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Prata, E.M.B, C. Sass, F.M.C.B Domingos, C.C. Ribas, G. Damasco, C.D. Specht, P.V.A. Fine,  and A. Vicentini. In Press. Towards an integrative taxonomy in Neotropical botany: disentangling the Pagamea guianensis species complex (Rubiaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society.

Daly, D.C and P.V.A. Fine. In Press. Generic limits in Protium and tribe Protieae (Burseraceae) re-visited. Studies in Neotropical Burseraceae XXV. Brittonia.

Salazar, D., J. Lokvam, I. Mesones, J.M. Ayarza Zuñiga, M. Vásquez Pilco, P. de Valpine, and P.V.A. Fine. In Press. Origin and maintenance of chemical diversity in a species-rich tropical tree lineage. Nature Ecology & Evolution.

Draper,, E. N. Honorio Coronado, K. H. Roucoux, I. T. Lawson, N. C. A. Pitman, P. V.A. Fine, O. L. Phillips, L. A. Torres Montenegro, E. Valderrama Sandoval, I. Mesones, R. García-Villacorta, F. R. Ramirez Arévalo and T. R. Baker. 2018. Peatland forests are the least diverse tree communities in Amazonia but contribute to high regional beta-diversity. Ecography. doi:10.1111/ecog.03126. PDF


Guevara, J.E.,  N.C.A. Pitman, H. ter Steege, H. Mogollón,  C. Ceron, W. Palacios, N. Oleas,  and P.V.A. Fine. 2017. Incorporating phylogenetic information for the definition of floristic districts in hyper-diverse Amazon forests: implications for conservation. Ecology and Evolution 7:9639-9650. PDF

Fukami, T., M. Nakajima, P. V. A. Fine, C. Baraloto, S. E. Russo, and K. Peay.2017. Geographical variation in community divergence: insights from tropical forest monodominance by ectomycorrhizal trees. American Naturalist 190: S105-S122. PDF

Levis, C. et al., 2017 (155 authors). Persistent effects of pre-Columbian plant domestication on Amazonian forest composition. Science 355: 925-931. PDF

Baker, T. R., R. T. P. V. A. Fine, H. Fortune-Hopkins, E. N. Honorio, I. Huamantupa-Chuquimaco, B. B. Klitgård, G. P. Lewis, H. C. de Lima, P. Ashton, C. Baraloto, S. Davies, M. J. Donoghue, M. Kaye, W. J. Kress, C.E.R. Lehmann, A. Monteagudo, O. L. Phillips, R. Vasquez. Maximising synergy among tropical plant systematists, ecologists, and evolutionary biologists. 2017. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 32: 258-267. PDF


Aldana, A.M., M. B. Carlucci, P.V.A. Fine, and P. R. Stevenson. 2016. Environmental filtering of eudicot lineages underlies phylogenetic clustering in tropical South American flooded forests. Oecologia 183;327-335 PDF

Fortunel, C., C.E.T. Paine, P.V.A. Fine, I. Mesones, J-Y. Goret, B. Burban, J. Cazal, and C. Baraloto. In Press. There’s no place like home: seedling mortality contributes to the habitat specialization of tree species across Amazonia. Ecology Letters 19: 1256-1266 PDF

Lamarre, G. P. A., B. Hérault, I. Mesones, P.V.A. Fine and C. Baraloto. 2016. Taxonomic and functional composition of arthropod assemblages across Amazonian forests. Journal of Animal Ecology 85: 227-239. PDF

Fine, P.V.A. and E. Bruna. 2016. Neotropical white-sand forests: origins, ecology and conservation of a unique rain forest environment. Biotropica 48: 5-6 PDF

Lamarre, G.P.A., D. Salazar Amoretti, F. Béneluz, I. Mesones, and P.V.A. Fine. 2016. Phylogenetic  overdispersion in Lepidopteran communities of Amazonian white-sand communities. Biotropica 48:101-109 PDF

