South Florida Terrestrial Ecosystems Lab
Southeast Environmental Research Center

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Subedi, S. C., Hogan, J. A., Ross, M. S., Sah, J. P. and Baraloto, C. 2019. Evidence for trait-based community assembly patterns in hardwood hammock forests.. Ecosphere 10 (12)/ e02956. 10.1002/ecs2.2956.

Ross, M. S., Ogurcak, D. E., Stoffella, S., Sah, J. P., Hernandez, J. and Willoughy, H. 2019. Hurricane Irma and the structural decline of pine forests on a low limestone island. . Estuaries and Coasts (First published on line: doi: 10.1007/s12237-019-00624-z).

Ogurcak, D. E., Sah, J. P., Price, R. M. and Ross, M. S. 2019. Shifting baselines in coastal forests: rising seas transform plant communities from the 'ground' up. . Forest Ecology and Management 453 (2019) 117581 (doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2019.117581)

Subedi, S. C., Ross, M. S., Sah, J. P., Redwine, J. and Baraloto, C. 2019. Trait-based community assembly pattern along a forest succession gradient in a seasonally dry tropical forest.. Ecosphere 10 (4)/ e02719.10.1002/ecs2.2719.

Marazzi, L., Gaiser, E., Eppinga, M., Sah, J. P., Zhai, L., Castaneda-Moya, E. and Angelini, C. 2019. Why do we need to document and conserve foundation species in freshwater wetlands? . Water 11, 265:1-29.

Subedi, S. C., Ross, M. S., Vidales, R., Sah, J. P., Sternberg, L. 2018. Variation in stomatal characteristics of Bursera simaruba, a dominant tree species of tropical hardwood hammock forest across a habitat gradient in the Florida Keys.. American Journal of Plant Sciences 9:2120-2139.

Sah, J. P., Ruiz, P. L. and Ross, M. S. 2018. Spatio-temporal pattern of plant communities along a hydrologic gradient in Everglades tree islands. . Forest Ecology and Management 421:16-31.

Diamond, J.M. 2017.First North American report of an American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) roosting in a Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) nest. Florida Field Naturalist, 45(1): 18-20

Wetzel, P., Sah, J. P. and Ross, M. S. 2017. Tree Islands: The Bellwether of Everglades EcosystemFunction and Restoration Success.  Restoration Ecology 25 (S1): S71-S85

Barrios, B., Koptur, S. and Sah, J. P. 2017. The effects of habitat fragmentation on the reproduction and abundance of Angadenia berteroi. . Journal of Plant Ecology 10 (2): 340-348.

Diamond, J.M., Blanco, J., & Freixa, J. 2016.White-crowned Pigeons (Patagioenas leucocephala) in suburban Miami-Dade County: A review of literature and citizen-science data. Florida Field Naturalist, 44(4), 147-194.

Diamond, J.M., & Ross, M.S. 2016.Canopy gaps do not help establish pioneer species in a South Florida dry forest. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 32(2), 107–115.

Diamond, J.M., & Heinen, J.T. 2016.Conserving rare plants in locally-protected urban forest fragments: A case study from Miami-Dade County, Florida. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 20, 1–11.

Sullivan, P.L., Price, R. M., Ross, M. S., Stoffella, S. L., Sah, J. P., Scinto, L. J., Cline, E., Dreschel, T. W. and Sklar, F. H. 2016. Trees: a powerful geomorphic agent governing the landscape evolution of a subtropical wetland. Biogeochemistry128: 369-384

Zhang K., Thapa B., Ross M.S. and Gann D. 2016. Remote sensing of seasonal changes and disturbances in mangrove forest: a case study from South Florida . Ecosphere 7 (6).

Ross, M. S., Sah, J. P., Ruiz, P. L., Spitzig, A. and Subedi, S. 2016. Inferring implications of climate change in patchy tropical dry forests through analysis of metacommunity structure . Diversity and Distributions 22: 783-796.

