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    Joanna M. Tucker Lima
    Living Collections Manager

    Montgomery Botanical Center
    11901 Old Cutler Road
    Coral Gables, FL 33156 USA

    305-667-3800 ext. 102



Dr. Tucker Lima joined Montgomery Botanical Center in 2016 as Living Collections Manager. Her work involves leading the Collection Development team, managing MBC’s plant database, facilitating and developing research using the living plant collection and its records, and advancing fieldwork to further develop the living collections.

Joanna’s academic and professional background has been broadly interdisciplinary, with a consistent focus on tropical plant ecology, including research and fieldwork on secondary forest regrowth in the Brazilian Amazon, plant population ecology, and phenology. Joanna developed a passion for palms during her first visit to the Amazon in 1994, and ever since, she has continuously returned to research questions that investigate the remarkable and unique biology of the palm family.

Joanna’s research interests include palm ecology and phenology, reproductive ecology, and the conservation and sustainable use of plants.


Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Ecology
University of Florida (2010)

Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (minor in Botany)
University of Arizona (1998)

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Management
Indiana University (1995)


Peer-reviewed Publications (*palm related)

Alves Elias, G., A. Luís de Gasper, J. M. Tucker Lima, G. Lodetti, & R. dos Santos. 2018. Native understory palms (Arecaceae) of the Atlantic Forest in Santa Catarina, Southern Brazil. Rodriguésia 69(2): 693-698.

Griffith, M.P., G. Barber, J. Tucker Lima, M. Barros, C. Calonje, L.R. Noblick, M. Calonje, T.M. Magellan, M. Dosmann, T, Thibault, and N. Gerlowski. 2017. Plant Collection "Half-life:" Can Botanic Gardens Weather the Climate? Curator the Museum Journal 60(4): 395-410.

Tucker Lima, J.M., Valle, D., Moretto, E.M., Pulice, S.M.P., Zuca, N.L., Roquetti, D.R., Beduschi, L.E.C., Praia, A.S., Okamoto, C.P.F., da Silva Carvalhaes, V.L., Branco, E.A., Barbezani, B., Labandera, E., Timpe, K., Kaplan, D. (In Press). A social-ecological database to advance research on infrastructure development impacts in the Brazilian Amazon. Scientific Data. DOI:10.1038/sdata.2016.71.

*Elias, G.A., Gasper, A.L., Tucker Lima, J.M., Soares, K.P., Molz, M., .Santos, R. (2016). Community structure of large native arborescent palms (Arecaceae) using data from the Floristic and Forest Inventory of Santa Catarina, Brazil. Australian Journal of Basic & Applied Sciences 10(10):156-163.

Valle, D., Tucker Lima, J.M., Millar, J., Amratia, P., Haque, U. (2015). Bias in logistic regression due to imperfect diagnostic test results and practical correction approaches. Malaria Journal 14(1): 434. DOI:10.1186/s12936-015-0966-y

Valle, D., Tucker Lima, J.M. (2014). Large-scale drivers of malaria and priority areas for prevention and control in the Brazilian Amazon region using a novel multi-pathogen geospatial model. Malaria Journal 11/2014; 13(1). DOI:10.1186/1475-2875-13-443

Tucker Lima, J.M., Staudhammer, C.L., Brandeis, T.J., Escobedo, F.J., Zipperer, W. (2013). Temporal dynamics of a subtropical urban forest in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2001–2010. Landscape and Urban Planning 120: 96-106. DOI:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2013.08.007

Timilsina, N., Cropper, W.P., Escobedo, F.J., Tucker Lima, J.M. (2013). Predicting Understory Species Richness from Stand and Management Characteristics Using Regression Trees. Forests 4(1): 122-136. DOI:10.3390/f4010122

*Carvalho, A.L., Ferreira, E.J.L., Tucker Lima, J.M. (2010). Floristic and structural comparisons among palm communities in primary and secondary forest fragments of the Raimundo Irineu Serra Environmental Protection Area - Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil. Acta Amazonica 40(4): 657-666. DOI:10.1590/S0044-59672010000400004

Araújo, M.M., Tucker, J.M., Vasconcelos, S.S., Zarin, D.J., Oliveira, W., Sampaio, P.D., Rangel-Vasconcelos, L.G., Oliveira, F.A., Coelho, R.F.R., Aragão, D.V., Miranda, I. (2010). Padrão e processo sucessionais em florestas secundárias de diferentes idades na amazônia oriental.. Ciencia Florestal 15(4): 343-357. DOI:10.5902/198050981872

*Tucker Lima, J.M. (2009). Flower color variation in Attalea phalerata (Arecaceae). PALMS 53(4): 197-203.

Coelho, R.F.R., Zarin, D.J., Miranda, I.S., Tucker, J.M. (2003). Floristic composition and structure of a forest in different successional stages in Castanhal, Pará. Acta Amazonica 33(4): 563-582. DOI:10.1590/S0044-59672003000400004

Coelho, R.F.R., Zarin, D.J., Miranda, I.S., Tucker, J.M. (2003). Recruitment and mortality in a forest in different successional stages in Castanhal, Pará. Acta Amazonica 33(4): 619-630. DOI:10.1590/S0044-59672003000400008

Lemos, M.C., Finan, T.J., Fox, R.W., Nelson, D.R., Tucker, J. (2002) The Use of Seasonal Climate Forecasting in Policymaking: Lessons from Northeast Brazil. Climatic Change 55(4): 479-507. DOI:10.1023/A%3A1020785826029

Zarin, D.J., Ducey, M.J., Tucker, J.M., Salas, W.A. (2001) Potential Biomass Accumulation in Amazonian Regrowth Forests. Ecosystems 4(7): 658-668. DOI:10.1007/s10021-001-0035-y

Moran, E.F., Brondizio, E.S., Tucker, J.M., Silva-Forsberg, M.C., McCracken, S., Falesi, I. (2000). Effects of Soil Fertility and Land-use on Forest Succession in Amazonia. Forest Ecology and Management 139: 93-108. DOI:10.1016/S0378-1127(99)00337-0

Tucker, J.M., Brondizio, E.S., Moran, E.F. (1998). Rates of forest regrowth in eastern Amazonia: A comparison of Altamira and Bragantina regions, Para State, Brazil. Interciencia 23(2):64-73.

Moran, E.F., Packer, A., Brondizio, E., Tucker, J. (1996). Restoration of vegetation cover in the eastern Amazon. Ecological Economics 18(1): 41-54. DOI:10.1016/0921-8009(96)00034-1

Field experience

Brazil (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005-2008)



Botanical Society of America

International Palm Society



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