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Dr. Edwin Lebrija-Trejos


Phone: 972-4-9838910




2009 - Ph.D. (Resource and Production Ecology), Wageningen University

2004 - M.Sc. (Forest and Nature Conservation), Wageningen University

2001 - B.Sc. (Biology), Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México


Research Interests

I am a plant ecologist broadly interested in patterns, determinants and consequences of species dynamics and community structure in undisturbed and human-modified ecosystems. By working in communities ranging from desserts to tropical rain forest, I have grasped the importance of understanding the diversity of plant life-history strategies and the role that changing regional conditions have in modulating mechanisms of community assembly. Consequently, I have lately become interested in studying the effects of climate variation on ecological interactions and on the performance of species with contrasting ecological strategies. To pursue this understanding, I combine experimental and field research with basic and advanced statistical tools such as maximum likelihood methods and Bayesian modeling. Ultimately, I am interested in advancing our understanding of the mechanisms behind highly variable patterns of community assembly. Such variable patterns pose a challenge to the construction and applicability of ecological rules and, consequently, to our ability to predict the future of vegetation systems.


Selected Publications

Lebrija-Trejos, E., Reich, P.B., Wright, S. J. and Hernández, A. 2016. Species with greater seed mass are more tolerant of conspecific neighbors: a key driver of early survival and future abundances in a tropical forest. Ecology Letters (In Press).

Norden, N., Angarita, H.A., Bongers, F., Martínez-Ramos, M., Granzow-de la Cerda, I., van Breugel, M., Lebrija-Trejos, E., Meave, J.A.,  Vandermeer,  J., Williamson, B., Finegan, B., Mesquita, R. and Chazdon, R.L. 2015. Successional dynamics in Neotropical forests are as uncertain as they are predictable. PNAS 112: 8013-8018.

Lebrija-Trejos, E., Wright, S. J., Hernández, A. and Reich, P.B. Heterospecifics matter: phylogenetic density dependent survival of seedlings in a tropical forest. 2014. Ecology, 95: 940-951.

Tielbörger, K., Bilton, M.C., Metz, J., Kigel, J.,  Holzapfel, C., Lebrija-Trejos, E., Konsens, I., Parag, H., and Sternberg, M. 2014. Middle-Eastern plant communities tolerate 9 years of drought in a multi-site climate manipulation experiment. Nature Communications 5, doi:10.1038/ncomms6102.

Lebrija-Trejos, E., Cardiel-Lobato, M.C., Sternberg, M. 2011. Reproductive traits and soil seed dynamics at two environmentally contrasting annual plant communities: from fieldwork to theoretical expectations. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution 57: 73-90.

Lebrija-Trejos, E., Meave, J.A., Poorter, L., Pérez-García, E.A. and Bongers, F. 2010. Pathways, mechanisms and predictability of vegetation change during tropical dry forest succession. Perspectives in Plant Ecology Evolution and Systematics 12: 267-275.

Lebrija-Trejos, E., Pérez-García, E.A., Meave, J. A., Bongers, F. and Poorter, L. 2010. Functional traits and environmental filtering drive community assembly in a species-rich landscape. Ecology 91: 386 – 398.



Quantitative Methods in Ecology, Plant and Animals in their Natural Environment, Structure and Evolutions of Plants, Theoretical and Applied Plant Community Ecology