Publications involving Comita lab advisees: *graduate students, +undergraduates, ^postdocs
2023 (including Accepted/Online Early)
^Estrada-Villegas, S., P. R. Stevenson, O. López, S. J. DeWalt, L. S. Comita, and D. H. Dent 2023. Animal seed dispersal recovery during passive restoration in a forested landscape. Philosophical Transactions B 378: 20210076.
^Browne, L., L. Markesteijn, E. Manzané-Pinzón, S. J. Wright, R. Bagchi, B. M. J. Engelbrecht, F. A. Jones, and L. S. Comita. Online early. Widespread variation in functional trait-vital rate relationships in tropical tree seedlings across a precipitation and soil phosphorus gradient. Functional Ecology.
Barker, W., L. S. Comita, S. J. Wright, O. L. Phillips, B. E. Sedio, and S. A. Batterman. 2022. Widespread herbivory cost in tropical nitrogen-fixing tree species. Nature 612: 483–487.
*Sullivan, M. K., P. A. M. Biessiemouc, R. Niangadoumad, K. Abernethy, S. A. Queenborough, and L. S. Comita. 2022. A decade of diversity and forest structure: post-logging patterns across life stages in an Afrotropical forest. Forest Ecology and Management 513: 120169.
*^Muehleisen, A. J., E. Manzané-Pinzón, B. M. J. Engelbrecht, F. A. Jones, and L. S. Comita. 2022. Do experimental drought stress and species' drought sensitivity influence herbivory in tropical tree seedlings? Biotropica 54: 619– 626.
^Álvarez-Cansino, L., L. S. Comita, F. A. Jones, E. Manzané-Pinzón, L. Browne, B. M. J. Engelbrecht. 2022. Turgor loss point predicts survival responses to experimental and natural drought in tropical tree seedlings. Ecology 103: e3700.
^*Spicer, M. E., H. Venugopalan Nair Radhamoni, M. C. Duguid, S. A. Queenborough, and L. S. Comita. 2022. Herbaceous plant diversity in forest ecosystems: Patterns, mechanisms, and threats. Plant Ecology 223: 117–129.
^Browne, L., L. Markesteijn, B. M. J. Engelbrecht, F. A. Jones, O. T. Lewis, E. Manzané-Pinzón, S. J. Wright, and L. S. Comita. 2021. Increased mortality of tropical tree seedlings during the extreme 2015-16 El Niño. Global Change Biology 27: 5043-5053.
*Penagos Zuluaga, J. C., H. van der Werff, B. Park, D. Eaton, L. S. Comita, S. A. Queenborough, and M. J. Donoghue. 2021. Resolved phylogenetic relationships in the Ocotea complex (Supraocotea) facilitate phylogenetic classification and studies of character evolution. American Journal of Botany 108: 664-679.
*Murphy, S. and L. S. Comita. 2021. Large mammalian herbivores contribute to conspecific negative density dependence in a temperate forest. Journal of Ecology 109: 1194-1209.
Davies, S. J., et al. [100+ co-authors, including L. S. Comita]. 2021. ForestGEO: Understanding forest diversity and dynamics through a global observatory network. Biological Conservation 253: 108907.
^Umaña, M. N., R. Condit, R. Pérez, B. Turner, S. J. Wright, and L. S. Comita. 2021. Shifts in taxonomic and functional composition of trees along rainfall and phosphorus gradients in central Panama. Journal of Ecology 109: 51-61.
*^Muehleisen, A., E. J. Manzané‐Pinzón, B. M. J. Engelbrecht. F. A. Jones, and L. S. Comita. 2020. Local adaptation to herbivory within tropical tree species along a rainfall gradient. Ecology 101: e03151.
Du, Y., M. Lingfend, S. A. Queenborough, R. Primack, L. S. Comita, A. Hampe, and K. Ma. 2020. Macro-scale variation and environmental predictors of flowering and fruiting phenology in the Chinese angiosperm flora. Journal of Biogeography 47: 2303-2314.
