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Pterocarpus officinalis at Luquillo Experimental Forest

Tamara Heartsill Scalley

Research Ecologist
U.S. Forest Service - IITF, Jardin Botanico Sur, 1201 Calle Ceiba
Rio Piedras
Puerto Rico
United States

Phone: 787-764-7769
Fax: 787-766-6302
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  • Utah State University, Dept. of Aquatic, Watershed and Earth Resources, Ph.D. Ecology Riparian vegetation, ecosystems 2005
  • University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, Dept. of Biology, M.S., Tropical Biology Land cover, riparian vegetation, streams, watersheds 2000
  • University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, Dept. of Geography, B.A., Geography Geography 1994

Awards & Recognition

  • USDA Forest Service Wilderness Legacy Award , 2014
    Awarded for dedication and contributions to Wilderness Stewardship. Received for leading and coordinating activities commemorating the Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary.
  • USDA Forest Service Chief’s Award, 2013
    Open Space Conservation. For The Greater Northeast Reserve, A Collaborative Journey for the Conservation of 11,000 acres of Open Space, with a team from International Institute of Tropical Forestry and El Yunque National Forest, Region 8.

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Research Highlights


Changes in Structure, Composition, and Nutrients During 15 years of Hurricane-Induced Succession in a Subtropical Wet Forest in Puerto Rico

Quantifying the impacts and recovery of forest resources to hurricanes and multiple disturbances is essential to managing forests in hurricane-p ...


Dams slow decomposition of leaf detritus by eliminating shrimp.

Forest Service sponsored research with the University of Georgia found that the absence of shrimp causes drastic changes to stream ecosystems.


Hurricanes Disturb Non-tree Subtropical Wet Forest Species Composition

Hurricane disturbance caused pronounced and persistent changes in the non-tree species composition of a subtropical wet forest. A unique long-te ...


Seasonality and Forest Succession in Tropical Watersheds Affects Stream Export

Continuous export of organic matter from mountain streams depends on forested headwaters contributing leaf litter of varied quantity and quality ...


Last updated on : 09/30/2016