Research Interests

Ecohydrology, plant-water relations, rhizosphere-plant dynamics, nutrient and carbon cycling, biophysical modeling, Bayesian modeling

Personal Interests

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Degree Field Institution Year(s) Advisor
Ph.D. Civil Engineering University of Toronto 1991 - 1997
MSc. Physical Geography University of Toronto 1989 - 1991
BSc. Biophysical Systems University of Toronto 1984 - 1989


  • Sperry JS, Venturas MD, Anderegg WRL, Mencuccini M, Mackay DS, et al. (2017). Predicting stomatal responses to the environment from the optimization of photosynthetic gain and hydraulic cost. Plant Cell Environ 40(6): 816-830. PubMed Plant Cell Environ

  • Tai X, Mackay DS, Anderegg WR, Sperry JS, Brooks PD (2017). Plant hydraulics improves and topography mediates prediction of aspen mortality in southwestern USA. New Phytol 213(1): 113-127. PubMed New Phytol

  • Sperry JS, Wang Y, Wolfe BT, Mackay DS, Anderegg WR, et al. (2016). Pragmatic hydraulic theory predicts stomatal responses to climatic water deficits. New Phytol 212(3): 577-589. PubMed New Phytol

  • McDowell NG, Fisher RA, Xu C, Domec JC, Hölttä T, et al. (2013). Evaluating theories of drought-induced vegetation mortality using a multimodel-experiment framework. New Phytol 200(2): 304-21. PubMed New Phytol

  • Adelman JD, Ewers BE, Mackay DS (2008). Use of temporal patterns in vapor pressure deficit to explain spatial autocorrelation dynamics in tree transpiration. Tree Physiol 28(4): 647-58. PubMed

  • Ewers BE, Mackay DS, Samanta S (2007). Interannual consistency in canopy stomatal conductance control of leaf water potential across seven tree species. Tree Physiol 27(1): 11-24. PubMed