Paudel, S. and Sah, J. P. 2015. Effects of different management practices on stand composition and species diversity in sub-tropical forests in Nepal: Implications of community participation in biodiversity conservation . Journal of Sustainable Forestry 34: 738-760.

Carrington M.E.,4, Ross M.S. and Basit A.F. 2015.Posthurricane Seedling Structure in a Multi-aged Tropical Dry Forest: Implications for Community Succession. Biotropica 47(5): 536–541.

Irick D., Gu B., Li Y., Inglett P.W., Frederick P.C., Ross M.S., Wright A.L. and Ewe S.M.L, 2015. Wading bird guano enrichment of soil nutrients in tree islands of the Florida Everglades.Science of the Total Environment 532:40–47.

Zhu Y., Gu B., Irick D., Ewe S., Li Y., Ross M.S. and Ma L.Q. 2014. Wading bird guano contributes to Hg accumulation in tree island soils in the Florida Everglades. Environmental Pollution 184: 313-319.

Ross, M. S., Sah, J. P., Meeder, J. F., Ruiz, P. L. and Telesnicki, G. 2014. Compositional effects of sea-level rise in a patchy landscape: the dynamics of tree islands in the southern coastal Everglades. Wetlands 34 (Suppl 1): S91-S100.

Sah, J. P., M. S. Ross, S. Saha, P. Minchin, and J. Sadle. 2014. Trajectories of vegetation response to water management in Taylor Slough, Everglades National Park, Florida. Wetlands 34 (Suppl 1): S65-S79

Sullivan, P., V. Engel, R. M. Price, and M. S. Ross. 2013 (online). ;The influence of vegetation on the hydrodynamics and geomorphology of a tree island in Everglades National Par, (Florida, USA). Ecohydrology. DOI: 10.1002/eco.1394.

Irick, D. L., Y. C. Li, P. W. Inglett, W. G. Harris, B. Gu, M. S. Ross, A. L. Wright, and K. W. Migliaccio.  2013.  Characteristics of soil phosphorus in tree island hardwood hammocks of the southern Florida Everglades.  Soil Science Society of America Journal 77 (3): 1048-1056.

Ruiz, P.L, M. S. Ross, J. P. Sah, and A. A. Spitzig.  2013 (online).  Tree island response to fire and flooding in the short-hydroperiod marl prairie grasslands of the Florida Everglades.  Fire Ecology.  DOI 10.1007/s13157-013-0390-4

Sullivan, P., R. M. Price, F. Miralles-Wilhelm, M. Ross, L. Scinto, T. Dreschel, F. Sklar, and E. Cline.  2012 (Online).  The role of recharge and evapotranspiration as hydraulic drivers of ion concentrations in shallow groundwater on Everglades tree islands, Florida (USA).  Hydrologic Processes.  DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9575

Subedi, S. C., M. S. Ross, and L. J. Scinto.  2012 (online).  Nutrient limitation in two Everglades tree species planted on constructed tree islands.  Wetlands. DOI 10.1007/s13157-012-0346-0

Espinar, J. L., M. S. Ross and J. P. Sah.    2011.  Pattern of nutrient availability and plant community assemblage in Everglades tree islands, Florida, USA. Hydrobiologia.  667: 89-99.

Maschinski, J., M. S. Ross, H. Liu, J. O’Brien, E. J. von Wettberg, and K. E. Haskins.  2011.  Sinking ships: conservation options for endemic taxa threatened by sea level rise.  Climatic Change 107(1, 2): 147-167.

Saha, S., K. Bradley, M. S. Ross, P. Hughes, T. Wilmers, P. L. Ruiz, & C. Bergh.  2011.  Hurricane effects on subtropical pine rocklands of the Florida Keys.  Climatic Change 107(1, 2): 169-184.

Zhang, K, J. Dittmar, M. Ross, and C. Bergh.  2011.  Assessment of sea level rise impacts on human population and real property in the Florida Keys.  Climatic Change 107(1, 2): 129-146.

Saha, A. K., S. Saha, J. Sadle, J. Jiang, M. S. Ross, R. M. Price, L. Sternberg, and K. Wendelberger.  2011.  Sea level rise and South Florida coastal forests.  Climatic Change 107(1, 2): 81-108.

