Note:I encourage students and postdocs in my lab to branch out and work with other students, postdocs, and faculty members. These collaborations often result in publications on which I am not a co-author (see below). Moreover, I do not co-author papers from my students’ theses unless I have made contributions substantially beyond the mentoring, fundraising, and editing I consider my fundamental responsibility as their advisor.

In review or In preparation [drafts available upon request]

  1. Corrêa Côrtes, M., M. Uriarte, W. J. Kress, J. B. Illian, and E. M. Bruna. In revision. Why are the spatial distribution of individual plants and genotypes decoupled? A framework to assess the contribution of ecological interactions and environmental filtering. [PhD. Thesis Chapter].
  2. Bruna, E. M, R. L. Chazdon, T. M. Errington, and B. A. Nosek. In revision. Reproducibility & repeatability in tropical biology: a call to repeat foundational studies. Biotropica. Preprint available at:
  3. Goring, S., K.S. Whitney, E. M. Bruna, A. L. Jacob, and T. Poisot. In review. Ten simple rules to make scientific content more accessible. Preprint available at: DOI: 10.22541/au.150844289.92609826
  4. Bruna, E. M. and W. Hahn. In preparation. Is Latin American ecology really on the rise? Cross-national patterns of productivity and collaboration by Latin American scientists.
  5. Rubim, P., D. M. S. Matos, M. Uriarte, and E. M. Bruna. In preparation. Local density influences the growth of seedlings of an Amazonian understory herb. [PhD. Thesis Chapter].
  6. Rubim, P. R., M. Uriarte, O. Ferreira, and E. M. Bruna. In preparation. Neighborhood effects and the reproductive effort of a tropical perennial herb. In preparation [PhD. Thesis Chapter].

Publications (including peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and essays).

  1. Mundim, F. M. E. H. M. Vieira-Neto, H. Alborn, & E. M. Bruna. In press. Disentangling the influence of resource variability and simultaneous attacks on whole-plant tolerance to herbivory. Journal of Ecology [PhD Thesis Chapter].
  2. Bruna, E.M., R Chazdon, TM Errington and BA Nosek. 2021. A proposal to advance theory and promote collaboration in tropical biology by supporting replications. Biotropica 53: 6-10.
  3. Barbosa Silva, LV, HL Vasconcelos, MC Mack, AdS Ferreira, and EM Bruna. 2020. Effects of experimental nitrogen enrichment on soil properties and litter decomposition in a Neotropical savanna. Austral Ecology 45:1093-1102. [Ph. D. Thesis Chapter].
  4. Beckman, NG, CE Aslan, HS Rogers, O Kogan, JL Bronstein, JM Bullock, F Hartig, J HilleRisLambers, Y Zhou, D Zurell, JF Brodie, EM Bruna, RS Cantrell, RR Decker, E Efiom, EC Fricke, K Gurski, A Hastings, JS Johnson, BA Loiselle, MN Miriti, MG Neubert, L Pejchar, JR Poulsen, G Pufal, OH Razafindratsima, ME Sandor, K Shea, S Schreiber, EW Schupp, RS Snell, C Strickland, and J Zambrano. 2020. Advancing an interdisciplinary framework to study seed dispersal ecology. AoB Plants 12:plz048.
  5. Costa, AN, A Bartimachi, HL Vasconcelos, EM Bruna, and EHM Vieira-Neto. 2020. Annual litter production in a Brazilian Cerrado woodland savanna. Southern Forests 82:65-69.
  6. Powers, JS, EM Bruna, A Campos-Arceiz, P Delamonica Sampaio, SJ DeWalt, LG Lohmann, and RA Zahawi. 2020. Tropical biology and conservation in the time of the covid-19 pandemic. Biotropica 52:399-399.
  7. Fletcher, RJ, Jr., JA Sefair, C Wang, CL Poli, TAH Smith, EM Bruna, RD Holt, M Barfield, AJ Marx, and MA Acevedo. 2019. Towards a unified framework for connectivity that disentangles movement and mortality in space and time. Ecology Letters 22:1680-1689.
  8. Aslan, C, NG Beckman, HS Rogers, J Bronstein, D Zurell, F Hartig, K Shea, L Pejchar, M Neubert, J Poulsen, J HilleRisLambers, M Miriti, B Loiselle, E Effiom, J Zambrano, G Schupp, G Pufal, J Johnson, JM Bullock, J Brodie, E Bruna, RS Cantrell, R Decker, E Fricke, K Gurski, A Hastings, O Kogan, O Razafindratsima, M Sandor, S Schreiber, R Snell, C Strickland, and Y Zhou. 2019. Employing plant functional groups to advance seed dispersal ecology and conservation. AoB Plants 11:plz006.
