Shirley Papuga

Shirley Papuga

Associate Professor
AGU Hydrology Section Executive Committee (Secretary)


 0244.5 Old Main

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Shirley Papuga


Environmental Science and Geology

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

Water; hydrology; ecohydrology; hydrometeorology; urban ecosystems; semiarid ecosystems; green infrastructure; phenology; climate change; global change; sustainability


  • 1998, B.A. Mathematics, Kalamazoo College
  • 2006, Ph.D. Geological Sciences, University of Colorado

Awards and grants

  • 2021 NSF MCA Award - Hydrologic Sciences

  • 2020 NSF ADVANCE Adaptation: Gender Equity Advances Retention in STEM at Wayne State University (WSU GEARS)

  • 2020 ELATES (Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering, and Science) Fellow

  • 2013 NSF Career Award - Hydrologic Sciences

Selected publications

44. Hood, G.R., Papuga, S.A., Socrates, C., Rankin, K. and K. Hwang. (2021) On the phytoscreening potential of insect‑induced plant galls. Plant and Soil:

42. Dwivedi, R.,  Eastoe, C., Knowles, J.F., Hamann, L.  Meixner. T.  Ferre. P.A. “Ty”, Castro. C..  Wright, W.E., Niu, G.‐Y., Minor, R., Barron‐Gafford,  G.A., Abramson, N., Mitra, B.,   Papuga, S.A.  Stanley, M. and J. Chorover (2021) An improved practical approach for estimating catchment‐scale response functions through wavelet analysis.  Hydrological Processes. n/a(n/a): p. e14082.

41. Chu, H., et al. (2021) Representativeness of Eddy-Covariance flux footprints for areas surrounding AmeriFlux sites. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 301–302: 108350.

40. Pastorello, G., et al. (2020) The FLUXNET2015 dataset and the ONEFlux processing pipeline for eddy covariance data. Scientific Data 7(1): p. 225.

39. Tague, C.L., Papuga, S.A., Gerlein-Safdi, C., Dymond, S., Morrison, R.R., Boyer, E.W., Riveros-Iregui, D., Agee, E., Arora, B., Dialynas, Y.G., Hansen, A., Krause, S., Kuppel, S., Loheide II, S.P., Schymanski, S.J., and S.C. Zipper. (2020) Adding our leaves: A community-wide perspective on research directions in ecohydrology. Hydrological Processes.

38. Dwivedi, R., Eastoe, C., Knowles, J.F., Wright, W.E., Hamann, L.MS; Minor, R., Mitra, B., Meixner, T., McIntosh, J., Ferre, P.A.T., Castro, C., Niu, G.Y., Barron-Gafford, G.A., Abramson, N., Papuga, S.A., Stanley, M., Hu, J., and J. Chorover. (2020) Vegetation source water identification using isotopic and hydrometric observations from a subhumid mountain catchment. Ecohydrology 13, (1), 17.

37. Luketich, A.M.MS, Papuga, S.A., and M.A. Crimmins. (2019) Ecohydrology of urban trees under passive and active irrigation in a semiarid city. PLOS ONE 14, (11), e0224804.

36. Mitra, B., Papuga, S.A., Alexander, M.R., Swetnam, T.L., and N. Abramson, N. (2019) Allometric relationships between primary size measures and sapwood area for six common tree species in snow-dependent ecosystems in the Southwest United States. Journal of Forestry Research, 10.

35. Szutu, D.J.MS and S.A. Papuga. (2019) Year-Round Transpiration Dynamics Linked With Deep Soil Moisture in a Warm Desert Shrubland. Water Resources Research 55, (7), 5679-5695.

34. Biederman, J., Scott, R.L., Arnone III, J.A., Jasoni, R.L., Litvak, M.E., Moreo, M.T., Papuga, S.A., Ponce-Campos, G.E., Schreiner-McGraw, A.P., and E.R. Vivoni. (2018) Shrubland carbon sink depends upon winter water availability in the warm deserts of North America. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology

33. Brantley, S.L., Eissenstat, D.M., Marshall, J.A., Godsey, S.E., Balogh-Brunstad, Z., Karwan, D.L., Papuga, S.A., Roering, J., Dawson, T.E., Evaristo, J., Chadwick, O., McDonnell, J.J., and K. Weathers. On the role of trees in building and plumbing the Critical Zone, Biogeosciences 14, 5115–5142.

