CV

Christopher Allen Gabler
Curriculum Vitae

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Education: 
  • 2013-present Postdoc. United States Geological Survey, National Wetlands Research Center, advisor: Michael Osland
  • 2012-13 Postdoc. University of Houston, Dept Biology and Biochemistry, advisor: Steven Pennings
  • 2012 Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Rice University, advisor: Evan Siemann
  • 2004-05 Ph.D. student (transferred after Hurricane Katrina). Tulane University, Dept Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, advisor: Jeff Chambers 
  • 2004 B.S. Biological Sciences (minor: Environmental Studies). Loyola University New Orleans, thesis advisor: David White 

Positions Held: 
  • 2013-present Postdoctoral Fellow. US Geological Survey, National Wetlands Research Center
  • 2012-13 Postdoctoral Fellow. Univ Houston, Dept Biology and Biochemistry
  • 2012 Instructor. Rice Univ, Dept Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • 2006-08, 2009-11 Wray Todd Graduate Fellow. Rice Univ, Dept Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • 2008-09 Lodieska Stockbridge Vaughn Graduate Fellow. Rice Univ, Dept Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • 2005 Visiting Graduate Research Assistant. Rice University, Dept Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • 2004-05 Teaching Assistant. Tulane University, Dept Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Peer-Reviewed Publications:
  • Gabler, C.A. and E. Siemann. Timing of favorable conditions, competition and fertility interact to govern recruitment of invasive Chinese tallow tree in stressful environments. PLoS ONE 8(8): e71446.
  • Yang, Q., J. Carrillo, J. Hongyue, S. Lei, S.M. Hovick, S. Nijjer, C.A. Gabler, B. Li and E. Siemann. Plant-soil interactions and Triadica sebifera invasion: a cross-continent comparative study. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 65:78-85.
  • Gabler, C.A. and E. Siemann. 2013. Rapid ontogenetic niche expansions in invasive Chinese tallow tree permit establishment in unfavorable but variable environments and can be exploited to streamline restoration. Journal of Applied Ecology 50(3)748-756.
  • Wundrow, E.J., J. Carrillo, C.A. Gabler, K.C. Horn and E. Siemann. 2012. Facilitation and competition among invasive plants: a field experiment with alligatorweed and water hyacinth. PLoS ONE 7:e48444.
  • Gabler, C.A. and E. Siemann. 2012. Environmental variability and ontogenetic niche shifts in exotic plants may govern reinvasion pressure in restorations of invaded ecosystems. Restoration Ecology 20(5):545-550.
  • Siemann, E., J.A. Carrillo, C.A. Gabler, R. Zipp and W.E. Rogers. 2009. Experimental test of the impacts of feral hogs on forest dynamics and processes in the southeastern US. Forest Ecology and Management 258(5):546-553.
  • Whitney, K.D. and C.A. Gabler. 2008. Rapid evolution in introduced species, “invasive traits” and recipient communities: challenges for invasive species risk assessments. Diversity and Distributions 14(4):569-580.
  • Horn, K.C., S.D. Johnson, K.M. Boles, A. Moore, E. Siemann and C.A. Gabler. 2008. Factors affecting hatching success of golden apple snail eggs: effects of water immersion and cannibalism. Wetlands 28(2):544-549.

Manuscripts in Revision or Review:
  • Yang, Q., S. Wei, L. Shang, J. Carrillo, C.A. Gabler, S. Nijjer, B. Li, and E. Siemann. Mycorrhizal associations of an invasive tree are enhanced by both genetic and environmental mechanisms. In review at Diversity and Distributions.

Manuscripts in Preparation (available upon request):
  • Gabler, C.A. and E. Siemann. Impacts of propagule availability and soil moisture variation on restoration outcomes in eleven habitats invaded by Chinese tallow tree along a moisture gradient. To be submitted to PNAS or Ecology

Other Publications:
  • Gabler, C.A. 2004. Modeling the growth of a Louisiana wetland: the dynamics of the Brants Pass Splay area. Undergraduate Honors Thesis: Loyola University New Orleans.

