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Recent Articles:

Davenport, L., 2010. Aid to a Declining Matriarch in the Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis). PLoS One. 2010; 5(6): e11385. Published online 2010 June 30. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0011385.

Beck, H., P. Thebpanya, and M. Filiaggi. In press. Do Neotropical peccary species (Tayassuidae) function as ecosystem engineers for anurans? Journal of Tropical Ecology XX:YY-ZZ.

Swamy, V. & Terborgh, J. 2010. Distance-responsive natural enemies strongly influence seedling establishment patterns of multiple species in an Amazonian rainforest. Journal of Ecology 98:1096-1107.

Terborgh, J., G. Nunez-Ituri, N. Pitman, F.H. Cornejo Valverde, P. Alvarez, V. Swamy, B. Pringle, C. E.T. Paine (2008). Tree recruitment in an empty forest. Ecology.89: 1757-1768.

Pitman, N. C. A. 2010. Research in biodiversity hotspots should be free. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2010.04.002.

Bass, M. S., M. Finer, C. N. Jenkins, H. Kreft, D. F. Cisneros-Heredia, S. F. McCracken, N. C. A. Pitman, P. H. English, K. Swing, G. Villa, A. Di Fiore, C. C. Voigt & T. H. Kunz. 2010. Global conservation significance of Ecuador's Yasuní National Park. PLoS ONE 5(1): e8767. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008767

Salvador, S., Clavero. M and Leite Pitman, R. 2010. Large mammal species richness and habitat use in an upper Amazonian forest used for ecotourism. Mammalian Biology. Received 18 September 2009; accepted 28 April 2010. Available online 23 June 2010.

R.L. Pitman, R.B. Foster & T.S. Wachter, 2009. Mamiferos Grandes  del Sudeste de la Amazonía Peruana. Environmental & Conservation Programs, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL 60605 USA. [www.fmnh.org/animalguides] Rapid Color Guide # 231 versión 3 10/2009.

Pitman, N. C. A., M. del C. Loyola Azáldegui, K. Salas, G. Vigo T. & D. A. Lutz. 2009. Historia e impacto de la literatura científica del Departamento de Madre de Dios, Perú, 1553-2004. [History and impact of the scientific literature from Peru’s Madre de Dios region, Peru, 1553-2004.] Revista Peruana de Biología 15(2): 15-22.

Baker, T. R., Phillips, O. L., Laurance, W. F., Pitman, N. C. A., Almeida, S., Arroyo, L., DiFiore, A., Erwin, T., Higuchi, N., Killeen, T. J., Laurance, S. G., Nascimento, H., Monteagudo, A., Neill, D. A., Silva, J. N. M., Malhi, Y., López Gonzalez, G., Peacock, J., Quesada, C. A., Lewis, S. L., and Lloyd, J. 2009. Do species traits determine patterns of wood production in Amazonian forests? Biogeosciences 6: 297-307.

Gloor, M. & 53 others. 2009. Does the disturbance hypothesis explain the biomass increase in basin-wide Amazon forest plot data? Global Change Biology 15: 2418-2430.

Guevara, J. E., N. Pitman, H. Mogollón & R. García. 2009. Adiciones a la flora de árboles de la baja Amazonía ecuatoriana. [Additions to the tree flora of lowland Ecuadorean Amazonia.] Cinchonia x: 71-74.

Guevara, J. E., N. C. A. Pitman, H. Mogollón, R. García-Villacorta, C. E. Cerón & W. Palacios. 2009. Variación florística en 23 parcelas de 1 ha en bosques de tierra firme en la Amazonía norte ecuatoriana. [Floristic variation in 23 1-ha tree plots in upland forests of northern Ecuadorean Amazonia.] Cinchonia x: 75-93.

Honorio Coronado, E. N., T. R. Baker, O. L. Phillips, N. C. A. Pitman, R. T. Pennington, R. Vásquez Martínez, A. Monteagudo, H. Mogollón, N. Dávila Cardozo, M. Ríos, R. García-Villacorta, E. Valderrama, M. Ahuite, I. Huamantupa, D. A. Neill, W. F. Laurance, H. E. M. Nascimento, S. Soares de Almeida, T. J. Killeen, L. Arroyo, P. Núñez, and L. Freitas Alvarado. 2009. Multi-scale comparisons of tree composition in Amazonian terra firme forests. Biogeosciences 6: 2719-2731.

