Below is a list of publications authored or co-authored by members of the Dick lab. Reprints (pdf) are available through the link to the University of Michigan Library’s digital archive service, Deep Blue, which obtains distribution rights directly from the publishers.

*student or post-doc working in the Dick lab


McMichael, C. H., K. W. Feeley, C. W. Dick, D. R. Piperno, M. B. Bush (in press) Comment on “Persistent effects of pre-Columbian plant domestication on Amazonian forest composition” Science

Bemmels*, J. B., S. J. Wright, N. C. Garwood, N. A. Queenborough, R. Valencia, C. W. Dick (in revision) Filter-dispersal assembly of lowland Neotropical rainforests across the Andes. Ecography

Torroba-Balmori, P., K. B. Budde, K. Heer*, S. C. González-Martínez, S. Olsson, C. Scotti-Saintagne, M. Casalis, B. Sonké, C. W. Dick, and M. Heuertz (2017) Altitudinal gradients, biogeographic history and microhabitat adaptation affect fine-scale spatial genetic structure in African and Neotropical populations of an ancient tropical tree species. PlosOne 12(8): e0182515. open access 

Nazareno*, A. G., C. W. Dick, L.G. Lohmann (2017) Wide but not impermeable: Testing the Riverine Barrier Hypothesis for an Amazon plant species. Molecular Ecology 26 (14): 3636–3648. doi: 10.1111/mec.14142  Early View

Nazareno*, A. G., J. B. Bemmels, C. W. Dick, L.G. Lohmann (2017) Minimum sample sizes for population genomics: An empirical study from an Amazonian plant species. Molecular Ecology Resources doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12654  Deep Blue

Dick, C. W (in press) The University of Michigan Herbarium (1837-2017). Chapter in K. Barndt and C. M. Sinopoli (eds.) Object Lessons and the Formation of Knowledge: The University of Michigan Museums, Libraries and Collections 1817-2017. University of Michigan Press


Barnes, B. V., C. W. Dick, M. L. Gunn (2016) Michigan Shrubs and Vines: A Guide to Species of the Great Lakes Region. University of Michigan Press. 424 pp. (ordering info)

Dick, C. W., M. Penskar, A. A. Reznicek (2016). Burton V. Barnes as a forest botanist. The Michigan Botanist: 54: 46-52. Deep Blue

Yang, A., C. W. Dick, X. Yao*, H. Huang (2016) The role of biogeographic history and range margin genetics in determining species range limits: a case study in Liriodendron chinense (Magnoliaceae) Nature Scientific Reports 6: article number 25632. open access


Baker, P. A., Fritz, S. C., Silva, C. G., Rigsby, C. A., Absy, M. L., Almeida, R. P., Caputo, M., Chiessi, C. M., Cruz, F. W., Dick, C. W., Feakins, S. J., Figueiredo, J., Freeman, K. H., Hoorn, C., Jaramillo, C., Kern, A. K., Latrubesse, E. M., Ledru, M. P., Marzoli, A., Myrbo, A., Noren, A., Piller, W. E., Ramos, M. I. F., Ribas, C. C., Trnadade, R., West, A. J., Wahnfried, I., and Willard, D. A. (2015) Trans-Amazon Drilling Project (TADP): origins and evolution of the forests, climate, and hydrology of the South American tropics. Scientific Drilling: 20, 41-49, doi:10.5194/sd-20-41-2015. open access

*Thomson, A. M., C. W. Dick, A. L. Pascoini, S. Dayanandah (2015) Despite introgressive hybridization, North American birches (Betula spp.) maintain strong differentiation at nuclear microsatellite loci. Tree Genetics & Genomes: 11 (5), 1-12. Deep Blue

*Heer, K., E. K. V. Kalko, L. Albrecht, R. *García-Villacorta, E. A. Herre, C. W. Dick (2015) Spatial scales of genetic structure in freestanding and strangler figs (Ficus, Moraceae) inhabiting Neotropical forest. Plos One 10(7): e0133581. open access


*Wei, N., C. W. Dick (2014) Polymorphic microsatellite markers for a wind-dispersed tropical tree species, Triplaris cumingiana (Polygonaceae) Applications in Plant Sciences 2(9):1400051. open access

