1. Biomass resilience of Neotropical secondary forests.

    Nature 530(7589):211 (2016) PMID 26840632

    Land-use change occurs nowhere more rapidly than in the tropics, where the imbalance between deforestation and forest regrowth has large consequences for the global carbon cycle. However, considerable uncertainty remains about the rate of biomass recovery in secondary forests, and how these rate...
  2. Estimating the global conservation status of more than 15,000 Amazonian tree species.
    Hans Ter Steege, Nigel C A Pitman, Timothy J Killeen, William F Laurance, Carlos A Peres, Juan Ernesto Guevara, Rafael P Salomão, Carolina V Castilho, Iêda Leão Amaral, Francisca Dionízia de Almeida Matos, Luiz de Souza Coelho, William E Magnusson, Oliver L Phillips, Diogenes de Andrade Lima Filho, Marcelo de Jesus Veiga Carim, Mariana Victória Irume, Maria Pires Martins, Jean-François Molino, Daniel Sabatier, Florian Wittmann, Dairon Cárdenas López, José Renan da Silva Guimarães, Abel Monteagudo Mendoza, Percy Núñez Vargas, Angelo Gilberto Manzatto, Neidiane Farias Costa Reis, John Terborgh, Katia Regina Casula, Juan Carlos Montero, Ted R Feldpausch, Euridice N Honorio Coronado, Alvaro Javier Duque Montoya, Charles Eugene Zartman, Bonifacio Mostacedo, Rodolfo Vasquez, Rafael L Assis, Marcelo Brilhante Medeiros, Marcelo Fragomeni Simon, Ana Andrade, José Luís Camargo, Susan G W Laurance, Henrique Eduardo Mendonça Nascimento, Beatriz S Marimon, Ben-Hur Marimon, Flávia Costa, Natalia Targhetta, Ima Célia Guimarães Vieira, Roel Brienen, Hernán Castellanos, Joost F Duivenvoorden, Hugo F Mogollón, Maria Teresa Fernandez Piedade, Gerardo Aymard C, James A Comiskey, Gabriel Damasco, Nállarett Dávila, Roosevelt García-Villacorta, Pablo Roberto Stevenson Diaz, Alberto Vincentini, Thaise Emilio, Carolina Levis, Juliana Schietti, Priscila Souza, Alfonso Alonso, Francisco Dallmeier, Leandro Valle Ferreira, David Neill, Alejandro Araujo-Murakami, Luzmila Arroyo, Fernanda Antunes Carvalho, Fernanda Coelho Souza, Dário Dantas do Amaral, Rogerio Gribel, Bruno Garcia Luize, Marcelo Petrati Pansonato, Eduardo Venticinque, Paul Fine, Marisol Toledo, Chris Baraloto, Carlos Cerón, Julien Engel, Terry W Henkel, Eliana M Jimenez, Paul Maas, Maria Cristina Peñuela Mora, Pascal Petronelli, Juan David Cardenas Revilla, Marcos Silveira, Juliana Stropp, Raquel Thomas-Caesar, Tim R Baker, Doug Daly, Marcos Ríos Paredes, Naara Ferreira da Silva, Alfredo Fuentes, Peter Møller Jørgensen, Jochen Schöngart, Miles R Silman, Nicolás Castaño Arboleda, Bruno Barçante Ladvocat Cintra, Fernando Cornejo Valverde, Anthony Di Fiore, Juan Fernando Phillips, Tinde R van Andel, Patricio von Hildebrand, Edelcilio Marques Barbosa, Luiz Carlos de Matos Bonates, Deborah de Castro, Emanuelle de Sousa Farias, Therany Gonzales, Jean-Louis Guillaumet, Bruce Hoffman, Yadvinder Malhi, Ires Paula de Andrade Miranda, Adriana Prieto, Agustín Rudas, Ademir Ruschell, Natalino Silva, César I A Vela, Vincent A Vos, Eglée L Zent, Stanford Zent, Angela Cano, Marcelo Trindade Nascimento, Alexandre Oliveira, Hirma Ramirez-Angulo, José Ferreira Ramos, Rodrigo Sierra, Milton Tirado, Maria Natalia Umaña Medina, Geertje van der Heijden, Emilio Vilanova Torre, Corine Vriesendorp, Ophelia Wang, Kenneth R Young, Claudia Baider, Henrik Balslev, Natalia de Castro, William Farfan-Rios, Cid Ferreira, Casimiro Mendoza, Italo Mesones, Armando Torres-Lezama, Ligia Estela Urrego Giraldo, Daniel Villarroel, Roderick Zagt, Miguel N Alexiades, Karina Garcia-Cabrera, Lionel Hernandez, Isau Huamantupa-Chuquimaco, William Milliken, Walter Palacios Cuenca, Susamar Pansini, Daniela Pauletto, Freddy Ramirez Arevalo, Adeilza Felipe Sampaio, Elvis H Valderrama Sandoval, and Luis Valenzuela Gamarra

