Marco Visser

Pacala lab
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102 Eno Hall

Marco is interested in confronting theory with empirical data. Generally, his work has one overarching theme: linking ecological patterns across spatio-temporal scales, and levels of biological organization (e.g. trophic level or life-stage). Research topics include disentangling the major demographic processes that structure tropical communities, evolution of reproductive strategies, and advancing computational, mathematical and statistical methodology in ecology and biology. 

Publications List: 

1. M. D. Visser, S. Joseph Wright, Helene C. Muller-Landau, Gemma Rutten and Patrick A. Jansen. Tri-trophic interactions affect density dependence of seed fate in a tropical forest palm. 2011, Ecology Letters. 14, 1093-1100.

2. M. D. Visser, S. Joseph Wright, Helene C. Muller-Landau, Eelke Jongejans, Liza S. Comita, Hans de Kroon and Stefan Schnitzer. Tree species vary widely in their tolerance for liana infestation: A case study of differential host response to generalist parasites. 2018, Journal of Ecology.

3. M. D. Visser, M. Bruijning, S. J. Wright, H. C. Muller-Landau, E. Jongejans, L. S. Comita and H. de Kroon. Functional traits as predictors of vital rates across the life-cycle of tropical trees. Functional Ecology.

4. M. D. Visser, E. Jongejans, M. van Breugel, P. A. Zuidema, Y. Chen, A. R. Kassim, H. de Kroon. 2011. Strict mast fruiting for a tropical dipterocarp tree: A demographic cost-benefit analysis of delayed reproduction and seed predation. 2011, Journal of Ecology.

5. M. D. Visser, S. M. McMahon, C. Merow, P. M. Dixon, S. Record and E. Jongejans. Speeding Up Ecological and Evolutionary Computations in R; Essentials of High Performance Computing for Biologists. PLoS Comput Biol 11(3): e1004140. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004140. 2015.