Christopher   A.  Gabler

Assistant Professor  

Office: BLHSB 2.810
Phone: (956) 882-7656
Email: christopher.gabler@utrgv.edu
Website: sites.google.com/site/cagabler/

Dr. Christopher A. Gabler

Dr. Gabler is a plant community ecologist whose research focuses on climate change, sustainable agriculture, ecological restoration, and invasive species, especially in coastal systems.





Selected Publications


  • Lauren Pile, G Wang, Jeremy Stovall, Evan Siemann, Gregory Wheeler, and Christopher Gabler. "Mechanisms of Chinese tallow (Triadica sebifera) invasion and their management implications – A review," Forest Ecology and Management 404, no. C (November 2017): 1-13.

  • Laura Feher, Michael Osland, Kereen Griffith, James Grace, Rebecca Howard, Camille Stagg, Nicholas Enwright, Ken Krauss, Christopher Gabler, Richard Day, and Kerrylee Rogers. "Linear and nonlinear effects of temperature and precipitation on ecosystem properties in tidal saline wetlands," Ecosphere 8, no. 10 (October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2017): e01956.

  • Christopher Gabler, Michael Osland, James Grace, Camille Stagg, Richard Day, Stephen Hartley, Nicholas Enwright, Andrew From, Meagan McCoy, and Jennifer McCleod. "Macroclimatic change expected to transform coastal wetland ecosystems this century," Nature Climate Change 7, no. 2 (February 2017): 142-147.

  • Li-Na Xie, Wei-Zhong Chen, Christopher Gabler, Lei Han, Hong-Yu Guo, Qing Chen, Cheng-Cang Ma, and Song Gu. "Effects of grazing intensity on seed production of Caragana stenophylla along a climatic aridity gradient in the Inner Mongolia Steppe, China," Journal of Arid Land 8, no. 6 (June 2016): 890-898.

  • Michael Osland, Nicholas Enwright, Richard Day, Christopher Gabler, Camille Stagg, and James Grace. "Beyond just sea-level rise: considering macroclimatic drivers within coastal wetland vulnerability assessments to climate change," Global Change Biology 22, no. 1 (January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2016): 1–11.

  • Qiang Yang, Shujuan Wei, Lei Shang, Juli Carrillo, Christopher Gabler, Somereet Nijjer, Bo Li, and Evan Siemann. "Mycorrhizal associations of an invasive tree are enhanced by both genetic and environmental mechanisms," Ecography 38, no. 11 (November 2015): 1112–1118.

  • Li-Na Xie, Hong-Yu Guo, Christopher Gabler, Qing-Fang Li, and Cheng-Cang Ma. "Changes in spatial patterns of Caragana stenophylla along a climatic drought gradient on the Inner Mongolian Plateau," PLoS ONE 10, no. 3 (March 2015): e0121234.

  • Qiang Yang, Juli Carrillo, Hongyue Jin, Lei Shang, Stephen Hovick, Somereet Nijjer, Christopher Gabler, Bo Li, and Evan Siemann. "Plant–soil biota interactions of an invasive species in its native and introduced ranges: Implications for invasion success," Soil Biology and Biochemistry 65, (October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2013): 78–85.

  • Christopher Gabler and Evan Siemann. "Timing of favorable conditions, competition and fertility interact to govern recruitment of invasive Chinese tallow tree in stressful environments," PLoS ONE 8, no. 8 (August 2013): e71446.

  • Christopher Gabler and Evan Siemann. "Rapid ontogenetic niche expansions in invasive Chinese tallow tree permit establishment in unfavourable but variable environments and can be exploited to streamline restoration," Journal of Applied Ecology 50, no. 3 (June 2013): 748–756.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Alexis Racelis. An Integrated Approach to Graduate Research, Education, and Engagement, USDA-NIFA-National Needs Fellows Program, $242,000.00 (July 15, 2017 - June 14, 2022)

  • Christopher Gabler. Testing macroclimate models of coastal wetland plant communities, NOAA, Texas Sea Grant Program, $199,896.00 (February 1, 2016 - January 31, 2018)

  • David Hicks. Commercial Launch Site: Active Construction Species Monitoring Plan, SpaceX, $60,297.00 (August 15, 2016 - August 15, 2017)

  • Christopher Gabler. Project CRAWFISH: a Climate-Resilient, Agroecological Watershed-Food Integration System for Husbandry in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, UTRGV College of Sciences, Seed Grant Program, $24,781.00 (June 8, 2016 - June 8, 2017)

  • Christopher Gabler. Cooperative Agreement: Establishing a foundation for evaluating the ecological implications of climate change along a gradient in macroclimatic drivers of coastal wetland ecosystems, US Geological Survey, $124,846.00 (September 1, 2014 - December 31, 2015)

