TERC Publications

*TERC faculty names are in bold and names of researchers in their labs are underlined


Karanth, K. K., V. Sankararaman, S. Dalvi, A. Srivathsa, R. Parameshwaran, S. Sharma, P. Robbins, and A. Chhatre. 2016. “Producing diversity: Agroforests Sustain Avian Richness and Abundance in India’s Western Ghats”. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.

Erb, K.H., S. Luyssaert, P. Meyfroidt, J.  Pongratz, A. Don, S. Kloster, T. Kuemmerle, T. Fetzel, R. Fuchs, M. Herold, H. Haberl, C. Jones, E. Marín-Spiotta, I. McCallum, E. Robertson, V. Seufert, S. Fritz, A. Valade, A. Wiltshire and A. Dolman. Land management: data availability and process understanding for global change studies. Global Change Biology doi: 10.1111/gcb.13443

Jones, K., Holland, M. and L. Naughton-Treves. In press. “Rewards for ecosystem services and deforestation in the Ecuadorian Amazon”. Pp. xx-xx. Environmental Conservation.

L’Roe, J. and L. Naughton-Treves. In press. “Forest edges in western Uganda: from refuge for the poor to zone of investment”.

L’Roe, J., L. Rausch, J. Munger, H.K. Gibbs. 2016. Policy intersections, land registration, and forest clearing patterns in the Amazonian state of Para. Land Use Policy 57: 193-203

Marín-Spiotta, E. and R. Ostertag. Recovery of ecosystem processes: carbon and energy flows in restored wetlands, grasslands and forests. In: M.A. Palmer, J.B. Zedler and D.A. Falk (eds.) Foundations of Restoration Ecology. Island Press. Pp. 366-394. (Invited Chapter) Forthcoming

Morton, D.C., P. Noojipady, M.M. Macedo, H.K. Gibbs, D. C. Victoria, E. Bolfe.  2016. Dynamics of cropland expansion reveal sharp boundaries in suitability at the Amazon frontier. Global Environmental Change, 37:92-101.

Poorter, L., F. Bongers, T.M. Aide, A.M. Almeyda Zambrano, P. Balvanera, J. Becknell, V. Boukili, P.H.S. Brancalion, E.N. Broadbent, R.L. Chazdon, D. Craven, J.S. de Almeida-Cortez, G.A.L. Cabral, B. de Jong, J. Denslow, D. Dent, S.J. DeWalt, J.M. Dupuy, S.M. Durán, M.M. Espírito-Santo, M.C. Fandino, R.G. César, J.S. Hall, J.L. Hernandez Stefanoni, C.C. Jakovac, A.B. Junqueira, D. Kennard, S. Letcher, J.C. Licona, M. Lohbeck, E. Marín-Spiotta, M. Martínez-Ramos, P. Massoca, J.A. Meave, R. Mesquita, F. Mora, R. Muñoz, R. Muscarella, Y.R.F. Nunes, S. Ochoa-Gaona, A. de Oliveira , E. Orihuela-Belmonte, M. Peña-Claros, E.A. Pérez-García, D. Piotto, J.S. Powers, J. Rodríguez-Velazquez, I.E. Romero-Pérez, J. Ruíz, J.G. Saldarriaga, A. Sanchez-Azofeifa, N.B. Schwartz, M.K. Steininger, N.G. Swenson, M. Toledo, M. Uriarte, M. van Breugel, H. van der Wal, M.D.M. Veloso, H. Vester, A. Vicentini, I.C.G. Vieira, T. Vizcarra Bentos, G.B. Williamson and D.M.A. Rozendaal. 2016. Biomass resilience of tropical secondary forests. Nature 530: 211-214. doi:10.1038/nature16512

Rausch, L. R. and H.K. Gibbs. 2016. Property arrangements and soy production in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso: Implications for supply chain governance. Land, 5(2), 7; doi:10.3390/land5020007.

Weisse, M and L. Naughton-Treves. 2016. “Conservation beyond park boundaries: the impact of buffer zones on deforestation and mining concessions in the Peruvian Amazon”. Environmental Management: 1-15.


Robbins, P., A. Chhatre and K. Karanth. 2015. “Political ecology of commodity agroforests and tropical biodiversity” Conservation Letters. 8(2): 77–85.

Atkinson, E. and E. Marín-Spiotta. 2015. Land use legacy effects on structure and composition of subtropical dry forests in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Forest Ecology and Management 335: 270-280.

