Pablo A Marquet
Dr. Marquet is a Chilean Ecologist, known for his contributions in the fields of macroecology, theoretical ecology, conservation, and global change, and author of 190 publications including three books. Early in his carrier he started working on the quest for general principles underlying the complexity of ecological systems that contributed to the disciplines of metabolic ecology and ecological scaling. His work on the relationship between the size of organisms and their abundance proved to be of great generality as well as his work on the evolution of body size on landmasses; connecting body size to area, evolution, and fitness. He pioneered the development of Metapopulation models in dynamic landscapes uniting concepts from epidemiology and ecology and the emergence of power laws in ecological systems, being among the first to provide empirical evidence of Self-Organized Criticality in ecological systems using the extinction record of birds in Hawaii. In parallel, he carried important work on the conservation of vertebrate species and on the impact of climate change in the Americas and Europe. His current work focuses on the emergence of ecological diversity, the drivers and consequences of human cultural complexity and the integration of theories in ecology. He is member of the Chilean National Academy of Science, a former Guggenheim Fellow and member of the science board of several national and international organizations.