Student Publications

Andrus, N., Trusty, J.L., Santos-Guerra, A., Jansen, R.K., Francisco-Ortega, J. 2004. Using molecular phylogenies to test phytogeographical links between East/South Africa-Southern Arabia and the Macaronesian islands – a review, and the case of Vierea and Pulicaria section Vieraeopsis (Asteracae). Taxon 53: 333-346.

Andrus, N., Tye, A., Nesom, G., Bogler, D., Lewis, C.E., Noyes, R., Jaramillo, P., Francisco-Ortega, J. 2009. Phylogenetics of Darwiniothamnus (Asteraceae: Astereae) – Molecular evidence for multiple origins in the endemic flora of the Galápagos Islands. Journal of Biogeography 36: 1055-1069.

Campbell, R.J., El-SawaS., Wasielewski, J., Ledesma, N. 2004. Breeding and selection of jackfruit for South Florida. Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society 117: 193-194.

Carrara, S., Wasielewski, J., Ledesma, N., Campbell, R.J. 2003. Morphological diversity of mamey sapote at Fairchild Tropical Garden, Florida, USA. Proceedings of the Interamerican Society Tropical Horticulture 46: 32-34.

Carrara, S., Campbell, R.J., Schnell, R. 2004. Genetic variation among cultivated selections of mamey sapote (Pouteria spp. [Sapotaceae]). Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society 117: 195-200.

*Chin, C., Priestap, H.A, Veisaga, M.L., Commock, T., Campbell, K., Jestrow, B., Francisco-Ortega, J., Barbieri, A. 2014. Antiproliferative effect of Portlandia extracts and their fractions on breast cancer cells. European Journal of Medicinal Plants 4: 1186-1199.

Cibrian-Jaramillo, A., Hird, A., Oleas, N., Ma, H., Meerow, A.W., Francisco-Ortega, J., Griffith, M.P. 2013. What is the conservation value of a plant in a botanic garden? Using indicators to improve management of ex situ collections. Botanical Review 79: 559-577.

Cordeiro, M.A., Moriuchi, K.S., Fotinos, T.D., Miller, K.E., Nuzhdin, S.V., von Wettberg, E.J., Cook, D.R.  2014 Germination and early seedling root growth reveal patterns for salinity adaptation in the annual legume Medicago truncatula. American Journal of Botany 101: 488-498.

*Davis, A., Lewis, C.E., Francisco-Ortega, J., Zona, S. 2007. Differentiation among insular and continental populations of Coccothrinax argentata (Arecaeae): evidence from ISSR data and a common garden experiment. Taxon 56: 103-111.

Downing, J., Liu, H. 2012. Friend or foe? Impacts of the introduced tropical oil bee Centris nitida on a threatened and specialized native mutualism in Southern Florida. Biological Invasions 14: 2175-2185.

Downing, J., Liu, H. 2013. Self-incompatibility in Byrsonima lucida (Malpighiaceae), a threatened pine rockland specialist. Castanea 78: 95-102.

Edelman, S., Richards, J. 2013. Shedding light on the Pseudophoenix decline. Palms 57: 24-29.

Feeley, K.J., Machovina, B. 2014. Increasing preference for beef magnifies human impact on world’s food web. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 111: E794.

Feeley, K.J., Rehm, E.M. 2012. Amazon’s vulberability to climate change heightened by deforestation and man-made dispersal barriers. Global Change Biology 16: 3606-3614.

Feeley, K.J., Rehm, E.M. 2014Corridors are meant for connecting. Nature Climate Change 4: 405-406.

Feeley K.J., Rehm E.M.Machovina B. 2012. The responses of tropical forest species to global climate change: acclimate, adapt, migrate, or go extinct? Frontiers in Biogeography 4: 69-82.

Feeley, K.J, Rehm, E.M., Stroud, J. 2014. There are many barriers to species’ migrations. Frontiers of Biogeography 6: 63-66.

Flickinger, J.A. 2018. A new species of Eugenia (Myrtaceae) from the island of Anguilla. Harvard Papers in Botany 23: 213-216. PDF

Fotinos, T.D., Namoff. S., Lewis, C., Griffith. M.P., Maschinski, J., von Wettberg, E.J. In press. Genetic evaluation of a reintroduction of Sargent’s Cherry Palm, Pseudophoenix sargentii. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society.

Geiger, J., Meerow, A.W., Lewis, C., Oviedo, R., Francisco-Ortega, J. 2014. Genetic diversity and conservation of Ipomoea microdactyla (Convolvulaceae) – An endemic vine from the Bahamas, Cuba, and Southeastern Florida. Plant Species Biology 29: 2-15.

