Nathan Kraft

Associate Professor

phone:  (301) 825-3593
office:  Life Sciences 3219
lab:  Life Sciences 3206

Recent Courses


A.B., Biology, Brown University 2001
M.S., Biological Sciences, Stanford University 2005
Ph.D., Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley 2008

Research Interests

Plant community ecology, with an emphasis on functional and phylogenetic approaches to understanding community assembly and species coexistence; tropical forest dynamics; biogeography and the assembly of regional biotas.

Selected Publications

Claire Fortunel, Renato Valencia, S Joseph Wright, Nancy Garwood, Nathan Kraft, "Functional trait differences influence neighbourhood interactions in a hyperdiverse Amazonian forest", Ecology Letters, 19 (9): 1062-1070 (2016) .

Gregory Goldsmith, Naia Morueta-Holme, Brody Sandel, Eric Fitz, Samuel D Fitz, Brad Boyle, Nathan Casler, Kristine Engemann, Peter Jorgensen, Nathan Kraft, Brian McGill, Robert Peet, William Piel, Nick Spencer, Jens-Christian Svenning, Barbara Thiers, Cyrille Violle, Susan Wiser, Brian Enquist, "Plant-O-Matic: a dynamic and mobile guide to all plants of the Americas", Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 7 (8): 960-965 (2016) .

Xugao Wang, Thorsten Wiegand, Nathan Kraft, Nathan Swenson, Stuart Davies, Zhanqing Hao, Robert Howe, Yiching Lin, Keping Ma, Xiangcheng Mi, Sheng-Hsin Su, I-Fang Sun, Amy Wolf, "Stochastic dilution effects weaken deterministic effects of niche-based processes in species rich forests", Ecology, 97 (2): 347-360 (2016) .

Christopher Doughty, Adam Wolf, Naia Morueta-Holme, Peter Jorgensen, Brody Sandel, Cyrille Violle, Brad Boyle, Nathan Kraft, Robert Peet, Brian Enquist, Jens-Christian Svenning, Stephen Blake and Mauro Galetti, "Megafauna extinction, tree species range reduction, and carbon storage in Amazonian forests", Ecography, 39 (2): 194-203 (2016) .

Kristine Engemann, Brody Sandel, Brian J. Enquist, Peter Moller Jorgensen, Nathan Kraft, Aaron Marcuse-Kubitza, Brian McGill, Naia Morueta-Holme, Robert K. Peet, Cyrille Violle, Susan Wiser and Jens-Christian Svenning, "Patterns and drivers of plant functional group dominance across the Western Hemisphere: a macroecological re-assessment based on a massive botanical dataset", Botanical Journal of the Linnaean Society, 180 (2): 141-160 (2016) .

Andrew Siefert, Cyrille Violle, Loic Chalmandrier, Cecile H. Albert, Adrien Taudiere, Alex Fajado, Lonnie W. Aarssen, Christopher Baraloto, Marcos B. Carlucci, Marcus V. Cianciaruso, Vinicius de L. Dantas, Francesco de Bello, Leandro D. S. Duarte, Carlos R. Fonseca, Gregoire T. Freschet, Stephanie Gaucherand, Nicolas Gross, Kouki Hikosaka, Benjamin Jackson, Vincent Jung, Chiho Kamiyama, Masatoshi Katabuchi, Steven W. Kembel, Emilie Kichenin, Nathan Kraft, Anna Lagerstrom, Yoann Le Bagousse-Pingu, "A global meta-analysis of the relative extent of intraspecific trait variation in plant communities", Ecology Letters, 18 (12): 1406-1419 (2015) .

Rong Li, Nathan J.B. Kraft, Haiying Yu, and Heng Li, "Seed plant phylogenetic diversity and species richness in conservation planning within a global biodiversity hotspot in eastern Asia", Conservation Biology, 29 (6): 1552-1562 (2015) .

Rong Li, Nathan Kraft, Jie Yang, Yuhua Wang, "A phylogenetically informed delineation of floristic regions within a biodiversity hotspot in Yunnan, China", Scientific Reports, 5 : art9396- (2015) .

Nathan Kraft, Oscar Godoy, Jonathan Levine, "Functional traits and the multidimensional nature of species coexistence", Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 112 : 797-802 (2015) .

Benjamin Blonder, David Nogues-Bravo, Michael Borregaard, John Donoghue II, Peter Jorgensen, Nathan Kraft, Jean-Philippe Lessard, Naia Morueta-Holme, Brody Sandel, Jens-Christian Svenning, Cyrille Violle, Carsten Rahbek, Brian Enquist, "Linking environmental filtering and disequilibrium to biogeography with a community climate framework", Ecology, 96 (4): 972-985 (2015) .