Publications

27. Ball, B.A., M. Christman (co-leads), S.J. Hall. 2019. Nutrient dynamics during photodegradation of plant litter in the Sonoran Desert. Journal of Arid Environments. 160: 1-10. doi: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2018.09.004
26. Aanderud, A.Z., S. Saurey, B.A. Ball, D.H. Wall, J.E. Barrett, M. Muscarella, N. Griffin, R.A. Virginia, B.J. Adams. 2018. Stoichiometric shifts in soil C:N:P promote bacterial taxa dominance, maintain biodiversity, and deconstruct community assemblages. Frontiers in Microbiology. 9: 1401. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.01401
25. Alvarez Guevara, J.N. and Ball, B.A. 2018. Urbanization alters small rodent community composition but not abundance. PeerJ. 6:e4885. doi: 10.7717/peerj.4885
24. Ball, B.A., B.J. Adams, J.E. Barrett, D.H. Wall, R.A. Virginia. 2018. Soil biological responses to C, N and P fertilization in a polar desert of Antarctica. Soil Biology & Biochemistry. 122: 7-18. doi: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2018.03.025
23. Carrillo, Y., B.A. Ball, and M. Molina. 2016. Stoichiometric linkages between plant litter, trophic interactions and nitrogen mineralization across the litter-soil interface. Soil Biology & Biochemistry. 92: 102-110. doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2015.10.001
22. Ball, B.A. and R. Virginia. 2015. Controls on diel soil CO2 flux across moisture gradients in a polar desert. Antarctic Science. 27: 527-534. doi:10.1017/S0954102015000255
21. Ball, B.A., C.R. Tellez, and R.A. Virginia. 2015. Penguin activity influences soil biology, biogeochemistry, and soil respiration in rookeries on Ross Island, Antarctica. Polar Biology. 38(9): 1357-1368. doi: 10.1007/s00300-015-1699-7
20. Ball, B.A. and J. Alvarez Guevara. 2015. The nutrient plasticity of moss-dominated crust in the urbanized Sonoran Desert. Plant and Soil. 389: 225-235. doi: 10.1007/s11104-014-2355-7
19. Ball, B.A. and J.S. Levy. 2015. The role of water tracks in altering biotic and abiotic soil properties and processes in a polar desert in Antarctica. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences. 120(2): 270-279. DOI: 10.1002/2014JG002856
18. Nielsen, U.N. and B.A. Ball (co-leads). 2015. Impacts of altered precipitation regimes on soil communities and biogeochemistry in arid and semi-arid ecosystems. Global Change Biology. 21(4): 1407-1421. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12789
17. Ball, B.A. and R. Virginia. 2014. The ecological role of moss in a polar desert: implications for aboveground–belowground and terrestrial–aquatic linkages. Polar Biology 37(5): 651-664. DOI: 10.1007/s00300-014-1465-2
16. Ball, B.A. and R. Virginia. 2014. Microbial biomass and respiration responses to nitrogen fertilization in a polar desert. Polar Biology 37(4): 573-585. DOI: 10.1007/s00300-014-1459-0
15. Levy, O., B.A. Ball (co-leads), et al. 2014. Approaches to advance scientific understanding of macrosystems ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12(1): 15-23. DOI: 10.1890/130019
14. Ball, B.A., Y. Carrillo, M. Molina. 2014. The influence of litter composition across the litter–soil interface on mass loss, nitrogen dynamics and the decomposer community. Soil Biology & Biochemistry. 69: 71-82. DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2013.10.048 See 5 min. AudioSlides presentation here
13. Ball, B.A. and R. Virginia. 2012. Meltwater seep patches increase heterogeneity of soil geochemistry and therefore habitat suitability. Geoderma 189-190, 652-660. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2012.06.028
12. Magalhães, C., M.I. Stevens, S.C. Cary, B.A. Ball, B.C. Storey, D.H. Wall, R. Türk, U. Ruprecht. 2012. At the limits of life: multidisciplinary insights reveals environmental constraints on biotic diversity in continental Antarctica. PLoS ONE. 7(9): e44578. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0044578
