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       [*Uriarte lab Student or ¥Postdoctoral researcher lead author or co-author]



Uriarte, M. and D. L. Menge. In press. Variation between individuals fosters regional species coexistence. Ecology Letters.


Hogan, J.A., J. K. Zimmerman, J. Thompson, M. Uriarte, N. G. Swenson, R. Condit, S. Hubbell, D. J. Johnson, I. F. Sun, C. Chang-Yang, S. Su,, P. Ong, L. Rodriguez, C. C. Monoy, S. Yap, and S. L. Davies. In press. The frequency of cyclonic wind storms shapes tropical forest dynamism and functional trait dispersion. Forests.


Rao, M.P., E. R. Cook, B. I. Cook, J. Palmer, M. Uriarte, N. Devineni, U. Lall, R. D. D’Arrigo, C. A. Woodhouse, M. Ahmed, M. Usama Zafar, N. Khan, A. Khan, and M. Wahab. In press. Water Resources Research.


¥Fortunel, C., J. R. Lasky, M. Uriarte, R. Valencia, S. J. Wright, N. C. Garwood, and N. J.B. Kraft. In press. Topography and neighborhood crowding can interact to shape species growth and coexistence in a hyper-diverse Amazonian forest. Ecology.


Johnson, DJ, J. Needham, C. Xu, E. C. Massoud, S. Davies, K. Anderson-Teixeira, N. Brokaw, S. Bunyavejchewin, C. Chang-Yang, J. Chiang, G. Chuyong, R. Condit, S. Cordell, C. Fletcher, C. Giardina, N. Gunatilleke, S. Gunatilleke, C. Hsieh, S. Hubbell, A. Rahman Kassim, M. Katabuchi, D. Kenfack, C. Litton, S. Lum, M. Mohamad, N. Musalmah, P. Ong, R. Ostertag, L. Sack, N. Swenson, I F. Sun, S. Tan, D. Thomas, J. Thompson, M. Umaña, M. Uriarte, R. Valencia, S. Yap, J. Zimmerman, N. McDowell, S. McMahon. In press. Climate sensitive size-dependent survival in tropical trees. Nature Ecology & Evolution.


*Gei, M., D. M. A. Rozendaal, L. Poorter, F. Bongers, J. I. Sprent, M. D. Garner, T. Mitchell Aide, J. L. Andrade, P. Balvanera, J. M. Becknell, P. H.S. Brancalion, G. A. L. Cabral, R. Gomes César, R. L. Chazdon, R. J. Cole, G. Dalla Colletta, B. de Jong, J. S. Denslow, D. H. Dent, S. J. DeWalt, J. Manuel Dupuy, S. M. Durán, M.M. do Espírito Santo, G. Wilson Fernandes, Y R Ferreira Nunes, B. Finegan, V. Granda Moser, J. S. Hall, J L Hernández-Stefanoni, A. B. Junqueira, D. Kennard, E. Lebrija-Trejos, S. G. Letcher, M. Lohbeck, E. Marín-Spiotta, M. Martínez-Ramos, J.A. Meave, D. N. L. Menge, F.  Mora, R. Muñoz, R. Muscarella, S. Ochoa-Gaona, E. Orihuela-Belmonte, R. Ostertag, M. Peña-Claros, E. A. Pérez- García, D. Piotto, P. B. Reich, C. Reyes-García, J. Rodríguez- Velázquez, I. E. Romero-Pérez, L. Sanaphre-Villanueva, A. Sanchez-Azofeifa, N. B. Schwartz, A. Silva de Almeida, J. Silva Almeida-Cortez, W. Silver, V. Souza Moreno, B. W. Sullivan, N. G. Swenson, M. Uriarte, M. van Breugel, H. van der Wal, M. das Dores Magalhães Veloso, H. F. M. Vester, I. Célia Guimarães Vieira, J. K. Zimmerman, J. S. Powers. 2018. Legume Abundance along auccessional and rainfall gradients In Neotropical forests. Nature Ecology & Evolution. PDF.


Giardina, F., A. Koenigs, H. Alemohammad, D. Kennedy, R. Oliveira, M. Uriarte, and P. Gentine. 2018. Tall Amazonian forests are more resistant to precipitation variability. Nature Geosciences. PDF.



Lutz, J. A., T. J. Furniss, D. J. Johnson, S. J. Davies, D. Allen, A. Alonso, K. Anderson-Teixeira, A. Andrade, J. Baltzer, K. M. L. Becker, E. M. Blomdahl, N. A. Bourg, S. Bunyavejchewin, D. F. R. P. Burslem, C. A. Cansler, K. Cao, M. Cao, D. Cárdenas, L.-W. Chang, K.-J. Chao, W.-C. Chao, J.-M. Chiang, C. Chu, G. B. Chuyong, K. Clay, R. Condit, S. Cordell, H. S. Dattaraja, A. Duque, D. Escobar, C. E. N. Ewango, G. A. Fisher, C. Fletcher, J. A. Fruend, C. Giardina, S. J. Germain, G. S. Gilbert, Z. Hao, T. Hart, B. C. H. Hau, F. He, A. Hector, R. W. Howe, C.-F. Hsieh, Y.-H. Hu, S. P. Hubbell, F. M. Inman-Narahari, A. Itoh, D. Janik, A. R. Kassim, D. Kenfack, L. Kortee, K. Král, A. J. Larson, Y.-D. Li, Y. Lin, S. Liu, S. Lum, K. Ma, J.-R. Makana, Y. Malhi, S. M. McMahon, W. J. McShea, H. R. Memiaghe, X. Mi, M. Morecroft, P. M. Musili, J. A. Myers, V. Novotny, A. de Oliveira, P. Ong, D. A. Orwig, R. Osterag, G. G. Parker, R. Patankar, R. P. Phillips, G. Reynolds, L. Sack, G.-Z. M. Song, S.-H. Su, R. Sukumar, I.-F. Sun, H. S. Suresh, M. E. Swanson, S. Tan, D. W. Thomas, J. Thompson, M. Uriarte, R. Valencia, A. Vicentine, T. Vrška, X. Wang, G. D. Weiblen, A. Wolf, S.-H. Wu, H. Xu, T. Yamakura, S. Yap, and J. K. Zimmerman. 2018. Global importance of large-diameter trees. Global Ecology and Biogeography. PDF.


