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Henry Howe
Henry F. Howe, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences
UIC Biological Sciences, 3460 SES, M/C 066
845 West Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Office: (312) 996-0666
Lab: (312) 413-0023
Fax: (312) 413-2435
Email: hfhowe@uic.edu

Dr. Howe's lab web site

About Dr. Howe's Research

I am interested in biotic and abiotic forces that alter the interactions of plant species. Current and recent projects include: (1) experimental restoration of diversity in tropical landscapes; (2) tests of fire season of and rodent effects in experimental tallgrass restorations; (3) effects of forest fragmentation on seed dispersal by fruit-eating animals; and (4) spatial demography of desert plants. Previous interests included sex-ratio adjustment in blackbirds, and the rhetoric of science, including the projection of expertise to non-scientists by scientists.

The students who have finished a Ph.D. with me are Norbert Cordeiro (effects of forest fragmentation on mutualisms in Tanzania), Denise Costich (cucumber dioecy in Spain), E. Allen Herre (fig-wasp sex ratio in Panama), Maria Luisa S. P. Jorge (rodent foraging in forest fragments in Brazil), Diane Larson (mistletoe-phainopepla mutualism in Arizona), Crisitina Martinez-Garza (traits for tree restoration in Mexico), Maria Miriti (spatial demography of California desert plants), Gabriela Nunez-Iturri (hunting effects on forest structure in Peru), Manoel Pacheco (Brazilian palm ecology), Sonali Saha (fire ecology in Indian dry forest), Eugene Schupp (tree dispersal in Panama), Pia Sethi (hornbill hunting and seed dispersal in India), William Sluis (prairie succession in Illinois), Amy Sullivan (vole effects on prairie vegetation), and Barbara Zorn-Arnold (density and landscape effects on pollination). Current senior doctoral students are Luca Borghesio (avian ecology of montane Africa), Carrie Seltzer (bat-dispersed trees in Tanzania), and Jenny Zambrano (demography of an animal-dispersed Mexican tree). Coming along are Kesha Braunskill (seed foraging by rodents and rabbits), Marines de la Pena-Domene (dispersal and recruitment limitation in Mexico), and Crystal Guzman (rodent suppression of succession in Mexico).

Representative Publications

More links to article downloads are available via the Complete CV link on the lab website.

de la Pena-Domene, M., C. Martinez-Garza, and H.F. Howe. 2013. Early recruitment dynamics in tropical restoration. Ecological Applications 23:1124-1134.

Howe, H. F. 2011. Fire season and prairie forb richness in a 21-year experiment. Ecoscience 18: 317-328.

Howe, H. F., Y. Urincho-Pantaleon, M. De La Peña-Domene, and C. Martínez-Garza. 2010. Early seed fall and seedling emergence: precursors to tropical restoration. Oecologia 164: 731-740.

Sullivan, A. T. and H. F. Howe. 2009. Prairie forb response to timing of vole herbivory. Ecology 90(5): 1346-1355.

Sethi, P. and H. F. Howe. 2009. Recruitment of hornbill-dispersed trees in hunted and logged forests of the Indian Eastern Himalaya. Conservation Biology 23(3): 710-718.

Howe, H. F. 2008. Reversal of fortune: Plant suppression and recovery after vole herbivory. Oecologia. 157: 279-286.

Nunez-Iturri, G., O. Olsson, and H. F. Howe. 2008. Hunting reduces recruitment of primate-dispersed trees in Amazonian Peru. Biological Conservation 141: 1536-1546.