University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Biology

Faculty - Nicholas J. Gotelli

Nicholas J. Gotelli

Nicholas J. Gotelli, Professor

  • Ph.D., Florida State University, 1985
Area of expertise

organization of animal and plant communities [CV]

Contact Information
Email: Nicholas J. Gotelli

Office Hours: Fridays 3:00-5:00
209 Marsh Life Science Building
Phone: (802) 656-0450
Website: Nicholas J. Gotelli website


My research addresses basic questions about the organization of animal and plant communities. What are the forces that determine the species composition and abundance of natural assemblages? How do competition and predation affect local community structure? What are the biotic and abiotic factors that control population growth and the risk of extinction?


  • For additional information on recent publications click HERE
  • Ulrich, W., M. Almeida-Neto, and N.J. Gotelli. 2009. A consumer's guide to nestedness analysis. Oikos 118: 3-17.(PDF)
  • Hochberg, M.E., J.M. Chase, N.J. Gotelli, A. Hastings, and S. Naeem. 2009. The tragedy of the reviewer commons. Ecology Letters 12: 2-4. (PDF)
  • Gotelli, N.J. 2008. Perspectives in biogeography: Hypothesis testing, curve fitting, and data mining in macroecology. International Biogeography Society Newsletter 6: 1-7. (PDF)
  • Potvin, C. and N.J. Gotelli. 2008. Biodiversity enhances individual performance but does not affect survivorship in tropical trees. Ecology Letters 11:217-223. (PDF) [Science Editor's Choice by Andrew Sugden (PDF)]
  • Ulrich, W. and N.J. Gotelli. 2007b. Null model analysis of species nestedness patterns. Ecology 88:1824-1831. (PDF)
  • Rahbek, C., N. J. Gotelli, R. K. Colwell, G. L. Entsminger, T. F. L. V. B. Rangel, and G. R. Graves. 2007. Predicting continental patterns of bird species richness with spatially explicit models. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 274: 165-174.(PDF) (supplemental material (PDF)) [Science Editor's Choice by Andrew Sugden (PDF)]
  • Gotelli, N. J., and A. M. Ellison. 2006. Food-web models predict species abundance in response to habitat change. PLoS Biology 44: e324. (PDF) (supplemental material (PDF))[Science Editor's Choice by Andrew Sugden (PDF); Nature News & Views by Jonathan Shurin (PDF)]
  • Gotelli, N. J. and A. M. Ellison. 2006. Forecasting extinction risk with non-stationary matrix models. Ecological Applications 16: 51-61. (PDF)
  • Gotelli, N. J. and B. J. McGill. 2006. Null versus neutral models: what's the difference?. Ecography 29: 793-800. (PDF)
  • Farrell-Gray, C. C. and N. J. Gotelli. 2005. Allometric exponents support a power scaling law. Ecology 86: 2083-2087. (PDF)

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