  9. Costa, AN, HL Vasconcelos, EHM Vieira-Neto, and EM Bruna. 2019. Adaptive foraging of leaf-cutter ants to spatiotemporal changes in resource availability in Neotropical savannas. Ecological Entomology 44:227-238.[PhD. Thesis Chapter]
  10. Brooks, M., K. Kristensen, M. R. Darrigo, P. Rubim, M. Uriarte, E. M. Bruna, B. Bolker. 2019.  Statistical modeling of patterns in annual reproductive rates. Ecology 1007): e02706 [pdf].
  11. Costa, A. N., E. M. Bruna, and H. L. Vasconcelos. 2018. Do an ecosystem engineer and environmental gradient act independently or in concert to shape juvenile plant communities? Tests with the leaf-cutter ant Atta laevigata in a Neotropical savanna. PeerJ 6:e5612 [link to article] [PhD. Thesis Chapter].
  12. Zamudio, K., A. Kellner, C. Serejo, M. R. de Britto, C. B. Castro, P. A. Buckup, D. O. Pires, M. Couri, A. Brilhante Kury, I. Azevedo Cardoso, M. L. Monné, J. Pombal Jr., C. Mello Patiu, V. Padula, A. Dias Pimenta, R. Ventura, E. Hajdu, J. Zanol, E. M. Bruna, J. Fitzpatrick, L. A. Rocha. 2018. Lack of support for Science and Education Fails Brazilian Society – Again. Science 361(6409):1322-1323. [pdf] [Letter to the Editor].
  13. Espin, J., S. Palmas-Perez, F. Carrasco-Rueda, K. Riemer, J. Ungvari-Martin, P. Allen, N. Berkebile, J. P. Gomez, K. Hecht, K. Kastner-Wilcox, M. Nunez-Regueiro, C. Prince, C. Rios, E. Ross, B. Sangha, T. Tyler, M. Villegas-Bilbao, T. Cataldo, & E. M. Bruna. 2017. A persistent lack of geographic diversity on editorial boards in Biology. Plos Biology. 15(12): e200276 [link to Open Access article]
  14. Bruna, Emilio M. 2017. Editorial board members are a non-random sample of ecological experts. Nature Ecology and Evolution [link to Commentary on published article].
  15. Bruna, Emilio M. 2017. Invasive new US visa rules hurt Americans too. Americas Quarterly. [link to Invited Essay].
  16. Darosci, A. A. B., E. M. Bruna, J. C. Motta-Junior, C. da Silva Ferreira, J. G. Blake & C. B. Rodrigues Munhoz. 2017. Seasonality and the structure of plant-frugivore networks in Neotropical savanna woodlands. Acta Oecologica 84:15-22. [pdf]
  17. Rocha-Ortega, M., A. Bartimachi, J. Neves, E.M. Bruna, H. L. Vasconcelos. 2017. Seed removal patterns of pioneer trees in an agricultural landscape. 2017. Plant Ecology 218 (6): 737-748. [pdf]
  18. Brudvig, L. A., S. J. Leroux, C. H. Albert, E. M. Bruna, K. F. Davies, R. M. Ewers, D. J. Levey, R. Pardini, and J. Resasco. 2017. Evaluating conceptual models of landscape change. Ecography 40(1): 74-84. [pdf]
  19. Resasco, J. E. M. Bruna, N. M. Haddad, C. Banks-Leite, & C.R. Margules. 2017. The contribution of theory and experiments to conservation in fragmented landscapes. Ecography 40(1): 109-118 [pdf]
  20. Mundim, F. M., H. T. Alborn, E. H.M. Vieira-Neto & E. M. Bruna. 2017. A whole-plant perspective reveals unexpected impacts of above and belowground herbivores on plant growth and defense. Ecology 105(1): 132-141. [PhD. Thesis Chapter]. [pdf and supplement]
  21. Pitman, N. C. A., J. Widmer, E. M. Bruna, C. N. Jenkins, G. Stocks, L. Seales, F. Paniagua, and E. Maehr. 2017. El sorprendente liderazgo del Ecuador en la producción científica de la región andino-amazónica, pp. 27-30 in D. Romo et al. (eds.), Los Secretos del Yasuní: Avances en investigación en la Estación de Biodiversidad Tiputini, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito.