Guevara, J.E., G. Damasco,  C. Baraloto, P. V.A. Fine, M.C. Peñuela-Mora, C.  Castilho, A. Vicentini, D. Cárdenas, F. Wittmann, N. Targhetta, O.L. Phillips, J. Stropp, I. Amaral, P. Maas, A. Monteagudo, E. M. Jimenez, R. Thomas, R. Brienen, A. Duque, W. Magnusson, J. Ferreira, E. Honorio, F. de Almeida Matos, F. Ramírez Arevalo, J. Engel, P. Petronelli, R. Vasquez, and H. ter Steege. 2016. Low phylogenetic beta diversity and geographic neo-endemism in Amazonian white-sand forests. Biotropica 48: 34-46. PDF

Fine, P.V.A. and C. Baraloto. 2016 Habitat endemism in white-sand forests: insights into the mechanisms of lineage diversification and community assembly of the Neotropical flora. Biotropica 48: 24-33 PDF


ter Steege et al. 2015 (158 authors). Estimating the global conservation status of more than 15,000 Amazonian tree species. Science Advances 1:e1500936. PDF

Fine, P.V.A. 2015. Ecological and evolutionary drivers of geographic variation in species diversity. Annual Reviews of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics. 46: 369-392. PDF

Lokvam, J., M. R. Metz, G. R. Takeoka, L. Nguyen, and P.V.A. Fine. 2015. Habitat-specific divergence of procyanidins in Protium subserratum (Burseraceae). Chemoecology. doi 10.1007/s00049-015-0198-1 PDF

Lim, J-Y., P.V.A. Fine and G. G. Mittelbach. 2015. Assessing the latitudinal gradient in herbivory. Global Ecology and Biogeography. doi: 10.1111/geb.12336 PDF

Paine et al. (38 authors). 2015. Globally, functional traits are weak predictors of juvenile growth rate, and we do not know why. Journal of Ecology 103: 978-989. PDF


Weeks, A., F. Zapata, S. K. Pell, D. C. Daly, J. D. Mitchell, and P. V. A. Fine. 2014. To move or to             evolve: contrasting patterns of intercontinental connectivity and climatic niche evolution in "Terebinthaceae" (Anacardiaceae and Burseraceae). Frontiers in Genetics 5: 409. doi:10.3389/fgene.2014.00409. PDF

Fine, P.V.A., F. Zapata, and D. C. Daly. 2014. Investigating processes of Neotropical rain forest tree diversification by examining the evolution and historical biogeography of Protieae (Burseraceae). Evolution 68: 1988-2004. PDF

Misiewicz, T.M. and Fine, P.V.A. 2014. Evidence for ecological divergence across a mosaic of soil types in an Amazonian tropical tree: Protium subserratum (Burseraceae). Molecular Ecology, 23: 2543–2558. PDF

Delgado, C., G. Couturier, and P.V.A. Fine. 2014. Survival of seasonal flooding in the Amazon by a terrestrial insect Conotrachelus dubiae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), a pest of the camu camu plant Myrciaria dubia (Myrtaceae). Neotropical Entomology 43: 380-384. PDF

Turcotte, M.M., C.J.M. Thomsen, G.T. Broadhead, P.V.A. Fine, R.M. Godfrey, G.P.A. Lamarre, S.T. Meyer, L.A. Richards, and M.T.J. Johnson. 2014. Percentage leaf herbivory across vascular plant species. Ecology 95:788–788. PDF

Fortunel, C., J. Ruelle, J. Beuchene, P.V.A. Fine, and C. Baraloto. 2014. Wood specific gravity and anatomy of branches and roots in 113 Amazonian rainforest tree species across environmental gradients. New Phytologist 202:79-94. PDF

Lamarre, G.P.A., I. Mendoza, P.V.A. Fine and C. Baraloto. 2014. Contrasting patterns in leaf synchrony and herbivory rates among tropical tree habitat specialists. Plant Ecology 215: 209-220. PDF

Fortunel, C., C.T.E. Paine, P.V.A. Fine, N.J.B. Kraft and C. Baraloto. 2014. Environmental factors predict community functional composition in Amazonian forests. Journal of Ecology 102: 145-155. PDF