^Comita, L. S. and S. M. Stump, S. M. 2020. Natural enemies and the maintenance of tropical tree diversity: recent insights and implications for the future of biodiversity in a changing world. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 105: 377-392. [Invited submission]
*Krishnadas, M., K. Argawal, and L. S. Comita. 2020. Edge effects alter the role of fungi and insects in mediating functional composition and diversity of seedling recruits in a fragmented tropical forest. Annals of Botany 126: 1181-1191.
^Stump, S. M. and L. S. Comita. 2020. Differences among species in seed dispersal and conspecific neighbor effects can interact to influence coexistence. Theoretical Ecology 13: 551-581.
*Penagos Zuluaga, J. C., S. A. Queenborough, and L. S. Comita. 2020. Flowering sex ratios and costs of reproduction in gynodioecious Ocotea oblonga (Lauraceae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 131: 344-355.
^Stump, S. M., N. Beckman, S. Mangan, J. Marden, and L. S. Comita. 2020. Resistance-genes affect how pathogens maintain plant abundance and diversity. American Naturalist 196: 472-486.
^Umaña, M. N., E. Manzané‐Pinzón, and L. S. Comita. 2020. Long-term dynamics of liana seedlings suggest decelerating increases in liana relative abundance over time. Journal of Ecology 108: 460-469.
Marchand, P., L. S. Comita, S. J. Wright, R. Condit, S. P. Hubbell, and N. G. Beckman. 2020. Seed-to-seedling transitions exhibit distance-dependent mortality but no strong spacing effects in a Neotropical forest. Ecology 101: e02926.
*^Eck, J. L., S. M. Stump, C. S. Delavaux, S. A. Mangan, and L. S. Comita. 2019. Evidence of within-species specialization by soil microbes and the implications for plant community diversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116: 7371–7376 [Featured in a PNAS Commentary and The Atlantic]
*Krishnadas, M., A. Kumar, and L. S. Comita. 2019. Edge effects reduce α-diversity but not β-diversity during community assembly in a human-modified tropical forest. Ecological Applications 29: e01996.
Crawford, K., J. Bauer, L. S. Comita, M. Eppinga, D. Johnson, S. Mangan, S. Queenborough, A. Strand, K. Suding, J. Umbanhowar, and J. Bever. 2019. When and where plant-soil feedback may promote plant coexistence: a meta-analysis. Ecology Letters 22: 1274–1284.
*Krishnadas, M. and L. S. Comita. 2019. Edge effects on seedling diversity are mediated by natural enemy impacts on seedling recruitment but not survival. Frontiers in Forests & Global Change 2: 76.
*^Krishnadas, M., N. Beckman, J. Penagos-Zuluaga, Y. Zhu, J. Whitacre, J. Wenzel, S. A. Queenborough, and L. S. Comita. 2018. Environment and past land-use together predict functional diversity in a temperate forest. Ecological Applications 28: 2142–2152.
*Krishnadas, M., R. Bagchi, S. Sridhara, and L. S. Comita. 2018. Weaker plant-enemy interactions decrease tree seedling diversity with edge-effects in a fragmented tropical forest. Nature Communications 9: 4523. [Featured on Mongabay]
^Sugiyama, A., L. S. Comita, T. Masaki, R. Condit, and S. Hubbell. 2018. Resolving the paradox of clumped seed dispersal: positive density and distance dependence in a bat-dispersed species. Ecology 99: 2583–2591.
^Stump, S. M. and L. S. Comita. 2018. Interspecific variation in conspecific negative density dependence can make species less likely to coexist. Ecology Letters 21: 1541–1551.
^Comita, L. S., M. Uriarte, J. Forero-Montaña, W. J. Kress, N. Swenson, J. Thompson, M. N. Umaña, and J. K. Zimmerman. 2018. Changes in phylogenetic community structure of the seedling layer following hurricane disturbance in a human-impacted tropical forest. Forests 9: 556.