32. Sanchez-Mejia, Z. PhD and S.A. Papuga. Empirical modeling of planetary boundary layer dynamics under multiple precipitation scenarios using a two-layer soil moisture approach: an example from a semiarid shrubland, Water Resources Research 53. 2016WR020275.

31. Yao, Y., Liang, S., Li, X., Zhang, Y., Chen, J., Jia, K., Zhang, X., Fisher, J.B., Wang, X., Zhang, L., Xu, J., Shao, C., Posse, G., Li, Y., Magliulo, V., Varlagin, A., Moors, E.J., Boike, J., Macfarlane, C., Kato, T., Buchmann, N., Billesbach, D.P., Beringer, J., Wolf, S., Papuga, S.A., Wohlfahrt, G., Montagnani, L., Ardö, J., Paul-Limoges, E., Emmel, C., Hörtnagl, L.H., Sachs, T., Gruening, C., Gioli, B., López-Ballesteros, C., Steinbrecher, R., and B. Gielen. (2017). Estimation of high-resolution terrestrial evapotranspiration from Landsat data using a simple Taylor skill fusion method. Journal of Hydrology 553:508-526.

30. Biederman, J., Scott, R.L., Bell, T.W., Bowling, D.R., Dored, S., Garatuza-Payane, J., Kolb, T., Krishnanf, P., Krofcheck, D.J., Litvak, M., Maurer, G.E., Meyers, T.P., Oechel, W.C., Papuga, S.A., Ponce-Camposa, G.E., Rodriguez, J.C., Vargas, R., Watts, C.J., Yepez, E.A., and M.L. Goulden. (2017) CO2 exchange and evapotranspiration across dryland ecosystems of southwestern North America. Global Change Biology: DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13686.

29. Wang, Z., C.B. Schaaf, Q. Sun, J. Kim, A.M. Erb, F. Gao, M.O. Román, Y. Yang, S. Petroy, J.R. Taylor, J.G. Masek, J.T. Morisette, X. Zhang, and S.A. Papuga. (2017) Monitoring land surface albedo and vegetation dynamics using high spatial and temporal resolution synthetic time series from Landsat and the MODIS BRDF/NBAR/albedo product. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 59:104-117.

28. Johnson, J.E., Hamann, L.MS, Dettman, D.L., Kim-Hak, D., Leavitt, S.W., Monson, R.K., and S.A. Papuga. (2017) Performance of induction module-cavity ring-down spectroscopy (IM-CRDS) for measuring δ18O and δ2H values of soil, stem, and leaf waters. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: 31:547-560.

27. Guido, Z.PhD, McIntosh, J.C., Papuga, S.A., and T. Meixner. (2016) Seasonal glacial meltwater contributions to surface water in the Bolivian Andes: A case study using environmental tracers. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies 8: 260-273.

26. Novick, K.A., Ficklin, D.L., Stoy, P.C., Williams, C.A., Bohrer, G., Oishi, A.C., Papuga, S.A., Blanken, P.D., Noormets, A., Sulman, B.N., Scott, R.L., Wang, L. and R.P. Phillips. (2016) The increasing importance of atmospheric demand for ecosystem water and carbon fluxes. Nature Climate Change: 6:1023-1027.

25. Cendrero-Mateo M.P.PhD, Moran, M.S., Papuga, S.A., Thorp. K.R., Alonso, L., Moreno, J., Ponce-Campos, G., Rascher, U. and G. Wang. (2016) Plant chlorophyll fluorescence: active and passive measurements at canopy and leaf scales with different nitrogen treatments, Journal of Experimental Botany: 67 (1): 275-286.