Research Grants:
  • 2009-11 NSF DDIG (US National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant). $15,000. ‘Dissertation Research: Predicting restoration outcomes in exotic-invaded ecosystems’ 
  • 2009-11 Native Plant Society of Texas Ann Miller Gonzalez Research Grant. $2,000. ‘Predicting restoration outcomes in exotic-invaded ecosystems’
  • 2008-09 Society of Wetland Scientists Student Research Grant. $1,000. ‘Towards predicting the resilience of invaded wetlands to ecological restoration: Tests of a new theory of habitat interannual variation and ontogenetic niche shifts in invader’ 
  • 2006-09 Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration. $8,000. ‘Impacts of management methods and invasive plants on recruitment, competitive exclusion and successional trajectories in Texas freshwater marsh restorations’ 

Awards & Honors:
  • 2013 Best Thesis Award ($100). Rice Univ, Dept Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • 2012 Honorable Mention, Best Presentation. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Symposium, Univ Houston & Rice Univ
  • 2009 Edgar O’Rear Travel Award ($500). Rice Univ 
  • 2008-09 Lodieska Stockbridge Vaughn Graduate Fellowship (tuition & stipend). Rice Univ 
  • 2008, 2009 Dean’s Travel Award ($350). Rice Univ, Weiss School of Natural Sciences 
  • 2008 Honorable Mention, Best Student Presentation Award. Society of Wetland Scientists
  • 2007, 2008, 2009 Travel Award ($200). Rice Univ, Dept Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • 2006-07, 2007-08, 2009-10, 2010-11 Wray Todd Graduate Fellowship (tuition & stipend). Rice Univ
  • 2006 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship ($2,000)
  • 2004 Outstanding Environmental Studies Student. Loyola Univ New Orleans
  • 2004 Magna cum Laude. Loyola Univ New Orleans
  • 2004 Honors in Biological Sciences. Loyola Univ New Orleans
  • 2004 University Honors Certificate. Loyola Univ New Orleans
Meeting Oral Presentations:
  • Gabler, C.A. and E. Siemann*. Aug 2012. How ontogenetic niche shifts in the moisture tolerances of an exotic tree influence its invasion dynamics. Ecological Society of America, Portland, OR. *Presenter
  • Gabler, C.A. and E. Siemann. Apr 2012. Predicting reinvasion pressure in restorations of ecosystems invaded by exotic plants. University of Houston and Rice University Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symposium, Houston, TX.
  • Gabler, C.A. and E. Siemann. Oct 2011. Predicting reinvasion pressure in restorations of ecosystems invaded by exotic plants. Society of Wetland Scientists South Central Chapter, Lafayette, LA.
  • Gabler, C.A. and E. Siemann. Aug 2011. Predicting variable reinvasion pressure in restorations of exotic plant-invaded ecosystems: field testing a new model emphasizing propagule pressure and abiotic variation. Society for Ecological Restoration, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.
  • Siemann, E., J. Carrillo, C. Gabler, J. Ding, W. Huang, Y. Wang, J. Zou, Z. Ling, B. Li, Q. Yang, Z. Yang, H. Shen and S. Fu. Aug 2011. Aboveground and belowground enemies and the invasion success of plants: Experimental tests in the US and China. Ecological Society of America, Austin, TX.
  • Gabler, C.A. and E. Siemann. Aug 2011. Predicting variable reinvasion pressure in restorations of exotic plant-invaded ecosystems: field testing a new model emphasizing propagule pressure and abiotic variation. Ecological Society of America, Austin, TX.
  • Gabler, C.A. and E. Siemann. Jun 2010. Soil moisture and propagule availability drive reinvasion pressure during restorations of exotic-dominated wetlands: can we use these factors to predict restoration outcomes? Society of Wetland Scientists, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Gabler, C.A. and E. Siemann. Aug 2009. Impacts of management methods and native and exotic propagule availability on restoration outcomes in a formerly invaded freshwater wetland after three years. Ecological Society of America, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Gabler, C.A. and E. Siemann. Jun 2009. Factors affecting recruitment of invasive Chinese tallow tree in restored wetlands: Evidence of ontogenetic niche shifts and the effects of water regime, competition and nutrient availability. Society of Wetland Scientists, Madison, WI.
  • Gabler, C.A. Apr 2009. Impacts of management methods and native and exotic propagule availability on restoration outcomes in a formerly invaded freshwater wetland after three years. University of Houston and Rice University Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symposium, Houston, TX.
  • Gabler, C.A. Jun 2008. Impacts of management methods and propagule availability on restoration outcomes in a formerly invaded freshwater wetland. Society of Wetland Scientists, Washington, DC.
  • Gabler, C.A. Aug 2007. Impacts of management methods and invasive plants on biodiversity, ecosystem function, and successional trajectories in a Texas freshwater marsh restoration after one year. Society for Ecological Restoration, Texas Chapter, Lubbock, TX.
  • Gabler, C.A. and D.A. White. Jun 2005. The 25-year growth of a Louisiana wetland and its relation to the flow volume of the Mississippi River: the Brants Pass splay area. Society of Wetland Scientists, Charleston, SC.

