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  • Preprints

    Schneider, G. F.      , C. A. Carlson      , E. M. Jos      , and N. G. Beckman*. Compartmentalization of specialized metabolites across vegetative and reproductive tissues in two sympatric Psychotria (Rubiaceae). bioRxiv. doi: *Last author denotes senior author

  • accepted & in press

    Beckman, N. G., G. F. Schneider       , B. Borah       , and B. Harshbarger        In press. Seed dispersal by frugivores on Barro Colorado Island, Panama. in H. C. Muller-Landau and S. J. Wright, editors. The First 100 Years of Research at Barro Colorado – Plant and Ecosystem Biology. Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press , Washington, D.C.

    Schneider, G. F.       , E. M. Jos       , and N. G. Beckman*.   In press. The phytochemistry of tropical zoochorous fruit: mediating plant-frugivore interactions within biodiverse communities. in H. C. Muller-Landau and S. J. Wright, editors. The First 100 Years of Research at Barro Colorado – Plant and Ecosystem Biology. Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press , Washington, D.C. *Last author denotes senior author

  • 2022

    Beckman, N. G., R. Dybzinksi, and D. Tilman. 2022. Short-term plant-soil feedback experiment fails to predict outcome of competition observed in long-term field experiment. Ecology DOI:

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    Borah, B.       , and N. G. Beckman*. 2022. Studying seed dispersal through the lens of movement ecology. Oikos. DOI: *Last author denotes senior author

    Special Issue

    Draper, J.P.       , J. K. Young, E. W. Schupp, N. G. Beckman, and T. B. Atwood. 2022 Frugivory and Seed Dispersal by Carnivorans. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. DOI:

    Whitehead, S., G. Schneider       , R. Dybzinski, A. Nelson, M. Gelambi, E. Jos       , N. G. Beckman*. 2022. Fruits, frugivores, and the evolution of phytochemical diversity. Oikos. DOI: *Last author denotes co-lead

    Special Issue

  • 2021

    Draper, J. P.       , T. B. Atwood, N. G. Beckman, K. M. Kettenring, J. K. Young. 2021. Mesopredator frugivory has no effect on seed viability and emergence under experimental conditions. Ecosphere 12 (8): e03702. DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.3702.

    Freeman, J., J. M. Anderies, N. G. Beckman, E. Robinson, J. A. Baggio, D. Bird, C. Nicholson, J.B. Finley, J. M. Capriles, A.F. Gil, D. Byers, E. Gayo, & C. Latorre. 2021. Landscape engineering impacts the long-term stability of agricultural populations. Human Ecology. DOI:

  • 2020

    Beckman, N. G., C. E. Aslan, and H. R. Rogers. 2020. Introduction to Special Issue: The role of seed dispersal in plant populations: perspectives and advances in a changing world. AoB Plants 12 (2): plaa010. DOI:

    Special Issue Editor's Choice

    Beckman, N. G., C. E. Aslan, H. S. Rogers, O. Kogan, J. L. Bronstein, J. M. Bullock, F. Hartig, J. HilleRisLambers, Y. Zhou, D. Zurell, J. F. Brodie, E. M. Bruna, R. S. Cantrell, R. Decker, E. O. Effiom, E. C. Fricke, K. Gurski, A. Hastings, J. Johnson, B. A. Loiselle, M. N. Miriti, M. G. Neubert, L. Pejchar, J. R. Poulsen, G. Pufal, O. H. Razafindratsima, M. Sandor, K. Shea, S. J. Schreiber, E. W. Schupp, R. S. Snell, C. Strickland, and J. Zambrano. 2020. Advancing an interdisciplinary framework to study seed dispersal ecology. AoB Plants 12 (2): plz048. DOI:

    Special Issue Editor's Choice Botany One

    Beckman, N. G. and P. Tiansawat. 2020. Trait-Based Approach For Selecting Species for Aerial Seeding. Chapter 6, pp 84-101 in Elliott S., G, Gale & M. Robertson (Eds), Automated Forest Restoration: Could Robots Revive Rain Forests? Proceedings of a brain-storming workshop , Chiang Mai University, Thailand. 254 pp.