D’Odorico, P. D., V. Engel, J. Carr, S. F. Oberbauer, M. S. Ross, and J. P. Sah.  2011.  Tree-grass coexistence in the Everglades freshwater system.  Ecosystems 14(2): 298-310.

Sullivan, P., R. Price, M. Ross, L. Scinto, S. Stoffella, E. Cline, T. Dreschel, and F. Sklar.  2011.  Hydrologic processes of tree islands in the Everglades: tracking the effects of tree establishment and growth.  Hydrogeology Journal 19(2): 367-378.

Wang, X., L. O. Sternberg, M. S. Ross, and V. C. Engel.  2011.  Linking water use and nutrient accumulation in tree island upland hammock plant communities in the Everglades National Park, USA.  Biogeochemistry.  104(1-3): 133-146.

Clement, B. M., J. Javier, J. P. Sah, M. S. Ross.  2011.  The effects of wildfires on the magnetic properties of soils in the Everglades.  Earth Surface Processes and Landforms  36 (4): 460-466.

Ross, M. S. and J. P. Sah.  2011.  Forest resource islands in a sub-tropical marsh: soil-site relationships in Everglades hardwood hammocks.  Ecosystems 14 (4): 632-645.

Hanan, E. J., M. S. Ross, P. L. Ruiz & J. P. Sah.  2010. Multi-scaled grassland-woody plant dynamics in the heterogeneous marl prairies of the southern Everglades.  Ecosystems 13(8): 1256-1274.

Stoffella, S. L., M. S. Ross, J. P. Sah, R. Price, P. L. Sullivan, E. A. Cline, and L. J. Scinto.  2010. Survival and growth responses of eight Everglades tree species along an experimental hydrologic gradient on two tree island types.  Applied Vegetation Science.  13(4): 439-449.

Ross, M. S., D. E. Ogurcak, J. P. Sah & P. L. Ruiz. 2010.  Using Florida Keys reference sites as a standard for restoration of forest structure in Everglades tree islands.  International Journal of Forestry Research. Volume 2010, Article ID 176909, 8 pages.  DOI:10.1155/2010/176909

Sah, J. P., M. S. Ross, J. R. Snyder & D. Ogurcak.  2010.  Tree mortality following prescribed fire and a storm surge event in slash pine (Pinus elliottii var. densa) forests in the Florida Keys, USA.  International Journal of Forestry Research. Volume 2010, Article ID 204795, 13 pages.  DOI:10.1155/2010/204795.

Hanan, E. J. & M. S. Ross.  2010.  Across-scale patterning of plant-soil-water interactions surrounding tree islands in Southern Everglades landscapes.  Landscape Ecology 25 (3): 463-475.

Ross, M. S., P. L. Ruiz, J. P. Sah, and E. J. Hanan.  2009. Chilling events in a changing climate in coastal landscape of the subtropical zone: a case study from south Florida.  Global Change Biology 15: 1817–1832.

Ross, M. S., J. J. O’Brien, R. G. Ford, K. Zhang, and A. Morkill.  2009.  Disturbance and the rising tide: the challenge of biodiversity management for low island ecosystems.  Frontiers in Ecology and Environment 7(9): 471-478.

Zhang, K., M. Simard, M. Ross, V. H. Rivera-Monroy, P. Houle, P. Ruiz, R. R. Twilley, and K. Whelan.  2008.  Airborne laser scanning quantification of disturbances from hurricanes and lightning strikes to mangrove forests in Everglades National Park, USA.  Sensors 8: 2262-2292.

Graf, M-T, G. L. Chmura, M. Schwadron, M. S. Ross, and P. A. Stone.  2008.  An enigmatic mineralized layer in Everglades tree island peats.  EOS 89: 12: 117-118.

Timilsina, N., M.S. Ross and J.T. Heinen.  2007.  A community analysis of Sal (Shorea robusta) forests in the Western terai of Nepal.  Forest Ecology and Management  241: 223-234.

