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University of Oregon

Jessica Green

Research Interests

I am an applied and theoretical ecologist interested in biological diversity and asking questions about patterns in the distribution and abundance of species. The overarching aim of my work is to understand the forces that organize heterogeneous ecological systems, and to apply this understanding to help inform conservation policy and management decisions. I use interdisciplinary approaches at the interface of microbiology, ecology, mathematics, informatics, and computer science. Current systems of study include soil microbial communities in marine, alpine and mediterranean systems. Specific attention has been directed to exploring patterns and principles that may be common to microbes, plants and animals.

Selected Publications

Green, J.L., Bohannan, B.J.M, Whitaker, R.J. (2008) In press. Microbial biogeography: from taxonomy to traits. Science.

Morlon, H., Chuyong, G., Condit, R., Hubbell, S., Kenfack, D., Duncan, T., Renato, V., Green, J.L. In press. A general framework for the distance-decay of similarity in ecological communities. Ecology Letters.

Bryant, J., Lamanna, C,. Morlon, H., Kerkhoff, A.J., Enquist, B.J., Green, J.L. In press. Microbes on mountainsides: contrasting elevational patterns of bacterial and plant diversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Green, J.L. and J.B. Plotkin. 2007. A statistical theory for sampling species abundances. Ecology Letters 10:1037-1045

Green, J.L., Bohannan, B.J.M. 2006. Spatial scaling of microbial biodiversity. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 21:501 – 507.

Green, J.L., Holmes, A.J., Westoby, M., Oliver, I., Briscoe, D., Dangerfield, M., Gillings, M., Beattie, A. 2004. Spatial scaling of microbial eukaryote diversity. Nature 432: 747 – 750.


BI 410/510: Theoretical Ecology
BI 399: Biodiversity and Biogeography