Guala, G.; Bogler, D.J.; Sadle, J., Francisco-Ortega, J. 2000. Molecular evidence for polyphyly in the genus Apoclada (Poaceae: Bambusoideae). Bamboo Science and Culture 14: 15-20.

Jestrow, B., Proctor, G., Francisco-Ortega, J. 2008. Lasiocroton trelawniensis (Euphorbiaceae), a Critically Endangered species from the Cockpit Country of Jamaica, belongs to Bernardia (Euphorbiaceae). Botanical Review 74: 166-177.

Jestrow, B. , Jimenez, F., Francisco-Ortega, J. 2010. Generic delimitations in the Antillean Adelieae (Euphorbiaceae) with the description of the Hispaniolan endemic genus, Garciadelia. Taxon 59: 1801-1814.

Jestrow, B., Gutierrez, J., Francisco-Ortega, J. 2012. Islands within islands; a molecular phylogenetic study of the Leucocroton alliance (Euphorbiaceae) across the Caribbean Islands and within the serpentinite archipelago of Cuba. Journal of Biogeography 39: 452-464.

Koptur, S., *Truong, N. 1998. Facultative ant-plant interactions: nectar sugar preferences of introduced pest ant species in South Florida. Biotropica 30: 179-189.

Laubengayer, K., Zona, S., Santiago-Valentín, E.,  Husby, C.,  Francisco-Ortega, J. 2012. Morphometric analysis of Aiphanes minima (Arecaceae) across the Antilles. Harvard Papers in Botany 17: 299-305.

Ledesma, N., Campbell, R. J., El-Sawa, S., Wasielewski, J., Ayala-Silva, T. 2005. Selección de jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam.) para América Tropical. Proceedings of the Interamerican Society for Tropical Horticulture 48: 51-52.

Liu, H., Trusty, J, Oviedo, R., Anderberg, A., Francisco-Ortega, J. 2004. Molecular phylogenetics of the Caribbean genera RhodogeronSachsia (Asteraceae). International Journal of Plant Sciences 165: 209-217.

Machovina, B., Feeley, K. 2014. Meat consumption’s impact on tropics: a key challenge. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 29: 430.


Machovina, B., Feeley, K. 2014. Livestock: limit red meat consumption. Nature 508: 186.


Machovina, B., Feeley, K. 2014. Taking a bite out of biodiversity. Science 343: 838.


Machovina, B., Feeley, K. 2013. Climate change driven shifts in the extent and location of areas suitable for export banana production. Journal of Ecological Economics 95: 83-95.


Maschinski, J., Lewis, S., Walters, D., Possley, J., Wright, S.J., RoncalJ., Lewis, C. 2009. Connect to Protect Network: botanic gardens working to restore habitats and conserve rare species. BGjournal 6: 6-9.


Maschinski, J., Wright, S.J., Koptur, S., Pinto-Torres, E. 2013. When is local the best paradigm? Breeding history influences conservation reintroduction survival and trajectories in times of extreme climate events. Biological Conservation 159: 277-284.


Maschinski, J., Possley, J., Fellows, M.Q.N., Lane, C., Muir, A., Wendelberger, K., Wright, S.J., Thornton, H. 2005. Using thinning as a fire surrogate to improve native plant diversity in a South Florida pine rockland habitat. Ecological Restoration 23: 2.

Meerow, A.W., Stevenson, D., Moynihan, J., Francisco-Ortega, J. 2007. Unlocking the coontie conundrum: the potential of microsatellite DNA studies in the Caribbean Zamia pumila complex (Zamiaceae). Botanical Memoirs of New York Botanical Garden 98: 484-518.

Moynihan, J., Meerow, A.W., Francisco-Ortega, J. 2006. Isolation, characterization and cross-species amplification of microsatellite loci in the cycad genus Dioon (Zamiaceae). Potential utilization in population genetics studies of Dioon edule. Molecular Ecology Notes 7: 72-74.

Moynihan, J., Stevenson, D.W., Lewis, C.E., Vovides, A.P., Caputo, P., Francisco-Ortega, J. 2012. A phylogenetic study of Dioon Lind. (Zamiaceae, Cycadales), based on morphology, nuclear ribosomal DNA, a low copy nuclear gene and plastid RFLPs. Memoirs of New York Botanical Garden 106: 448-479.

Moynihan, J., Gonzalez-Astorga, J.J., Vovides, A.P.,Francisco-Ortega, J. 2012. Population genetic diversity in the Dioon edule Lindl. species complex (Zamiaceae, Cycadales): evidence from microsatellite data. Memoirs of New York Botanical Garden 106: 224-249.

*Namoff, S.Thornton, H.E.B., Lewis, C.E., Oviedo, R., Barber, J.C., Francisco-Ortega, J. 2007. Molecular evidence for taxonomic relationships of Jacquemontia reclinata (Convolvulaceae): A critically endangered species from coastal strand of Florida. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 154: 443-454.

