Hans ter Steege

Hans ter Steege (photo courtesy Systems Ecology VU)

I am keenly interested in the study of plant diversity and mechanisms generating and regulating diversity at regional and local scale with a focus on the Amazon Rainforest. I have built up large network of collaborating colleagues in the Amazon and outside: The Amazon Tree Diversity Network. With this network we study patterns and processes of species composition, relative abundance patterns, and functional behaviour of the Amazon forest, and its evolution.

Keywords

Amazon, tree diversity, biodiversity, community ecology

Prof. Dr. Hans ter Steege

Group Leader
Biodiversity dynamics

hans.tersteege@naturalis.nl
+31 (0)71 751 9272

Amazon Tree Diversity Network
Google Scholar
Publons (SCI)
Lattes

Research
interest

My research focuses on understanding the origin and regulation of biodiversity.

I work mainly within the framework of the Amazon Tree Diversity Network (ATDN). I am particularly interested in causes for tree alpha- and beta-diversity. While trees are my personal pet-plants, I also work with Herbarium material, bryophytes and vascular epiphytes.

Morning light Upper Rio Negro
Early morning Amazon forest Ecuador

Current
topics

A selection of the topics I am working on currently.

  • Dominance and diversity of the Amazon Forest
  • Threats to the Amazon Tree Flora
  • Mono-dominance in the Amazon
  • Discovery of the Amazonian Tree Flora
  • Species estimation in poorly sampled regions
  • Dispersal and beta diversity
  • Traits of Amazon trees and forest function
  • Biogeography of Amazonian trees

