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In press

Lasky, J. R., M. Uriarte, V. Boukili, and R. L. Chazdon. in press. Trait-mediated assembly processes predict successional changes in community diversity of tropical forests. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. PDF

Lohbeck, M., L. Poorter, M. van Breugel, J. Rodriguez-Velázquez, M. Martínez-Ramos, and F. Bongers. in press. Changing drivers of species dominance during tropical forest succession. Functional Ecology. PDF



Bentos, T. V., R. C. G. Mesquita, J. L. C. Camargo, and G. B. Williamson. 2014. Seed and fruit tradeoffs – the economics of seed packaging in Amazon pioneers. Plant Ecology & Diversity 7:371-382. PDF

Chazdon, R. L. 2014. Second growth: The promise of tropical forest regeneration in an age of deforestation. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Jakovac, A. C. C., T. V. Bentos, R. C. G. Mesquita, and G. B. Williamson. 2014. Age and light effects on seedling growth in two alternative secondary successions in central Amazonia. Plant Ecology & Diversity 7:349-358. PDF

Maza-Villalobos S., L. Poorter, M. Martínez-Ramos (2014). Effects of ENSO and temporal rainfall variation on the dynamics of successional communities in old-field succession of a seasonal tropical dry forest. PLoS ONE 8: e82040. PDF

Williamson, G. B., T. V. Bentos, J. B. Longworth, and R. C. G. Mesquita. 2014. Convergence and divergence in alternative successional pathways in Central Amazonia. Plant Ecology & Diversity. PDF



Chazdon, R. L. 2013. Tropical forest regeneration in S. A. Levin, editor. Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, 2nd Edition. Elsevier Science.

Chazdon, R. L. and J. P. Arroyo. 2013. Tropical forests as complex adaptive C. Messier, K. J. Puettmann, and K. D. Coates, editors. Managing world forests as complex adaptive systems in the face of global change. Earthscan Press.

Chazdon, R. L. 2013. Strategies for landscape-scale restoration in the tropics. Journal of Sustainable Forestry 32: 649. PDF

Dornelas, M., A. E. Magurran, S. T. Buckland, A. Chao, R. L. Chazdon, R. K. Colwell, T. Curtis, K. J. Gaston, N. J. Gotelli, M. A. Kosnik, B. McGill, J. L. McCune, H. Morlon, P. J. Mumby, L. Ovreas, A. Studeny, and M. Vellend. 2013. Quantifying temporal change in biodiversity: challenges and opportunities. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 280. PDF

Lohbeck, M., L. Poorter, E. Lebrija-Trejos, M. Martínez-Ramos, J. A. Meave, H. Paz, E. A. Pérez-Garcia, I. E. Romero-Pérez, A. Tauro, and F. Bongers. 2013. Successional changes in functional composition contrast for dry and wet tropical forest. Ecology 94:1211-1216. PDF

Martínez-Garza, C., F. Bongers, and L. Poorter. 2013. Are functional traits good predictors of species performance in restoration plantings in tropical abandoned pastures? Forest Ecology and Management 303: 35-45. PDF

Melo, F.P.L., V. Arroyo-Rodríguez, L. Fahrig, M. Martínez-Ramos, and M. Tabarelli (2013). On the hope for biodiversity-friendly tropical landscapes. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 28: 462-468. PDF

Navarro, M., R. Mora, R. Chazdon, E. Ortiz, and B. Vilchez. 2013. Successional variation in carbon content and wood specific gravity of four tropical tree species. Bosque 34.

Vizcarra Bentos, T., H. E. M. Nascimento, and G. B. Williamson. 2013. Tree seedling recruitment in Amazon secondary forest: Importance of topography and gap micro-site conditions. Forest Ecology and Management 287:140-146. PDF



Chazdon, R. 2012. Regeneração de florestas tropicais. Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Naturais. PDF

Colwell, R. K., A. Chao, N. J. Gotelli, S. Y. Lin, C. X. Mao, R. L. Chazdon, and J. T. Longino. 2012. Models and estimators linking individual-based and sample-based rarefaction, extrapolation and comparison of assemblages. Journal of Plant Ecology 5:3-21. PDF

Gallardo-Cruz, J. A., J. A. Meave, E. J. Gonzalez, E. E. Lebrija-Trejos, M. A. Romero-Romero, E. A. Pérez-Garcia, R. Gallardo-Cruz, J. L. Hernandez-Stefanoni, and C. Martorell. 2012. Predicting tropical dry forest successional attributes from space: Is the key hidden in image texture? Plos One 7. PDF

