Dr. Jennifer Powers

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Click here for more on Jennifer: Powers CV_2018

Current Students

Christina Smith

Christina is studying the ecology and physiology of lianas in tropical forests.

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German Vargas

German is studying the physiological mechanisms through which trees respond to increased drought and nutrient availability.


Laura Toro

Laura just joined the lab from Colombia to study restoration, belowground plant functional traits, and biogeochemistry.



Ariadna Mondragon

Ariadna hails from Colombia, but her field work is based in Madagascar, where she is interested in forest dynamics and restoration ecology.



Field Managers

Daniel Perez-Aviles

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Lab Technician

Dan Du

Junior Scientists

Julian Tijeran


Damaris Pereira




Dr. Naomi Schwartz

Naomi had an NSF postdoctoral fellowship to study phenology of tropical dry forest using remote sensing and combine this with analyses of plant functional traits from herbarium data.  She recently started a faculty job at the University of British Columbia. Learn more about Naomi here.


Dr. Mark De Guzman, postdoc, 2017.

Dr. Kara Allen, postdoc 2015-2016, currently a postdoc at UWV

Dr. Bonnie Waring, postdoc 2013-2016, currently Assistant Professor at Utah State

Dr. Maga Gei, graduate student 2014 and postdoc, currently the Communications Director for the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation

Leland Werden, PhD, 2017, currently a postdoc at University of Hawaii, Read more about Leland here.

Kristen Becklund, PhD 2016

Justin Becknell, PhD 2012, currently an assistant professor at Colby College

Heather Whittington, PhD 2012

Dr. Joey Reid, postdoctoral associate 2014

Erick Calderon

Erik Schilling

Lisa Rosenthal

Sebastian Zarges

Jon Bertram