Power laws in ecology

Principal Investigators:

Pablo A. Marquet

This proposal is aimed at exploring the existence of power law distributions in ecological systems from empirical and theoretical perspectives. I propose to explore in a comprehensive way the existence of power laws in body size,geographic range and abundance distributions in different taxa and at different scales. My approach focuses in analyzing the scaling of these fat-tail distributions and in developing simple models and explanations based on known scaling relationships and spatially explicit models in order to account for their emergence.

Participants and Meetings

Working Group Participants
ActivityDatesFurther Information
Sabbatical Fellow1st September 2006—30th April 2007Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

Pablo A. Marquetpmarquet@bio.puc.clPontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Arim, Matias; Bozinovic, F.; Marquet, Pablo A. 2007. On the relationship between trophic position, body mass and temperature: reformulating the energy limitation hypothesis. Oikos. Vol: 116. Pages 1524-1530. (Abstract) (Online version)
Journal Article Badano, Ernesto I.; Villarroel, Elisa; Bustamante, Ramiro O.; Marquet, Pablo A.; Cavieres, Lohengrin. 2007. Ecosystem engineering facilitates invasions by exotic plants in high-Andean ecosystems. Journal of Ecology. Vol: 95. Pages 682-688. (Abstract) (Online version)
Journal Article Badano, Ernesto I.; Marquet, Pablo A. 2008. Ecosystem engineering affects ecosystem functioning in high-Andean landscapes. Oecologia. Vol: 155. Pages 821-829. (Abstract) (Online version)
Journal Article Badano, Ernesto I.; Marquet, Pablo A. 2009. Biogenic habitat creation affects biomass-diversity relationships in plant communities. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics. Vol: 11(3). Pages 191-201. (Online version)
Journal Article Cofre, Hernan; Böhning-Gaese, Katrin; Marquet, Pablo A. 2007. Rarity in Chilean forest birds: which ecological and life-history traits matter?. Diversity and Distributions. Vol: 13. Pages 203-212. (Online version)
Journal Article Del-Val, Ek; Armesto, Juan; Barbosa, Olga; Marquet, Pablo A. 2007. Effects of herbivory and patch size on tree seedling survivorship in a fog-dependent coastal rainforest in semiarid Chile. Oecologia. Vol: 153. Pages 625-632. (Online version)
Journal Article Gutierrez, Alvaro G.; Barbosa, Olga; Christie, Duncan A.; Del-Val, Ek; Ewing, Holly; Jones, Clive G.; Marquet, Pablo A.; Weathers, Kathleen C.; Armesto, Juan. 2008. Regeneration patterns and persistence of the fog-dependent Fray Jorge forest in semiarid Chile during the past two centuries. Global Change Biology. Vol: 14. Pages 161-176. (Online version)
Journal Article Labra, Fabio A.; Marquet, Pablo A.; Bozinovic, F. 2007. Scaling metabolic rate fluctuations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Vol: 104. Pages 10900-10903. (Online version)
Journal Article Lenoir, J.; Gegout, J. C.; Marquet, Pablo A.; de Ruffray, P.; Brisse, H. 2008. A significant upward shift in plant species optimum elevation during the 20th century. Science. Vol: 320. Pages 1768-1771. (Online version)
Book Chapter Marquet, Pablo A.; Abades, Sebastian R.; Labra, Fabio A. 2007. Biodiversity power laws. Edited by Marquet, P.A.; Brown, J.H.. Scaling Biodiversity. Pages 441-461. (Online version)
Book Chapter Marquet, Pablo A.; Abades, Sebastian R.; Keymer, Juan E.; Zeballos, H. 2008. Discontinuities in body size distributions: A view from the top. Edited by Allen, C.R.; Holling, C.S.. Discontinuity theory in ecosystems and other complex systems. Columbia University Press. (Online version)
Journal Article Napolitano, Constanza; Bennett, Magdalena; Johnson, Warren E.; O'Brien, Stephen J.; Marquet, Pablo A.; Ivan, Barria; Poulin, Elie; Iriarte, Agustin. 2008. Ecological and biogeographical inferences on two sympatric and enigmatic andean cat species using genetic identification of feacal samples. Molecular Ecology. Vol: 17. Pages 678-690. (Online version)
Journal Article Rivadeneira, M.; Marquet, Pablo A. 2007. Selective extinction of late Neogene bivalves on the temperate Pacific coast of South America. Paleobiology. Vol: 33(3). Pages 455-468. (Online version)
Journal Article Rivadeneira, M.; Marquet, Pablo A. 2007. Selectivity extinction of late neogene bivalve extinction in the temperate Pacific coast of South America. Paleobiology. Vol: 33. Pages 455-468. (Online version)
Journal Article Samaniego, Horacio; Marquet, Pablo A. 2009. Mammal and butterfly species richness in Chile: Taxonomic covariation and history. Revista Chilena de Historia Natural. Vol: 82. Pages 135-151. (Online version)
Book Chapter Storch, David; Marquet, Pablo A.; Brown, James H. 2007. Introduction: Scaling biodiversity- what is the problem?. Edited by Storch, David; Marquet, Pablo A., Brown, James H.. Scaling Biodiversity. Cambridge University Press. Pages 1-11. (Online version)
Journal Article Tognelli, Marcelo F.; Ramirez de Arellano, Pablo I.; Marquet, Pablo A. 2008. How well do the existing and proposed reserve networks represent vertebrate species in Chile? . Diversity and Distributions. Vol: 14. Pages 148-158. (Online version)
Journal Article Vergara, Pablo M.; Marquet, Pablo A. 2007. On the seasonal effect of landscape structure on a bird species: the thorn-tailed rayadito in a relict forest in northern Chile. Landscape Ecology. Vol: 22. Pages 1059-1071. (Online version)
Journal Article Wilson, Kerrie; Underwood, Emma C.; Morrison, Scott A.; Klausmeyer, Kirk; Murdoch, William W.; Reyers, Belinda; Wardell-Johnson, Grant; Marquet, Pablo A.; Rundel, Phil W.; McBride, Marissa F.; Pressey, Robert; Bode, Michael; Hoekstra, Jonathan; Andelman, Sandy J.; Looker, Michael; Rondinini, Carlo; Kareiva, Peter; Shaw, M. Rebecca; Possingham, Hugh P. 2007. Conserving biodiversity efficiently: What to do, where, and when. PLoS Biology. Vol: 5(9). Pages 1850-1861. (Online version)
"Power laws in ecology" is project ID: 11063