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Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Research in the Feeley lab investigates the ecology and biogeography of tropical forests.  Specifically, our research is focused on how the structure, dynamics, composition, and distributions of tropical forests are affected by large-scale anthropogenic disturbances such as climate change, deforestation, and habitat fragmentation.  This research integrates disparate disciplines of ecology, is conducted across a range of spatial scales, and requires a broad knowledge of both natural history and advanced empirical modeling techniques.  A principle motivation for our research is to understand the implications of human activities for biodiversity and ecosystem services and to use this knowledge to help inform management and conservation strategies.


Please visit the following link to view Dr. Feeley's current projects


  • Báez S, Malizia A, Carilla J, Blundo C, Aguilar M, Aguirre M, Aquirre Z, Álvarez E, Cuesta F, Duque A, Farfán-Ríos W, García-Cabrera K, Grau R, Homier, Linares-Palomino R, Malizia LR, Cruz OM, Osinaga O, Phillips OL, Reynel C, Silman MR, and Feeley KJ. 2015. Large-Scale Patterns of Turnover and Basal Area Change in Andean Forests. PLoS ONE 10:e0126594.
  • Ding Z, Feeley KJ, Hu H, and Ding P. 2015. Bird guild loss and its determinants on subtropical land-bridge islands, China. Avian Research. 6: 1-9.
  • Duque A, Feeley KJ, Cabrera E, Callejas R, Idarraga A. 2014. The dangers of carbon-centric conservation for biodiversity: a case study in the Andes. Tropical Conservation Science. 7(2): 178-193.
  • Duque A, Stephenson P, and Feeley KJ. 2015. Thermophilization of adult and juvenile tree communities in the northern tropical Andes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. In Press.
  • Feeley KJ and Rehm EM. 2015. Correspondence: The downward shift of montane grasslands exemplifies the dual threat of human disturbances to cloud forest biodiversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. In Press.
  • Feeley KJ, Silman M, and Duque A. 2015. Where are the tropical plants? A call for better inclusion of tropical plants in studies investigating and predicting the impacts of climate change. Frontiers of Biogeography. In Press.
  • Feeley KJ and Machovina B. 2014. Letter: Increasing preference for beef magnifies human impact on world’s food web. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 111, E794-E794.
  • Feeley KJ and Rehm E. 2014. Correspondence: Priorities for conservation corridors. Nature Climate Change. 4: 405-406.
  • Feeley KJ, Rehm E, and Stroud J. 2014. There are many barriers to species migrations. Frontiers of Biogeography. 6(2): fb_22006 4 pages.
  • Feeley KJ. 2015. Are we filling the data void? An assessment of the amount and extent of plant collection records and census data available for tropical South America. PLoS ONE. 10:e0125629.
  • Feeley KJ. 2015. COVER: Moving forward with species distributions. American Journal of Botany. 102: 173-175.
  • Girardin CAJ, Malhi Y, Feeley KJ, Rapp JM, Silman MR, Meir P, Huaraca Huasco W, Salinas N, Mamani M, Silva-Espejo JE, García Cabrera K, Farfan Rios W, Metcalfe DB, Doughty CE & Aragão LEOC. 2014. Seasonality of above-ground net primary productivity along an Andean altitudinal transect in Peru. Journal of Tropical Ecology. 30(6): 503-519.
  • Girardin CAJ., Farfan W, Garcia K, Feeley KJ, Jørgensen PM, Araujo Murakami A, Cayola Pérez L, Renate S, Narel P, Fuentes Carlos A, Maldonado C, Silman M, Salinas N, Reynel C, Neill D, Serrano M, Caballero J, La Torre-Cuadros MA, Macía M, Killeen T, and Malhi Y. 2014. Spatial patterns of above-ground structure, biomass and composition in a network of six Andean elevation transects. Plant Ecology and Diversity 7(1): 161-171.
  • Machovina BL, Feeley KJ, and Ripple W. 2015. Biodiversity conservation: The key is reducing meat consumption. Science of the Total Environment. In Press.
  • Machovina, B and Feeley KJ. 2014. Correspondence: Livestock: limit red meat consumption. Nature 508: 186.
  • Machovina, B and Feeley KJ. 2014. Correspondence: Taking a bite out of biodiversity. Science. 343(6173): 838.
  • Machovina, B and Feeley KJ. 2014. Meat consumption as a key impact on tropical nature: a response to Laurance et al. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 29(8): 430–431.
  • Oleas NH, Meerow AW, Feeley KJ, Gebelein J, and Francisco-Ortega J. 2014. Using species distribution models as a tool to discover new records of Phaedranassa brevifolia Meerow, 1987 (Liliopsida: Amaryllidaceae) in Northern Ecuador. Check List. 10(3):689-691.
  • Rehm EM and Feeley KJ. 2015. Freezing temperatures limit forest recruitment above tropical Andean treelines. Ecology. 96: 1856–1865.
  • Rehm EM, Olivas P, Stroud J and Feeley KJ. 2015. Losing your edge: climate change and the conservation value of range-edge populations. Ecology and Evolution. In Press.
  • Rehm, EM and Feeley KJ. 2015. The inability of tropical cloud forest species to invade grasslands above treeline during climate change: potential explanations and consequences. Ecography. In Press.
  • Slik F. and 100+ coauthors including Feeley KJ. 2015. An estimate of the number of tropical tree species. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 112: 7472-7477.
  • Stroud J and Feeley KJ. 2015. Responsible academia: Optimizing conference locations to minimize greenhouse gas emissions. Ecography. 38: 402–404.
  • Stroud J, Rehm E, Ladd M, Olivas P, and Feeley KJ. 2014. Is conservation research money being spent wisely? Changing trends in conservation research priorities.  Journal of Nature Conservation. 22(5): 471-473.
  • Stroud JT and Feeley KJ. 2015. A Downside of Diversity? A response to Gallagher et al. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 30: 296–297.

Kenneth J. Feeley

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