    Freeman, J., E. Robinson, N. G. Beckman, D. Bird, J. A. Baggio, J. M. Anderies. 2020. The global ecology of human population density and interpreting changes in paleo-population density. Journal of Archaeological Science 120: 105168. DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2020.105168

    Marchand, P. L. S. Comita, S. J. Wright, R. Condit, S. P. Hubbell, N. G. Beckman*. 2020. Seed-to-seedling transitions exhibit distance-dependent mortality but no strong spacing effects for common tree species in a Neotropical forest. Ecology 101 (2): e02926 DOI: *Last author denotes senior author

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    Schreiber, S. and N. G. Beckman. 2020. Individual variation in dispersal and fecundity increases rates of spatial spread. AoB Plants 12 (3): plaa001. DOI:

    Special Issue Botany One

    Stump, S. M., J. H. Marden, N. G. Beckman, S. A. Mangan, L. S. Comita. 2020. Resistance-genes affect how pathogens maintain plant abundance and diversity. The American Naturalist 196 (4): 472–486   DOI:

    Zambrano, J., N. G. Beckman, J. Thompson, M. Uriate, Jess K. Zimmerman and N. G. Swenson. 2020. The scale dependency of trait-based tree neighborhood models. Journal of Vegetation Science 31 (4): 581-593. DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12880

    Zambrano, J., N. J. Cordeiro, C. Garzon-Lopez, L. Yeager, C. Fortunel, H. J. Ndangalasi, and N. G. Beckman*. 2020. Investigating the direct and indirect effects of forest fragmentation on plant functional diversity. PLOS ONE 15 (7): e0235210 DOI: *Last author denotes co-lead

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    Aslan, C. E., N. G. Beckman, H. R. Rogers, J. L. Bronstein, D. Zurell, F. Hartig, K. Shea, L. Pejchar, M. G. Neubert, J. R. Poulsen, J. HillRisLambers, M. N. Miriti, B. A. Loiselle, E. O. Effiom, J. Zambrano, E. W. Schupp, G. Pufal, J. Johnson, J. M. Bullock, J. F. Brodie, E. M. Bruna, R. S. Cantrell, R. Decker, E. C. Fricke, K. Gurski, A. Hastings, O. Kogan, J. A. Powell, O. H. Razafindratsima, M. Sandor, S. J. Schreiber, R. S. Snell, C. Strickland, and Y. Zhou. 2019. Employing plant functional groups to advance seed dispersal ecology and conservation. AoB Plants 11 (2): plz006. DOI:

    Special Issue Botany One

    Rogers, H. C., N. G. Beckman, F. Hartig, J.S. Johnson, G. Pufal, K. Shea, D. Zurell, J.M. Bullock, S. Cantrell, B. Loiselle, L. Pejchar, O. Razafindratsima, M. Sandor, E.W. Schupp, C. Strickland, J. Zambrano. 2019. The total dispersal kernel: a review and future directions. AoB Plants 11 (5): plz042. DOI:

    Special Issue Editor's Choice Botany One

    Schupp, E. W., R. Zwolak, L. R, Jones, R. S. Snell, N. G. Beckman, C. Aslan, B. R. Cavazos, E. Effiom, E. C. Fricke, F. Montaño-Centellas, J. Poulsen, O. H. Razafindratsima, M. E. Sandor, K. Shea. 2019. Intrinsic and Extrinsic Drivers of Intraspecific Variation in Seed Dispersal Are Diverse and Pervasive. AoB Plants 11 (6): plz067. DOI:

    Special Issue Editor's Choice Botany One

    Snell, R. S.*, N. G. Beckman*, E. C. Fricke, B. A. Loiselle, C. S. Carvalho, L. R. J. Jones, N. I. Lichti, N. Lustenhouwer, S. J. Schreiber, C. Strickland, L. L. Sullivan, B. R. Cavazos, I. Giladi, A. Hastings, K. M. Holbrook, E. Jongejans, O. Kogan, F. Montaño-Centellas, J. Rudolph, H. R. Rogers, R. Zwolak, and E. W. Schupp. 2019. Consequences of intraspecific variation in seed dispersal for plant demography, communities, evolution, and global change. AoB Plants 11 (4): plz016. DOI: *Authors contributed equally

    Special Issue Editor's Choice Botany One

    Zambrano, C. Garzon-Lopez, L. Yeager, C. Fortunel, N. J. Cordeiro, and N. G. Beckman*. 2019. The effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on plant functional traits and functional diversity: what do we know so far? Oecologia 191: 505–518. DOI: *Last author denotes co-lead

  • 2018

    Krishnadas, M., N. G. Beckman , J. C. Penagos, Y. Zhu, J. Whitacre, J. Wenzel, S. Queenborough, L. S. Comita. 2018. Environment and past land-use together predict functional diversity in a temperate forest. Ecological Applications. 28: 2142-2152. DOI: 10.1002/eap.1802

    Beckman, N. G. 2018. Seedscapades in Seedscapes: The Arising Researcher. Bulletin Ecological Society of America 99 (3): 311–312. DOI: 10.1002/bes2.1412

    Beckman, N. G., J. Bullock, R. Salguero-Gómez. 2018. High dispersal ability is related to fast life history strategies. Journal of Ecology. 106: 1349–1362. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12989

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  • 2017

    Tiansawat, P., N. G. Beckman, and J.W. Dalling. 2017. Pre-dispersal seed predators and fungi differ in their effect on Luehea seemannii capsule development, seed germination, and dormancy across two Panamanian forests. Biotropica 49 (6): 871-880. DOI: 10.1111/btp.12473

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  • 2016

    Burnside, William R., Heather Randell, Noelle G. Beckman, Jenny Zambrano, Allison Howard. 25 July 2016. RE: A socio-environmental perspective on international migration. Science eLetter.