Gibbs, H.K., J. Munger, J. L’Roe, P. Barreto, R. Pereira, M. Christie, T. Amaral, and N. Walker. 2015. Did Ranchers and Slaughterhouses Respond to Zero-Deforestation Agreements in the Brazilian Amazon?  Conservation Letters DOI: 10.1111/conl.12175

Gibbs, H.K., L. Rausch, J. Munger, I. Schelly, D. C. Morton, P. Noojipady, B. Soares-Filho, P. Barreto, L. Micol, and N.F. Walker. 2015. Brazil’s Soy Moratorium: Supply chain governance is needed to avoid deforestation.  Science 347 (6220), 377-378.

Hudson, L.N., T. Newbold et al. (> 200 authors, including E. Marín-Spiotta) 2015. The PREDICTS database: a global database of how local terrestrial biodiversity responds to human impacts. Ecology and Evolution 4: 4701-4735.

Locatelli, B., C. Catterall, P. Imbach, C. Kumar, R. Lasco, E. Marín-Spiotta, B. Mercer, J. Powers, N. Schwartz and M. Uriarte. 2015. Tropical reforestation and climate change: beyond carbon. Restoration Ecology. doi: 10.1111/rec.12209

Ponette-González, A.G., K.A. Brauman, E. Marín-Spiotta, K.A. Farley, K.C. Weathers, L. Curran and K.R. Young. 2015. Managing water services in tropical regions: From land cover proxies to hydrologic fluxes. Ambio. doi: 10.1007/s13280-014-0578-8

Radeloff, V. C., J.W. Williams, B.L. Bateman, K.D. Burke, S.K. Carter, E.S. Childress, K.J. Cromwell, C. Gratton, A.O. Hasley, B.M. Kraemer, A.W. Latzka, E. Marín-Spiotta, C.D. Meine, S.E. Munoz, T.M. Neeson, A.M. Pidgeon, A.R. Rissman, R. J. Rivera, L.M. Szymanski and J. Usinowicz. 2015. The rise of novelty in ecosystems. Ecological Applications 25: 2051-2068.

Smith, A.P., E. Marín-Spiotta and T. Balser. 2015. Seasonal and successional changes in soil microbial community structure during reforestation of a tropical post-agricultural landscape. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12947


L’Roe, J. and L. Naughton-Treves. 2014. Effects of a conservation policy-induced income shock on forest-dependent households in the Peruvian Amazon. Ecological Economics 97: 9 pp.

Meyfroidt, Patrick; K. Carlson, M. Fagan, V, Gutierrez-Velez, M. Macedo, L. Curran, R. DeFries, G. Dyer, Gibbs, H. K., E. Lambin, D. Morton, V. Robiglio. 2014. Multiple pathways of expansion of commodity crops in tropical forest landscapes. Environmental Research Letters.

Robinson, B., M. Holland and L. Naughton-Treves. 2014. “Does secure land tenure save forests? A meta-analysis of the relationship between land tenure and tropical deforestation”. Global Environmental Change. 29, 281-293.

Smith, A.P., E. Marín-Spiotta, M.A. De Graaf and T. Balser. 2014. Microbial community structure varies across soil organic matter pools during tropical land cover change. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 77: 292-303.


Lambin, E.F., H. K. Gibbs, L. Ferreira, R. Grau, P. Mayaux, P. Meyfroidt, D.C. Morton, T. Rudel, I. Gasparri, and J. Munger. 2013. Estimating the world’s potentially available cropland using a bottom-up approach. Global Environmental Change. 23(5):892-901.

Marín-Spiotta, E. 2013. Novel Ecosystems. p. 923-925. In: R.W. Howarth and J. Mohan, eds. Biomes and Ecosystems: An Encyclopedia. Salem Press.

Marín-Spiotta, E. and S. Sharma. 2013. Carbon storage in successional and plantation forest soils: a tropical analysis. Global Ecology and Biogeography 22: 105-117.

Naughton-Treves, L. and K. Wendland. 2013. “Land Tenure and Tropical Forest Carbon Management” World Development. DOI 10.1016/j.worlddev.2013.01.010

Ponette-González, A.G., E. Marín-Spiotta, K.A. Brauman, K.A. Farley, K.C. Weathers, and K.R. Young. 2013. Hydrologic connectivity in the high-elevation tropics: Heterogeneous responses to land change. BioScience 64: 92-104. doi: 10.1093/biosci/bit013 (featured on cover)

Santiago, C. and E. Marín-Spiotta. 2013. The Importance of conducting the Rapid Carbon Assessment (RaCA) study in the Caribbean Area. National Cooperative Soil Survey Newsletter August 2013 Issue 64: 10-12.


