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Wildlife Ecology and Conservation department

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation department


I have 55 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, books, and popular articles. My h-index = 19, i10-index = 29, and total citations = 2462 (as per Google Scholar Citations). My Williams & Scheffers 2013 popular article on climate change received over 10,000 views and over 200 comments and Scheffers & Watson 2016 popular article in The Conversation received >35,000 views, 270 tweets, and 731 Facebook shares. Scheffers et al 2016 Science received an Altmetric score of 1448 ranking it the 8th most impactful climate change paper published in 2016.

Please click on the link below to my Google Scholar page to see a list of my current publications:

Scheffers Google Scholar Publication List:

Peer-reviewed Publications
†denotes students under my supervision
*denotes senior author


*Greenspan, S.E., D.S Bower, E.A. Rosnik, D.A Pike, G. Marantelli, R.A. Alford, L. Schwarzkopf, and B.R. Scheffers. In press. Infection increases vulnerability to climate change via effects on host thermal tolerance. Scientific Reports

Evans, J.P., K.K. Cecala, B.R. Scheffers, C.A. Oldfield, N.A. Hollingshead, D. Haskell, B.A. McKenzie. In press. Widespread degradation of a vernal pool network in the southeastern United States: Challenges to current and future management. Wetlands

Bonebrake, T.C., (Scheffers as co-author). 2017. Managing consequences of climate‐driven species redistribution requires integration of ecology, conservation and social science. Biological Reviews. DOI 10.1111/brv.12344

Scheffers, B.R., L. Shoo, B. Phillips, S.L. MacDonald, A. Anderson, J. VanDerWal, C. Storlie, A. Gourret, and S.E. Williams. 2017. Vertical (arboreality) and horizontal (dispersal) movement increase the resilience of vertebrates to climatic instability. Global Ecology and Biogeography DOI 10.1111/geb.12585

Pecl, G.T., (Scheffers as co-author). 2017. Biodiversity redistribution under climate change: impacts on ecosystems and human well-being. Science 355: eaai9214.

Scheffers, B.R., et al. 2017. Extreme thermal heterogeneity in structurally complex tropical rainforests. Biotropica 49: 35-44. DOI:10.1111/btp.12355


Scheffers, B.R., L. De Meester, T.C.L. Bridge, A.A. Hoffmann, J.M. Pandolfi, R.T Corlett, S.H.M. Butchart, P. Pearce-Kelly, K.M. Kovacs, D. Dudgeon, M. Pacifici, C. Rondinini, W.B. Foden, T.G. Martin, C. Mora, D. Bickford, J.E.M. Watson. 2016. The broad footprint of climate change from genes to biomes to people. Science 354: aaf7671 (Altmetric Score 1345; ranked #500/6.9M outputs; covered by 70 news outlets)

Young, B.E., T. Martin, J. Watson, W.B. Foden, S. Williams and B.R. Scheffers. (2016) Setting climate change vulnerability assessment goals and objectives. In W.B. Foden and B.E. Young, editors. IUCN SSC Guidelines for Assessing Species' Vulnerability to Climate Change. Version 1.0. Occasional Paper of the IUCN Species Survival Commission No. 59. Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge,UK. pp 33-48

†*Xing, S., T. Bonebrake, C.C. Tang, E.J. Pickett, W. Cheng, S.E Greenspan, S.E. Williams, & B.R. Scheffers. (In press) Cool habitats support darker and bigger butterflies in Australian tropical forests. Ecology and Evolution DOI 10.1002/ece3.2464

Harrison, R.D., Sreekar, R., Brodie, J.F., Brook, S., Luskin, M., O'Kelly, H., Rao, M., Scheffers, B. and Velho, N., 2016. Impacts of hunting on tropical forests in Southeast Asia. Conservation Biology 30:972-981.

†del Pliego, P.G., Scheffers, B.R., Basham, E.W., Woodcock, P., Wheeler, C., Gilroy, J.J., Uribe, C.A.M., Haugaasen, T., Freckleton, R.P. and Edwards, D.P., 2016. Thermally buffered microhabitats recovery in tropical secondary forests following land abandonment. Biological Conservation, 201, pp.385-395.

Scheffers, B.R. and C.A. Paszkowski. 2016. Large body size for metamorphic wood frogs in urban stormwater wetlands. Urban Ecosystems 19: 1-13 doi: 10.1007/s11252-015-0495-z

†Furman, B.L.S., B.R. Scheffers, M. Taylor, C. Davis, and C.A. Paszkowski. 2015. Limited genetic structure in a wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) population in an urban landscape inhabiting natural and constructed wetlands. Conservation Genetics 17: 1-12. doi: 10.1007/s10592-015-0757-6


Pacifici, W.B. Foden, P. Visconti, J.E.M. Watson, S.H.M. Butchart, K.M. Kovacs, B.R. Scheffers, D.G. Hole, T.G. Martin, H.R. Akçakaya, R.T. Corlett, B. Huntley, D. Bickford, J.A. Carr, A.A. Hoffmann, G.F. Midgley, P. Pearce-Kelly, R.G. Pearson, S.E. Williams, S.G. Willis, B. Young, & C. Rondinini. 2015. Assessing species vulnerability to climate change. Nature Climate Change 5: 215-224


Scheffers, B. R., T.A Evans, S.E. Williams, and D. P. Edwards. 2014. Microhabitats in the tropics buffer temperature in a globally coherent manner. Biology Letters 10: 20140819

Scheffers, B. R., B. Phillips and L.P. Shoo. 2014. Asplenium bird’s nest ferns in rainforest canopies are climate-contingent refuges for frogs. Global Ecology and Conservation 2: 37-46.

