Email: cmarks ’at’ tnc.org
Dr. Marks’s area of research is forest ecology and conservation. Current research focuses on the floodplain forests of the Connecticut River.
• 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
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
Updated: January 6, 2012