Dr Rob Salguero-Gomez

Research Interests

My research group and I carry out research in the following areas:

  • Strategies that allow organisms to cope with extreme stochastic conditions and how will climate change affect their future performance
  • Conditions that favor the evolution of senesce, and mechanisms by which senescence may be postponed or avoided
  • Main drivers of life history diversity
  • Strength of trade-offs (e.g. survival and reproduction) in modular vs. unitary organisms
  • Effect of anatomical constraints and physiological mechanisms onto population dynamics

My ultimate goal is to develop an integrative academic research plan using 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.


Additional Information:


My Honorary affiliations include:

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

Contact Details

Selected Publications

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

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

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

Salguero-Gómez R. 2017. Applications of the fast-slow continuum & reproductive strategy framework of plant life histories. New Phytologist 4: 1618–1624. 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

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. Elton Prize of the British Ecological Society

Griffith A*, Salguero-Gómez R*, Merow C & McMahon S. 2016. Demography beyond the population. Journal of Ecology 104, 271-280

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.

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

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. 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

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