Cypress Dome for Research post-Hurricane Andrew so this was 1993 or so Class Dome with QBIC Ecology Fall 2008


Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University
Miami, Florida 33199   USA


Professional Experience: Awards and Honors: 

McVaugh, R. and S. Koptur. 1978. A new species of Pedicularis from Jalisco, Mexico. Contributions to the University of Michigan Herbarium 11: 298-300.

Koptur, S. 1979. Facultative mutualism between weedy vetches bearing extrafloral nectaries and weedy ants in California. American Journal of Botany 66(9): 1016-1020.

Frankie, G.W., Haber, W.A., Baker, H.G., Baker, I. and Koptur, S. 1981. Ants like flower nectar. Biotropica 13(3): 211-214.

Koptur, S., Smith, A.R., and Baker, I. 1982. Nectaries in some neotropical species of Polypodium (Polypodiaceae): preliminary observations and analyses. Biotropica 14(2): 108-113.

Koptur, S. 1983. Flowering phenology and floral biology of Inga (Fabaceae: Mimosoideae). Systematic Botany 8(4): 354-368.

Koptur, S. 1983. The ecology of some Costa Rican Inga spp. Pp. 259-261 in D.H. Janzen (ed.) Costa Rican Natural History. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Koptur, S. 1984. Experimental evidence for defense of Inga (Mimosoideae) saplings by ants. Ecology 65: 1787-1793.

Koptur, S. 1984. Outcrossing and pollinator limitation of fruit set: breeding systems of neotropical Inga trees. Evolution 38(5): 1130-1143.

Koptur, S. 1985. Alternative defenses against herbivores in Inga (Fabaceae: Mimosoideae) over an elevational gradient. Ecology 66(5): 1639-1650.

Law, R. and S. Koptur. 1986. On the evolution of non-specific mutualisms. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 27: 251-267.

Koptur, S. and J.H. Lawton. 1988. Interactions among vetches bearing extrafloral nectaries, their biotic protective agents, and herbivores. Ecology 69: 278-283.

Koptur. S. 1988. [Book Review] Ant-Plant Mutualisms and Their Evolution. Evolution 42: 638-639.

Koptur, S., W.A. Haber, G.W. Frankie and H.G. Baker. 1988. Phenological studies of shrub and treelet species in tropical cloud forests of Costa Rica. Journal of Tropical Ecology 4: 323-346.

Koptur, S. 1989. Mimicry of flowers by parasitoid wasp pupae. Biotropica 21(1): 93-95.

Koptur, S. 1989. Is extrafloral nectar production an inducible defense? Pp. 323-339 in J. Bock & Y. Linhart (eds.) Evolutionary Ecology of Plants. Westview Press, Boulder, CO.

Koptur, S., E. Davila, D.R. Gordon, B.J. McPhail, C.G. Murphy, and J.B. Slowinski. 1990. The effect of pollen removal on the duration of the staminate phase of Centropogon talamancensis. Brenesia 33: 15-18.

Koptur, S. 1991. Extrafloral nectaries of herbs and trees: modelling the interaction with ants and parasitoids. Pp. 213-229 In D.F. Cutler & C. Huxley (eds.) Ant-Plant Interactions. Oxford University Press.

Koptur, S. 1991. A Unique and Beleaguered State. [book review of Ecosystems of Florida]. Conservation Biology 5(3): 428-430.

Koptur, S. 1991. Tropical Plant Reproductive Ecology. [book review of Reproductive Ecology of Tropical Forest Plants]. Ecology 72(5): 1911-1912.

Koptur, S. 1992. Plants with Extrafloral Nectaries and Ants in Everglades Habitats. The Florida Entomologist 75(1): 38-50.

Koptur, S. 1992. Interactions between Insects and Plants Mediated by Extrafloral Nectaries. In Bernays, E. (ed.) CRC series on Insect/Plant Interactions. Volume 4, pp. 85-132.

Richards, J.H. and S. Koptur. 1993. Floral variation and distyly in Guettarda scabra (Rubiaceae). American Journal of Botany 80(1): 31-40.