Crutsinger, G.M, M. Rodriguez-Cabal, A.B. Roddy, K.G. Peay, J. Bastow, A. Kidder, T.E. Dawson, P.V.A. Fine and J. Rudgers. 2014. Genetic variation within a dominant shrub structures green and brown food webs and ecosystem processes. Ecology 95: 397-398. PDF


ter Steege, H. et al. (118 authors). 2013. Hyper-dominance in the Amazonian tree flora. Science 342: 325 (6156). PDF

Fine, P.V.A., T.M. Miseiwicz, A. S. Chavez and R.Q. Cuthrell. 2013. Population genetic structure of California hazelnut, an important food source for people in the Quiroste Valley in the Late Holocene. California Archaeology 5:353-370. PDF

Roddy, A.B., M. Guillams, T. Lilittham, J. Farmer, V. Wormser, T. Pham, P.V.A. Fine, T. Feild and T.E. Dawson. 2013. Uncorrelated evolution of leaf and petal venation patterns across the angiosperm phylogeny. Journal of Experimental Botany 64:4081-4088. PDF

Lightfoot, K.G., R.Q. Cuthrell, C.M. Boone, R. Byrne, A.S. Chavez, L. Collins, A. Cowart, R.R. Evett, P.V.A. Fine, D. Gifford-Gonzalez, M.G. Hylkema, V. Lopez, T.M. Misiewicz, R.E.B. Reid and C.J. Striplen. in press. Anthropogenic burning on the central California coast in late Holocene and early historical times: findings implications and future directions. California Archaeology. PDF

Zapata, F. and P.V.A. Fine. 2013. Diversification of the monoterpene synthase gene family (TPSb) in Protium, a highly diverse genus of tropical trees. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 68:432-442.      PDF

Peay, K.G., C. Baraloto and P.V.A. Fine. 2013. Strong coupling of plant and fungal community structure across Amazonian rainforests. The ISME Journal 7:1852-1861.      PDF

Fine, P.V.A., M.R. Metz, J. Lokvam, I. Mesones, J.M. Ayarza Zuniga, G.P.A. Lamarre, M. Vasquez Pilco and C. Baraloto. 2013. Insect herbivores, chemical innovation and the evolution of habitat specialization in Amazonian trees. Ecology 94:1764-1775.      PDF

Barbosa, C.E.A., T. Misiewicz, P.V.A. Fine and F. Costa. 2013. Plant ontogeny, spatial distance and soil type influences negative density-dependent effects on a common Amazonian tree. PLoS ONE 8(5): e62639. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0062639.

Fine, P.V.A., S. Lewis and T. Milleron. 2013. Oenocarpus bataua: the original Amazonian superfood. Pp.36-37 in Food: an atlas. D. Jensen and M. Roy, eds. Guerrilla Cartography, Oakland, CA.

Alonso, J.A, M.R. Metz and P.V.A. Fine. 2013. Habitat specialization by birds in western Amazonian white-sand forests. Biotropica 45:365-372.      PDF


Baraloto, C., Q. Molto, S. Rabaud, B. Hérault, R. Valencia, L. Blanc, P.V.A. Fine, and J. Thompson. 2012. Rapid simultaneous estimation of aboveground biomass and tree diversity across Neotropical forests: A comparison of field inventory methods. Biotropica. 45:288-298.    PDF

Misiewicz, T., C. E. A. Barbosa, C., and P. V. A. Fine. 2012. Microsatellite primers for an Amazonian lowland tropical tree, Protium subserratum (Burseraceae). American Journal of Botany 99:465-467.    PDF

Fortunel, C., P. V. A. Fine, and C. Baraloto. 2012. Leaf, stem and root tissue strategies across 758 Neotropical tree species. Functional Ecology 26:1153-1161.    PDF

