Peer-reviewed research articles published in 2014 - 2016

Fairchild's Science Program is a world-wide leader in tropical botany, conservation and horticulture. During 2014 - 2016 scientists and students associated to the Garden have been producing a large number of ground breaking, peer-reviewed scientific publications. They are listed below. * = Graduate student . ** = Undergraduate student. *** = BioTech High School student.

Carey, E., L. Gape, B.N. Manco, D. Hepburn, R.L. Smith,  L. Knowles, D. Knowles, M. Daniels, M.A. Vincent, E. Freid, B. Jestrow, M. Calonje, A.W. Meerow, M.P. Griffith, D.W. Stevenson, and J. Francisco-Ortega. 2014. Plant conservation challenges in the Bahama archipelago. Botanical Review 80: 265-282.

Chayaratanasin, P., M.A. Barbieri, N. Suanpairintr, and S. Adisakwattana. 2015. Inhibitory effect of Clitoria ternatea flower petal extract on fructose-induced protein glycation and oxidation-dependent damages to albumin in vitro. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 15: 27.

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

*Commock, T.; K.S.E. Campbell, J. Meikle, J. Francisco-Ortega, and B. Jestrow. 2015. Conservation and taxonomic updates for the Jamaican endemic genus Dendrocousinsia (Euphorbiaceae). Brittonia 67: 87-95.

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

Ding, Z., K.J. Feeley, Y. Wang, and P. Ding. 2015. Bird guild loss and its determinants on subtropical land-bridge islands, China. Avian Research 6. DOI: 10.1186/s40657-015-0019-9.

*Downing, J., *H. Borrero, and H. Liu. 2016. Differential impacts from an extreme cold spell on subtropical vs tropical specialist bees in southern Florida. Ecosphere 7: e01302.

Duque, A., K.F. Feeley, E. Cabrera, R. Callejas, and A. Idarraga. 2014. The dangers of carbon-centric conservation for biodiversity: a case study in the Andes. Tropical Conservation Science 7: 188-201.

Duque, A., P.R. Stevenson, and K.F. Feeley. 2015. Thermophilization of adult and juvenile tree communities in the northern tropical Andes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A. 112: 10744-10749.

*Fadrique, B. and K. J. Feeley. 2016. Novel competitors shape species' responses to climate change. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 4: 33.

Feeley, K.J. 2015. Are we filling the data void? An assessment of the amount and extent of plant collection records and census data available for Tropical South America. PLOS One: e0125629.

Feeley, K.J. 2015. Moving forward with species distributions. American Journal of Botany 102: 173-175. 

Feeley, K. J. 2016. Estimating the global conservation status of more than 15,000 Amazonian tree species. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 4: 59. 

Feeley, K.J. and *B. 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. and *E.M. Rehm. 2014. Priorities for conservation corridors. Nature Climate Change 4: 405-406.

Feeley, K.J. and *E.M. Rehm. 2015. Downward shift of montane grasslands exemplifies the dual threat of human disturbances to cloud forest biodiversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112(45): E6084-E6084.

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

*Fotinos, T.D., S. Namoff, C. Lewis, J. Maschinski, M.P. Griffith, and E.J.B. Von Wettberg. 2015. Genetic evaluation of a reintroduction of Sargent's Cherry Palm, Pseudophoenix sargentii. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 142: 51-62.

*Fotinos, T. D., T. Clase, A. Veloz, F. Jimenez, M. P. Griffith, and E. J. B. Von Wettberg. 2016. A minimally invasive, automated procedure for DNA extraction from epidermal peels of succulent cacti (Cactaceae). Haseltonia 22: 46-47 

Francisco-Ortega, J., N. Korber, N. Swan, J. Mosely, E. Freid, and B. Jestrow. 2014. Plant hunting expeditions of David Fairchild to The Bahamas. Botanical Review 80: 164-183.