  22. Carvalho, K. S., M. A. Ferraz Carneiro, I. Cardoso Nascimento, A. Kumar Saha, E. M. Bruna. 2016. Lower ant diversity on earth mounds in a semi-arid Brazilian ecosystem: natural or a sign of degradation? Sociobiology 63(4): 1022-1030. [pdf]
  23. Costa, A. N, H. L. Vasconcelos, and E. M. Bruna. 2017. Biotic-drivers of plant early-recruitment success: selective herbivory by leaf-cutter ants as an ecological filter in Neotropical savannas. Journal of Ecology 105: 132-141. [PhD. Thesis Chapter]. [pdf]
  24. Mundim, F. M. & M. Bruna. 2016. Climate change and plant-herbivore interactions: a meta-analysis of experimental studies. American Naturalist 188(S1): S74-S89. [PhD. Thesis Chapter] [pdf].
  25. Vieira-Neto, E. H. M., H. L. Vasconcelos, and M. Bruna. 2016. Roads alter the population growth rates of a native dominant herbivore in Neotropical savannahs. J. Applied Ecology 53: 983-992.[PhD. Thesis Chapter] [pdf & supplement].
  26. Sobrinho, M. S., Tabarelli, I. C. Machado, J. C. Sfair, E. M. Bruna, and A. V. Lopes. 2016. Land use, fallow period and the recovery of a Caatinga forest. Biotropica, 48: 586-597. [pdf]
  27. Whitlock, M. C., J. L. Bronstein, M. Bruna, A. M. Ellison, C. W. Fox, M. A. McPeek, A. J. Moore, M. A. F. Noor, M. D. Rausher, L. H. Rieseberg, M. G. Ritchie, and R. G. Shaw. 2016. A balanced data archiving policy for long-term studies. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 31(2): 84-85. [pdf]
  28. Hoeksema, J. D. and M. Bruna. 2015. Context-dependent outcomes of mutualistic interactions. Pages 181-202 in Mutualism, J. L. Bronstein (ed.). Oxford University Press. [pdf]
  29. Smith, M. J., C. Weinberger, E. M. Bruna, and S. Allesina. 2014. The scientific impact of nations: journal placement and citation performance. PLoS ONE 9(10): e109195. [link to article]
  30. Christianini, A.V., P. S. Oliveira, E. M. Bruna, H. L. Vasconcelos. 2014. Fauna in decline: Meek shall inherit. Science 354(6201): 1129 [Letter to the Editor]. [pdf]
  31. Bruna E.M., T.J. Izzo, B. D. Inouye, and H. L. Vasconcelos. 2014. Effect of mutualist partner identity on plant demography. Ecology 95:3237-3243. [pdf]
  32. Braunger Vasconcelos, P., G. Monteiro de Araújo, and E. M. Bruna. 2014. The role of roadsides in conserving Cerrado plant diversity. Biodiversity and Conservation. 23:3035-3050. [pdf]
  33. Cho, A. H., S. A. Johnson, C. E. Schuman, J. M. Adler, O. Gonzalez, S. J. Graves, J. R. Huebner, D. B. Marchant, S. W. Rifai, I Skinner, and E. M. Bruna. 2014. Women are underrepresented on editorial boards in environmental biology. PeerJ 2:e542. [link to article]. 
  34. Bruna, E. M. 2014. On identifying rising stars in biology. Bioscience 64(3): 169. [pdf]
  35. Araújo, Glein M., A. F. Amaral, E. M. Bruna, and H. L. Vasconcelos. 2013. Fire drives the reproductive responses of herbaceous plants in a Neotropical swamp. Plant Ecology 214(12): 1479-1484. [pdf].
  36. Côrtes, Marina, M. Uriarte, M. Lemes, R. Gribel, W. J. Kress, P. Smouse, E. M. Bruna. 2013. Fragmentation and low population density enhance gene flow in the Amazonian understory herb Heliconia acuminata. Molecular Ecology 22(22):5716-29. [pdf]
  37. Jurinitz, C. F., E. M. Bruna, and A. A. Oliveira. 2013. Synergistic effects of canopy openness, litter depth and ontogeny on seedling performance in forest fragments. Biotropica 45(6): 728-736. [pdf]
  38. Lucas, C. M., E. M. Bruna, and C. M. Nunes-Nascimento. 2013. Co-tolerance of seedlings to multiple stressors in a disturbed tropical floodplain forest. Ecosphere 4(1):3 [link to article].
  39. Girão, L. C., A. V. Lopes, M. Tabarelli, and E. M. Bruna. 2013. Mudanças em atributos reprodutivos de árvores reduzem a diversidade funcional em uma paisagem fragmentada de floresta Atlântica pp. 145-174 in Serra Grande: Uma Floresta de ideas. M. Tabarelli, A. V. Neto, I. R. Leal, and A. V. Lopes, eds. Editora Universitároa da UFPE. Recife. [translation of Girão et al. 2007, PLoS ONE]
  40. Vasconcelos, H. L. and E. M. Bruna. 2012. Arthropod responses to the experimental isolation of Amazonian forest fragments. Zoologia 29(6): 515-530 [Invited Review, pdf].