Rüger, N, L. S. Comita, R. Condit, D. Purves, B. Rosenbaum, M. Visser, S. J. Wright, and C. Wirth. 2018. Beyond the fast-slow continuum: Demographic dimensions structuring a tropical tree community. Ecology Letters 21: 1075–1084.
Chen, L., L. S. Comita, S. J. Wright, N. G. Swenson, J. K. Zimmerman, X. Mi, Z. Hao, W. Ye, S. P. Hubbell, W. J. Kress, M. Uriarte, J. Thompson, C. J. Nytch, X. Wang, J. Lian, and K. Ma. 2018. Forest tree neighborhoods are structured more by negative conspecific density dependence than by interactions among closely related species. Ecography 41: 1114–1123.
Weissflog, A., L. Markesteijn, O. T. Lewis, L. S. Comita, and B. M. J. Engelbrecht. 2018. Contrasting patterns of insect herbivory and predation pressure across a tropical rainfall gradient. Biotropica 50: 302–311.
^Zhu, Y., S. A. Queenborough, R. Condit, S. P. Hubbell, K. Ma, and L. S. Comita. 2018. Density-dependent survival varies with species life-history strategy in a tropical forest. Ecology Letters 21: 506–515.
*Fotis, A. T., S. J. Murphy, R. D. Ricart, M. Krishnadas, J. Whitacre, J. W. Wenzel, S. A. Queenborough, and L. S. Comita. 2018. Aboveground biomass is driven by mass‐ratio effects and stand structural attributes in a temperate deciduous forest. Journal of Ecology 106: 561–570.
Visser, M. D., S. Schnitzer, H. C. Muller-Landau, E. Jongejans, H. de Kroon, L. S. Comita, S. P. Hubbell, and S. J. Wright. 2018. Tree species vary widely in their tolerance for liana infestation: a case study of differential host response to generalist parasites. Journal of Ecology 106: 781–794.
*Krishnadas, M. and L. S. Comita. 2018. Influence of soil pathogens on early regeneration success of tropical trees varies between forest edge and interior. Oecologia 186: 259–268.
Comita, L. S. 2017. How latitude affects biotic interactions. Science 356: 1328–1329.
*Murphy, S. J., T. Wiegand, and L. S. Comita. 2017. Distance-dependent seedling mortality and long-term spacing dynamics in a neotropical forest community. Ecology Letters 20: 1469–1478.
^Johnson, D. J., R. Condit, S. P. Hubbell, and L. S. Comita. 2017. Abiotic niche partitioning and negative density dependence drive tree seedling survival in a tropical forest. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284: 20172210.
*Audino, L., S. Murphy, L. Zambaldi, J. Louzada, and L. S. Comita. 2017. Drivers of community assembly in tropical forest restoration sites: role of local environment, landscape and space. Ecological Applications 27: 1731–1745.
Du, Y., S. A. Queenborough, L. Chen, W. Yunquan, X. Mi, K. Ma, and L. S. Comita. 2017. Intraspecific and phylogenetic density-dependent seedling recruitment in a subtropical evergreen forest. Oecologia 184: 193–203.
Marden, J. H., S. A. Mangan, M. Peterson, E. Wafula, H. W. Fescemyer, J. Der, C. W. dePamphilis, and L. S. Comita. 2017. Ecological genomics of tropical trees: how local population size and allelic diversity of resistance genes relate to immune responses, co-susceptibility to pathogens, and negative density dependence. Molecular Ecology 26: 2498–2513. [Featured in Molecular Ecology News & Views]
Bruijning, M., M. D. Visser, H. C. Muller-Landau, S. J. Wright, L. S. Comita, S. P. Hubbell, H. de Kroon, and E. Jongejans. 2017. Surviving in a cosexual world: a cost-benefit analysis of dioecy in tropical trees. American Naturalist 189: 297–314.
