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Lee Thoresen Dickman

Turin Dickman

Phone (505) 665-4437


  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Plant ecology
  • Image analysis
  • Field studies and process experiments
  • Ecosystem dynamics
  • Carbon fluxes
  • Writing & Editing
  • Technical writing
  • Original writing (nontechnical or semitechnical)
  • Technical editing


Supporting field and laboratory experiments in the Atmosphere Climate & Ecosystem Science (ACES, EES-14) Team

Coordinating LANL Science Highlights for the Earth & Environmental Sciences (EES) Division



M.Sc. 2013, University of New Mexico, Biology (w/ distinction)

B.A. 2009, Lewis & Clark College, Biology (magna cum laude)  


LANL Positions

Research Technologist, EES-14, ACES, 2014-present

Post-Masters Student, EES-14, ACES, 2014

Graduate Research Assistant, EES-14, ACES, 2012-2013

Contract Technician, EES-14, ACES, 2010-2012

DOE Science Undergraduate Laboratory Intern (SULI), Earth & Environmental Science Division, Earth System Observations Group (EES-14)  Atmosphere, Climate, & Ecosystem Science Team (ACES), 2009-2010


Professional Societies

Ecological Society of America

New Mexico Network for Women in Science and Engineering

Los Alamos Women in Science (LAWIS), Treasurer 2016-2017



Achievement Award, Los Alamos Awards Program (LAAP), 2017 - Excellence in Scientific Publication

Achievement Award, Los Alamos Awards Program (LAAP), 2016 - Excellence in Scientific Publication

Spot Award, Los Alamos Awards Program (LAAP), 2016 - Permitting

Spot Award, Los Alamos Awards Program (LAAP), 2013 - Waste Management

Achievement Award, Los Alamos Awards Program (LAAP), 2012 - Superior Performance & Teamwork, SUMO Project

Science & Energy Research Challenge (SERCh) finalist, Department of Energy, 2009

Fungal Environmental Sampling & Informatics Network (FESIN) Travel Award, 2009

Student Academic Affairs Board (SAAB) Research Grant, Lewis & Clark College, 2008-2009

Barbara Hirshi Neely Full Tuition Scholarship, Lewis & Clark College, 2005-2009

Hadden Scholarship, Youth Foundation, 2005-2009

Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, State of Idaho, 2005-2009






Nelson, R.O., S.C. Vogel, J. Hunter, E.B. Watkins, A.S. Losko,  A.S. Tremsin, N.P. Borges, T.E. Cutler, L.T. Dickman…& N.Winch. 2018. Neutron Imaging at LANSCE—From Cold to Ultrafast. J. Imaging. In press.

Adams H.D., M.J. Zeppel, W.R. Anderegg, H. Hartmann, S.M. Landhäusser, D.T. Tissue, T.E. Huxman, P.J. Hudson, T.E. Franz, C.D. Allen, L.D. Anderegg, G.A. Barron-Gafford, D.J. Beerling, D.D. Breshears, T.J. Brodribb, H. Bugmann, R.C. Cobb, A.D. Collins, L.T. Dickman … & N.G. McDowell. 2017. A multi-species synthesis of physiological mechanisms in drought-induced tree mortality. Nature Ecol. & Evol. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-017-0248-x.

Grossiord C., S. Sevanto, I. Borrego, A.M. Chan, A.D. Collins, L.T. Dickman, P.J. Hudson, N. McBranch, S.T. Michaletz, W.T. Pockman, M. Ryan, A. Vilagrosa, & N.G. McDowell. 2017. Tree water dynamics in a drying and warming world. Plant, Cell & Env., 40: 1861–1873. doi: 10.1111/pce.12991.

Grossiord C., S. Sevanto, T.E. Dawson, H.D. Adams, A.D. Collins, L.T. Dickman, B.D. Newman, E.A. Stockton, & N.G. McDowell. 2017. Warming combined with more extreme precipitation regimes modifies the water sources used by trees. New Phytologist. DOI: 10.1111/nph.14192.

Grossiord C., S. Sevanto, H.D. Adams, A.D. Collins, L.T. Dickman, N.A. McBranch, S.T. Michaletz, E.A. Stockton, M. Vigil & N.G. McDowell. 2017. Precipitation, not air temperature, drives functional responses of trees in semi-arid ecosystems. J Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12662.