  41. Palumbo, M. J., S. A. Johnson, F. M. Mundim, A. C. Wolf, S. Arunachalam, O. Gonzalez, A. Lau, J. L. Ulrich, A. Washuta, E. M. Bruna. 2012Harnessing smartphones for ecological education, research, and outreach. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 93(4):390-393 [pdf].
  42. Passmore, H. A., E. M. Bruna, S. Heredia, and H. L. Vasconcelos. 2012. Resilient networks of ant-plant mutualists in Amazonian forest fragments. PLoS ONE 7(8): e40803. [link to article].
  43. Iacona, G. D., L. K. Kirkman, and E. M. Bruna. 2012. Experimental test for facilitation of seedling recruitment by the dominant bunchgrass in a fire-maintained savanna. PLoS ONE 7(7): e39108. [link]
  44. Copeland, S. M. E. M. Bruna, L. V. Barbosa, M. C. Mack, and H. L. Vasconcelos. 2012. Effects of experimentally elevated precipitation and nitrogen on soil fertility and plant growth in a Neotropical savanna. Ecosphere 3(4): 1-20 [link to article].
  45. Mundim, F. M., E. M. Bruna, E. H. M. Vieira-Neto, and H. L. Vasconcelos. 2012. Attack frequency and the tolerance to herbivory of Neotropical savanna trees. Oecologia 168: 405-414. [pdf]
  46. Bruna, E. M. and A. Segalin de Andrade. 2011. Phenotypic plasticity in plant responses to edge effects: experimental test with an Amazonian understory herb. American Journal of Botany 98(10):1727-1734. [pdf]. Data archived at the Dryad Digital Repository: Dryad button v1.jpg
  47. Bruna, E. M., T. Izzo, B. Inouye, M. Uriarte, & H. L. Vasconcelos. 2011. Assymetric dispersal and colonization success of Amazonian plant-ant queens. PLoS ONE 6(8): e22937. [link to article].
  48. Uriarte, M. Anciães, M. T.B. da Silva, P. Rubim, E. Johnson, and E. M. Bruna. 2011. Disentangling the drivers of of reduced long-distance seed dispersal by birds in an experimentally fragmented landscape. Ecology 92(4): 924-937. [pdf], Highlighted by a UF Press Release found here.
  49. Ferreira, A.V., E. M. Bruna, and H. L. Vasconcelos. 2011. Seed predators limit plant recruitment in Neotropical savannas. Oikos 120: 1013-1022 [pdf]
  50. Laurance, W. F., J. L. C. Camargo, R. C. C. Luizão, S. G. Laurance, S. L. Pimm, E. M. Bruna, P. C. Stouffer, G. B. Williamson, J. Benitez-Malvido, H. Vasconcelos, K. Van Houtan, C. E. Zartman, S. A. Boyle, R. Didham, A. Andrade, and T. E. Lovejoy. 2011. The fate of Amazonian forest fragments: a 32-year investigation. Biological Conservation 144(1) 56-67. [pdf].
  51. Pitman, N. C. A., J. Widmer, C. N. Jenkins, G. Stocks, L. Seales, F. Paniagua, and E. M. Bruna. 2011. Volume and geographical distribution of ecological research in the Andes and the Amazon, 1995-2008. Tropical Conservation Science 4(1): 64-81. [pdf]. Highlighted on…you can read more here…And here is another interesting blog post exploring the overlap (or lack therefo) between ecological and archaeological field sites). One more mention from
  52. E. M. Bruna, J. F. Guimarães, C. T. Lopes, R. Pacheco, K. G. Facure, and H. L. Vasconcelos. 2010. Mammalia, Estação Ecologica do Panga, a Cerrado protected area in Minas Gerais state, Brazil. CheckList 6(4):668-675 [pdf].
  53. Gagnon, P. R., E. M. Bruna, P. Rubim, M. R. Darrigo, R. C. Littlel, M. Uriarte, and W. J. Kress. 2011. The growth of an understory herb is chronically reduced in Amazonian forest fragments. Biological Conservation 144: 830-835 [pdf].
  54. Quitete Portela, R. de Cássia, E. M. Bruna, and F. A. Maës dos Santos. 2010. Are protected areas really protecting populations? A test with an Atlantic rain forest palm. Tropical Conservation Science.3(4):361-372. [pdf] Highlighted on here
  55. Bruna, E. M. 2010. Journals can advance tropical biology and conservation by requiring data archiving. Biotropica 42(4): 399-401 [pdf].
  56. Bruna, E. M. 2010. Announcement: Biotropica Award for Excellence in Tropical Biology and Conservation. Biotropica 42(4): 518-519 [pdf].
