Dr. Shane Blowes


Research interests


My research interests range from the behaviour of individuals right up to macroecological patterns of biodiversity. In the Biodiversity Synthesis Lab, my focus is on improving our understanding of how the components of species richness (numbers of individuals, species relative abundances and their distribution in space) contribute to patterns of biodiversity along natural (e.g., latitudinal) and other gradients (e.g., those associated with spatial management initiatives such as protected areas). In addition, I am also examining how these components of biodiversity change through time and space as a member of the sChange (sDiv) working group.



Jurburg, Stephanie D., Blowes, Shane A., Shade, Ashley, Eisenhauer, Nico, Chase, Jonathan M.

(2024): Synthesis of recovery patterns in microbial communities across environments. Microbiome

Hollitzer, Helene A. L., May, Felix, Blowes, Shane A.

(2023): A meta-analysis examining how fish biodiversity varies with marine protected area size and age. Ecosphere

Dornelas, Maria, Chase, Jonathan M., Gotelli, Nicholas J, Magurran, Anne E, McGill, Brian J, Antão, Laura H., Blowes, Shane A., Daskalova, Gergana N., Leung, Brian, Martins, Inês S., Moyes, Faye, Myers-Smith, Isla H., Thomas, Chris D, Vellend, Mark

(2023): Looking back on biodiversity change: lessons for the road ahead. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

Xu, Wu-Bing, Blowes, Shane A., Brambilla, Viviana, Chow, Cher F. Y., Fontrodona-Eslava, Ada, Martins, Inês S., McGlinn, Daniel, Moyes, Faye, Sagouis, Alban, Shimadzu, Hideyasu, van Klink, Roel, Magurran, Anne E., Gotelli, Nicholas J., McGill, Brian J., Dornelas, Maria, Chase, Jonathan M.

(2023): Regional occupancy increases for widespread species but decreases for narrowly distributed species in metacommunity time series. Nature Communications

Madin, J. S., Baird, A. H., Connolly, S. R., Dornelas, M. A., Álvarez-Noriega, M., McWilliam, M. J., Barbosa, M., Blowes, S. A., Cetina-Heredia, P., Christie, A. P., Cumbo, V. R., Diaz, M., Emms, M. A., Graham, E., Hansen, D., Hisano, M., Howells, E., Kuo, C.-Y., Palmer, C., Hong, J. T. C., Zhi En Teo, T., Woods, R. M.

(2023): Six years of demography data for 11 reef coral species. Ecology

Spake, R., Bowler, D. E., Callaghan, C. T., Blowes, S. A., Doncaster, C. P., Antão, L. H., Nakagawa, S., McElreath, R., Chase, J. M.

(2023): Understanding ‘it depends’ in ecology: a guide to hypothesising, visualising and interpreting statistical interactions. Biological Reviews

Martins, Inês S., Schrodt, Franziska, Blowes, Shane A., Bates, Amanda E., Bjorkman, Anne D., Brambilla, Viviana, Carvajal-Quintero, Juan, Chow, Cher F. Y., Daskalova, Gergana N., Edwards, Kyle, Eisenhauer, Nico, Field, Richard, Fontrodona-Eslava, Ada, Henn, Jonathan J., van Klink, Roel, Madin, Joshua S., Magurran, Anne E., McWilliam, Michael, Moyes, Faye, Pugh, Brittany, Sagouis, Alban, Trindade-Santos, Isaac, McGill, Brian J., Chase, Jonathan M., Dornelas, Maria

(2023): Widespread shifts in body size within populations and assemblages. Science

Spake, R., Barajas-Barbosa, M. P., Blowes, S. A., Bowler, D. E., Callaghan, C. T., Garbowski, M., Jurburg, S. D., Klink, R. v., Korell, L., Ladouceur, E., Rozzi, R., Viana, D. S., Xu, W.-B., Chase, J. M.

(2022): Detecting Thresholds of Ecological Change in the Anthropocene. Annual Review of Environment and Resources

Engel, T., Blowes, S. A., McGlinn, D. J., Gotelli, N. J., McGill, B. J., Chase, J. M.

