Christian Salas-Eljatib

Christian Salas-Eljatib

Full Professor of Biometrics

Universidad Mayor


I am a Full Professor of Biometrics at the Centre of Ecosystem Modelling and Monitoring (CEM) at the Universidad Mayor, in Santiago, Chile. His research interests include biometrics, applied statistics and ecological modelling. I lead the Biometrics group, which develops mathematical and statistical models for forecasting forest ecosystem features, allometry, and sampling.

  • Biometrics
  • Forest ecology
  • Applied statistics
  • PhD in Biometrics, 2011

    Yale University

  • MSc in Statistics, 2006

    University of Idaho

  • BSc in Forest Engineering, 2008

    Universidad de La Frontera


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(2022). Co-limitation towards lower latitudes shapes global forest diversity gradients. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 6 1423–1437.

(2022). Impacts of varying precipitation regimes upon the structure, spatial patterns, and productivity of Nothofagus pumilio-dominated old-growth forests in Patagonia. Forest Ecology and Management, 524 120519.

(2022). Root-associated endophytes isolated from juvenile Ulex europaeus L. (Fabaceae) plants colonizing rural areas in south-central Chile. Plant and Soil, 474 181–193.

(2022). Silviculture of South American temperate native forests. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science, 52 2.

(2022). The number of tree species on Earth. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 119 e2115329119.

(2021). Análisis de datos con el programa estadístico R: una introducción aplicada. Santiago, Chile: Ediciones Universidad Mayor. ISBN: 9789566086109.

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(2021). Growth equations in forest research: mathematical basis and model similarities. Current Forestry Reports, 7 230–244.

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(2020). Estructura y regeneración de bosques de Prumnopitys andina en los Andes del sur de Chile. Gayana Botanica, 77(1) 48–58.

(2020). Initial response of understory vegetation and tree regeneration to a mixed severity fire in old-growth Araucaria-Nothofagus forests. Applied Vegetation Science, 23(2) 210–222.

(2020). Recent deforestation drove the spike in Amazonian fires. Environmental Research Letters, 15 121003.

(2020). Short-term effects of variable-density thinning on regeneration in hardwood-dominated temperate rainforests. Forest Ecology and Management, 464 118058.

(2020). Shrub influences on seedlings performance when restoring the slow-growing conifer Pilgerodendron uviferum in southern bog forests. Restoration Ecology, 28(2) 396–407.

(2019). Climatic controls of decomposition drive the global biogeography of forest-tree symbioses. Nature, 569 404–408.

(2019). Evaluation of rust pathogenicity (Phragmidium violaceum) as a biological control agent for the invasive plant Rubus ulmifolius on Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile. Australasian Plant Pathology, 48(3) 201–208.

(2019). Modelos de efectos mixtos de altura-diámetro para Drimys winteri en el sur de Chile. Bosque, 40(1) 71–80.

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(2018). A simulation study using terrestrial LiDAR point cloud data to quantify spectral variability of a broad-leaved forest canopy. Sensors, 18(10) 3357.

(2018). A study on the effects of unbalanced data when fitting logistic regression models in ecology. Ecological Indicators, 85 502–508.

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(2018). Crecimiento de bosques secundarios y adultos de Nothofagus en el centro-sur de Chile. In P. Donoso, A. Promis & D. Soto: Silvicultura en bosques nativos. Experiencias en silvicultura y restauracion en Chile, Argentina y el oeste de Estados Unidos. 73–92. Valdivia, Chile: Oregon State University.

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(2018). Invasive plant species thresholds in the forests of Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile. Plant Ecology & Diversity, 11(2) 205–215.

(2018). Opciones de manejo para bosques secundarios de acuerdo a objetivos de largo plazo y su aplicación en bosques templados del centro-sur de Chile. In P. Donoso, A. Promis & D. Soto: Silvicultura en bosques nativos. Experiencias en silvicultura y restauracion en Chile, Argentina y el oeste de Estados Unidos. 93–114. Valdivia, Chile: Oregon State University.

