Doctor Manuel Esperon-Rodriguez

Doctor Manuel Esperon-Rodriguez

Research Theme Fellow - Environment and Sustainability,
Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment



  • PhD University of New Mexico

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment


Phone: (02) 4570 1925
Location: R2.1.21

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Journal Articles

  • Sanchez-Falfan, A., Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Cervantes-Perez, J., Ballinas, M. and Barradas, V. (2023), 'How important are fog and the cloud forest as a water supply in Eastern Mexico?', Water, vol 15, no 7 .
  • Sharmin, M., Tjoelker, M., Pfautsch, S., Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Rymer, P. and Power, S. (2023), 'Tree traits and microclimatic conditions determine cooling benefits of urban trees', Atmosphere, vol 14, no 3 .
  • Sharmin, M., Tjoelker, M., Pfautsch, S., Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Rymer, P. and Power, S. (2023), 'Tree crown traits and planting context contribute to reducing urban heat', Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, vol 83 .
  • Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Quintans, D. and Rymer, P. (2023), 'Urban tree inventories as a tool to assess tree growth and failure : the case for Australian cities', Landscape and Urban Planning, vol 233 .
  • Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Rymer, P., Power, S., Barton, D., Carinanos, P., Dobbs, C., Eleuterio, A., Escobedo, F., Hauer, R., Hermy, M., Jahani, A., Onyekwelu, J., Ostberg, J., Pataki, D., Randrup, T., Rasmussen, T., Roman, L., Russo, A., Shackleton, C., Solfjeld, I., van Doorn, N., Wells, M., Wistrom, B., Yan, P., Yang, J. and Tjoelker, M. (2022), 'Assessing climate risk to support urban forests in a changing climate', Plants People Planet, vol 4, no 3 , pp 201 - 213.
  • Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Ordonez, C., van Doorn, N., Hirons, A. and Messier, C. (2022), 'Using climate analogues and vulnerability metrics to inform urban tree species selection in a changing climate : the case for Canadian cities', Landscape and Urban Planning, vol 228 .
  • Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Tjoelker, M., Lenoir, J., Baumgartner, J., Beaumont, L., Nipperess, D., Power, S., Richard, B., Rymer, P. and Gallagher, R. (2022), 'Climate change increases global risk to urban forests', Nature Climate Change, vol 12, no 10 , pp 950 - 955.
  • Barradas, V., Miranda, J., Esperon-Rodriguez, M. and Ballinas, M. (2022), '(Re)designing urban parks to maximize urban heat island mitigation by natural means', Forests, vol 13, no 7 .
  • Farrell, C., Livesley, S., Arndt, S., Beaumont, L., Burley, H., Ellsworth, D., Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Fletcher, T., Gallagher, R., Ossola, A., Power, S., Prokopavicius, R., Rayner, J., Rymer, P., Staas, L., Szota, C., Williams, N. and Leishman, M. (2022), 'Can we integrate ecological approaches to improve plant selection for green infrastructure?', Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, vol 76 .
  • Prokopavicius, R., Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Tjoelker, M. and Ellsworth, D. (2022), 'Crown dieback and mortality of urban trees linked to heatwaves during extreme drought', Science of the Total Environment, vol 850 .
  • Scherrer, D., Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Beaumont, L., Barradas, V. and Guisan, A. (2021), 'National assessments of species vulnerability to climate change strongly depend on selected data sources', Diversity and Distributions, vol 27, no 8 , pp 1367 - 1382.
  • Barradas, V. and Esperon-Rodriguez, M. (2021), 'Ecophysiological vulnerability to climate change in Mexico City's urban forest', Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, vol 9 .
  • Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Power, S., Tjoelker, M., Prokopavicius, R. and Rymer, P. (2021), 'Contrasting heat tolerance of urban trees to extreme temperatures during heatwaves', Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, vol 66 .