*Chen, Y, M. Umaña, M. Uriarte, and S. Yu. 2018. Abundance-dependent effects of neighborhood dissimilarity and growth rank reversal in a Neotropical forest. Proceedings Royal Society B. PDF.


*Bachelot, B., J. Clark, M. Uriarte, R. Muscarella, J. Forero, J. Thompson, JK. McGuire, and J. K. Zimmerman. 2018. Associations among arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and tropical tree communities change with tree successional status. Ecology. PDF.

*Uriarte, M, R. Muscarella, and J. K. Zimmerman. 2018. Environmental heterogeneity and biotic interactions mediate climate impacts on tropical forest regeneration. Global Change Biology. PDF.

Lei, C., L. Comita, SJ Wright, N. Swenson, JK. Zimmerman, X. Mi, Hao, Y. Zhanqing, Wanhui, S. Hubbell, WJ Kress, M. Uriarte, J. Thompson, C. Nytch, X. Wang, J. Lian, Ju-yu, and K. Ma. In press. Negative conspecific density dependence, rather than interactions among closely related species, structures the assemblages of forest tree neighborhoods. Ecography.

Poorter, L., M. T. van der Sande, E. J. M. M. Arets, N. Ascarrunz, B. Enquist4, B. Finegan, J. C. Licona, M. Martínez-Ramos, L. Mazzei, J. Meave, R. Muñoz, C. J. Nytch, A. A de Oliveira, E. A. Pérez-García, J. S. Powers, Jamir Prado-Junior, J. Rodríguez-Velázques. A. R. Ruschel, B. Salgado-Negret, I. Schiavini, N. G. Swenson, E. A. Tenorio, J. Thompson, M. Toledo, M. Uriarte, P. van der Hout, J. Zimmerman, M. Peña-Claros. In press. Biodiversity, climate, and soil determine functioning of Neotropical forests. Global Ecology and Biogeography. PDF.



¥Feng, X., M. Uriarte, J. Thompson, G. Gonzalez, S. Reed, J. K. Zimmerman, and L. Murphy. 2017. Improving predictions of tropical forest response to climate change through integration of field studies and ecosystem modeling. Global Change Biology. PDF.

Wiegand, T. M. Uriarte, N. Kraft, G. Shen, X. Wang, and F. He. 2017. Spatially explicit metrics of species, functional and phylogenetic diversity: insights into plant community assembly processes. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics. PDF.

*Prist, P., M. Uriarte, K Fernandes, and J. P. Metzger. 2017. Climate change and sugarcane expansion increase hantavirus risk. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. PDF.

*Schwartz, N. B., M. Uriarte, R. DeFries, V. Gutiérrez-Vélez, K. Fernandes, M. A. Pinedo-Vasquez. 2017. Fragmentation increases impact of wind disturbance on forest structure and carbon stocks in a western Amazonian landscape. Ecological Applications. PDF

*Schwartz, N., M. Uriarte, R. DeFries, V. Gutierrez-Velez, M. Pinedo-Vasquez. 2017. Land-use dynamics influence estimates of carbon sequestration potential in tropical second growth forest. Environmental Research Letters doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa708b. PDF

Umaña, M., M. Xiangcheng, M. Cao, B. Enquist, H. Zhanqing, R. Howe, Y. Iida, D. Johnson, L. Lin, L., Xiaojuan, K. Ma, I. Sun, J. Thompson, M. Uriarte, X. Wang, A. Wolf, J. Yang, J. K. Zimmerman, N. Swenson. 2017. The role of functional uniqueness and spatial aggregation in explaining rarity in trees worldwide. Global Ecology and Biogeography DOI: 10.1111/geb.12583 PDF

*Bachelot, B., M. Uriarte, J. Thompson, K. McGuire, and J.K. Zimmerman. 2017. Opposing effects of arbuscular mycorrizhal fungi and natural enemies on seedling mortality promote tree species coexistence. Ecology 98:712-720. PDF




¥Lasky, J. R., M. Uriarte, and R. Muscarella. 2016. Synchrony, compensatory dynamics, and the functional traits linked to phenological diversity in a tropical tree community. Environmental Research Letters. PDF.


*Prist, P., M. Uriarte, L. Reverberi Tambosi, A. Prado,  A. Townsend Peterson, R. Pardini, P. D´Andrea, and J. P. Metzger. 2016. Landscape, environmental and social predictors of Hantavirus risk in São Paulo, Brazil. PloS One. PDF.