(2022): How does variation in total and relative abundance contribute to gradients of species diversity?. Ecology and Evolution

Ladouceur, E., Blowes, S. A., Chase, J. M., Clark, A. T., Garbowski, M., Alberti, J., Arnillas, C. A., Bakker, J. D., Barrio, I. C., Bharath, S., Borer, E. T., Brudvig, L. A., Cadotte, M. W., Chen, Q., Collins, S. L., Dickman, C. R., Donohue, I., Du, G., Ebeling, A., Eisenhauer, N., Fay, P. A., Hagenah, N., Hautier, Y., Jentsch, A., Jónsdóttir, I. S., Komatsu, K., MacDougall, A., Martina, J. P., Moore, J. L., Morgan, J. W., Peri, P. L., Power, Sally A., Ren, Z., Risch, A. C., Roscher, C., Schuchardt, Max A., Seabloom, E. W., Stevens, C. J., Veen, G. F., Virtanen, R., Wardle, G. M., Wilfahrt, P. A., Harpole, W. S.

(2022): Linking changes in species composition and biomass in a globally distributed grassland experiment. Ecology Letters

Blowes, S. A., Daskalova, G. N., Dornelas, M., Engel, T., Gotelli, N. J., Magurran, A. E., Martins, I. S., McGill, B., McGlinn, D. J., Sagouis, A., Shimadzu, H., Supp, S. R., Chase, J. M.

(2022): Local biodiversity change reflects interactions among changing abundance, evenness, and richness. Ecology

Callaghan, C. T., Bowler, D. E., Blowes, S. A., Chase, J. M., Lyons, M. B. and Pereira, H. M.

(2022): Quantifying effort needed to estimate species diversity from citizen science data. Ecosphere

Petsch, D. K., Blowes, S. A., Melo, A. S. and Chase, J. M.

(2021): A synthesis of land use impacts on stream biodiversity across metrics and scales. Ecology

Gotelli, N. J., Moyes, F., Antão, L. H., Blowes, S. A., Dornelas, M., McGill, B. J., Penny, A., Schipper, A. M., Shimadzu, H., Supp, S. R., Waldock, C. A., Magurran, A. E.

(2021): Long-term changes in temperate marine fish assemblages are driven by a small subset of species. Global Change Biology

Engel, T., Blowes, S. A., McGlinn, D. J., May, F., Gotelli, N. J., McGill, B. J., Chase, J. M.

(2021): Using coverage-based rarefaction to infer non-random species distributions. Ecosphere

L. Gooriah, S. A. Blowes, A. Sagouis, J. Schrader, D. N. Karger, H. Kreft, J. M. Chase

(2021): Synthesis reveals that island species–area relationships emerge from processes beyond passive sampling. Global Ecology and Biogeography

Torres-Pulliza, D., Dornelas, M. A., Pizarro, O., Bewley, M., Blowes, S. A., Boutros, N., Brambilla, V., Chase, T. J., Frank, G., Friedman, A., Hoogenboom, M. O., Williams, S., Zawada, K. J. A., Madin, J. S.

(2020): A geometric basis for surface habitat complexity and biodiversity. Nature Ecology & Evolution

Daskalova, G. N., Myers-Smith, I. H., Bjorkman, A. D., Blowes, S. A., Supp, S. R., Magurran, A. E., Dornelas, M.

(2020): Landscape-scale forest loss as a catalyst of population and biodiversity change. Science

Antao, L. H., Bates, A. E., Blowes, S. A., Waldock, C., Supp, S. R., Magurran, A. E., Dornelas, M., Schipper, A. M.

(2020): Temperature-related biodiversity change across temperate marine and terrestrial systems. Nature Ecology & Evolution

Blowes, S. A., Chase, J. M., Di Franco, A., Frid, O., Gotelli, N. J., Guidetti, P., Knight, T. M., May, F., McGlinn, D. J., Micheli, F., Sala, E., Belmaker, J.

(2020): Mediterranean marine protected areas have higher biodiversity via increased evenness, not abundance. Journal of Applied Ecology

Chase, J. M., Blowes, S. A., Knight, T. M., Gerstner, K., May, F.

(2020): Ecosystem decay exacerbates biodiversity loss with habitat loss. Nature

Ladouceur, E., Stanley Harpole, W., Blowes, S. A., Roscher, C., Auge, H., Seabloom, E. W., Chase, J. M.