Grabowski, Z. J. and R. L. Chazdon. 2012. Beyond carbon: Redefining forests and people in the global ecosystem services market. S.A.P.I.E.N.S. Surveys and Perspectives Integrating Environment and Society 5. PDF

Letcher, S. G. and R. L. Chazdon. 2012. Life history traits of lianas during tropical forest succession. Biotropica 44:720-727. PDF

Letcher, S. G., R. L. Chazdon, A. C. S. Andrade, F. Bongers, M. van Breugel, B. Finegan, S. G. Laurance, R. C. G. Mesquita, M. Martínez-Ramos, and G. B. Williamson. 2012. Phylogenetic community structure during succession: Evidence from three Neotropical forest sites. Perspectives in Plant Ecology Evolution and Systematics 14:79-87. PDF

Lohbeck, M., L. Poorter, H. Paz, L. Pla, M. van Breugel, M. Martínez-Ramos, and F. Bongers. 2012. Functional diversity changes during tropical forest succession. Perspectives in Plant Ecology Evolution and Systematics 14:89-96. PDF

Martínez-Ramos, M., L. Barraza, P. Balvanera, J. Benítez-Malvido, F. Bongers, A. Castillo Álvarez, A. D. Cuarón, G. Ibarra-Manríquez, H. Paz-Hernández, A. Pérez-Jiménez, M. Quesada Avendaño, D. R. Pérez-Salicrup, G. A. Sánchez-Azofeifa, J. E. Schondube, K. Stoner, J. Alvarado Díaz, K. Boege, E. del-Val, M. E. Favila Carrillo, I. Suazo-Ortuño, L. D. Ávila-Cabadilla, M. Y. Álvarez Añorve, M. Cano Ramírez, J. Castillo Mandujano, O. Chaves Badilla, E. I. de la Peña, A. Corzo Domínguez, M. del Carmen Godínez Gutiérrez, A. P. Gómez Bonilla, A. M. González Di Pierro, B. Fuentealba Durán, W. A. Gudiño González, O. Hernández Ordoñez, M. Kaláscka, M. Lobeck, A. López-Carretero, C. Manrique Ascencio, S. Maza-Villalobos, M. Méndez-Toribio, F. Mora-Ardila, C. Muench Spitzer, C. B. Peñaloza Guerrero, L. F. Pinzón Pérez, M. A. Páramo Pérez, F. Pineda García, A. Ricaño Rocha, M. Rocha Ortega, J. Rodríguez-Velázquez, N. Mariel Schroeder, J. Trilleras-Motha, M. van Breugel, P. van der Sleen, E. Villa Galaviz, and I. Zermeño Hernández. 2012. Manejo de bosques tropicales: bases científicas para la conservación, restauración y aprovechamiento de ecosistemas en paisajes rurales. Investigación Ambiental 4:111-129. PDF

Muniz-Castro, M. A., G. Williams-Linera, and M. Martínez-Ramos. 2012. Dispersal mode, shade tolerance, and phytogeographical affinity of tree species during secondary succession in tropical montane cloud forest. Plant Ecology 213:339-353. PDF

Norden, N., S. G. Letcher, V. Boukili, N. G. Swenson, and R. Chazdon. 2012. Demographic drivers of successional changes in phylogenetic structure across life-history stages in plant communities. Ecology 93:S70-S82. PDF

Wiemann, M. C. and G. B. Williamson. 2012. Testing a novel method to approximate wood specific gravity of trees. Forest Science. PDF



Chazdon, R. L., A. Chao, R. K. Colwell, S. Y. Lin, N. Norden, S. G. Letcher, D. B. Clark, B. Finegan, and J. P. Arroyo. 2011. A novel statistical method for classifying habitat generalists and specialists. Ecology 92:1332-1343. PDF

Chazdon, R. L., C. A. Harvey, M. Martínez-Ramos, P. Balvanera, K. E. Stoner, L. D. Schondube, L. D. Avila-Cabadilla, and M. Flores-Hidalgo. 2011. Seasonal dry forest biodiversity and conservation value in agricultural landscapes of R. Dirzo, H. A. Mooney, G. Ceballos, and H. Young, editors. Ecology and Conservation of Neotropical Dry Forests. Island Press, Washington, D.C.García-Orth, X. and M. Martínez-Ramos. 2011. Isolated trees and grass removal improve performance of transplanted Trema micrantha (L.) Blume (Ulmaceae) saplings in tropical pastures. Restoration Ecology 19:24-34. PDF