Malhado, A. C. M., Malhi, Y., Whittaker, R. J., Ladle, R. J., ter Steege, H., Aragão, L. E. O. C., Quesada, C. A., Araujo-Murakami, A., Phillips, O. L., Peacock, J., Lopez-Gonzalez, G., Baker, T. R., Butt, N., Anderson, L. O., Arroyo, L., Almeida, S., Higuchi, N., Killeen, T. J., Monteagudo, A., Neill, D., Pitman, N., Prieto, A., Salomão, R. P., Silva, N., Vásquez-Martínez, R., and Laurance, W. F. 2009. Spatial trends in leaf size of Amazonian rainforest trees. Biogeosciences 6: 1563-1576.

Malhado, A. C. M., Whittaker, R. J., Malhi, Y., Ladle, R. J., ter Steege, H., Aragão, L. E. O. C., Quesada, C. A., Araujo, A. M., Phillips, O. L., Peacock, J., López-González, G., Baker, T. R., Butt, N., Anderson, L. O., Arroyo, L., Almeida, S., Higuchi, N., Killeen, T. J., Monteagudo, A., Neill, D. A., Pitman, N. C. A., Prieto, A., Salomão, R. P., Silva, N., Vásquez-M., R., Laurance, W. F., Alexiades, M. N., and Ramírez A., H. 2009. Spatial distribution and functional significance of leaf lamina shape in Amazonian forest trees. Biogeosciences 6: 1577-1590.

Phillips, O. L. & 64 others. 2009. Drought sensitivity of the Amazon rainforest. Science 323: 1344-1347.

Saatchi, S. & 23 others. 2009. Mapping landscape scale variations of forest structure, biomass, and productivity in Amazonia. Biogeosciences Discussions 6: 5461-5505.

Pereira, J., Lucherini, M., de Oliveira, T., Eizirik, E., Acosta, G., & Leite-Pitman, R. 2008. Leopardus colocolo. In: IUCN 2009. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. www.iucnredlist.org.

Caso, A., Lopez-Gonzalez, C., Payan, E., Eizirik, E., de Oliveira, T., Leite-Pitman, R., Kelly, M., Valderrama, C. & Lucherini, M. 2008. Puma concolor. In: IUCN 2009. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. www.iucnredlist.org.

Caso, A., Lopez-Gonzalez, C., Payan, E., Eizirik, E., de Oliveira, T., Leite-Pitman, R., Kelly, M. & Valderrama, C. 2008. Leopardus pardalis. In: IUCN 2009. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. www.iucnredlist.org.

Payan, E., Eizirik, E., de Oliveira, T., Leite-Pitman, R., Kelly, M. & Valderrama, C. 2008. Leopardus wiedii. In: IUCN 2009. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. www.iucnredlist.org.

Leite Pitman, M.R. & Williams, R.S.R. 2008. Atelocynus microtis. In: IUCN 2009. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. www.iucnredlist.org.

Caso, A., Lopez-Gonzalez, C., Payan, E., Eizirik, E., de Oliveira, T., Leite-Pitman, R., Kelly, M. & Valderrama, C. 2008. Puma yagouaroundi. In: IUCN 2009. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. www.iucnredlist.org

Caso, A., Lopez-Gonzalez, C., Payan, E., Eizirik, E., de Oliveira, T., Leite-Pitman, R., Kelly, M. & Valderrama, C. 2008. Panthera onca. In: IUCN 2009. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. www.iucnredlist.org.

de Oliveira, T., Eizirik, E., Schipper, J., Valderrama, C., Leite-Pitman, R. & Payan, E. 2008. Leopardus tigrinus. In: IUCN 2009. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. www.iucnredlist.org.

M. W. Tobler, S. E. Carrillo-Percastegui, R. Leite Pitman, R. Mares & G. Powell, 2008. Further notes on the analysis of mammal inventory data collected with camera traps. Animal Conservation 11:3, 187–189.

M. W. Tobler, S. E. Carrillo-Percastegui, R. Leite Pitman, R. Mares & G. Powell, 2008. An evaluation of camera traps for inventorying large- and medium-sized terrestrial rainforest mammals. Animal Conservation, 11:3, 169-178.