(2020): Reducing dispersal limitation via seed addition increases species richness but not above-ground biomass. Ecology Letters

McGlinn, D. J., T. Engel, S. A. Blowes, N. J. Gotelli, T. M. Knight, B. J. McGill, N. J. Sanders, J. M. Chase

(2020): A multiscale framework for disentangling the roles of evenness, density, and aggregation on diversity gradients. Ecology

Mentges, A., Blowes, S. A., Hodapp, D., Hillebrand, H., Chase, J. M.

(2020): Effects of site-selection bias on estimates of biodiversity change. Conservation Biology

Shalom, H. Y., Granot, I., Blowes, S. A., Friedlander, A., Mellin, C., Ferreira, C. E. L., Arias-Gonzalez, J. E., Kulbicki, M., Floeter, S. R., Chabanet, P., Parravicini, V., Belmaker, J.

(2020): A closer examination of the 'abundant centre' hypothesis for reef fishes. Journal of Biogeography

Blowes, S. A., Supp, S. R., Antão, L. H., Bates, A., Bruelheide, H., Chase, J. M., ..., Winter, M., Bjorkman, A. D., Bowler, D. E., ..., Hines, J., Isbell, F., Jones, H. P., Navarro, L. M. et al.

(2019): The geography of biodiversity change in marine and terrestrial assemblages. Science

Chase, J. M., McGill, B. J., Thompson, P. L., Antão, L. H., Bates, A. E., Blowes, S. A., Dornelas, M., Gonzalez, A., Magurran, A. E., Supp, S. R., Winter, M., Bjorkman, A. D., Bruelheide, H., Byrnes, J. E. K., Cabral, J. S., Elahi, R., Gomez, C., Guzman, H. M., Isbell, F., Myers-Smith, I. H., Jones, H. P., Hines, J., Vellend, M., Waldock, C., O'Connor, M.

(2019): Species richness change across spatial scales. Oikos

McGlinn, D. J., Xiao, X., May, F., Gotelli, N. J., Engel, T., Blowes, S. A., Knight, T. M., Purschke, O., Chase, J. M., McGill, B. J.

(2019): Measurement of Biodiversity (MoB): A method to separate the scale-dependent effects of species abundance distribution, density, and aggregation on diversity change. Methods in Ecology and Evolution

Chase, J. M., McGill, B. J., McGlinn, D. J., May, F., Blowes, S. A., Xiao, X., Knight, T. M., Purschke, O., Gotelli, N. J.

(2018): Embracing scale-dependence to achieve a deeper understanding of biodiversity and its change across communities. Ecology Letters

Dornelas, M., Antão, L. H., Moyes, F., Bates, A. E., Magurran, A. E., Adam, D., Akhmetzhanova, A. A., Appeltans, W., Arcos, J. M., Arnold, H., Ayyappan, N., Badihi, G., Baird, A. H., Barbosa, M., Barreto, T. E., Bässler, C., Bellgrove, A., Belmaker, J., Benedetti‐Cecchi, L., Bett, B. J., Bjorkman, A. D., Błażewicz, M., Blowes, S. A., Bloch, C. P., Bonebrake, T. C., Boyd, S., Bradford, M., Brooks, A. J., Brown, J. H., Bruelheide, H., ..., Jandt, U., et al.

(2018): BioTIME: A database of biodiversity time series for the Anthropocene. Global Ecology and Biogeography

Shade, A., Dunn, R. R., Blowes, S. A., Keil, P., Bohannan, B. J. M., Herrmann, M., Küsel, K., Lennon, J. T., Sanders, N. J., Storch, D., Chase, J.

(2018): Macroecology to Unite All Life, Large and Small. Trends in Ecology & Evolution

Blowes, S. A., Belmaker, J., Chase, J. M.

(2017): Global reef fish richness gradients emerge from divergent and scale-dependent component changes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

Blowes, S. A., Pratchett, M. S., Connolly, S. R.

(2017): Aggression, interference, and the functional response of coral-feeding butterflyfishes. Oecologia

Buba, Y., van Rijn, I., Blowes, S. A., Sonin, O., Edelist, D., DeLong, J. P., Belmaker, J.

(2017): Remarkable size-spectra stability in a marine system undergoing massive invasion. Biology Letters
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