  • Falster, D., Gallagher, R., Wenk, E., Wright, I., Indiarto, D., Andrew, S., Baxter, C., Lawson, J., Allen, S., Fuchs, A., Monro, A., Kar, F., Adams, M., Ahrens, C., Alfonzetti, M., Angevin, T., Apgaua, D., Arndt, S., Atkin, O., Atkinson, J., Auld, T., Baker, A., Von Balthazar, M., Bean, A., Blackman, C., Bloomfeld, K., Bowman, D., Bragg, J., Brodribb, T., Buckton, G., Burrows, G., Caldwell, E., Camac, J., Carpenter, R., Catford, J., Cawthray, G., Cernusak, L., Chandler, G., Chapman, A., Cheal, D., Cheesman, A., Chen, S., Choat, B., Clinton, B., Clode, P., Coleman, H., Cornwell, W., Cosgrove, M., Crisp, M., Cross, E., Crous, K., Cunningham, S., Curran, T., Curtis, E., Daws, M., DeGabriel, J., Denton, M., Dong, N., Du, P., Duan, H., Duncan, D., Duncan, R., Duretto, M., Dwyer, J., Edwards, C., Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Evans, J., Everingham, S., Farrell, C., Firn, J., Fonseca, C., French, B., Frood, D., Funk, J., Geange, S., Ghannoum, O., Gleason, S., Gosper, C., Gray, E., Groom, P., Grootemaat, S., Gross, C., Guerin, G., Guja, L., Hahs, A., Harrison, M., Hayes, P., Henery, M., Hochuli, D., Howell, J., Huang, G., Hughes, L., Huisman, J., Ilic, J., Jagdish, A., Jin, D., Jordan, G., Jurado, E., Kanowski, J., Kasel, S., Kellermann, J., Kenny, B., Kohout, M., Kooyman, R., Kotowska, M., Lai, H., Laliberte, E., Lambers, H., Lamont, B., Lanfear, R., Van Langevelde, F., Laughlin, D., Laugier-Kitchener, B., Laurance, S., Lehmann, C., Leigh, A., Leishman, M., Lenz, T., Lepschi, B., Lewis, J., Lim, F., Liu, U., Lord, J., Lusk, C., Macinnis-Ng, C., McPherson, H., Magallon, S., Manea, A., Lopez-Martinez, A., Mayfeld, M., McCarthy, J., Meers, T., Van der Merwe, M., Metcalfe, D., Milberg, P., Mokany , K., Moles, A., Moore, B., Moore, N., Morgan, J., Morris, W., Muir, A., Munroe, S., Nicholson, A., Nicolle, D., Nicotra, A., Niinemets, U., North, T., O?Reilly-Nugent, A., O?Sullivan, O., Oberle, B., Onoda, Y., Ooi, M., Osborne, C., Paczkowska, G., Pekin, B., Guilherme Pereira, C., Pickering, C., Pickup, M., Pollock, L., Poot, P., Powell, J., Power, S., Prentice, I., Prior, L., Prober, S., Read, J., Reynolds, V., Richards, A., Richardson, B., Roderick, M., Rosell, J., Rossetto, M., Rye, B., Rymer, P., Sams, M., Sanson, G., Sauquet, H., Schmidt, S., Schonenberger, J., Schulze, E., Sendall, K., Sinclair, S., Smith, B., Smith, R., Soper , F., Sparrow, B., Standish, R., Staples, T., Stephens, R., Szota, C., Taseski, G., Tasker, E., Thomas, F., Tissue, D., Tjoelker, M. and et al, .. (2021), 'AusTraits : a curated plant trait database for the Australian flora', Scientific Data, vol 8, no 1 .
  • McGowan, J., Beaumont, L., Smith, R., Chauvenet, A., Harcourt, R., Atkinson, S., Mittermeier, J., Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Baumgartner, J., Beattie, A., Dudaniec, R., Grenyer, R., Nipperess, D., Stow, A. and Possingham, H. (2020), 'Conservation prioritization can resolve the flagship species conundrum', Nature Communications, vol 11, no 1 .
  • Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Rymer, P., Power, S., Challis, A., Prokopavicius, R. and Tjoelker, M. (2020), 'Functional adaptations and trait plasticity of urban trees along a climatic gradient', Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, vol 54 .
  • Amuji, C., Beaumont, L. and Esperon-Rodriguez, M. (2020), 'Simulating the impact of projected West African heatwaves and water stress on the physiology and yield of three tomato varieties', Advances in Horticultural Science, vol 34, no 2 , pp 147 - 156.
  • Graham, V., Baumgartner, J., Beaumont, L., Esperon-Rodriguez, M. and Grech, A. (2019), 'Prioritizing the protection of climate refugia : designing a climate-ready protected area network', Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, vol 62, no 14 , pp 2588 - 2606.
  • Burley, H., Beaumont, L., Ossola, A., Baumgartner, J., Gallagher, R., Laffan, S., Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Manea, A. and Leishman, M. (2019), 'Substantial declines in urban tree habitat predicted under climate change', Science of the Total Environment, vol 685 , pp 451 - 462.
