Laboratory: Tropical Forest Ecology
PhD, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, 2012
BS in Ecology and Evolution, University of Pittsburgh. summa cum laude, Departmental Honors, 2003
Tropical Community, Ecosystem, and Physiological Ecology. My research combines data from traditional forest plots, ecophysiological measurements, and LiDAR remote sensing to study the combined effects of size structure, light limitation, and physiological diversity on tropical forest dynamics and ecosystem processes, including biosphere–atmosphere interactions.
SC Stark, Leitold V, Wu J, Hunter MO, Lefsky MA, McMahon SM, Parker GG, Shimabukuro MT, Castilho CV, Schietti J, Shimabukuro YE, Costa FRC, Brandão DO, Woodcock TK, Higuchi N, Camargo PB, Oliveira RC, and Saleska SR. Amazon forest carbon dynamics predicted by profiles of canopy leaf area and light environment. Ecology Letters 15(12), 1406–1414.
ML Friesen, JL Sachs, SS Porter, EJ von Wettberg, SC Stark, and E Martinez-Romero. 2011. Microbially Mediated Plant Functional Traits. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 42(1): 23–46.
SC Stark, LP Bentley, BJ Enquist. 2011. FORUM: Response to Coomes & Allen (2009) ‘Testing the metabolic scaling theory of tree growth’. Journal of Ecology. 99(3): 741–747.
JA Banta, SC Stark, MHH Stevens, TH Pendergast, A Baumert, WP Carson. Light reduction predicts widespread patterns of dominance between asters and goldenrods. 2008. Plant Ecology 199: 65-76.
BJ Enquist, AJ Kerkhoff, SC Stark, NG Swenson, MC McCarthy, and CA Price. 2007. A general integrative model for scaling plant growth, carbon flux, and functional trait spectra. Nature 449: 218-222.
BJ Enquist, and SC Stark. 2007. Follow Thompson’s map to turn biology from a science into a Science. Nature 446: 611-611.
SC Stark, DE Bunker, and WP Carson. 2006. Evaluating a null hypothesis of exotic plant diversity with exotic and native species-area relationships. Ecology Letters. 9: 136-141.