Dylan James Craven

Associate Professor

Universidad Mayor de Chile

Santiago, Chile

Líneas de Investigación

Macroecology, plant biogeography, community ecology, functional ecology


  •  Forest ecology, YALE UNIVERSITY. Estados Unidos, 2012
  •  Tree eco-physiology, YALE UNIVERSITY. Estados Unidos, 2006
  •  Foreign affairs, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA. Estados Unidos, 2000

Experiencia Académica

  •   Associate professor Full Time


    Facultad de Ciencias

    Santiago, Chile

    2019 - A la fecha

Experiencia Profesional

  •   Postdoctoral research fellow Full Time

    University of Göttingen

    Göttingen, Alemania

    2018 - 2019

  •   Postdoctoral research fellow Full Time

    Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

    Leipzig, Chile

    2016 - 2018

  •   Postdoctoral research fellow Full Time

    German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)

    Leipzig, Alemania

    2013 - 2016

  •   Postdoctoral research fellow Full Time

    University of Quebec at Montreal

    Montreal, Canada

    2013 - 2013


Article (58)

Assembly of functional diversity in an oceanic island flora
Extreme weather events threaten biodiversity and functions of river ecosystems: evidence from a meta-analysis
Loss of native herbivores triggers diversity decline of ephemeral plant communities
Rasgos-CL: A functional trait database of Chilean woody plants
Successional shifts in tree demographic strategies in wet and dry Neotropical forests
Tree islands enhance biodiversity and functioning in oil palm landscapes
Broad- and small-scale environmental gradients drive variation in chemical, but not morphological, leaf traits of vascular epiphytes
Contrasts among cationic phytochemical landscapes in the southern United States
Phylogenetic composition of native island floras influences naturalized alien species richness
Strong floristic distinctiveness across Neotropical successional forests
The global spectrum of plant form and function: enhanced species-level trait dataset
Tree diversity effects on soil microbial biomass and respiration are context dependent across forest diversity experiments
Water and energy availability mediate biodiversity patterns along an elevational gradient in the tropical Andes
Anthropogenic and environmental drivers shape diversity of naturalized plants across the Pacific
Biotic homogenization destabilizes ecosystem functioning by decreasing spatial asynchrony
Biovera-Epi: A new database on species diversity, community composition and leaf functional traits of vascular epiphytes along gradients of elevation and forest-use intensity in Mexico
BIOVERA-Tree: tree diversity, community composition, forest structure and functional traits along gradients of forest-use intensity and elevation in Veracruz, Mexico
Functional diversity and redundancy of tropical forests shift with elevation and forest-use intensity
Functional recovery of secondary tropical forests
Life-history dimensions indicate non-random assembly processes in tropical island tree communities
Multidimensional tropical forest recovery
Niche properties constrain occupancy but not abundance patterns of native and alien woody species across Hawaiian forests
Successional syndromes of saplings in tropical secondary forests emerge from environment-dependent trait-demography relationships
Synthesizing tree biodiversity data to understand global patterns and processes of vegetation
Current climate, isolation and history drive global patterns of tree phylogenetic endemism
Effects of forest-use intensity on vascular epiphyte diversity along an elevational gradient
Evaluating forest resilience to global threats using functional response traits and network properties
Response of tree diversity and community composition to forest use intensity along a tropical elevational gradient
TRY plant trait database - enhanced coverage and open access
A framework for disentangling ecological mechanisms underlying the island species–area relationship
Dissecting Macroecological and Macroevolutionary Patterns of Forest Biodiversity Across the Hawaiian Archipelago
Ecosystem responses to exotic earthworm invasion in northern North American forests
Evolution of Interdisciplinarity in Biodiversity Science
Mixed-species tree plantings enhance structural complexity in oil palm plantations
Positive association between forest management, environmental change, and forest bird abundance
Soil nutrients and dispersal limitation shape compositional variation in secondary tropical forests across multiple scales
Successional, spatial, and seasonal changes in seed rain in the Atlantic forest of southern Bahia, Brazil
Wet and dry tropical forests show opposite successional pathways in wood density but converge over time
Environmental Filtering Limits Functional Diversity During Succession in a Seasonally Wet Tropical Secondary Forest
Global trait–environment relationships of plant communities
Multiple Facets of Biodiversity Drive the Diversity–Stability Relationship
Mycorrhiza in tree diversity-ecosystem function relationships: conceptual framework and experimental implementation
OpenNahele: The Open Hawaiian Forest Plot Database
Diversity-Dependent Temporal Divergence of Ecosystem Functioning in Experimental Ecosystems
Mapping local and global variability in plant trait distributions
The Unseen Invaders: Introduced Earthworms as Drivers of Change in Plant Communities in North American Forests (a Meta‐analysis)
Evaluating Resilience of Tree Communities in Fragmented Landscapes: Linking Functional Response Diversity with Landscape Connectivity
Modelación del crecimiento de bosques: estado del arte
Plant Diversity Effects on Grassland Productivity Are Robust to Both Nutrient Enrichment and Drought.
Biodiversity Increases the Resistance of Ecosystem Productivity to Climate Extremes
Changing Gears During Succession: Shifting Functional Strategies in Young Tropical Secondary Forests
Drivers of Temporal Changes in Temperate Forest Plant Diversity Vary Across Spatial Scales
Key Role of Symbiotic Dinitrogen Fixation in Tropical Forest Secondary Succession
Water-Use Efficiency and Whole-Plant Performance of Nine Tropical Tree Species at Two Sites with Contrasting Water Availability in Panama
Seasonal Variability of Photosynthetic Characteristics Influences Growth of Eight Tropical Tree Species at Two Sites with Contrasting Precipitation in Panama
Physiological and Anatomical Responses of Acacia Koa (Gray) Seedlings to Varying Light and Drought Conditions
Impacts of Herbicide Application and Mechanical Cleanings on Growth and Mortality of Two Timber Species in Saccharum Spontaneum Grasslands of the Panama Canal Watershed
Between and Within-Site Comparisons of Structural and Physiological Characteristics and Foliar Nutrient Content of 14 Tree Species at a Wet, Fertile Site and a Dry, Infertile Site in Panam

Review (2)

Islands in the mist: A systematic review of the coastal lomas of South America
Biodiversity promotes ecosystem functioning despite environmental change
Dylan Craven

Associate Professor

Facultad de Ciencias

Universidad Mayor de Chile

Santiago, Chile

Susana Paula

Assistant Professor

Instituto de Ciencias Ambientales y Evolutivas

Universidad Austral de Chile

Valdivia, Chile

Rocio Urrutia


Ciencias Naturales y Tecnología

Universidad de Aysén

Coyhaique, Chile

Fernando Alfaro


Center for Genomics, Ecology and Environment

Universidad Mayor

Santiago, Chile

Alvaro Gutierrez

Profesor asistente


Santiago, Chile

Juan Ovalle

Profesor Asistente

Silvicultura y Conservación de la Naturaleza

Universidad de Chile

Santiago, Chile

Horacio Gilabert

Profesor Asociado

Departamento de Ecosistemas y Medio Ambiente



Christian Salas

Full Professor

Centro de Modelacion y Monitoreo de Ecosistemas

Universidad Mayor

SantiagoTemuco, Chile