• Research Affiliate, The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama
  • Distinguished Professor, Biology


  • Endara, M-J, Coley, PD, Wiggins, NL, Forrister, DL, Younkin, GC, Nicholls, JA, Pennington, TR, Dexter, KG, Kidner, CA, Stone, GN & Kursar, TA (2018). Chemocoding as an identification tool where morphological- and DNA-based methods fall short: Inga as a case study. New Phytologist. Published, 02/13/2018.
  • Endara MJ, Coley PD, Ghabash G, Nicholls JA, Dexter KG, Donoso DA, Stone GN, Pennington RT & Kursar TA (2017). Coevolutionary arms race versus host defense chase in a tropical herbivore-plant system. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Vol. 114, E7499-E7505. Published, 09/01/2017.
  • Dexter KG, Lavin M, Torke BM, Twyford AD, Kursar TA, Coley PD, Drake C, Hollands R & Pennington RT (2017). Dispersal assembly of rain forest tree communities across the Amazon basin. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Vol. 114, 2645-2650. Published, 09/01/2017.
  • Sousa JP, Aguilar-Pérez MM, Arnold AE, Rios N, Coley PD, Kursar TA & Cubilla-Rios L (2016). Chemical constituents and their antibacterial activity from the tropical endophytic fungus Diaporthe sp. F2934. Journal of applied microbiology. Vol. 120, 1501-8. Published, 05/01/2016.
  • Spear, Erin R., Coley, Phyllis D. & Kursar, Thomas A. (2015). Do pathogens limit the distributions of tropical trees across a rainfall gradient?. Wiley-Blackwell. , n/a-n/a. Published, 2015.
  • Endara, María-José, Weinhold, Alexander, Cox, James E., Wiggins, Natasha L., Coley, Phyllis D. & Kursar, Thomas A. (2015). Divergent evolution in antiherbivore defences within species complexes at a single Amazonian site. Wiley-Blackwell. , n/a-n/a. Published, 2015.
  • Forister, Matthew L., Novotny, Vojtech, Panorska, Anna K., Baje, Leontine, Basset, Yves, Butterill, Philip T., Cizek, Lukas, Coley, Phyllis D., Dem, Francesca, Diniz, Ivone R., Drozd, Pavel, Fox, Mark, Glassmire, Andrea E., Hazen, Rebecca, Hrcek, Jan, Jahner, Joshua P., Kaman, Ondrej, Kozubowski, Tomasz J., Kursar, Thomas A., Lewis, Owen T., Lill, John, Marquis, Robert J., Miller, Scott E., Morais, Helena C., Murakami, Masashi, Nickel, Herbert, Pardikes, Nicholas A., Ricklefs, Robert E., Singer, Michael S., Smilanich, Angela M., Stireman, John O., Villamarín-Cortez, Santiago, Vodka, Stepan, Volf, Martin, Wagner, David L., Walla, Thomas, Weiblen, George D. & Dyer, Lee A. (2015). The global distribution of diet breadth in insect herbivores. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. , 201423042. Published, 2015.
  • Oliveira, Karla N., Coley, Phyllis D., Kursar, Thomas A., Kaminski, Lucas A., Moreira, Marcelo Z. & Campos, Ricardo I. (2015). The Effect of Symbiotic Ant Colonies on Plant Growth: A Test Using an Azteca-Cecropia System. Public Library of Science (PLoS). Vol. 10(3), e0120351. Published, 2015.
  • Global distribution of diet breadth in insect herbivores. PNAS. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1423042112. Published, 12/05/2014.
  • Chemical and bioactive natural products from Microthyriaceae sp., an endophytic fungus from a tropical grass. Letters in Applied Microbiology. doi:10.1111/lam.12245. Published, 03/28/2014.
  • Coley, P.D. and T.A. Kursar. 2014. Is the high diversity in tropical forests driven by the interactions between plants and their pests?" Science 343: 35-36. Published, 01/2014.
  • Higgins, K.L., A.E. Arnold, P. Coley, T. Kursar. 2014. Communities of fungal endophytes in tropical forest grasses: highly diverse host- and habitat generalists characterized by strong spatial structure. Fungal Ecology 8:1-11. Published, 01/2014.
  • Higginbotham, S.J., A.E. Arnold, A. Ibañez, C. Spadafora, P.D. Coley and T.A. Kursar. 2013. Bioactivity of fungal endophytes as a function of endophyte taxonomy and the taxonomy and distribution of their host plants. PLoS ONE 8(9): e73192. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0073192. Published, 01/2013.
  • Bixenmann, R.J., P.D. Coley and T.A. Kursar. 2013. Developmental Changes in Direct and Indirect Defenses in the Young Leaves of the Neotropical Tree Genus Inga (Fabaceae). Biotropica 45:175-184. Published, 01/2013.
  • Coibanoles, a new class of meroterpenoids produced by Pycnoporus sanguineus. Tetrahedron Letters 53:919-922. Published, 09/2012.
  • Do the antiherbivore traits of developing leaves in the Neotrpical tree Inga paraensis (Fabaceae) vary with light availability? Oecologia 170:669-676. Published, 06/2012.
  • Domatia morphology and mite occupancy of Psychotria horizontalis (Rubiaceae) across the Isthmus of Panama. Arthropod-Plant Interactions, 6(1):129-136. Published, 01/2012.
  • Antifungal depsidone metabolites from Cordyceps depterigena, an endophytic fungus antagonistic to the phytopathogen Gibberell fujikuroi. Tetrahedron Letters 53:1624-1626. Published, 01/2012.


  • Spanish, functional.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Latin America and the Caribbean