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(2018). Short-term response of soil microorganisms, nutrients and plant recovery in fire-affected Araucaria araucana forests. Applied Soil Ecology, 131 99–106.

(2017). Light and nitrogen interact to influence regeneration in old-growth Nothofagus-dominated forests in south-central Chile. Forest Ecology and Management, 384 303–313.

(2017). Modeling 3D canopy structure and transmitted PAR using terrestrial LiDAR. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 43(2) 124–139..

(2017). Simultaneous estimation of above- and below-ground biomass in tropical forests of Viet Nam . Forest Ecology and Management, 390 147–156.

(2016). Modelación del crecimiento de bosques: estado del arte. Bosque, 37(1) 3–12.

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(2016). Positive biodiversity-productivity relationship predominant in global forests. Science, 354(6309) 196–207.

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(2016). Predicting the occurrence of large-diameter trees using airborne laser scanning. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 46(4) 461–469.

(2016). The forest sector in Chile: an overview and current challenges. Journal of Forestry, 114(5) 562–571.

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(2016). The invasive species Ulex europaeus (Fabaceae) shows high dynamism in a fragmented landscape of south-central Chile. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 188 495–509.

(2015). Effect of mixing soil saprophytic fungi with organic residues on the response of Solanum lycopersicum to arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Soil Use and Management, 31(1) 155–164.

(2015). Mapping tree density at a global scale. Nature, 525 201–205.

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(2014). Correction of erroneous LiDAR measurements in artificial forest canopy experimental setups. Forests, 5 1565–1583.

(2014). Effects of voxel size and sampling setup on the estimation of forest canopy gap fraction from terrestrial laser scanning data. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 194 230–240.

(2014). Establishment of empirical relations between fuel moisture content and the normalised difference vegetation index. Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 14(3) 670–675.

(2013). Biometría de los bosques naturales de Chile: estado del arte. In P. Donoso & A. Promis: Silvicultura en los bosques nativos: avances en la investigacion en Chile, Argentina y Nueva Zelanda. 109–151. Valdivia, Chile: Marisa Cuneo Ediciones.

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(2013). Influencia de la heterogeneidad del paisaje en la ocurrencia de incendios forestales en Chile Central. Revista de Geografía del Norte Grande, 55 157–170.

(2010). Modelling tree diameter from airborne laser scanning derived variables: A comparison of spatial statistical models. Remote Sensing of Environment, 114(6) 1277–1285 .

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(2008). ¿Por qué comprar un programa estadístico si existe R?. Ecología Austral, 18(2) 223–231..

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(2006). Modelling effects of overstory density and competing vegetation on tree height growth. M.Sc. thesis, University of Idaho. Moscow, ID, USA. 58 p.:.

(2006). Modelling height development of mature Nothofagus obliqua. Forest Ecology and Management, 229(1-3) 1–6.

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(2006). Spatial patterns in an old-growth Nothofagus obliqua forest in south-central Chile. Forest Ecology and Management, 231(1-3) 38–46.

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Universidad Mayor
Full Professor
November 2018 – Present Santiago, Chile
Centre for Ecosystem Modelling and Monitoring
University of Maine
Adjunct Faculty
July 2017 – Present Orono, Maine, USA
School of Forest Resources
Universidad de La Frontera
Associate Professor
January 2012 – July 2018 Temuco, Chile
Departamento de Ciencias Forestales
Yale University
Teaching Fellow
September 2006 – May 2010 New Haven, Connecticut, USA
School of the Environment
University of Idaho
Research Assitant
September 2004 – May 2006 Moscow, Idaho, USA
Forest Biometrics Laboratory, partially funded by US Forest Service
Universidad de La Frontera
Assistant Professor
August 2004 – December 2011 Temuco, Chile
Departamento de Ciencias Forestales


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