Tamara Heartsill Scalley
U.S. Forest Service - IITF, Jardin Botanico Sur, 1201 Calle Ceiba
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Ecology of tropical forests, with a focus on community composition responses to disturbance and long-term dynamics of permanent forest plots in the Caribbean. Study interests also include coastal and montane wetlands, riparian zones, stream exports and aquatic fauna in headwater catchments and streams.
- Utah State University, Logan, Ph.D. Ecology 2005
- University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras , M.S. Biology 2000
- University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras , B.A. Geography 1994
- Detail, Natural Infrastructure for Caribbean Resilience (NICaR) Program, USDA Forest Service, International Programs, Office of the Chief
2021 - 2021
- Post Doctoral Research Faculty, University of Pennsylvania, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences
2005 - 2008
- American Fisheries Society (2019 - Current)
- Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (2018 - Current)
- Society of Wetland Scientists (2017 - Current)
- Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (1998 - Current)
- Ecological Society of America (1998 - Current)
Awards & Recognition
- National Wilderness Awards, 2017
Excellence in Wilderness Stewardship Research Award
- 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.
Featured Publications & Products
- Heartsill Scalley, Tamara. 2017. Insights on Forest Structure and Composition from Long-Term Research in the Luquillo Mountains.
- Rothlisberger, John D.; Heartsill Scalley, Tamara; Thurow, Russell F. 2017. The role of wild and scenic rivers in the conservation of aquatic biodiversity.
- Heartsill Scalley, Tamara; Scatena, Frederick N.; Lugo, Ariel E.; Moya, Samuel; Estrada Ruiz, Carlos R. 2010. Changes in structure, composition, and nutrients during 15 years of hurricane-induced succession in a subtropical wet forest in Puerto Rico.
- Heartsill Scalley, T. 2012. Freshwater resources in the insular Caribbean: an environmental perspective.
- Heartsill Scalley, Tamara; Lopez-Marrero, Tania del M. 2014. Land-cover composition, water resources and land management in the watersheds of the Luquillo Mountains, northeastern Puerto Rico..
- López-Marrero, T.; Heartsill-Scalley, T. 2012. Get up, stand up:environmental situation, threats, and opportunities in the insular Caribbean.
- Heartsill Scalley, Tamara; DeWalt, Saara; Korysko, François; Van Laere, Guy; Jacobs, Kasey; Panka, Seth; Torres, Joseph. 2016. Communication from the Information Sharing Working Group: Agreement for Data Sharing Among Caribbean Foresters.
- Harris, Nancy L.; Lugo, Ariel E.; Brown, Sandra; Heartsill-Scalley, Tamara. 2012. Luquillo Experimental Forest: Research History and Opportunities.
- Heartsill-Scalley, Tamara ; López-Marrero, Tania . 2021. Beyond Tropical Storms: Understanding Disturbance and Forest Dynamics.
- Leon , M.C.; Heartsill Scalley, Tamara; Santiago, I.; McDowell, W. H. 2021. Hydrological Mapping in the Luquillo Experimental Forest: New Local Datum Improves Watershed Ecological Knowledge.
- McDowell, William H.; Leon, Miguel C.; Shattuck, Michelle D.; Potter, Jody D.; Heartsill-Scalley, Tamara ; Gonzalez, Grizelle ; Shanley, James B.; Wymore, Adam S. 2021. Luquillo Experimental Forest: Catchment science in the montane tropics.
- Soto-Parrilla, N.M.; Heartsill Scalley, Tamara. 2021. Missing the Trees for the Forest: Post-Hurricane Understory Vegetation in Relation to Spatial Variation.
- Heartsill‐Scalley, Tamara ; Crowl, Todd A. 2021. Tropical forest understory riparian and upland composition, structure, and function in areas with different past land use.
- López-Marrero, Tania; Heartsill Scalley, Tamara. 2021. C mo, por qui n y para qu Investigaci n y labor creativa en el estudio de desastres en Puerto Rico. (How, by whom, and for what Research and creative labor in the study of disasters in Puerto Rico)..