Jost, L., A. Chao, and R. L. Chazdon. 2011. Compositional similarity and β (beta) A. E. Magurran and B. J. McGill, editors. Biological diversity: Frontiers in measurement and assessment. Oxford University Press, New York.Laurance, W. F., J. L. C. Camargo, R. C. C. Luizao, S. G. Laurance, S. L. Pimm, E. M. Bruna, P. C. Stouffer, G. B. Williamson, J. Benitez-Malvido, H. L. Vasconcelos, K. S. Van Houtan, C. E. Zartman, S. A. Boyle, R. K. Didham, A. Andrade, and T. E. Lovejoy. 2011. The fate of Amazonian forest fragments: A 32-year investigation. Biological Conservation 144:56-67. PDF

Lebrija-Trejos, E., E. A. Pérez-García, J. A. Meave, L. Poorter, and F. Bongers. 2011. Environmental changes during secondary succession in a tropical dry forest in Mexico. Journal of Tropical Ecology 27:477-489. PDF

Lopez-Toledo, L. and M. Martínez-Ramos. 2011. The soil seed bank in abandoned tropical pastures: source of regeneration or invasion? Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 82:663-678. PDF

Maza-Villalobos, S., P. Balvanera, and M. Martínez-Ramos. 2011. Early regeneration of tropical dry forest from abandoned pastures: Contrasting chronosequence and dynamic approaches. Biotropica 43:666-675. PDF

Maza-Villalobos, S., C. Lemus-Herrera, and M. Martínez-Ramos. 2011. Successional trends in soil seed banks of abandoned pastures of a Neotropical dry region. Journal of Tropical Ecology 27:35-49. PDF

Norden, N., R. C. G. Mesquita, T. V. Bentos, R. L. Chazdon, and G. B. Williamson. 2011. Contrasting community compensatory trends in alternative successional pathways in central Amazonia. Oikos 120:143-151. PDF

Saatchi, S., M. Marlier, R. L. Chazdon, D. B. Clark, and A. E. Russell. 2011. Impact of spatial variability of tropical forest structure on radar estimation of aboveground biomass. Remote Sensing of Environment 115:2836-2849. PDF

Wieland, L. M., R. C. G. Mesquita, P. E. D. Bobrowiec, T. V. Bentos, and G. B. Williamson. 2011. Seed rain and advance regeneration in secondary succession in the Brazilian Amazon. Tropical Conservation Science 4:300-316. PDF

Williamson, G. B. and M. C. Wiemann. 2011. Age versus size determination of radial variation in wood specific gravity: lessons from eccentrics. Trees-Structure and Function 25:585-591. PDF



Chazdon, R. L., B. Finegan, R. S. Capers, B. Salgado-Negret, F. Casanoves, V. Boukili, and N. Norden. 2010. Composition and dynamics of functional groups of trees during tropical forest succession in northeastern Costa Rica. Biotropica 42:31-40. PDF

Davies, S. J., S. Cavers, B. Finegan, C. Navarro, and A. J. Lowe. 2010. Genetic consequences of multigenerational and landscape colonisation bottlenecks for a neotropical forest pioneer tree, Vochysia ferruginea. Tropical Plant Biology 3:14-27. PDF

DeClerck, F. A. J., R. Chazdon, K. D. Holl, J. C. Milder, B. Finegan, A. Martinez-Salinas, P. Imbach, L. Canet, and Z. Ramos. 2010. Biodiversity conservation in human-modified landscapes of Mesoamerica: Past, present and future. Biological Conservation 143:2301-2313. PDF

Dubayah, R. O., S. L. Sheldon, D. B. Clark, M. A. Hofton, J. B. Blair, G. C. Hurtt, and R. L. Chazdon. 2010. Estimation of tropical forest height and biomass dynamics using lidar remote sensing at La Selva, Costa Rica. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences 115. PDF

Lebrija-Trejos, E., J. A. Meave, L. Poorter, E. A. Pérez-García, and F. Bongers. 2010. Pathways, mechanisms and predictability of vegetation change during tropical dry forest succession. Perspectives in Plant Ecology Evolution and Systematics 12:267-275. PDF

Lebrija-Trejos, E., E. A. Pérez-García, J. A. Meave, F. Bongers, and L. Poorter. 2010. Functional traits and environmental filtering drive community assembly in a species-rich tropical system. Ecology 91:386-398. PDF

Uriarte, M., N. G. Swenson, R. L. Chazdon, L. S. Comita, W. J. Kress, D. Erickson, J. Forero-Montaña, J. K. Zimmerman, and J. Thompson. 2010. Trait similarity, shared ancestry and the structure of neighbourhood interactions in a subtropical wet forest: implications for community assembly. Ecology Letters 13:1503-1514. PDF