  • Garcia-Sanchez, I., Barradas, V., Ponce de Leon Hill, C., Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Perez, I. and Ballinas, M. (2019), 'Effect of heavy metals and environmental variables on the assimilation of CO2 and stomatal conductance of Ligustrum lucidum, an urban tree from Mexico City', Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, vol 42 , pp 72 - 81.
  • Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Power, S., Tjoelker, M., Beaumont, L., Burley, H., Caballero-Rodriguez, D. and Rymer, P. (2019), 'Assessing the vulnerability of Australia's urban forests to climate extremes', Plants, People, Planet, vol 1, no 4 , pp 387 - 397.
  • Beaumont, L., Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Nipperess, D., Wauchope-Drumm, M. and Baumgartner, J. (2019), 'Incorporating future climate uncertainty into the identification of climate change refugia for threatened species', Biological Conservation, vol 237 , pp 230 - 237.
  • Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Beaumont, L., Lenoir, J., Baumgartner, J., McGowan, J., Correa-Metrio, A. and Camac, J. (2019), 'Climate change threatens the most biodiverse regions of Mexico', Biological Conservation, vol 240 .
  • Das, S., Baumgartner, J., Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Wilson, P., Yap, J., Rossetto, M. and Beaumont, L. (2019), 'Identifying climate refugia for 30 Australian rainforest plant species, from the last glacial maximum to 2070', Landscape Ecology, vol 34, no 12 , pp 2883 - 2896.
  • Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Baumgartner, J., Beaumont, L., Berthon, K., Carnegie, A., Alfonzetti, M., Barradas, V. and Leishman, M. (2018), 'The risk to Myrtaceae of Austropuccinia psidii, myrtle rust, in Mexico', Forest Pathology, vol 48, no 4 .
  • Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Curran, T., Camac, J., Hofmann, R., Correa-Metrio, A. and Barradas, V. (2018), 'Correlation of drought traits and the predictability of osmotic potential at full leaf turgor in vegetation from New Zealand', Austral Ecology, vol 43, no 4 , pp 397 - 408.
  • Baumgartner, J., Esperon-Rodriguez, M. and Beaumont, L. (2018), 'Identifying in situ climate refugia for plant species', Ecography, vol 41, no 11 , pp 1850 - 1863.
  • Berthon, K., Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Beaumont, L., Carnegie, A. and Leishman, M. (2018), 'Assessment and prioritisation of plant species at risk from myrtle rust (Austropuccinia psidii) under current and future climates in Australia', Biological Conservation, vol 218 , pp 154 - 162.
  • Loreto, D., Esperon-Rodriguez, M. and Barradas, V. (2017), 'The climatic-environmental significance, status and socioeconomic perspective of the grown-shade coffee agroecosystems in the central mountain region of Veracruz, Mexico = La importancia climatico-ambiental, el estatus y la perspectiva socioeconomica de los agroecosistemas de cafetales cultivados en la region montanosa central de Veracruz, Mexico', Investigaciones Geograficas, vol 2017, no 92 .
  • Hageer, Y., Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Baumgartner, J. and Beaumont, L. (2017), 'Climate, soil or both? : which variables are better predictors of the distributions of Australian shrub species?', PeerJ, vol 5, no 6 .
  • Gonzalez-Zamora, A., Esperon-Rodriguez, M. and Barradas, V. (2016), 'Mountain cloud forest and grown-shade coffee plantations : a comparison of tree biodiversity in central Veracruz, Mexico', Forest Systems, vol 25, no 1 .
  • Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Bonifacio-Bautista, M. and Barradas, V. (2016), 'Socio-economic vulnerability to climate change in the central mountainous region of eastern Mexico', Ambio, vol 45, no 2 , pp 146 - 160.
  • Esperon-Rodriguez, M. and Barradas, V. (2016), 'Stomatal responses of tree species from the cloud forest in central Veracruz, Mexico', Botanical Sciences, vol 94, no 2 , pp 311 - 321.
