The abridged version of all my publications

The Wordle on all my publications:

Apparently I work on the distribution and abundance of species using data and models, and I value theory more than hypotheses. Scale, spatial, climate, community and species ranges are also important and the author I cite most is someone named "et al".


Updated March, 2011


  1. McGill, Brian J - "A test of the unified neutral theory of biodiversity" Nature 422(24 April):881-885
    • Featured in Trends In Ecology and Evolution's "Research Focus" section in a piece by Nee and Stone (TREE 2003 18(9):433-34)
  2. McGill, Brian J & Cathy Collins - "A unified theory for macroecology based on spatial patterns of abundance" Evolutionary Ecology Research 2003 vol 5(4):469-492
  3. McGill, Brian J - "Does Mother Nature really prefer rare species or are log-left-skewed SADs a sampling artifact?" Ecology Letters 2003 6:766-773
  4. McGill, Brian J - "Strong and weak tests of macrecological theory" Oikos 2003 vol 102(3):679-685


  1. Maurer, Brian A & Brian J McGill - "Non-neutral ecology" Basic and Applied Ecology 2004 5:413-422


  1. McGill, Brian J - "Population dynamics and coevolution of a mutualism" Ecological Modelling 2005 187:413-425
  2. McGill, Brian J; Hadly, Elizabeth A; Maurer, Brian A "Community inertia of Quaternary small mammal assemblages in North America" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2005 102:16701-16706 (Supplemental material)


  1. McGill, Brian J; Brian Enquist, Evan Weiher and Mark Westoby - "Rebuilding community ecology from functional traits" (Trends in Ecology and Evolution 2006 21(4):178-185)
  2. McGill, Brian J & Gary Mittlebach - "Allometric scaling of optimal foraging" Evolutionary Ecology Research 2006 8(4):691-701
  3. McGill, Brian J - "Empirical tests of the neutral theory" Ecology 2006 87(6):1411-1423
  4. McGill, Brian J; Brian Enquist, Evan Weiher and Mark Westoby - "Response to Kearney and Porter: Both functional and community ecologists need to do more for each other" Trends in Ecology and Evolution Sep 2006 21(9);482-483
  5. Gotelli, Nicholas J. and Brian J. McGill - "Null versus neutral models: what's the difference" Ecography 2006 29:5
  6. McGill, Brian J - "A Renaissance in the study of abundance " Science 2006 314:770-772 (preprint) 


  1. Ugland, Karl I; P. John D. Lambshead; Brian McGill; John S. Gray; Niall O'Dea; Richard J. Ladle; Robert J. Whittaker - "Modelling dimensionality in species abundance distributions: description and evaluation of the Gambin model" Evolutionary Ecology Research 2007 9:313-324
  2. Bahn, Volker and Brian J. McGill - "Can niche-based distribution models outperform spatial interpolation" Global Ecology and Biogeography 2007 16:733-742
  3. McGill, Brian J; Rampal S. Etienne; John S. Gray and 15 other authors - "Species Abundance Distributions: moving beyond single prediction theories to integration within an ecological framework" Ecology Letters 2007 10:995-1015
  4. McGill, Brian J and Joel S. Brown - "Evolutionary Game Theory and Adaptive Dynamics of Continuous Traits" Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 2007 20:403-435


  1. McGill, Brian J - "Exploring predictions of abundance from body mass using hierarchical comparative approaches" (American Naturalist 2008 172(1):88-101)


  1. Gordon, Caleb; Brian J. McGill; Guillermo Ibarra-Nuñez; Russell Greenberg and Ivette Perfecto - "Simplification of a coffee foliage-dwelling beetle community under lowshade management" Basic and Applied Ecology 2009 10:246-254
  2. Jarema, Stacey I; Jason Samson; Brian J. McGill and Murray M. Humphries - "Variation in abundance across a species' range predicts climate change responses in the range interior will exceed those at the edge: a case study with North American beaver." Global Change Biology 2009 15:508-522
  3. Morlon, H, White EP, Etienne R, Green JL, Ostling A, Alonso D, Enquist BJ, He F, Hurlbert AH, Magurran AE, Maurer BA, McGill BJ, Olff H, Storch D, Zillio T - "Taking species abundance distributions beyond individuals" Ecology Letters 12(6):488-501