*Wei, N., C. W. Dick (2014) Characterization of twenty-six microsatellite markers for the tropical pioneer tree species Cecropia insignis Liebm. (Urticaceae). Conservation Genetics Resources 6: 987-989. Deep Blue

*Schroeder, J. W., H. T. *Tran, C. W. Dick (2014) Fine scale spatial genetic structure in Pouteria reticulata (Engl.) Eyma (Sapotaceae), a dioecious, vertebrate dispersed tropical rain forest tree species. Global Ecology and Conservation 1: 43-49. open access

*Wei, N., J. B. *Bemmels, C. W. Dick (2014) The effects of read length, quality and quantity on microsatellite discovery and primer development: from Illumina to PacBio. Molecular Ecology Resources 14: 953-65. Deep Blue

Baker, P. A., S. C. Fritz, C. W. Dick, A. J. Eckert, B. K. Horton, S. Manzoni, C. Ribas, C. Garzione, D. Battisti (2014) The emerging field of geogenomics:  constraining geological problems with genetic data. Earth Science Reviews 135: 38-47. Deep Blue

*Thomson, A. M., C. W. Dick, S. Dayanandah (2014) Similar phylogeographic structure among sympatric North American birches (Betula sp.) is better explained by introgression than by shared biogeographic history. Journal of Biogeography early view

Daïnou, K., G. Mahy, J. Duminil, C. W. Dick, J-L. Doucet, A. Donkpégan, M. Pluijgers, B. Sinsin, P. Lejeune, O. Hardy (2014) Speciation slowing down in widespread and long-living tree taxa: insights from the tropical timber tree genus Milicia (Moraceae). Heredity 113: 74-85. Deep Blue


*Yao, X., C. Li, C. W. Dick (2013) Exon Primed, Intron Crossing (EPIC) markers for evolutionary studies of Ficus and other taxa in the fig family (Moraceae) Applications in Plant Sciences 1 (10): 1300037 Deep Blue

*Sedio, B. E., J. R. Paul, C. M. Taylor, C. W. Dick (2013) Fine-scale niche structure of tropical forests reflects legacy of the Great American Biotic Interchange Nature Communications 4: 2317  Deep Blue

*Peirson, J. A., C. W. Dick, A. A. Reznicek (2013) Phylogeography and polyploid evolution of North American goldenrods (Solidago subsect. Humiles, Asteraceae). Journal of Biogeography 40: 1887-1898.  Deep Blue

Dick, C. W., S. Lewis, M. Maslin, E. Bermingham (2013) Neogene origins and implied warmth tolerance of Amazon tree species. Ecology and Evolution 3 (1): 162-169 open access

*Wei, N., C. W. Dick, A. J. Lowe, M. G. Gardner (2013) Polymorphic microsatellite loci for Virola sebifera (Myristicaceae) derived from 454 pyrosequencing. Applications in Plant Sciences 1(4):1200295 open access

Cavers S., and C. W. Dick (2013) Special Issue: Phylogeography of neotropical trees. Journal of Biogeography 40(4): 615-617. Deep Blue

Jones, F. A., I. Cerón-Souza, B. D. Hardesty, C. W. Dick (2013) Genetic evidence of Quaternary demographic changes in four rainforest tree species sampled across the Isthmus of Panama. Journal of Biogeography 40(4): 720-731. Deep Blue

Scotti-Saintagne, Dick, C. W., C., Caron, H., G. G. Vendramin, V. Troispoux, P. Sire, M. Casalis, A. Buonamici, R. Valencia, M. Lemes, R. Gribel, I. Scotti (2013) Amazon diversification and cross-Andean dispersal of the widespread Neotropical tree species Jacaranda copaia (Bignoniaceae) Journal of Biogeography 40(4): 707-719. Deep Blue

Rymer, P. D., C. W. Dick, G. G. Vendramin, A. Buonamici, D. Boshier (2013) Recent phylogeographic structure of a “weedy” widespread Neotropical tree species,Cordia alliodora (Boraginaceae). Journal of Biogeography 40(4): 693-706 Deep Blue