Terborgh. J.W. and K.J. Feeley. 2008. High functional redundancy and diffuse vertical links create multiple pathways for the trophic cascade in tropical forests in Trophic Cascades (J.W. Terborgh and J.A. Estes, eds.). Island Press.

Feeley, K.J. and J.W. Terborgh. 2008. Featured Paper: Direct vs. indirect effects of habitat reduction on the loss of avian species from tropical forest fragments. Animal Conservation 11: 353-360.

Feeley, K.J. and J.W. Terborgh. 2008 Trophic drivers of species loss from fragments. Animal Conservation. 11: 366-368.

Terborgh, J.W. and K.J. Feeley. 2008. Ecosystem decay in closed forest fragments in Tropical Forest Community Ecology (W.P. Carson and S.A. Schnitzer, eds.). Blackwell Publishing. pp 308-321.

Pringle, E.G., P. Alvarez-Loayza, and J. Terborgh. 2007. Seed characteristics and susceptibility pathogen attack in tree seeds of the Peruvian Amazon. Plant Ecol. 193: 211-222.

Feeley, K.J. and J.W. Terborgh. 2006. Habitat fragmentation and the effects of herbivore (howler monkey) abundances on bird diversity. Ecology 87:144-150.

Terborgh, J.W, K.J. Feeley, P. Nuñez V., B. Balukjian, and M.R. Silman. 2006. Vegetation dynamics of predator-free land-bridge islands. Journal of Ecology 94: 253-263. -Ranked as 3Exceptional2 by the Faculty of 1000 -Featured in Science and Nature magazines.

Malhi, Y. Wood, D., Baker T.R., Wright, J.S., Philips, O.L., Cochrane, T.,Meir, P., Chave, Almeida, S., Arroyo, L., Higuchi, N.; Killeen, T.;Laurance, S., Laurance, W.F.; Lewis, S.L.; Monteagudo, A.; Neill, D.; Nunez Vargas, Pitman, N.; Quesada C.A., Slamao, Silva, J. N., Torres-Lezama, A.,Terborgh, J., Vasquez, M. R. & Vinceti, B. (2006) The regional variation of aboveground live biomass in old-growth Amazonian forests. Global Change Biology, 12, 1-32.

Feeley, K.J. and J.W. Terborgh. 2005. The effects of herbivore density on soil nutrients and tree growth in tropical forest fragments. Ecology 86: 116-124.

Feeley, K.J., T.G. Gillespie, and J.W. Terborgh. 2005. The utility of spectral indices from Landsat ETM+ for measuring the structure and composition of tropical dry forests. Biotropica (invited) 37: 508-519.

Lewis, S. L., Phillips, O. L., Baker, T. R., Lloyd, J., Malhi, Y., Almeida, S., Higuchi, N., Laurance, W. F., Neill, D., Silva, N., Terborgh, J., Torres-Lezama, A., Brown, S., Chave, J., Kuebler, C., Nunez, P., Vasquez, M. R. & Vinceti, B. (2005) Late twentieth century trends in the structure and
dynamics of South American forests 143-154. In Tropical Forests and Global Atmospheric Changes. (eds O. Phillips & Y. Malhi). Oxford University Press.

Phillips, O.L.; Baker, T.R.; Arroyo, L.; Higuchi, N.; Killeen, T.; Laurance, W.F.; Lewis, S.L.; Lloyd, J.J.; Malhi, Y.; Monteagudo, A.; Neill, D.; Nunez Vargas, P.; Silva, N.; Terborgh J.; Vasquez, M.; Alexiades, M.; Almeida, S.; Brown, S.; Chave J.; Comiskey, J.; Czimczik, C.; Di Fiore, A.; Erwin, T.; Kuebler C.; Laurance, S.G.; Nascimento, H.E.M.; Olivier, J.; Palacios, W.; Patino, S.; Pitman, N.; Quesada C.A.; Saldias, M.; Torres Lezama, A. (2005) Late twentieth-century patterns and trends in Amazon tree turnover. In: Y. Malhi, O.L. Philips (ed.) Tropical forests and global atmospheric change, Oxford University Press, pp.107-128.

