Research Papers


  • Estay SA, Chávez RO, Lastra JA, Rocco R, Gutiérrez ÁG, Decuyper M. (2023) MODIS Time Series Reveal New Maximum Records of Defoliated Area by Ormiscodes amphimone in Deciduous Nothofagus Forests, Southern Chile. Remote Sensing. 15(14):3538.
  • Urrutia-Jalabert R. , Barichivic J, Gutiérrez AG, Miranda A (2023) Chile’s road plans threaten ancient forests. Science 380, 903.
  • Xu W, Guo W, Serra-Diaz JM, …, Gutiérrez AG (2023) Global beta-diversity of angiosperm trees is shaped by Quaternary climate change. Science Advances, 9,eadd8553
  • Díaz, S., Kattge, J., Cornelissen, J.H.C. .. Gutiérrez AG  .. et al. The global spectrum of plant form and function: enhanced species-level trait dataset. Scientific Data 9, 755 (2022).
  • Gibson-Carpintero S, Venegas-Gonzalez A, …, Gutiérrez AG (2022) Recent increase in autumn temperature have stabilized tree growth in forests near the tree lines in Chilean Patagonia. Ecosphere
  • Guo W, Serra-Diaz JM, …, Gutiérrez AG .. et al. (2022). High exposure of global tree diversity to human pressure. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 119(25):e2026733119.
  • Tovar C., Carril AF, ...,  Gutiérrez AG (2022). Understanding climate change impacts on biome and plant distributions in the Andes: challenges and opportunities. Journal of Biogeography 49(8): 1420-1442.
  • Joswig, J.S., Wirth, C…., Gutiérrez AG (2022) Climatic and soil factors explain the two-dimensional spectrum of global plant trait variation. Nature Ecology and Evolution 6, 36–50
  • Gutiérrez AG, Chávez RO, Díaz-Hormazábal I. (2021) Canopy gap structure as an indicator of intact, old-growth temperate rainforests in the Valdivian Ecoregion. Forests 12, 1183.
  • Sabatini FM, Lenoir J, … Gutiérrez AG, … Bruelheide H (2021) sPlotOpen – An environmentally balanced, open-access, global dataset of vegetation plots. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 30, 1740–1764.
  • Matskovsky V, Venegas-González A, …, Gutiérrez AG (2021) Tree growth decline as a response to projected climate change in the 21st century in Mediterranean mountain forests of Chile. Global and Planetary Change 198, 103406.
  • Cáceres-Polgrossi L, Promis A, Gutiérrez AG (2020) Leaf litter hides post-dispersed seeds from invasive alien removers in a sclerophyll forest in central Chile. Forest Systems 29, 022.
  • Van der Sande MT, Bruelheide H, …, Gutiérrez AG, …, Knight TM (2020) Similar factors underlie tree abundance in forests in native and alien range. Global Ecology and Biogeography 29(2): 281-294.
  • Kattge J, Bönisch G, Díaz S, …, Gutiérrez AG, …, Wirth, C., (2020). TRY plant trait database – enhanced coverage and open access. Global Change Biology. 26, 119–188.
  • Oyarzún A, Donoso PJ, Gutiérrez AG (2019) Patrones de distribución de alturas de bosques antiguos siempreverde del centro-sur de Chile. Bosque 40(3): 355-364
  • Estay SA, Chávez RO, Rocco R, Gutiérrez AG (2019) Quantifying massive outbreaks of the defoliator moth Ormiscodes amphimone in deciduous Nothofagus-dominated southern forests using remote sensing time series analysis. Journal of Applied Entomology, 143(7): 787-796. doi: 10.1111/jen.12643.
  • Jaramillo F…, Gutiérrez AG, …, Åhlén I (2019) Priorities and interactions of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with focus on wetlands. Water 11, 619.
  • Bruelheide H, …, Gutiérrez AG, …, Pruschke O. (2019) sPlot – a new tool for global vegetation analyses. Journal of Vegetation Science, 30(2):161-186.
  • Chávez RO, Rocco R, Gutiérrez AG, …, Estay SA (2019) A Self-Calibrated Non-Parametric Time Series Analysis Approach for Assessing Insect Defoliation of Broad-Leaved Deciduous Nothofagus pumilio Forests. Remote Sensing, 11, 204.
  • Olivares-Contreras V,  Mattar C, Gutiérrez AG, Jimenez-Munoz J (2019) Warming trends in Patagonian subantartic forest. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 76, 51-65.
  • Bruelheide H, Dengler J, Purschke O, Gutiérrez AG, Jandt U et al. (2018) Global trait–environment relationships of plant communities. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2, 1906.url
  • Sommerfeld A, Senf C, Buma B, D’Amato AW, Després T, Díaz-Hormazábal I, Fraver S, Frelich LE, Gutiérrez AG, Seidl R et al. (2018) Patterns and drivers of recent disturbances across the temperate forest biome. Nature Communications 9, 4355. url
  • Olivares-Contreras V,  Mattar C, Gutiérrez AG, Jimenez-Munoz J (2018) Warming trends in Patagonian subantartic forest. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. url
  • Venegas- González A, Juñent FR, Gutiérrez AG, Pena-Rojas K, Filho MT (2018) Effects of climate variability on growth and establishment patterns of Nothofagus macrocarpa in central Chile. Bosque 39 (1):81-93. url
