Year Report, paper or award
2021 Highly Cited Researchers 2021, Clarivate Analytics UCLA press release, “43 UCLA scholars among most highly cited researchers for 2021”

UCLA College of Life Sciences, “Faculty in UCLA Life Sciences listed among the world’s most influential researchers”

University of California press release, “Hundreds of UC faculty named among the world’s Highly Cited Researchers”

2021 Baird AS, Taylor SH, Pasquet-Kok J, Vuong C, Zhang Y, Watcharamongkol T, Scoffoni C, Edwards EJ, Christin P-A, Osborne CP, Sack L. 2021. Developmental and biophysical determinants of grass leaf size worldwide. Nature UCLA press release, “Size of grass blades offers better understanding of their vulnerability to climate change”;; EurekAlert; Florida News Times; TeknoDate; ScienceDaily; AZO Life Sciences; Public News
2021 Interviewed for UCLA Daily Bruin article on students’ gains in physical, mental and spiritual health through growing houseplants UCLA Daily Bruin article, “Wellness from Home: Students find solace in caring for plants to help overcome stresses of pandemic”
2020 Highly Cited Researchers 2020, Clarivate Analytics UCLA press release,“38 UCLA scientists among world’s most influential researchers”

UCLA College of Life Sciences, “Six UCLA Life Scientists on the 2020 list of the world’s most influential researchers”

2019 Highly Cited Researchers 2019, Clarivate Analytics UCLA press release, “Dozens of UCLA scientists rank among world’s most-cited researchers”
2018 Highly Cited Researchers 2018, Clarivate Analytics UCLA press release, “41 UCLA scientists among word’s most influential scholars, based on citations”

University of California, “UC faculty rank first among Highly Cited Researchers”

2018 Lutz JA, Furniss TJ, Johnson DJ, Davies SJ, Allen D, Alonso A, Anderson-Teixeira K, Baltzer J, Becker KML, Blomdahl EM, Bourg NA, Bunyavejchewin S, Burslem DFRP, Cansler CA, Cao K, Cao M, Cárdenas D, Chang L-W, Chao K-J, Chao W-C, Chiang J-M, Chu C, Chuyong GB, Clay K, Condit R, Cordell S, Dattaraja HS, Duque A, Escobar D, Ewango CEN, Fisher GA, Fletcher C, Fruend JA, Giardina C, Germain SJ, Gilbert GS, Hau BCH, Hao Z, Hart T, He F, Hector A, Howe RW, Hu Y-H, Hubbell SP, Hsieh C-F, Inman-Narahari FM, Itoh A, Janik D, Kassim AR, Kenfack D, Kortee L, Král K, Larson AJ, Li Y-D, Lin Y, Liu S, Lum S, Ma K, Malhi Y, Makana J-R, McMahon SM, McShea WJ, Memiaghe HR, Mi, Morecroft M, Musili PM, Myers JA, Novotny V, de Oliveira A, Ong P, Orwig DA, Osterag R, Parker GG, Patankar R, Phillips RP, Reynolds G, Sack L, Song G-ZM, Sukumar R, Suresh HS, Su S-H, Sun I-F, Swanson ME, Tan S, Thomas DW, Thompson J, Uriarte M, Valencia R, Vicentine A, Vrška T, Wang X, Weiblen GD, Wolf A, Wu S-H, Xu H,  Yamakura T, Yap S, Zimmerman JK. 2018. Global importance of large-diameter trees. Global Ecology and Biogeography Utah State University press release, “Inequality is Normal: Dominance of the Big Trees”; ScienceDaily; EurekAlert; Phys.Org
2017 Butler EE, Datta A, Flores-Moreno H, Chen M, Wythers KR, Fzayeli F, Banerjee A, Atkin OK, Kattge J, Amiaud B, Blonder B, Boenisch G, Bond-Lamberty B, Brown KA, Byun C, Campetella G, Cerabolini BEL, Cornelissen JHC, Craine JM, Craven D, de Vries FT, Díaz S, Domingues T, Forey E, Gonzalez A, Gross N, Han W, Hattingh WN, Hickler T, Jansen S, Kramer K, Kraft NJB, Kurokawa H, Laughlin DC, Meir P, Minden V, Niinemets Ü, Onoda Y, Peñuelas J, Read Q, Valladares Ros F, Sack L, Schamp B, Soudzilovskaia NA, Spasojevic MJ, Sosinski E, Thornton P, van Bodegom PM, Williams M, Wirth C, Reich PB. 2017. Mapping local and global variability in plant trait distributions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA University of Minnesota press release, “From Alaska to Amazonia: First global maps of traits that drive vegetation growth”; Science Daily; Minnesota Daily, Phys.Org
2017 National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Grant funded, with Lawren Sack as Co-PI UCLA press release, “UCLA launches program to train students on sustainable food, energy and water management: Initiative funded by $3 million grant from National Science Foundation”
2017 Wright IJ, Dong N, Maire V, Prentice IC, Westoby M, Diaz S, Gallagher RV, Jacobs BF, Kooyman R, Law EA, Leishman MR, Niinemets Ü, Reich PB, Sack L, Villar R, Wang H, Wilf P. 2017. Global climatic drivers of leaf size. Science Press releases by Macquarie University; University of Minnesota, University of Tartu, Imperial College London; University of Queensland; Nature, BBC News; Smithsonian Magazine, MyScience; New Scientist;; Science Alert;; Minnesota Daily; Green Report; Europa Press; The Conversation
2017 LaManna JA, Mangan, SA, Alonso A, Bourg NA, Brockelman WY, Bunyavejchewin S, Chang L-W, Chiang J-M,  Chuyong GB, Clay K, Condit R, Cordell S, Davies SJ, Furniss TJ, Giardina CP, Gunatilleke IAUN, Gunatilleke CVS, He F, Howe RW, Hubbell SP, Hsieh C-F, Inman-Narahari FM, Janík D, Johnson DJ, Kenfack D, Korte L, Král K, Larson AJ, Lutz JA, McMahon SM, McShea WJ, Memiaghe HR, Nathalang A, Novotny V, Ong PS, Orwig DA, Ostertag R, Parker GG, Phillips RP, Sack L, Sun I-F, Tello JS, Thomas DW, Turner BL, Vela Díaz DM, Vrška T, Weiblen GD, Wolf A, Yap S, Myers JA. 2017. Plant diversity increases with the strength of negative density dependence at the global scale. Science  Press release by Washington University in St. Louis, “Global forest network cracks the case of tropical biodiversity”; Smithsonian Magazine, EurekAlert;; Science Newsline; eScienceNews; Inside Science; The Archaeology News Network
2017 Scoffoni C, Albuquerque C, Brodersen C, Townes S, John G, Bartlett MK, Buckley TN, McElrone AJ, Sack L. 2017. Outside-xylem vulnerability, not xylem embolism, controls leaf hydraulic decline during dehydration. Plant Physiology.