Koptur, S. and M.A.B. Lee. 1993. Plantlet formation as a reproductive strategy in tropical ferns. American Fern Journal 83(2): 60-66.

Koptur, S. 1994. Floral and extrafloral nectars of neotropical Inga trees: a comparison of their constituents and composition. Biotropica 26(3): 276-284.

Koptur, S. 1995. The Everglades - the long and short of it. [book review] Ecology 76(4): 1359-1360.

Oberbauer, S.F., K. Von Kleist III, K.R.T. Whelan, and S. Koptur. 1996. Effects of Hurricane Andrew on epiphyte communities within cypress domes of Everglades National Park. Ecology 77(3): 964-967.

Koptur, S. 1996. The Fascination of Flowers. [book review] Bioscience 46(3): 222-223.

Koptur, S. 1996. Extrafloral Nectaries in California Plants: Ecological Implications in Native and Exotic Species. Fremontia 24(2): 23-26.

Koptur, S., C.S. Smith, and J.H. Lawton. 1996. Effects of Artificial Defoliation on Reproductive Allocation in the common vetch, Vicia sativa (Fabaceae: Papilionoideae). American Journal of Botany 83(7): 886-889.

Koptur, S. 1997. Floods of Fortune: Ecology and Economy along the Amazon. [book review] The Quarterly Review of Biology 72: 104.

Koptur, S., V. Rico-Gray, and M. Palacios-Rios. 1998.  Ant protection in neotropical ferns bearing foliar nectaries.  American Journal of Botany 85(5): 736-739.

Koptur, S. and Ni Truong. 1998.  Facultative Ant/Plant Interactions: Nectar sugar preferences of introduced pest ant species in South Florida.  Biotropica 30(2): 179-189.

Koptur, S.  1998.  Is a damaged seed a dead seed?  Consequences of seed damage in the common vetch (Vicia sativa L.) and its major herbivore (Cydia spp.). American Midland Naturalist 140 (2): 393-396.

Koptur, S. 1999. [book review] Gardening with a wild heart.  Plant Science Bulletin 45 (3):

Koptur, S. 1999.  [book review] Florida Wildflowers in their Natural Communities.  Plant Science Bulletin 45 (3):

 Koptur, S. 2000.  Breeding systems of Monteverde Inga.  Pp. 85-87 in Nadkarni, N.M. and N.T. Wheelwright (eds.) Monteverde:  ecology and conservation of a tropical cloud forest.  Oxford University Press, New York.

Koptur, S. 2000.  Interactions among Inga, herbivores, ants, and insect visitors to foliar nectaries.  Pp. 277-278 in Nadkarni, N.M. and N.T. Wheelwright (eds.) Monteverde:  ecology and conservation of a tropical cloud forest.  Oxford University Press, New York.

Koptur, S. 2000. [book review] Britain’s Rare Flowers.  Plant Science Bulletin 46(4):132.

 Koptur, S. 2001. [book review] Warming up to Hotspots.  Conservation Biology 15 (2): 542-545.

Koptur, Suzanne.  2002.  “Old Herbaceous” - H. G. Baker - A warm and light heart.  Tropinet 13 (2):  2-3.

Koptur, S., M. C. Rodriguez, S. F. Oberbauer, C. Weekley, and A. Herndon.  2002. Herbivore-Free Time?  Damage to New Leaves of Woody Plants After Hurricane Andrew.  Biotropica 34(4): 547-554.

Liu, H. and S. Koptur. 2003.  Breeding System and Pollination of a Narrowly Endemic Herb of the Lower Florida Keys: Impacts of the Urban Wildland Interface.  American Journal of Botany  90:

 Sah, J.P., M. S. Ross, S. Koptur and J. R. Snyder.  2004.   Estimating aboveground biomass of broadleaved woody plants in the understory of Florida Keys pine forests.  Forest Ecology and Management
203: 319-329.

Liu, H., E. S. Menges, J. R. Snyder, S. Koptur, M. S. Ross.  2005.  Effects of fire intensity on vital rates of an endemic herb of the Florida Keys, USA.  Natural Areas Journal 25 (1): 71 – 76.