  57. Nogueira Ribeiro, M. B., E. M. Bruna, and W. Mantovani. 2010. Influence of post-clearing treatment on the recovery of herbaceous plant communities in Amazonian secondary forests. Restoration Ecology 18(S1): 50-58 [pdf]
  58. Quitete Portela, R. de Cássia, E. M. Bruna, and F. A. Maës dos Santos. 2010.Population growth rates and perturbation analysis of three palm species in Atlantic Rain Forest fragments: a landscape approach Biodiversity and Conservation 19: 2389-2403 [pdf].
  59. Uriarte, M., E. M. Bruna, P. Rubim, M. Anciaes, and I. Jonckeeere. 2010. Effects of forest fragmentation on seedling recruitment of an understory herb: assessing seed vs. safe-site limitation. Ecology 91(5):1317-1328. [pdf]
  60. Iacona, G. D., L. K. Kirkman, and E. M. Bruna. 2010. Effects of resource availability on patterns of seedling recruitment in a fire maintained savanna. Oecologia 163:171-180 [pdf]
  61. Fiske, I. and E. M. Bruna. 2010. Alternative spatial sampling in studies of plant demography: consequences for estimates of population growth rate. Plant Ecology 207(2) 213-225. [pdf]
  62. Fortini, L. B., E. M. Bruna, D. J. Zarin, S. S. Vasconscelos, and I. S. Miranda. 2010. Altered resource availability and the population dynamics of secondary forest tree species in the Eastern Amazon. Oecologia 162(4): 923-934. [pdf].
  63. Cardoso, E., M. I. Cruzeiro Moreno, E. M. Bruna, and H. L. Vasconcelos. 2009. Mudanças fitofisionômicas no Cerrado: 18 anos de sucesão ecológica na Estação Ecológica do Panga, Uberlândia – MG. Caminhos de Geografia 10(32) 254-268. [pdf]
  64. Vasconcelos H. L., R. Pacheco, R. C. Silva, P. B. Vasconcelos, C. T. Lopes, A. N. Costa, and E. M. Bruna. 2009. Dynamics of the Leaf-Litter Arthropod Fauna Following Fire in a Neotropical Woodland Savanna. PLoS ONE 4(11): e7762 [link to article].
  65. Kainer, K. A. M. DiGiano, A. Duchelle, L. H. O. Wadt, E. M. Bruna, and J. L. Dain. 2009. Partnering for greater success: Local stakeholders and research in tropical biology and conservation. Biotropica 41(5):555-562.[pdf]
  66. Izzo, T. J., H. L. Vasconcelos, B. D. Inouye, and E. M. Bruna. 2009.Cooperative colony founding alters the likelihood of interspecific competition between Amazonian plant-ants. Insectes Sociaux.56:341-345 [pdf]
  67. Dáttilo, W..F. C., T. J. Izzo, B. D. Inouye, H. L. Vasconcelos & E. M. Bruna. 2009. Volatile recognition by Pheidole minutula (Myrmicinae), an Amazonian ant-plant specialist. Biotropica 41(5): 642-646. [pdf]
  68. Côrtes, M., V. Gowda, W. J. Kress, E. M. Bruna, M. Uriarte. 2009. Characterization of 10 microsatellite markers for the understory Amazonian herb Heliconia acuminata. Molecular Ecology Resources 9 (4): 1261-1264.[pdf]
  69. Bruna, E. M., I. J. Fiske and M. Trager. 2009. Evaluating the effect of habitat fragmentation on plant populations: is what we know demographically irrelevant? Journal of Vegetation Science 20: 569-576.[pdf] [Appendices]
  70. Callis, K. L., L. R. Christ, J. Resasco, D. W. Armitage, J. D. Ash, T. T. Caughlin, S. F. Clemmensen, S. M. Copeland, T. J. Fullman, R. L. Lynch, C. Olson, R. A. Pruner, E. H. M. Vieira-Neto, R. West-Singh, and E. M. Bruna. 2009. Improving Wikipedia: educational opportunity and professional responsibility. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 24(4): 177-179. [pdf] [Supplementary Online Material]. Coverage of our study in the blogosphere (a) Wikipedia’s The Signpost (b) Conservation Magazine’s Journal Watch Online (c) The Ecological Society of America’s EcoTone (d) HASTAC (A consortium of humanists, artists, scientists, and engineers committed to new forms of collaboration across communities and disciplines fostered by creative uses of technology).
  71. Stocks, G., L. Seales*, E. Maehr*, F. Paniagua*, and E. M. Bruna. 2008. The geographical and institutional distribution of ecological research in the tropics. Biotropica 40(4): 397-404. [pdf].
