State of the World’s Plants Symposium

25–26 May 2017, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


In conjunction with the publication of a cutting-edge annual report, scientists and policymakers will gather at Kew for the 2nd international State of the World’s Plants Symposium. An annual review of the major issues affecting plant diversity and abundance, State of the World’s Plants highlights how plants are faring and how this is changing over time.


This year’s State of the World’s Plants will have a special focus on Madagascar – exploring the country’s unique biodiversity and examining how we can tackle threats to it. Other topics for discussion include extinction risk, wildfires, invasive plants, medicinal plants and valuing nature.


For details of the programme, to submit an abstract or to register for the meeting, please

ATBC Newsletter January 2017

Happy New Year to all!

The results of the ATBC election are in! Our new President-Elect isYadvinder Malhi, Professor of Ecosystem Science at the University of Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests. His work focuses on understanding the ecosystem ecology of tropical forests, and how this will change in the context of global atmospheric change and direct anthropogenic change. Yadvinder has been an active Councilor and strong contributor to ATBC and we welcome him in his new leadership capacity. We bid farewell to Jaboury Ghazoul for his many years of service to ATBC.

We also welcome four new Councilors were elected to serve on the ATBC Council from 2017 to 2019: Liza Comita (Yale University, USA), Alice C. Hughes (Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CHINA), Juan Manuel Posada (University of el Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia), and Corine Vriesendorp, (Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, USA). We acknowledge all of the outstanding candidates for their enthusiastic participation in the election.

Nominations are now open for ATBC Honorary Fellow 2017. Each year ATBC recognizes an individual who has conducted and inspired foundational work in tropical biology and conservation. The Honorary Fellow Award will be presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Mérida, 9-14 July. Please submit nomination letters to Past President Kaoru Kitajima, Chair of the Honorary Fellow Nominating Committee no later than February 15, 2017. Nomination letters should include the nominees’s CV and a letter summarizing the individual’s contributions and impact on the field. A list of prior Fellows appears here.

We look forward to meeting in Mérida, Yucatán for the 54th Annual Meeting, 9-14 July, 2017, focusing on Ecological and social dimensions of tropical biodiversity conservation.
Start preparing your abstract! The deadline for submission is 28th February. Registration and call for abstracts are open now! This will be another unforgettable meeting, so don’t miss it! We are excited to initiate a new mentoring program at the meeting that will continue throughout the year. Stay tuned for more details!

The ATBC Asia-Pacific Chapter 2017 Meeting on Past, Present, and Future of Asian Biodiversity will be held in Xishuangbanna, China on March 25-28th 2017. Deadline for submission of abstracts is quickly approaching. Please contact meeting chair Alice Hughes for more information.

We are pleased to have received 9 applications for the first round of the Navjot Sodhi Conservation Research Award. The first recipient of the award is Dr. Bernardo Flores for his work on “Dispersal limitation as a bottleneck for tree recruitment in burnt Amazonian floodplain forests.” Dr. Flores will receive a cash award of $500 for his project.

With the approval of Council, a new executive position of Membership Coordinator has been established to focus more attention on member engagement, retention, and recruitment. Council member Jennifer Powers has been appointed to this position. If


you have ideas about how to increase membership or wish to serve on the membership engagement committee, please contact Jennifer.

Finally, thank you for renewing your membership! And, if you have forgotten to renew, it is not too late!

And, if you would like to help sponsor members who cannot afford membership fees, please consider making a donation to ATBC or joining as a Sponsoring Member.

Tropically yours,

Robin Chazdon Executive Director

Fauna & Flora International is hiring in Africa, Cambodia, Myanmar and UK

Established over a century ago, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) was the world’s first international conservation organisation. The pioneering work of its founders in Africa led to the creation of numerous protected areas, including Kruger and Serengeti National Parks.

FFI has always been a groundbreaker; it is renowned for its innovative, landmark programmes, many of which have come to be regarded as classic examples of conservation practice.

FFI has 4 open positions:

Programme Manager (Marine), Africa
Fauna & Flora International

Salary: Circa £28,000 per annum
Start Date: April 2017
Duration of Contract: One year fixed term contract, with potential to extend subject to business need and funding availability
Location: Fauna & Flora International, Cambridge, UK with regular international travel.

Country Director, FFI Cambodia Country Programme, Asia Pacific
Fauna & Flora International

Salary: USD 40,000 – USD 60,000
Start Date: As soon as possible
Duration of Contract: Open
Location: FFI Cambodia Programme Office, Phnom Penh, with regular travel across Cambodia


Field Coordinator (Marine Biologist), Myanmar Programme
Fauna & Flora International

Salary: USD 28,800 per annum
Start Date: 23 April 2017
Duration of Contract: 31 December 2018
Location: Pathein, Myanmar


Programme Assistant, Conservation Science and Design
Fauna & Flora International

Salary: Circa £20,000 per annum
Start Date: As soon as possible
Duration of Contract: One year fixed term contract, with potential to extend subject to business need and funding availability
Location: Fauna & Flora International, Cambridge, UK

For more information, please visit:


