Christian Salas-Eljatib

Christian Salas-Eljatib

Full Professor of Biometrics

Universidad Mayor

Biography

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.

Interests
  • Biometrics
  • Forest ecology
  • Statistics
  • Differential equations
  • Sampling
Education
  • PhD in Biometrics, 2011

    Yale University

  • M.Phill in Biometrics, 2009

    Yale University

  • MSc in Statistics, 2006

    University of Idaho

  • BSc in Forest Engineering, 2008

    Universidad de La Frontera

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(2022). Understanding and modelling the dynamics of data point clouds of relative growth rate and plant size. Forest Ecology and Management, 529: 120652. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2022.120652.

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(2022). Analysing changes in spatial point patterns: a proposal using data from a forest thinning experiment. Forest Ecosystems, 9: 100081. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fecs.2022.100081.

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(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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2022.120519.

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(2022). Co-limitation towards lower latitudes shapes global forest diversity gradients. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 6: 1423–1437. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-022-01831-x.

(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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11104-022-05324-5.

(2022). The number of tree species on Earth. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 119: e2115329119. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2115329119.

(2022). Silviculture of South American temperate native forests. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science, 52: 2. https://doi.org/10.33494/nzjfs522022x173x.

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(2021). Growth equations in forest research: mathematical basis and model similarities. Current Forestry Reports, 7: 230–244. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40725-021-00145-8.

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

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(2020). Recent deforestation drove the spike in Amazonian fires. Environmental Research Letters, 15: 121003. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/abcac7.

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(2020). Short-term effects of variable-density thinning on regeneration in hardwood-dominated temperate rainforests. Forest Ecology and Management, 464: 118058. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2020.118058.

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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. https://doi.org/10.4067/S0717-66432020000100048.

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(2020). Shrub influences on seedlings performance when restoring the slow-growing conifer Pilgerodendron uviferum in southern bog forests. Restoration Ecology, 28(2) : 396–407. https://doi.org/10.1111/rec.13090.

(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. https://doi.org/10.1111/avsc.12479.

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(2019). Climatic controls of decomposition drive the global biogeography of forest-tree symbioses. Nature, 569 404–408. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-019-1128-0.

(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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13313-019-0615-y.

(2019). Modelos de efectos mixtos de altura-diámetro para Drimys winteri en el sur de Chile. Bosque, 40(1) : 71–80. https://doi.org/10.4067/S0717-92002019000100071.

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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. https://doi.org/10.3390/s18103357.

(2018). Short-term response of soil microorganisms, nutrients and plant recovery in fire-affected Araucaria araucana forests. Applied Soil Ecology, 131 99–106. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsoil.2018.08.010.

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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). 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). Invasive plant species thresholds in the forests of Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile. Plant Ecology & Diversity, 11(2) : 205–215. https://doi.org/10.1080/17550874.2018.1444109.

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(2018). A study on the effects of unbalanced data when fitting logistic regression models in ecology. Ecological Indicators, 85 502–508. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.10.030.

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(2017). Simultaneous estimation of above- and below-ground biomass in tropical forests of Viet Nam . Forest Ecology and Management, 390 147–156. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2017.01.030.

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(2017). Modeling 3D canopy structure and transmitted PAR using terrestrial LiDAR. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 43(2) : 124–139. https://doi.org/10.1080/07038992.2017.1286937.

(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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2016.11.016.

(2016). Positive biodiversity-productivity relationship predominant in global forests. Science, 354(6309) : 196–207. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aaf8957.

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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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10661-016-5498-6.

(2016). Modelación del crecimiento de bosques: estado del arte. Bosque, 37(1) : 3–12. https://doi.org/10.4067/S0717-92002016000100001.

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(2016). The forest sector in Chile: an overview and current challenges. Journal of Forestry, 114(5) : 562–571. https://doi.org/10.5849/jof.14-062.

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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. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjfr-2015-0384.

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(2015). Mapping tree density at a global scale. Nature, 525 201–205. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature14967.

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(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. https://doi.org/10.1111/sum.12160.

(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. https://doi.org/10.4067/S0718-95162014005000053.

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(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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2014.04.013.

(2014). Correction of erroneous LiDAR measurements in artificial forest canopy experimental setups. Forests, 5 1565–1583. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.3390/f5071565.

(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. https://doi.org/10.4067/S0718-34022013000200011.

(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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(2010). Modelling tree diameter from airborne laser scanning derived variables: A comparison of spatial statistical models. Remote Sensing of Environment, 114(6) : 1277–1285 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2010.01.020.

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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). Spatial patterns in an old-growth Nothofagus obliqua forest in south-central Chile. Forest Ecology and Management, 231 : 38–46. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2006.04.037.

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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.:.

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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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