McDonald, R.I. in press. Conservation for cities: How to plan & build natural infrastructure. Washington, DC: Island Press.
McDonald, R. I. in press. Putting biodiversity and ecosystem services into urban planning and conservation. In K. Seto & W. D. Solecki (eds.), Handbook on urbanization and global environmental change. Okon, UK: Taylor & Francis.
McDonald, R. I., Guneralp, B., Zipperer, W., & Marcotullio, P. in press. The future of global urbanization and the environment. Solutions.
Reddy, S.W, R.I. McDonald, A.S. Maas, A. Rogers, E.H. Girvetz, S.Wood, J. Molnar, T. Finley, G. Leathers, J. DiMuro. in press. Characterizing Water Risk and Informing Business Strategies in Industrialized Watersheds: Case Study of the Brazos River Basin, TX. Ecosystem Science.
Tallis, H., J. Lubchenco, R.I. McDonald, and 237 more co-authors. 2014. Working together: A call for inclusive conservation. Nature 515(7525): 27-28.
McDonald, R.I., and D. Shemie. 2014. Urban water blueprint: Mapping conservation solutions to the global water challenge. Washington, DC: The Nature Conservancy.
McDonald, R.I., K. Weber, J. C. Padowski, M. Florke, C. Schneider, P. Green, T. Gleason, S. Eckman, B. Lehner, D. Balk, T. Boucher, G. Grill, and M. Montgomery. 2014. Water on an urban planet: Urbanization and the reach of urban water infrastructure. Global Environmental Change 27:96-105.
McDonald, R.I. and E. Girvetz. 2013. Two Challenges for U.S. Irrigation Due to Climate Change: Increasing Irrigated Area in Wet States and Increasing Irrigation Rates in Dry States. PLOS One. 8(6): e65589. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065589.
McDonald, R.I. 2013. The implications of urbanization for conservation and biodiversity protection. In S. Levin (ed.). Encyclopedia of biodiversity, 2nd edition, Elsevier, New York, NY.
Girvetz, E., R.I. McDonald, M. Heiner, J. Kiesecker, G. Davaa, C. Pague, M. Burnin, and E. Oidov. 2012. In Hilty, J.A., C. Chester, and M. Cross (eds). Climate and conservation: Landscape and seascape science, planning, and action, Island Press, Washington, DC.
Vaux, H. D. Balk, E. Cook, P. Gleick, W. Lau, M. Levy, E. Malone, R.I. McDonald, D. Shindell, L. Thompson, J. Wescoat, M. Williams, R. Matthew, M. Walser, L. Helsabeck, M. Majmundar, S. Freeland. 2012. Himalayan glaciers: Climate change, water resources, and water security. The National Academies Press, Washington, DC.
Christensen, J., R. McDonald, C. Denning. 2012. Ecological urbanism for the 21st century. Chronicles of Higher Education. January 22.
McDonald, R.I., J. Olden, J. Opperman, W. Miller, J. Fargione, C. Revenga, J. Higgins, J. Powell. 2012. Energy, Water and Fish: Biodiversity Impacts of Energy-Sector Water Demand in the United States Depend on Efficiency and Policy Measures. PLoS One 7(11): e50219.
McDonald, R.I. and P. Marcotullio. 2011. Global effects of urbanization on ecosystem services. In J. Niemelä (ed.). Handbook of Urban Ecology, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.
McDonald, R.I. 2011. The coming global urbanization: What it means for freshwater provision. Journal of the American Water Works Association. October: 20-21.
McDonald R.I., Green P., Balk D., Fekete B., Revenga C., Todd M. & Montgomery M. 2011. Urban growth, climate change, and freshwater availability. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(15):6312-6317. Media coverage: Agence France Presse, EFE, Xinhua, El Pais, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Scientific American.
McDonald, R.I., and T. Boucher. 2011. Global development and the future of the protected area strategy. Biological Conservation 144: 383-392.
McDonald, R. I., I. Douglas, N. B. Grimm, R. Hale, C. Revenga, J. Gronwall, and B. Fekete. 2011. Implications of fast urban growth for freshwater provision. Ambio 40:437-447.
Denning, C., R.I. McDonald, and J. Christensen. 2010. Did land protection in Silicon Valley reduce the housing stock? Biological Conservation 143:1087-1093.
McDonald, R.I., R.T.T. Forman, and P. Kareiva. 2010. Open space loss and land inequality in United States’ cities, 1990-2000. PLoS One 5(3):e9509.
McDonald, R.I. 2009. The promise and pitfalls of systematic conservation planning. Proceedings of the National Academies of Science 106(36): 15101-15102.
McDonald, R.I., J. Fargione, J. Kiesecker, W. Miller, and J. Powell. 2009. Energy sprawl or energy efficiency: climate policy impacts on natural habitat for the United States of America. PLoS One 4(8):e6802. Media coverage: New York Times, NPR, Bloomberg News. The term was picked up in the Congressional debate on climate change, and was the subject of an editorial in the Wall Street Journal.
McDonald, R. I., R. Forman, P. Kareiva, R. Neugarten, D. Salzer, and J. Fisher. 2009. Urban effects, distance, and protected areas in an urbanizing world. Landscape and Urban Planning 93:63-75.
McDonald, R. I. 2009. Ecosystem service demand and supply along the urban-to-rural gradient. Journal of Conservation Planning 5: 1-14.
McDonald, R.I. 2009. Ecopolis: architecture and cities for a changing climate (book review). Landscape Ecology 24(6): 849-850.