Scotti-Saintagne, C., C. W. Dick, H. Caron, E. Guichoux, G. G. Vendramin, A. Buonamici, C. Duret, P. Sire, R. Valencia, M. R. Lemes, R. Gribel, I. Scotti (2013) Phylogeography of a species complex of lowland rainforest trees (Carapa, Meliaceae) in the Neotropics. Journal of Biogeography 40(4): 676-692. Deep Blue


*Sedio, B. E., S. J. Wright, and C. W. Dick (2012) Trait evolution and the coexistence of a species swarm in the tropical forest understory. Journal of Ecology 100: 1183-1193. Deep Blue

*Heer, K., C. Machado, A. G., Himler, E. A. Herre, E. K. V. Kalko, C. W. Dick, (2012) Anonymous and EST-based microsatellite DNA markers that transfer broadly across the fig tree genus (Ficus L. Moraceae). American Journal of Botany  (Primer Notes & Protocols in the Plant Sciences) e330-e333. Deep Blue

Dick, C. W. and C. O. Webb (2012) Plant DNA Barcodes, Taxonomic Management and Species Discovery in Tropical Forests. Methods Mol Biol. 858: 379-93. Deep Blue

Dick, C. W., and R. T. Pennington (2012) Molecular systematic perspectives on biome origins and dynamics. New Phytologist 193: 9–11. Deep Blue


*Saeki, I., C. W. Dick, B.V. Barnes, N. Murakami (2011) Comparative phylogeography of red maple (Acer rubrum L.) and silver maple (A. saccharinum L.): impacts of habitat specialization, hybridization and glacial history. Journal of Biogeography 38: 992-1005. Deep Blue

Dick, C. W. (2011) Review of Tropical Rain Forest Ecology, Diversity, and Conservation, by Jaboury Ghazoul and Douglas Sheil. Quarterly Review of Biology 86 (1): 45. Deep Blue


*Jha, S., C. W. Dick (2010) Native bees mediate long distance pollen dispersal in a shade coffee landscape mosaic. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 107 (31) 13760-13764. UM press release This week in PNAS“listen to podcast of Jha interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered” Deep Blue

*Kabat, S. M., C. W. Dick, M. D. Hunter (2010) Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in the common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca L. (Apocynaceae) American Journal of Botany e37-e38. Deep Blue

Dick, C. W. (2010) Phylogeography and population structure of tropical trees. Tropical Plant Biology 3 (1): 1-3. cover of special issue edited by C. W. Dick Deep Blue

Hardesty, B. D., C. W. Dick, J. L. Hamrick, B. Degen, S. P. Hubbell, E. Bermingham (2010) Geographic influence on genetic structure in the widespread Neotropical tree, Simarouba amara (Simaroubaceae). Tropical Plant Biology 3 (1): 28-39. Deep Blue

Lemes, M.R., C. W. Dick, C. Navarro, A. J. Lowe, S. Cavers, R. Gribel (2010) Chloroplast DNA microsatellites reveal contrasting phylogeographicstructure in mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla King, Meliaceae) from Amazonia and Central America. Tropical Plant Biology 3 (1): 40-49. Deep Blue

Pennington, R. T., C. W. Dick (2010) Diversification of the Amazonian flora and its relation to key geological and environmental events: a molecular perspective. Chapter 23 in C. Hoorn and F. P. Wesselingh (eds)Amazonia, Landscape and Species evolution. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK. Pp. 373-385.  Deep Blue


*Kenfack, D. and C. W. Dick (2009) Isolation and characterization of 15 polymorphic microsatellite loci in Tetragastris panamensis (Burseraceae), a widespread forest canopy tree in the Neotropics. Conservation Genetics Resources 1:385-387. Deep Blue

Stork, N. E., J. A. Coddington, R. K. Colwell, R. L. Chazdon, C. W. Dick, C. A. Peres, S. Sloan, K. Willis (2009) Vulnerability and resilience of tropical forest species to land-use change. Conservation Biology 23: 1438-1447. Deep Blue