Gibbs, H.K.  2012. Trading forests for oil yields in the Peruvian Amazon.  Environmental Research Letters 7 (1): 011007.

Jackson, M. and L. Naughton-Treves. 2012. “Eco-bursaries as incentives for conservation around Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, Kenya”. Environmental Conservation. 39 (4): 347-356.

Naughton-Treves, L. and C. Day. eds. 2012. Lessons about Land Tenure, Forest Governance and REDD+.Case Studies from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Madison, Wisconsin: UW-Madison Land Tenure Center. USAID www.rmportal.net/landtenureforestsworkshop

Renzas, J.M. and E. Marín-Spiotta. 2012. A primer on methods for measuring soil carbon. Tenure Brief 16. Land Tenure Center. University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Turner, W. R., K. Brandon, T. M. Brooks, C. Gascon, H. K. Gibbs, K. S. Lawrence, R. A. Mittermeier, and E. R. Salig. 2012. Global biodiversity conservation and the alleviation of poverty. BioScience 62(1).


Koh, L.P., H. K. Gibbs, P. V. Potapov, and M. C. Hansen. 2011. REDDcalculator.com: A Web-Based Decision-Support Tool for implementing Indonesia’s Forest Moratorium. Methods Ecology and Evolution doi: 10.1111/j.2041-210X.2011.00147.x

Marín-Spiotta, E., O. A. Chadwick, M. Kramer, and M. S. Carbone. 2011. Carbon delivery to deep mineral horizons in Hawaiian rain forest soils. Journal of Geophysical ResearchBiogeosciences116, G03011, doi:10.1029/2010JG001587.

Naughton-Treves, L., Chapman, C. and J. Alix-Garcia. 2011. “Parks and Poverty: Lessons from a decade of forest loss and economic growth around Kibale National Park, Uganda”. Proc of Natl Academy of Science. 108(34): 13919–13924.

O’Hare M., M. Delucchi, R. Edwards, U. Fritsche, H. K. Gibbs, T. Hertel, J. Hill, D. Kammen,  D. Laborde, L. Marelli, D. Mulligan, R. Plevin and W. Tyner. 2011. Comment on “Indirect land use change for biofuels: Testing predictions and improving analytical methodologies” by Kim and Dale: statistical reliability and the definition of the indirect land use change (iLUC) issue. Biomass and Bioenergy 35(10)4485-4487.


Atkinson, E. and E. Marín-Spiotta. 2010. Tropical land use change and soil carbon: Implications for REDD. Tenure Brief 12: 1-5. Land Tenure Center. University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Bakker VJ, JK Baum, JF Brodie, AK Salomon, BG Dickson, H. K. Gibbs, PB McIntyre. 2010. The changing landscape of conservation science funding in the United States. Conservation Letters 00:1-10.

Bruce, J., K. Wendland and L. Naughton-Treves. 2010. “Whom to pay? Key Concepts and Terms regarding Tenure and Property Rights in Payment-based Forest Ecosystem Conservation.” Land Tenure Center Policy Brief 15. http://www.nelson.wisc.edu/ltc/

Gibbs, H. K., A.S. Ruesch, J. A. Foley, N. Ramankutty, F. Achard, and P. Holmgren. 2010. Forests were the primary land source for new agricultural lands in the 1980s and 1990s. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 107(38) 16732-16737.

Morales, M., Naughton-Treves, L. and L. Suárez (Eds). 2010. Seguridad en la tenencia de la tierra e incentives para la conservación de bosques. Quito-Ecuador: Publicaciones ECOLEX. 95 pp.

Scharlemann, J.P., V. Kapos, A. Campbell, I. Lysenko, N. D. Burgess, M. C. Hansen, H. K. Gibbs, B. Dickson, and L. Miles.  Securing Tropical Forest Carbon: the Contribution of Protected Areas to REDD. Oryx 44:352-257.

