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SUBJECT KEY: πŸ”Œ energy science, πŸ‚ soil & plant ecology,🌡aridland ecology, and πŸ’» data science

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Swanson A, Hernandez RR, Santiago LS, Jenerette GD, Lliang L, De Guzman ME, Allen EB, Allen MF (⏳forthcoming) Roots in cahoots: The role of plants in fine-scale soil carbonate dynamics in a California desert ecosystem. πŸŒ΅ πŸ‚

Hoffacker MK*, Hernandez RR (⏳forthcoming) How local is energy? Assessing the spatial proximity of energy providers to their power resources during an unprecedented energy transition. πŸ”Œ

Hernandez RR, Tanner KE*, Haji S, Parker IM, Pavlik BM, Moore-O’Leary KM (⏳forthcoming) Unearthing the buried treasure of seed bank survival: Novel methodology and observations using seed bank packets in an annual desert plant community.

Tanner KE*, Moore-O’Leary KA, Parker IM, Pavlik BM, and RR Hernandez (⏳forthcoming) Simulated solar panels create altered microhabitats in desert landforms that differ across environmental drivers.

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29. Lovering J, Swain M, Blomqvist L, Hernandez RR (in review) Land-use intensity of electricity production and tomorrow’s energy landscape. πŸ”Œ


28. Grodsky SM* and Hernandez RR. (in review) Solar energy development decisions regulate desert ecosystem services and socioecological resources of indigenous people. πŸ”ŒπŸ‚πŸŒ΅


27. Tanner KE*, Moore-O'Leary KA, Parker IM, Pavlik BM, Haji S, Hernandez RR. (In review) Microhabitats associated with solar energy development influence the demography of a rare and common desert annual.πŸŒ΅πŸ”ŒπŸ‚


Techno-ecological synergies of solar energy

26. Hernandez RR, Armstrong A, Burney J, Ryan G, Moore-O'Leary K, DiΓ©dhiou I, Grodsky SM*, Saul-Gershenz L, Davis R, Macknick J, Mulvaney D, Heath GA, Easter SB, Hoffacker MK, Allen MF, Kammen DM. (2019) Techno-ecological synergies of solar energy for global sustainability. Nature Sustainability. πŸ”Œ | πŸ“₯

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25. Grodsky SM*, Saul-Gerschenz LS, Moore-O’Leary K, Whitney J*, Hernandez RR (2019) Hare just don’t care! Consumption of a rare, desert milkweed containing cardenolides by the black-tailed jackrabbit. Journal of Arid Environments. doi:🌡| πŸ“₯

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24. Hernandez RR, Sandquist DR (2019) A dam in the drylands: Legacy-based soil geomorphic actions facilitate recruitment of the endangered Santa Ana woolly star (Eriastrum densifolium spp. sanctorum) and reduce exotic plant cover. Ecosphere 10:e02621.  πŸ‚ πŸŒ΅| πŸ“₯

News Article featured in: Ecological Society of America

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23. Grodsky SM*, Fritts SR, Hernandez RR (⏳in press) Renewable Energy Ecology: The Next Frontier in Wildlife Science. In: Renewable Energy and Wildlife Conservation, Eds. Grodsky SM and CE Moorman, Johns Hopkins University Press.


22. Murphy-Mariscal M, Grodsky SM*, Hernandez RR (2018) Solar Energy Development and the Biosphere, In: A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Energy Systems. (Eds Letcher T, Fthenakis VM), Elsevier Inc., pp 387-402. πŸ”Œ | πŸ“₯


21. Hoffacker MK*, Allen MF, Hernandez RR (2017) Land sparing opportunities for solar energy development in agricultural landscapes: A case study of the Great Central Valley, CA, USA. Environmental Science and Technology. 51: 14472-14482. πŸ”Œ | πŸ“₯


20. Allen MF, Morrell PL, Rice C, Vaux HJ, Dahm CN, Hernandez RR (2017) Food and Nutrition Security in the United States of America. In: Challenges and Opportunities for Food and Nutrition Security in the Americas: A View from the Academies of Sciences. Clegg MT (Coordinator) Inter-American Network of Academies of Sciences. Mexican Academy of Sciences, Mexico City. πŸ”Œ  |  πŸ“₯

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19. Moore KA, Hernandez RR, Abella S, Johnston D, Kreitler J, Swanson A, Lovich J (2017) Sustainability of utility-scale solar energy - critical ecological concepts. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15: 385-394. πŸ”Œ | πŸ“₯

Awarded: F1000Prime for being of special significance to its field.


18. Hampton SE, Jones MB, Wasser LA, Supp S, Brun J, Hernandez RR, Boettiger C, Collins SL, Gross LJ, FernΓ‘ndez DS, Buden A, White EP, Teal TK, Labou S, Aukema JE, Regetz J (2017) Skills and knowledge for data-intensive environmental research. Bioscience πŸ’» | πŸ“₯

17. Grodsky SM*, Moore KA, and Hernandez RR (2017) From butterflies to bighorns: Multi-dimensional, species-species, and species process interactions may inform sustainable solar energy development in desert ecosystems. Proceedings of the 31st Annual Desert Symposium (R. L. Reynolds, Ed.). California State University Desert Studies Center. Zzyzx, CA. April 14-15, 2017. 🌡 | πŸ“₯