24. Cendrero-Mateo, M.P.PhD, Carmo-Silva, A.E., Nearing, G.S., Porcar-Castell, A., Hamerlynck, E.P., Papuga, S.A. and M.S. Moran. (2015) Dynamic response of plant chlorophyll fluorescence to light, water and nutrient availability, Functional Plant Biology:

23. Field, J.P., Breshears, D.D., Law, D.J., Villegas, J.C., López-Hoffman, L. Brooks, P.D., Chorover, J., Barron-Gafford, G.A., Gallery, R.E., Litvak, M.E., Lybrand, R.A., McIntosh, J.C., Meixner, T., Niu, G.-Y., Papuga, S.A., Pelletier, J.D., Rasmussen, C.R., and P.A. Troch. (2015) Critical zone services: Expanding context, constraints, and currency beyond ecosystem services. Vadose Zone Journal.

22. Bunting, D.P.PhD, Kurc, S.A., Glenn, E., Nagler, P., and R.L. Scott. (2014) Insights for empirically modeling evapotranspiration influenced by riparian and upland vegetation in semiarid ecosystems, Journal of Arid Environments.

21. Biederman, J.A., A.A. Harpold, D. Gochis, B.E. Ewers, D.E. Reed, S.A. Papuga, P.D Brooks. (2014) Increased evaporation following widespread tree mortality limits streamflow response, Water Resources Research, 50: 5395-5409.

20. Sanchez-Mejia, Z. M.PhD, S.A. Papuga, J.B. SwetishBS, W.J.D. van Leeuwen, D. SzutuMS, and K. Hartfield (2014), Quantifying the influence of deep soil moisture on ecosystem albedo: The role of vegetation, Water Resources Research, 50: 4038-4053.

19. Sanchez-Mejia, Z.PhD and S.A. Papuga (2014) Observations of a two-layer soil moisture influence on surface energy dynamics and planetary boundary layer characteristics in a semiarid shrubland, Water Resources Research, 50: 306–317.

18. Nelson, K.MS, Kurc, S.A., John, G.P.BS, Minor, R., and G.A. Barron-Gafford (2014) Influence of snow cover duration on soil evaporation and respiration efflux in mixed-conifer ecosystems, Ecohydrology, 7: 869–880.

17. Rosolem, R., Shuttleworth, W.J., Zreda, M., Franz, T., Zeng, X. and S.A. Kurc (2013) The effect of atmospheric water vapor on the cosmic-ray soil moisture signal, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 14:1659–1671.

16. Pelletier, J.P., Barron-Gafford, G.A., Breshears, D.D, Brooks, P.D., Chorover, J., Durcik, M., Harman, C.J., Huxman, T.E., Lohse, K.A., Lybrand, R., Meixner, T., McIntosh, J.C., Papuga, S.A., Rasmussen, C., Schaap, M., Swetnam, T.L., and and P.A. Troch (2013) Coevolution of nonlinear trends in vegetation, soils, and topography with elevation and slope aspect: A case study in the sky islands of southern Arizona, Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Sciences, 118:741–758.

15. Bunting, D.P.PhD, Kurc, S.A., and M.R. Grabau. (2013) Long-term vegetation dynamics after high-density seedling establishment: implications for riparian restoration and management, River Research and Applications, 29:1119–1130.

14. Martin, J.MS, Kurc, S.A., Zaimes, G., Crimmins, M., Hutmacher, A., and D. Green (2012) Elevated air temperatures in riparian ecosystems along ephemeral streams: The role of housing density. Journal of Arid Environments 84:9-18.

13. Royer, P.D., Breshears, D.D., Zou, C.B., Villegas, J.C., Cobb, N.S., and S.A. Kurc (2012) Density-dependent ecohydrological effects of piñon-juniper woody canopy cover on soil microclimate and potential soil evaporation. Rangeland Ecology and Management 65: 11-20.

12. Cavanaugh, M.L.MS, Kurc, S.A., and R.L. Scott (2011). Evapotranspiration partitioning in semiarid shrubland ecosystems: a two-site evaluation of soil moisture control on transpiration. Ecohydrology 4:671-681.