  • Sandoval Perez, A., Camargo-Ricalde, S., Montano, N., Garcia-Oliva, F., Alarcon, A., Montano-Arias, S. and Esperon-Rodriguez, M. (2016), 'Biocrusts, inside and outside resource islands of Mimosa luisana (Leguminosae), improve soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics in a tropical semiarid ecosystem', European Journal of Soil Biology, vol 74 , pp 93 - 103.
  • Vazquez-Molina, Y., Correa-Metrio, A., Zawisza, E., Franco-Gaviria, J., Perez, L., Romero, F., Prado, B., Charqueno-Celis, F. and Esperon-Rodriguez, M. (2016), 'Decoupled lake history and regional moisture availability in the middle elevations of tropical Mexico', Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Geologicas, vol 33, no 3 , pp 355 - 364.
  • Beaumont, L., Graham, E., Duursma, D., Wilson, P., Cabrelli, A., Baumgartner, J., Hallgren, W., Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Nipperess, D., Warren, D., Laffan, S. and Vanderwal, J. (2016), 'Which species distribution models are more (or less) likely to project broad-scale, climate-induced shifts in species ranges?', Ecological Modelling, vol 342 , pp 135 - 146.
  • Castaneda-Romero, M., Luna-Contreras, M., Vela-Godinez, D., Montoya-Santiago, G., Gonzalez-Bermudez, A., Pena, R. and Esperon-Rodriguez, M. (2016), 'Nota sobre la estructura poblacional de Echinocactus platyacanthus (Cactaceae) en la Reserva de la Biosfera "Barranca de Metztitlan", Hidalgo, Mexico', Acta Botanica Mexicana, vol 2016, no 115 , pp 65 - 73.
  • Esperon-Rodriguez, M. and Barradas, V. (2015), 'Ecophysiological vulnerability to climate change : water stress responses in four tree species from the central mountain region of Veracruz, Mexico', Regional Environmental Change, vol 15, no 1 , pp 93 - 108.
  • Ballinas, M., Esperon-Rodriguez, M. and Barradas, V. (2015), 'Estimating evapotranspiration in the central mountain region of Veracruz, Mexico = Estimacion de la evapotranspiracion en la region montanosa central de Veracruz, Mexico', Bosque, vol 36, no 3 , pp 445 - 455.
  • Esperon-Rodriguez, M. and Barradas, V. (2015), 'Comparing environmental vulnerability in the montane cloud forest of eastern Mexico : a vulnerability index', Ecological Indicators, vol 52 , pp 300 - 310.
  • Esperon-Rodriguez, M. and Barradas, V. (2014), 'Potential vulnerability to climate change of four tree species from the central mountain region of Veracruz, Mexico', Climate Research, vol 60, no 2 , pp 163 - 174.
  • Gallo-Reynoso, J. and Esperon-Rodriguez, M. (2013), 'Diet composition of the Guadalupe fur seal (Arctocephalus townsendi) : where and what do they eat?', Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology, vol 46, no 6 , pp 455 - 467.
  • Esperon-Rodriguez, M. and Gallo-Reynoso, J. (2013), 'Juvenile and subadult feeding preferences of the Guadalupe fur seal (Arctocephalus townsendi) at San Benito Archipelago, Mexico', Aquatic Mammals, vol 39, no 2 , pp 125 - 131.
  • Esperon-Rodriguez, M. and Gallo-Revnoso, J. (2012), 'Analysis of the re-colonization of San Benito Archipelago by Guadalupe fur seals (Arctocephalus townsendi) = Analisis de la recolonizacion del archipielago de San Benito por el lobo fino de Guadalupe (Arctocephalus townsendi)', Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research, vol 40, no 1 , pp 213 - 223.
  • Esperon-Rodriguez, M. and Gallo-Reynoso, J. (2012), 'Recolonizacion del archipielago de San Benito, Baja California, por el lobo fino de Guadalupe', Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad, vol 83, no 1 , pp 170 - 176.

Current Projects

Title: Monitoring tree health to build more resilient Australian urban forests
  • Theo Murphy Initiative with Australian Academy of Science & Australian Citizen Science Association
Western Researchers: Manuel Esperon-Rodriguez, Mark Tjoelker and Belinda Medlyn
Years: 2023-02-27 - 2024-05-15
ID: P00028510

Previous Projects

Title: Climate change and the long-term health and sustainability of Australia's urban forests
  • The Hermon Slade Foundation
Western Researchers: Manuel Esperon-Rodriguez, Mark Tjoelker and Sally Power
Years: 2022-07-01 - 2023-06-30
ID: P00027934

Western Sydney University

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