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Jim Dalling

Brian Allan: Ecology of Infectious Diseases
Alison Bell: Behavioral Ecology
May R. Berenbaum: Chemical Ecology
Jeffrey Brawn: Avian Ecology
Carla Cáceres: Aquatic Evolutionary Ecology
Zac Cheviron: Physiology and Evolution
Jim Dalling: Tropical Forest Ecology
Evan Delucia: Plant Ecology & Global Change
Rebecca Fuller: Fish Evolutionary Genetics
Katy Heath: Genomics of Mutualisms
Feng Sheng Hu: Ecosystem Ecology
Matthew Hudson: Bioinformatics & Genomics
Kevin Johnson: Avian & Insect Systematics
Angela Kent: Microbial Ecology
Andrew Leakey: Plants & Global Change
Jian Ma: Comparative Genomics
Ripan Malhi: Molecular Anthropology
Andrew Miller: Fungal Biodiversity
Ken Paige: Evolutionary Ecology
Surangi Punyasena: Paleobotany
Hugh Robertson: Insect Genomics
Gene Robinson: Bee Behavior & Genomics
Al Roca: Conservation Genetics
Sandra Rodriguez-Zas: Bioinformatics
Karen Sears: Evolutionary Development
Saurabh Sinha: Computational Genomics
Andrew Suarez: Ant Ecology & Evolution
Rachel J. Whitaker: Microbial Genomics
Last Name
Area of Research
Tropical Forest Ecology

Illinois Mentor

Jim Dalling

Program in Evolution Ecology & Conservation
149 Morrill MC-116
(217) 244-8914

Ph.D., 1992, Cambridge University

Research Interests

My research concerns the population and community ecology of tropical trees, with a particular interest in understanding how variation in soil fertility and interactions with fungi influence abundance and distribution patterns. I am also a PI on an NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity grant that explores how fungal communities assemble on wood and impact decomposition processes in water.

Much of my research is conducted at Barro Colorado Island (BCI), and the Fortuna Forest Reserve in Panama, and at a range of large-scale forest dynamics plots in the Asian and American tropics that form part of the Center for Tropical Forest Science.

Representative and Recent Publications

  • Dalling, J.W., Schnitzer, S.A., Baldeck, C., Harms, K.E., John, R., Mangan, S.A., Lobo, E., Yavitt, J.B., and Hubbell, S.P. (2012) Resource-based habitat associations in a neotropical liana community. Journal of Ecology 100:1174-1182
  • Andersen, K., Turner, B.L., and Dalling, J.W. (2012) Trait-based community assembly of understory palms along a soil nutrient gradient in a lower montane tropical forest Oecologia 168:519-531
  • Dalling, J.W., Davis, A.S., Schutte, B.J., and Arnold, A.E. (2011) Seed survival in soil: Interacting effects of predation, dormancy and the soil microbial community. Journal of Ecology 99:89-95
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