Key
publications

  • ter Steege, H., Mota de Oliveira, Pitman, N., S., Sabatier, D., Antonelli, A., Guevara, J.E., Aymard, G. & Salomão, R.P. (2019). Towards a dynamic list of Amazonian tree species. Scientific Reports 9: 3501 DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-40101-y 1
  • Levis C., Costa F.R.C., Bongers F., Peña-Claros M., Clement C.R., Junqueira A.B., Neves E.G., Tamanaha E.K., Figueiredo F.O.G., Salomão R.P., Castilho C.V., Magnusson W.E., Phillips O.L., Guevara J.E., Sabatier D., Molino J.-F., López D.C., Mendoza A.M., Pitman N.C.A., Duque A., Vargas P.N., Zartman C.E., Vasquez R., Andrade A., Camargo J.L., Feldpausch T.R., Laurance S.G.W., Laurance W.F., Killeen T.J., Nascimento H.E.M., Montero J.C., Mostacedo B., Amaral I.L., Guimarães Vieira I.C., Brienen R., Castellanos H., Terborgh J., Carim M.d.J.V., Guimarães J.R.d.S., Coelho L.d.S., Matos F.D.d.A., Wittmann F., Mogollón H.F., Damasco G., Dávila N., García-Villacorta R., Coronado E.N.H., Emilio T., Filho D.d.A.L., Schietti J., Souza P., Targhetta N., Comiskey J.A., Marimon B.S., Marimon B.-H., Neill D., Alonso A., Arroyo L., Carvalho F.A., de Souza F.C., Dallmeier F., Pansonato M.P., Duivenvoorden J.F., Fine P.V.A., Stevenson P.R., Araujo-Murakami A., Aymard C. G.A., Baraloto C., do Amaral D.D., Engel J., Henkel T.W., Maas P., Petronelli P., Revilla J.D.C., Stropp J., Daly D., Gribel R., Paredes M.R., Silveira M., Thomas-Caesar R., Baker T.R., da Silva N.F., Ferreira L.V., Peres C.A., Silman M.R., Cerón C., Valverde F.C., Di Fiore A., Jimenez E.M., Mora M.C.P., Toledo M., Barbosa E.M., Bonates L.C.d.M., Arboleda N.C., Farias E.d.S., Fuentes A., Guillaumet J.-L., Jørgensen P.M., Malhi Y., de Andrade Miranda I.P., Phillips J.F., Prieto A., Rudas A., Ruschel A.R., Silva N., von Hildebrand P., Vos V.A., Zent E.L., Zent S., Cintra B.B.L., Nascimento M.T., Oliveira A.A., Ramirez-Angulo H., Ramos J.F., Rivas G., Schöngart J., Sierra R., Tirado M., van der Heijden G., Torre E.V., Wang O., Young K.R., Baider C., Cano A., Farfan-Rios W., Ferreira C., Hoffman B., Mendoza C., Mesones I., Torres-Lezama A., Medina M.N.U., van Andel T.R., Villarroel D., Zagt R., Alexiades M.N., Balslev H., Garcia-Cabrera K., Gonzales T., Hernandez L., Huamantupa-Chuquimaco I., Manzatto A.G., Milliken W., Cuenca W.P., Pansini S., Pauletto D., Arevalo F.R., Reis N.F.C., Sampaio A.F., Giraldo L.E.U., Sandoval E.H.V., Gamarra L.V., Vela C.I.A. & ter Steege H.  (2017). Persistent effects of pre-Columbian plant domestication on Amazonian forest composition. Science 355: 925-931 DOI: 10.1126/science.aal0157
  • ter Steege, H., Pitman, N.C.A., Killeen, T.J., Laurance, W.F., Peres, C.A., Guevara, J.E., Salomão, R.P., Castilho, C.V., Amaral, I.L., de Almeida Matos, F.D., Coelho, L.d.S., Magnusson, W.E., Phillips, O.L., Lima Filho, D.d.A., Carim, M.d.J.V., Irume, M.V., Martins, M.P., Molino, J-F., Sabatier, D., Wittmann, F., Cárdenas López, D., Guimarães, J.R.d.S., Monteagudo Mendoza, A., Núñez Vargas, P., Manzatto, A.G., Reis, N.F.C., Terborgh, J., Casula, K.R., Montero, J.C., Feldpausch, T.R., Honorio Coronado, E.N., Duque Montoya, A.J., Zartman, C.E., Mostacedo, B., Vasquez, R., Assis, R.L., Medeiros, M.B., Simon, M.F., Andrade, A., Laurance, S.G.W., Mendonça Nascimento, H.E., Marimon, B.S., Marimon Jr., B-H., Costa, F., Targhetta, N., Vieira, I.C.G., Brienen, R., Castellanos, H., Duivenvoorden, J.F., Mogollón, H.F.., Piedade, M.T.F., Aymard C., G.A., Comiskey, J.A., Damasco, G., Dávila, N., García-Villacorta, R., Stevenson Diaz, P.R., Vincentini, A., Emilio, T., Levis, C., Schietti, J., Souza, P., Alonso, A., Dallmeier, F., Ferreira, L.V., Neill, D., Araujo-Murakami, A., Arroyo, L., Carvalho, F.A., Coelho Souza, F., Dantas do Amaral, D., Gribel, R., Luize, B.G., Pansonato, M.P., Venticinque, E., Fine, P., Toledo, M., Baraloto, C., Cerón, C., Engel, J., Henkel, T.W., Jimenez, E.M., Maas, P., Peñuela Mora, M.C., Petronelli, P., Revilla, J.D.C., Silveira, M., Stropp, J., Thomas-Caesar, R., Baker, T.R., Daly, D., Ríos Paredes, M., Chave, J., da Silva, N.F., Fuentes, A., Jørgensen, P.M., Schöngart, J., Silman, M.R., Castaño Arboleda, N., Cintra, B.L., Cornejo Valverde, F., Di Fiore, A., Phillips, J.F., Rivas-Torres, G., van Andel, T.R., von Hildebrand, P., Barbosa, E.M., Bonates, L.C.d.M., de Castro, D., Farias, E.d.S., Gonzales, T., Guillaumet, J.