Amy E. Dunham, Ph.D.

1996-2003 Ecology and Evolution Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, United States 
 2009- BioSciences Rice University, Houston, TX 
Primatology, Tropical Ecology, Seed dispersal, Conservation Biology

Amy Dunham studies the interactions of species in complex tropical forests and especially in relation to anthropogenic disturbances. However, her research spans a wide range of topics in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology, from geographic and phylogenetic patterns of trait distributions and community assembly to impacts of extinction and invasion on trophic cascades and ecosystem processes, to studies of global climate change impacts on demography and species interactions.


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Patricia C. Wright grad student 1996-2003 SUNY Stony Brook (Anthropology Tree)
 (Effects of understory insectivores on community dynamics and ecosystem processes in a tropical forest.)


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Jadelys Tonos grad student 2016- Rice University
Onja Razafindratsima grad student 2009-2015 Rice University
Andrea Drager grad student 2013-2020 Rice University
Justine Therese Lamperty grad student 2014-2020 Rice University
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Chapman CA, Bicca-Marques JC, Dunham AE, et al. (2020) Primates Can Be a Rallying Symbol to Promote Tropical Forest Restoration. Folia Primatologica; International Journal of Primatology. 1-19
Kosanic A, Petzold J, Dunham A, et al. (2020) Climate concerns and the disabled community. Science (New York, N.Y.). 366: 698-699
Lamperty T, Zhu K, Poulsen JR, et al. (2020) Defaunation of large mammals alters understory vegetation and functional importance of invertebrates in an Afrotropical forest Biological Conservation. 241: 108329
Dunham AE, Razafindratsima OH, Rakotonirina P, et al. (2018) Fruiting phenology is linked to rainfall variability in a tropical rain forest Biotropica. 50: 396-404
Chapman CA, Dunham AE. (2018) Primate Seed Dispersal and Forest Restoration: An African Perspective for a Brighter Future International Journal of Primatology. 39: 427-442
Razafindratsima OH, Gentles A, Drager AP, et al. (2018) Consequences of Lemur Loss for Above-Ground Carbon Stocks in a Malagasy Rainforest International Journal of Primatology. 39: 415-426
Wandrag EM, Dunham AE, Duncan RP, et al. (2017) Seed dispersal increases local species richness and reduces spatial turnover of tropical tree seedlings. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Razafindratsima OH, Brown KA, Carvalho F, et al. (2017) Edge effects on components of diversity and above-ground biomass in a tropical rainforest Journal of Applied Ecology. 55: 977-985
Razafindratsima OH, Dunham AE. (2016) Frugivores bias seed-adult tree associations through nonrandom seed dispersal: a phylogenetic approach. Ecology. 97: 2094-2102
Razafindratsima OH, Dunham AE. (2016) Retracted: Co‐fruiting plant species share similar fruit and seed traits while phylogenetic patterns vary through time Journal of Ecology. 104: 1789-1798
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