Francisco-Ortega, J., A. Santos-Guerra, L. Sánchez-Pinto, M.C. Duarte, G. Rouhan, E. Santiago-Valentín, M.A. Carine, and M.M. Romeiras. 2015. Early scientific illustrations of the Macaronesian flora: An introduction to pre-19th century artworks. Vieraea 43: 219-308.

Francisco-Ortega, J., A. Santos-Guerra, L., M.M. Romeiras, M.A. Carine, L. Sánchez-Pinto, and M.C. Duarte 2015. The botany of the three voyages of Captain Cook in Macaronesia: an introduction. Revista de la Academia Canaria de Ciencias 27: 357-410. 

Freid, E., J. Francisco-Ortega., and B. Jestrow. 2014. Endemic seed plants in the Bahamian archipelago. Botanical Review 80: 204–230.

*Geiger, J., A.W. Meerow, C. Lewis, R. Oviedo, and J. Francisco-Ortega. 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.

Geng, Q.-F., Z.-G. Yao, J. Yang, J. He, D.-B. Wang, Z.-S. Wang, and H. Liu. 2015. Effect of Yangtze River on population genetic structure of the relict plant Parrotia subaequalis in eastern China. Ecology and Evolution 20: 4617-4627.

Girardin, C.A.J., W.G. Farfan, K.G. Garcia, K.J. Feeley, P.M. Jørgensen, A. Araujo Murakami, L. Cayola Pérez, S. Renate, P. Narel, C.A. Fuentes, C. Maldonado, M. Silman, N. Salinas, C. Reynel, D. Neill, M. Serrano, J. Caballero, M.A. La Torre-Cuadros, M. Macía, T. Killeen, and Y. Malhi. 2014. Spatial patterns of above-ground structure, biomass and composition in a network of six Adean elevation transects. Plant Ecology and Diversity 7: 161-171.

Goettsch, B., C. Hilton-Taylor et al. 2015. High proportion of cactus species threatened with extinction. Nature Plants 1: 15142.

Hu, G., K. J. Feeley, and M. Yu. 2016. Habitat fragmentation drives plant community assembly processes across life stages. PLoS One 11: e0159572. 

Huber, H., J. Brouwer, E.J. Wettberg, H.J. During, and N.P.R. Anten. 2014. More cells, bigger cells or simply reorganization? Alternative mechanisms leading to changed internode architecture under contrasting stress regimes. New Phytologist 201: 193-204.

Idárraga, Á., Á. J. Duque-Montoya, and K. Feeley. 2016. Divergent drivers of tree community composition in lowland and highland forests of the northern tropical Andes, Colombia. Actualidades Biológicas 38: 145-156

Jestrow, B., E. Freid, S. Arango-Arces, and J. Francisco-Ortega. 2014. The Bahamian flora: plant exploration, living collections, and DNA – A journey started in 1963. Botanical Review 80: 231–244.

Jestrow, B., B. Peguero, F. Jiménez, W. Cinea, M. Hass, A. Reeve, A.W. Meerow, A.P. Griffith, M. Maunder, and J. Francisco-Ortega 2016. Genetic diversity and differentiation of the Critically Endangered Hispaniolan palm Coccothrinax jimenezii M.M. Mejía & R.G. García based on novel SSR markers. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 66: 216-223.

Korber, N., J. M. Nassar, J. Mosely, B. Jestrow, C. Lewis, and J. Francisco-Ortega. 2016. The last plant hunting expedition of David Fairchild: Venezuela and Colombia (March–April 1948). Brittonia 68: 170–186 

*Lin, W.-Y., H. Liu, X.-K. Ma, T. Ying, Z.-B. Zhang, Z.-S. Wang, and Y.-B. Luo. 2014. Natural hybridization potential between a rare endemic orchid and its sympatric congeners in southwestern China. Orchids. March: 178-183.  

Liu, H., Y.-B. Luo, J. Heinen, M. Bhat, and Z.-J. Liu. 2014. Eat your orchid and have it too: a new conservation model for the Chinese medicinal orchids. Biodiversity and Conservation. 23: 1215-1228.

