Carolina Murcia

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Ph.D. 1993. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Mailing address:
Cra 2 A oeste #13-57
Cali, COLOMBIA

Research Interests

Tropical ecological restoration and conservation. Transfer of science to policy and decision makers.

Representative Publications

  • Murcia C., M.R. Guariguata & E. Montes.  In Press.  Estado del monitoreo de la restauración ecológica en Colombia, In Aguilar-Garavito, M. y W. Ramírez, (Eds). Monitoreo a Procesos de  Restauración Ecológica de Ecosistemas Terrestres Tropicales. Instituto de Investigación Alexander von Humboldt (IAVH). Bogotá, D.C., Colombia
  • Convertino, M., R. Muñoz-Carpena & C. Murcia. In press. “Reading the minds’’ for quantitative sustainability: Assessing stakeholder mental models via Probabilistic Text Analysis pp. In: Zhang-Bach, J., L. F. Luna-Reyes, T. A. Pardo, and D. S. Sayogo (Eds). Information, models, and sustainability: Policy informatics in the age of Big Data and Open Government. Springer , NY, USA
  • Aguilar, M., Sierra, J., Vargas, O., Calle, Z., Ramirez, W., Vargas, W., Murcia, C., Aronson, J. & Barrera Cataño, J.I. 2015. Towards a post-conflict Colombia: restoring to the Future. Restoration Ecology 23 (1): 4-6
  • Aronson, J., C. Murcia, G. H. Kattan. D. Moreno-Mateos, K. Dixon & D. Simberloff. 2014. The road to confusion is paved with novel ecosystem labels: a reply to Hobbs et al. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 29: 646-647. DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2014.09.011.
  • Murcia, C., J. Aronson, G. H. Kattan. D. Moreno-Mateos, K. Dixon & D. Simberloff. 2014. A critique of the `Novel ecosystem´ concept. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 29: 548-553. DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2014.07.006
  • Kattan, G. H. & C. Murcia. 2014. Book review. Monitoring Biodiversity: Lessons from a Trans-Andean Megaproject by Alfonso Alonso, Francisco Dallmeier, and Grace P. Servat (editors)]. Restoration Ecology. 22 (562-563).
  • Murcia, C. & M. R. Guariguata. 2014. La restauración ecológica en Colombia: tendencias, necesidades y oportunidades. Documentos ocasionales 107. CIFOR. Bogor, Indonesia.
  • Murcia, C. & J. Aronson. 2014. Intelligent tinkering in ecological restoration. Restoration Ecology 22: 279–283. DOI: 10.1111/rec.12100
  • Aronson, J. C. Murcia & L. Balaguer. 2013. Leak plugging and clog removal: Useful metaphors for conservation and restoration. Conservation Letters 6 (6): 456-461. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12021
  • Murcia, C., G. H. Kattan and G. I. Andrade. 2013. Conserving biodiversity in a complex biological and social setting: The case of Colombia. Pp. 86-96. In Sodhi, N. S., P. H. Raven & L. Gibson (Eds). Conservation Biology: Voices from the Tropics. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK.
  • Kattan, G. H.& C. Murcia. 2012. Ecological patterns and processes in noncommercial, monospecific tree plantations in the tropical Andes. Pp. 131-144. In. Simonetti, J.A., A. Grez & C. F. Estades (Eds) Biodiversity conservation in agroforestry landscapes: Challenges and opportunities. Editorial Universitaria. Santiago de Chile, Chile.
  • Alexander, S., C. R. Nelson, J. Aronson, D. Lamb, A. Cliquet, K. L. Erwin, C. M. Finlayson, R. S. de Groot, J. A. Harris, E. S. Higgs, R. J. Hobbs, R. R. Robin Lewis, D. Martinez, and C. Murcia. 2011. Opportunities and challenges for ecological restoration within REDD+. Restoration Ecology 19:683-689. DOI: 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2011.00822.x
  • Murcia, C. 2010. On-the-job training for national park staff: What they need to know about ecological restoration (Colombia). Ecological Restoration 28:139-141.
  • Kattan, G. H., C. Murcia & A. Galindo-Cardona. 2010.  An evaluation of bess beetles (Passalidae) and their resource base in a restored Andean forest. Tropical Conservation Science 3:334-343.
  • Cayuela, L., C. Murcia, A. A. Hawk, J. Fernández-Vega & F. Oviedo-Brenes. 2009. Tree responses to edge effects and canopy openness in a tropical premontane forest fragment in Southern Costa Rica. Tropical Conservation Science 2: 425-436.
  • Murcia, C & G. H. Kattan. 2009. Application of science to protected area management: overcoming the barriers. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 96: 508–520.
