Nathan Kraft

Associate Professor

email:   nkraft@ucla.edu
phone:  (301) 825-3593
office:  Life Sciences 3219
lab:  Life Sciences 3206
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Recent Courses


Education

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, Jesse Lasky, Maria Uriarte, Renato Valencia, Joseph Wright, Nancy Garwood, Nathan Kraft, "Topography and neighborhood crowding can interact to shape species growth and distribution in a diverse Amazonian forest", Ecology, 99 : 2272-2283 (2018) .

William Petry, Gaurav Kandlikar, Nathan Kraft, Oscar Godoy, and Jonathan Levine, "A competition-defence trade-off both promotes and weakens coexistence in an annual plant community", Journal of Ecology, 106 : 1806-1818 (2018) .

Jeanne Osnas, Masatoshi Katabuchi, Kaoru Kitajima, S. Joseph Wright, Peter Reich, Sunshine Van Bael, Nathan Kraft, Mirna J. Samaniego, Stephen Pacala, and Jeremy Lichstein, "Divergent drivers of leaf trait variation within species, among species, and among functional groups", Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 115 : 5480-5485 (2018) .

Irena Simova, Cyrille Violle, Jens‐Christian Svenning, Jens Kattge, Kristine Engemann, Brody Sande, Robert Peet, Susan Wiser, Benjamin Blonder, Brian McGill, Brad Boyle, Naia Morueta‐Holme, Nathan Kraft, Peter van Bodegom, Alvaro Gutierrez, Michael Bahn, Wim Ozinga, Anna Toszogyova, Brian Enquist, "Spatial patterns and climate relationships of major plant traits in the New World differ between woody and herbaceous species", Journal of Biogeography, 45 : 895-916 (2018) .

Brian Maitner, Brad Boyle, Nathan Casler, Rick Condit, John Donoghue II, Sandra M. Duran, Daniel Guaderrama, Cody E. Hinchliff, Peter M. Jorgensen, Nathan Kraft, Brian McGill, Cory Merow, Naia Morueta-Holme, Robert K. Peet, Brody Sandel, Mark Schildhauer, Stephen A. Smith, Jens-Christian Svenning, Barbara Thiers, Cyrille Violle, Susan Wiser, Brian J. Enquist, "The bien r package: A tool to access the Botanical Information and Ecology Network (BIEN) database", Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 9 : 891-893 (2018) .

Ethan E Butler, Abhirup Datta, Habacuc Flores-Moreno, Ming Chen, Kirk R Wythers, Farideh Fazayeli, Arindam Banerjee, Owen K Atkin, Jens Kattge, Bernard Amiaud, Benjamin Blonder, Gerhard Boenisch, Ben Bond-Lamberty, Kerry A Brown, Chaeho Byun, Giandiego Campetella, Bruno EL Cerabolini, Johannes HC Cornelissen, Joseph M Craine, Dylan Craven, Franciska T de Vries, Sandra D?az, Tomas F Domingues, Estelle Forey, Andr?s Gonz?lez-Melo, Nicolas Gross, Wenxuan Han, Wesley N Hattingh, Thomas Hickler, Steven Jansen, Koen Kramer, Nathan Kraft, Hiroko Kurokawa, Daniel C Laughlin, Patrick Meir, Vanessa Minden, Ulo Niinemets, Yusuke Onoda, Josep Penuelas, Quentin Read, Lawren Sack, Brandon Schamp, Nadejda A Soudzilovskaia, Marko J Spasojevic, Enio Sosinski, Peter E Thornton, Fernando Valladares, Peter M van Bodegom, Mathew Williams, Christian Wirth, Peter B Reich, "Mapping local and global variability in plant trait distributions", Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 114 : E10937- (2017) .

Cyrille Violle, Wilfried Thuiller, Nicolas Mouquet, Francois Munoz, Nathan Kraft, Marc Cadotte, Stuart Livingstone, Matthias Grenie, David Mouillot, "A Common Toolbox to Understand, Monitor or Manage Rarity? A Response to Carmona et al", Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 32 : 891-893 (2017) .

Serguei Saavedra, Rudolf Rohr, Jordi Bascompte, Oscar Godoy, Nathan Kraft, Jonathan Levine, "A structural approach for understanding multi species coexistence", Ecological Monographs, 32 : 891-893 (2017) .

Oscar Godoy, Daniel Stouffer, Nathan Kraft, Jonathan Levine, "Intransitivity is infrequent and fails to promote annual plant coexistence without pairwise niche differences", Ecology, 98 : 1193-1200 (2017) .

Thorsten Wiegand, Maria Uriarte, Nathan Kraft, Guochun Shen, Xugao Wang, Fangliane He, "Spatially explicit metrics of species, functional and phylogenetic diversity: insights into plant community assembly processes", Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, 48 : 329-351 (2017) .