Liu, H., H. Ren, Q. Liu, X. Wen, M. Maunder, and J.Y. Gao. 2015. Translocation of threatened plants as a conservation measure in China. Conservation Biology 29: 1537-1551.

*Machovina, B. and K.J. Feeley. 2014. Meat consumption’s impact on tropics as a key impact on tropical nature: a response to Laurance et al. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 29: 430-431.

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

*Machovina, B., K.J. Feeley, and W.J. Ripple. 2015. Biodiversity conservation: The key is reducing meat consumption. Science of the Total Environment 536: 419-431.

*Machovina, B. L., K. J. Feeley, and B. J. Machovina. 2016. UAV remote sensing of spatial variation in banana production. Crop and Pasture Science 67: 1281-1287

*McElderry, R.M., M.H. Salvato, and C.C. Horvitz. 2015. Population viability models for an endangered endemic subtropical butterfly: effects of density and fire on population dynamics and risk of extinction. Biodiversity and Conservation 24: 1589-1608.

*McElderry, R.M. 2016. Seasonal life history trade-offs in two leafwing butterflies: Delaying reproductive development increases life expectancy. Journal of Insect Physiology 87: 30-34.

Meerow, A.W., L. Noblick, D. E. Salas-Leiva, V. Sanchez, J. Francisco-Ortega, B. Jestrow, and K. Nakamura. 2014. Phylogeny and historical biogeography of the cocosoid palms (Arecaceae, Arecoideae, Cocoseae) inferred from sequences of six WRKY gene family loci. Cladistics 30: 1-26.

Miller, J.S., P. P. Lowry II, J. Aronson, S. Blackmore, K. Havens, and J. Maschinski. 2016. Conserving biodiversity through ecological restoration: the potential contributions of botanical gardens and arboreta. Candollea 71: 91-98

Moriuchi, K.S., M.L. Friesen, M.A. Cordeiro, M. Badri, W.T. Vu, B.J. Main, M.E. Aouani, S.V. Nuzhdin, S.Y. Strauss, and E.J.B. Von Wettberg. 2016. Salinity adaptation and the contribution of parental environmental effects in Medicago truncatula. PLOS One 11: e0150350. 

Motes, M. 2016. The genus Vanda (Orchidaceae: Aeridinae) in the Philippines: two new species and a key to the species in the archipelago. Lankesteriana 16: 335-343.

Motes, M. L. M. Gardiner, and D. L. Roberts. 2016. The identity of spotted Vanda denisoniana. Orchid Review 124: 228-233. 

Murphy, V., T. Clase, R.A. Rodríguez-Peña, F. Jiménez-Rodríguez, B. Jestrow, C.E. Husby, and M.P. Griffith. 2016. Conservation horticulture for yarey palm and buccaner palm: substrate and sowing depth affect germination and early seedling growth. HortTechnology 26: 811-815.

Korber, N., J.M. Nassar, J. Mosely, B. Jestrow, C. Lewis, and J. Francisco-Ortega. 2016. The last plant hunting expedition of David Fairchild: Venezuela and Colombia (March-April 1948). Brittonia 68: 170-186. 

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

*Oleas NH, A.W. Meerow, and J. Francisco-Ortega J. 2016. Genetic structure of the threatened Phaedranassa schizantha Baker. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 182: 169-179. 

*Oleas, N.H., E.J. von Wettberg, and V. Negron-Ortiz. 2014. Population genetics of the federally threatened Miccosukee Gooseberry (Ribes echinellum), an endemic North American species.  Conservation Genetics 15: 749-755.

Orihuela, G., J. Terborgh, N. Ceballos, and K. Glander. 2014. When top-down becomes bottom up: behaviour of hyperdense howler monkeys (Alouatta seniculus) trapped on a 0.6 ha island. PLOS One 9: e82197.