  • 2014

    Comita, Liza S. Comita, Simon A. Queenborough, Jenalle L. Eck, Stephen Murphy, Kaiyang Xu, Meghna Krishnadas, Noelle Beckman and Yan Zhu. 2014.Testing predictions of the Janzen-Connell hypothesis: A meta-analysis of experimental evidence for distance- and density-dependent seed and seedling survival. Journal of Ecology 102 (2): 845-856. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12232

    Beckman, N.G., R. Dybzinski, and D. Tilman. 2014. Neighborhoods have little effect on fungal attack or insect predation of developing seeds in a grassland biodiversity experiment. Oecologia 174 (2): 521-532. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-013-2788-3

    Stephenson, N. L., A. J. Das, R. Condit, S. E. Russo, P. Baker, N. G. Beckman, et al. 2014. Rate of tree carbon accumulation increases continuously with tree size. Nature DOI:10.1038/nature12914

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  • 2013

    Beckman, N.G. and H. S. Rogers. 2013. Consequences of seed dispersal for plant recruitment in tropical forests: Interactions within the seedscape. Biotropica 45(6): 666–681. DOI: 10.1111/btp.12071

    Beckman, N.G. 2013. The distribution of fruit and seed toxicity during development for eleven Neotropical trees and vines in Central Panama. PloS ONE 8(7): e66764. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0066764

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  • 2012

    Beckman, N. G., C. Neuhauser, and H. C. Muller-Landau. 2012. The interacting effects of clumped seed dispersal and distance- and density-dependent mortality on seedling recruitment patterns. Journal of Ecology 100 (4): 862-873. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2012.01978.x

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  • 2011

    Beckman, N. G. and H.C. Muller-Landau. 2011. Linking fruit traits to variation in predispersal vertebrate seed predation, insect seed predation, and pathogen attack. Ecology 92: 2131-2140. DOI: 10.1890/10-2378.1

  • 2007

    Beckman, N. G. and H. C. Muller-Landau. 2007. Differential effects of hunting on pre-dispersal seed predation and primary and secondary seed removal of two Neotropical tree species. Biotropica 39 (3): 328-339. DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7429.2007.00273.x

    Editors’ Choice in Science

    Wright, S. J., K. E. Stoner, N. Beckman , R. T. Corlett, R. Dirzo, H. C. Muller-Landau, G. Nuñez-Iturri, C. A. Peres, B. C. Wang. 2007. The plight of large animals in tropical forests and the consequences for plant regeneration. Biotropica 39(3): 289-291. DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7429.2007.00293.x

    Mollov, D, M. Hayslett, K. Eichstaedt, N. Beckman, M. Daughtrey, B. Lockhart. 2007. Identification and characterization of a Carlavirus causing veinal Necrosis of Coleus. Plant Disease 91(6): 754-757. DOI: 10.1094/ PDIS-91-6-0754

    Marsh, D.M., R.B. Page, T.J. Hanlon, H. Bareke, R. Corritone, N. Jetter, N.G. Beckman, K.J.Gardner, D.E. Seifert and P.R. Cabe. 2007.  Ecological and genetic evidence that low-order streams inhibit dispersal by red-backed salamanders (Plethodon cinereus). Canadian Journal of Zoology 85(3): 319-327.

  • 2005

    Marsh, D.M., G.S. Milam, N.P. Gorham and N.G. Beckman. 2005.  Forest roads as partial barriers to terrestrial salamander movement. Conservation Biology 19(6): 2004-2008.

  • 2004

    Marsh, D. M. and N.G. Beckman. 2004. Effects of forest roads on the abundance and activity of terrestrial salamanders. Ecological Applications 14(6): 1882-1891.

  • 2003

    Beckman, N.G. and L. E. Hurd. 2003. Pollen feeding and fitness in a praying mantis:the vegetarian side of a tritrophic carnivore. Environmental Entomology 32(4): 881- 885. DOI: 10.1603/0046-225X-32.4.881