Strassburg, B., A. Balmford, J. Price, R. Davies, H. K. Gibbs, D. Orme, L. Miles, and A. Kelly.  2010. Global Congruence of Carbon Storage and Biodiversity in Terrestrial Ecosystems. Conservation Letters 3(2)98-105.

West, P., H. K. Gibbs, J.A. Foley, C. Barford, and J. Wagner. 2010. Trading carbon for food: global comparison of carbon storage vs. crop yields on agricultural land. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 107(46):19627-19632.


Marín-Spiotta, E., W.L. Silver, C.W. Swanston, and R. Ostertag. 2009. Soil organic matter dynamics during 80 years of reforestation of tropical pastures. Global Change Biology 15: 1365-1614. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2008.01805.x


Gibbs, H. K., M. Johnston, J. A. Foley, T. Holloway. C. Monfreda, N. Ramankutty, and D. Zaks. 2008. Carbon payback times for crop-based biofuel expansion in the tropics: the effects of changing yield and technology. Environmental Research Letters 3 034001.

Marín-Spiotta, E., D.F. Cusack, R. Ostertag, and W.L. Silver. 2008. Trends in above and belowground carbon with forest regrowth after agricultural abandonment in the Neotropics. Pp. 22-72. In: R. Myster, ed. Post-agricultural Succession in the Neotropics. Springer, New York, NY.

Marín-Spiotta, E., C.W. Swanston, M.S. Torn, W.L. Silver, and S.D. Burton. 2008. Chemical and mineral control of soil carbon turnover in abandoned tropical pastures. Geoderma 143:49-62. doi:10.1016/j.geoderma.2007.10.001

Ostertag, R., E. Marín-Spiotta, W.L. Silver, and J. Schulten. 2008. Litterfall and decomposition in relation to soil carbon pools along a secondary forest chronosequence in Puerto Rico. Ecosystems 11:701-714. doi: 10.1007/s10021-008-9152-1

Patz, J.A., S. H. Olson, C. Uejio, and H. K. Gibbs. 2008. Disease emergence from global climate and land use change. Medical Clinics of North America. 92(6): 1473-1491.


Birdsey, R.A., J.C. Jenkins, M. Johnston, E. Huber-Sannwald, B. Amiro, B. de Jong, J.D. Etchevers Barra, N. French, F. Garcia-Oliva, M. Harmon, L.S. Heath, V.J. Jaramillo, K. Johnsen, B. Law, E. Marín-Spiotta, O. Masera, R. Neilson, Y. Pan, K.S. Pregitzer. 2007. North American Forests. Pp. 117-126 and 173-176. In: A.W. King, L. Dilling, G.P. Zimmerman, D.M. Fairman, R.A. Houghton, G. Marland, A.Z. Rose, and T.J. Wilbanks (eds.) The First State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR): The North American Carbon Budget and Implications for the Global Carbon Cycle. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, NC.

Foley, J.A., G.P. Asner, M.H. Costa, M.T. Coe, R. DeFries, H. K. Gibbs, et al. 2007.  Amazonian revealed: forest degradation and loss of ecosystem goods and services in the Amazon Basin, Frontiers in Ecology and Environment 5(1): 25-32.

Gibbs, H. K., S. Brown, J. O. Niles. J.A. Foley. 2007. Monitoring and measuring tropical forest carbon stocks: Making REDD a reality.  Environmental Research Letters 2(4): 045023.

Gibbs, H. K. and M. Herold. 2007. Tropical deforestation and carbon emissions: Introduction to special issue. Environmental Research Letters 2: 045021.

Marín-Spiotta, E., R. Ostertag, and W.L. Silver. 2007. Long-term patterns in tropical reforestation: plant community composition and aboveground biomass accumulation. Ecological Applications 17:828-839. doi: 10.1890/06-1268

Naughton-Treves, L., Chapman, C. and D. Kammen. 2007. “Burning Biodiversity: Commerical and subsistence use of woody biomass in western Uganda”, Biological Conservation. 134:232-241.

Olander, L. P., H. K. Gibbs, M. Steininger, J. J. Swenson, and B. C. Murray. Reference scenarios for deforestation and forest degradation in support of REDD: a review of data and methods.  2007. Environmental Research Letters 3  025011

Ramankutty, N., H. K. Gibbs, F. Achard, R. DeFries, J.A. Foley, and R.A. Houghton. 2007. Challenges in estimating carbon emissions from tropical deforestation. Global Change Biology 13(1):51-66.