Namoff, S., Veloz, A., Jimenez, F., Rodriguez-Pena, R.A., Peguero, B., Lewis, C., Moynihan, J., Abdo, M., Maunder, M., von Wettberg, E., Meerow, A.W., Griffith, M.P. , Francisco-Ortega, J. 2011. Sweet drinks are made of this: conservation genetics of an endemic palm species from the Dominican Republic. Journal of Heredity 102: 1-10.

Oleas, N.H. , Meerow, A.W., Francisco-Ortega, J. 2012. Population dynamics of the endangered plant, Phaedranassa tunguraguae, from the Tropical Andean hotspot. Journal of Heredity 103: 557-569.

Oleas, N.H. , Jestrow, B., Calonje, M., Peguero, B., Jimenez, F., Rodriguez-Peña, R., Oviedo, R., Santiago-Valentin, E., Meerow, A.W., Abdo, M., Maunder, M., Griffith, P., Francisco-Ortega, J. 2013. Molecular systematics of threatened seed plant species endemic in the Caribbean Islands. Botanical Review 79: 528-541.

Oleas, N.H. , Meerow, A.W., Francisco-Ortega, J. 2013. Molecular markers and conservation of plant species in the Latin-America: the case of Phaedranassa viridiflora (Amaryllidaceae). Botanical Review 79: 507-527.

Oleas, N.H., Meerow, A.W., Feeley, K.J., Gebelein, J., Francisco-Ortega, J. 2014. Using species distribution models as a tool to discover new populations of Phaedranassa brevifolia Meerow, 1987. Checklist 10: 689-691.

Oleas, N.H., von Wettberg, E.J., Negron-Ortiz, V. 2014. Population genetics of the federally threatened Miccosukee Gooseberry (Ribes echinellum), an endemic North American species.  Conservation Genetics 15749-755.

Pinto-Torres, E., Koptur, S. 2009. Hanging by a coastal strand: breeding system of a federally endangered morning-glory of the south-eastern Florida coast, Jacquemontia reclinata. Annals of Botany 104: 1301-1311.

Priesta, H., *Chin, C., Veisaga, M.L., Commock, T., Campbell, K., Jestrow, B., Francisco-Ortega, J., Barbieri, M. 2014. Volatile constituents of five species of Portlandia (Rubiaceae). Journal of Essential Oil Research 26: 125-129.

Rehm, E.M., Feeley, K.J. 2013. Forest patches and the upward migration of timberline in the tropical Andes. Forest Ecology and Management 305: 204-211.

Rehm, E.M. 2014. Rates of upslope shifts for tropical species depend on life history and dispersal mode. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A. 111: 1676.

Rehm, E.M., Lenz, A., Hoch, G., Körner, C. 2014. Spring patterns of freezing resistance and photosynthesis in Hedera helix. Basic and Applied Ecology 15: 543-550.

Rodríguez-Peña, R.A., Jestrow, B., Cinea, W., Veloz, A., Jiménez-Rodríguez, F., García, R., Meerow, A.W., Griffith, M.P., Maunder, M., Francisco-Ortega, J. 2014. Conservation and genetics of two Critically Endangered Hispaniolan palms: genetic erosion of Pseudophoenix lediniana in contrast to P. ekmanii. Plant Systematics and Evolution 300: 2019-2027.

Rodríguez-Peña, R.A., Jestrow, B., Meerow, A.W., Clase, T., Jiménez-Rodríguez, F., Griffith, M.P., Santiago-Valentin, E., Sustache-Sustache, J.A., Francisco-Ortega, J. 2014. Genetic diversity and differentiation of Pseudophoenix (Arecaceae) in Hispaniola. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 176: 469-485.

Rojas Alvarado A.F., Trusty, J.L. 2004. Diversidad pteridofítica de la Isla del Coco, Costa Rica. Brenesia 62: 1-14.

Roncal, J., Zona, S., Lewis, C.E. 2005. Calyptrogyne plumeriana: A new name for a familiar palm. Palms 49: 149-150.

Roncal, J., Asmussen, C.B., Francisco-Ortega, J., Lewis, C.E. 2005. Molecular phylogenetics of tribe Geonomeae (Palmae) using nuclear DNA sequences of phosphoribulokinase and RNA polymerase II. Systematic Botany 30: 275-283.

Roncal, J. 2006.Habitat differentiation of sympatric Geonoma macrostachys (Arecaceae) varieties in Peruvian lowland forests. Journal of Tropical Ecology 22: 483-486.

Roncal, J., Fisher, J., Wright, S.J., Frances, A., Griffin, K., Maschinski, J., Fidelibus, M.W. 2006. Propagation protocol for the endangered Jacquemontia reclinata House from South Florida. Native Plants Journal 7: 301-306.