  • Christopher Gabler. Dissertation Research: Predicting restoration outcomes in exotic-invaded ecosystems, National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, $15,000.00 (2009 - 2011)

  • Christopher Gabler. Predicting restoration outcomes in exotic-invaded ecosystems, Native Plant Society of Texas, Ann Miller Gonzalez Research Grant, $2,000.00 (2009 - 2011)

  • Christopher Gabler. Edgar O’Rear Travel Award, Rice University, $500.00 ( 2009)

  • Christopher Gabler. Towards predicting the resilience of invaded wetlands to ecological restoration: Tests of a new theory of habitat interannual variation and ontogenetic niche shifts in invader, Society of Wetland Scientists, Student Research Grant, $1,000.00 (2008 - 2009)

  • Christopher Gabler. Impacts of management methods and invasive plants on recruitment, competitive exclusion and successional trajectories in Texas freshwater marsh restorations, Garden Club of America, Fellowship in Ecological Restoration, $8,000.00 (2006 - 2009)



Selected Presentations


  • Michael Osland, Christopher Gabler, Richard Day, James Grace, Camille Stagg, Andrew From, Laura Feher, Nicholas Enwright, Stephen Hartley, Meagan McCoy, and Jennie McCleod. "Coastal wetland responses to climate change: the influence of temperature and rainfall," Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation Biennial Conference, Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation, Providence, Rhode Island, USA (November 2017)

  • Christopher Gabler. "Beyond sea-level rise: Impacts of climate change on coastal ecosystems in south Texas and beyond," Eco-Rio Environmental Studies Symposium, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville, Texas, USA (October 2017)

  • Christopher Gabler. "Project CRAWFISH: a Climate-Resiliant, Agroecological, Watershed-Food-Integrated System for Husbandry," Eco-Rio Environmental Studies Symposium, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, Texas, USA (October 2017)

  • Valeria Garza, Christopher Gabler, Adriana Avila, Samuel Ortiz, Ivy Hinson, Andre Munoz, Jennifer Baez, Alysia Gonzales, and Brandon Garza. "Impacts of climate change on recruitment of black mangrove, a foundation wetland plant species," UTRGV High Scholars Symposium, UTRGV College of Sciences, Edinburg, Texas, USA (August 2017)

  • Adriana Avila, Christopher Gabler, Valeria Garza, Samuel Ortiz, Ivy Hinson, Andre Munoz, Jennifer Baez, Alysia Gonzales, and Brandon Garza. "Tests of four inexpensive ways to reduce evaporation in a scalable aquaponics system," UTRGV High Scholars Symposium, UTRGV College of Sciences, Edinburg, Texas, USA (August 2017)

  • Michael Osland, Christopher Gabler, James Grace, Camille Stagg, Richard Day, Stephen Hartley, Nicholas Enwright, and Andrew From. "Climatic Controls on Coastal Wetland Ecosystems: The Carbon Implications of Climate Change-Induced Ecological Regime Shifts," Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting, Society of Wetland Scientists, Puerto Rico, USA (June 2017)

  • Laura Feher, Michael Osland, Kereen Griffith, James Grace, Rebecca Howard, Camille Stagg, Nicholas Enwright, Ken Krauss, Christopher Gabler, Richard Day, and Kerrylee Rogers. "Macroclimatic drivers of ecosystem structure and function in mangroves, salt marshes, and salt flats," Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting, Society of Wetland Scientists, Puerto Rico, USA (June 2017)

  • Christopher Gabler. "Beyond sea-level rise: impacts of climate change of coastal ecosystems in south Texas," 19th Annual Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Management & Planning Conference, Lower Rio Grande Valley Stormwater Task Force, South Padre Island, Texas, USA (May 2017)

  • Christopher Gabler. "Project CRAWFISH: a water-smart, integrated vegetable garden and aquaculture system maintained with harvested rainwater and HVAC condensate," 19th Annual Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Management & Planning Conference, Lower Rio Grande Valley Stormwater Task Force, South Padre Island, Texas, USA (May 2017)

  • Christopher Gabler. "Developing and launching new sustainability-focused degree programs: opportunities, challenges, and strategies," International Center for Sustainability Across Curriculum Conference, UTRGV, McAllen, Texas (May 2017)

Current Courses

BIOL 3408 02 - Plant Morphology:
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EEMS 6391 01 - Supervised Teaching:
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ENVR 5370 01 - Topic:R-based Stat. for Env.Sc:
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EEMS 6385 05 - Graduate Research:
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EEMS 7300 05 - Thesis I:
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EEMS 6100 01 - Systems Science and Appl:
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BIOL 3408 AA - Plant Morphology:
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EEMS 7301 03 - Thesis II:
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MARS 5370 01 - Topic:R-based Stat.for Marine:
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