  • Murcia, C. & J. Pineda. 2008. Ecología de la restauración. In. Kattan, G. H. & L. G. Naranjo (Eds). Regiones biodiversas: Elementos para la planificación de sistemas regionales de áreas protegidas. WWF, EcoAndina & WCS. Cali, Colombia.
  • Kattan, G. H.; C. Murcia; R. C. Aldana & S. Usma. 2008. Relaciones entre hormigas y melastomatáceas en un bosque lluvioso del pacifico colombiano. Boletín del Mueso de Entomología de la Universidad del Valle 9(1):1-10.
  • Murcia, C. 2008. Climate Change in the Tropical Andes: Can Montane Ecosystems Cope? In: Fearn, Eva & K. H. Redford (Eds.). “State of the Wild 2008: A Global Portrait of Wildlife, Wild Lands and Oceans”. Island Press, Washington, DC., USA
  • García-Robledo, C. A. G. Kattan, C. Murcia & M. P. Quintero. 2005. Equal and opposite effects of floral offer and spatial distribution on fruit production and predispersal seed predation in Xanthosoma daguense (Araceae). Biotropica 37: 373-380. This paper received the 2006 Biotropica Award for Excellence in Tropical Biology and Conservation.
  • Murcia, C. 2005. Tropical Montane Forest Restoration: Do tree plantations help or hinder? In Groom, M. J.; G. K. Meffe & C. R. Carroll (Eds). Principles of Conservation Biology. Sinauer Associates.
  • García-Robledo, C. A. & C. Murcia. 2005. Comparative habitat susceptibility to invasion by Chinese ash (Fraxinus chinensis: Oleaceae) in a tropical Andean landscape. Biological Invasions. 7: 405-415
  • García-Robledo, C. A.; G. Kattan, C. Murcia & M. P. Quintero. 2004. Beetle pollination and fruit predation in Xanthosoma daguense (Araceae). Journal of Tropical Ecology. 20: 459 – 469
  • Kattan, G. H. y C. Murcia. 2003. A review and synthesis of conceptual frameworks for the study of forest fragmentation. Pp. 183-200. En Bradshaw, G. y P. Marquet (eds). How landscapes change: Human disturbance and ecosystem fragmentation in the Americas. Springer Verlag, Ecological Studies  vol. 162. NY, USA.
  • Murcia, C. 2002. [Pollination ecology of neotropical humid forests]. pp. 493-530, In Guariguata, M. R. & G. H. Kattan (eds). [Ecology and conservation of neotropical forests]. Libro Universitario Regional. San Jose, Costa Rica. (In Spanish)
  • Murcia, C.; G. Kattan & A. Galindo. 2001. Recovery of bess beetles key to long-term restoration of Andean forests (Colombia). Ecological Restoration 19: 254-255.
  • Murcia, C. 2001. [Changes in coffee cultivation method, and its effects on biodiversity]. pp. 532-533, In Primack, R., R. Rozzi, P. Feinsinger, R. Dirzo & F. Massardo. [Fundamentals of biological conservation: A Latin American perspective]. Fondo de Cultura Económica, México D. F., México. (In Spanish)
  • Murcia, C. 1997. Evaluation of Andean Alder as a catalyst for the recovery of tropical cloud forests in Colombia. Forest Ecology and Management 99:163-170.
  • Murcia, C. 1996. Forest fragmentation and the pollination of Neotropical plants, pp. 19-36. In Schelhas, J. & R. Greenberg (eds.). Forest patches in tropical landscapes. Island Press, Washington, D. C., USA.
  • Murcia, C. & P. Feinsinger. 1996. Interspecific pollen loss by hummingbirds visiting flower mixtures: Effects of floral architecture. Ecology 77: 550-560.
  • Murcia, C. 1995. Edge effects in fragmented forests: Implications for conservation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 10:58-62.
  • Redford, K. H., B. Klein & C. Murcia. 1992. Incorporation of game animals into small scale agroforestry systems in the Neotropics. pp. 333-348, In Redford, K. H. & C. Padoch. (eds.). Conservation of Neotropical Forests: Working with Traditional Resource Use. Columbia Univ. Press. New York. N.Y. USA.
  • Murcia, C. 1990. The effect of flower morphology and temperature on pollen receipt and removal in Ipomoea trichocarpa (Convolvulaceae). Ecology 71: 1098-1109.
  • Sobrevila, C., L. Wolfe & C. Murcia. 1989. Flower polymorphism in the beach plant, Ipomoea imperati (Vahl.) Grisebach (Convolvulaceae). Biotropica 21:84-88.
  • Murcia, C. 1987. Estructura y dinámica del gremio de colibríes en un bosque andino. Humboldtia 1:29-64.
  • Kattan, G. & C. Murcia. 1985. Hummingbird association with Acorn Woodpecker sap trees in Colombia. Condor 87:542-543.
  • Murcia, C. & G. Kattan. 1984. Notas sobre los hábitos alimenticios del Halcón Común, Falco sparverius. Actualidades Biológicas 13:48-50.