Baker, T.R.; Phillips, O.L.; Malhi, Y.; Almeida, S.; Arroyo, L.; Di Fiore, A.; Erwin, T.; Higuchi, N.; Killeen, T.J.; Laurance, S.G.; Laurance, W.F.; Lewis, S.L.; Monteagudo, A.; Neill, D.A.; Vargas, P.N.; Pitman, N.; Silva, N.M.; Martinez, R.V. (2005) Late twentieth-century trends in the biomass of Amazonian forest plots. In: Y. Malhi, O.L. Phillips (ed.) Tropical Forests and Global Atmospheric Change , Oxford University Press, pp.129-142.

Baker, T.R., Phillips, O.L., Malhi, Y., Almeida, S., Arroyo, L., Di Fiore, A., Killeen, T., Laurance, S.G., Laurance, W.F., Lewis, S.L., Lloyd, J., Monteagudo, A., Neill, D.A., Patiño, S., Pitman, N.C.A., Silva, N., Vásquez Martínez, R. (2004) Variation in wood density determines spatial patterns in Amazonian forest biomass. Global Change Biology 10:545-562.

Baker, T.R., Phillips, O.L., Malhi, Y., Almeida, S., Arroyo, L., Di Fiore, A., Killeen, T., Laurance, S.G., Laurance, W.F., Lewis, S.L., Lloyd, J., Monteagudo, A., Neill, D.A., Patiño, S., Pitman, N.C.A., Silva, N., Vásquez Martínez, R. (2004) Variation in wood density determines spatial patterns in Amazonian forest biomass. Global Change Biology 10:545-562.

Lewis, S.L., Phillips, O.L., Baker, T.R., Lloyd, J., Malhi, Y., Almeida, S., Higuchi, N., Laurance, W.F., Neill, D., Silva, N., Terborgh, J., Torres Lezama, A., Vásquez M., R., Brown, S., Chave, J., Kuebler, C., Núñez V., P., Vinceti, B. (2004) Concerted changes in tropical forest structure and
dynamics: evidence from 50 South American long-term plots Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B 359:421-436.

Malhi, Y., Baker, T.R., Phillips, O.L., Almeida, S., Alvarez, E., Arroyo, L., Chave, J., Czimczik, C., Di Fiore, A., Higuchi, N., Killeen, T., Laurance, S.G., Laurance, W.F., Lewis, S.L., Mercado, L.M., Monteagudo, A., Neill, D.A., Pitman, N.C.A., Quesada, C.A., Silva, J. N. M., Vásquez Martínez, R., Terborgh, J., Vinceti, B. & Lloyd, J. (2004) The above-ground wood productivity and net primary productivity of 100 Neotropical forests. Global Change Biology 10:563-591.

Malhi, Y., Phillips, O.L., Lloyd, J., Baker, T., Wright, J., Almeida, S., Arroyo, L., Frederiksen, T., Grace, J., Higuchi, N., Killeen, T., Laurance, W.F., Leaño, C., Lewis, S., Meir, P., Monteagudo, A., Neill, D., Núñez Vargas, P., Panfil, S., Patiño, S., Pitman, N., Quesada, C.A., Rudas-Ll. A., Salomão, R., Saleska, S., Silva, N., Silveira, M., Sombroek, W.G., Valencia, R., Vásquez Martínez, R., Vieira, I.C.G. & Vinceti, B. (2002) An International network to monitor the structure, composition and dynamics of Amazonian forests (RAINFOR). Journal of Vegetation Science 13:439-450.

Phillips, O., Baker T.R., Arroyo, L., Higuchi, N., Killeen, T., Laurance, W.F., Lewis, S.L., Lloyd, J., Malhi, Y., Monteagudo, A., Neill, D., Núñez Vargas, P., Silva, N., Terborgh, J., Vásquez Martínez, R., Alexiades, M., Almeida, S., Brown, S., Chave, J., Comiskey, J.A., Czimczik, C.I., Di Fiore, A., Erwin, T., Kuebler, C., Laurance, S.G., Nascimento, H.E.M., Palacios, W., Patiño, S., Pitman, N., Olivier, J., Quesada, C.A., Saldias, M., Torres Lezama, A., Vinceti, B. (2004) Pattern and process in Amazon tree turnover, 1976-2001. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B 359:381-407.

