Robert Skelton
  • University of California, Berkeley
Research focus
  • Plant science
  • 1 Author merit


Ph.D in Plant Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 2014

Current position

Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA


  1. Brodribb, T. J., Skelton, R. P., McAdam, S. A., Bienaime, D., Lucani, C. J. and Marmottant, P. (2016). Visual quantification of embolism reveals leaf vulnerability to hydraulic failure. New Phytol 209(4): 1403-1409.
  2. Skelton, R. P., West, A. G. and Dawson, T. E. (2015). Predicting plant vulnerability to drought in biodiverse regions using functional traits. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 112(18): 5744-5749.
  3. Skelton, R. P. (2014). The role of hydraulic strategies in determining the response of fynbos to drought. Ph.D. thesis, University of Cape Town.
  4. Cramer, M. D., West, A. G., Power, S. C., Skelton, R. P. and Stock, W. D. (2014). Plant ecophysiological diversity. In: Allsopp, N., Verboom, G. A. and Colville, J. F. (eds). Fynbos: Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation of a Megadiverse Region, Oxford University Press.
  5. Skelton, R. P., West, A. G., Dawson, T. E. and Leonard, J. M. (2013). External heat pulse method provides comparative evaluation of sapflow between diverse functional types in the Cape Floristic Region. Functional Plant Biology 40: 1076-1087.
  6. Skelton, R. P., Midgley, J. J., Johnson, S. D., Nyaga, J. M. and Cramer, M. D. (2012). Is pubescence of Cape Proteaceae a xeromorphic or photoprotective trait? Australian Journal of Botany 60(2): 104-113.
  7. Midgley, J. J., Kruger, L. M. and Skelton, R. P. (2011). How do fires kill plants? The hydraulic death hypothesis and Cape Proteaceae “fire-resisters”. South African Journal of Botany 77(2): 381-386.
1 Protocol published
Author:  Robert Paul Skelton, date: 02/05/2017, view: 7097, Q&A: 0
External sapflow sensors are a useful tool in plant ecology and physiology for monitoring water movement within small stems or other small plant organs. These gauges make use of heat as a tracer of water movement through the stem and can be applied ...
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