*Muscarella, M., M. Uriarte, T. M. Aide, D. L. Erickson, J. Forero-Montaña, W. J. Kress, N. G. Swenson, J. K. Zimmerman. In press. Functional and phylogenetic dimensions of tree diversity reveal shifting assembly mechanisms across regional environmental gradients in Puerto Rico. Perspectives in Plant Ecology. PDF.


¥Wolf, J. A., G. Y. Brocard, J. K. Willenbring, S. Porder, and M. Uriarte. 2016. Abrupt change in forest structure localized to elevation of regional knickpoints in a tropical mountain range. Remote Sensing and the Environment. PDF.



Chazdon, R. L and M. Uriarte. 2016. Natural regeneration in the context of large-scale forest and landscape restoration in the tropics. Biotropica. PDF.


Uriarte, M. and R.L. Chazdon. 2016. Incorporating natural regeneration in forest landscape restoration in tropical regions: synthesis and key research gaps. Biotropica. PDF.



*Uriarte, M., N. Schwartz, J. Powers, E. Marin-Spiotta, W. Liao, and L. Werden. 2016. Impacts of climate variability on tree demography in second-growth tropical forests: The importance of regional context for predicting successional trajectories. Biotropica. PDF.


Hogan, J.A., J.K. Zimmerman, C. J. Nytch, J. Thompson, and M. Uriarte. 2016. Revisiting Land Use, Hurricane Dynamics and the Environment in a Subtropical Wet Forest: Twenty-One Years of Change. Ecosphere 7(8):e01405.10.1002/ecs2.1405. PDF.


Hogan, J.A., J.K. Zimmerman, M. Uriarte, B. Turner, and J. Thompson. 2016. Land-Use History Augments Environment–Plant Community Relationships in a Puerto Rican Wet Forest. J of Ecology 104: 1466-1477. PDF.

*Cattau, M.E., M. E. Harrison, I. Shinyo, S. Tungau, S. H. Limin, M. Uriarte, and R. DeFries. In press. Sources of anthropogenic fire ignitions on the peat-swamp landscape in Kalimantan, Indonesia. Global Environmental Change 39:205-219. PDF.

Uriarte, M., J. R. Lasky, V. Boukili, and R. L. Chazdon. 2016. A trait-mediated, neighborhood approach to quantify climate impacts on tropical rainforest succession. Functional Ecology 30: 157-167. PDF.



*Chazdon and many others. 2016. Carbon mitigation potential of Neotropical second-growth forest. Science Advances. PDF.


*Muscarella, M. and M. Uriarte. 2016. Do community-weighted mean functional trait values represent optimal strategies? Proceedings Royal Society B 283: 20152434. PDF.


*Bachelot, B., M. Uriarte, J.K. Zimmerman, J. Thompson, J. Leff, A. Asai, J. Kosher and K. McGuire. 2016. Assessing the mechanisms underlying land use impacts on the composition and diversity of soil fungal communities in a tropical forest. Ecological Applications 26: 1881-1895. PDF.


* Poorter, L., F. Bongers, T. M. Aide, A. M. Almeyda Zambrano, P. Balvanera, J. M. Becknell, V. Boukili, P. H. Brancalion, E. N. Broadbent, R. L. Chazdon, D. Craven, J. S. de Almeida-Cortez, G. A. Cabral, B. H. de Jong, J. S. Denslow, D. H. Dent, S. J. DeWalt, J. M. Dupuy, S. M. Duran, M. M. Espirito-Santo, M. C. Fandino, R. G. Cesar, J. S. Hall, J. L. Hernandez-Stefanoni, C. C. Jakovac, A. B. Junqueira, D. Kennard, S. G. Letcher, J. C. Licona, M. Lohbeck, E. Marin-Spiotta, M. Martinez-Ramos, P. Massoca, J. A. Meave, R. Mesquita, F. Mora, R. Munoz, R. Muscarella, Y. R. Nunes, S. Ochoa-Gaona, A. A. de Oliveira, E. Orihuela-Belmonte, M. Pena-Claros, E. A. Perez-Garcia, D. Piotto, J. S. Powers, J. Rodriguez-Velazquez, I. E. Romero-Perez, J. Ruiz, J. G. Saldarriaga, A. Sanchez-Azofeifa, N. B. Schwartz, M. K. Steininger, N. G. Swenson, M. Toledo, M. Uriarte, M. van Breugel, H. van der Wal, M. D. Veloso, H. F. Vester, A. Vicentini, I. C. Vieira, T. V. Bentos, G. B. Williamson, and D. M. Rozendaal. 2016. Biomass resilience of Neotropical secondary forests. Nature 530:211-214. PDF.



Kunstler, G., D. Falster, D. A. Coomes, F. Hui, R. M. Kooyman, D. C. Laughlin, L. Poorter, M. Vanderwel, G. Vieilledent, S. J. Wright, M. Aiba, C. Baraloto, J. Caspersen, J. H. Cornelissen, S. Gourlet-Fleury, M. Hanewinkel, B. Herault, J. Kattge, H. Kurokawa, Y. Onoda, J. Penuelas, H. Poorter, M. Uriarte, S. Richardson, P. Ruiz-Benito, I. F. Sun, G. Stahl, N. G. Swenson, J. Thompson, B. Westerlund, C. Wirth, M. A. Zavala, H. Zeng, J. K. Zimmerman, N. E. Zimmermann, and M. Westoby. 2016. Plant functional traits have globally consistent effects on competition. Nature 529:204-207. PDF.