11. Carrillo, Y., B. Ball, M. Strickland, M. Bradford. 2012. Legacies of plant litter on carbon and nitrogen dynamics and the role of the soil community. Pedobiologia 55: 185-192. DOI: 10.1016/j.pedobi.2012.02.002
10. Nielsen, U.N., D.H. Wall, B. J. Adams, R.A. Virginia, B.A. Ball, M.N. Gooseff, D.M. McKnight. 2012. The ecology of pulse events: insights from an extreme climatic event in a polar desert ecosystem. Ecosphere 3(2): 17. DOI: 10.1890/ES11-00325.1
9. Ball, B.A., J.E. Barrett, M.N. Gooseff, R.A. Virginia, D.H. Wall. 2011. Implications of meltwater pulse events for soil biology and biogeochemical cycling in a polar desert. Polar Research 30: 14555. DOI: 10.3402/polar.v30i0.14555
8. Carrillo, Y., B. Ball, M. Bradford, C. Jordan, M. Molina. 2011. Soil fauna alter the effects of litter composition on nitrogen cycling in a mineral soil. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 43(7): 1440-1449. DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2011.03.011
7. Ball, B.A., J.S. Kominoski, H.E. Adams, S.E. Jones, E.S. Kane, T.D. Loecke, W. Mahaney, J. Martina, C.M. Prather, T.M.P. Robinson, C.T. Solomon. 2010. Direct and terrestrial vegetation-mediated effects of environmental change on aquatic ecosystem processes. BioScience 60(8): 590-601. DOI: 10.1525/bio.2010.60.8.5
6. Ball, B.A., R.A. Virginia, J.E. Barrett, A. Parsons, D.H. Wall. 2009. Interactions between physical and biotic factors influence CO2 flux in Antarctic dry valley soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 41(7): 1510-1517. DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2009.04.011
5. Ball, B.A., M.A. Bradford, D.C. Coleman, M.D. Hunter. 2009. Linkages between below and aboveground communities: decomposer responses to simulated tree species loss are largely additive. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 41:1155-1163. DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2009.02.025
4. Ball, B.A., M.A. Bradford, M.D. Hunter. 2009. Nitrogen and phosphorus release from mixed litter layers is lower than predicted from single species decay. Ecosystems 12(1): 87-100. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-008-9208-2
3. Ball, B.A., M.D. Hunter, J.S. Kominoski, C.M. Swan, M.A. Bradford. 2008. Consequences of non-random species loss for decomposition dynamics: experimental evidence for additive and non-additive effects. Journal of Ecology 96(2): 303-313. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2007.01346.x
2. Kominoski, J.S., C.M. Pringle, B.A. Ball. 2008. Invasive wooly adelgid appears to drive seasonal hemlock and carcass inputs to a detritus-based stream. Verh. Internat. Verein. Limnol. 30(1): 109-112. PDF
1. Kominoski, J.S., C.M. Pringle, B.A. Ball, M.A. Bradford, D.C. Coleman, D.B. Hall, and M. D. Hunter. 2007. Non-additive effects of leaf litter species diversity on breakdown dynamics in a detritus-based stream. Ecology 88(5): 1167-1176. DOI: 10.1890/06-0674

**Please see my CV for an up-to-date list of manuscripts in various stages of preparation and review.

Data Packages

3. Ball, B. The role of moss as integrators of soil and stream nutrient status in deserts, Greater Phoenix area, Arizona, 2011 to 2013. Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research. Data Catalog
2. Ball, B.A. and Y. Carrillo. Interaction of soil fauna and plant litter composition on decomposition processes across the litter-soil interface. Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity. DOI: 10.5063/F1NK3BZ1
1. Ball, B.A. and Virginia, R. Moss nutrient plasticity and stoichiometry. McMurdo Long-Term Ecological Research. DOI: 10.6073/pasta/b5174ac3d24f177693b830a6666f60f9

Presentations

Data from my research is regularly presented at a variety of conferences and symposia, including Ecological Society of America Annual Meetings, Soil Ecology Society Biennial Meetings, and various Long-Term Ecological Research meetings. For a complete list, see my CV.
You can download recent posters associated with individual research projects by visiting the research page.