  • Venegas-González A, Juñent FR, Gutiérrez AG, & Filho MT (2018) Recent radial growth decline in response to increased drought conditions in the northernmost Nothofagus populations from South America. Forest Ecology and Management, 409, 94–104. url
  • Šímová I, Cyrille V, Svenning J, …, Gutiérrez AG, et al. (2018) Spatial patterns and climate relationships of major plant traits in the New World differ between woody and herbaceous species. Journal of Biogeography, 45, 895–916. url (cover article)
  • Hudson LN, Newbold T, Contu S, Purvis A, Gutiérrez AG et al. (2017). The database of the PREDICTS (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems) Project. Ecology and Evolution 7(1): 145-188. url
  • Gutiérrez AG, Snell RS, Bugmann H (2016) Using a dynamic forest model to predict tree species distributions. Global Ecology and Biogeography 25(3): 347-358 url
  • Gutiérrez AG (2016) Monumental trees: A natural patrimony not yet recognized in Chile. Bosque 37(2):445-449  url
  • Singer A, Karin Johst, Gutiérrez AG, et al. (2016) Community dynamics under environmental change: How can next generation mechanistic models improve projections of species distributions? Ecological Modelling 326, 63-74 url
  • Fischer R, Gutiérrez AG, Köhler P, Huth A et al. (2016) Lessons learned from applying a forest gap model to understand ecosystem and carbon dynamics of complex tropical forests. Ecological Modelling 326, 124-133 url
  • Sandel B, Gutiérrez AG, Reich PB, Schrodt F, Dickie J, Kattge J (2015), Estimating the missing species bias in plant trait measurements. Journal of Vegetation Science, 26: 828–838. url
  • Gutiérrez AG, Armesto JJ, Díaz MF, Huth A (2014) Increased drought impacts on temperate rainforests from southern South America: results of a process-bBased, dynamic forest model. PLoS ONE 9(7): e103226. pdf
  • Moles AT, Perkins SE, Laffan SW, Gutiérrez AG et al. (2014) Which is a better predictor of plant traits: temperature or precipitation? Journal of Vegetation Science 25: 1167–1180. url
  • Snell RS, Huth A, Bugmann H, Gutiérrez AG, Hickler T et al. (2014) Using dynamic vegetation models to simulate plant range shifts. Ecography 37: 1184–1197 url
  • Elkin C, Gutiérrez AG, Bugmann H, et al. (2013) A 2°C warmer world is not safe for ecosystem services in the European Alps. Global Change Biology 19: 1827–1840. url
  • Gutiérrez AG, & Huth A (2012) Successional stages of primary temperate rainforests of Chiloé Island, Chile. Perspectives in plant ecology, systematics and evolution. 14: 243– 256 url
  • Kattge J, Díaz S, Gutiérrez AG, Wirth C et al. (2011) TRY – a global database of plant traits. Global Change Biology, 17, 2905-2935 –  Faculty of 1000 - url
  • Kraiser T, Gras DE, Gutiérrez AG, González B, Gutiérrez RA (2011) A holistic view of nitrogen acquisition in plants. Journal of Experimental Botany, 62 (4), 1455-1466
  • Barbosa O, Gutiérrez AG, et al. (2010) Interactions among patch area, forest structure and water fluxes in a fog-inundated forest ecosystem in semiarid Chile. Functional Ecology, 24, 909-917.
  • Carmona MR, Aravena JC, Armesto JJ, Gutiérrez AG, et al. (2010) Estación Biológica Senda Darwin: investigación ecológica de largo plazo en la interfase ciencia-sociedad. Revista Chilena de Historia Natural, 83, 113-142.
  • Gutiérrez AG, Armesto JJ, Christie DA et al. (2009) Structural and environmental characterization of old-growth temperate rainforests of northern Chiloe Island, Chile: regional and global relevance. Forest Ecology and Management, 258, 376 – 388.
  • Gutiérrez AG, Aravena JC, Armesto JJ, et al. (2008) Gap-phase dynamics and coexistence of a long-lived pioneer and shade-tolerant tree species in the canopy of an old-growth coastal temperate rain forest of Chiloé Island, Chile. Journal of Biogeography, 35(9), 1674-1687.
  • Gutiérrez AG, Jones CG, Marquet PA, Armesto JJ et al. (2008). Regeneration patterns and persistence of the fog-dependent Fray Jorge forest in semiarid Chile during the past two centuries. Global Change Biology, 14, 161-176. (cover article)
  • Rüger N, Gutiérrez AG, Kissling DW, Armesto JJ & Huth A (2007) Ecological impacts of harvesting scenarios for temperate evergreen rain forest in southern Chile – a simulation experiment. Forest Ecology and Management, 252, 52 – 66.
  • Moorman MC, Anderson CB, Gutiérrez AG, Charlin R & Rozzi R (2006). Watershed conservation and aquatic benthic macroinvertebrate diversity in the Alberto D’Agostini National Park, Tierra del Fuego, Chile. Anales del Instituto de la Patagonia, 34, 41-58.
  • del-Val E, Gutiérrez AG, Weathers KC et al. (2006) Rain forest islands in the chilean semiarid region: Fog-dependency, ecosystem persistence and tree regeneration. Ecosystems, 9, 598-608.
  • Gutiérrez AG, Armesto JJ & Aravena JC (2004). Disturbance and regeneration dynamics of a North Patagonian forest of Chiloé Island, Chile. Journal of Ecology, 92 (4): 598–608.