Meeting Poster Presentations:
  • Liu, Z., C.A. Gabler and E. Siemann. Apr 2010. Effects of common management methods on arthropod communities in a restored wetland. Rice University Undergraduate Research Symposium, Houston, TX.
  • Quintanilla, A., C.A. Gabler and E. Siemann. Aug 2008. How do environmental factors influence Chinese tallow tree (Triadica sebifera) recruitment in restored habitats? Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Summer Research Banquet, Houston, TX.

Invited Seminars:
  • 2012 Oct Advances in restoring prairies invaded by Chinese tallow tree. Houston Chapter, Native Plant Society of Texas, Houston, TX.
  • 2008 Sep Ecological restoration of a freshwater wetland invaded by Chinese tallow tree. Department of Biological Sciences, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA.
  • 2008 Mar Ecological restoration of invaded ecosystems. Institute of Ecology, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China.
  • 2008 Mar Ecological restoration of invaded ecosystems. Invasion Biology and Biological Control Lab, Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, Hubei, China. 
  • 2008 Mar Ecological restoration of invaded ecosystems. College of Resources and Environmental Sciences, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.

Teaching:
  • 2012 Field Ecology (EBIO 316) Instructor. Rice Univ
  • 2008 Field Ecology (EBIO 316) Co-Instructor. Rice Univ
  • 2007 Conservation Biology (EBIO 323) Teaching Assistant. Rice Univ
  • 2006, 2007 Field Ecology (EBIO 316) Teaching Assistant. Rice Univ 
  • 2004, 2005 Diversity of Life Laboratory (EEBI 111) Teaching Assistant. Tulane Univ

Undergraduate Mentorship:
  • 2009-10 Larry Liu. Honors Research Project, Rice Univ
  • 2008 Antonio Quintanilla. Summer Research Project, Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) & Rice Univ 

Invited Conferences and Training Courses Attended:
  • 2011 Oct Field Identification of Louisiana’s Coastal Wetland Plants. Instructor: Larry Allain, Botanist, USGS. USGS National Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette, LA.
  • 2009 Apr Science Collaborations Across Borders (to produce policy recommendations to encourage and facilitate international scientific collaboration). James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. Rice Univ, Houston, TX.
  • 2008 Oct International Workshop and Training Course on Invasive Species. Chinese Academy of Sciences, The Nature Conservancy, United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Wuhan Botanical Garden, Wuhan, Hubei, China.
  • 2008 Oct Wetlands White Paper Meeting (to produce US federal and state policy recommendations on wetlands conservation and restoration). James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. Rice Univ, Houston, TX.

Service in Peer Review:
  • Restoration Ecology

Society Memberships:
  • Ecological Society of America 
  • Society for Ecological Restoration International
  • Society of Wetland Scientists

Service and Outreach:
  • 2012 Graduate Student Representative, Dept Coordinator Search Committee. Rice Univ
  • 2008-11 Executive Committee and Research Committee Chairperson (appointed), Baker Institute Student Forum. James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy & Rice Univ
  • 2009 Wetlands specialist (on-camera) and science consultant, “Teens 4 Green” wetlands documentary. Produced by Hightower High School Electronic Media Academy, Missouri City, TX
  • 2007-08 Research Committee (appointed), Baker Institute Student Forum. James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy & Rice Univ
  • 2006 Graduate Student Representative, Ecologist Faculty Search Committee. Rice Univ
  • 2005 President (elected), Club for Rumination on Ecology and Evolutionary Processes. Tulane Univ

General Research Interests:
  • Fields: population and community ecology, restoration ecology, invasive species ecology, conservation biology
  • Subjects: wetlands, ecosystem function, climate change, succession, ecological disturbance, plant‐herbivore interactions, environmental policy and law
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Christopher Gabler,
Jul 30, 2013, 7:44 AM