Daly, D.C., P. V. A. Fine, and M. C. Martinez-Habibe. 2012. Burseraceae: a model for studying the Amazonan flora / Buseraceae: um modelo para estudos da flora Amazonica. Rodriguésia 63:21-30.    PDF

Lamarre, G.P.A., Q. Molto, P.V.A. Fine, and C. Baraloto. 2012. A comparison of two common flight interception traps to survey tropical arthropods. Zookeys 216:43-55.    PDF

Lokvam, J. and P. V. A. Fine. 2012. An oxidized squalene derivative from Protium subserratum (Engl.) Engl. growing in Peru. Molecules 17:7451-7457.    PDF

Jetz, W. and P.V.A. Fine. 2012. Global gradients in vertebrate diversity predicted by historical area productivity dynamics and contemporary environment. PLoS Biol 10(3): e1001292. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001292     PDF

Lamarre, G.P.A, C. Baraloto, C. Fortunel, N. Dávila, I. Mesones, J. Grandez Ríos, M. Ríos, E. Valderrama, M. Vasquez and P.V.A. Fine. 2012. Herbivory, growth rates, and habitat specialization in tropical tree lineages: implications for Amazonian beta-diversity. Ecology 93:S195–S210.      PDF

Fine, P.V.A., F. Zapata, D.C. Daly, I. Mesones T.M. Misiewicz, H.F. Cooper and C.E.A. Barbosa.  2012. The importance of environmental heterogeneity and spatial distance in generating phylogeographic structure in edaphic specialist and generalist species of Protium (Burseraceae) across the Amazon Basin. Journal of Biogeography 40:646-661.     PDF


Daly, D. C. and P.V.A. Fine.  2011.  A new Amazonian section of Protium (Burseraceae) including both edaphic specialist and generalist taxa. Studies in Neotropical Burseraceae XVI.  Systematic Botany 36:939-949.     PDF

Paul V.A. Fine and Kembel, S.W.  2011.  Phylogenetic community structure and phylogenetic turnover across space and edaphic gradients in western Amazonian tree communities.  Ecography 34:553-656.      PDF

Paul V.A. Fine and Mesones, I. 2011. The role of natural enemies in the germination and establishment of Pachira (Malvaceae) trees in the Peruvian Amazon.  Biotropica 43: 265-269.          PDF

Baraloto, C., Rabaud, S., Molto, Q., Blanc, L., Fortunel, C., Hérault, B., Dávila, N., Mesones, I., Ríos, M., Valderrama E., and P.V.A. Fine. 2011. Disentangling stand and environmental correlates of aboveground biomass in Amazonian forests. Global Change Biology 17:2677-2688.     PDF

Onoda, Y., M. Westoby, P. B. Adler, A. M.L. Choong, F. J. Clissold, J. H. C. Cornelissen, S. Díaz, N. J.  Dominy, A. Elgart, L. Enrico, P.V.A. Fine, J. J. Howard, A. Jalili, K. Kitajima, H. Kurokawa, P. W. Lucas, L. Markesteijn, C. McArthur, N. Perez Harguindeguy, L. Poorter, L. Richards, L. S. Santiago, E. E. Sosinski Jr, S. A.Van Bael, D. I. Warton, I. J. Wright, S. J. Wright, and N.Yamashita.  2011.  Global patterns of leaf mechanical properties.  Ecology Letters 14: 301-312.      PDF

Lamarre, G.P.A., P.V.A. Fine and C. Baraloto.  2011.  Abondance relative des Coleopteres dans trois types d’habitats forestiers de la foret tropicale de Guyane Francaise: relations avec la structure et la diversite de la communaute de plantes ligneuses. pp 3-9 in Coleopteres de Guyane. ACOREP-France.

