Skip Van Bloem

Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department, Experiment Station, Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science

Office: Baruch Institute, Georgetown, SC
Phone: 843-546-1013
Fax: x 256


 Educational Background

Ph.D. Ecology and Plant Biology
Michigan State University 2004

M.S. Environmental Sciences
The Ohio State University 1996

B.A. Biology and Environmental Studies
Western Michigan University 1991


I'm transitioning back to research from an administrative appointment. At the moment, I am not accepting graduate students because I do not have extra graduate student funding available. If you have your own funding, I'm happy to consider your application.

 Research Interests

Disturbance ecology; ecophysiology, particularly wind stress physiology in trees; effects of invasive species on ecosystem function; long term forest community dynamics; tropical ecology

 Extension and Outreach

President, International Society of Tropical Ecology


* indicates graduate or undergraduate advisees.

SJ Van Bloem and PH Martin. 2021. Socio-ecological lessons from the multiple landfalls of Hurricane Georges. Ecosphere.

G Vargas-G., TJ Brodribb, JM Dupuy, R González-M., CM Hulshof, D Medvigy, TAP Allerton*, C Pizano, B Salgado-Negret, NB Schwartz, SJ Van Bloem, BG Waring, and JS Powers. 2021. Beyond leaf habit: Generalities in plant function across 97 tropical dry forest tree species. New Phytologist. DOI: 10.1111/nph.17584

TD Jackson, S Sethi, E Dellwik, N Angelou, A Bunce, T van Emmerik, M Duperat, J-C Ruel, A Wellpott, SJ Van Bloem, A Achim, B Kane, DM Ciruzzi, SP Loheide II, K James, D Burcham, J Moore, D Schindler, S Kolbe, K Wiegmann, M Rudnicki, VJ Lieffers, J Selker, AV Gougherty, T Newson, A Koeser, J Miesbauer, R Samelson, J Wagner, D Coomes, and B Gardiner. 2021. The motion of trees in the wind: a data synthesis. Biogeosciences 18(13):4059-4072

F Maillard, E Andrews, M Moran, D Du, PG Kennedy, JS Powers, SJ Van Bloem, and JS Schilling. 2021. Early chemical changes during wood decomposition are controlled by fungal communities inhabiting stems at treefall in a tropical dry forest. Plant and Soil. 10.1007/s11104-021-05048-y

B Waring, M De Guzman, D Du, J Dupuy, M Gei, J Gutknecht, C Hulshof, N Jelinski, A Margenot, D Medvigy, C Pizano, B Salgado-Negret, N Schwartz, A Trierweiler, SJ Van Bloem, G Vargas, J Powers. 2021. Soil biogeochemistry across Central and South American tropical dry forests. Ecological Monographs. doi:10.1002/ecm.1453

F Maillard, E Andrews, M Moran, D Du, PG Kennedy, JS Powers, SJ Van Bloem, and JS Schilling. 2021. Early chemical changes during wood decomposition are controlled by fungal communities inhabiting stems at treefall in a tropical dry forest. Plant and Soil. DOI to be assigned.

F Maillard, E Andrews, M Moran, PG Kennedy, SJ Van Bloem, and JS Schilling. 2020. Stem-inhabiting fungal communities differ between intact and snapped trees after Hurricane Maria in a Puerto Rican tropical dry forest. Forest Ecology and Management 475:118350.

SC Garkoti, SJ Van Bloem, P Fulé, R Semwal, eds. 2019. Tropical Ecosystems: Structure, Functions and Challenges in the Face of Global Change. Springer Singapore. 320 pp.

BT Wolfe*, R Machiavelli, and SJ Van Bloem. 2019. Seed rain along a gradient of degradation in Caribbean dry forest: effects of dispersal limitation on the trajectory of forest recovery. Applied Vegetation Science 22 (3): 423-434.

XA Jaime, SJ Van Bloem, FH Koch, SAC Nelson. 2017. Spread of common native and invasive grasses and ruderal trees following anthropogenic disturbances in a tropical dry forest. Ecological Processes 6: 38.

JA Holm, SJ Van Bloem, GR Larocque, and HH Shugart. 2017. Shifts in biomass and productivity for a subtropical dry forest in response to simulated elevated hurricane disturbances. Environmental Research Letters. 12(2): 025007.

K Allen, JM Dupuy, M Gei, C Hulshof, D Medvigy, C Pizano, B Salgado Negret, C Smith, A Trierweiler, SJ Van Bloem, B Waring, X Xu and JS Powers. 2017. Will seasonally dry tropical forests be sensitive or resistant to future changes in rainfall regimes? Environmental Research Letters 12(2): 023001

BT Wolfe*, GE Saldaña Diaz*, and SJ Van Bloem. 2014. Fire resistance in a Caribbean dry forest: inferences from bark thickness allometry. Journal of Tropical Ecology. 30:133-142 doi:10.1017/S0266467413000904

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, 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. PP(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.