Dra. Tania Brenes

De Mendoza CONICET

Postdoctoral research fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

Current Address: Depto. de Antropología, Museo de Historia Natural de San Rafael Mendoza, Argentina. Email: taniabrenes@fulbrighmail.org, brenest@si.edu.

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Plant-insect interactions, chemical ecology, and tropical forests dynamics.


BrenesArguedas T, C, Coley PD, and Kursar TA. Pest versus drought as determinants of plant distribution along a tropical rainfall gradient. Ecology. In press.

BrenesArguedas T, Ríos M, RivasTorres G, Blundo C, Coley PD, and Kursar TA. (2008) The effect of soil on the growth performance of tropical species with contrasting distributions. Oikos. 117:14531460

BrenesArguedas T, Coley PD, Kursar TA. (2008) Divergence and diversity in the defensive ecology of Inga at two Neotropical sites. J. Ecol. 96:127135

BrenesArguedas T, Horton MW, Coley PD, Lokvam J, Waddell RA, MeizosoO’Meara BE, Kursar TA. (2006) Contrasting mechanisms of secondary metabolite accumulation during leaf development in two tropical tree species with different leaf expansion strategies. Oecologia. 149:91100

Lokvam J, BrenesArguedas T, Lee SJ, Coley PD, Kursar TA. (2006) Allelochemic function for a primary metabolite: the case of Ltyrosine hyperproduction in Inga umbellifera (Fabaceae). Am. J. Bot. 93:11091115

Coley PD, Lokvam J, Rudolph K, Bromberg K, Wright L, BrenesArguedas T, Dvorett D, Ring S, Ponge A, Baptiste C, Pennington TR, Kursar TA. (2005) Divergent defensive strategies of young leaves in two Neotropical species of Inga. Ecology. 86:26332643

BrenesArguedas T, Coley PD. (2005) Phenotypic variation and spatial structure of secondary chemistry in a natural population of a tropical tree species. Oikos. 108: 410420.

Schwendenmann L, Veldkamp E, Brenes T, O'Brien JJ, Mackensen J. (2003) Spatial and temporal variation in soil CO2 efflux in an oldgrowth Neotropical rain forest, La Selva, Costa Rica. Biogeochemistry. 64: 111128

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