Scoffoni C, Albuquerque C, Brodersen C, Townes S, John G, Cochard H, Buckley TN, McElrone AJ, Sack L. 2017. Leaf vein xylem conduit diameter influences susceptibility to embolism and hydraulic decline. New Phytologist

Advanced Light Source, Berkeley press release, “3D Visualization of Leaves during Drought”.
2017 Collaborative proposal with Mona Jarrahi and Ben Williams was one of those funded by UCLA program for a sustainable Los Angeles in the face of climate change UCLA press release, “Sustainable LA Grand Challenge awards $1M to 8 research projects”
2017 John G, Scoffoni C, Buckley TN, Villar R, Poorter H, Sack L. 2017. The anatomical and compositional basis of leaf mass per area. Ecology Letters  UCLA press release, “Researchers develop equation that helps to explain plant growth”; University of Cordoba press release, “Una ecuación ayuda a explicar el crecimiento de las plantas y su adaptación al Cambio Global”; ScienceDaily, EurekAlert (American Association for the Advancement of Science),, TechExplorist.
2016 Anderegg WRL, Klein T, Bartlett M, Sack L, Pellegrini A, Choat B, Jansen S. 2016. Meta-analysis reveals that hydraulic traits explain cross-species patterns of drought-induced tree mortality across the globe. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 113, 5024-5029. pdf Princeton University press release, “Trees’ internal water pipes predict which species survive drought”. ScienceDaily, The Christian Science Monitor,, Science Newsline, Total Landscape Care
2016 The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015. Thomson-Reuters Highly Cited Researchers 2015. UCLA press release, “29 UCLA faculty on Thomson Reuters ‘most cited’ list for influential scholarship”

University of California, “UC faculty rank first among Highly Cited Researchers”

2016 Collaborative proposal with Ulli Seibt was one of those funded by UCLA program for a sustainable Los Angeles in the face of climate change UCLA press release, “$1.2 million awarded to research projects to help Los Angeles County thrive despite climate change”