Lin, Y. C., L. S. Comita, D. J. Johnson, M. R. Chen, and S. H. Wu. 2017. Biotic vs. abiotic drivers of seedling persistence in a tropical karst forest. Journal of Vegetation Science 28: 206–217
*Murphy, S. J., K. Salpeter, and L. S. Comita. 2016. Higher β-diversity observed for herbs over woody plants is driven by stronger habitat filtering in a tropical understory. Ecology 97: 2074–2084.
Visser, M., M. Bruijning, S. J. Wright, H. C. Muller-Landau, E. Jongejans, L. S. Comita, and H. de Kroon. 2016. Functional traits as predictors of vital rates across the life-cycle of tropical trees. Functional Ecology 30: 168–180.
*+Murphy, S. J., K. Xu, and L. S. Comita. 2016. Tree seedling richness, but not neighborhood composition, influences insect herbivory in a temperate deciduous forest community. Ecology and Evolution 6: 6310–6319.
*Krishnadas, M., A. Kumar, and L. S. Comita. 2016. Environmental gradients structure tropical tree assemblages at the regional scale. Journal of Vegetation Science 27: 1117–1128.
^Zhu, Y., L. S. Comita, S. P. Hubbell, and K. Ma. 2015. Conspecific and phylogenetic density-dependent survival differs across life stages in a tropical forest. Journal of Ecology 103: 957–966.
*Murphy, S. J., L. D. Audino, J. Whitacre, J. L. Eck, J. W. Wenzel, S. A. Queenborough, and L. S. Comita. 2015. Species associations structured by environment and land-use history promote beta-diversity in a temperate forest. Ecology 96:705–715.
*Calinger, K. M., E. A. Calhoon, H. Chang, J. Whitacre, J. Wenzel, L. S. Comita, and S. A. Queenborough. 2015. Historic mining and agriculture as indicators of occurrence and abundance of widespread invasive plant species. PLOS One 10: e012816.
*+Comita, L. S., S. A. Queenborough, S. Murphy, J. L. Eck, K. Xu, M. Krishnadas, N. Beckman, and Y. Zhu. 2014. Testing predictions of the Janzen–Connell hypothesis: a meta-analysis of experimental evidence for distance and density-dependent seed and seedling survival. Journal of Ecology 102: 845–856.
Comita, L. S. and B. M. J. Engelbrecht. 2014. Drought as a driver of tropical tree species regeneration dynamics and distribution patterns. Pp 261–308 in Forests and Global Change, D. A. Coomes, D. R. F. P. Burslem and W. D. Simonson, eds. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.
*Lin, F., L. S. Comita, X. Wang, X. Bai, Z. Yuan, D. Xing, and Z. Hao. 2014. The contribution of understory light availability and biotic neighborhood to seedling survival in secondary versus old-growth temperate forest. Plant Ecology 215: 795–807.
*Audino, L. D., J. Louzada, and L. S. Comita. 2014. Dung beetles as indicators of tropical forest restoration success: Is it possible to recover species and functional diversity? Biological Conservation 169: 248–257.
Bolker, B. M., B. Gardner, M. Maunder, C. W. Berg, M. Brooks, L. S. Comita, E. Crone, S. Cubaynes, T. Davies, P. de Valpine, J. Ford, O. Gimenez, M. Kéry, E. J. Kim, C. Lennert-Cody, A. Magnusson, S. Martell, J. Nash, A. Nielsen, J. Regetz, H. Skaug, and E. Zipkin. 2013. Strategies for fitting nonlinear ecological models in R, AD Model Builder, and BUGS. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 4: 501–512.
Piao, T., L. S. Comita, G. Jin, and J. H. Kim. 2013. Density dependence across multiple life stages in a temperate old-growth forest of northeast China. Oecologia 172: 207–217.