Dick, C. W. and W. J. Kress (2009) Dissecting tropical plant diversity with forest plots and a molecular toolkit. BioScience 59: 745-755. Deep Blue

Dick, C. W. (2009) Review of Living in a Dynamic Tropical Forest Landscape, by N. E. Stork and S. M. Turton. Quarterly Review of Biology 84:292-293.  Deep Blue

*Draheim, H., M. *Cui, C. W. Dick (2009) Characterization of 14 microsatellite DNA markers for the tropical forest tree Virola surinamensis (Rol.) Warb. (Myristicaceae). Molecular Ecology Resources 9: 1386-1388. Deep Blue

*Jha, S., C. W. Dick (2009) Isolation and characterization of nine microsatellite loci for the tropical understory tree Miconia affinis Wurdack (Melastomataceae). Molecular Ecology Resources 9: 344-345. Deep Blue


*Jha, S., C. W. Dick (2008) Shade coffee farms promote genetic diversity of native trees. Current Biology 18 (24): R1126-1128. press release listen to podcast of Jha interview on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” Deep Blue

Dick, C. W., M. Heuertz (2008) The complex biogeographic history of a widespread tropical tree species. Evolution 62: 2760-2774. press release Deep Blue

Petit, R. J., F. S. Hu, C. W. Dick (2008) Forests of the past: a window to future changes. Science 320: 1450-1452.  press release Deep Blue

Dick, C. W.(2008) New interpretations of fine scale spatial genetic structure. Molecular Ecology 17: 1873-1874. Deep Blue

Dick, C. W., F. A. Jones, O. J. Hardy, R. Petit (2008) Spatial scales of seed and pollen-mediated gene flow in tropical forest trees. Tropical Plant Biology 1: 20-33. Deep Blue


Dick, C. W., E. Bermingham, M. Lemes, and R. Gribel (2007) Extreme long distance dispersal of the lowland rainforest tree Ceiba pentandra L. (Malvaceae) in Africa and the Neotropics. Molecular Ecology 16: release Deep Blue


Ward, M., C. W. Dick, R. Gribel, A. J. Lowe (2005) To self or not to self… A review of outcrossing and pollen mediated gene flow in neotropical trees. Heredity 95: 246-254. Deep Blue

Hardesty, B. D., C. W. Dick, A. Kremer, S. P. Hubbell, and E. Bermingham (2005) Fine scale spatial genetic structure of Simarouba amara Aubl. (Simaroubaceae), a dioecious, animal-dispersed Neotropical tree, on Barro Colorado Island, Panama. Heredity 95: 290-297. Deep Blue

Dick, C. W., S. J. Wright (2005) Tropical mountain cradles of dry forest diversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 102 (31): 10757-10758. Deep Blue

Bermingham, E., C. W. Dick, and C. Moritz, editors (2005) Tropical Rain Forests: Past, Present and Future, University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Laurance, W. F., A. A. Oliveira, S. G. Laurance, R. Condit, H. E. M. Nascimento, C. W Dick, A. C. Sanchez-Thorin, T. E. Lovejoy, and J. E. L. S. Ribeiro (2005). Late twentieth-century trends in tree-community composition in an Amazonian forest. Chapter 9 in Tropical Forests and Global Atmospheric Change (Y. Mahli and O. Phillips, eds.), pp 97-106.

Laurance, W. F., A. A. Oliveira, S. G. Laurance, R. Condit, C. W Dick, A. Andrade, H. E. M. Nascimento, T. E. Lovejoy, and J. E. Ribeiro (2005). Altered tree communities in undisturbed Amazonian forests: A consequence of global change? Biotropica 37 (2): 160-162.

Dick, C. W., R. Condit and E. Bermingham (2005) Biogeographic history and the high β diversity of rainforest trees in Panamá. Chapter 6 in Rio Chagres: A multi-disciplinary profile of a tropical watershed (R. Harmon, ed), pp. 259-268. New York, Springer Publishing Company.

Moritz, C., C. W. Dick, and E. Bermingham (2005) From the past to the future: evolution, ecology and conservation of tropical rainforests. Chapter 1 in Tropical Rain Forests: Past, Present and Future (E. Bermingham, C. W. Dick and C. Moritz, eds.), pp. 1-6. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.