- Lugo, Ariel E.; Martínez, Oscar J. A.; Medina, Ernesto; Aymard, Gerardo; Heartsill Scalley, Tamara. 2020. Novelty in the tropical forests of the 21st century.
- López-Marrero, Tania ; Heartsill-Scalley, Tamara ; Rivera-López, Carlos F.; Escalera-García, Isabel A.; Echevarría-Ramos, Mariangelí . 2019. Broadening Our Understanding of Hurricanes and Forests on the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico: Where and What Should We Study Now.
- Yu, Mei ; Rivera-Ocasio, Elsie ; Heartsill-Scalley, Tamara ; Davila-Casanova, Daniel ; Rios-López, Neftalí ; Gao, Qiong . 2019. Landscape-Level Consequences of Rising Sea-Level on Coastal Wetlands: Saltwater Intrusion Drives Displacement and Mortality in the Twenty-First Century.
- Willig, M. R.; Woolbright, L. ; Presley, S. J.; Schowalter, T. D.; Waide, R. B.; Heartsill Scalley, T. ; Zimmerman, J. K.; González, G. ; Lugo, A. E. 2019. Populations are not declining and food webs are not collapsing at the Luquillo Experimental Forest.
- Heartsill Scalley, Tamara; Mercado, Gerónimo. 2019. Sound Circles/Inmersion.
- Manrique-Hernandez, H.; Heartsill Scalley, Tamara; Barreto-Orta, M.; Betancourt-Roman, C. M.; Ortiz-Zayas, J. R. 2016. Assessing restoration outcomes in light of succession: management implications for tropical riparian forest restoration.
- Gonzalez, Grizelle; Heartsill Scalley, Tamara. 2016. Building a collaborative network to understand regional forest dynamics and advance forestry initiatives in the Caribbean.
- Heartsill Scalley, Tamara; Gonzalez, Grizelle. 2016. Introduction: Caribbean forest dynamics and regional forestry initiatives.
- Pfeifer, M.; Heartsill Scalley, Tamara. 2014. BIOFRAG - a new database for analyzing BIOdiversity responses to forest FRAGmentation.
- Lugo, A.E.; Heartsill Scalley, T. 2014. Research in the Luquillo Experimental Forest has advanced understanding of tropical forests and resolved management issues.
- Ponce Campos, G. E.; Moran, M. S.; Huete, A.; Zhang, Y.; Bresloff, C.; Huxman, T.E.; Eamus, D.; Bosch, D. D.; Buda, A. R.; Gunter, S. A.; Heartsill Scalley, T.; Kitchen, S. G.; McClaran, M. P.; McNab, W. H.; Montoya, D. S.; Morgan, J. A.; Peters, D. P. C.; Sadler, E. J.; Seyfried, M. S.; Starks, P. J. 2013. Ecosystem resilience despite large-scale altered hydroclimatic conditions.
- Vose, James M.; Ford, Chelcy R.; Laseter, Stephanie; Dymond, Salli; Sun, Ge; Adams, Mary Beth; Sebestyen, Stephen; Campbell, John; Luce, Charlie; Amatya, Devendra; Elder, Kelly; Heartsill Scalley, Tamara. 2012. Can forest watershed management mitigate climate change effects on water resources.
- Vose, James M.; Ford, Chelcy R.; Laseter, Stephanie; Dymond, Salli; Sun, GE; Adams, Mary Beth; Sebestyen, Stephen; Campbell, John; Luce, Charles; Amatya, Devendra; Elder, Kelly; Heartsill-Scalley, Tamara. 2012. Can forest watershed management mitigate climate change impacts on water resources.
- López Marrero, T. M.; Yamane, K.; Heartsill Scalley, T.; Villanueva Colón, N. 2012. Cartographic essay: the various shapes of the insular Caribbean: population and environment.
- López Machado, E.; Soto Hidalgo, K.; Heartsill-Scalley, T. 2012. Composici n y estructura de un bosque tropical urbano en el karso norteno de Puerto Rico.