Two postdoctoral positions at the Macrosystems Ecology Lab at Arizona State

The application deadline is April 15th, 2017.
The Macrosystems Ecology Lab at Arizona State University in Tempe,
Arizona (PI Benjamin Blonder) is recruiting two postdoctoral

The lab’s focus is on predictive community ecology and biogeography,
paleoecological and anthropogenic effects on biodiversity dynamics,
and global change plant ecophysiology. We use a combination of field,
eco-informatics, and modeling approaches. Field sites are focused in
forests and alpine environments in Latin America, southeast Asia,
Scandinavia, and the United States. Learn more at

Projects could focus on any topic of mutual interest, and use a
combination of field, modeling, or informatics approaches. Joining the
lab at this early stage is an opportunity to gain independence, close
collaboration, and active mentoring. Candidates with an interest in
building on our science education and community outreach initiatives
are very welcome.

Funding is available for 2 years at competitive salaries, with
additional support available for conference travel and fieldwork.
Start dates are around January 1st 2018 but can be flexible.
Information on benefits and leave policies is available at The lab is strongly supportive of
positive work-life balance for people in all stages of their careers.

Arizona State University is easily reached by light rail service from
the Phoenix international airport. The Phoenix area hosts a vibrant
multicultural community, and the region provides excellent recreation
and research opportunities, with the Grand Canyon, Colorado Plateau,
and Madrean Sky Islands all close by. Learn more about other faculty
at the ASU School of Life Sciences at

To apply, please send a cover letter, current CV, recent publication,
and names of 2 professional references to Benjamin Blonder at The application deadline is April 15th, 2017.
Please feel free to get in touch informally beforehand to discuss
projects or ask questions.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Ecology: Tropical Plant-Insect Food Webs


Review of applications will begin on 28th February 2017 and will continue until the position has been filled.

Novotny Lab, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic,  is seeking a highly motivated and productive postdoctoral researcher to join our the team of Vojtech Novotny studying plant-insect food webs in Papua New Guinea and elsewhere in the tropics, funded by an ERC Advanced grant. We are looking for applicants (i) with advanced skills in ecological, biostatistical, molecular or phylogenetic analyses of ecological data, (ii) with advanced field research skills (including managing research teams), interested in food web experiments in tropical rainforest, or with a combination of both skill sets. We are looking for a creative person who will be also an asset socially in our highly international team. Fluency in English is required, other languages may be an advantage. The position is open to candidates of any nationality holding a PhD degree. It is based in Ceske Budejovice and available immediately (the starting date is negotiable). Tenure 3 years (performance review after the first year).


Information on our Department: and research:


Application: Send your CV, a cover letter stating your previous work, qualification and motivation, and names of three referees by email to Prof. Vojtech Novotny []. Review of applications will begin on 28th February 2017 and will continue until the position has been filled.

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Tropical grassy biomes: linking ecology, human use and conservation

Yadvinder Malhi, ATBC president-elect and many ATBC members are among the authors of the special issue of Philosophical Transactions B entitled Tropical grassy biomes: linking ecology, human use and conservation compiled and edited by Catherine L Parr and Caroline ER Lehmann (Royal Society Publishing) . This content can be accessed at and the articles can be accessed directly at

A print version is also available at the special price of £35.00. You can order online via the above web page (enter special code TB 1703 when prompted) or, alternatively, you can contact

Congrats to authors and editors!


Understanding the drivers of Southeast Asian biodiversity loss

Alice C. Hughes, new 2017-2019 ATBC Councilor and a multitask member of many committees and initiatives at ATBC, just published a new article. The article is open access and can be found that the link below:

Congrats Alice!


New Journal: Case Studies in the Environment

Blog by ATBC member Tuyeni H Mwampamba

I’m excited to announce an innovative new resource that I am involved in for students, faculty, educators, professionals, and policymakers for deep exploration of environmental issues for theory, teaching and practice: Case Studies in the Environment (
Published by University of California Press, Case Studies in the Environment is a journal of peer-reviewed case study articles with slides and teaching notes, articles on case study pedagogy, and a preprint server for editor-reviewed case study slides. Case Studies in the Environment is organized around a comprehensive collection of cases within six domains, with the first three domains—Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation, and Environmental Law, Policy and Management—coming in mid-2017. The remaining three domains—Sustainability, Energy and the Environment, and Water Science and Technology—will launch in 2018-20.

I think many of you would find this resource valuable for your courses, but I also believe that with your experience and approaches to tropical ecology and conservation, you would be great contributors of case studies that we could all use in our classes. I hope you will consider submitting your case study.

Do have a look at the journal website for more information— note that there are several categories in addition to the article option, such as the ‘slides deck’. For more information on submitting a case, please see; Also, sign up for periodic email alerts about Case Studies in the Environment at

Do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions.

Best regards,
Tuyeni H Mwampamba, PhD Ecology
Section Editor, Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation Section

Great Fellowship for Latin-Americans: VIDANTA-WILSON CENTER FELLOWSHIP

The deadline for applications is March 31, 2017.

Fundación Vidanta and the Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars invite scholars, practitioners, journalists, and public intellectuals to apply for a short-term residential fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.