  72. Costa, A. N., H. L. Vasconcelos, E. H. M. Vieira-Neto, and E. M. Bruna. 2008.Do herbivores exert top-down effects in Neotropical savannas? Estimates of biomass consumption by leaf-cutter ants. Journal of Vegetation Science19:849-854. [pdf]
  73. Bruna, E. M., M. R., Darrigo, A. M. Furuya Pacheco, and H. L. Vasconcelos. 2008. Interspecific variation in the defensive responses of ant mutualists to plant volatiles. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 94:241-249. [pdf]
  74. Morris, W. F., C. A. Pfister, S. Tuljapurkar, C. V. Haridas, C. Boggs, M. S. Boyce, E. M. Bruna, D. R. Church, T. Coulson, D. F. Doak, S. Forsyth, J-M. Gaillard, C. C. Horvitz, S. Kalisz, B. E. Kendall, T. M. Knight, C. T. Lee, E. S. Menges. 2008. Longevity can buffer plant and animal populations against changing climatic variability. Ecology 89(1) 19-25. [pdf]
  75. Fiske IJ, EM Bruna, BM Bolker. 2008. Effects of sample size on estimates of population growth rates calculated with matrix models. PLoS ONE 3(8): e3080 [pdf].
  76. Vasconcelos, H. L., A. N. Costa, E. H. M. Vieira-Neto, and E. M. Bruna. 2008. Efeitos da herbivoria por formigas do gênero Atta Fabricius, 1804 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) sobre a vegetação do Cerrado. Pp. 301-311 In:Insetos Sociais: da biologia a aplicação. Vilela, E.F.; Santos, I.A.; Schoereder, J.H.; Lino Neto, J.; Campos, L.A.O. & Serrão, J.E. (Eds.). Editora da Univ. Federal de Viçosa. Viçosa, MG.
  77. Girão, L. C., A. V. Lopes, M. Tabarelli, and E. M. Bruna. 2007. Changes in tree reproductive traits reduce functional diversity in a fragmented Atlantic Forest landscape. PLoS ONE 9:e908. [link]
  78. Trager, M. and E. M. Bruna. 2006. Effects of plant age, experimental nutrient addition and ant occupancy on herbivory in a neotropical myrmecophyte. Journal of Ecology 94: 1156-1163. [pdf]
  79. De Athayde, Simone Ferreira, G. M. da Silva, J. Kaiabi, M. Kaiabi, H. R. De Souza, E. M. Bruna, and K. Ono. 2006. Participatory management of “Arumã” (Ischnosiphon gracilis,Marantaceae) amongst the Kaiabi people in the Brazilian Amazon. The Journal of Ethnobiology 26(1): 36-59 (cover article). [pdf].
  80. Vasconcelos, H. L. E. H. M. Vieira-Neto, F. M. Mundim, and E. M. Bruna. 2006. Roads alter the colonization dynamics of a keystone herbivore in Neotropical savannas. Biotropica 38(5):661-665. [pdf]. Winner of the Award for Excellence in Tropical Biology and Conservation from the ATBC [pdf].
  81. Boyce, M. S. C. V. Haridas, C. Lee, and The Stochastic Demography Working Group. 2006. Demography in an increasingly variable world. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 21(3): 141-148. [pdf]
  82. Kainer, K. A., M. Schmink, J. R. Stepp, H. Covert, E. M. Bruna, J. L. Dain, S. Espinosa and S. Humphries. 2006. A framework for graduate education for tropical conservation and development. Conservation Biology 20(1): 3-13. [pdf]
  83. Doak, D. F. W. F. Morris, C. A. Pfister, B. Kendall, and E. M. Bruna. 2005. Correctly estimating how environmental stochasticity influences fitness and population growth. American Naturalist.166(1): E14-25. [pdf]. Highlighted as a “Must read” by the Faculty of 1000 [link]
  84. Bruna, E. M. and M. K. Oli. 2005. Demographic consequences of habitat fragmentation for an Amazonian understory plant: analysis of life-table response experiments. Ecology 86(7): 1816-1824. [pdf]
  85. Lapola, D. M., E. M. Bruna, C. G. de Willink, and H. L. Vasconcelos. 2005. Ant-tended hemiptera in Amazonian myrmecophytes: patterns of abundance and implications for mutualism function. Sociobiology 46(2): 433-442. [pdf]
  86. Bruna E. M. and W. J. Kress. 2005. Forest fragments and tropical plant reproduction in Amazonian Brazil. Pp. 141-146 in G. A. Krupnick and W. J. Kress (eds.) Plant conservation: a natural history approach. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, USA.
