Skip Van Bloem

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

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


 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

 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
Executive Director, Wallace F. Pate Foundation for Environmental Research and Education


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.

DA Jenkins, SJ Van Bloem, SL Whitmire, R Mizell III, R Goenaga. In Review. No orchard is an island: Dynamics of Anastrepha (Diptera: Tephritidae) populations inside and outside orchards in Puerto Rico. Journal of Economic Entomology

FO Pérez Martínez and SJ Van Bloem. In revision. Understory composition of woody species beneath novel dry forest canopies. Tropical Ecology

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.