  1. McGill, Brian J - "Towards a unified theory of unified theories of biodiversity" Ecology Letters in press
  2. McGill, Brian J; Nekola, Jeff - "Mechanisms in macroecology: AWOL or Purloined Letter? Towards a pragmatic view of mechanism" Oikos in press
  3. Messier, Julie; McGill, Brian J; Lechowicz, Martin J - "How do traits vary across ecological scales? A case for trait-based ecology" Ecology Letters in press
  4. Magurran, Anne and Brian J. McGill co-editors of "Biological diversity: frontiers in measurement and assessment" (Edited book scheduled release Nov 2010). Authors of the 21 chapters include: Robert May, Gotelli, Colwell, Gaston, Chao, Chown, Rosenzweig.
  5. Magurran, Anne and Brian J. McGill - "Challenges and opportunities in measuring biodiversity" (introduction to book)
  6. McGill, Brian J. and Anne Magurran - "The future of measuring biodiversity" (conclusion to book)
  7. McGill, Brian J. - "Spatial statistics of biodiversity" (Book chapter)
  8. McGill, Brian J. - "Species abundance distributions" (Book chapter)
  9. Maurer, Brian A; McGill Brian J. - "Measurement of Diversity" (Book chapter)
  10. McGill, Brian J. - "Matters of scale" Science in revision (Perspectives piece on recent paper by Gotelli et al in PNAS)
  11. Berteaux, D.; Blois, S.; Angers, J.-F.; Bonin, J.; Casajus, N.; Darveau, M.; Fournier, F.; Humphries, M.M.; McGill, B.; Larivée, J.; Logan, T.; Nantel, P.; Périé, C.; Poisson, F.; Rodrigue, D.; Rouleau, S.; Siron, R.; Thuiller, W.; Vescovi, L. "The CC-Bio Project: Studying the Effects of Climate Change on Quebec Biodiversity" (Diversity 2010) 2:1181-1204.


  1. McGill, Brian J. "Linking biodiversity patterns by autocorrelated random sampling" (American Journal of Botany 2011 98(3):481-502)
  2. Samson, J; Berteaux, D; McGill, Brian J. and Humphries, M "Geographic disparities and moral hazards in the predicted impacts of climate change on human populations" (Global Ecology and Biogeography online early)
  3. White, Peter J. T., McGill, Brian J. and Lechowicz Martin J. - "Human-disturbance and caterpillars in managed forest fragments" (Biodiversity and Conservation 2011) 20(8):1745-1762
  4. Isaac, Nicholas; Carbone, Chris and McGill, Brian J "Chapter 8 - Population and Community Ecology" chapter in "Metabolic Ecology: a Scaling Approach" edited by Richard Sibley, James Brown and Astrid-Kodric Brown (in press Wiley-Blackwell)
  5. Michelson, Greg, McGill, Brian J., Beaulieu, Sebastiena and Beukema, Patrick L.a "Multiple links between species diversity and temporal stability of bird communities across North America" (online early Evolutionary Ecology Research)
  6. Potochnik, Angela; McGill, Brian J. - "The Limitations of Hierarchical Organization" (in press Philosophy of Science)
  7. Peter Whiteß ; McGill, Brian J.;Lechowicz, Martin J "Detecting changes in forest floor habitat after canopy disturbance" (accepted with minor revisions Ecological Research)

In Revision

  1.  Bahn, Volker and Brian J. McGill - "Assessing the predictive power of distribution models" (Ecography)
  2. McGill, Brian J - "Structure of abundance across species ranges: synthesis, evidence, mechanisms " (download draft)
  3. McGill, Brian J and Volker Bahn - "Ecoinformatics: skipping the fad phase"

Organized symposia and working groups

  1. "Tools and fresh approaches for species abundance distributions" - Working group at NCEAS for 2006-2007 (Co-PI's Rampal Etienne, John Gray, Jessica Green)
  2. "A 'new' paradigm for community ecology: building from functional ecology" - symposium at Ecological Society of America meeting in 2004. Co-organized with Brian Enquist (see proposal)
  3. "Beyond endangered, mass gaps and abundance" - presentation at working group on gaps in body mass distributions - December 2003 - Host: Craig Allen and Buzz Holling

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