Sah, J. P., Ross, M. S., Snyder, J. R., Koptur, S. and Cooley, H. 2006. Fuel loads, fire regimes and post-fire fuel dynamics in the Florida Keys pine forests. International Journal of Wildland Fire 15 (4): 463-478.  

Simard, M., K. Zhang, V.H. Rivera-Monroy, M.S. Ross, P.L. Ruiz, E. Castaneda-Moya, R.R. Twilley, E. Rodriguez 2006. Mapping Height and Biomass of Mangrove Forests in Everglades National Park with SRTM Elevation Data. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 72(3): 299-311. 
Jones, D. T., Sah, J. P., Ross, M. S., Oberbauer, S. F., Hwang, B. and Jayachandran, K. 2006.

Growth and physiological responses of twelve tree species common in Everglades tree islands to simulated hydrologic regimes. Wetlands 26:830-844. 

Ross, M . S., P. L. Ruiz, J. P. Sah, D. L. Reed, J. Walters, & J. F. Meeder.  2006. Early post-hurricane stand development in Fringe mangrove forests of contrasting productivity.Plant Ecology 185:283-297. 

Ross, M . S, S. Mitchell-Brucker, J. P. Sah, S. Stothoff, P. L. Ruiz, D. L. Reed, K. Jayachandran, & C. L. Coultas. 2006. Interaction of hydrology and nutrient limitation in the Ridge and Slough landscape of the southern Everglades. Hydrobiologia 569:37-59. 

Armentano, T. V., J. P. Sah, M . S. Ross, D. T. Jones, H. C. Cooley, & C. S. Smith. S. Koptur, & J. R. Snyder. 2006.  Rapid responses of vegetation to hydrological changes in Taylor Slough, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA. Hydrobiologia 569:293-309.

 Sah, J. P., M . S. Ross, S. Koptur, & J. R. Snyder. 2004.  Estimating aboveground biomass of broadleaved woody plants in the understory of Florida Keys pine forestsForest Ecology & Management. 203:319-329.

Lockwood, J. L., M. S. Ross, & J. P. Sah. 2003. Smoke on the water: the interplay of fire and water flow on Everglades restoration. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment, 1 (9): 462-468.

Ross, M. S., C. L. Coultas, & Y. P. Hsieh. 2003. Soil-productivity relationships and organic matter turnover in dry tropical forests of the Florida Keys. Plant and Soil 253: 479-492.

Ross, M. S., D. L. Reed, J. P. Sah, P. L. Ruiz, & M. T. Lewin. 2003. Vegetation:environment relationships and water management in Shark Slough, Everglades National Park. - Wetlands Ecology and Management, 11:291-303.  

Ross, M. S. , P. L. Ruiz, G. J. Telesnicki, & J. F. Meeder 2001. Estimating above-ground biomass and production in mangrove communities of Biscayne National park, Florida (USA). Wetlands Ecology and Management 9: 27-97.

Fry B., Berna A.L., Ross M.S. and Meederbz J.F. 2000. Studies of Nitrogen Use by the Red Mangrove, Rhizophora mangle L. in South Florida. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 50, 291–296

Ross, M. S., J. F. Meeder, J. P. Sah, P. L. Ruiz, & G. J. Telesnicki. 2000.  The Southeast Saline Everglades revisited: a half-century of coastal vegetation change. Journal of Vegetation Science 11:101-112. 

Ross, M. S., M. Carrington,  L. J. Flynn, & P. L. Ruiz. 1999. Forest succession in tropical hardwood hammocks of the Florida Keys: effects of direct mortality from Hurricane Andrew. Biotropica 33:23-33.

Ross, M. S., J. O'Brien, & L. Sternberg. 1994. Sea level rise and the decline of Pine Rockland forests in the Lower Florida Keys.  Ecological Applications 4 (1): 144-156.

Ross, M. S., J. O'Brien, & L. Flynn. 1992. Ecological site classification of Florida Keys terrestrial habitats.  Biotropica 24:488-502.