Andy Jones

DEPT. OF Botany and Plant Pathology


The Jones lab is focused on understanding the mechanisms responsible for the origin and maintenance of plant species and genetic diversity.  Projects employ a variety of field, lab, and bioinformatic approaches across population, community, and landscape scales.  We are particularly interested in developing and applying novel molecular ecological approaches towards understanding plant population and community dynamics in the recent and ancient past to environmental change and it's implications for ecosystem responses in the future.  Current projects include understanding the extent to which tropical tree species may be locally adapted to rainfall regimes across the Isthmus of Panama; the effect of the 2015 El Nino associated drought on tropical tree seedling regeneration in Panama; how habitat fragmentation may alter hummingbird-mediated pollen movement and gene flow in Heliconia tortuosa in Costa Rica; developing genomic resources for threatened tropical timber species Cedrela odorata in Peru; and exploring the role of plant pathogens in the origin and maintenance of tree diversity in a Pacific Northwest old growth forest.

Selected publications

Barberán, A., K.L. McGuire, J.A. Wolf, F.A. Jones, S.J. Wright, B.L. Turner, A. Essene, S.P. Hubbell, B. Faircloth and N. Fierer (2015) Relating belowground microbial composition to the taxonomic, phylogenetic, and functional trait distributions of trees in a tropical forestEcology Letters 18: 1397-1405.

Jones, F.A., I. Ceron-Souza, B.D. Hardesty, and C.W. Dick (2013) Genetic evidence of Quaternary demographic changes in four rainforest tree species sampled across the Isthmus of Panama. Journal of Biogeography 40: 720-731.

Jones, F.A., D.L. Erickson, M.A. Bernal, W.J. Kress, E.A. Herre, H. Muller-Landau, O. Sanjur, E. Bermingham, and B.L. Turner (2011) The roots of diversity: below ground species overlap in a tropical forest revealed by DNA barcoding and inverse modeling of root distributions. PLoS ONE 6: e24506.

Jones, F.A. and L.S. Comita (2008) Neighbourhood density and genetic relatedness interact to determine fruit set and abortion rates in a continuous tropical tree population. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 275: 2759-2767. 

Jones, F.A., J. Chen, G.-J. Weng, and S.P. Hubbell (2005) A genetic evaluation of seed dispersal in the Neotropical tree, Jacaranda copaia (Bignoniaceae). The American Naturalist 166: 843-855.