Dr Rob Salguero-Gómez

Research Interests

Rob's research group (The SalGo Team) carries out research in the following areas:

  • Drivers of life history strategies
  • The evolution of and escape from senescence
  • Functional trait demography
  • Species distributions and habitat suitability
  • Life history oddities and gaps of knowledge
  • Conservation biology and population forecast
  • Comparative demography
  • Population modelling

Rob's ultimate goal is to develop an integrative academic research programme bringing together biochemical, anatomic and physiological approaches to examine demographic aspects of an organism' life cycle through a combination angles including field and lab work, as well as ecological modeling and comparative biology.


Selected academic roles:


Honorary affiliations:

  • Center of Excellence in Environmental Decisions, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany
  • University of Sheffield, UK

Contact Details


Research group website

+44 01865 (2) 71188

Department of Zoology
11a Mansfield Rd
Oxford, UK

Office 615.10.50


Selected Publications

Jelbert K, Buss D, McDonald J, Townley S, Franco M, Stott I, Jones O, Salguero-Gómez R, Buckley Y, Knight T, Sargent F, Rolph S♮, Wilson P & Hodgson D. In press. Demographic predictors of invasiveness among plants. Nature Communications

Briscoe N♮, Elith J, Salguero-Gómez R, Lahoz-Monfort J, Camac J, Giljohann K, Holden M, Hradsky B, McMahon S, Phillips B, Regan T, Rhodes J, Vesk P, Wintle B, Yen J, Guillera-Arroita G. 2019Process-explicit models of species range dynamics: matching potential to need. Ecology Letters 22, 1940-1956 DOI 10.1111/ele.12248

Healy K♮, Ezard T, Jones O, Salguero-Gómez R* & Buckley Y*. 2019. Beyond the fast-slow continuum in animal life-histories. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3, 1217-1224 DOI 10.1038/s41559-019-0938-7

Conde D, Staerk J, Colchero F, da Silva R, Schöley J, Baden M, Jouvet L, Fa J, Syed H, Jongejans E, Meiri S, Gaillard J-M, Chamberlain S, Wilcken J, Jones O, Dahlgren J, Steiner Uk, Bland L, Gomez-Mestre I, Lebreton J-D, González Vargas J, Flesness N, Canudas-Romo V, Salguero-Gómez R, Byers O, Berg T, Scheuerlein A, Devillard S, Schigel D, Ryder O, Possingham P, Baudisch A & Vaupel J. The Demographic Species Index of Knowledge: revealing data gaps and opportunities to advance conservation and comparative biology. PNAS 116, 9658-9664 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1816367116

Kissling D, Guralnick R, Agosti D, Amengual J, Basset A, van Bodegom P, Bowser A, Cornelissen J, Denny E, Deudero S, Egloff W, Elmendorf S, Alonso García E, Jones K, Jones M, Jones O, Kattge J, Lear D, Navarro L, Pawar S, Pirzl R, Rüger N, Sal S, Salguero-Gómez R, Schigel D, Schulz K-S & Skidmore A. Towards global data products of Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) on species traits. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2, 1531–1540 DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0667-3

Paniw M♮, Ozgul A, Salguero-Gómez R. 2018. Interactive life-history traits predict sensitivity of plants and animals to temporal autocorrelation. Ecology Letters 21, 275-286 DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.13148

Csergõ A, Salguero-Gómez R, Broennimann O, Coutts S, Angert A, Welk E, McGill B, Svenning JC, Violle C, Enquist B, Guisan A & Buckley Y. 2017. Macroclimatic suitability predicts basic demographic processes but not population growth rates and extinction risk. Ecology Letters 20, 969-980 DOI: 10.1111/ele.12794

Salguero-Gómez R. 2017. Applications of the fast-slow continuum & reproductive strategy framework of plant life histories. New Phytologist 4, 1618–1624 DOI: 10.1111/nph.14289 Tansley Early Career Medal finalist.

Coutts S, Salguero-Gómez R, Csergo A & Buckley Y. 2016. Extrapolating demography with climate, proximity and phylogeny: approach with caution. Ecology Letters 19, 1429-1438 DOI:10.1111/ele.12691

Salguero-Gómez R, Jones OR, Archer CA♮, Bein C♮, de Buhr H♮, Farack C♮, Gottschalk F♮, Hartmann A♮, Henning A♮, Hoppe G♮, Römer G♮, Ruoff T♮, Sommer V♮, Wille J♮, Zeh S♮, Vieregg D, Buckley YM, Che-Castaldo J, Conde DA, Hodgson D, Scheuerlein A, Caswell H, Vaupel JW. 2016. COMADRE: a global database of animal demography. Journal of Animal Ecology 85, 371-384. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12482 Elton Prize of the British Ecological Society

Salguero-Gómez R, Jones OR, Jongejans E, Blomberg S, Hodgson D, Mbeau Ache C, Zuidema PA, de Kroon H* & Buckley Y*. 2016. The fast-slow continuum and reproductive strategies structure plant life history variation worldwide. PNAS 113, 230-235. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1506215112

Salguero-Gómez R, Jones OR, Archer CA, Buckley YM, Che-Castaldo J, Caswell C, Scheuerlein A, Conde DA, Baudisch A, Brinks E♮, de Buhr H♮, Farack C♮, Gottschalk F♮, Hartmann A♮, Henning A♮, Hoppe G♮, Römer G♮, Runge J♮, Ruoff T♮, Wille J♮, Zeh S♮, Vieregg D, Altwegg R, Colchero F, Dong M, Hodgson D, de Kroon H, Lebreton J-D, Metcalf CJE, Neel M, Parker I, Takada T, Valverde T, Vélez-Espino LA, Wardle GM, Franco M* & Vaupel JW*. 2015. The COMPADRE Plant Matrix Database: an online repository for plant population dynamics. Journal of Ecology 103, 202-218 DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12334

Jones OR*, Scheuerlein A*, Salguero-Gómez R, Camarda CG, Schaible R, Casper BB, Dahlgren JP, Ehrlén J, García MB, Menges E, Quintana-Ascencio PF, Caswell H, Baudisch A & Vaupel J. 2014. Diversity of ageing across the tree of life. Nature 505, 169-173. DOI: 10.1038/nature12789 F1000Prime 

Adler P, Salguero-Gómez R, Compagnoni A, Hsu J, Ray-Mukherjee J, Mbeau-Ache C & Franco M.  2013. Functional traits explain variation in plant life history strategies. PNAS 111, 740-745 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1315179111


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