Profile: Daniel Bunker

Associate Professor

Faculty
Department of Biological Sciences

   

•  Species traits and ecoinformatics
•  Global change, tree species composition, and ecosystem function in tropical forests
•  The effects of land-use change on neotropical dung beetle communities and multiple ecosystem services
•  "The Ecological and Social implications of Human Impacts on Biodiversity," an edited volume
•  Functional diversity quantified by convex hull volume
•  Identifying the mechanisms of invasive species success and biological control
•  Modeling competition for light among terrestrial plants.
 
Global change poses a strong challenge to ecologists, environmental scientists, and conservation biologists: even as our natural and managed ecosystems become more stressed by the forces of global change, humans require that they produce both a greater quantity and variety of ecosystem services. For instance, we may expect a forested ecosystem to produce timber, provide clean water, sequester carbon, support wildlife, and provide recreational opportunities, yet at the same time the forest community is being buffeted by climate change, invasive species, and land-use change. In order to ensure that our ecosystems provide the services society demands, we must be able to predict how ecological communities will respond to these global forces, and in turn how changes in community composition will affect ecosystem services. To develop this predictive framework, I employ a mix of observation, experimentation, modeling and synthesis, within a diverse array of biological communities.
 
 
  • Education

    B.S. in Biology, The Evergreen State College, 1994.   
    Ph.D. in Ecology, University of Pittsburgh, 2004.

  • Publications

       Nichols, E., Uriarte, M., Bunker, D. E., Favila, M., Slade, E., Vulinec, K., Larsen, T., Vaz de Mello, F.Z., Louzada, J., Naeem, S., Spector, S. H.  2013.  Trait-dependent response of dung beetle populations to tropical forest conversion at local to global and regional scales. Ecology 94(1): 180-189.

       Perrings, C., Naeem, S., Ahrestani, F., Bunker, D. E., Burkill, P., Canziana, G., Elmqvist, T., Ferrati, R., Fuhrman, J., Jaksic, F., Kawabata, Z., Kinzig, A., Mace, G., Milano, F., Mooney, H., Prieur Richard, A.-H., Tschirhart, J., Weisser, W.  2011. Ecosystem services, targets, and indicators for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 9(9): 512-520.

       Kattge, J., … Bunker, D. E., et al.  2011. TRY – a global database of plant traits. Global Change Biology 17(9): 2905-2935.

       Lin, B. B., Flynn, D. F.B., Bunker, D. E., Uriarte, M., Naeem, S.  2011. The effect of agricultural diversity and crop choice on functional capacity change in grassland conversions. Journal of Applied Ecology 48: 609–618.

       Hovick, S. M., Bunker, D. E., Peterson, C. J., Carson, W. P.  2011. Purple loosestrife suppresses plant species colonization far more than broad-leaved cattail: experimental evidence with plant community implications. Journal of Ecology 99: 225-234.

       Wright, S. J., Kitajima, K., Kraft, N., Reich, P., Wright, I., Bunker, D. E., Condit, R., Dalling, J., Davies, S., Diaz, S., Engelbrecht, B., Harms, K., Hubbell, S., Marks, C., Ruiz-Jaen, M., Salvador, C., Zanne, A. 2010. Functional traits and the growth-mortality tradeoff in tropical trees. Ecology 91(12): 3644-3674.

       Perrings, C., Naeem, S., Ahrestani, F., Bunker, D. E., Burkill, P., Canziana, G., Elmqvist, T., Ferrati, R., Fuhrman, J., Jasic, F., Kawabata, Z., Kinzig, A., Mace, G., Milano, F., Mooney', H., Prieur Richard, A.-H., Tschirhart, J., Weisser, W. 2010. Letter to the editor – Response. Biodiversity Transcends Services. Science 330(6002): 324.

       Perrings, C., Naeem, S., Ahrestani, F., Bunker, D. E., Burkill, P., Canziana, G., Elmqvist, T., Ferrati, R., Fuhrman, J., Jaksic, F., Kawabata, Z., Kinzig, A., Mace, G., Milano, F., Mooney, H., Prieur Richard, A.-H., Tschirhart, J., Weisser, W. 2010. Ecosystem Services for 2020. Science 330(6002): 324.

        Perrings, C., Naeem, S., Ahrestani, F., Bunker, D.E., Burkill, P., Canziana, G., Elmqvist, T., Ferrati, R., Fuhrman, J., Jaksic, F., Kawabata, Z., Kinzig, A., Mace, G., Milano, F., Mooney, H., Prieur Richard, A.-H., Tschihart, J., and Weissre, W.  2010.  Ecosystem services and target-setting for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.  Nairobi:  Ecosystem Services Economics, United nations Environment Program.

        Naeem, S., D.E. Bunker, A. Hector, M. Loreau and C. Perrings, editors. In press. 2009. The Ecological and Social Implications of Human Impacts on Biodiversity. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
        Carson, W. P., Hovick, S. M., Baumert, A. J., Bunker, D. E. and Pendergast, T. H. 2008. Evaluating the post-release efficacy of invasive plant biocontrol by insects: A comprehensive approach. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 2: 77-86.
        Bunker, D.E., and S. Naeem. 2006. Species diversity and ecosystem functioning. Letter to the editor in Science. 312: 846-847.
        Stark, S.C., D.E. Bunker, and W.P. Carson. 2006. A null model of exotic plant diversity tested with exotic and native species-area relationships. Ecology Letters.
        Bunker, D.E., F. DeClerck, J.C. Bradford, R.K. Colwell, I. Perfecto, O. L. Phillips, M. Sankaran and S. Naeem. 2005. Species Loss and Above-ground Carbon Storage in a Tropical Forest. Science 310:1029-1031.
        Bunker, D.E., and W.P. Carson. 2005. Drought stress and tropical forest woody seedlings: effect on community structure and composition. Journal of Ecology 93: 794-806.
        Stevens, M.H.H, D.E. Bunker, S. Schnitzer, and W.P. Carson. 2004. Establishment limitation reduces species recruitment and species richness as soil resources rise. Journal of Ecology 92: 339-347.
        Stevens, M., Z.T. Long, S.A. Schnitzer, D.E. Bunker, R. Collins, A. Bledsoe, W.P. Carson. 2003. Testing Ecological Theory - Lab manual for Ecology Laboratory. University of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, PA.
        D'Arrigo, R.D., C.M. Malmstrom, G.C. Jacoby, S.O. Los and D.E. Bunker. 2001. Correlation between maximum latewood density of annual tree rings and NDVI based estimates of forest productivity. International Journal of Remote Sensing 21: 2329-2336.
        Yamaguchi, D.K., B.F. Atwater, D.E. Bunker, B.E. Benson, and M.S. Reid. 1997. Tree-ring dating the 1700 Cascadia earthquake. Nature 389(6654): 922-923.
        Jacoby, G.C., D.E. Bunker, B.E. Benson. 1997. Tree-ring evidence for an AD 1700 Cascadia earthquake in Washington and northern Oregon. Geology 25(11): 999-1002.