Liza Comita

Associate Professor of Tropical Forest Ecology

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Tel: 203-436-5783

Faculty Support

Rachel Radin

Room 222
Kroon Hall
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT

Education & Curriculum Vitae

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

Curriculum Vitae



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.



Course Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Fall Spring
Tropical Field Ecology
Ecology and Conservation of Tropical Forests
M,W - 10:30-11:50