Book chapters

  • Lara A., Gutiérrez AG, Donoso C, et al. Sucesión y Dinámica de Bosques Templados en Chile (2014). In: Bosques Templados de Chile y Argentina. Editorial Universidad Austral, Valdivia. 323-411 pp.
  • Armesto JJ, Smith-Ramírez C, Gutiérrez AG, Rozzi R et al. (2009). Old-growth temperate rain forests of South America: Conservation, plant-animal interactions, and baseline biogeochemical processes. In: Old-growth forest functioning (eds C. Wirth, Gleixner G & Heimann M). Ecological Studies 207: 367-390 pp, Springer-Verlag, Berlin.
  • Jaña-Prado R, Celis-Diez JL, Gutiérrez AG, Cornelius C & Armesto JJ (2007) Diversidad en bosques fragmentados de Chiloé ¿son todos los fragmentos iguales? In: Biodiversidad en ambientes fragmentados de Chile: patrones y procesos a diferentes escalas. Grez A., Simonetti J. & Bustamante, R. (Eds). Editorial Universitaria. Santiago, Chile.
  • Rüger N, Armesto JJ, Gutiérrez AG, Williams-Linera G & Huth A (2007). Process-based modelling of regeneration dynamics and sustainable use in species-rich rain forests. En: Biodiversity Loss and Conservation in Fragmented Forest Landscapes. A.C. Newton (Ed.) Oxfort: Oxfort University Press (§). 244 – 275 pp.




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Alvaro G. Gutierrez


Departamento de Ciencias Ambientales y Recursos Naturales Renovables,
Universidad de Chile Twitter: @BosqueCiencia

Alvaro G. Gutierrez

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My work focuses on the dynamics and conservation of forests, with focus on documenting and anticipating the impacts of global change. I use a combination of approaches to explore how local interactions of trees with their environment, scale up to patterns of forest structure and distribution of tree species. My fieldwork has focused in temperate rainforests of southern South America.


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