Peguero, B., F. Jiménez, P.A. Joseph, W. Cinea, M.P. Griffith, J. Francisco-Ortega and B. Jestrow. 2015. Coccothrinax jimenezii - A Critically Endangered palm from Hispaniola. Palms 59: 145-153.

Perez, T.M., J.T. Stroud, and K.J. Feeley. 2016. ECOLOGY Thermal trouble in the tropics. Science 351: 1392-1393.

Possley, J. J., J. Maschinski, J. Maguire, and C. Guerra.  2014.  Vegetation monitoring to guide management decisions in Miami’s urban pine rockland preserves.  Natural Areas Journal 34(2):154-165.

Possley, J., S. Hodges, E. Magnaghi, and J. Maschinski.  2016.  Distribution of Croton linearis in Miami-Dade County preserves with potential for supporting the federally endangered butterflies Strymon acis bartrami and Anaea troglodyte floridalis.  Natural Areas Journal 36(1): 81-87. 

Priesta, H. and M. Barbieri. 2014. Conversion of Aristolochic Acid I into Aristolic Acid by reaction with Cysteine and Glutathione: Biological implications. Journal of Natural Products 76: 965-968.

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

*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(17): E1676.

*Rehm, E.M. and K.J. Feeley. 2015. Freezing temperatures as a limit to forest recruitment above tropical Andean treelines. Ecology 7:

*Rehm, E.M. and K.J. Feeley. 2015. The inability of tropical cloud forest species to invade grasslands above treeline during climate change: potential explanations and consequences. Ecography 38: 1167-1175.

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

*Rehm, E.M., P. Olivas, J. Stroud, and K.J. Feeley. 2015. Losing your edge: climate change and the conservation value of range-edge populations. Ecology and Evolution 5: 4315-4326.

*Rehm, E. M. and J. J. Feeley. 2016. Seedling transplants reveal species-specific responses of high-elevation tropical treeline trees to climate change. Oecologia 181: 1233–1242

Ren, H., Q. Guo, H. Liu, J. Li, Q. Zhang, H. Xu, and F. Xu. 2014. Patterns of alien plant invasion across coastal bay areas in southern China. Journal of Coastal Research 30: 448-455.

Ren, H., S.G. Jian, Y.-J. Chen, H. Liu, Q.-M. Zhang, N. Liu, Y. Xu, and J. Luo. 2014. Distribution, status and conservation of Camellia changii Ye (Theaceae), a critically endangered plant endemic to southern China. Oryx 48: 358-360.

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

Romeiras, M.M., M.C. Duarte, A. Santos-Guerra, M. Carine, and J.Francisco-Ortega. 2014. Botanical exploration of the Cape Verde Islands: from the pre-Linnaean records and collections to the late 18th century floristic accounts and expeditions. Taxon 30: 625-640.

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

Salas-Leiva, D.E., A.W. Meerow, J. Francisco-Ortega, M. Calonje, M.P. Griffith, D.W. Stevenson, and K. Nakamura. 2014. Conserved genetic regions across angiosperms help develop low copy nuclear markers in gymnosperms: an example using cycads. Molecular Ecology Resources 14: 831-845.

Santiago-Valentín, E., **B.J. Francois, G. Hall, L. Brouillet, and J. Francisco-Ortega. 2016. Images Floristiques Portoricaines: El diario del viaje a Puerto Rico del Hermano Marie-Victorin, 1942. Revista del Jardín Botánico Nacional 37: 121-143.

Santiago-Valentín, E., L. Sánchez-Pinto, L., and J. Francisco-Ortega 2015. Domingo Bello y Espinosa (1817-1884) and the new taxa published in his Apuntes para la Flora de Puerto Rico. Taxon 64: 323-349. 

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

Suinyuy, T.N., J.S. Donaldson, and S.D. Johnson. 2015. Geographical matching of volatile signals and pollinator olfactory responses in a cycad brood-site mutualism. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 282: 20152053.

