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


  • Michael Osland, Christopher Gabler, James Grace, Richard Day, Meagan McCoy, Jennie McLeod, Andrew From, Nicholas Enwright, Laura Feher, Camille Stagg, and Stephen Hartley. "Climate and plant controls on soil organic matter in coastal wetlands," Global Change Biology (June 2018).

  • Li-Na Xie, Hong-Yu Guo, Zhe Liu, Christopher Gabler, Wei-Zhong Chen, Song Gu, and Cheng-Cang Ma. "Shrubs facilitate recruitment of Caragana stenophylla Pojark: microhabitat amelioration and protection against herbivory," Annals of Forest Science 74, no. 4 (December 2017).

  • 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.



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, 2019)

  • Mariana Saenz. Impacts of sea-level rise on coastal wetland foundation plant species in the Lower Laguna Madre, Office of Engaged Scholarship & Learning, $1,846.76 (October 2017 - October 2018)

  • David Hicks. Commercial Launch Site: Active Construction Species Monitoring Plan, SpaceX, $61,493.00 (September 2017 - September 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)



Selected Presentations


  • Engil Pereira, Jihoon Kang, Chu-Lin Cheng, Mirayda Torres-Avila, Bradley Christoffersen, Christopher Gabler, Kristine Lowe, and Alexis Racelis. "Increasing Hispanic Workforce in Soil Science through Training, Research, and Education: A New Integrated Program for the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas," Annual meeting of the ASA-CSSA-SSSA-CSSS, Soil Science Society of America, San Diego, California (August 2018)

  • Asael Rodriguez, Abeny Trevino, Karina De Leon, Caroline Grannum, Andrew Corder, Ivy Hinson, James Stilley, Brandon Garza, and Christopher Gabler. "Food crops effectively purify water in treatment wetlands, but tolerate narrower ranges of flooding than graminoids," UTRGV High Scholars Symposium, UTRGV College of Sciences, Edinburg, Texas, USA (August 2018)

  • Karina De Leon, Caroline Grannum, Asael Rodriguez, Abeny Trevino, Andrew Corder, Ivy Hinson, James Stilley, Brandon Garza, and Christopher Gabler. "Sustainable plant-and fly-based feeds drive shellfish growth rates similar to commercial feeds and can be cheaper," UTRGV High Scholars Symposium, UTRGV College of Sciences, Edinburg, Texas, USA (August 2018)

  • James Stilley and Christopher Gabler. "The Priority Index," South Texas Landscape Priority Meeting, USFWS, Laguna Atascosa NWR, TX (June 2018)

  • Christopher Gabler. "Gabler Lab: Plant Ecology & Sustainability," Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting, UTRGV, Harlingen, TX (May 2018)

  • Mariana Saenz and Christopher Gabler. "Impacts of sea-level rise on coastal wetland foundation plant species in the Lower Laguna Madre," Engaged Scholars Symposium, UTRGV, Brownsville, TX (April 2018)

  • Ivy Hinson, Christopher Gabler, Abdullah Rahman, and Hudson Deyoe. "Developing near-water spectral sensing techniques for seagrass mapping and carbon storage estimates," NOAA 9th Biennial Education and Science Conference, Washington, DC (March 2018)

  • Alisha Janiga, Alexis Racelis, Erin Schuenzel, Christopher Gabler, and Kristine Lowe. "Characterization of Bacteria Communities from Texas Rio Grande Valley Reservoirs for Polychlorinated Biphenyl Metabolism Potential,," UTRGV Graduate Research Symposium, Brownsville (February 2018)

  • Ivy Hinson, Christopher Gabler, Abdullah Rahman, and Hudson Deyoe. "Developing near-water spectral sensing techniques for seagrass mapping and carbon storage estimates," UTRGV Graduate Research Symposium, Brownsville (February 2018)

  • Samuel Ortiz, Jennifer Baez, Ivy Hinson, Saul Del Monte, Timothy Brush, and Christopher Gabler. "How do urban habitat features and community gardens influence bird diversity?," UTRGV Graduate Research Symposium, Brownsville (February 2018)

Current Courses

BIOL 3408 02 - Plant Morphology:
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EEMS 6391 01 - Supervised Teaching:
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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 7100 03 - Continuing Thesis:
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EEMS 7301 03 - Thesis II:
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