooting of pioneer woody seedlings, Water Resources Research, 51. DOI:10.1002/2014WR016641 [pdf]

Dixon, M.D. and J.C. Stella. 2015. Temporal variability in hydrology modifies the influence of geomorphology on wetland distribution along a desert stream: a commentary on Dong et al. 2015. Journal of Ecology. DOI:10.1111/1365-2745.12499 [pdf]

Bishop, D.A.*, C.M. Beier, N. Pedersen, G.B. Lawrence, J.C. Stella, T.J. Sullivan. 2015. Regional growth decline in sugar maple (Acer saccharum) and potential causes. Ecosphere. DOI:10.1890/ES15-00260.1 [pdf]

Manners, R., A.C. Wilcox, L. Kui*, A. Lightbody, J.C. Stella, L. Sklar. 2015. When do plants modify fluvial processes? Plant-hydraulic interactions under variable flow and sediment supply rates. Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface. DOI:10.1002/2014JF003265 [pdf]

Kui, Li*, J.C. Stella, A. Lightbody, A.C. Wilcox. 2014. Ecogeomorphic feedbacks and flood loss of riparian tree seedlings in meandering channel experiments. Water Resources Research. 50, DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015719 [pdf]

Dufour, S., M.K. Hayden*, J.C. Stella, H. Piégay, J.J. Battles. 2014 Maintaining channel abandonment processes increases riparian plant diversity within fluvial corridors. Ecohydrology. DOI: 10.1002/eco.1546 [pdf]

Riddle, J., N. Pedersen, J.C. Stella, D.L. Leopold. 2014. Shifting climate sensitivity and contrasting growth trends in Juniperus species growing together at opposite range margins. Tree-Ring Research 70:101–111. DOI: 10.3959/1536-1098-70.2.101 [pdf]

Stella, J.C., J. Riddle*, H. Piégay, M. Gagnage*, M-L. Trémélo. 2013. Climate and local geomorphic interactions drive patterns of riparian forest decline along a Mediterranean Basin river. Geomorphology. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.01.013 [pdf]

Stella, J.C., P. Rodríguez-González, S. Dufour, J. Bendix. 2012. Riparian vegetation research in Mediterranean-climate regions: common patterns, ecological processes, and considerations for management. Hydrobiologia [pdf]

Eallonardo, A. S.*, D.J. Leopold, J.D. Fridley and J.C. Stella. 2012. Salinity tolerance and the decoupling of resource axis plant traits. Journal of Vegetation Science [pdf]

Singer, M.B., J.C. Stella, S. Dufour, L.B. Johnstone*, H. Piégay, and R.J.S. Wilson. 2012. Contrasting water uptake and growth responses to drought in co-occurring riparian tree species. Ecohydrology. DOI: 10.1002/eco.1283 [pdf]

Beier C.M., Stella J.C., Dovçiak M., McNulty S.A. 2012. Local climatic drivers of changes in phenology at a boreal-temperate ecotone in eastern North America. Climatic Change DOI 10.1007/s10584-012-0455-z [pdf]

Schifman, L.A.*, J.C. Stella, M. Teece and T.A. Volk. 2012. Plant growth and water stress response of hybrid willow (Salix spp.) among sites and years in central New York. Biomass & Bioenergy 36: 316-326 DOI:10.1016/j.biombioe.2011.10.042 [pdf]

Stella, J.C., M.K. Hayden*, J.J. Battles, H. Piégay, S. Dufour, and A.K. Fremier. 2011. The role of abandoned channels as refugia for sustaining pioneer riparian forest ecosystems. Ecosystems 14: 776-790. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-011-9446-6 [pdf]

Harper, E.B., J.C. Stella, A.K. Fremier. 2011. Global sensitivity analysis for complex ecological models: a case study of riparian cottonwood population dynamics. Ecological Applications 21: 1225-1240. DOI:10.1890/10-0506.1 [pdf]

Downs, P.W., M.S. Singer, B.K. Orr, Z.E. Diggory, T.C. Church, and J.C. Stella. 2011. Restoring ecological integrity in highly regulated rivers: The role of baseline data and analytical references. Environmental Management 48:847-864. DOI: 10.1007/s00267-011-9736-y

Stella, J.C., and J.J. Battles. 2010. How do riparian woody seedlings survive seasonal drought? Oecologia 164:579–590. DOI 10.1007/s00442-010-1657-6 [pdf]

