SalGo Lab

SalGo Lab

About the Group

The SalGo Team explores the drivers that diversify and constrained life history strategies in animals and plants. We use a broad repertoire of analytical tools (biochemical assays of oxidative damage, ecophysiological tests of stress, field experimental manipulations, long-term demographic censuses, phylogenetic comparative analyses) and data (e.g. individual level records, big data, simulations) to test theories from life history evolution.

A particular point of interest in the SalGo Team is the forces that result in species being able to escape from senescence, and the relationship between functional trait variation and life history trait variation worldwide.

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Dr Rob Salguero-Gomez 

Dr Pol Capdevila (Post Doc; Oxford)
Dr Aldo Compagnoni (Post Doc; iDiv)
Simon Rolph (DPhil; Sheffield)
Simran Aujla (DPhil; Sheffield)
Sam Levin (DPhil; iDiv)
James Cant (DPhil; Leeds)
Laura Merritt (DPhil; CEH)
Sara Middleton (DPhil; Oxford)
Mark Roper (DPhil rotation; Oxford)
Jakob Voigt (MA; MPIDR)
Dan-Tiberiu Fornica (MSc; MPIDR)

Recent 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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