• Wagg C, O’Brien MJ, Vogel A, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Eisenhauer N, Schmid B, Weigelt A (in press) Biodiversity promotes ecosystem stability under drought by shifting seasonal productivity. Ecology.
  • O’Brien MJ, Reynolds G, Ong R, Hector A (in press) Drought enhanced density dependence promotes tropical forest diversity and drought resistance. Nature Ecology & Evolution.
  • O’Brien MJ, Brezzi M, Schuldt A, Zhang JY, Ma K, Schmid B, Niklaus PA (in press) Tree diversity drives diversity of arthropod herbivores but successional stage mediates detritivores. Ecology and Evolution.
  • Adams H, Zeppel MJB, Anderegg WRL… O’Brien MJet al. (2017) A multi-species synthesis of physiological mechanisms in drought-induced tree mortality. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1, 1285 – 1291.
  • Granados A, Brodie J, Bernard H, O’Brien MJ (in press) Defaunation and habitat disturbance interact synergistically to alter seedling recruitment. Ecological Applications. DOI:10.1002/eap.1592.
  • O’Brien MJ, Pugnaire FI, Armas C, Rodríguez-Echeverría S, Schöb C (2017) The shift from plant-plant facilitation to competition under severe water deficit is spatially explicit. Ecology and Evolution, 7, 2441 – 2448. MOB_ECE_2017.pdf
  • O’Brien MJ, Ong R, Reynolds, G (2017) Intra-annual plasticity of growth mediates drought resilience over multiple years in tropical seedling communities. Global Change Biology. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13658. MOB_GCB_2017.pdf
  • O’Brien MJ, Engelbrecht BMJ, Joswig J, Pereyra G, Schuldt B, Jansen S, Kattge J, Landhäusser SM, Levick SR, Preisler Y, Väänänen P, Macinnis-Ng C (2017) A synthesis of tree functional traits related to drought-induced mortality in forests across climatic zones. Journal of Applied EcologyMOB_JAPPL_2017.pdf


  • Cheng Choon A, O’Brien MJ, Ng KKS, Lee PC, Hector A, Schmid B, Shimizu KK (2017) Genetic diversity of two tropical tree species of the Dipterocarpaceae following logging and restoration in Borneo: high genetic diversity in plots with high species diversity. Plant Ecology and Diversity, 9, 459 – 469. ACC_PED_2016.pdf
  • Tuck SL, O’Brien MJ, Philipson CD, Saner P, Tanadini M, Dzulkifli D, Godfray HCJ, Godoong E, Nilus R, Ong RC, Schmid B, Sinun W, Snaddon JL, Snoep M, Tangki H, Tay J, Ulok P, Wai YS, Weilenmann M, Reynolds G, Hector A. (2016). The value of biodiversity for the functioning of tropical forests: insurance effects during the first decade of the Sabah Biodiversity Experiment. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 283, 20161451. SLT_PRSB_2016.pdf
  • Iturrate-Garcia M, O’Brien MJ, Khitun O, Abiven S, Niklaus PA, Schaepman-Strub G (2016) Interactive effects of plant functional types and soil on species diversity and community composition in tundra. Ecology and Evolution, 6, 8126 – 8137. MIG_EcoEvo_2016.pdf
  • Argüello A, O’Brien MJ*, van der Heijden MGA, Wiemken A, Schmid B, Niklaus PA (2016) Options of partners improve carbon for phosphorus trade in the arbuscular mycorrhizal mutualism. Ecology Letters, 19, 648 – 656. MOB_EcoLet_2016.pdf        *I am co-first author. Analyzed and wrote the article.


  • O’Brien MJ, Burslem DFRP, Caduff A, Tay J, Hector A (2015). Contrasting non-structural carbohydrate dynamics of tropical tree seedlings under water deficit and variability. New Phytologist, 205, 1083 – 1094. MOB_NPH_2015.pdf


  • Philipson CD, Dent DH, O’Brien MJ, Chamagne J, Dzulkifli D, Nilus R, Philips S, Reynolds G, Saner P, Hector A (2014) A trait-based trade-off between growth and mortality: evidence from 15 tropical tree species using size-specific relative growth rates. Ecology and Evolution, 4, 3675 – 3688. CDP_EcoEvo_2014.pdf
  • O’Brien MJ, Leuzinger S, Philipson CD, Tay J, Hector A (2014). Drought survival of tropical tree seedlings enhanced by non-structural carbohydrate levels. Nature Climate Change, 4, 710 – 714. MOB_NCC_2014.pdf   MOB_NCC_Sup_2014.pdf


  • O’Brien MJ, Philipson CD, Tay J, Hector A (2013) The influence of variable rainfall frequency on germination and early growth of shade-tolerant dipterocarp seedlings in Borneo. PLoS ONE, 8, e70287. MOB_POne_2013.pdf


  • Hector A, Philipson C, Saner P, Chamagne J, Dzulkifli D, O’Brien MJ, Snaddon JL, Ulok P, Weilenmann M, Reynolds G, Godfray HCJ (2011) The Sabah Biodiversity Experiment: a long-term test of the role of tree diversity in restoring tropical forest structure and functioning. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 366, 3303 – 3315. AH_PhilTrans_2011.pdf


  • O’Brien MJ, Gomola CE, Horton TR (2010) The effect of forest soil and community composition on ectomycorrhizal colonization and seedling growth. Plant and Soil, 341, 321 – 331. MOB_PlantSoil_2010.pdf


  • O’Brien MJ, O’Hara KL, Erbilgin N, Wood DL (2007) Overstory and shrub effects on natural regeneration processes in native Pinus radiata. Forest Ecology and Management, 240, 178 – 185. MOB_FEM_2007.pdf