  87. Bruna, E. M., H. L. Vasconcelos, and S. Heredia. 2005. The effect of habitat fragmentation on communities of mutualists: a test with Amazonian ants and their host plants. Biological Conservation 124(2005): 209-216. [pdf][Digital Appendix]
  88. Bruna, E. M. and M. B. Nogueira-Ribeiro. 2005. Regeneration and population structure of Heliconia acuminata in Amazonian secondary forests with contrasting land-use histories. Journal of Tropical Ecology 21:127-131. [pdf].
  89. Bruna, E. M., and M. B. Nogueria Ribeiro. 2005. The compensatory responses of an understory herb to experimental damage are habitat-dependent. American Journal of Botany 92(12): 2101-2106. [pdf]
  90. Bruna, E. M. and K. A. Kainer. 2005. A delicate balance in Amazonia. Science. 307:1044-1045 (Letter to the Editor). [pdf]
  91. Bruna, E. M., W. J. Kress, F. Marques, and O. F. da Silva. 2004. Heliconia acuminata reproductive success is independent of local floral density. Acta Amazonica 34(3): 467-471 (cover article). [pdf]
  92. Lapola, D. M., E. M Bruna, and H. L. Vasconcelos. 2004. Amizade tenue: relacoes mutuali­sticas entre plantas e formigas na Amazônia. Ciencia Hoje 34(204): 28-33. [pdf]
  93. Bruna, E. M., D. M. Lapola*, and H. L. Vasconcelos. 2004. Interspecific variation in defensive responses of obligate ant-plant inhabitants: are there consequences for host plants? Oecologia 238:558-565. [pdf]
  94. Nakazono, E., E. M. Bruna, and R. C. G. Mesquita. 2004. Experimental harvesting of Arumã (Ischnosiphon polyphyllus, Marantaceae), a nontimber forest product in the central Amazon. Forest Ecology and Management. 190:219-225. [pdf]
  95. Lapola, D. M., E. M Bruna, and H. L. Vasconcelos. 2003. Contrasting induced responses by ants inhabiting Maieta guianensis (Melastomataceae).Biotropica 35(2):295-300. [pdf]
  96. Bruna, E. M. 2003. Are plant populations in fragmented habitats recruitment limited? Tests with an Amazonian herb. Ecology, 84(4): 932-947. [pdf]
  97. Bruna, E. M. 2003. “For the Love of Nature”. Science’s Next Wave Online Magazine (Invited Essay). [link].
  98. Bruna, E. M., O. Nardy, S. Y. Strauss, and S. P. Harrison. 2002. Experimental assessment of Heliconia acuminata growth in a fragmented Amazonian landscape. Journal of Ecology, 90(4): 639-649. [pdf]. Winner of the John L. Harper Award from the British Ecological Society.
  99. Bruna, E. M. 2002. Effects of forest fragmentation on Heliconia acuminata seedling recruitment in the central Amazon. Oecologia, 132:235-243. [pdf]
  100. Laurance, W.F., T. E. Lovejoy, H. L. Vasconcelos, E. M. Bruna, R. K. Didham, P. C. Stouffer, C. Gascon, R. O. Bierregaard, S. G. Laurance, and E. Sampaio. 2002. Ecosystem decay of Amazonian forest fragments: A 22-year investigation. Conservation Biology, 16(3): 605-618. [pdf]
  101. Bruna, E. M. and W. J. Kress. 2002. Habitat fragmentation and the demographic structure of an Amazonian understory herb (Heliconia acuminata). Conservation Biology 16 (5): 1256-1266. [pdf]
  102. Bruna, E. M. 2002. A biologist’s guide to fragmenting the Amazon (including why it’s a bad idea). Conservation Biology, 16(5): 1446-1448 (book review). [pdf].
  103. Hoeksema, J. D. and E. M. Bruna. 2000. Pursuing the big questions about interspecific mutualism: a review of theoretical approaches. Oecologia, 125: 321-330. [pdf]
  104. Bruna, E. M. 1999. Seeds in rainforest fragments. Nature, 402:13. [pdf]
  105. Harrison, S. and E. Bruna. 1999. Habitat fragmentation and large-scale conservation: what do we know for sure? Ecography, 22: 225-232. [pdf]
  106. Bruna, E. M., R. N. Fisher, and T. J. Case. 1996. Morphological and genetic evolution appear decoupled in Pacific skinks (Emoia). Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B 263:681-688 (cover article). [pdf]
  107. Bruna, E. M., R. N. Fisher, and T. J. Case. 1996 New evidence of habitat segregation between cryptic species of Pacific skinks (Emoia cyanura and E. impar). Copeia, 1996: 998-1005. [pdf]
  108. Bruna, E. M., R. N. Fisher, and T. J. Case. 1995. Cryptic species of Pacific skinks (Emoia): further support form Mitochondrial DNA sequence data. Copeia, 1995: 981-983. [pdf]

Publications by other members of the Bruna Lab

I encourage students and postdocs to get invlved in side projects, many of which results in papers. In addition, I am not always a co-author on publications resulting from my student’s theses. Below are some papers produced by members of the Bruna Lab on which I am not a co-author (student/postdoc name underlined).

