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Maria Uriarte

Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
School: 
School of the Arts
Department: 
Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology Department
Office: 
1017 Schermerhorn Extension
Email: 
mu2126@columbia.edu
Phone: 
212-854-1494
Appointments
  • Member, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Santiago
  • Principal Investigator, Maria Uriarte-Lab
Biography

Maria Uriarte is an Associate Professor in the Department for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University. Through an integrated program of empirical and quantitative approaches, research in her lab examines forest ecological dynamics in response to natural disturbance and human land use. Research projects focus on disturbance ecology, forest succession, and community assembly. Field sites span geographic regions where forests have been subject to different forms of anthropogenic disturbance, including fire, hurricanes, fragmentation, and expansion of tree plantations. The methodological thread that unites the diverse research projects housed in the Uriarte lab is the application of spatially-explicit modelling techniques, simulation, and other advanced statistical and modelling tools to understand and forecast the dynamics of tropical forests ecosystems in response to disturbance. Her current projects include studies of the dynamics of deforestation and reforestation in post-agricultural landscapes of Puerto Rico, the effects of fires in agriculture-forest mosaics in the Peruvian Amazon, and seed dispersal processes in fragmented forests in the Brazilian Amazon. Prior to Columbia, Uriarte was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies.

Research & Other Works
Article
Climate change and sugarcane expansion increase Hantavirus infection risk
Article
Landscape, Environmental and Social Predictors of Hantavirus Risk in São Paulo, Brazil
Article
Perceptional and Socio-Demographic Factors Associated with Household Drinking Water Management Strategies in Rural Puerto Rico
Article
A Well-Resolved Phylogeny of the Trees of Puerto Rico Based on DNA Barcode Sequence Data
Article
Land cover change interacts with drought severity to change fire regimes in Western Amazonia
Article
Perceptional and Socio-Demographic Factors Associated with Household Drinking Water Management Strategies in Rural Puerto Rico
Article
Species-time-area and phylogenetic-time-area relationships in tropical tree communities
Article
Moving forward in global-change ecology: capitalizing on natural variability
Article
Human-Induced Trophic Cascades along the Fecal Detritus Pathway
Article
Trait-dependent response of dung beetle populations to tropical forest conversion at local and regional scales
Article
Phylogenetic and functional alpha and beta diversity in temperate and tropical tree communities
Article
Temporal turnover in the composition of tropical tree communities: functional determinism and phylogenetic stochasticity
Article
Multidimensional trade-offs in species responses to disturbance: implications for diversity in a subtropical forest
Article
Biophysical and Socioeconomic Factors Associated with Forest Transitions at Multiple Spatial and Temporal Scales
Article
High-yield oil palm expansion spares land at the expense of forests in the Peruvian Amazon
Article
Coupling of fog and marine microbial content in the near-shore coastal environment
Article
Disentangling the drivers of reduced long-distance seed dispersal by birds in an experimentally fragmented landscape
Article
Effects of forest fragmentation on the seedling recruitment of a tropical herb: assessing seed vs. safe-site limitation
Article
Asymmetric Dispersal and Colonization Success of Amazonian Plant-Ants Queens
Article
Interactive effects of land use history and natural disturbance on seedling dynamics in a subtropical forest
Article
Advances in the Use of DNA Barcodes to Build a Community Phylogeny for Tropical Trees in a Puerto Rican Forest Dynamics Plot
Article
Natural disturbance and human land use as determinants of tropical forest dynamics: results from a forest simulator
Article
Preaching to the Unconverted
Article
Neighborhood Analyses Of Canopy Tree Competition Along Environmental Gradients In New England Forests
Article
Analysis Of Neighborhood Dynamics Of Forest Ecosystems Using Likelihood Methods And Modeling
Article
A Neighborhood Analysis of Tree Growth and Survival in a Hurricane-Driven Tropical Forest
Article
A Model of Simultaneous Evolution of Competitive Ability and Herbivore Resistance in a Perennial Plant
Article
Jurisdiction Over Endangered Species' Habitat: the Impacts of People and Property on Recovery Planning
Article
North Tropical Atlantic influence on western Amazon fire season variability
Article
Abrupt Change in Forest Height along a Tropical Elevation Gradient Detected Using Airborne Lidar
Data from: Fragmentation increases wind disturbance impacts on forest structure and carbon stocks in a Western Amazonian landscape
 
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