Brearley, F.Q., P.V.A. Fine, and K. Perreijn.  2011.  Nitrogen isotope ratios suggest tropical heath forests are more limited by nitrogen than water availability. Acta Amazonica 41:409-412.     PDF

Paul V.A. Fine.  2011.  A 100 million year love affair with American plants: book review of Alan Graham’s “A Natural History of the New World”. Frontiers of Biogeography 3:51-52.     PDF


Paul V.A. Fine, García-Villacorta, R., Pitman, N.C.A., Mesones, I., and Kembel, S.W.  2010.  A floristic study of the white-sand forests of Peru.  Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 97: 283-305.      PDF


Cavender-Bares, J.M., K.H. Kozak, P.V.A. Fine and Kembel, S.W. 2009. The merging of community ecology and phylogenetic biology.  Ecology Letters 12: 693-715.      PDF


Graham, C. H. and P.V.A. Fine. 2008. Phylogenetic beta diversity: linking ecological and evolutionary processes across space and time. Ecology Letters 11:1265-1277.      PDF

Paul V.A. Fine, R. H. Ree, and R. J. Burnham. 2008. The disparity in tree species richness between tropical, temperate ad boreal biomes: the geographic area and age hypothesis. In: W. P. Carson and S. Schnitzer (eds.) Tropical Forest Community Ecology. Blackwell Scientific, London.


Paul V.A. Fine, I. Mesones, R. Garcia-Villacorta, D. C. Daly and P. D. Coley. 2006. La especializacion edafica por plantas en la Amazonia peruana (Edaphic specialization by plants in the Peruvian Amazon). Folia Amazonica 15:39-99.

Paul V.A. Fine, and Douglas C. Daly. 2006. Burseraceae endemicas del Peru. Revista Peruana de Biologia 13(2):191S.       PDF

Paul V.A. Fine, Zachariah J. Miller, Italo Mesones, Sebastian Irazuzta, Heidi M. Appel, M. Henry H. Stevens, Ilari Saaksjarvi, Jack C. Schultz, and Phyllis D. Coley. 2006. The growth-defense trade-off and habitat specialization by plants in Amazonian forests. Ecology 87(7):S150-S162. PDF

Paul V.A. Fine, and Richard H. Ree. 2006. Evidence for a time-integrated species-area effect on the latitudinal gradient in tree diversity. American Naturalist 168(6):796-804.      PDF

Saaksjarvi, I., K. Ruokolainen, H. Tuomisto, S. Haataja, P.V.A. Fine, V. Vargas, G. Cardenas, and I. Mesones. 2006. Comparing composition and diversity of parasitoid wasps and plants in an Amazonian rain-forest mosaic. Journal of Tropical Ecology 22:167-176.      PDF


Paul V.A. Fine, Douglas C. Daly, Gorky Villa Munoz, Italo Mesones, and Kenneth M. Cameron. 2005. The contribution of edaphic heterogeneity to the evolution and diversity of Burseraceae trees in the western Amazon. Evolution 59(7):1464-1478.      PDF

Leon, B., H. Beltran, and P.V.A. Fine. 2005. Sobre el genero Schizaea (Polypodiaceae) en el Peru (On the genus Schizaea in Peru). Revista Biologica Peruana 12(1):97-102.

Paul V.A. Fine.  2005.  Una clave para la identificacion de las Burseraceas comunes del Centro de Investigacion y Capacitacion Los Amigos, Madre de Dios, Peru. Biodiversidad Amazonica 1(1):61-63.


Paul V.A. Fine, Italo Mesones, and Phyllis D. Coley. 2004. Herbivores promote habitat specialization by trees in Amazonian forests. Science 305:663-665.      PDF


Brewer, S. W., M. Rejmanek, M. Webb, and P.V.A. Fine. 2003. Relationships of phytogeography and diversity of tropical tree species with limestone topography in southern Belize. Journal of Biogeography 30:1669-1688.      PDF


Paul V.A. Fine. 2002. The invasibility of tropical forests by exotic plants. Journal of Tropical Ecology 18:687-705.      PDF


Paul V.A. Fine. 2001. An evaluation of the geographic area hypothesis using the latitudinal gradient in North American tree diversity. Evolutionary Ecology Research 3:413-428.


Paul V.A. Fine. 1999. Aerial predator recognition by free-ranging Sceloporus occidentalis. Journal of Herpetology 33(1):128-131.      PDF