  1. Costa, A. N. and Vieira-Neto, E. H. M. 2016. Species turnover regulates leaf-cutter ant densities in environmental gradients across the Brazilian Cerrado. Journal of Applied Entomology 140(2016):474-478.
  2. Cruz Neto O, Aguiar AV, Twyford AD, Neaves LE, Pennington RT, and Lopes AV. 2014. Genetic and ecological outcomes of Inga vera subsp affinis (Leguminosae) Tree plantations in a fragmented tropical landscape. PLoS ONE 96: e99903.
  3. Lucas CM, Schoengart J, Sheikh P, Wittmann F, Piedade MTF, and McGrath DG. 2014. Effects of land-use and hydroperiod on aboveground biomass and productivity of secondary Amazonian floodplain forests. Forest Ecology and Management 319:116-127. [Ph.D. thesis chapter].
  4. Soares SM, Machado IC, Aguiar AV, and Lopes AV. 2014. Dioecy in the Caatinga, a Brazilian tropical dry forest: typical reproductive traits of a low frequent sexual system. Plant Systematics and Evolution 300:1299-1311.
  5. Tabarelli M, Aguiar AV, Robeiro MC, and Metzger JP. 2012. A conversão da floresta atlântica em paisagens antrópicas: lições para a conservação da diversidade biológica das florestas tropicais. Interciencia 37:88-92.
  6. Lucas CM, Mekdece F, Nascimento CMN, Holanda A-SS, Braga J, Dias S, Sousa S, Rosa PS, and Suemitsu C. 2012. Effects of short-term and prolonged saturation on seed germination of Amazonian floodplain forest species. Aquatic Botany 99:49-55. [Ph.D. thesis chapter]
  7. Horn, M., S.B. Correa, P. Parolin, B.J.A. Pollux, J.T. Anderson, C. Lucas, P. Widmann, A. Tiju, M. Galetti, and M. Goulding. 2011. Seed dispersal by fishes in tropical and temperate waters: the growing evidence. Acta Oecologia 37:561-577.
  8. Tabarelli M, Aguiar AV, Ribeiro MC, Metzger JP, and Peres CA. 2010. Prospects for biodiversity conservation in the Atlantic Forest: lessons from aging human-modified landscapes. Biological Conservation 143:2328-2340.
  9. Gagnon, P.R., Passmore, H.A., Platt, W.J., Paine, C.E.T., Myers, J.A. and Harms, K.E. 2010. Does pyrogenicity protect burning plants? Ecology 91: 3481-3486 [Cover Article].
  10. Trager, M. D., S. Bhotika, J. A. Hostetler, G. V. Andrade, M. A. Rodriguez-Cabal, C. S. McKeon, C. W. Osenberg, and B. M. Bolker. 2010. Benefits for plants in ant-plant protective mutualisms: A meta-analysis. PLoS ONE 5:e14308.
  11. Parolin P, C. Lucas, M.T.F. Piedade, & F. Wittmann. 2010. Drought responses of flood-tolerant trees in Amazonian Floodplains. 2010. Annals of Botany 105(1):129-39. [Invited article]
  12. Aguiar AV, and Tabarelli M. 2010. Edge effects and seedling bank depletion: the role played by the early successional palm Attalea oleifera (Arecaceae) in the Atlantic Forest. Biotropica 42:158-166.
  13. Duchelle, A.E., K. Biedenweg, C. Lucas, J. Radachowsky, D. Wojcik, M. Londres, D. Alvira, W. Bartels, A. Virapongse, and K.A. Kainer. 2009. Graduate students and knowledge exchange with local stakeholders: Possibilities and preparation. Biotropica 41(5): 578-585.
  14. Lucas, C.M. 2008. Within flood season variation in fruit consumption and seed dispersal by two characin fishes of the Amazon. Biotropica 40(5): 581-589.
  15. Hartter, J., C. Lucas, A. Gaughan, and L.L. Aranda. 2008. Detecting tropical dry forest succession in a shifting cultivation mosaic of the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico. Applied Geography 28: 134-149.Tabarelli, A. V. Neto, I. R. Leal, and A. V. Lopes (Eds.). 2014. Serra Grande: Uma Floresta de ideas. Editora Universitária da UFPE. Recife. 672 pp.