Rodolfo Dirzo

Principal Investigator

Rodolfo Dirzo

My research is simply part of the research that most lab members are conducting. In addition to that, I conduct some projects in which students from Stanford –and from other universities– participate. I also conduct research in collaboration with other colleagues from a variety of institutions—nationally and internationally, including the following:

Patterns of herbivory in plants from continuous and fragmented forest at Los Tuxtlas research station. Collaborators: Betsabe Ruiz, Roger Guevara, Armando Aguirre

Herbivory-driven induction of chemical and physical defenses: epigenetic consequences across multiple generations in wild radish. Collaborators: Mar Sobral, Isabelle Neylan

Impact of mammalian herbivory and trampling on understory plant communities from Mexican rainforests of contrasting levels of defaunation: Montes Azules and Los Tuxtlas. Collaborator: Eduardo Mendoza

Effects of logging on mammalian communities from Maya forests in the Yucatan Peninsula. Collaborator: Gabriel Gutierrez-Granados

Effects of defaunation on plant community structure and ecosystem processes and services in tropical ecosystems . Collaborators: Hillary Young, Douglas McCauley

Ecological and biodiversity consequences of oil palm plantations in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica—The Intitative Osa-Golfito (INOGO). Collaborator: William Durham

Plant species richness in tropical forests of Mexico: Analyses at the scale of 0.1 ha. Collaborators: Juan Carlos Lopez, Armando Aguirre

Effects of mammalian herbivory on oak regeneration in California woodlands. Collaborator: Roger Guevara

Effects of rat eradication on antive and coconut-invaded forest in the Palmyra atoll. Collaborators: Hillary Young, Douglas McCauley

You can find a copy of my CV attached to the link below:

Posts by Rodolfo Dirzo

Palmyra Atoll in the Central Pacific.

Ecological consequences of rat eradication on the Palmyra Atoll (Central Pacific)

Research by on June 10, 2016
For this project, we are able to draw on extensive and detailed baseline data on the structure, composition, and diversity of the native vegetation and the islets dominated by the invasive coconut palm, as well as information about the food chain length and dynamics and soil, foliage, and runoff nutrients on the Palmyra Atoll in… Read more Ecological consequences of rat eradication on the Palmyra Atoll (Central Pacific)

Stanford biologist Rodolfo Dirzo receives the Roland Volunteer Service Prize

News by on May 20, 2016
Biology Professor Rodolfo Dirzo received the 2016 Miriam Aaron Roland Volunteer Service Prize for his commitment to community engagement as an integral part of his teaching and research, and for inspiring students from underserved communities to pursue conservation projects and careers.   Rodolfo Dirzo receives the Roland Volunteer Service Prize Read more…

Courses taught by Rodolfo Dirzo

Teaching by on February 29, 2016
BIO 105A: Ecology and Natural History of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve (EARTHSYS 105A) Formerly 96A – Jasper Ridge Docent Training. First of two-quarter sequence training program to join the Jasper Ridge education/docent program. The scientific basis of ecological research in the context of a field station, hands-on field research, field ecology and the natural history of… Read more Courses taught by Rodolfo Dirzo

Undergraduate student Isabelle Neylan awarded the Firestone Medal for Undergraduate Research

News by on July 2, 2015
Undergraduate student Isabelle Neylan was awarded the Firestone Medal for Undergraduate Research. Her thesis, an amazing piece of work, is entitled “The effects of herbivory, epigenetic transgenerational changes, and conspecific communication on the induced defenses of wild radish.” Read more…

Rodolfo Dirzo awarded the Merit in Ecology Medal

News by on April 24, 2015
Rodolfo Dirzo was honored with the Merit in Ecology (Research) Medal by the Ecological Society of Mexico (SCME- 2015) for his academic background and his role in the formation of Schools of Ecology in Mexico. Read more…  

UAEM grants honorary doctorate to Rodolfo Dirzo

News by on March 13, 2015
The University Council of the Autonomous University of the State of Morelos (UAEM) conferred the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa to Rodolfo Dirzo Minjarez for his contributions to Mexican society in the areas of ecology, biology, botany and scientific research. At the inauguration ceremony, the rector Alejandro Vera Jimenez encouraged young students to follow in… Read more UAEM grants honorary doctorate to Rodolfo Dirzo