*Poorter, L., M. T. van der Sande, J. Thompson, E. J. M. M. Arets, A. Alarcon, J. Alvarez-Sanchez, N. Ascarrunz, P. Balvanera, G. Barajas-Guzman, A. Boit, F. Bongers, F. A. Carvalho, F. Casanoves, G. Cornejo-Tenorio, F. R. C. Costa, C. V. de Castilho, J. F. Duivenvoorden, L. P. Dutrieux, B. J. Enquist, F. Fernandez-Mendez, B. Finegan, L. H. L. Gormley, J. R. Healey, M. R. Hoosbeek, G. Ibarra-Manriquez, A. B. Junqueira, C. Levis, J. C. Licona, L. S. Lisboa, W. E. Magnusson, M. Martinez-Ramos, A. Martinez-Yrizar, L. G. Martorano, L. C. Maskell, L. Mazzei, J. A. Meave, F. Mora, R. Munoz, C. Nytch, M. P. Pansonato, T. W. Parr, H. Paz, E. A. Perez-Garcia, L. Y. Renteria, J. Rodriguez-Velazquez, D. M. A. Rozendaal, A. R. Ruschel, B. Sakschewski, B. Salgado-Negret, J. Schietti, M. Simoes, F. L. Sinclair, P. F. Souza, F. C. Souza, J. Stropp, H. ter Steege, N. G. Swenson, K. Thonicke, M. Toledo, M. Uriarte, P. van der Hout, P. Walker, N. Zamora, and M. Pena-Claros. 2016. Diversity enhances carbon storage in tropical forests. Global Ecology and Biogeography 24:1314-1328.



*Bachelot, B., M. Uriarte, J. Thompson, and J.K. Zimmerman. 2015. Advantages of living at the extremes: Tree seedlings at intermediate abundance in a tropical forest have the highest richness of aboveground enemies and suffer most damage. J Ecology 104: 90-103. PDF.


*Muscarella, M., M. Uriarte, T. M. Aide, D. L. Erickson, J. Forero-Montaña, W. J. Kress, N. G. Swenson, J. K. Zimmerman. (2015). Functional convergence and phylogenetic divergence during secondary succession of subtropical wet forests in Puerto Rico. J Vegetation Science 10.1111/jvs.12354 PDF.


*Umaña, M.N, J. Forero-Montaña, R. Muscarella, C. J. Nytch, J. Thompson, M. Uriarte, J. K. Zimmerman, and N. G. Swenson. 2015. Interspecific functional similarity and intraspecific negative density dependence underlie the seed to seedling transition in tropical trees. American Naturalist 187: 99-109. PDF.


Gentine, P, M. Guérin, M. Uriarte, N. McDowell and W. Pockman. 2015. An allometry-based model of the survival strategies of hydraulic failure and carbon starvation. Ecohydrology DOI: 10.1002/eco.1654 PDF.


*Letcher, S.G.,  J.R. Lasky, N. Norden, R.L. Chazdon, A. Andrade, J.L. Andrade-Torres, P. Balvanera, J.M. Becknell, T.V. Bentos, R. Bhaskar, F. Bongers, V.S. Boukili, D.A. Clark, D.B. Clark, D. Craven, A. DeFrancesco, J.M. Dupuy, B.G. Finegan, E. González-Jiménez, J.S. Hall, K.E. Harms, P. Heitz, J.L. Hernández-Stefanoni, D. Kennard, T.J. Killeen, S.G. Laurance, M.W.M. Lohbeck, M. Martínez-Ramos, P.E.S. Massocca, J.A. Meave, R.C.G. Mesquita, F. Mora, R. Muñoz Avilés, R. Muscarella, H. Paz, E. Pérez-García , F. Pineda-García, J.S. Powers, R. Quesada-Monge, E. Romero-Pérez, M.E. Sandor, L. Sanaphre-Villanueva, E. Schüller, N.G. Swenson, A. Tauro, M. Uriarte, M. van Breugel, O. Vargas-Ramírez, A. Wendt, G.B. Williamson, S.J. Wright. 2015. Pioneer genealogy: Evolutionary relatedness, trait conservatism, and successional habitat affinity in tropical trees. J of Ecology 103:  1276-1290. PDF.


*Locatelli, B., C. Catterall, P. Imbach,  K. Chetan, R. Lasco, E. Marin-Spiotta, B.  Mercer, J. Powers, N. Schwartz, and M. Uriarte. 2015. Tropical reforestation and climate change: Beyond carbon. Restoration Ecology doi: 10.1111/rec.12209



Uriarte, M., J. Thompson, B. Turner and J.K. Zimmerman. 2015. Linking spatial patterns of leaf litter fall and soil nutrients in a tropical forest: A neighborhood approach. Ecological Applications 25: 2022-2034. PDF

*Lasky, J., B. Bachelot, R. Muscarella, N. Schwartz, N. G. Swenson, J. K. Zimmerman, J. Thompson, C. J. Nytch, J. Forero-Montaña and M. Uriarte. 2015. Ontogenetic shifts in trait-mediated mechanisms of plant community assembly. Ecology 96: 2157-2169. PDF

*Schwartz N.B. M. Uriarte, V. H. Gutierrez-Velez, W. Baethgen, R. DeFries, K. Fernandes, C. Padoch, and M. A. Pinedo-Vasquez. 2015. Climate, landowner residency, and land cover predict local scale fire activity in the Western Amazon. Global Environmental Change 31: 144-153. PDF.

