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Oyomoare Osazuwa-Peters, Ph.D.Oyomoare Osazuwa-Peters, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow
Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development

office phone: + 1 (314) 577-5100 x6313

Missouri Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166-0299

Ph.D., in Biology, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2015
M.Sc., in Environmental Protection and Management, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 2007
B.Sc., in Botany, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria, 2004

I am keenly interested in quantifying spatial and temporal patterns of biodiversity and species distributions in natural and disturbed systems, particularly to understand the impacts of drivers of global change and inform conservation practice and policy. I am also interested in predicting outcomes of species abundance or performance based on functional trait variation. Moreover, I am expanding my interests to include ecological correlates of rare plant reintroduction success and patterns of species diversity at broader spatial scales.

Key words: Community ecology, Functional trait variation, Macroecology, Reintroduction ecology, Tropical forest ecology, and Wood anatomy.
Available upon request
Research Emphases As a graduate student, I asked research questions focused on characterizing functional trait variation at multiple levels and how trait variation shapes species performance, distributions, and community dynamics. Much of my research has been centered on tropical and temperate forest communities. However, I am currently working on synthesizing a comprehensive dataset on rare plant reintroductions across the USA, which will be used for a meta-analysis to investigate the relative importance of factors that influence the successful establishment and persistence of reintroduced rare plant populations, with a strong focus on the extent to which functional trait variation can predict the success or failures of rare plant reintroductions. Also, using statistical analysis and computer simulations, I am investigating the performance of two rarefaction techniques for broad-scale estimation of species richness from herbarium specimen collections for Nicaragua within the Tropicos database.
Selected Publications Osazuwa-Peters, O. L., Jiménez, I., Oberle, B., Chapman, C. A., and Zanne, A. E. (2015). Selective logging: do rates of forest turnover in demography, species composition and functional traits decrease with time since disturbance? A 45 year perspective. Forest Ecology and Management, 357(1):10 - 21. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2015.08.002. Osazuwa-Peters, O. L., Chapman C. A., Zanne A. E. (2015). Selective logging: does the imprint remain on tree structure and composition after 45 years? Conservation Physiology 3: cov012. doi: 10.1093/conphys/cov012. Osazuwa-Peters, O. L., Wright, S. J., and Zanne, A. E. (2014). Radial variation in wood specific gravity of tropical tree species differing in growth-mortality strategies. American Journal of Botany 101(5): 803-811. doi: 10.3732/ajb.1400040. Osazuwa-Peters, Zanne, A. E., and Prometheus Wiki contributors (2011). Wood density protocol.Prometheus Wiki. Aigbokhan, E. I., Osazuwa-Peters, O.L. and Ilubon, K.O. (2011). Range and distribution of Mimosa diplothrica in Nigeria and effects of fire on seed germination. Nigerian Journal of Botany 24 (1): 141-151.