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Sean Thomas Michaletz

Sean Michaletz

Phone (505) 667-9783


Plant physiological ecology


Fire behavior and effects


Ph.D. plant ecology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

M.Sc. plant ecology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

B.A. Biology and environmental studies in chemistry, Hamline University, Saint Paul, Minnesota


LANL Positions

Director's postdoctoral fellow


Professional Societies

Phi Beta Kappa
American Geophysical Union
Ecological Society of America
European Geosciences Union
International Association of Wildland Fire
Association for Fire Ecology
Sigma Xi


Michaletz, S.T., M.D. Weiser, J. Zhou, M. Kaspari, B.R. Helliker, and B.J. Enquist. 2015. Plant thermoregulation: Energetics, trait-environment interactions, and carbon economics. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 30:714-724.

Enquist, B.J., S.T. Michaletz, and A.J. Kerkhoff. In press. Toward a general scaling theory for linking traits, stoichiometry, and body size to ecosystem function. In E.A. Johnson and Y. Martin (editors). Ecosystems: A Biogeoscience Approach. Cambridge University Press.

Greene, D.F., and S.T. Michaletz. 2015. The role of fire in forest ecosystems. In Peh, K., R. Corlett, and Y. Bergeron (editors). Handbook of Forest Ecology. Routledge. pp. 114-126.

Michaletz, S.T., Cheng, D., Kerkhoff, A.J., and B.J. Enquist. 2014. Convergence of terrestrial plant production across global climate gradients. Nature 512:39-43.

Pounden, E., D.F. Greene, and S.T. Michaletz. 2014. Non-serotinous woody plants behave as aerial seed bank species when a late-summer wildfire coincides with a mast year. Ecology and Evolution 4:3830-3840.

Michaletz, S.T., E.A. Johnson, W.E. Mell, and D.F. Greene. 2013. Timing of fire relative to seed development may enable non-serotinous species to recolonize from the aerial seed banks of fire-killed trees. Biogeosciences 10:5061-5078.

Michaletz, S.T.,  E.A. Johnson, and M.T. Tyree. 2012. Moving beyond the cambium necrosis hypothesis of post-fire tree mortality: Cavitation and deformation of xylem in forest fires. New Phytologist 194: 254-263.

Macias Fauria*, M., S.T. Michaletz*, and E.A. Johnson. 2011. Predicting climate change effects on wildfires requires linking processes across scales. WIREs Climate Change 2:99-112.

Michaletz, S.T., and E.A. Johnson. 2008. A biophysical process model of tree mortality in surface fires. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 28: 2013-2029.

Michaletz, S.T., and E.A. Johnson. 2007. How forest fires kill trees: a review of the fundamental biophysical processes. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 22:500-515.

Michaletz, S.T., and E.A. Johnson. 2006. A heat transfer model of crown scorch in forest fires. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 36: 2839-2851.

Michaletz, S.T., and E.A. Johnson. 2006. Foliage influences forced convection heat transfer in conifer branches and buds. New Phytologist 170: 87-98.

*contributed equally to the work.