*Bachelot, B., M. Uriarte, and K. McGuire. 2015 Interactions among mutualism, competition, and predation foster species coexistence in diverse communities. Theoretical Ecology: DOI 10.1007/s12080-015-0251-2. PDF.






Kress, J.W, C. Garcia-Robledo, M. Uriarte, and D. Erickson. 2014. DNA barcodes for ecology, evolution, and conservation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 30: 25-35. PDF


*Muscarella, R., M. Uriarte, D. L. Erickson, N. G. Swenson, J. K. Zimmerman, and W. J. Kress. 2014. A molecular phylogeny for the trees of Puerto Rico. PLoS ONE 9(11): e112843. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0112843 PDF


*Muscarella, R., M. Uriarte, D. L. Erickson, N. G. Swenson, J. K. Zimmerman, W. J. Kress. In press. Climate and Biodiversity Effects on Standing Biomass in Puerto Rican Forests. Caribbean Forester special issue 1: 199-217. PDF.


*Muscarella, R. P.J. Galante, M. Soley, R.A. Boria, J. Kass, M. Uriarte and R. P. Anderson. 2014. ENMeval: An R package for tuning MAXENT ecological niche models with spatially independent evaluations. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5: 1198-1205 PDF.


Anderson-Teixeira and many co-authors. 2014. CTFS-ForestGEO: A worldwide network monitoring forests in an era of global change. Global Change Biology doi: 10.1111/gcb.12712. PDF


¥Lasky, J., M. Uriarte, V. Boukili, and R. L. Chazdon. 2014. The relationship between biodiversity and tree biomass dynamics changes along tropical forest succession. Ecology Letters doi: 10.1111/ele.12322. PDF


*Réjou-Méchain M., and many others. 2014. Local spatial structure of forest biomass and its consequences for remote sensing of carbon stocks. Biogeosciences 11:5711–5742 doi:10.5194/bgd-11-5711-2014.

¥Lasky, J., M. Uriarte, V. Boukili, and R. L. Chazdon. 2014. Multiple effects of functional trait variation on tree community dynamics in tropical successional forests. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 15: 5616-5621. PDF


*Gutiérrez-Vélez, VH, M. Uriarte, R. DeFries, M. Pinedo-Vásquez, K. Fernandes, P. Ceccato, W. Baethgen, and C. Padoch. 2014. Land cover change interacts with drought severity to change fire regimes in Western Amazonia. Ecological Applications 24: 1323-1340. PDF


*Jain, M., Y. Lim, J. Arce and M. Uriarte. 2014. Perceptional and socio-demographic factors associated with household drinking water management strategies in rural Puerto Rico. PloS One 9(2): e88059. PDF


¥Adame, P., M. Uriarte, and T.J. Brandeis. 2014. Diameter growth performance of tree functional groups in Puerto Rican secondary tropical forests. Forest Systems 23: 52-63. PDF






Swenson, N., X. Mi, J. Kress, J. Thompson, M. Uriarte, and J. Zimmerman. 2013. Species-time-area and phylogenetic-time-area relationships in tropical tree communities. Ecology and Evolution 3: 1173-1183. PDF


*Côrtes, M.,  M. Uriarte , M. Lemes, R. Gribel , P. Smouse, W. J. Kress, and E. M. Bruna. 2013. Fragmentation and low population density enhance gene flow of an Amazonian herb. Molecular Ecology doi: 10.1111/mec.12495 PDF


*Nichols,E., M. Uriarte, C. Peres,  J. Louzada, R. Fagundes-Braga, G. Schiffler, and W. Endo. In press. Hunting-induced trophic cascades in a tropical fecal detritus food web. PloS One 8 (10): e75819. PDF


*Nuñez-Avila, M., M. Uriarte, P. A. Marquet, and J.J. Armesto. 2013. Decomposing recruitment limitation and seed-mediated gene flow for a dioecious tree species in a fragmented landscape. J. Ecology doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12148. PDF


Brown, C., D.F.R.P. Burslem, J.B. Illian, C.L. Bao, W. Brockelman, M. Cao, H.S. Dattaraja, C.V.S. Gunatilleke, I.A.U.N. Gunatilleke, J. Huang, A.R. Kassim, J. Lian, L. Lin, K. Ma, X. Mi, A. Nathalang, S. Noor, S. Pulla, R. Sukumar, I.F. Sun, H.S. Suresh, J. Thompson, M. Uriarte, R. Valencia,W. Ye, R. Law. 2013. Multi-species coexistence in tropical rainforests: spatial signals of topographic niche differentiation increase with environmental heterogeneity. Proc Royal Society Series B 280:

20130502. PDF


*Macedo, M., M. T. Coe, R. S. DeFries, M. Uriarte, P. M. Brando, C. Neill, and W. S. Walker. 2013. Land use-driven stream warming in southeastern Amazonia. Proc Royal Society Series B 368, 20120153. PDF


*Nichols, E., M. Uriarte, D. E. Bunker, J. N.C Louzada, T. H. Larsen, F. Vaz de Mello, K. Vulinec, M. E. Favila, E. M. Slade, S. Naeem, and S. H. Spector. 2013. Trait-dependent response of dung beetle populations to tropical forest conversion at local to global scales. Ecology 94:180–189. PDF






