Area of Interest

The focus of my research is diversity, ranging from the ecological and evolutionary processes that generate and maintain a wide variety of phenotypes and life-histories to the mechanisms that create and maintain temporal and spatial patterns of organismal distribution, relative abundance, and species richness. Members of my research group strive for mechanistic understanding of species' strategies and interactions, per se, and to provide explanations for the structure and dynamics of populations and communities, primarily within tropical and sub-tropical latitudes.

Students and post-docs interested in joining my research group may contact me via the link to my e-mail address. Although the principal subjects of investigation for members of my lab are tropical and sub-tropical plants – and often including their interactions with other organisms – I encourage students within my research group to develop projects that are tailored to, and motivated by, their own taxonomic and geographic interests.


Selected Publications

*Asterisks identify current and former LSU graduate students and post-docs.

*Galeano, Sandra P. & Kyle E. Harms. 2016. Coloration in the polymorphic frog Oophaga pumilio associates with level of aggressiveness in intraspecific and interspecific behavioral interactions. Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology 70:83-97.

*Klock, Metha M., Luke G. Barrett, Peter H. Thrall & Kyle E. Harms. 2015. Host promiscuity in symbiont associations can influence exotic legume establishment and colonization of novel ranges. Diversity & Distributions 21:1193-1203.

Green, Peter T., Kyle E. Harms & Joseph H. Connell. 2014. Nonrandom, diversifying processes are disproportionately strong in the smallest size classes of a tropical forest. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111:18649-18654.

*Bravo, Adriana, Kyle E. Harms & Louise H. Emmons. 2012. Keystone resource (Ficus) chemistry explains lick visitation by frugivorous bats. Journal of Mammalogy 93:1099-1109.

*Gagnon, Paul R., *Heather A. Passmore, William J. Platt, *Jonathan A. Myers, *C. E. Timothy Paine & Kyle E. Harms. 2010. Does pyrogenicity protect burning plants? Ecology 91:3481-3486. [Cover article for this issue of Ecology]

*Myers, Jonathan A. & Kyle E. Harms. 2009. Local immigration, competition from dominant guilds, and the ecological assembly of high-diversity pine savannas. Ecology 90:2745-2754.

*Paine, C. E. Timothy, Kyle E. Harms, Stefan A. Schnitzer & Walter P. Carson. 2008. Weak competition among tropical tree seedlings: implications for species coexistence. Biotropica 40:432-440. [Received the 2009 Award for Excellence in Tropical Biology & Conservation from the Biotropica Editorial Board]

*Carlson, Jane E. & Kyle E. Harms. 2007. The benefits of bathing buds: water calyces protect flowers from a microlepidopteran herbivore. Biology Letters 3:405-407.

John, Robert, James W. Dalling, Kyle E. Harms, Joseph B. Yavitt, Robert F. Stallard, Matthew Mirabello, Stephen P. Hubbell, Renato Valencia, Hugo Navarrete, Martha Vallejo & Robin B. Foster. 2007. Soil nutrients influence spatial distributions of tropical tree species. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104:864-869.

Wills, Christopher, Kyle E. Harms, Richard Condit, David King, Jill Thompson, Fangliang He, Helene C. Muller-Landau, Peter Ashton, Elizabeth Losos, Liza Comita, Stephen Hubbell, James LaFrankie, Sarayudh Bunyavejchewin, H. S. Dattaraja, Stuart Davies, Shameema Esufali, Robin Foster, Nimal Gunatilleke, Savitri Gunatilleke, Pamela Hall, Akira Itoh, Robert John, Somboon Kiratiprayoon, Suzanne Loo de Lao, Marie Massa, Cheryl Nath, Md. Nur Supardi Noor, Abdul Rahman Kassim, Raman Sukumar, Hebbalalu Satyanarayana Suresh, I-Fang Sun, Sylvester Tan, Takuo Yamakura & Jess Zimmerman. 2006. Non-random processes maintain diversity in tropical forests. Science 311:527-531.

Harms, Kyle E., Richard Condit, Stephen P. Hubbell & Robin B. Foster. 2001. Habitat associations of trees and shrubs in a 50-ha neotropical forest plot. Journal of Ecology 89:947-959.

Harms, Kyle E., S. Joseph Wright, Osvaldo Calderón, Andrés Hernández & Edward Allen Herre. 2000. Pervasive density-dependent recruitment enhances seedling diversity in a tropical forest. Nature 404:493-495.

Hubbell, Stephen P., Robin B. Foster, Sean T. O’Brien, Kyle E. Harms, Richard Condit, Benjamin Wechsler, S. Joseph Wright & Suzanne Loo de Lao. 1999. Light-gap disturbances, recruitment limitation, and tree diversity in a neotropical forest. Science 283:554-557.