Dr Aldo Compagnoni


Research Interests


I am a population and community ecologist focusing on the response of plant populations to climate and biotic interactions. My past work addressed these themes using both experiments and analysis of long-term data.

Past work: During my dissertation, I investigated how warming and snowfall change the performance of Bromus tectorum, one of the most harmful plant invaders in North America. In my postdoc, I used long-term data sets to assess how life history characteristics modulate the effect of climate variability on long-term population growth rate.

My work on biotic interactions examined how competition and mating between the sexes balance to determine population level recruitment.

Currently, as part of the sApropos working group, I am investigating the life history determinants of species responses to climate. To achieve this aim, we are studying the effect of climate variability on the demographic fluctuations of a wide variety of plant taxa.



Rice University, Houston, USA, 2013-2017

Postdoctoral research associate with Dr. Tom Miller

Doctor of Philosophy, Plant Ecology, 2013

Utah State University, Department of Wildland Resources and the Ecology CenterFunded by a Quinney Fellowship.Dissertation: “Climate change and plant demography in the Sagebrush steppe”. Advisor: Peter B. Adler.

Masters of Science,Forest Ecology, 2008

Funded by a Fulbright Scholarship.University of Washington, College of Forest Resources. Advisor: Charles B. Halpern.

Bachelor of Science, Forest and Environmental Sciences, 2004

University of Turin, Italy



Wagner, N. K., B. M. Ochocki, A. Compagnoni, K. M. Crawford, and T. E. X. Miller. 2017. Genetic mixture of multiple source populations accelerates invasive range expansion. Journal of Animal Ecology 86:21-34.

Compagnoni, A., A. J. Bibian, B. Ochocki, H. S. Rogers, E. L. Schultz, M. E. Sneck, B. D. Elderd, A. Iler, D. W. Inouye, H. Jacquemyn, and T. E. X. Miller. 2016. The effect of demographic correlations on the stochastic population dynamics of perennial plants. Ecological Monographs. 86:480–494.

Adler, P. B., R. Salguero-Gomez, A. Compagnoni, J. Hsu, J. Ray-Mukherjee, C. Mbeau-Ache, and M. Franco. 2014. Functional traits explain variation in plant life history strategies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111:740–745.

Compagnoni, A., and P. B. Adler. 2014. Warming, soil moisture, and loss of snow increase Bromus tectorum's population growth rate. Elementa. doi: 10.12952/journal.elementa.000020

Compangoni, A., and P. B. Adler. 2014. Warming, competition, and Bromus tectorum population growth across an elevation gradient. Ecosphere 5. dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES14-00047.1.

Compagnoni, A., and C. B. Halpern. 2009. Properties of native plant communities do not determine exotic success during early forest succession. Ecography 32:449-458.

iDiv publications


A. Compagnoni, E. Pardini, T. M. Knight

(2021): Increasing temperature threatens an already endangered coastal dune plant. Ecosphere 12(3)

A. Compagnoni, S. Levin, D. Z. Childs, S. Harpole, M. Paniw, G. Römer, J. H. Burns, J. Che-Castaldo, N. Rüger, G. Kunstler, J. M. Bennett, C. R. Archer, O. R. Jones, R. Salguero-Gómez, T. M. Knight

(2021): Herbaceous perennial plants with short generation time have stronger responses to climate anomalies than those with longer generation time. Nature Communications 12(1) *

M. Paniw, T. D. James, C. Ruth Archer, G. Römer, S. Levin, A. Compagnoni, J. Che-Castaldo, J. M. Bennett, A. Mooney, D. Z. Childs, A. Ozgul, O. R. Jones, J. H. Burns, A. P. Beckerman, A. Patwary, N. Sanchez-Gassen, T. M. Knight, R. Salguero-Gómez

(2021): The myriad of complex demographic responses of terrestrial mammals to climate change and gaps of knowledge: A global analysis. Journal of Animal Ecology 90(6)

S. Record, N. M. Voelker, P. L. Zarnetske, N. I. Wisnoski, J. D. Tonkin, C. Swan, L. Marazzi, N. Lany, T. Lamy, A. Compagnoni, M. C. N. Castorani, R. Andrade, E. R. Sokol

(2021): Novel Insights to Be Gained From Applying Metacommunity Theory to Long-Term, Spatially Replicated Biodiversity Data. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 8(479)

Compagnoni, A., Bibian, A. J., Ochocki, B. M., Levin, S., Zhu, K., Miller, T. E. X.

(2019): popler: An r package for extraction and synthesis of population time series from the long-term ecological research (LTER) network. Methods in Ecology and Evolution (in press)

S. M. Evers,T. M. Knight, D. W. Inouye, T. E. X. Miller, R. Salguero-Gómez, A. M. Iler, A. Compagnoni

(): Lagged and dormant season climate better predict plant vital rates than climate during the growing season. Global Change Biology 27(9) *
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