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Director, International Center for Tropical Botany
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Broadly interested in the mechanisms and underlying patterns of plant species distributions, their relationship with ecosystem structure and function, and their response to resource exploitation and global change.

Works primarily in the diverse lowland forests of South America, with principal research sites in French Guiana, Peru and Brazil.

Themes:

  • Functional Traits and Community Assembly
  • Plant-insect interactions and beta-diversity of Amazonian tree lineages
  • Biodiversity, global change and forest management
  • Integrative studies of socio-ecological resilience, conservation and development


Beta-diversity 
Amazonian Trees
Lead: Christopher Baraloto 

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Botanical Standardization of Tropical Forest Plots

Lead: Christopher Baraloto 

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Carbon Dynamics of Tropical Forest Plots

Lead: Christopher Baraloto
Collaborators: Kenneth J. Feeley

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Functional Traits in Botanic Gardens

Lead: Christopher Baraloto
Collaborators: Kenneth J. Feeley

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Multi-taxonomic Biodiversity Inventories in Tropical Forests

Lead: Christopher Baraloto

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Inra-2-sm-WO
Natural Enemy Interactions of Amazonian Trees
Lead: Christopher Baraloto

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  • Allié, E., R. Pélissier, V. Freycon, J. Engel, P. Pétronelli &  Baraloto. 2015. Pervasive local-scale tree-soil habitat associations in a tropical forest community. PLoS ONEin press.
  • Baraloto, C., P. Alverga, G. Barnes, I. Brasil, W. Castro, I. Moll, H. Duenas, D. Kenji, H. medeiros, S. Murphy, H. Ramos, C. Rockwell, A. Shenkin, M. Silveira, J. Southworth, G. Vasquez, and S. Perz. Effects of road infrastructure on forest value across a tri-national Amazonian frontier. Biological Conservation 191 :  674-681.
  • Baraloto, C., P. Alverga, G. Barnes, I. Brasil, W. Castro, I. Moll, H. Duenas, D. Kenji, H. medeiros, S. Murphy, H. Ramos, C. Rockwell, A. Shenkin, M. Silveira, J. Southworth, G. Vasquez, and S. Perz. 2014. Contrasting forest value metrics in community forests of southwestern Amazonia. Ecology & Society 19(4): 56.
  • Brienen, R. J. W. & more than 30 authors including C. Baraloto. 2015. Long-term decline of the Amazon carbon sink. Nature. 519 (7543), 344-348.
  • Coronado, E. N. H & more than 30 authors including C. Baraloto. Phylogenetic diversity of Amazonian tree communities. Diversity and Distributions in press.
  • Falster, D.S. & more than 30 authors including C. Baraloto. 2015. BAAD: a Biomass And Allometry Database for woody plants. Ecology in press.
  • Fauset, S. & more than 30 authors including C. Baraloto 2015. Hyperdominance in Amazonian forest carbon cycling. Nature Communications. 6.
  • Fine, P. V. A. and C. Baraloto. 2015. Habitat endemism in white-sand forests: insights into the mechanisms of lineage diversification and community assembly of the Neotropical flora. Biotropica. in press.
  • Fortunel, C., C. E. T. Paine, N. J. B. Kraft, P. V. A. Fine, and C. Baraloto. 2014. Environmental factors predict community functional composition in Amazonian forests. Journal of Ecology 102: 145-155.
  • Fortunel, C., J. Ruelle, J. Beauchêne, P.V.A. Fine, and C. Baraloto. 2014. Wood specific gravity and anatomy of stems and roots in 113 Amazonian rainforest tree species across environmental gradients. New Phytologist 202: 79-94.
