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Jeremy W Lichstein

Assistant Professor

317 Carr Hall
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Research Interests

I am interested in the dynamics and biogeography of plant communities, particularly forests.  My research encompasses both theoretical and applied aspects of forest ecology, including species coexistence mechanisms, the carbon cycle, and impacts of climate change on forest communities.  I use a variety of approaches in my research, including mathematical and simulation models, statistical analysis of forest inventory data, and field campaigns designed to leverage large datasets.  I have worked in tropical, temperate, and boreal systems, with a focus on deciduous forests of the eastern U.S.  Current projects include:

  • Quantifying how tree growth and mortality rates have changed over recent decades, and how they are likely to change in the future.
  • Assimilating forest inventory and eddy covariance data to improve existing global ecosystem models.
  • Developing a new global forest model that includes realistic representations of biodiversity and individual-level competitive interactions.
  • Studying how disturbance and productivity influence tree species diversity in heterogeneous landscapes.

Representative Publications

Osnas, J.L.D., J.W. Lichstein, P.B. Reich, and S.W. Pacala. 2013. Global leaf trait relationships: mass, area, and the leaf economics spectrum. Science 340:741-744.

Lichstein, J.W., J. Dushoff, K. Ogle, A. Chen, D.W. Purves, J.P. Caspersen, and S.W. Pacala. 2010. Unlocking the forest inventory data: relating individual-tree performance to unmeasured environmental factors. Ecological Applications 20(3):684-699.

Chisholm, R.A, and J.W. Lichstein. 2009. Linking dispersal, immigration and scale in the neutral theory of biodiversity. Ecology Letters 12:1385- 1393.

Purves, D.W., J.W. Lichstein, N. Strigul, and S.W. Pacala. 2008. Predicting and understanding forest dynamics using a simple, tractable model. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105(44):17018- 17022.

Wirth C., J.W. Lichstein, J. Dushoff, A. Chen, and F.S. Chapin III. 2008. White spruce meets black spruce: dispersal, postfire establishment, and growth in a warming climate. Ecological Monographs 78(4):489-505.

Lichstein, J.W., J. Dushoff, S.A. Levin, and S.W. Pacala. 2007. Intraspecific variation and species coexistence. American Naturalist 170 (6):807-818.

Lichstein, J.W., T.R. Simons, S.A. Shriner, and K.E. Franzreb. 2002. Spatial autocorrelation and autoregressive models in ecology. Ecological Monographs 72(3):445-463.

Current Graduate Students

NameEmailResearch Interest
Tongyi Huang longstride@ufl.eduTerrestrial ecosystem dynamics

Current Postdocs and Visitors

NameEmailResearch Interest
Tao Zhang tz@ufl.eduForest dynamics, disturbance in forest and aquatic ecosystems, global climate change.
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