Scheffers, B. R., D.P., Edwards, A. Diesmos, S.E. Williams and T. A. Evans. 2014. Microhabitats reduce animal’s exposure to climate extremes. Global Change Biology 20: 495-503 DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12439


Evans, J. E., B. R. Scheffers, and M. Hess. 2014. Effect of laurel wilt invasion on redbay populations in a maritime forest community. Biological Invasions DOI: 10.1007/s10530-013-0592-y

Scheffers, B. R., B. L. S. Furman, and J. Evans. 2013. Salamander populations persist following loss of terrestrial habitat surrounding ephemeral ponds. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 8: 715-723

Scheffers, B. R., B. Phillips, W. F. Laurance, N. S. Sodhi, A. Diesmos and S. E. Williams. 2013. Increasing arboreality with altitude: a novel biogeographic dimension. Proceedings of the Royal Society - B 280: 20131581

Zozaya, S., B. R. Scheffers, S.L. MacDonald, C.J. Hoskin, and S. E. Williams. 2013. A significant range extension for the Australian Wet Tropics skink Eulamprus frerei (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae). Memoirs of the Queensland Museum-Nature 56: 621-624

Scheffers, B. R., R. Brunner, S. Ramirez, L. P. Shoo, A. Diesmos, and S. E. Williams. 2013. Thermal buffering of microhabitats is a critical factor mediating warming vulnerability of frogs in the Philippine biodiversity hotspot. Biotropica 45: 628-635

Scheffers, B. R. and C. A. Paszkowski. 2013. Amphibian use of urban stormwater wetlands: the role of natural habitat features. Landscape and Urban Planning 113:139-149

Hocking, D. J., G. M. Connette, C. A. Conner, B. R. Scheffers, S. E. Pittman, W. E. Peterman, and R. D. Semlitsch. 2013. Effects of experimental forest management on a terrestrial, woodland salamander in Missouri. Forest Ecology and Management 287: 32-39


Scheffers, B. R., L. P. Joppa, S. L. Pimm, and W. F. Laurance. 2012. What we know and don’t know about Earth’s missing biodiversity. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 27: 501-510 doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2012.05.008

Scheffers, B. R., R. R. Corlett, A. Diesmos, and W. F. Laurance. 2012. Local demand drives a bushmeat industry in a Philippine forest preserve. Tropical Conservation Science 5: 133-141

Scheffers, B. R., A. V. Whiting and C. A. Paszkowski. 2012. The roles of spatial configuration and scale in explaining animal distributions in disturbed landscapes: a case study using pond-breeding amphibians. Supplement 25: 101-110 (invited MS for Raffles Bulletin of Zoology)

Scheffers, B. R. and C. A. Paszkowski. 2012. The effects of urbanization on North American amphibian species: identifying new directions for urban conservation. Urban Ecosystems doi: 10.1007/s11252-011-0199-y

Giam X, B. R. Scheffers, N. S. Sodhi, D. S. Wilcove, G. Ceballos and P. R. Ehrlich. 2012. Reservoirs of richness: least disturbed tropical forests are centres of undescribed species diversity. Proceedings of the Royal Society B doi: 10.1098/rspb.2011.0433


†Furman, B. L. S., B. R. Scheffers, and C. A. Paszkowski. 2011. The use of fluorescent powdered pigments as a tracking technique for snakes. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 6: 473-478

Harris, J. B. C., J. L. Reid, B. R. Scheffers, T. C. Wanger, N. S. Sodhi, D. A. Fordham, B. W. Brook. 2011. Conserving imperiled species: A comparison of the IUCN Red List and US Endangered Species Act. Conservation Letters DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2011.00205.x

Scheffers, B. R., D.L. Yong, J.B.C. Harris, X. Giam, and N.S. Sodhi. 2011. The world’s rediscovered species: Back from the Brink? PLoS ONE 6(7): e22531. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0022531

Scheffers, B. R. and T. C. Wanger. 2011. Plastic: matching material with usage. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 9: 151-152. doi:10.1890/


Scheffers, B. R. 2010. Plethodon dorsalis / Eurycea lucifuga / Aneides aeneus: Arboreality. Herpetological Review. 41: 190.

Scheffers, B. R. 2010. Pseudotriton ruber: Habitat usage/movement. Herpetological Review. 41: 191.

Scheffers, B. R., E. McDonald, D. J. Hocking, C. A. Conner and R. D. Semlitsch. 2009. A comparison of two artificial cover objects for monitoring amphibians and reptiles. Herpetological Review 40: 419-421.

Scheffers, B. R., J. B. C. Harris, and D. G. Haskell. 2006. Avifauna associated with ephemeral ponds on the Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee. Journal of Field Ornithology 77: 178-183.

Book Chapters

 Williams S.E., B.R. Scheffers, and J. Isaac. 2014. Tropical rainforests. Pp 67-72 in: “Ten Commitments: reshaping the lucky country’s environment”, eds. D. Lindenmayer, S. Dovers, M. Harris Olson and S. Morton. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne.

Gottfried, R., C. Butler, N. Hollingshead, M. Lane, D. Lemoine, D. Williams, and B.R. Scheffers. 2007. Modeling land-use change and its environmental impacts on the southern Cumberland Plateau. Pgs. 58-61 in Laband, D. (ed.) Emerging issues along urban: rural interfaces 2: Linking land-use science and society.

Other Professional Publications

Scheffers B.R. and J.M. Watson. 2016. Climate change is affecting life on Earth - and that's not good news for humanity. The Conversation (34,623 viewers, 270 tweets, 731 Facebook shares)

Williams S.E. and B.R. Scheffers. 2013. As climate changes, animals move fast to escape the heat. The Conversation (

Scheffers, B.R. 2012.Climate change research in the Philippine biodiversity hotspot. FrogLog 104: 38-39