In Review

Núñez-Reguiro M.M., Fletcher R.J., Pienaar E.F., Branch L.C., Volante J., and S.W. Rifai. in review. Adding the temporal dimension to spatial patterns of Payment for Ecosystem Services enrollment. Ecosystem Services

Gvozdevaite A., Oliveras I., Rifai S.W., Fauset S., Waites R., Peprah T., Boakye M., Afriyie L., Martini D., Miguel J., Moore S., Adu-Bredu S., and Y. Malhi. submitted Significance of leaf shape dynamics along light and temperature gradients in the tropics. Oecologia.

Aguirre Gutiérrez J., Oliveras I., Rifai S.W., Gvozdevaite A., Fauset S., Ziemińska K., Lewis S.L., Feldpausch T.R., Phillips O., Hubau W., Moore S., Peprah T. , Affum-Baffoe K., Swaine M.D.,Adu-Bredu S., Enquist B., and Y. Malhi. in review. Drier tropical forests are more susceptible to functional changes after a long-term drought. Ecology Letters.

In Press

Rifai, S.W., Girardin C.A.J., Berenguer E., Aguila-Pasquel J., Dahlsjö C.A.L, Doughty C.E., Jeffery K.J., Moore S., Oliveras I., Riutta T., Rowland L.M., Araujo Murakami A., Addo-Danso S.D., Brando P., Burton C., Evouna Ondo F., Duah-Gyamfi A., Farfán Amézquita F., Freitag R., Hancco Pacha F., Huaraca Huasco W., Ibrahim F., Mbou A.T., Mihindou Mihindou V., Peixoto K.S., Rocha W., Rossi L.C., Seixas M., Silva-Espejo J.E., Abernethy K.A., Adu-Bredu S., Barlow J., da Costa A.C.L., Gardner T., Marimon B.S., Marimon-Junior B.H., Meir P., Metcalfe D.B., Phillips O., White L.J.T., and Y. Malhi., in press. ENSO drives interannual variation of forest woody growth across the tropics through atmospheric and soil water droughts. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

Burton C., Rifai S.W., and Y. Malhi. in press. Inter-comparison and assessment of gridded climate products over tropical forests during the 2015-16 El Niño. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

Magnabosco Marra, D., Trumbore, S., Higuchi N., Ribeiro, G., Negron-Juarez, R., Holzwarth, F., Rifai, S.W., Santos, J., Lima, A., Kinupp, V., Chambers, J., and Wirth, C. In press. Windthrows control biomass patterns and functional composition of Amazon forests. Global Change Biology


Visakorpi, K. , Gripenberg, S. , Malhi, Y. , Bolas, C. , Oliveras, I. , Harris, N. , Rifai, S. and Riutta, T. 2018., Small‐scale indirect plant responses to insect herbivory could have major impacts on canopy photosynthesis and isoprene emission. New Phytologist. doi:10.1111/nph.15338

Negrón-Juarez, R.I., Chambers, J.Q., Marra, D.M., Holm, J.A, Rifai, S.W., Riley, W.J., McGroddy, M.E., Koven, C.D, Knox, R.G., Urquiza-Muñoz, J.D, Tello-Espinoza, R., Alegria-Muñoz, W.A., Ribeiro, G.H.P.M, and N. Higuchi. 2018. Vulnerability of Amazon forests to storm-driven tree mortality. Environmental Research Letters 13:5


Wilson, C.H., Caughlin, T.T., Rifai, S.W., Boughton, E.H., Mack, M.M., and S.L. Flory. 2017. Multi-decadal time series of remotely sensed vegetation improves prediction of soil carbon in a subtropical grassland. Ecological Applications 27: 1646-1656.

Tucker, J.M., Vittor, A., Rifai, S.W., and D. Valle. 2017. Does deforestation promote or inhibit malaria transmission in the Amazon? A systematic literature review and critical appraisal of the effect of deforestation on malaria. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. (372)


Caughlin, T.T., Rifai, S.W., Graves, S.J., Asner, G.P., and S.A. Bohlman. 2016. Landsat-LiDAR integration reveals widespread reforestation in a tropical agricultural landscape. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation.

Rifai, S.W., J.D. Urquiza Muñoz , R.I. Negrón-Juarez , F. Ramirez Arevalo , R. Tello, M. Vanderwel , J. Lichstein , J.Q. Chambers , and S.A. Bohlman. 2016. Landscape-scale consequences of differential tree mortality from catastrophic wind disturbance in the Amazon. Ecological Applications.


Rifai, S.W., West, T.A.P, and F.E. Putz. 2015. “Carbon Cowboys” could inflate REDD+ payments through positive measurement bias. Carbon Management. (6): 151-158.

Graves, S.J., Rifai, S.W., and Putz, F.E. 2014. Outer bark thickness decreases more with height on stems of fire-resistant than fire-sensitive Floridian oaks. American Journal of Botany. (101): 2183-2188.

Cho, A. H., S. A. Johnson, C. E. Schuman, J. M. Adler, O. Gonzalez, S. J. Graves, J. R. Huebner, D.B. Marchant, S.W. Rifai, I Skinner, and E. M. Bruna. 2014. Women are underrepresented on editorial boards in environmental biology and natural resource managment. PeerJ: 2:e542

Negón-Juárez, R.I., Chambers, J.Q., Marra, D.M., Ribeiro, G.H.P.M, Rifai, S.W., Higuchi, N. and D. Roberts. (2011) Detection of subpixel treefall gaps with Landsat imagery in Central Amazon forests. Remote Sensing of Environment (115): 3322-3328.

Rifai, S.W., D. Markewitz, and B.E. Borders. (2010) Twenty years of intensive fertilization and competing vegetation suppression in loblolly pine plantations: Impacts on soil C, N, and microbial biomass. Soil Biology and Biochemistry (42): 713-723.

Santos , G.M., M. Mazon, J. Southon, S. Rifai and R.B. Moore (2007b) Evaluation of iron and cobalt powder brands as suitable catalysts for 14C-AMS target preparation, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B (259): 308-315.