Stegen, J. C. , A. L. Freestone, T. O. Crist, M. J. Anderson, J. M. Chase, L. S. Comita, H. V. Cornell, K. F. Davies, S. P. Harrison, A. H. Hurlbert, B. D. Inouye, N. J. B. Kraft, J. A. Myers, N. J. Sanders, N. G. Swenson, and M. Vellend. 2013. Stochastic and deterministic drivers of spatial and temporal turnover in breeding bird communities. Global Ecology and Biogeography 22: 202–212.
Muscarella, R., M. Uriarte, J. Forero-Montana, L. S. Comita, N. G. Swenson, J. Thompson, C. Nytch, I. Jonckheere, and J. K. Zimmerman. 2013. Life-history trade-offs during the seed-to-seedling transition in a subtropical wet forest community. Journal of Ecology 101: 171–182.
Lin, L., L. S. Comita, Z. Zheng, and M. Cao. 2012. Seasonal differentiation in density-dependent seedling survival in a tropical rainforest. Journal of Ecology 100: 905–914.
Kraft, N. J. B., N. J. Sanders, J. C. Stegen, M. J. Anderson, T. O. Crist, H. V. Cornell, M. Vellend, J. M. Chase, L. S. Comita, K. F. Davies, A. L. Freestone, S. P. Harrison, B. D. Inouye, J. A. Myers and N. G. Swenson. 2012. Response to comments on ‘Disentangling the drivers of β diversity along latitudinal and elevational gradients’. Science 335: 1573.
Wang, X., L. S. Comita, Z. Hao, S. J. Davies, J. Ye, F. Lin, and Z. Yuan. 2012. Local-scale drivers of tree survival in a temperate forest. PLoS ONE 7(2): e29469. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029469
Uriarte, M., J. S. Clark, J. K. Zimmerman, L. S. Comita, J. Forero-Montaña, and J. Thompson. 2012. Multi-dimensional tradeoffs in species responses to disturbance: implications for diversity in a subtropical forest. Ecology 93:191–205.
Kraft, N. J. B., L. S. Comita, J. M. Chase, N. J. Sanders, N. G. Swenson, T. O. Crist, J. C. Stegen, M. Vellend, B. Boyle, M. J. Anderson, H. V. Cornell, K. F. Davies, A. L. Freestone, B. D. Inouye, S. P. Harrison, and J. A. Myers. 2011. Disentangling the drivers of beta-diversity along latitudinal and elevational gradients. Science 333:1755–1758.
Anderson M. J., T. O. Crist, J. M. Chase, M. Vellend, B. D. Inouye, A. L. Freestone, N. J. Sanders, H. V. Cornell, L. S. Comita, K. F. Davies, S. P. Harrison, N. J. B. Kraft, J. C. Stegen, and N. G. Swenson. 2011. Navigating the multiple meanings of β diversity: a roadmap for the practicing ecologist. Ecology Letters 14: 19–28. [Selected as a recommended article by Faculty of 1000]
Winowiecki, L., S. Smukler, K. Shirley, R. Remans, G. Peltier, E. Lothes, E. King, L. S. Comita, S. Baptista, and L. Alkema. 2011. Tools for enhancing interdisciplinary communication. Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy 7: 74–80.
Kanagaraj, R., T. Wiegand, L. S. Comita, and A. Huth. 2011. Tropical tree species assemblages in topographical habitats change in time and with life stage. Journal of Ecology 99: 1441–1452.
+Goldsmith, G. R., L. S. Comita, and S. C. Chua. 2011. Evidence for arrested succession within a tropical forest fragment in Singapore. Journal of Tropical Ecology 27: 323–326.
Chuyong, G. B., D. Kenfack, K. E. Harms, D. W. Thomas, R. Condit, and L. S. Comita. 2011. Habitat specificity and diversity of tree species in an African wet tropical forest. Plant Ecology 212:1363–1374.
Comita, L. S., H. C. Muller-Landau, S. Aguilar and S. P. Hubbell. 2010. Asymmetric density dependence shapes species abundance in a tropical tree community. Science 329: 330–332. [Featured in Nature News and Views and Science News]
Comita, L. S., J. Thompson, M. Uriarte, I. Jonckheere, C. D. Canham, and J. Zimmerman. 2010. Interactive effects of land use history and natural disturbance on seedling dynamics in a subtropical forest. Ecological Applications 20: 1270–1284.