-L., Hoffman, B., Malhi, Y., Miranda, I.P.d.A., Prieto, A., Rudas, A., Ruschell, A.R., Silva, N., Vela, C.I.A., Vos, V.A., Zent, E.L., Zent, S., Cano, A., Nascimento, M.T., Oliveira, A.A., Ramirez-Angulo, H., Ramos, J.F., Sierra, R., Tirado, M., Umaña Medina, M.N., van der Heijden, G., Vilanova Torre, E., Vriesendorp, C., Wang, O., Young, K.R., Baider, C., Balslev, H., de Castro, N., Farfan-Rios, W., Ferreira, C., Mendoza, C., Mesones, I., Torres-Lezama, A., Urrego Giraldo, L.E., Villarroel, D., Zagt, R., Alexiades, M.N., Garcia-Cabrera, K., Hernandez, L., Huamantupa-Chuquimaco, I., Milliken, W., Palacios Cuenca, W., Pansini, S., Pauletto, D., Ramirez Arevalo, F., Sampaio, A.F., Valderrama Sandoval, E.H., Valenzuela Gamarra, L. (2015) Estimating the global conservation status of over 15,000 Amazonian tree species. Science Advances 1: e1500936. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500936
  • ter Steege H., Pitman N.C.A., Sabatier D., Baraloto C., Salomão R.P., Guevara J.E., Phillips O.L., Castilho C.V., Magnusson W.E., Molino J.-F., Monteagudo A., Núñez Vargas P., Montero J.C., Feldpausch T.R., Coronado E.N.H., Killeen T.J., Mostacedo B., Vasquez R., Assis R.L., Terborgh J., Wittmann F., Andrade A., Laurance W.F., Laurance S.G.W., Marimon B.S., Marimon B.-H., Guimarães Vieira I.C., Amaral I.L., Brienen R., Castellanos H., Cárdenas López D., Duivenvoorden J.F., Mogollón H.F., Matos F.D.d.A., Dávila N., García-Villacorta R., Stevenson Diaz P.R., Costa F., Emilio T., Levis C., Schietti J., Souza P., Alonso A., Dallmeier F., Montoya A.J.D., Fernandez Piedade M.T., Araujo-Murakami A., Arroyo L., Gribel R., Fine P.V.A., Peres C.A., Toledo M., Aymard C. G.A., Baker T.R., Cerón C., Engel J., Henkel T.W., Maas P., Petronelli P., Stropp J., Zartman C.E., Daly D., Neill D., Silveira M., Paredes M.R., Chave J., Lima Filho D.d.A., Jørgensen P.M., Fuentes A., Schöngart J., Cornejo Valverde F., Di Fiore A., Jimenez E.M., Peñuela Mora M.C., Phillips J.F., Rivas G., van Andel T.R., von Hildebrand P., Hoffman B., Zent E.L., Malhi Y., Prieto A., Rudas A., Ruschell A.R., Silva N., Vos V., Zent S., Oliveira A.A., Schutz A.C., Gonzales T., Trindade Nascimento M., Ramirez-Angulo H., Sierra R., Tirado M., Umaña Medina M.N., van der Heijden G., Vela C.I.A., Vilanova Torre E., Vriesendorp C., Wang O., Young K.R., Baider C., Balslev H., Ferreira C., Mesones I., Torres-Lezama A., Urrego Giraldo L.E., Zagt R., Alexiades M.N., Hernandez L., Huamantupa-Chuquimaco I., Milliken W., Palacios Cuenca W., Pauletto D., Valderrama Sandoval E., Valenzuela Gamarra L., Dexter K.G., Feeley K., Lopez-Gonzalez G. & Silman M.R. (2013). Hyperdominance in the Amazonian Tree Flora. Science 342, 1243092. DOI: 10.1126/science.1243092
  • ter Steege, H., Pitman, N.C.A., Phillips, O.L., Chave, J., Sabatier, D., Duque, A., Molino, J.-F., Prévost, M.-F., Spichiger, R., Castellanos, C., von Hildebrand, P., & Vasquez, R. (2006). Continental-scale patterns of canopy tree composition and function across Amazonia. Nature 443: 444-447. DOI: 10.1038/nature05134

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PhD
supervision

Naturalis aims to be a breeding ground for international scientific talent. Therefore, PhD's have a special position in our organisation.

    Iris Hordijk. Dominance and diversity (provisional title) ETH Zurich (External supervisor)

    Rens Vaessen. The impacts of hunting on tree functional diversity of forests in French Guiana (Promotor, UU).

    Nicolas Castanho. Tree diversity in the Colombian Amazon (working title). (promotor, funded by Sinchi, Bogota and Naturalis, NL).

    Students and supervisors in the Amazon Forest, Ecuador 2019.

    Teaching
    activities

    Coordinator of the Field Course Tropical Ecology (VU), with field work in Ecuador from the Antisana Paramo (4400m) to the tropical rain forest of Tiputini station (270m). In collaboration with Universidad San Francisco de Quito.

    Publicaties