Jose Javier Fumero-Caban

Jose Javier Fumero-Caban
Ana G. Méndez University System · Division of Science Tecnology and Environment

PhD Biology

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Insular pollination systems are more extinction-prone and vulnerable to invasive species than mainland ones. They often have plants with reproductive mechanisms allowing for self-compatibility and low species-rich communities of pollinators. Here, we document different reproductive traits of the tropical tree Guaiacum sanctum on two insular populat...
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Nectar robbers may have direct and indirect effects on plant reproductive success but the presence of nectar robbing is not proof of negative fitness effects. We combined census data and field experiments to disentangle the complex effects of nectar robbing on nectar production rates, pollinator behavior, pollen export, and female reproductive succ...
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The effectiveness of flower visitors as pollinators will determine their potential role as selective agents on flower traits. Pitcairnia angustifolia has floral characters that would fit pollination by long-billed hummingbirds, and they should be the most effective pollinators for this plant. To test this prediction, we characterized the behavior o...
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Assessing the status of tropical dry forest habitats using remote sensing technologies is one of the research priorities for Neotropical forests. We developed a simple method for mapping vegetation and habitats in a tropical dry forest reserve, Mona Island, Puerto Rico, by integrating the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) from Landsat,...
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Abstract - Mona Island protects one of the most important remnants of Caribbean dry forests and hosts a high diversity of rare and endangered plant and animal species. Feral ungulates (goats and pigs) were introduced to the island ~500 y ago, and their populations may be threatening the conservation of Mona Island’s native biodiversity. In this stu...
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Green spaces within residential areas provide important contributions to the sustainability of urban systems. Therefore, studying the characteristics of these areas has become a research priority in cities worldwide. This project evaluated various aspects of the plant biodiversity of residential yards (i.e., front yards and back yards within the Ri...
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Hurricanes are a major factor influencing forest structure and have been linked to higher incidences of multiple‐stemmed trees in Caribbean dry forests relative to the continent. In Sept 1998, category 3 Hurricane Georges passed over Mona Island. This island, unlike others in the Caribbean, has had feral goats for five centuries. In this study we a...
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Background/Question/Methods The pollination of plants mediated by animals is an important ecosystem service as most flowering plants need the service of pollinators for sexual reproduction and seed set. The introduction of exotic pollinator species may disrupt pollination of local plants species through negative effects on native pollinators or th...
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Ecologists agree on the importance of hurricanes in community dynamics in tropical forests but little is known of the responses of herbaceous species to large disturbances. The passage of Hurricane Georges over the island of Puerto Rico provided a unique opportunity to study the post-hurricane recovery of Heliconia caribaea, a large understorey her...
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1 Mycorrhizal associations of tropical, epiphytic orchids have been studied in vitro, but the importance of the relationship has not been demonstrated in the field. We investigated the effect of fungicide treatment on seedlings and juveniles of the lithophytic orchid Lepanthes rupestris. If mycorrhizae increase fitness of orchids we would expect a...

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This project aims to contribute knowledge on plant species on islands, and on the conservation of plant diversity in insular systems.