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cwdick lab

Christopher W. Dick

- Associate Curator (Vascular Plants)
- Associate Professor EEB

Academic Background

BA from Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
MA and Ph.D. from Harvard University
Postdoctoral fellowships at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Fields of study

Tropical biodiversity, molecular ecology, plant evolution


My lab investigates evolutionary processes that underlie the rich diversity of
tree species in tropical forests. My current work is focused on (1) the historical
biogeography and community assembly of tropical forests, (2) fine scale spatial
genetic structure and gene flow, and (3) specimen-based molecular tools for
biotic inventory of diverse tropical forests. The graduate students and post-docs
in my lab are broadly interested in molecular ecology, and have worked on topics
ranging from molecular systematics, chemical ecology, trophic structure, and plant-
herbivore interactions in temperate zone and tropical systems.


Select publications

Representative publications - Full list can be found Here

Dick, C. W., S. Lewis, M. Maslin, E. Bermingham. 2013.  Neogene origins and implied
warmth tolerance of Amazon tree species. Ecology and Evolution 3 (1): 162-169

Sedio, B. E., S. J. Wright, and C. W. Dick. 2012. Trait evolution and the coexistence
of a species swarm in the tropical forest understory. Journal of Ecology 100: 1183-

Jha, S., C. W. Dick. 2010. Native bees mediate long distance pollen dispersal in a
shade coffee landscape mosaic. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
USA 107 (31) 13760-13764

Pennington, R. T., C. W. Dick. 2010. Diversification of the Amazonian flora and
its relation to key geological and environmental events: a molecular perspective.
Chapter 23 in C. Hoorn and F. P. Wesselingh (eds) Amazonia, Landscape and Species
evolution. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK. Pp. 373-385.

Dick, C. W., M. Heuertz. 2008. The complex biogeographic history of a widespread
tropical tree species. Evolution 62: 2760-2774

Petit, R. J., F. S. Hu, C. W. Dick (2008) Forests of the past: a window to future changes.
Science 320: 1450-1452.