*Stroud, J.T., M.R. Bush., M.C. Ladd, R.J. Nowicki, A.A. Shantz, and J. Sweatman. 2015. Is a community still a community? Reviewing definitions of key terms in community ecology. Ecology and Evolution 5: 4757-4765.

*Stroud, J.T. and K.J. Feeley. 2015. A downside of diversity? A response to Gallagher et al. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 30: 296-297.

*Stroud, J.T. and K.J. Feeley. 2015. Responsible academia: optimizing conference locations to minimize greenhouse gas emissions. Ecography 38: 402-404.

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

*Stroud, J. and J. B. Losos. 2016. Ecological opportunity and adaptive radiation. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 47: 507-532

*Warschefsky, E., R.V. Penmetsa, D.R. Cook, and E.J.B. von Wettberg. 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.

*Warschefsky, E.J.,  L.L. Klein, M.H. Frank, D.H. Chitwood, J.P. Londo, E.J.B. Von Wettberg, and A.J. Miller. 2015. Rootstocks: diversity, domestication, and impacts on shoot phenotypes. Trends in Plant Science 21: 418-437.

Wendelberger, K.S. and J. Maschinski. 2016. Assessing microsite and regeneration niche preferences when introducing an endangered species. Plant Ecology. 217:155-167.

*Weremijewicz, J., ***J.I. Almonte, ***V.S. Hilaire, ***F.D. Lopez, ***S.H. Lu, ***S.M. Marrero, ***C.M. Martinez, ***E.A. Zarate, ***A.K. Lam, ***S.A.N. Ferguson, ***N.Z. Petrakis, ***K.A. Peeples, ***E.D. Taylor, ***N.M. Leon, ***C.Valdes, M.Hass, A.B. Reeve, D.T. Palow, and *J.L. Downing. 2016. Microsatellite primers for two threatened orchids in Florida: Encyclia tampensis and Cyrtopodium punctatum (Orchidaceae). Applications in Plant Sciences 4: 1500095.

Von Wettberg, E.J., W. Vance, and D.L. Rowland. 2014. The Park Grass Experiment and next-generation approaches: local adaptation of sweet vernal grass revisited. Molecular Ecology 23: 5931-5933.

Ying, T., Q.F. Geng, D.B. Wang, H. Liu, J. Xu, Z.B. Zhang, Z.S. Wang, and Y.B. Luo. 2014. Developing microsatellite markers for Geodorum eulophioides (Orchidaceae) and cross-species amplification in two sympatric, congeneric species. Conservation Genetics Resources 6: 957-959.

Yu, M., Y.G. Hu, K.J. Feeley, J. Wu, and P. Ding. 2012. Richness and composition of plants and birds on land-bridge islands: effects of island attributes and differential responses of species functional groups. Journal of Biogeography 39: 1124-1133.

Zhai, J.W., G.Q. Zhang, L. Li, M.N.Wang, L.J.Chen, S.W. Chung, F.J. Rodriguez, J. Francisco-Ortega, S.R. Lan, F.W. Xing, and Z.J. Liu. 2014. A new phylogenetic analysis sheds new light on the relationships in the Calanthe alliance (Orchidaceae) in China. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 77: 216-222.


Zhou, L.Y., F.D. Liu, W.J. Yang, H. Liu, H.B. Shao, Z.S. Wang, and S.Q. An. 2014. Differential effects of lichens versus liverworts epiphylls on host leaf traits in the tropical montane rainforest, Hainan Island, China. Scientific World Journal: 681369. 


Zona, S., R. Alvarez De Zayas, R. Orellana, R.. Oviedo, B. Jestrow, and J. Francisco-Ortega. 2014. Dracaena in the Americas: Its history and botany. Vieraea 42: 219-240.

Zona, S., K. Finch, T. Clase, and B. Jestrow. 2016. A synopsis of Salvia sect. Gardoquiiflorae (Lamiaceae), with a note on the origins of Caribbean Salvia species. Phytotaxa 255: 214-226.

Last updated: February 12, 2017