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Christopher Baraloto

Associate Professor; Director of the International Center for Tropical Botany

Biological Sciences; International Center for Tropical Botany


Office: OE 243, VH 137

Phone: 305-348-4027, 305-442-7169x101

Email: cbaralot@fiu.edu

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Christopher is broadly interested in the mechanisms and underlying patterns of plant species distributions, their relationship with ecosystem structure and function, and their response to resource exploitation and global change. He works primarily in the diverse lowland forests of South America, with principal research sites in French Guiana, Peru and Brazil.

Research Areas

  • Functional Traits and Community Assembly
  • Plant-insect interactions and beta-diversity of Amazonian tree lineages
  • Biodiversity, global change and forest management
  • Integrative studies of socio-ecological resilience, conservation and development


Our lab is broadly interested in the mechanisms underlying patterns of plant species distributions, their relationship with ecosystem structure and function, and their response to resource exploitation and global change. We work primarily in the diverse lowland forests of South America, with principal research sites in French Guiana, Peru and Brazil. Current research focuses on four themes.