Bermingham, E. and C. W. Dick (2005) The history and ecology of tropical rainforest communities. Chapter 2 in Tropical Rain Forests: Past, Present and Future (E. Bermingham, C. W. Dick and C. Moritz, eds.), pp. 7-15. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.

Moritz, C., C. W. Dick, and E. Bermingham (2005) Processes, people and the prospects for tropical rainforests. Chapter 25 in Tropical Rain Forests: Past, Present and Future (E. Bermingham, C. W. Dick and C. Moritz, eds.), pp. 529-531. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.


Pennington, R. T., C. W. Dick (2004) The role of immigrants in the assembly of the South American rainforest tree flora. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London 359: 1611-1622. Deep Blue

Leigh, E.G., P. Davidar, C. W. Dick, J. P. Puyravaud, J. Terborgh, H. T. Steege. S. J. Wright (2004) Why do some tropical forests have so many kinds of trees? Biotropica 36 (4): 447-473. Deep Blue

Dick, C. W., D. W. Roubik, K. Gruber and E. Bermingham (2004) Long distance gene flow and cross-Andean dispersal of lowland rainforest bees (Apidae: Euglossini) revealed by comparative mtDNA phylogeography. Molecular Ecology 13: 3775-3785. Deep Blue

Laurance, W. F., A. A. Oliveira, S. G. Laurance, R. Condit, H. E. M. Nascimento, A. C. Sanchez-Thorin, T. E. Lovejoy, A. Andrade, S. D’Angelo, J. E. Ribeiro and C. W. Dick (2004) Pervasive alteration of tree communities in undisturbed Amazonian forests. Nature 428: 171-175. Deep Blue

Austerlitz, F., C. W. Dick, C. Dutech, E. Klein, S. Oddou-Muratoria, P. E. Smouse, V. L. Sork (2004) Using genetic markers to estimate the pollen dispersal curve. Molecular Ecology 13: 937-954. Deep Blue


Dick, C. W., K. Abdul-Salim and E. Bermingham (2003) Molecular systematics reveals cryptic Tertiary diversification of a widespread tropical rainforest tree.American Naturalist 160 (12): 691-703. Deep Blue

Novick, R. S., C. W. Dick, M. Lemes, C. Navarro, A. Caccone and E. Bermingham (2003) Genetic structure of Mesoamerican populations of big-leaf mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) inferred by microsatellite analysis. Molecular Ecology 12: 2885-2893. Deep Blue

Dick, C. W., G. Etchelecu and F. Austerlitz (2003) Pollen dispersal of tropical trees (Dinizia excelsa: Fabaceae) by native insects and African honeybees in pristine and fragmented Amazonian rainforest. Molecular Ecology 12: 753-764. Deep Blue

Morley, R. J. and C. W. Dick (2003) Missing fossils, molecular clocks and the origin of the Melastomataceae. American Journal of Botany 90: 1638-1645. Deep Blue


Dick, C. W. (2002) Genetic relationships of plants in the CTFS network. Inside CTFS, summer 2002, Center for Tropical Forest Sciences, pp. 1-6.

Dick, C. W. (2002) Effect of pollinator composition on the breeding structure of tropical timber trees. Pp. 140-152 in B. Degen, M. Loveless and A. Kremer (eds) Modeling and experimental research on genetic processes in tropical and temperate forests, EMBRAPA, Belém.


Dick, C. W. (2001) Genetic rescue of remnant tropical trees by an alien pollinator. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 268: 2391-2397.Science “Editor’s Choice” Deep Blue

Bermingham, E. and Dick, C. W. (2001) The Inga: Newcomer or museum antiquity? Science 293: 2214-2216. Deep Blue

Dick, C. W. (2001) Habitat change, African honeybees and fecundity in the Amazonian tree Dinizia excelsa (Fabaceae). In Lessons from Amazonia: The Ecology and Conservation of a Fragmented Tropical Forest (eds. R. O. Bierregaard, C. Gascon, T. E. Lovejoy and R. Mesquita), pp. 146-157. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.