Dr. Marc Macias-Fauria

Position: Associate Professor
Email: marc.maciasfauria@ouce.ox.ac.uk


NOTE: In January 2015 I will start my new appointment as NERC Independent Research Fellow, Associate Professor in Physical Geography at the School of Geography and the Environment, and Tutorial Fellow at St. Peter’s College, University of Oxford.

Current Research & Academic Profile

I am an ecologist with a special focus on cold environments.

My research is directed at understanding the interactions between physical and biological systems over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. Ecological processes are coupled with physical mechanisms such as atmospheric/ocean dynamics and/or geomorphology, among others (i.e. ecology is largely controlled or constrained by the physical environment).

With the aim of understanding ecological and biogeographic processes such as species range shifts through local extinction and migration, I focus on the use and interpretation of long-term ecological records (e.g. fossil pollen, tree-rings, macrofossils) and modelling.

I gained a degree in Biology at the University of Barcelona, an M.Sc. at the Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Calgary, and a Ph.D. at the Department of Geology (now Department of Geosciences and Geography) of the University of Helsinki, where I studied the coupling of forest wildfires, tree-growth, and insect outbreaks with climate.

Selected Publications



  • Willis K.J., Seddon A.W.R., Long P.R., Jeffers E.S., Caithness N., Thurston M., Martín J.L., Smit M.G.D., Hagelmann R., Collin-Hansen C., Weissenberger J., and Macias-Fauria M. (2014) Remote assessment of locally important ecological features across landscapes: how representative of reality is such an approach? Ecological Applications (Accepted).
  • Macias-Fauria M., Seddon A.W.R., Benz D., Long P.R., and Willis, K.J. (2014) Spatiotemporal patterns of warming. Nature Climate Change 4, 845–846. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2372.
  • Seddon A.W.R., Mackay A.W., Baker A.G., Birks H.J.B., Breman E., Buck C.E., Ellis E.C., Froyd C.A., Gill J.L., Gillson L., Johnson E.A., Jones V., Juggins S., Macias-Fauria M., Mills K., Morris J.L., Nogués-Bravo D., Punyasena S.W., Roland T.P., Tanentzap A.J., Willis K.J., and the Palaeo50 working group. (2014) Looking forward through the past. Identification of fifty priority research questions in palaeoecologyJournal of Ecology 102(1), 256-267. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12195.










* Contributed equally to this work


  • Hannemann H., Willis K.J., and Macias-Fauria M. The devil is in the detail: unstable response curves in species distribution models challenge bulk ensemble modelling. (In revision)
  • Myers-Smith I.H., Elmendorf S.C., Beck P.S.A., Wilmking M., Hallinger M., Blok D., Tape K.D., Rayback S.A., Macias-Fauria M., Forbes B.C., Speed J.D.M., Boulanger-Lapointe N., Rixen C., Lévesque E., Martin Schmidt N., Baittinger C., Trant A.J., Hermanutz L., Siegwart Collier L., Dawes M.A., Lantz T., Weijers S., Jørgensen R.H., Buchwal A., Buras A., Naito A.T., Ravolainen V., Schaepman-Strub G., Wheeler J., Wipf S., Guay K., Hik D.S., and Vellend M. Climate sensitivity of shrub growth across the tundra biome. (In revision)
Publications (books and book chapters)
  • Willis K.J., Macias-Fauria M., Gasparatos A., Long P. (2013). Identifying and mapping biodiversity: Where can we damage? in Helm D., Hepburn C. (Eds.) Nature of Biodiversity: The Economics of Biodiversity, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 57-78


Reconstats’ calculates the significance of dendroclimatic reconstruction statistics based on simple and multiple linear regressions.

Download ‘Reconstats’ software here.