Dr. Goldsmith is an assistant professor of biological sciences and the first director of the Grand Challenges Initiative. Goldsmith is a plant physiological ecologist who studies the flow of water and carbon through forest ecosystems. His research uses observational and experimental approaches drawn from ecohydrology, community and ecosystem ecology, as well as stable isotope biogeochemistry. He has recently conducted research in Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, Peru, and Switzerland.
Goldsmith is also deeply interested in evidence-based practices for effective formal and informal science education. He is a founding member of the Education Section of the American Geophysical Union.
Prior to joining the faculty, he was a Marie Curie Fellow in the Ecosystem Fluxes Research Group at the Paul Scherrer Institute and a postdoctoral research associate in the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University. Goldsmith is an Explorer of the National Geographic Society and an Early Career Fellow of the Ecological Society of America.
Dr. Goldsmith’s research interests are focused on understanding the implications of climate change for plant structure and function, particularly as pertains to water and carbon cycling through forests. His research uses observational and experimental approaches from plant ecophysiology, ecohydrology community, and ecosystem ecology, as well as stable isotope biogeochemistry.
plant ecophysiology, climate change, tropical forests, ecosystem ecology, ecohydrology, science engagement, educational technology
Allen, S.T. J. von Freyberg, M. Weiler, G.R. Goldsmith, & J.W. Kirchner. In Press The seasonal origins of streamwater in Switzerland. Geophysical Research Letters
Berry, Z.C. & G.R. Goldsmith. In Press
Light quality and leaf wetting differentially affect tropical tree photosynthesis. New Phytologist
Allen, S.T., S. Jasechko, W.R. Berghjuis, J.M. Welker, G.R. Goldsmith
, & J.W. Kirchner. 2019.
Global sinusoidal seasonality in precipitation isotopes. Hydrology and Earth Systems Sciences
Aguirre-Gutiérrez, C.A., F. Holwerda, G.R. Goldsmith
, J. Delgado-Balbuena, E. Yepez-Gonzalez, N. Carbajal, M. Escoto-Rodriguez, & J.T. Arredondo. 2019. The importance of dew in the water balance of a continental semiarid grassland. Journal of Arid Environments
Yu, K., G.R. Goldsmith,
Y. Wang, & W.R.L. Anderegg. 2019. Phylogenetic and biogeographic controls of plant nighttime stomatal conductance. New Phytologist
Allen, S.T., J.W. Kirchner, S. Braun, R.T.W. Siegwolf, & G.R. Goldsmith
. 2019. Seasonal origins of soil water used by trees. Hydrology and Earth Systems Sciences
Berry, Z.C., N.C. Emery, S.G. Gotsch, & G.R. Goldsmith
. 2019. Foliar water uptake: processes, pathways, and integration into plant water budgets. Plant, Cell and Environment
42: 410-423.Goldsmith, G.R.
, T. Allen, S. Braun, N. Engbersen, C. Romero González-Quijano, J.W. Kirchner, & R.T.W. Siegwolf. 2019. Spatial variation in throughfall, soil, and plant water isotopes in a temperate forest. Ecohydrology
Doughty, C.E., P.E. Santos-Andrade, A. Shenkin, G.R. Goldsmith
, L.P. Bentley, B. Blonder, S. Díaz, N. Salinas, B. Enquist, R.E. Martin, G.P. Asner, & Y. Malhi. 2018. Tropical forest leaves may darken in response to climate change. Nature Ecology and Evolution
Dawson, T.E. & G.R. Goldsmith
2018. The value of wet leaves. New Phytologist
Allen, S.T., J.W. Kirchner, & G.R. Goldsmith
. 2018. Predicting spatial patterns in precipitation isotope (d18
O and d2
H) seasonality using sinusoidal isoscapes. Geophysical Research Letters
45: 4859-4868.Goldsmith, G.R.
What is in a name? Science
359: 1472. <Invited Review>
Blonder, B., N. Salinas, L.P. Bentley, A. Shenkin, P.O. Chambi Porroa, Y. Valdez Tejeira, T.E. Boza Espinoza, G.R. Goldsmith
, L. Enrico, R. Martin, G.P. Asner, S. Díaz, B.J. Enquist, & Y. Malhi. 2018. Structural and defensive roles of angiosperm leaf venation network reticulation across and Andes-Amazon elevation gradient. Journal of Ecology
Lehmann, M.M., G.R. Goldsmith
, L. Schmid, A. Gessler, M. Saurer, & R.T.W. Siegwolf. 2018. The effect of 18O-labelled water vapour on the oxygen isotope ratio of water and assimilates at high humidity. New Phytologist