Liza Comita

Assistant Professor of Tropical Forest Ecology

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Contact

Email:


Tel: 203-436-5783

Mailing Address
Yale School of Forestry &
Environmental Studies
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
USA

Liza Comita is on leave.
2016-2017 Academic Year
 

Degrees

PhD, Plant Biology, 2006, University of Georgia
MA, Conservation Biology, 1999, University of Pennsylvania
BA, Biology, 1999, University of Pennsylvania

About

Dr. Comita earned a BA in Biology and MA in Conservation Biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 and a PhD in Plant Biology from the University of Georgia in 2006. She joined the faculty of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in July 2014.  Prior to that she was an assistant professor in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University (2011-2014) and held postdoctoral positions at the University of Minnesota (2006-2007), the Earth Institute at Columbia University (2007-2009), and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (2009-2011).

Her work focuses on the ecological mechanisms driving patterns of diversity, dynamics, and species distributions in both pristine and human-altered tropical forests. Her research combines extensive field studies  of forest dynamics with cutting-edge statistical techniques to produce novel insights into the  processes driving tropical forest regeneration and structuring these diverse ecological communities.