Staff Scientists

Matthew Larsen

Deputy Director for Research
William Wcislo

Director Emeritus and Senior Staff Scientist
Ira Rubinoff

Annette Aiello
Andrew Altieri
Kristina J. Anderson-Teixeira
John H. Christy
Rachel Collin
Richard Condit
Richard G. Cooke
Mireya D. Correa A.
Stuart J. Davies
William G. Eberhard
Héctor M. Guzmán
Jefferson Scott Hall
Stanley Heckadon-Moreno
Edward Allen Herre
Stephen Hubbell
Roberto Ibáñez
Patrick A. Jansen
Carlos Jaramillo
Elisabeth Kalko (1962-2011)
David Kenfack
Harilaos A. Lessios
Sean McMahon
William Owen McMillan
Helene C. Muller-Landau
Aaron O'Dea
Rachel Page
D. Ross Robertson
David Ward Roubik
Noris Salazar Allen
Fernando Santos-Granero
Ashley Sharpe
Robert Stallard
Mark Erik Torchin
Benjamin L. Turner
William Wcislo
Donald M. Windsor
Klaus Winter
S. Joseph Wright

Associate Scientist
Matteo Detto
Catherine Potvin
Oscar Puebla
Kristin Saltonstall
Sunshine A. Van Bael

Scientists emeriti
Anthony George Coates
Jeremy B.C. Jackson
Nancy Knowlton
Egbert Giles Leigh, Jr.
Olga F. Linares (1936-2014)
Dolores Piperno
A. Stanley Rand (1932 - 2005)
Neal Smith (1937-2012)
Mary Jane West-Eberhard


Staff scientists represent several disciplines, including animal behavior, ecology, physiology, archaeology, paleoecology, conservation biology, evolutionary biology, and anthropology. Archaeologists and paleoecologists study how interactions among animals, plants, humans, and tropical environments have changed through time. Animal behaviorists, ecologists, and physiologists investigate how these interactions influence the structure and dynamics of tropical ecosystems. Anthropologists work with contemporary peoples in order to understand how human society exploits, shapes, and conserves tropical biomes. Evolutionary biologists are concerned with the origins and maintenance of biological diversity, and the organization of ecosystems and animal societies. Conservation Biologists study the impact of human activities on ecological and evolutionary processes and provide recommendations for biodiversity conservation.

Dr. William T. Wcislo

Dr. William T. Wcislo

Most STRI research encompasses several disciplines, with evolution being a recurrent theme. Synergisms among disciplines often yield unexpected discoveries.

Staff scientists maintain an outstanding level of productivity, including scientific publications in journals as well as textbooks used worldwide as a training tool for the next generation of tropical researchers. National Research Council guidelines were used to compare the productivity levels of staff scientists from STRI and professors from major research universities in October 2000. STRI biologists ranked third and fourth in terms of numbers of publications and citations in peer reviewed journals, respectively, relative to 129 university biology departments. STRI anthropologists ranked first on both counts, relative to 35 university anthropology departments.