Stella, J.C., J.J. Battles, J.R. McBride, B.K. Orr. 2010. Riparian seedling mortality from simulated water table recession, and the design of sustainable flow regimes on regulated rivers. Restoration Ecology 18: 284-294. DOI: 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2010.00651.x [pdf]

Rodríguez-González, P.M., J.C. Stella, F. Campelo, T. Ferreira, A. Albuquerque. 2010. Subsidy or stress? Tree structure and growth in wetland forests along a hydrological gradient in southern Europe. Forest Ecology and Management 259: 2015–2025. DOI:10.1016/j.foreco.2010.02.012 [pdf]

Stella, J.C., J.J. Battles, B.K. Orr, J.R. McBride. 2006. Synchrony of seed dispersal, hydrology and local climate in a semi-arid river reach in California.  Ecosystems 9:1200-1214. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-005-0138-y [pdf] [1]

Book chapters and Conference Proceedings

Bendix, J., and J.C. Stella. 2013. Riparian Vegetation and the Fluvial Environment: A Biogeographic Perspective. In Treatise on Geomorphology 12: Ecogeomorphology (D. Butler and C. Hupp, Eds.). Elsevier, San Diego. [pdf]

Stella, J.C., J.D. Riddle, J.J. Battles, M.K. Hayden*, and A.K. Fremier. 2012. Riparian forest dynamics on a large, regulated river (California, USA): impacts and implications for management. Proceedings of the Integrative Sciences and Sustainable Development of Rivers (IS Rivers) Conference, Lyon, France, 26–28 June 2012. [pdf]

Stella, J.C., J.C. Vick, B.K. Orr.  2004.  Riparian vegetation dynamics on the Merced River.  The Wilderness Society Riparian Floodplains Conference Proceedings.Sacramento, CA. March 2001.  [pdf] [2]

Stella, J.C. 1998.  The Greywacke Cover-up.  Soil Survey Horizons 39(4): 127-130.

Manuscripts in preparation

Dufour, S., M.K. Hayden*, J.C. Stella, H. Piégay, J.J. Battles. (in preparation, River Research and Applications) Composition and diversity patterns of terrestrial vegetation colonizing abandoned channels along a gravel bed meandering river (Sacramento, USA).

Harrison, A.M.*, J.C. Stella, S. McNulty and J. Frair. (in prep). Landscape factors affecting long-term site occupancy by beaver in the Adirondack Mountains, NY

Stella. J.C., Z.E. Diggory, J.J. Battles and B.K. Orr. (in prep.)  Survival and growth of riparian trees planted on floodplain dredger spoils along the Merced River, CA.

Piégay, H., M.B. Singer and J.C. Stella. (in prep). Downstream spatio-temporal changes in meander rates and vegetation dynamics following dam construction on the Sacramento River, CA (USA).

Selected technical publications

Stella, J.C. 2011. Yuba River Riparian Study: Cottonwood Limiting Factors Analysis. Prepared for Yuba County Water Agency. Yuba River Development Project, FERC Project No. 2246.

Stillwater Sciences. 2006. Restoring recruitment processes for riparian cottonwoods and willows: a field-calibrated predictive model for the lower San Joaquin Basin. Prepared for CALFED Bay-Delta Ecosystem Restoration Program, Sacramento, California.  Prepared by Stillwater Sciences and Dr. J.C. Stella, in conjunction with Dr. J.J. Battles and Dr. J.R. McBride, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley.  Download Brochure | Download Full Report (PDF) [3]

Stillwater Sciences.  2006.  Merced River Ranch revegetation experiment.  Prepared by Stillwater Sciences, Berkeley, California, for CALFED, Sacramento, California.  Download (PDF) [4]

Stillwater Sciences. 2002. Merced River corridor restoration plan. Prepared by Stillwater Sciences, Berkeley, California for CALFED Bay-Delta Program, Sacramento, California.  Download (PDF) [5]

Stillwater Sciences.  2001.  Merced River Restoration Plan Phase II.  Volume II:  Baseline evaluations; geomorphic and riparian vegetation investigations.  Prepared by Stillwater Sciences, Berkeley, California for CALFED Bay-Delta Ecosystem Restoration Program, Sacramento, California.  Download (PDF) [6]

Research features

Research featured in Forests Round the Bend, a special issue on riparian restoration efforts on the Sacramento River. 2003. Science-In-Action Newsletter, pp. 4 – 9.  CALFED Bay-Delta Program.  Sacramento, CA. Download (PDF) [7]