Foley, J.A., R. S. DeFries, G. P. Asner, C. Barford, G. Bonan, S. R. Carpenter, F. Stuart Chapin, M. T. Coe, G. C. Daily, H. K. Gibbs, J. H. Helkowski, T. Holloway, E. A. Howard, C. J. Kucharik, C. Monfreda, J. A. Patz, I. C. Prentice, N. Ramankutty, P. K. Snyder. 2005. Global Consequences of Land Use.  Science 309 (5734): 570-574.

Naughton-Treves, L., Holland, M., et al. 2006. “Expanding protected areas & incorporating human resource use: A study of 15 parks in Ecuador and Peru” Sustainability:Science, Practice, & Policy.2:13 pp. http://ejournal.nbii.org/


Chiyo, P.I., Cochrane, E.P., Naughton-Treves, L. and G.I. Basuta. 2005. “Temporal patterns in crop raiding by elephants.” African Journal of Ecology. 43:48-55.

Naughton-Treves, L., Holland, M. & K. Brandon. 2005. “The Role of Protected Areas in Conserving Biodiversity and Sustaining Local Livelihoods” Annual Review of Environment and Resources.30:219-52.

Naughton-Treves, L., and A. Treves. 2005. “Socio-ecological factors shaping local attitudes to wildlife in rural Africa”, pp. 253-277 in Woodroffe, R. et al. (eds) People and Wildlife: Conflict and Coexistance. Cambridge University Press.


Naughton-Treves, L. 2004. “Deforestation and carbon emissions at tropical frontiers: A case study from the Peruvian Amazon” World Development. 32:173-190.

Naughton-Treves, L. and N. Salafsky. 2004. “Wildlife conservation in agroforestry buffer zones: Opportunity and conflict.”  pp. 319-345 in G. Schroth, et. al (eds), Agroforestry and Biodiversity Conservation in Tropical Landscapes. Island Press.


Alvarez, N. and L. Naughton-Treves. 2003. “Linking national agrarian policy to deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon: A case study of Tambopata, 1986-1997” Ambio. 23:269-274.

Grossberg, R., Treves, A. and L. Naughton-Treves.  2003.  “The incidental ecotourist – Measuring visitor impacts on endangered howler monkeys inhabiting an archaeological site in Belize” Environmental Conservation. 30(1):40-51.

Naughton-Treves, L., et al. 2003. “Wildlife survival beyond park boundaries: The impact of slash-and-burn agriculture and hunting on mammals in Tambopata, Peru” Conservation Biology. 17:1106-1117.


Naughton-Treves, L. 2002. “Wild animals in the garden: Conserving wildlife in Amazonian agroecosystems.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 92(3):488-506.


Archabald, K. and L. Naughton-Treves.  2001. “Tourism revenue sharing around national parks in western Uganda: Early efforts to identify and reward local communities.” Environmental Conservation. 23:135-149.

Naughton-Treves, L. and W. Weber.  2001.“Human dimensions of the African Rainforest.”  pp. 30-43 in W. Weber, et al. (eds).  African Rain Forest Ecology and Conservation. New Haven: Yale Univ Press.

Silver, W.L., E. Marín-Spiotta, and A. Lugo. 2001. El Caribe. Pp. 155-181. In: A.D. Brown and M. Kappelle, (eds.) Bosques Nublados del Neotrópico. INBio: Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica.

Weber, W., Vedder, A., White, L. and L. Naughton-Treves, editors. 2001. African Rainforest Ecology and Conservation.  New Haven: Yale University Press.


Naughton-Treves, L. 1999. “Whose animals? A history of property rights to wildlife in Toro, Western Uganda.” Land Degradation and Development. 10:309-326.


Naughton-Treves, L. 1998. “Predicting patterns of crop damage by wildlife around Kibale National Park, Uganda.”  Conservation Biology. 12:156-168.

Naughton-Treves, L., Treves, A., C. Chapman, and R. Wrangham. 1998. “Temporal patterns of crop-raiding by primates: Linking food availability in croplands and adjacent forest.”  J. of Applied Ecology. 35:596-606.


Naughton-Treves, L. 1997. “Farming the forest edge. Vulnerable places and people around Kibale National Park, Uganda,” Geographical Review. 87:27-46.


Naughton, L. 1994. “Conservation vs. gold mining in Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica: Land use conflicts at wilderness frontiers,” Yearbook of Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers. 19: 47-55.