11. Bunting, D.P.MS, Kurc, S.A., and M. R. Grabau (2011) Using existing agricultural infrastructure for restoration practices: Factors influencing successful establishment of Populus fremontii over Tamarix ramosissima. Journal of Arid Environments 75:851-860.

10. Chorover, J., Troch, P.A., Rasmussen, C., Brooks, P.D., Pelletier, J.D., Breshears, D.D., Huxman, T.E., Kurc, S.A., Lohse, K.A., McIntosh, J.C., Meixner, T., Schaap, M.G., Litvak, M.E., Perdrial, J., Harpold, A., and M. Durcik (2011) How Water, Carbon, and Energy Drive Critical Zone Evolution: The Jemez-Santa Catalina Critical Zone Observatory. Vadose Zone Journal 10:884-899.

9. Neal, A.L.MS, Gupta, H.V., Kurc, S.A., and P.D. Brooks (2011) Modeling moisture fluxes using artificial neural networks: can information extraction overcome data loss? Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 15:359-368.

8. Royer, P.D., Breshears, D.D., Zou, C.B., Cobb, N.S., and S.A. Kurc (2010) Ecohydrological energy inputs in semiarid coniferous gradients: Responses to management- and drought-induced tree reductions. Forest Ecology and Management 260:1646-1655.

7. Kurc, S.A., and L.M. BentonMS (2010) Digital image-derived greenness links deep soil moisture to carbon uptake in a creosotebush-dominated shrubland, Journal of Arid Environments Volume 74, Issue 5: 585-594.

6. Jardine, K., Abrell, L., Kurc, S.A., Huxman, T., Ortega, J., and A. Guenther (2010) Volatile organic compound emissions from Larrea tridentata (creosotebush). Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 10:12191-12206.

5. Kurc, S.A. and E.E. Small (2007), Soil moisture control on ecosystem scale fluxes of water and carbon in semiarid grassland and shrubland, Water Resources Research 43(6): W06416, doi:10.1029/2006WR005011.

4. Turner, D.P., Ritts, W.D., Zhao, M., Kurc, S.A., Dunn, A.L., Wofsy, S.C., Small, E.E., and S.W. Running (2006), Assessing interannual variation in MODIS-based estimates of gross primary production. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 44(7): 1899 - 1907.

3. Turner, D.P., Ritts W.D., Cohen W.B., Maeirsperger T.K., Gower S.T., Kirschbaum A.A., Running S.W., Zhao M.S., Wofsy S.C., Dunn A.L., Law B.E., Campbell J.L., Oechel W.C., Kwon H.J., Meyers T.P., Small E.E., Kurc S.A. and J.A. Gamon (2005), Site-level evaluation of satellite-based global terrestrial gross primary production and net primary production monitoring, Global Change Biology, 11(4): 666-684.

2. Kurc, S.A. and E.E. Small (2004), Dynamics of evapotranspiration in semiarid grassland and shrubland during the summer monsoon season, central New Mexico, Water Resources Research, 40, W09305, doi:10.1029/2004WR003068.

1. Small, E., and S. Kurc (2003), Tight coupling between soil moisture and the surface radiation budget in semiarid environments: Implications for land-atmosphere interactions, Water Resources Research, 39(10), 1278, doi: 10.1029/2002WR001297.

Currently teaching

  • EVS - 1500 Introduction to Environmental Science (3 Units; Fall Sessions)
  • GEL - 5360 Hydrology of Natural and Urban Environmentals (4 units; Alternating Winter Sessions)
  • GEL - 5610 Special Topics in Geology (1 unit)I have offered various special topics courses. Keep your eye out for more!Environmental Science in the City (1 unit - Winter 2020)Current Research in Earth and Environmental Science (1 unit - Winter 2019)Professional Skills for Earth and Environmental Scientists (1 unit - Winter 2019)Global Change and the Ecohydrology of Cities (1 unit - Winter 2018)

Courses taught

GEL/EVS - 3100 Air and Water in Environmental Systems (3 units; Fall Sessions)

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