Roncal, J., Francisco-Ortega, J., Lewis, C.E. 2007. An evaluation of taxonomic distinctness of two Geonoma macrostachys (Arecaceae) varieties based on inter-simple sequence repeat (ISSR) variation. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 153: 381-392.

Roncal, J., Zona, S., Lewis, C.E. 2008. Molecular phylogenetic studies of Caribbean palms (Arecaceae) and their relationships to biogeography and conservation. Botanical Review 74: 78-102.

Roorkiwal, M., von Wettberg, E.J., Upadhyay, H., Warshefsky, E., Rathore, A., Varshney, R. 2014. Exploring germplasm diversity to understand the domestication process in Cicer spp. using SNP and DArT markers. PLoS ONE 9: e102016.

Saxena, R.K., von Wettberg, E.J., Upadhyaya, H.D., Sanchez, V., Songok, S., Saxena, K.B., Kimerto, P., Varshney, R.K. 2014. Genetic diversity and demographic history of Cajanus spp. illustrated from genome-wide SNPs.  PloSOne, 9: e88568.

Stroud, J.T. 2013. Anolis equestris (Cuban Knight Anole): Exotic intra-guild predation. Herpetological Review 44: 660-661.

Stroud, J.T., Giery, S. 2013. Anolis equestris (Cuban Knight Anole): Nocturnal activity. Herpetological Review 44: 661.  

Stroud, J.T., Krysko, K.L. 2013. Ctenosaura similis (Gray’s Spiny-tailed Iguana): Non-native diet. Herpetological Review 44: 322.

Stroud, J.T., Beckles, W. In press. Anolis cristatellus (Puerto Rican Crested Anole): Abnormal dewlap color. Herpetological Reviews.

Stroud, J.T.Rehm, E.M., Ladd, M. Olivas, P., Feeley, K.J. 2014. Are we spending our money wisely? Changing trends in conservation research priorities. Journal for Nature Conservation 22: 471-473.

Thornton, H.E.B, Roncal, J., Lewis, C.E, Maschinski, J., Francisco-Ortega, J. 2008. Conservation genetics of Jacquemontia reclinata (Convolvulaceae), an endangered species from Southern Florida: Implications for restoration management. Biotropica 40: 507-514.

Tiernan, N.M. and F.A. Michelangeli. 2018. A revision of the Miconia ulmarioides Miconia ulmaroides complex (Melastomataceae: Miconieae). Brittonia 70: 455-477.

Tiernan, N.M., Oviedo, R., Jestrow, B., Francisco-Ortega, J. 2020. Plumeria filifolia. Curtis’s Botanical Magazine 37: 47–90.

Trusty, J.L., Blanco, M.A. 2005. Las orquídeas de la Isla del Coco. Epidendrum 27: 10-15.

Trusty, J.L., Blanco, M.A. 2006. The orchids of Isla del Coco. Orchids (November Issue): 826-831.

Trusty, J.L., Kesler, H.C., Haug, G. 2006. The vascular flora of Isla del Coco. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences. 57: 247-355.

Trusty, J.L., Kesler, H.C., Rodriguez, J., Francisco-Ortega, J. 2011. Conservation status of endemic plants on Isla del Coco, Costa Rica: Applying IUCN Red List criteria on a small island. In The biology of island floras. D. Bramwell, J. Caujapé-Castells (eds.). Cambridge University Press, London. Pp. 452-473.

Trusty, J.L., Olmstead, R.G., Bogler, D.J., Santos-Guerra, A., Francisco-Ortega. J. 2004. Using molecular phylogenies from nuclear and chloroplast genes to test a connection of the Macaronesian genus Bystropogon (Lamiaceae) to the New World and to elucidate the phylogenetic relationships within the Menthae tribe. Systematic Botany 32: 702-715.

Trusty, J.L., Olmstead, R.G., Santos-Guerra, A., Sa-Fontinha, S., Francisco-Ortega, J. 2005. Molecular phylogenetics of the Macaronesian endemic genus Bystropogon (Lamiaceae): paleo-islands, ecological shifts, and inter-island colonizations. Molecular Ecology 14: 1177-1189.

Trusty, J.L., Tye, A., Collins, T.M., Michelangeli, F.A., Madriz, P., Francisco-Ortega, J. 2012. Galapagos and Cocos: geographycally close, botanically distant. International Journal of Plant Sciences 173: 36-53.

Warschefsky, E., Penmetsa, R.V., Cook, D.R., von Wettberg, E.J.B. 2014. Back to the wilds: Tapping evolutionary adaptations for resilient crops through systematic hybridization with crop wild relatives. American Journal of Botany 101:1791-800.

* = Undergraduate student


Updated: 15 May 2020