Uriarte, M., N. G. Swenson, R. L. Chazdon, L. S. Comita, W. J. Kress, D. Erickson, J. Forero-Montaña, J. K. Zimmerman, and J. Thompson. 2010. Trait similarity, shared ancestry and the structure of neighbourhood interactions in a subtropical wet forest: implications for community assembly. Ecology Letters 13: 1503–1514.
Jones, F. A. and L. S. Comita. 2010. Density dependent pre-dispersal seed predation and fruit set in a tropical tree. Oikos 119: 1841–1847.
Zimmerman, J., L. S. Comita, M. Uriarte, N. Brokaw, and J. Thompson. 2010. Patch dynamics and community metastability of a tropical forest: Compound effects of natural disturbance and human land use. Landscape Ecology 25: 1099–1111.
Chen, L., X. Mi, L. S. Comita, L. Zhang, H. Ren, and K. Ma. 2010. Community-level consequences of density dependence and habitat association in a subtropical broad-leaved forest. Ecology Letters 13: 695–704. [Selected as a recommended article by Faculty of 1000]
Comita, L. S., M. Uriarte, J. Thompson, I. Jonckheere, C. D. Canham, and J. Zimmerman. 2009. Abiotic and biotic neighborhood determinants of seedling survival in a hurricane-impacted forest. Journal of Ecology 97: 1346–1359.
Comita, L. S. and B. M. J. Engelbrecht. 2009. Seasonal and spatial variation in water availability drive habitat associations in a tropical forest. Ecology 90: 2755–2765.
Comita, L. S. and S. P. Hubbell. 2009. Local neighborhood and species' shade tolerance influence survival in a diverse seedling bank. Ecology 90: 328–334.
Comita, L. S., +G. R. Goldsmith, and S. P. Hubbell. 2009. Intensive research activity alters short-term seedling dynamics in a tropical forest. Ecological Research 24: 225–230.
Jones, F. A. and L. S. Comita. 2008. Neighborhood density and genetic relatedness interact to determine fruit set and abortion rates in a tropical tree. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 275: 2759–2767.
+Comita, L. S. and G. R. Goldsmith. 2008. Impact of research trails on seedling dynamics in a tropical forest. Biotropica 40: 251–254.
Metz, M. R., L. S. Comita, Y. Chen, N. Norden, R. Condit, S. P. Hubbell, I-F. Sun, N. S. Md. Noor, and S. J. Wright. 2008. Temporal and spatial variability in seedling dynamics: a cross-site comparison in four lowland tropical forests. Journal of Tropical Ecology 24: 9–18.
Comita, L. S., R. Condit, and S. P. Hubbell. 2007. Developmental changes in habitat associations of tropical trees. Journal of Ecology 95: 482–492.
Engelbrecht, B. M. J., L. S. Comita, R. Condit, S. P. Hubbell, T. Kursar, and M. Tyree. 2007. Drought sensitivity shapes species distribution patterns in tropical forests. Nature 447: 80–82.
Comita, L. S., S. Aguilar, R. Perez, S. Lao, and S. P. Hubbell. 2007. Patterns of woody plant species abundance and diversity in the seedling layer of a tropical forest. Journal of Vegetation Science 18: 163–174.
+Goldsmith, G. R., L. S. Comita, L. Morefield, R. Condit, and S. P. Hubbell. 2006. Researcher impacts on seedling community structure in a permanent study plot. Forest Ecology and Management 234: 34–39.
Wills, C., K. Harms, R. Condit, D. King, J. Thompson, F. He, H. Muller-Landau, P. Ashton, E. Losos, L. S. Comita, et al. 2006. Nonrandom processes maintain diversity in tropical forests. Science 27: 527–531.