Many other publications and reports are available free of charge from the CTC:

Reprints:

Beck, H. and Terborgh, J. 2002. Gorves versus isolates: how spatial aggregation of Astrocaryum murumuru palms affects seed removal. Journal of tropical Ecology 18: 275-288.

Leigh, Jr. E.G., Davidar, P., Dick, C.W., Puyravaud J.P., Terborgh J., Steege H. & Wright S.J. 2004. Why do some tropical forests have many species of trees? Biotropica 36:4, 447-473.

Pitman, N., Terborgh, J., Silman, M., Nunez, P.,Neill, D.,Ceron, C., Palacios, W., Aulestia, M. Dominance and Distribution of the Tree Species in Upper Amazonian Terra Firme Forests. Ecology 82: 2101-2117.

Terborgh, John and Wright, Joseph S. 1994. Effects of Mammalian Herbivores on Plant Recruitment in Two Neotropical Forests.
Ecology 75: 1829-1833.

Terborgh, J., Lopez, L., and Tellos, J.S. 1997. Bird Communities in Transition: The Lago Guri Islands. Ecology 78: 1494-1501.

Pirman, N., Terborgh, J., Silman, M., Nunez, P.V. 1999. Tree Species in an Upper Amazonian Forest. Ecology 80: 2651-2661.

Terborgh, J., Foster, R., Nunez, P.V. 1996. Tropical Tree Communities: A Test of the Nonequilibrium Hypothesis. Ecology 77: 561-567.

Terborgh, J., Flores, C., Mueller, P., Davenport, L. 1997. Estimating the Ages of Successional Stands of Tropical Trees from Growth Increments. Journal of Tropical Ecology14: 833-856.

Terborgh, J., and Andresen, E. 1998. The Composition of Amazonian Forests: Patterns at Local and Regional Scales. Journal of Tropical Ecology 14: 645-664.

Terborgh, J., and J. Mathews. 1999. Partitioning of the understorey light environment by two Amazonian treelets. Journal of Tropical Ecology. Nov. 15:751-763.

Terborgh, J. 2000. The fate of tropical forests: a matter of stewardship. Conservation Biology 14:1358-1361.

Terborgh, J. 2000. In the company of humans. Natural History 109:54-63.

Terborgh, J., and L. Davenport. 2001. Endogenous and exogenous control of leaf morphology in Iriartea deltoidea (Palmae). Journal of Tropical Ecology 17:695-703.

Terborgh, J., G. Nuñez-Ituri, N. Pitman, F.H. Cornejo Valverde, P. Alvarez, V. Swamy, B. Pringle, C. E.T. Paine (2008). Tree recruitment in an empty forest. Ecology.

Terborgh, J., Feeley, K., Silman, M., Nunez, P. and Blukjian, B. 2006. Vegetation dynamics of predator-free land-bridge islands. Journal of tropical Ecology 94, 253-263.

Reports:

"Amazonian Nature Reserves: An Analysis of the Defensibility Status of Existing Conservation Units and Design Criteria for the Future," Carlos A. Peres and John W. Terborgh, September 1994.

"Biodiversity of Tropical Rain Forests: Ecology and Economics of an Elusive Resource," Carel van Schaik, Randall Kramer, Priya Shyamsundar, and Nick Salafsky, December 1992.

"Can Extractive Reserves Save the Rain Forest?" Nick Salafsky, Barara L. Dugelby, and John W. Terborgh, April 1992.

"Communities and Sustainable Forestry in Developing Countries," William Asher, May 1994.

"Considerations of the Ecological Foundation of Natural Forest Management in the American Tropics," Francis E. Putz, January 1993.

"Ecotourism, Handicrafts and the Management of Protected Areas in Developing Countries," Robert G. Healy, April 1994.

"Political Economy and Problematic Forestry Policies in Indonesia: Obstacles to Incorporating Sound Economics and Science," William Asher, July 1993.

"Implementing Pollution Prevention at the U.S. Agency for International Development," John Warren, Gwen J. Riley, Doran L. Webster, August 1993.

"Pollution Prevention Implementation in Developing Countries," Joel S. Hirschorn, May 1993.

"Science and Forestry Policy in Costa Rica and Honduras," William Asher, February 1993.

"Threats to Protected Rainforest Areas: Developing a Framework for the Analysis of Underlying Causes," Madhu Rao, Subith Subramaniam, and Carel van Schaik, December 1995.