Skip J. Van Bloem

Professor and Institute Director

Office: 843-546-1013 x 230

School of Agricultural, Forest and Environmental Sciences

Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, Georgetown, SC

Ph.D. Plant Biology and Ecology, Michigan State University
M.S. Environmental Science, The Ohio State University
B.A. Biology and Environmental Studies, Western Michigan University

Research interest:
My research focuses on understanding how trees and forests respond to disturbance. I look at responses at various scales. At the short time scale in individual trees, I study physiological responses of trees to high winds and flooding. Over longer time periods and larger areas, I study population and community responses to hurricanes and fires, and the role of invasive species in changing fire regimes. Most of my research occurs in tropical dry forests.

BT Wolfe, GS Saldaña, and SJ Van Bloem. 2014. Fire resistance in a Caribbean dry forest: inferences from bark thickness allometry. Journal of Tropical Ecology. In press

DA Jenkins, PE Kendra, SJ Van Bloem, SL Whitmire, R Mizell, and R Goenaga. 2013. Forest Fragments as Barriers to Fruit Fly Dispersal: Anastrepha (Diptera: Tephritidae) Populations in Orchards and Adjacent Forest Fragments in Puerto Rico. Environmental Entomology. 42(2):283-292.

M Goenaga, M Torres-Madronero, M Velez-Reyes, SJ Van Bloem, and JD Chinea. 2012. Unmixing Analysis of a Time-Series of Hyperion Images Over the Guánica Dry Forest in Puerto Rico. Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 99:1-10.

JM Thaxton, SJ Van Bloem and SL Whitmire. 2012. Fuel conditions associated with native and exotic grasses in a subtropical dry forest in Puerto Rico. Fire Ecology 8(3):9-17.

BT Wolfe and SJ Van Bloem. 2012. Subtropical dry forest regeneration in grass-invaded areas of Puerto Rico: Understanding why Leucaena leucocephala dominates and native species fail. Forest Ecology and Management 267:253-261

JA Holm, HH Shugart, SJ Van Bloem, GR Larocque. 2012. Gap model development, validation, and application to succession of secondary subtropical dry forests of Puerto Rico. Ecological Modeling 233: 70-82

MC Torres-Madronero, M Velez-Reyes, SJ Van Bloem, and JD Chinea. 2011. Multi-temporal unmixing analysis of Hyperion images over the Guánica Dry Forest. Proceedings of the Third Workshop on hyperspectral imaging and signal processing: Evolution of remote sensing (reviewed). Lisbon, Portugal, July 2011.

SPS Kushwaha, VK Dadhwal and SJ Van Bloem (Guest Editors). 2010. Remote sensing of tropical ecosystems. Tropical Ecology 51(1):1-2.

SP Singh, SJ Van Bloem and AR Nautiyal (Series Editors). 2009. Papers from Tropical Ecology Congress. Tropical Ecology 50(1):1-4.

RJ Santiago, S Molina Colón, P Sollins, and SJ Van Bloem. 2008. The role of nurse trees in mitigating fire effects on tropical dry forest restoration: A case study. Ambio 37: 604-608

CS Hopkinson, AE Lugo, M Alber, AP Covich, SJ Van Bloem. 2008. Forecasting effects of sea-level rise and windstorms on coastal and inland ecosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 6 (5): 255-263.

SJ Van Bloem, PG Murphy, AE Lugo. 2007. A link between hurricane-induced tree sprouting, high stem density, and short canopy in tropical dry forest. Tree Physiology 27: 475–480.

RB Thomas, SJ Van Bloem, and WH Schlesinger. 2006. Climate change and symbiotic nitrogen fixation in agroecosystems. in P. Newton, G. Edwards, A. Carran, and P. Niklaus, editors. Agroecosystems in a Changing Climate. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. pp. 85-116.

SJ Van Bloem, AE Lugo, PG Murphy. 2006. Structural Response of Caribbean Dry Forests to Hurricane Winds: A Case Study from Guánica Forest, Puerto Rico. Journal of Biogeography 33: 517-523

SJ Van Bloem, S Molina Colon, AE Lugo, PG Murphy, RA Ostertag, M Rivera Costa, I Ruiz-Bernard, and M Canals Mora. 2005. The influence of hurricane winds on subtropical dry forest structure and nutrient pools. Biotropica 37(4): 571-583

SJ Van Bloem, AE Lugo, PG Murphy. 2004. Tropical Dry Forests. In: J. Burley, J. Evans, J. Youngquist Eds. Encyclopedia of Forest Sciences (4 Volume set). Elsevier, Oxford. pp. 1767-1775. (reviewed)

SJ Van Bloem, PG Murphy, AE Lugo. 2003. Subtropical dry forest trees with no apparent damage sprout following a hurricane. Tropical Ecology 44 (2): 1-9.

Professional society activity:
President, International Society for Tropical Ecology, 2010-present
Executive Board, International Society for Tropical Ecology, 2006-2010
Ecological Society of America member
Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation member
British Ecological Society member

Honors and awards:
Eagle Scout
ESA Certified Ecologist