*Uriarte, M. M. PinedoVasquez , R. DeFries, K. Fernandes, V. Gutierrez-Velez, W. Baethgen, and C. Padoch. 2012. Depopulation of rural landscapes exacerbates fire activity in the Western Amazon. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 109: 21546–21550. PDF



*Dueker, M. E, G. D. O’Mullan, A. R. Juhl, K. C. Weathers, and M. Uriarte. In press. Local environmental pollution strongly influences culturable microbial aerosols at an urban aquatic Superfund site. Environmental Science & Technology 46: 1092610933. PDF



Ibáñez, I., E.S. Gornish, L. Buckley, D. Debinski, J. Hellmann, B. Helmuth, J. HillRisLambers, A. Latimer, A. Miller-Rushing, M. Uriarte. 2012. Research in global change ecology: Using integrative analyses to capitalize on natural variability. Ecology & Evolution 3: 170-181. PDF


*Muscarella, R., M. Uriarte, J. Forero-Montaña, L. S. Comita, N. G. Swenson, J. Thompson, C. Nytch, I. Jonckheere, and J.K. Zimmerman. 2012. Exploring the mechanisms behind life history tradeoffs during the seed-to-seedling transition for tropical trees and lianas. Journal of Ecology 101: 171-182. PDF


*Balvanera, P., M. Uriarte, L. Almeida-Leñero, A. Altesor, F. DeClerk, T. Gardner, J. Hall, A. Lara, P. Laterra, M. Peña-Claros, D. M. Silva Matos, L. Romero-Duque, A. L. Vogt, L.F. Arreola, A.P. Caro-Borrero, F. Gallego, M. Jain, C. Little, R. de Oliveira Xavier, J. M. Paruelo, J.E. Peinado, L. Poorter, N. Azcarrun, F. Correa, M.B. Cunha-Santino, A.P Hernández-Sánchez, and M. Vallejos. 2012. Ecosystem Service Research in Latin America: The State of the Art. Ecosystem Services 2: 56-70. PDF



*Côrtes, M. and M. Uriarte. 2012. Integrating frugivore behavior and animal movement: A review of the evidence and implication for scaling seed dispersal. Biological Reviews doi: 10.1111/j.1469-185X.2012.00250.x. PDF


Swenson, N.G., D.L. Erickson, X. Mi, N. Bourg, J. Montana-Forero, R. Howe, J.K.  Lake, X. Liu, X., J. Thompson, M. Uriarte, A. Wolf, J. Zhang, J.K. Zimmerman and W. J. Kress, W.J. 2012. Phylogenetic and functional beta diversity in tree communities across latitude. Ecology 93: S112-S125. PDF


Swenson, N.G.., J. C. Stegen, S. J. Davies, D. L. Erickson, J. Forero-Montaña, A. H. Hurlbert, W. J. Kress, J. Thompson, M. Uriarte, S. J. Wright, and J. K. Zimmerman. 2012. Temporal Turnover in the Composition of Tropical Tree Communities: Functional Determinism and Phylogenetic Stochasticity. Ecology 93: 490-499. PDF


Uriarte, M. J. S. Clark, L. S. Comita, J. Thompson, and J. K. Zimmerman. 2012. Multi-dimensional tradeoffs in species responses to disturbance: Implications for successional diversity in a subtropical forest. Ecology 93: 191-205. PDF


*Dueker, M. E., G. D. O’Mullan, K. C. Weathers, A. R. Juhl, and M. Uriarte. 2012. Coupling of fog and marine microbial content in the near-shore coastal environment. Biogeosciences 9: 803-813. PDF






*Gutiérrez-Vélez, V.H., R. DeFries, M. Pinedo-Vásquez, M. Uriarte, C. Padoch, W. Baethgen, K. Fernandes, and Y. Lim. 2011.  High-yield oil palm plantations expand in the Peruvian Amazon at expense of forests. Environmental Research Letters 6:4.  PDF



*Uriarte, M., C. Yackulic, Y. Lim, and J. Arce. 2011. Influence of land use on water quality in a tropical landscape: A multi-scale analysis. Landscape Ecology 26: 1151-1164. PDF


*Yackulic, C.B., M.E. Fagan, M. Jain, A. Jina, Y. Lim, M. Marlier, B. Muscarella, P. Adame, R.S. DeFries, and M. Uriarte. 2011. Biophysical and socioeconomic factors associated with forest transitions at multiple temporal and spatial scales. Ecology and Society 16(3): 15. PDF


Bruna, E.M., T. Izzo, B. Inouye, M. Uriarte, and H. Vasconcelos. 2011. Estimating the dispersal capability of Amazonian plant-ant queens using inverse modeling. PLoS One 6: e22937- e22937. PDF


Fernandes, K., W. Baethgen, S. Bernardes, R. Defries, D. DeWitt,  L. Goddard, W. Lavado, D. Lee, C. Padoch, M. Pinedo- Vasquez and M. Uriarte. 2011. North Tropical Atlantic influence on western Amazon fire season variability. Geophysical Research Letters 38: L12701. PDF



*Yackulic, C. B., S. Blake, S. Deem, M. Kock, and M. Uriarte. 2011. One size does not fit all: flexile models are required to understand animal movement across scales. Journal of Animal Ecology 80: 1088-1096. PDF

Received 2010 E.C. Pielou Student in Statistical Ecology from Ecological Society of America.