    Science advances 1(10):e1500936 (2015) PMID 26702442 PMCID PMC4681336

    Estimates of extinction risk for Amazonian plant and animal species are rare and not often incorporated into land-use policy and conservation planning. We overlay spatial distribution models with historical and projected deforestation to show that at least 36% and up to 57% of all Amazonian tree...
  3. Rapid tree carbon stock recovery in managed Amazonian forests

    Current Biology 25(20):2738 (2015)

  4. Rapid tree carbon stock recovery in managed Amazonian forests.

    Current Biology 25(18):R787 (2015) PMID 26394096

    While around 20% of the Amazonian forest has been cleared for pastures and agriculture, one fourth of the remaining forest is dedicated to wood production. Most of these production forests have been or will be selectively harvested for commercial timber, but recent studies show that even soon af...
  5. Hyperdominance in Amazonian forest carbon cycling.
    Sophie Fauset, Michelle O Johnson, Manuel Gloor, Timothy R Baker, Abel Monteagudo, Roel J W Brienen, Ted R Feldpausch, Gabriela Lopez-Gonzalez, Yadvinder Malhi, Hans Ter Steege, Nigel C A Pitman, Christopher Baraloto, Julien Engel, Pascal Pétronelli, Ana Andrade, José Luís Camargo, Susan G W Laurance, William F Laurance, Jerôme Chave, Elodie Allie, Percy Núñez Vargas, John W Terborgh, Kalle Ruokolainen, Marcos Silveira, Gerardo Aymard C, Luzmila Arroyo, Damien Bonal, Hirma Ramirez-Angulo, Alejandro Araujo-Murakami, David Neill, Bruno Hérault, Aurélie Dourdain, Armando Torres-Lezama, Beatriz S Marimon, Rafael P Salomão, James A Comiskey, Maxime Réjou-Méchain, Marisol Toledo, Juan Carlos Licona, Alfredo Alarcón, Adriana Prieto, Agustín Rudas, Peter J van der Meer, Timothy J Killeen, Ben-Hur Marimon Junior, Lourens Poorter, Rene G A Boot, Basil Stergios, Emilio Vilanova Torre, Flávia R Costa, Carolina Levis, Juliana Schietti, Priscila Souza, Nikée Groot, Eric Arets, Victor Chama Moscoso, Wendeson Castro, Euridice N Honorio Coronado, Marielos Peña-Claros, Clement Stahl, Jorcely Barroso, Joey Talbot, Ima Célia Guimarães Vieira, Geertje van der Heijden, Raquel Thomas, Vincent A Vos, Everton C Almeida, Esteban Álvarez Davila, Luiz E O C Aragão, Terry L Erwin, Paulo S Morandi, Edmar Almeida de Oliveira, Marco B X Valadão, Roderick J Zagt, Peter van der Hout, Patricia Alvarez Loayza, John Pipoly, Ophelia Wang, Miguel Alexiades, Carlos E Cerón, Isau Huamantupa-Chuquimaco, Anthony Di Fiore, Julie Peacock, Nadir Pallqui Camacho, Ricardo K Umetsu, Plínio Barbosa de Camargo, Robyn J Burnham, Rafael Herrera, Carlos A Quesada, Juliana Stropp, Simone A Vieira, Marc Steininger, Carlos Reynel Rodríguez, Zorayda Restrepo, Adriane Esquivel Muelbert, Simon Lewis, Georgia C Pickavance, and Oliver L Phillips

    Nature Communications 6:6857 (2015) PMID 25919449 PMCID PMC4423203

    While Amazonian forests are extraordinarily diverse, the abundance of trees is skewed strongly towards relatively few 'hyperdominant' species. In addition to their diversity, Amazonian trees are a key component of the global carbon cycle, assimilating and storing more carbon than any other ecosy...
  6. Fast demographic traits promote high diversification rates of Amazonian trees.

