Scientist Profiles

Ecosystem Ecology

Ariel Lugo portrait.
Ariel Lugo

Ariel Lugo Scientist Card PDF.

Ariel E. Lugo [External Site: Opens in New Window]

Institute Director

Research interests: Assembly and functioning of novel ecosystems vulnerability, and functioning of urban ecosystems; response of tropical forests to environmental change.

Soil Ecology

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Grizelle González

Grizelle Gonzalez Scientist Card PDF.

Grizelle González [External Site: Opens in New Window]

Research Project Leader

Research interests: Soil ecology and biology, ecosystem ecology, tropical ecology, earthworm ecology.


Michael Keller portrait.
Michael Keller

Michael Keller [External Site: Opens in New Window]

Research Physical Scientist

Research interests: Ecology and biogeochemistry of tropical forests, tropical deforestation and forest degradation, and the effects of changing tropical land uses on regional and global atmospheric composition. His studies have used a wide variety of tools including remote sensing, forest inventory, biogeochemical experimental manipulations, and ecosystem modeling.

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Whendee Silver

Whendee Silver

Adjunct Scientist

Research interests: The impacts of land-use practices on carbon losses, carbon sequestration, and biogeochemical cycling; effects of climate and variable redox conditions on ecosystem behavior; controls on greenhouse gas emissions from terrestrial ecosystems.

Tana Wood portrait.
Tana E. Wood

Tana E. Wood

Research Ecologist

Research interests: Effects of climate and land-use change on soil and ecosystem-level processes, with an approach ranging from field studies that evaluate landscape-scale responses, to variability in climate to laboratory experiments that elucidate linkages between microbes and the soil environment.

Community Ecology and Watersheds

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Tamara Heartsill-Scalley

Tamara Heartsill-Scalley Scientist Card PDF.

Tamara Heartsill-Scalley [External Site: Opens in New Window]

Research Ecologist

Research interests: Forest ecology, emphasizing vegetation community ecology and responses to disturbance, and landscape land-cover. Wetland systems, including montane and coastal wetlands, riparian vegetation and stream interactions. Forest dynamics in Caribbean forests including capacity building, and research on structure and composition under different management and disturbance conditions.


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Ashley Van Beusekom

Ashley Van Beusekom

Geophysicist and Hydrologist

Research interests: Statistical data analysis, computational mathematics, hydrologic modeling, climate change, inverse problems, glaciers, and geomagnetism.

Landscape Ecology

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William A. Gould

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William A. Gould [External Site: Opens in New Window]

Research Ecologist

Research interests: Conservation science, biodiversity, ecology, land cover mapping, modeling future scenarios for conservation planning, and field education and outreach.

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Eileen Helmer

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Eileen Helmer [External Site: Opens in New Window]

Research Ecologist

Research interests: Relationships between tropical forest disturbance and dynamics from stand to landscape scales; monitoring forest disturbance, species composition, structure and phenology with satellite imagery; socioeconomic controls on tropical forest disturbance and recovery.

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Azad Henareh

Azad Henareh

Postdoctoral Scientist

Research interests: Global effects of climate change, large-scale vegetation and ecosystem change, disturbances and their interactions on landscape structure and ecosystem functions at large scales, and changes in their dynamics through time.

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Sebastián Martinuzzi

Sebastián Martinuzzi

Adjunct Scientist

Research interests: Remote sensing, biodiversity conservation and environmental change.

Plant Physiology

Ernesto Medina portrait.
Ernesto Medina

Ernesto Medina

Adjunct Scientist

Research interests: Physiological ecology of plants in stressful environments (wetlands, calcareous substrates) with emphasis on carbon balance, water stress, and nutrient relations.


Frank Wadsworth portrait.
Frank H. Wadsworth

Frank H. Wadsworth [External Site: Opens in New Window]

Emeritus Scientist

Research interests: Scientific and technical basis for the management and sustainable use of forests and fiber-based products, silviculture and production.

Social Science

Kathleen McGinley portrait.
Kathleen McGinley

Kathleen McGinley [External Site: Opens in New Window]

Research Social Scientist

Research interests: Natural resource and forest policies, institutions, and governance approaches, primarily in Latin America and the Caribbean, to determine their effects on tropical landscapes, forests and other natural resources, and associated human dimensions.

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Tischa A. Muñoz-Erickson

Tischa A. Muñoz-Erickson [External Site: Opens in New Window]

Research Social Scientist

Research interests: Institutional arrangements, processes, and tools for facilitating more productive interactions among diverse research and policy stakeholders; and improving the ability of decision-makers, managers, and citizens to achieve more sustainable and just outcomes.

Wildlife Ecology

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Wayne J. Arendt

Wayne Arendt Scientist Card PDF.

Wayne J. Arendt [External Site: Opens in New Window]

Wildlife Biologist

Research interests: Disturbance ecology, climate change, conservation and management of neotropical resident and migratory bird communities and invasive species, with an emphasis on distribution, population dynamics, avian ectoparasites and life‚Äźhistory strategies.

Joseph Wunderle portrait.
Joseph M. Wunderle Jr.

Joseph Wunderle Scientist Card PDF.

Joseph M. Wunderle Jr. [External Site: Opens in New Window]

Wildlife Biologist

Research interests: Conservation biology of birds, especially neotropical-nearctic migrants and their response to human and natural disturbances with objective of devising management practices to ameliorate adverse effects.

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