Fostering Innovation in the Americas

As a driver of economic productivity and social progress, innovation is impacting every region and functional dimension of the global economy. While both developed and emerging economies are capable of producing market-disrupting innovation, each tends to produce innovation with distinct characteristics and aspects.

Understanding the trends and frontiers of innovation is no longer an abstract or novel branch of knowledge. There is an imperative to harness innovation in
the face of global competition, and governments, research institutions, corporations, and individuals are pursuing this goal in every corner of the globe.

For Latin America and the Caribbean, the challenge to create, implement, and sustain innovation in the public, private, and non-pro t domains is a daunting one. The organizers will accept policy-relevant proposals that address key challenges to successful innovation ecosystems in the Americas.

Examples may include: national, state, or local public policies to improve innovation ecosystems; fostering social enterprise; developing greater synergies between universities and the private sector; expanding public-private partnerships; generating the human capital and talent necessary for innovation to thrive.

Priority will be given to projects that can result in work that reaches a broad audience. While in residence, Fellows will be af liated with the Latin American Program. They are encouraged to produce policy reports and other short written products during their Fellowship and to design, in collaboration with the Latin American Program, a seminar, conference, or meeting related to their research.

Who is Eligible?

Applicants who are citizens of any Latin American
or Caribbean country and who reside in the region. Applicants must hold a valid passport and be able
to obtain a J-1 visa. We welcome applications from outstanding women and men from a wide variety of backgrounds, including academia, business, government, journalism, and other professions.

A command of spoken English is necessary since the Center encourages the exchange of ideas among its Fellows and with the broader Washington policy community.

Applicants must have an undergraduate or graduate degree and a minimum of ve years of relevant work experience. The Fellowship is not open to current students or to those working on a Master’s-level or doctoral dissertation.

Bene ts and Access

The residential Fellowship will take place at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. Each fellow is assigned
a furnished of ce available to him or her every day around the clock. The Center is located in the heart of Washington, D.C., and includes conference rooms, a reference library, and a dining room. The building is a smoke-free environment. The Wilson Center Library provides loan privileges with the Library of Congress and access to digital resources, its book and journal collections, and to university and special libraries in the area, and other research facilities. Windows- based personal computers are provided, and each fellow is offered a part-time research assistant. Although fellows are responsible for locating their own housing in the Washington, D.C. area, the Center provides written materials to help facilitate the search process, if desired.

Fellows are provided with a monthly stipend and are required to purchase health insurance unless they have a medical plan that covers them while in the United States. The Fellowship includes round-trip airfare in economy class to and from Washington, D.C.

Length of Appointment

The Fellowship is for a minimum of four months and a maximum of six months.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by the Latin American Program and Vidanta Foundation staff as well as outside experts. Speci c application criteria are outlined below. The deadline for receipt of applications is March 31, 2017. Appointment decisions will be made by May 1, 2017, for fellowships beginning as early as September 2017.

Selection Criteria

  • Signi cance of the proposed research, including the importance and originality of the project;
  • The quality of the proposal in organization, clarity, and scope; and
  • The capabilities and achievements of the applicant and the likelihood that he or she will accomplish the proposed project.

    Projects should involve fresh research, in terms of both the overall eld and the applicant’s previous work. It is essential that projects have relevance to public policy, and fellows should want, and be prepared, to interact with policymakers throughout the Washington policy community and with others at the Wilson Center working on similar issues.

    How to Apply?

    Applications should be submitted via email and should contain the following elements:

  • A current CV indicating educational and professional background, nationality, date of birth, and contact information (address, email, and telephone number). Only the rst three pages will be accepted.
  • A project proposal not to exceed ve double-spaced, typed pages, using a 12-point font.
  • A short bibliography (optional and not to exceed one page) for the project that includes relevant print or on-line


  • An indication of why residency at the Center will be bene cial to the project.
  • The names and contact information for two references.
  • All application materials must be submitted in English.
  • Please make your project clear to individuals outside your own eld and explain its practical signi cance.

    Completed applications, as well as any questions, should be submitted via email to: The deadline for applications is March 31, 2017.

    More Info:

Carbon recovery dynamics following disturbance by selective logging in Amazonian forests

Congrats to Marielos Peña-Claros (ATBC President elect) and several other ATBC members who just published a new article. Below goes the abstract and link to the article. 


When 2 Mha of Amazonian forests are disturbed by selective logging each year, more than 90 Tg of carbon (C) is emitted to the atmosphere. Emissions are then counterbalanced by forest regrowth. With an original modelling approach, calibrated on a network of 133 permanent forest plots (175 ha total) across Amazonia, we link regional differences in climate, soil and initial biomass with survivors’ and recruits’ C fluxes to provide Amazon-wide predictions of post-logging C recovery. We show that net aboveground C recovery over 10 years is higher in the Guiana Shield and in the west (21{plus minus}3 MgC ha-1) than in the south (12{plus minus}3 MgC ha-1) where environmental stress is high (low rainfall, high seasonality). We highlight the key role of survivors in the forest regrowth and elaborate a comprehensive map of post-disturbance C recovery potential in Amazonia.