2015 Chu C, Bartlett M, Wang Y, He F, Weiner J, Chave J, Sack L. 2016. Does climate directly influence NPP globally? Global Change Biology 22, 12-24. pdf   Supporting Information UCLA press release, “Quantifying the impact of climate on ecosystems worldwide”., ScienceDaily, EurekAlert (American Association for the Advancement of Science), Science and Technology Research News;; MyScience
 2014 Bartlett M, Zhang Y, Kreidler N, Sun S, Ardy R, Cao K-F, Sack L. 2014. Global analysis of plasticity in turgor loss point, a key drought tolerance trait. Ecology Letters 12, 1580-1590. pdf  Supporting Information UCLA press release, “Plants have little wiggle room to survive drought, UCLA life scientists report”., ScienceDaily, R&D, SpaceDaily, Innovations Report, Science Codex, Sci Guru, TerraDaily, Seed Quest, Yuba Net, Sierra Sun Times
2013 John GP, Scoffoni C, Sack L. 2013. Allometry of cells and tissues within leaves. American Journal of Botany 100: 1936-1948. pdf   Supplementary Data UCLA press release, “The secret math of plants: UCLA biologists uncover rules that govern leaf design”. ScienceDaily, RedOrbit, PhysOrg, EurekAlert (American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science), EIN News, BruinsNation.
2012 Bartlett M, Scoffoni C, Ardy R, Zhang Y, Sun S, Cao K, Sack L. 2012. Rapid determination of comparative drought tolerance traits: using an osmometer to predict turgor loss point. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 3, 880-888. pdf   Supporting Information UCLA press release, “UCLA research makes possible rapid assessment of plant drought tolerance”. ScienceDaily, PhysOrg, National Science Foundation Science 360 News, RedOrbit, EurekAlert (American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science), EScience News, Science Codex, California Farmer, Mid-South Farmer.
 2012 Sack L, Scoffoni C, McKown AD, Frole K, Rawls M, Havran JC, Tran H, Tran T. 2012. Developmentally based scaling of leaf venation architecture explains global ecological patterns. Nature Communications 3: 837. pdf   Supporting Information UCLA press release, “Hacking code of leaf vein architecture solves mysteries, allows predictions of past climate”. Covered by the Los Angeles Times, Le Monde (France), ScienceDaily,, Pour La Science (France), RedOrbit, ScienceBlog, TerraDaily, SciTechDaily, EurekAlert (American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science), E Science News, UC Newsroom.
 2012 Bartlett M, Scoffoni C, Sack L. 2012. The determinants of leaf turgor loss point and prediction of drought tolerance of species and biomes: a global meta-analysis. Ecology Letters 15, 393-405. pdf   Supporting Information UCLA press release, “Which plants will survive droughts, climate change?” The Atlantic Wire, Environmental Protection, Science360, ScienceDaily, PhysOrg, EcoFriend, EarthSky, Environmental News Network.
 2012 Osborne CP, Sack L. 2012. Evolution of C4 plants: a new hypothesis for an interaction of CO2 and water relations mediated by plant hydraulics. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 367, 583-600. pdf   Data Supplement Press release by Natural Environment Research Council UK, “Dry Conditions Spurred Advanced Photosynthesis”. PhysOrg.
2011 Scoffoni C, Rawls M, McKown A, Cochard H, Sack L. 2011. Decline of leaf hydraulic conductance with dehydration: relationship to leaf size and venation architecture. Plant Physiology 156, 832-843. pdf   Supplemental Data UCLA press release, “Being Small has its Advantages, if You are a Leaf”. USA Today, USA Today Science Blog, Science et Vie, U.S. News & World Report, NSF NewsCalifornia Farmer, Science360, ScienceDaily, RedOrbit, PhysOrg, American Society of Plant Biology online, UC Newsroom
2011 Kattge J et al.  2011. TRY: a global database of plant traits. Global Change Biology 17, 2905-2935. pdf   Supporting Information Press release by Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, “Global plant database set to promote biodiversity research and earth-system sciences”. ScienceDaily,
2010 Ecological Society of America Diversity Award “Lawren Sack receives inaugural Diversity Award”. 2010. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 91, 380.
2009 Kagawa AK, Sack L, Duarte K, James S. 2009. Hawaiian native forest conserves water relative to timber plantation: species and stand traits influence water use. Ecological Applications 19: 1429-1443. pdf Ecological Society of America press release, “Exotic Timber Plantations Found To Use More Than Twice the Water of Native Forests”. ScienceDaily, RedOrbit.

Department of Land and Natural Resources, State of Hawaii. 2011. Report: “The rain follows the forest:a plan to replenish Hawaii’s source of water. pdf

“Water in Peril”, Malamalama, May 2005, beginning on p. 11. pdf

2006 National Science Foundation CAREER Award UH press release, “UH Manoa botany professor awarded prestigious grant to study hydraulic design of leaves”. Pacific Business News.

“What is Leaf Hydraulics?”, interview, ThinkTech Hawaii, Hawaii Public Radio, 7 June 2006.