Simon Queenborough

Musser Director of Tropical Resources Institute, Senior Lecturer and Research Scientist

Photo of Simon Queenborough


Tel: 203-432-3660

Room 202
301 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT

Education & Curriculum Vitae

B.A. University of Cambridge (UK) M.Sc. University of Edinburgh and Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh (UK) Ph.D. University of Aberdeen



Dr. Simon Queenborough is a botanical ecologist whose work focuses on how individuals, species, and communities (including humans) interact over ecological and evolutionary time. Over the past 20 years, he has spent extended periods in the field in Latin America and Europe, carrying out long-term research on plant population dynamics in old-growth tropical forests and managed arable farming communities, as well as working on theoretical models of population dynamics.

Current research interests include understanding mechanisms of diversity, breeding systems and resource allocation, and quantitative methods in population dynamics. His long-term research in Yasuni National Park, one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, examines individual-level reproduction as a function of climate and local environment in a variety of tree species, from long-lived shade-tolerant trees to fast-growing pioneers. Results will help us understand the effects of climate change on tropical forests.

Current teaching interests include tropical field courses, statistical analyses in the software R, and the graphical presentation of data. He has developed an online resource for teaching and learning R (

Members of the lab work on a variety of topics, including phylogenetics and character evolution, the impacts of human interventions such as selective logging and agroforestry, and macroecological patterns of leaf traits and plant breeding systems. Interested students should consult the lab webpage.



Course Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
Environmental Data Visualization & Communication
Seminar: Writing for Publication in the Natural Sciences
Tu - 11:30-12:30
Tropical Field Ecology