Dr Benjamin Blonder

Honorary Research Associate

Academic Profile

Benjamin is a plant macroecologist with research interests in building a more robust biodiversity science that is capable of explaining the processes structuring communities as well as predicting their future dynamics under global change scenarios. To address these problems, he uses a combination of mathematical modeling, fieldwork, and eco-informatics (statistical) approaches. His current field projects are located in Colorado, Peru, Malaysia and Norway.

Benjamin received his PhD with Brian Enquist at the University of Arizona, and has held visiting positions at the Center for Macroecology, Evolution, and Climate in Copenhagen (Denmark) as well as in the eco-informatics group at Aarhus University (Denmark). He currently has a dual appointment at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim).


  • Blonder, B., Salinas, N., Bentley, L.P., Shenkin, A., Porroa, P.O.C., Tejeira, Y.V., Espinoza, T.E.B., Goldsmith, G.R., Enrico, L., Martin, R., Asner, G.P., Diaz, S., Enquist, B.J. and Malhi, Y. (2018) Structural and defensive roles of angiosperm leaf venation network reticulation across an Andes-Amazon elevation gradient. Journal of Ecology.
  • Simova, I., Violle, C., Svenning, J., Kattge, J., Engemann, K., Sandel, B., Peet, R.K., Wiser, S.K., Blonder, B., McGill, B.J., Boyle, B., Morueta-Holme, N., Kraft, N.J.B., Bodegom, P.M., Gutierrez, A.G., Bahn, M., Ozinga, W.A., Toszogyova, A. and Enquist, B.J. (2018) Spatial patterns and climate relationships of major plant traits in the New World differ between woody and herbaceous species. Journal of Biogeography.