Koptur, S.  2005. Nectar as fuel for plant protectors.  Ch. 3 (pp. 75-108) in F.L. Wäckers, P.C.J. van Rijn & J. Bruin (editors) Plant-provided food for carnivorous insects:  a protective mutualism and its applications.  Cambridge University Press.

Cairns, C. E., R. Villanueva-Gutiérrez, S. Koptur, and D. B. Bray.  2005.  Bee populations, forest disturbance, and Africanization in Mexico.  Biotropica  37 (4): 686-692 .
Koptur, S.  2006.  The conservation of specialized and generalized pollination systems in subtropical ecosystems:  a case study.  Ch. 15 in N. Waser and J. Ollerton (eds.) Plant–pollinator interactions: from specialization to generalization.  University of Chicago Press.

Koptur, S. 2006.  H.G. Baker.  (Biographical Memoirs).  Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 150 (2): 335-339. 

Sah, J.P., M.S. Ross, J.R. Snyder, S. Koptur, and H.C. Cooley. 2006.  Fuel loads, fire regimes, and post-fire fuel dynamics in Florida Keys pine forests.  International Journal of Wildland Fire 15: 1-16.
Koptur, S. 2007.  The Everglades Handbook [book review of 2nd edition, 2005, by Thomas E. Lodge].  The Palmetto 24 (3): 15.

Koptur, S. 2007.  Natural Enemies: an Introduction to Biological Control. [book review of 2004 book by Ann Hajek]. Plant Science Bulletin 53(2):73. 

Pemberton, R., T. Collins, and S. Koptur. 2008.  An Asian orchid, Eulophia graminea (Orchidaceae:  Cymbidieae), naturalizes in Florida.  Lankesteriana 8(1): 5-14.

Pemberton, R., S. Koptur, and T. Collins.  2008.  A Newly Naturalized Orchid found in Florida.  P. 412-413 in Orchids, June 2008.

Khorsand Rosa, R., and S. Koptur. 2009.  Preliminary Observations and Analyses of Pollination in Coccothrinax argentata:  Do Insects Play a Role?  Palms 53(2): 75-83.

Koptur, S. 2009.  A Zapotec Natural History – Trees, Herbs, and Flowers, Birds, Beasts, and Bugs in the Life of San Juan Gbëë. [book review of 2008 book by Eugene S. Hunn]. Plant Science Bulletin 55(2): 81-2.

Koptur, S.  2009.  Seedling Ecology and Evolution. [book review of 2008 book edited by Mary Leck, Parker, and Simpson]. Plant Science Bulletin 55(4): 169 – 170. 

Pinto-Torres, E. and Koptur, S.  2009.  Hanging by a coastal strand:  breeding system of a federally endangered morning-glory of the south-eastern Florida coast, Jacquemontia reclinata.  Annals of Botany 104 (7): 1301-1311.

Cardel, Y. and S. Koptur. 2010. Effects of florivory on the pollination of flowers: an experimental field study with a perennial plant.  International Journal of Plant Science 171(3):283–292.

Koptur, S., P. William, and Z. Olive. 2010.  Ants and plants with extrafloral nectaries in fire successional habitats on Andros (Bahamas).  Florida Entomologist 93(1): 89-99.

Koptur, S. 2010.  Seedlings of Barro Colorado Island [book review of 2009 book by Nancy Garwood].  Plant Science Bulletin 56(1): 36-7.

Gamper, H.A. and S. Koptur. 2010. Honeydew foraging by birds in tropical montane forests and pastures of Mexico.  Journal of Tropical Ecology 26:335–341.

Linares, L.J. and S. Koptur. 2010. Floral biology and breeding system of the crenulate lead plant, Amorpha herbacea var. crenulata, an endangered south Florida pine rockland endemic.  Natural Areas Journal 30:138-147.

Amalin, D.M., J.E. Peña, R. Duncan, J. Leavengood, and S. Koptur. 2009.  Effects of pesticides on the arthropod community in the agricultural areas near the Everglades National Park.   Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc. 122:429–437. 2009.

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