- Heartsill Scalley, T.; Scatena, F.N.; Moya, S.; Lugo, A.E. 2012. Long-term dynamics of organic matter and elements exported as coarse particulates from two Caribbean montane watersheds.
- Heartsill Scalley, Tamara. 2012. Vegetation.
- Royo, Alejandro A.; Heartsill-Scalley, Tamara; Moya, Samuel; Scatena, Fred N. 2011. Non-arborescent vegetation trajectories following repeated hurricane disturbance: ephemeral versus enduring responses.
- Heartsill-Scalley, Tamara; Crowl, Todd A.; Thompson, Jill. 2009. Tree species distributions in relation to stream distance in mid-montane wet forest, Puerto Rico.
- Pérez, Rachel; Heartsill Scalley, Tamara. 2008. Root nodulation in the wetland tree Pterocarpus officinalis along coastal and montane systems of Northeast of Puerto Rico.
- Heartsill Scalley, Tamara; Scatena, F.N.; Estrada Ruiz, C.; McDowell, W.H.; Lugo, Ariel. 2007. Disturbance and long-term patterns of rainfall and throughfall nutrient fluxes in a subtropical wet forest in Puerto Rico.
- Crowl, Todd A.; Welsh, Vanessa; Heartsill Scalley, Tamara. 2006. Effects of different types of conditioning on rates of leaf-litter shredding by Xiphocaris elongata, a Neotropical freshwater shrimp..
- Covich, Alan P.; Crowl, Todd A.; Heartsill Scalley, Tamara. 2006. Effects of drought and hurricane disturbances on headwater distributions of palaemonid river shrimp (Macrobrachium spp.) in the Luquillo Mountains, Puerto Rico..
- Heartsill, Tamara; Estrada Ruiz, Carlos R.; Moya, Samuel. 2006. Patrones de lluvia, transcolaci n y flujo de nutrientes en las cuencas de Bisley, Bosque Experimental de Luquillo, Puerto Rico.
|A Caribbean Foresters Collaborative Network for Understanding Regional Forest Dynamics|
The role of Caribbean forestry research in permanent plots has been identified as both a previously untapped regional source for capacity buildi ...
|A Systemic Review of More Than 100 years of Published Research on Hurricanes and Forests in Puerto Rico Presents What Sites and Types of Studies Have Contributed the Most to Our Current Knowledge. |
The vast majority of knowledge about hurricanes and forests comes from very wet and humid areas, while dry coastal locations have been less stud ...
|BIOFRAG: A New Database for Analyzing Biodiversity Responses to Forest Fragmentation|
A collaboration among more than 50 scientists from international institutions produced a database that contributes to understanding biodiveristy ...
|Challenges to Riparian Function in a Tropical, Urban Stream Network|
Limited connectivity of riparian areas, pluvial drainages, and highly modified stream channels affect hydrological function of green spaces in u ...
|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.
|Forested Coastal Wetland Displacement in the 21st Century Driven by Saltwater Intrusion as Consequence of Rising Sea-level|
Coastal wetlands are facing challenges to their persistence due to accelerated sea-level rise, limited and fragmented coastal lands for migratio ...
|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 ...
|Land-cover Composition, Water Resources and Land Management in the Watersheds of the Luquillo Mountains, Northeastern Puerto Rico|
An important element for wise use of water-related ecosystem services is understanding land-cover composition and its relation to water resource ...
|Novelty in Tropical Forests|
Identifying interventions that help reduce ecosystem service tradeoffs in novel forests can contribute towards resilient social-ecological techn ...
|Post-Hurricane Effects Under the Canopy|
Forest managers benefit from knowledge about species composition, biomass, and %cover in understory vegetation among ridges, slopes and valleys ...
|Riparian Vegetation Restoration in Light of Succession; Management Implications for Restoration in Tropical Secondary Forests|
There is a wide variety of approaches on how to determine when a river restoration project can be considered ecologically successful. The limite ...
|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 ...
|Wild and Scenic Rivers: their contributions to aquatic species conservation and opportunities for improvement|
Wild and Scenic Rivers are designated to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing c ...