    Ecology Letters 17(5):527 (2014) PMID 24589190 PMCID PMC4285998

    The Amazon rain forest sustains the world's highest tree diversity, but it remains unclear why some clades of trees are hyperdiverse, whereas others are not. Using dated phylogenies, estimates of current species richness and trait and demographic data from a large network of forest plots, we sho...
  7. Hyperdominance in the Amazonian tree flora.
    Hans ter Steege, Nigel C A Pitman, Daniel Sabatier, Christopher Baraloto, Rafael P Salomão, Juan Ernesto Guevara, Oliver L Phillips, Carolina V Castilho, William E Magnusson, Jean-François Molino, Abel Monteagudo, Percy Núñez Vargas, Juan Carlos Montero, Ted R Feldpausch, Eurídice N Honorio Coronado, Tim J Killeen, Bonifacio Mostacedo, Rodolfo Vasquez, Rafael L Assis, John Terborgh, Florian Wittmann, Ana Andrade, William F Laurance, Susan G W Laurance, Beatriz S Marimon, Ben-Hur Marimon, Ima Célia Guimarães Vieira, Iêda Leão Amaral, Roel Brienen, Hernán Castellanos, Dairon Cárdenas López, Joost F Duivenvoorden, Hugo F Mogollón, Francisca Dionízia de Almeida Matos, Nállarett Dávila, Roosevelt García-Villacorta, Pablo Roberto Stevenson Diaz, Flávia Costa, Thaise Emilio, Carolina Levis, Juliana Schietti, Priscila Souza, Alfonso Alonso, Francisco Dallmeier, Alvaro Javier Duque Montoya, Maria Teresa Fernandez Piedade, Alejandro Araujo-Murakami, Luzmila Arroyo, Rogerio Gribel, Paul V A Fine, Carlos A Peres, Marisol Toledo, Gerardo Aymard C, Tim R Baker, Carlos Cerón, Julien Engel, Terry W Henkel, Paul Maas, Pascal Petronelli, Juliana Stropp, Charles Eugene Zartman, Doug Daly, David Neill, Marcos Silveira, Marcos Ríos Paredes, Jerome Chave, Diógenes de Andrade Lima Filho, Peter Møller Jørgensen, Alfredo Fuentes, Jochen Schöngart, Fernando Cornejo Valverde, Anthony Di Fiore, Eliana M Jimenez, Maria Cristina Peñuela Mora, Juan Fernando Phillips, Gonzalo Rivas, Tinde R van Andel, Patricio von Hildebrand, Bruce Hoffman, Eglée L Zent, Yadvinder Malhi, Adriana Prieto, Agustín Rudas, Ademir Ruschell, Natalino Silva, Vincent Vos, Stanford Zent, Alexandre Oliveira, Angela Cano Schutz, Therany Gonzales, Marcelo Trindade Nascimento, Hirma Ramirez-Angulo, Rodrigo Sierra, Milton Tirado, María Natalia Umaña Medina, Geertje van der Heijden, César I A Vela, Emilio Vilanova Torre, Corine Vriesendorp, Ophelia Wang, Kenneth R Young, Claudia Baider, Henrik Balslev, Cid Ferreira, Italo Mesones, Armando Torres-Lezama, Ligia Estela Urrego Giraldo, Roderick Zagt, Miguel N Alexiades, Lionel Hernandez, Isau Huamantupa-Chuquimaco, William Milliken, Walter Palacios Cuenca, Daniela Pauletto, Elvis Valderrama Sandoval, Luis Valenzuela Gamarra, Kyle G Dexter, Ken Feeley, Gabriela Lopez-Gonzalez, and Miles R Silman

    Science 342(6156):1243092 (2013) PMID 24136971

    The vast extent of the Amazon Basin has historically restricted the study of its tree communities to the local and regional scales. Here, we provide empirical data on the commonness, rarity, and richness of lowland tree species across the entire Amazon Basin and Guiana Shield (Amazonia), collect...
  8. Differential growth responses to water balance of coexisting deciduous tree species are linked to wood density in a Bolivian tropical dry forest.

    PLoS ONE 8(10):e73855 (2013) PMID 24116001 PMCID PMC3792103

    A seasonal period of water deficit characterizes tropical dry forests (TDFs). There, sympatric tree species exhibit a diversity of growth rates, functional traits, and responses to drought, suggesting that each species may possess different strategies to grow under different conditions of water ...
  9. Environmental heterogeneity and dispersal processes influence post-logging seedling establishment in a Chiquitano dry tropical forest

    Forest Ecology and Management (2003)

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