Recommended Faculty 100:


*Dueker, E., K. C. Weathers, G. O’Mullan, A. Juhl, and M. Uriarte.2011. Environmental controls on coastal coarse aerosols: implications for microbial aerosol content and deposition at the waterfront. Environmental Science & Technology 45:3386-92. PDF


*Yackulic, C. B., E. W. Sanderson, and M. Uriarte. 2011. Anthropogenic and intrinsic drivers of intra-specific variation in extinction risk. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 108: 2044-4029. PDF


*Lin, B.B., D. F.B. Flynn, M. M. McGinty, D. E. Bunker, A. Weidman, P. Olmsted, M. I. Palmer, M. Uriarte,  S. Naeem. 2011. Contraction and displacement of trait space following agricultural conversion in Great Plains landscapes. Journal of Applied Ecology. PDF


*Nuñez-Avila, M., M. Uriarte, P. A. Marquet, and J.J. Armesto. 2011. Microsatellite markers for the relict tree Aextoxicon punctatum (Aextoxicaceae) from Chilean temperate rainforests. American Journal of Botany  98:e30-e32. PDF


Gagnon, P.R., E. M. Bruna, P. Rubim, M. Darrigo, R. C. Littlel, M. Uriarte, and W. J. Kress. 2011. Chronically reduced plant growth in Amazonian forest fragments. Biological Conservation 144: 830-835. PDF


Uriarte, M., M. Anciães, M. T.B. da Silva, P. Rubim, and E. M. Bruna. 2011. Disentangling the drivers of reduced long distance dispersal by birds in an experimentally-fragmented. Ecology 94:924-937. PDF

Received 2012 Outstanding Paper in Landscape Ecology Award from the US Association for Landscape Ecology.






Kress, W.J., D.L. Erickson, N.G. Swenson, J. Thompson, M. Uriarte, and J. K. Zimmerman. 2010. Improvements in the application of DNA barcodes in building a community phylogeny for tropical trees in a Puerto Rican Forest Dynamics Plot. PLoS One 15. PDF


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


Zimmerman, J.K., L.S. Comita, J. Thompson, M. Uriarte, and N. V. Brokaw. 2010. Patch dynamics and community meta-stability in a tropical forest: Compound effects of natural disturbance and human land use. Landscape Ecology 25:1099–1111. PDF


DeFries, R., T. K. Rudel, M. Uriarte, and J. Hansen. 2010. Pressures on tropical forests in the 21st century. Nature Geosciences 3: 178-181. PDF


Recommended Faculty 100:


Uriarte, M., E. M. Bruna, P. Rubim, M. Anciães, and I. Jonckheere. 2010. Effects of forest fragmentation on seedling recruitment of an understory herb: Assessing seed vs. safe-site limitation. Ecology 91:1317-1328. PDF


¥Comita, L.S, J. Thompson, M. Uriarte, I. Jonckheere, and J.K. Zimmerman. 2010. Land use history alters post-hurricane seedling dynamics in a tropical forest. Ecological Applications 20: 1270–1284. PDF


Russo, S.E., K.L. Jenkins, S.K. Wiser, M. Uriarte, R. Duncan, and D.A. Coomes. 2010. Interspecific relationships among tree growth and mortality rates and wood traits. Functional Ecology 24: 253–262. PDF


Uriarte, M., L. Schneider, and T.K. Rudel. 2010. Land use transitions in the tropics: Going beyond the case studies. Biotropica 42:1:2.


Uriarte, M., L. Schneider, and T.K. Rudel. 2010. Synthesis: Land use transitions in the tropics. Biotropica 42:59:62. PDF


Canham, CD, J. Thompson, J.K. Zimmerman, and M. Uriarte. 2010. Variation in susceptibility to hurricane damage as a function of storm severity in Puerto Rican tree species. Biotropica 42: 87-94. PDF


* Flynn DBF, M. Uriarte, T. Crk, J. B. Pascarella, J. K. Zimmerman, and M. Caraballo. 2010. Hurricane disturbance alters secondary forest recovery and introduced species dynamics. Biotropica 42: 149-157. PDF






Rudel, T.K., L. Schneider, M. Uriarte, B.L. Turner II, R. DeFries, D. Lawrence,  J. Geoghegan, S. Hecht, A. Ickowitz, E. F. Lambin,  T. Birkenholtz, S. Baptista, Ricardo Grau.  2009. Agricultural intensification and changes in cultivated areas, 1970-2005.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 106: 20675–20680. PDF


¥Comita, L.S, M. Uriarte, J. Thompson, I. Jonckheere, C.D. Canham, and J.K. Zimmerman. 2009. Abiotic and biotic drivers of seedling survival in a hurricane-impacted tropical forest. Journal of Ecology 97: 1346–1359. PDF


Rudel T, L.C. Schneider, M. Uriarte. 2009. Forest transitions: An introduction. Land Use Policy 27:95-97. PDF


* Crk, T., M. Uriarte, F. Corsi, DBF Flynn. 2009. Tropical forest recovery in Puerto Rico. What is the relative importance of biophysical, socioeconomic, and landscape variables? Landscape Ecology 24: 629-642. PDF


*Cortes, M. C., V. Gowda, W. J. Kress, E.M. Bruna, and M. Uriarte. 2009. Characterization of 10 microsatellite markers for the understory Amazonian herb Heliconia acuminata. Molecular Ecology Resources 9: 1261-1264. PDF


