Susan Letcher

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Susan G. Letcher

Ph.D. Candidate

University of Connecticut
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
75 N. Eagleville Road, U-3043
Storrs, CT 06269
(860) 486-0805

in Costa Rica until December 20, 2007:
Estación Biológica La Selva
c/o OET, Apto. Postal 676-2050
San Pedro de Montes de Oca
Costa Rica
(507) 766-6565 ext. 166
fax (506) 766-6535


Ph.D. 2003–Present
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Primary Advisor: Robin L. Chazdon
Research Project: The ecological effects of lianas during forest succession in northeastern Costa Rica.

B.A. 1996-2000

Carleton College, Northfield, MN

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Chazdon, R.L., Letcher, S.G., van Breugel, M., Martínez-Ramos, M., Bongers, F., and Finegan, B. 2007. Rates of change in tree communities of secondary Neotropical forests following major disturbances. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 362:273-289.

Palomaki, M.B., Chazdon, R.L., Arroyo, J.P., and Letcher, S.G. 2006. Juvenile tree growth in relation to light availability in second-growth tropical rain forests. J. Trop. Ecol. 22:223-226.

Miller, D.S., Letcher, S. and Barnes, D.M. 1996. Fluorescence imaging study of organic anion transport from renal proximal tubule cell to lumen. American Journal of Physiology-Renal Fluid and Electrolyte Physiology 40: F508-F520.


Letcher, S.G. July 2007. “Patterns of forest succession in northeastern Costa Rica: aboveground biomass, species richness, and species composition in a chronosequence of 30 sites.” Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Morelia, Mexico.

Sun, J.W.C., Rundel, P., Chazdon, R.L., and Letcher, S.G. July 2006. “Diversity and succession dynamics in understory herb communities of lowland rainforests.” (poster) Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Morelia, Mexico.

Letcher, S.G. July 2006. “Stand structure and species composition of secondary forests in northeastern Costa Rica.” Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Kunming, China.

Letcher, S.G. April 2006. “The ecological role of lianas in tropical forests.” UCONN Latin American and Caribbean Studies Symposium, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut.

Letcher, S.G. March 2006. “Species composition and structural diversity of regenerating tropical forests in northeastern Costa Rica.” University of Connecticut Graduate Research Symposium, Storrs, Connecticut.

Letcher, S.G. March 2005. “Liana diversity in a forest chronosequence: preliminary data and directions for future research.” Northeast Ecology and Evolution Conference, State College, Pennsylvania.

Letcher, S.G. February 2005. “Lianas and tropical forest diversity.” University of Connecticut Graduate Research Symposium, Storrs, Connecticut.

Letcher, S.G. March 2004. “The effects of lianas in tropical secondary forests: directions for future study.” Northeast Ecology and Evolution Conference, Storrs, Connecticut.

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Teaching and Mentoring Experience

June-August 2007 Coordinator, Research Experience for Undergraduates at La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica.

Spring 2007 EEB 244W (Evolution, writing-intensive section)

Fall 2006 Volunteer, Environmental Education Program at La Selva Biological Station.

Summer 2006 Resource person, OTS Tropical Biology (06-3) and Plant Systematics (06-9) at La Selva.

Winter 2004 Teaching assistant, Carleton College tropical rainforest ecology program, La Selva.

2004 Teaching assistant, BIOL 108 and BIOL 102.

2003 Teaching assistant, EEB 293 (Methods of Field Ecology).


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