Ecologist, United States Geological Survey’s Western Ecological Research Center



Rob Klinger is a population and community ecologist with a strong interest in the link between mammal community structure, plant-animal interactions and functional processes in ecological communities, especially in the context of shifting climates. What that means in English is that he works on the ups and downs of animal populations and tries to relate these to changes in groups of plants then tries to see how climate change contorts all this stuff. He worked on these types of things in the Bladen Nature Reserve and at BFREE from 1999 through 2006. His day job is an Ecologist with the US Geological Survey, with most of his work now being done in the alpine zone of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the Mojave Desert. He has worked in a number of capacities with BFREE for 15 years and has been a member of their Board of Directors and Science Committee since 2008.


Klinger, R.C. (2006). Use of the analytical hierarchy process for developing rankings of management criteria for the Bladen Nature Reserve.

Klinger, R. (2006). The interaction of disturbances and small mammal community dynamics in a lowland forest in Belize. Journal of Animal Ecology, 75: 1227-1238.

Klinger, R. (2007). Catastrophes, disturbances and density-dependence: population dynamics of the spiny pocket mouse (Heteromys desmarestianus) in a neotropical lowland forest. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 23:507-518.

Klinger, R. & Rejmánek, M. (2009). The numerical and functional responses of a granivorous rodent and the fate of neotropical tree seeds. Ecology, 90(6):1549-1563.

Klinger, R. & Rejmánek, M. (2010). A strong conditional mutualism limits and enhances seed dispersal and germination of a tropical palm. Oecologia, 162:951-963.

Klinger, R. & Rejmánek, M. (2013). Experimental seed predator removal reveals shifting importance of predation and dispersal limitation in early life history stages of tropical forest trees. Folia Geobotanica, 48(3): 415-435.