*Uriarte, M, C. Yackulic, T. Cooper, D. Flynn, M. Cortes, T. Crk, G. Cullman, M. McGinty, and J Sircely. 2009. Sugarcane, fires, and respiratory health in São Paulo, Brazil: Assessing the sustainability of biofuel production. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 132: 48-56. PDF


Uriarte, M., C. D. Canham, J. Thompson, J. K. Zimmerman. 2009. Understanding natural disturbance and human land use as determinants of tree community dynamics in a subtropical wet forest: Results from a forest simulator. Ecological Monographs 79:423-443. PDF


*Uriarte, M. and C. Yackulic. 2009. Preaching to the unconverted. Ecological Applications 19: 592-596. PDF




Before 2009


Uriarte, M. and M. Papaik. 2007. Hurricane impacts on dynamics, structure, and carbon sequestration of forest ecosystems in Southern New England. Tellus 59A:519-528. PDF


Uriarte, M., H. Ewing, V.E. Eviner, and K. C. Weathers. 2007. Scientific culture, diversity, and society: suggestions for the development and adoption of a broader value system in science. Bioscience 57: 71-78. PDF


Canham, C.D., M. Papaik, M. Uriarte and W. McWilliams.  2006. Neighborhood analyses of canopy tree competition along environmental gradients in New England forests. Ecological Applications 16:540–554. PDF


Canham, C.D. and M. Uriarte.  2006. Likelihood methods, inverse modeling and the analysis of neighborhood processes in forests. Ecological Applications 16:62-73. PDF


Uriarte, M., C.D. Canham, J. Thompson and J.K. Zimmerman. 2005. Seedling recruitment in a hurricane-driven tropical forest: light limitation, density dependence and the spatial distribution of parent trees. Journal of Ecology 93: 291-304. PDF


Uriarte, M., C.D. Canham, J. Thompson and J.K. Zimmerman. 2004. A maximum-likelihood, spatially-explicit analysis of tree growth and survival in a hurricane-driven tropical forest.  Ecological Monographs 71: 591-614. PDF


Uriarte, M., L. W.  Rivera, J. K. Zimmerman, T. M. Aide, A. G. Power and A. Flecker.  2004.  Interactions between land use history and hurricane damage in a neotropical forest.  Plant Ecology 174: 49-58. PDF


Uriarte, M., R. Condit, C.D. Canham, and S.P. Hubbell. 2004. A spatially-explicit model of sapling growth in a tropical forest: Does the identity of neighbours matter?  Journal of Ecology 92: 348-360. PDF


Uriarte, M. and H. K. Reeve.  2003. Matchmaking and species marriage: A game theory model of community assembly. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 100: 1979-1982. PDF

Recommended Faculty 100:


Hatch, L.T., M. Uriarte, D. Fink, L. Aldrich-Wolfe, R.G. Allen, C. T. Webb, K. Zamudio, A. G. Power.  2002.  Federal Jurisdiction over Endangered Species’ Habitat: The Impacts of People and Property on Recovery Planning.  Ecological Applications 12: 690-700. PDF


Uriarte, M., C. Canham and R.B. Root.  2002.  A simulation model of the simultaneous evolution of competitive ability and herbivore resistance in a perennial plant population. Ecology 83: 2649- 2663. PDF


Uriarte, M.  2000.  Nitrogen-mediated interactions between goldenrod (Solidago altissima, L) and its insect herbivore (Trirhabda virgata): implications for nitrogen cycling and succession.  Oecologia 122: 479-486. PDF


Uriarte, M. and O.J. Schmitz.  1998.  Trophic control across a natural productivity gradient: a test of the exploitation hypothesis. Oikos 82: 552-560. PDF


Beckerman, A.P., M. Uriarte and O.J. Schmitz.  1997.  Experimental evidence for a behavior-mediated trophic cascade in a terrestrial food chain.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 94: 10735-10738. PDF




Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters


S. Perkins, S. Altizer, O. Bjornstad, J. Burdon, K. Clay, L. Gomez-Aparicio, J. Jeschke, P. Johnson, K. Lafferty, C. Malstrom, P. Martin, A. Power, P. Thrall, D. Strayer, and M. Uriarte.  2006. Infectious disease in invasion biology. In R. Ostfeld, F. Keesing and V. E. Eviner. Infectious Disease Ecology Effects of disease on ecosystems and of ecosystems on disease. Cary Conference Proceedings.


Ogle, K., M. Uriarte, J. Thompson, J. Johnstone, A. Jones, Y. Lin, E.McIntire, and J. Zimmerman. 2006. Implications of vulnerability to hurricane damage for long-term survival of tropical tree species: A Bayesian hierarchical analysis. Pages 98-123 in: J.S. Clark and A.E. Gelfand (Eds.) Applications of Computational Statistics in the Environmental Sciences: Hierarchical Bayes and MCMC Methods. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. PDF


Uriarte, M, S.P. Hubbell, R. John, R. Condit, and C.D. Canham.  2005. Neighborhood effects on sapling growth and survival in a neotropical forest and the ecological equivalence hypothesis. In Burslem, D.F.R.P., Pinard, M.A. and Hartley, S.E., eds. Biotic Interactions in the Tropics: their Role in the Maintenance of Species Diversity. Cambridge University Press. UK. PDF