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Catherine L. Woodward, Ph.D.


Joe E. Meisel, Ph.D.

"I have been working and studying in the neotropics since 1989. I hold a master's degree in Botany from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.  I have broad interests, and my topics of research have included the reproductive and genetic consequences of forest fragmentation on understory tree populations in Costa Rica, the impacts of soil degradation on forest regeneration in the Ecuadorian Amazon, and the movement of birds in pasture-dominated landscapes in Panama. I am passionate about teaching, and have taught field courses for more than a decade in tropical ecology, tropical botany, primatology, and coral reef ecology.  In addition to teaching field courses, I currently act as President of the Ceiba Foundation and co-plan and direct our conservation projects in Ecuador."


"I received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Universities of Virginia and Florida , and a doctorate in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin.  I have conducted research, led field courses and directed conservation projects in the American tropics for over 15 years.  My primary interests lie at the intersection of biological research, land management and habitat conservation, where I believe science can help mitigate the impact of development on biodiversity and ecological processes.  I have studied the behavior of army ants in forest fragments, the movement of birds between forest patches, and the effects of microclimate on forest-interior species.  I deeply enjoy teaching in the field, and I have led tropical ecology, conservation and reef ecology courses for many years.  Currently I serve as Vice-president of the Ceiba Foundation."



Publications List

Woodward, C., P. E. Berry, H. Maas & K. Swing.  (in press).  Tiputinia foetida, a new mycoheterotrophic genus of Burmanniaceae (subfamily Thismioideae) from Amazonian Ecuador, and a likely case of deceit pollination. Taxon.

Meisel, J. E.  2006.  Thermal ecology of the army ant, Eciton burchelli.  Ecological Applications 16(3):  913-922.

Herre, E.A., S. A. Van Bael, Z. Maynard ,N. Robbins, J. Bischoff, A. E. Arnold, A. E., E. Rojas, L. C. Mejia, R. A. Cordero, C. Woodward, and D.A.Kyllo 2005.  Tropical plants as chimera: some implications of foliar endophytic fungi for the study of host plant defense, physiology, and genetics.  Chapter 9 In: Burslem, D.F.R.P., Pinard, M.A. & Hartley, S.E. (eds.). Biotic Interactions in the Tropics: Their Role in the Maintenance of Species Diversity. Cambridge University Press.

J. Meisel and C. Woodward. 2005.  Andean orchid conservation and the role of private lands: A case study from Ecuador.  Proceedings of the International Orchid Conservation Congress, May 12-16, 2004.  Selbyana special issue.

Woodward, C. 2005. Reproductive and Genetic Consequences of Forest Fragmentation on Two Understory Tree Species in Costa Rica. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Meisel, J. E.  2001.  Tropical Ecosystems and Ecological Concepts:  A Review.  EcoScience, 8: 530-531.

Meisel, J. E. and M. G. Turner.  1998.  Application of semivariograms to real and artificial landscapes. Landscape Ecology, 13: 347-362

Woodward, C. and J.E. Meisel 1997. Bird use of isolated trees in pasture traverses. Abstract, AFO/ABA conference, San José, Costa Rica.

Woodward, C. 1995. Soil compaction and topsoil effects on soil properties and seedling growth in Amazonian Ecuador. Forest Ecology and Management, 82: 197-209.



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