Christian MarksChristian Marks


Primary Interests

  • Floodplain processes and restoration
  • Forest community ecology
  • Form and function in trees

Current Projects

  • Quantification of critical thresholds in floodplain processes to help guide restoration.
  • Building trait-based models of forest community assembly.
  • Development of more disease resistant American elms.

Selected Publications

Marks C.O., Garcia E., Molin J.P. (in press) Scale and climate regulation as a conservation incentive. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

Marks C.O., Yellen B.C., Wood S.A., Nislow K.H. (in press) Variation in tree growth along soil formation and microtopographic gradients in riparian forests. Wetlands

Marks C.O., Atia H. (in press) Seedling submergence tolerances accurately predict riparian tree species distributions: insights to help design environmental flows. Wetlands

Marks C.O., Muller-Landau H.C., Tilman D. (2017) Tree diversity in relation to maximum tree height: evidence for the harshness hypothesis of species diversity gradients. Ecology Letters 20: 398-399.

Marks C.O. (2017) The ecological role of American elm (Ulmus americana L.) in floodplain forests of northeastern North America. In Proceedings of the American Elm Restoration Workshop 2016; 2016 October 25-27; Lewis Center, OH. Editors: Pinchot C.C., Knight K.S., Haugen L.M., Flower C.E., Slavicek J. M., Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-174. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 74-98.

Pinchot C.C., Flower C.E., Knight K.S., Marks C.O., et al. (2017) Development of new Dutch elm disease-tolerant selections for restoration of the American elm in urban and forested landscapes. In Proceedings of Workshop on Gene Conservation of Tree Species—Banking on the Future. Editors: Sniezko R.A., Man, G., Hipkins V., Woeste K., Gwaze D., Kliejunas J.T., McTeague B.A., Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-963. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 53-63.

Marks C. O., Muller-Landau H. C., Tilman D (2016) Tree diversity, tree height and environmental harshness in eastern and western North America. Ecology Letters 19: 743-751.

Van Driesche, R. G., Simberloff, D., Wagner, D., Hoddle, M., Blossey, B., Heinz, K., Marks, C. O. (editors) (2016) Integrating Biological Control into Conservation Practice. Wiley; New York, USA

Marks, C. O. and Van Driesche, R. G. (2016) Designing restoration programs based on understanding the drivers of ecological change. In Integrating Biological Control into Conservation Practice. Editors Van Driesche, R. G., Simberloff, D., Wagner, D., Hoddle, M., Blossey, B., Heinz, K., Marks, C. O. Wiley; New York, USA

Marks, C. O. and Canham, C. D. (2015) A quantitative framework for demographic trends in size-structured populations: Analysis of threats to floodplain forests. Ecosphere 6: art232

Julian D. W., Hickey J. T., Fields W. L., Ostadrahimi L., Maher K. M., Barker T. G., Hatfield C. L., Lutz K., Marks C. O., Sandoval-Solis S. (2015) Decision Support System for Water and Environmental Resources in the Connecticut River Basin. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 04015038.

Marks, C. O., Nislow, K.H., Magilligan, F. J. (2014) Quantifying flooding regime in floodplain forests to guide river restoration. Elementa 2: 000031

Nislow, K. H., Marks C. O., et al. (2010). Aquatic Conservation Planning at a Landscape Scale. In Landscape-scale Conservation Planning. Editors S. C. Trombulak and R. F. Baldwin, Springer; Netherlands: 99-119.

Wright, S.J., Kitajima, K., Bunker, D., Condit, R., Dalling, J., Davies, S., Díaz, S., Engelbrecht, B.M.J., Harms, K.E., Hubbell, S.P., Kraft, N., Marks, C.O., et al. (2010). “Functional traits and the growth–mortality trade-off in tropical trees.” Ecology 91: 3664-3674.

Marks, C.O., and Muller-Landau, H.C. (2007). Comment on “From Plant Traits to Plant Communities: A Statistical Mechanistic Approach to Biodiversity”. Science 316: 1425c

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

Marks, C.O., and Lechowicz, M.J. (2007). The ecological and functional correlates of nocturnal transpiration. Tree Physiology 27: 577-584

Marks, C.O., and Lechowicz, M.J. (2006). Alternative designs and the evolution of functional diversity. The American Naturalist. 167: 55-66

Marks, C.O., and Lechowicz, M.J. (2006). A holistic tree seedling model for the investigation of functional trait diversity. Ecological Modelling 193: 141-181

Muller-Landau, H., Condit, R. S., Harms, K.E., Marks, C.O., et al. (2006). Comparing tropical forest tree size distributions with the predictions of metabolic ecology and equilibrium models. Ecology Letters 9:589-602

Marks, C.O., and Lechowicz, M.J. (2000). Tree seedling water-use during a late summer drought. In L’arbre 2000 The Tree: Proceedings of the 4th international symposium on the tree. Editors Isabelle Quentin and Michel Labrecque.