16. Ibrahima Diedhou, Diallo D, Mbengue AA, Bayala R, Dieme R, Hernandez RR. DiedIbrahima Diedhou, Diallo D, Mbengue AA, Bayala R, Dieme R, Hernandez RR, Diedhiou PM, Sene A (2017) Allometric equations and carbon stocks in tree biomass of Jatropha curcas L. in Senegal’s Peanut Basin. Global Ecology and Conservation 9: 61-69, doi: 10.1016/j.gecco.2016.11.007. πŸ”ŒπŸŒ΅ | πŸ“₯


15. Hernandez RR, D'Antonio C (2016) California: Where Two Worlds Collided. Bulletin of the Ecological Society 97: 368-369, doi: 10.1002/bes2.1277. πŸ‚πŸŒ΅ | πŸ“₯


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14. DiakhatΓ©, S, Badiane-Ndour NY, Founoune-Mboup H, Diatta S, Fall AF, Hernandez RR, Laurent C, Dick R, Chapuis-Lardy L (2016) Impact of simulated drought stress on soil microbiology and nematofauna in a native shrub + millet intercropping system in Senegal. Open Journal of Soil Science 6: 189-203. πŸ‚πŸŒ΅| πŸ“₯

13. Barrows CW, Murphy-Mariscal ML, Hernandez RR (2016) At a crossroads: The nature of natural history in 21st century ecological science. Bioscience 66: 592-599, doi: 10.1093/biosci/biw043. πŸ‚ | πŸ“₯                                                      

Featured in: Scientific American, Science Daily


12. Hernandez RR, Hoffacker MK*, Murphy-Mariscal M, Wu G, Allen MF (2015) Solar energy development impacts on terrestrial ecosystems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112: 13579-13584. πŸ”ŒπŸ‚ | πŸ“₯

Altmetric Impact Score: 219 (99 percentile)

Featured in: The San Diego Union Tribune, KCETIEEE SpectrumKPBS.orgThe Desert SunUCR TodayPhys.orgScienceBlog.comInland Empire News, and Climate Central


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11Hernandez RR, Hoffacker MK*, Field CB (2015) Efficient use of land to meet sustainable energy needs. Nature Climate Change 5: 353-358, doi: 10.1038/NCLIMATE2556. πŸ”Œ | πŸ“₯         

Featured in: The Washington PostThe Huffington Post, and IEEESpectrum 

10Hernandez RR, Debenport SJ, Ndoye F, Ines E, Nkenmogne K, Thuita M, Leewis MC, Soumare, A, Gueye M, Miambi E, Lardi L, Diedhioiu I, and Dick RP (2015) The native shrub, Pilostigma reticulatum, as an ecological "resource island" for mango trees in the Sahel. Agriculture, Ecosystems, & Environment 201: 51-61. πŸ‚πŸŒ΅| πŸ“₯


9.  Allen MF, Kitajima, K, Hernandez, RR (2014) Mycorrhizae and Global Change, In: Trees in a Changing Environment (Eds. Tausz M, Grulke, N) Springer, Netherlands, pp 37-59. πŸ‚πŸŒ΅ | πŸ“₯


8.  Hernandez RR, Hoffacker M*, Field CB (2014) The Land-Use Efficiency of Big Solar. Environmental Science and Technology 48(2): 1315-1323, doi: 10.1021/es4043726. πŸ”Œ | πŸ“₯


7.  Hernandez RR, Easter S, Murphy-Mariscal M, Maestre F, Allen E, Barrows C, Belnap J, Ochoa-Hueso R, Ravi S, Tavassoli M*, Allen M (2014) Environmental Impacts of Utility-Scale Solar Energy. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 29: 766-779, doi: 10.1016/j.rser.2013.08.041 πŸ”Œ πŸ‚| πŸ“₯


6.  Hernandez RR, MF Allen (2013) Diurnal patterns of productivity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi revealed using the Soil Ecosystem Observatory. New Phytologist 200: 547-557, doi: 10.1111/nph.12393. πŸ‚πŸŒ΅| πŸ“₯


5.  Hernandez RR, Mayernik MS, Murphy ML, and M Allen (2012) Advanced technologies and data management practices in environmental science: lessons from academia. BioScience 62: 1067-1076, doi: 10.1525/bio.2012.62.12.8. πŸ’»  | πŸ“₯


4.  Root T, Ackerly D, Cohen E, Davis S, Hamilton H, Hernandez RR, Levine J, Moyle P, Pairis A, Pittiglio S, Rundel P, Zavalata E (2012) Plants and Animals. In California Climate Extremes Workshop Report, Pierce DW (ed), Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 32 pp. πŸ‚ | πŸ“₯


3Hernandez RR and K Knudsen (2012). Late successional biological soil crusts in a biodiversity hotspot: an example of congruency in species richness. Biodiversity and Conservation 21(4): 1015-1031, doi:10.1007/s10531-012-0236-z. πŸ‚πŸŒ΅ | πŸ“₯


2Hernandez RR and DR Sandquist (2011) Disturbance of biological soil crusts increases emergence of exotic vascular plants in California sage scrub. Plant Ecology 212: 1709-1721, doi:10.1007/s11258-011-9943-x. πŸ‚πŸŒ΅ | πŸ“₯                                                 

Featured in: Orange County Register πŸ“°


1.  Ochoa-Hueso CR, Hernandez RR, Pueyo JJ and EM Reol (2011) Spatial distribution and physiology of biological soil crusts from semi-arid central Spain are related to soil chemistry and shrub cover. Journal of Soil Biology and Biochemistry 43: 1894-1901, doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2011.05.010. πŸ‚πŸŒ΅ | πŸ“₯