Williamson, G. B. and M. C. Wiemann. 2010. Age-dependent radial increases in wood specific gravity of tropical pioneers in Costa Rica. Biotropica 42:590-597. PDF

Williamson, G. B. and M. C. Wiemann. 2010. Measuring wood specific gravity … correctly. American Journal of Botany 97:519-524. PDF



Brienen, R. J. W., E. Lebrija-Trejos, M. van Breugel, E. A. Perez-García, F. Bongers, J. A. Meave, and M. Martínez-Ramos. 2009. The potential of tree rings for the study of forest succession in southern Mexico. Biotropica 41:186-195. PDF

Chazdon, R. L., C. A. Harvey, O. Komar, D. M. Griffith, B. G. Ferguson, M. Martínez-Ramos, H. Morales, R. Nigh, L. Soto-Pinto, M. van Breugel, and S. M. Philpott. 2009. Beyond reserves: A research agenda for conserving biodiversity in human-modified tropical landscapes. Biotropica 41:142-153. PDF

Chazdon, R. L., C. A. Peres, D. Dent, D. Sheil, A. E. Lugo, D. Lamb, N. E. Stork, and S. E. Miller. 2009. The potential for species conservation in tropical secondary forests. Conservation Biology 23:1406-1417. PDF

Gardner, T. A., J. Barlow, R. Chazdon, R. M. Ewers, C. A. Harvey, C. A. Peres, and N. S. Sodhi. 2009. Prospects for tropical forest biodiversity in a human-modified world. Ecology Letters 12:561-582. PDF

Letcher, S. G. and R. L. Chazdon. 2009. Lianas and self-supporting plants during tropical forest succession. Forest Ecology and Management 257:2150-2156. PDF

Letcher, S. G. and R. L. Chazdon. 2009. Rapid recovery of biomass, species richness, and species composition in a forest chronosequence in northeastern Costa Rica. Biotropica 41:608-617. PDF

Martínez-Ramos, M., J. Rodríguez-Velázquez, and G. Jamangapé-Gómez. 2009. La diversidad de las selvas húmedas: métodos para su evaluación. Monitoreo de biodiversidad y recursos naturales: ¿para qué? Pages 45-56 in S. Chediack, editor. CONABIO, Corredor Mesoaméricano México, Serie Diálogos No. 3, México.

Melo, F. P. L., B. Rodriguez-Herrera, R. L. Chazdon, R. A. Medellin, and G. G. Ceballos. 2009. Small tent-roosting bats promote dispersal of large-seeded plants in a Neotropical forest. Biotropica 41:737-743. PDF

Morse, W. C., J. L. Schedlbauer, S. E. Sesnie, B. Finegan, C. A. Harvey, S. J. Hollenhorst, K. L. Kavanagh, D. Stoian, and J. D. Wulfhorst. 2009. Consequences of environmental service payments for forest retention and recruitment in a Costa Rican biological corridor. Ecology and Society 14. PDF

Norden, N., R. L. Chazdon, A. Chao, Y. H. Jiang, and B. Vilchez-Alvarado. 2009. Resilience of tropical rain forests: tree community reassembly in secondary forests. Ecology Letters 12:385-394. PDF

Sesnie, S. E., B. Finegan, P. E. Gessler, and Z. Ramos. 2009. Landscape-scale environmental and floristic variation in Costa Rican old-growth rain forest remnants. Biotropica 41:16-26. PDF

Sezen, U. U., R. L. Chazdon, and K. E. Holsinger. 2009. Proximity is not a proxy for parentage in an animal-dispersed Neotropical canopy palm. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 276:2037-2044. PDF

Stork, N. E., J. A. Coddington, R. K. Colwell, R. L. Chazdon, C. W. Dick, C. A. Peres, S. Sloan, and K. Willis. 2009. Vulnerability and Resilience of Tropical Forest Species to Land-Use Change. Conservation Biology 23:1438-1447. PDF

Vilchez-Alvarado, B., R. Chazdon, and W. Alvarado. 2009. Reproductive phenology of canopy trees in secondary and mature forests of the Huetar Norte region of Costa Rica and their influence on vegetation regeneration. Kurú: Revista Forestal (Costa Rica) 5:15. PDF

Wood, T. E., D. Lawrence, D. A. Clark, and R. L. Chazdon. 2009. Rain forest nutrient cycling and productivity in response to large-scale litter manipulation. Ecology 90:109-121. PDF



Bentos, T. V., R. C. G. Mesquita, and G. B. Williamson. 2008. Reproductive phenology of central Amazon pioneer trees. Tropical Conservation Science 1:186-203.PDF

Chao, A., L. Jost, S. C. Chiang, Y. H. Jiang, and R. L. Chazdon. 2008. A two-stage probabilistic approach to multiple-community similarity indices. Biometrics 64:1178-1186. PDF

Chazdon, R. L. 2008. Beyond deforestation: Restoring forests and ecosystem services on degraded lands. Science 320:1458-1460. PDF

Chazdon, R. L. 2008. Chance and determinism in tropical forest W. P. Carson and S. A. Schnitzer, editors. Tropical forest community ecology. Wiley-Blackwell.