  • Guevara, J. E., G. Damasco, C. Baraloto, P. V. A. Fine, M. C. Peñuela, O. Bánki, C. Castilho, A. Vincentini, D. Cárdenas, F. Wittmann, N. Targhetta, O. Phillips, J. Stropp, I. Amaral, P. Maas, A. Monteagudo, E. M. Jimenez, R. Thomas, R. Brienen, A. Duque, B. Magnusson, C. Ferreira, E. Honorio, F. de Almeida Matos, F. Ramirez Arevalo, J. Engel, P. Petronelli, R. Vasquez, and H. ter Steege. 2015. Low phylogenetic beta diversity and neoendemism in Amazonian white sand forests. Biotropica. in press.
  • Guitet, S., D. Sabatier, O. Brunaux, B. Hérault, M. Aubry-Kientz, J.-F. Molino, and C. Baraloto. 2014. Estimating tropical tree diversity indices from forestry surveys: A method to integrate taxonomic uncertainty. Forest Ecology and Management 328: 270-281.
  • Lamarre, G. P. A., B. Hérault, I. Mesones, and P. V. A. Fine, & C. Baraloto. 2015. Taxonomic and functional composition of arthropod assemblages across contrasting Amazonian forests. Journal of Animal Ecology in press.
  • Lamarre, G. P. A., D. S. Amoretti, C. Baraloto, F. Bénéluz, I. Mesones, and P. V. A. Fine. 2015. Phylogenetic overdispersion in Lepidoptera communities of Amazonian white-sand forests. Biotropica. in press.
  • Lamarre, G., I. Mendoza, P.V.A. Fine, and C. Baraloto. 2014. Contrasting patterns in leaf synchrony and herbivory rates among tropical tree habitat specialists. Plant Ecology 215: 209-220.
  • Maréchaux, I., M. K. Bartlett, L. Sack, C. Baraloto, J. Engel, E. Joetzjer, and J. Chave. 2015. Drought tolerance varies across species and is predicted by leaf water potential at turgor loss point in an Amazonian forest. Functional Ecology. in press.
  • Paine, C. E. T., C. Baraloto, and S. Diaz. 2015. Optimal strategies for sampling functional traits in species-rich forests. Functional Ecology in press.
  • Paine, C. E. T., L. Amissah, H. Auge, C. Baraloto, M. Baruffol, N. Bourland, H. Bruelheide, K. Dainou, R. de Gouvenain, J.-L. Doucet, S. Doust, P. V. A. Fine, C. Fortunel, J. Haase, K. Holl, H. Jactel, X. Li, K. Kitajima, J. Koricheva, C. Martinez-Garza, C. Messier, A. Paquette, C. Philipson, D. Piotto, L. Poorter, J. Posada, C. Potvin, K. Rainio, S. Russo, M. C. Ruiz-Jaen, M. Scherer-Lorenzen, C. O. Webb, S. J. Wright, Z. Zahawi, and A. Hector. 2015. Globally, functional traits are poor predictors of juvenile tree growth. Journal of Ecology. in press.
  • Rockwell, C.A., K. Kainer, C. Staudhammer, and C. Baraloto. 2014. Logging in bamboo-dominated forests in southwestern Amazonia: Caveats and opportunities for smallholder forest management. Forest Ecology and Management 315: 202-210.
  • Rutishauser, E., P. Sist, B. Herault, C. Baraloto, L. Blanc, L. Descroix, E. D. Sotta, M. Kanashiro, L. Mazzei, J. Ferreira, M. V. N. d’Oliveira, M. Peña-Claros, F. E. Putz, A. R. Ruschel, K. Rodney, K. E. d. Silva, C. R. d. Souza, A. Roopsind, A. Shenkin, M. Toledo, E. Vidal, T. A. P. West, and V. Wortel. Rapid carbon recovery in Amazonian logged forests. Current Biology  in press.
  • Siefert, A. & more than 30 authors including C. Baraloto. A global meta-analysis of the relative extent of intraspecific trait variation in plant communities. 2015. Ecology Letters in press.
  • Sist, P., E. Rutishauser, M. Peña-Claros, A. Shenkin, B. Hérault, L. Blanc, C. Baraloto, F. Baya, F. Benedet, and K. E. Silva. 2015. The Tropical managed Forests Observatory: a research network addressing the future of tropical logged forests. Applied Vegetation Science 18: 171-174.
  • Verheyen, K., M. Vanhellemont, H. Auge, L. Baeten, C. Baraloto, N. Barsoum, S. Bilodeau-Gauthier, H. Bruelheide, B. Castagneyrol, and D. Godbold. 2015. Contributions of a global network of tree diversity experiments to sustainable forest plantations. Ambio:1-13.
  • Wagner, F., V. Rossi, C. Baraloto, D. Bonal, C. Stahl, and B. Hérault. 2014. Are Commonly Measured Functional Traits Involved in Tropical Tree Responses to Climate? International Journal of Ecology.

Christopher J. Baraloto

11200 SW 8th St, OE 243

Miami, FL 33199

christopher.baraloto@fiu.edu - 305-348-2201


FIU International Center for Tropical Botany