Malone M.W., J. Yoder, J.F. Hunter, M.A. Espy, L.T. Dickman, R.O. Nelson, S.C. Vogel, H.J. Sandin, & S. Sevanto. 2016. In vivo Observation of Tree Drought Response with Low-Field NMR and Neutron Imaging. Front. Plant Sci. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2016.00564.

McDowell N.G, A.P. Williams, C. Xu, W. Pockman, L. Dickman, S. Sevanto, R. Pangle, J-M Limousin, J. Plaut, D. Mackay, J. Ogee, J-C Domec, C. Allen, R. Fisher, X. Jiang, J. Muss, D. Breshears, S. Rauscher, C. Koven. 2016. Multi-scale predictions of massive conifer mortality due to chronic temperature rise. Nature Climate Change 6, 295–300. doi:10.1038/nclimate2873.

Quentin A.G., E.A. Pinkard, M.G. Ryan, D.T. Tissue, L.S. Baggett, H.D. Adams, P. Maillard, J. Marchand, S.M. Landhäusser, A. Lacointe, Y. Gibon, W.R.L. Anderegg, S. Asao, O.K. Atkin, M. Bonhomme, C. Claye, P.S. Chow, A. Clément-Vidal, N.W. Davies, L.T. Dickman, et al. 2015. Non-structural carbohydrates in woody plants compared among laboratories. Tree Physiology. DOI:10.1093/treephys/tpv073.

Adams, H.D., A. Collins, S. Briggs, M. Vennetier, L.T. Dickman, S. Sevanto, N. Garcia-Forner, N. McDowell. 2015. Experimental drought and heat can delay phenological development and reduce foliar and shoot growth in semiarid trees. Global Change Biology.DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13030.

Garcia-Forner N., H. Adams, S. Sevanto, A. Collins, L.T. Dickman, P. Hudson, M. Zeppel, J. Martínez-Vilalta, N.G. McDowell. 2015. Responses of two semiarid conifer tree species to reduced precipitation and warming reveal new perspectives for stomatal regulation. Plant, Cell & Environment. DOI: 10.1111/pce.12588.

Sevanto, S. & L.T. Dickman. 2015.Where does the carbon go? –Plant carbon allocation under climate change. Tree Physiology. DOI: 10.1093/treephys.tpv059.

Dickman L.T., N.G. McDowell, S. Sevanto, R. Pangle, and W.T. Pockman. 2014. Carbohydrate dynamics and mortality in a piñon-juniper woodland under three future precipitation scenarios. Plant, Cell & Environment. DOI: 10.1111/pce.12441.

Limousin, J.M., C.P. Bickford, L.T. Dickman, R.E. Pangle, P.J. Hudson, A.L. Boutz, N. Gehres, J.L. Osuna, W.T. Pockman, N.G. McDowell. Regulation and acclimation of leaf gas- exchange in a piñon-juniper woodland exposed to three different precipitation regimes. 2013. Plant, Cell & Environment, 36(10): 1812–1825.

McDowell N.G, R.A. Fisher, C. Xu , J.C. Domec, T. Hölttä, D.S. Mackay, J.S. Sperry, A. Boutz, L. Dickman, N. Gehres, J.M. Limousin, A. Macalady, J.Martinez-Vilálta, M. Mencuccini, J.A. Plaut, J. Ogee, R.E. Pangle, D.P. Rasse, M.G. Ryan, S. Sevanto, R.H. Waring, E.A. Yepez, and W.T. Pockman. 2013. Evaluating theories of drought-induced vegetation mortality using a multi-model-experiment framework. New Phytologist, 200(2): 304–321.

Sevanto S., N.G. McDowell, L.T. Dickman, R. Pangle, and W.T. Pockman. How do trees die? A test of the hydraulic failure and carbon starvation hypotheses. 2013. Plant, Cell & Environment. DOI: 10.1111/pce.12141.

McDowell, N.G., B.J. Bond, L.T. Hill, M.G. Ryan, and D. Whitehead. 2011. Relationships between tree height and carbon isotope discrimination. In: F.C. Meinzer, T. Dawson, and B. Lachenbruch, eds, Size- and age- related changes in tree structure and function. Springer-Verlag.

Kennedy, P. and L.T. Hill. 2010. A molecular and phylogenetic analysis of the structure and specificity of Alnus rubra ectomycorrhizal assemblages. Fungal Ecology DOI:10.1016/j.funeco.2009.08.005.