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Marks, Christian

Email: cmarks ’at’

Links: The Nature Conservancy 
Connecticut River Program 

Primary Interests

Dr. Marks’s area of research is forest ecology and conservation. Current research focuses on the floodplain forests of the Connecticut River.

Current Projects:

• Quantifying critical thresholds in the physical processes such as flooding and sediment movement that govern floodplain forest ecology. This knowledge is being applied by The Nature Conservancy to restore and protect floodplain forests in the Connecticut River basin in partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers.
• Restoring American elm to its former ecological role as a canopy dominant in Connecticut River floodplain forests with a population of trees that are highly tolerant of Dutch-elm-disease.

• Studying demographic rates and population viability of Connecticut River floodplain tree species in relation to a range of factors including invasion by Oriental bittersweet vines, human alteration of river hydrology, and a resurgent beaver population.

Selected Recent Publications

Marks CO, and CD Canham. 2015. A quantitative framework for demographic trends in size-structured populations: analysis of threats to floodplain forests. Ecosphere 6:art232.

Marks CO, Nislow, KH, and FJ Magilligan. 2014. Quantifying flooding regime in floodplain forests to guide river restoration. Elementa 000031.

Nislow, KH, CO Marks, and KA Lutz. 2010. Aquatic Conservation Planning at a Landscape Scale. In Landscape-scale Conservation Planning. Editors SC Trombulak and RF Baldwin, Springer Netherlands: 99-119.

Wright, SJ, K Kitajima, D Bunker, R Condit , J Dalling, S Davies, S Díaz, BMJ Engelbrecht, KE Harms, SP Hubbell, N Kraft, CO Marks, et al. 2010. “Functional traits and the growth–mortality trade-off in tropical trees.” Ecology 91: 3664-3674.

Marks, CO, and HC Muller-Landau. 2007. Comment on “From Plant Traits to Plant Communities: A Statistical Mechanistic Approach to Biodiversity”. Science 316: 1425c

Marks, CO. 2007. The causes of variation in tree seedling traits: the roles of environmental selection versus chance. Evolution 61: 455-469

Marks, CO, and MJ Lechowicz. 2007. The ecological and functional correlates of nocturnal transpiration. Tree Physiology 27: 577-584

Marks, CO, and MJ Lechowicz. 2006. Alternative functional designs and the evolution of diversity. The American Naturalist. 167: 55-66

Marks, CO, and MJ Lechowicz. 2006. A holistic tree seedling model for the investigation of functional trait diversity. Ecological Modelling 193: 141-181

Muller-Landau, HC, RS Condit, KE Harms, CO Marks, et al. 2006. Comparing tropical forest tree size distributions with the predictions of metabolic ecology and equilibrium models. Ecology Letters 9:589-602


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