Dupuy, J. M. and R. L. Chazdon. 2008. Interacting effects of canopy gap, understory vegetation and leaf litter on tree seedling recruitment and composition in tropical secondary forests. Forest Ecology and Management 255:3716-3725. PDF

García-Orth, X. and M. Martínez-Ramos. 2008. Seed dynamics of early and late successional tree species in tropical abandoned pastures: Seed burial as a way of evading predation. Restoration Ecology 16:435-443. PDF

Lebrija-Trejos, E., F. Bongers, E. A. Pérez-García, and J. A. Meave. 2008. Successional change and resilience of a very dry tropical deciduous forest following shifting agriculture. Biotropica 40:422-431. PDF

Martínez-Ramos, M. and X. García-Orth. 2008. Demografía de plantas y regeneración de selvas en campos degradados. Pages 73-93 in L. R. Sánchez-Velázquez, J. Galindo-González, and F. Díaz-Fleisher, editors. Ecología, Manejo y Conservación de los Ecosistemas de Montaña en México. CONABIO, Universidad Veracruzana, Mundi Prensaa, México, S.A. de C.V., México.

Suaz-Ortuño, I., J. Alvarado-Diaz, and M. Martinez-Ramos. 2008. Effects of conversion of dry tropical forest to agricultural mosaic on herpetofaunal assemblages. Conservation Biology 22:362-374. PDF

Schedlbauer, J. L. and K. L. Kavanagh. 2008. Soil carbon dynamics in a chronosequence of secondary forests in northeastern Costa Rica. Forest Ecology and Management 255:1326-1335. PDF

Vilchez-Alvarado, B., R. L. Chazdon, and V. Milla Quesada. 2008. Dinámica de la regeneración en cuatro bosques secundarios tropicales de la región Huetar Norte, Costa Rica: Su valor para la conservación o uso commercial. Recursos Naturales y Ambiente 55.



Chazdon, R. L., S. G. Letcher, M. van Breugel, M. Martínez-Ramos, F. Bongers, and B. Finegan. 2007. Rates of change in tree communities of secondary Neotropical forests following major disturbances. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 362:273-289. PDF

Flamenco-Sandoval, A., M. M. Ramos, and O. R. Masera. 2007. Assessing implications of land-use and land-cover change dynamics for conservation of a highly diverse tropical rain forest. Biological Conservation 138:131-145. PDF

Martínez-Ramos, M. and X. García-Orth. 2007. Sucesión ecológica & restauración: el caso de selvas húmedas. Boletín de la Sociedad Botánica de México 80 (supl.):69-84.

Sezen, U. U., R. L. Chazdon, and K. E. Holsinger. 2007. Multigenerational genetic analysis of tropical secondary regeneration in a canopy palm. Ecology 88:3065-3075. PDF

van Breugel, M., F. Bongers, and M. Martínez-Rarnos. 2007. Species dynamics during early secondary forest succession: Recruitment, mortality and species turnover. Biotropica 39:610-619. PDF


2006 and earlier

Capers, R. S., R. L. Chazdon, A. R. Brenes, and B. V. Alvarado. 2005. Successional dynamics of woody seedling communities in wet tropical secondary forests. Journal of Ecology 93:1071-1084. PDF

Chazdon, R. L., A. R. Brenes, and B. V. Alvarado. 2005. Effects of climate and stand age on annual tree dynamics in tropical second-growth rain forests. Ecology 86:1808-1815. PDF

Martínez-Ramos, M. 2006. Aspectos ecológicos de la selva húmeda en la región Lacandona: perspectivas para su estudio y conservación. Pages 279-292 in K. Oyama and A. Castillo, editors. Manejo, conservación y restauración de recursos naturales en México: perspectivas desde la investigación científica. Siglo XXI Editores / UNAM, México.

van Breugel, M., M. Martínez-Ramos, and F. Bongers. 2006. Community dynamics during early secondary succession in Mexican tropical rain forests. Journal of Tropical Ecology 22:663-674. PDF