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Roland de Gouvenain

Fogarty Life Science (FLS) 203
(401) 456-8010
(401) 456-8908

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​Academic Background

Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Switzer Fellow


Forest response to disturbances. Evolutionary ecology of tree life history. Forest fire ecology.

Courses Taught

Fundamental Concepts of Biology
The World's Forests
The Plant Kingdom


Balza, U. and de Gouvenain, R.C. 2019. Twenty-year assessment of Lignum-vitae (Guaiacum sanctum, Zygophyllaceae) in the Palo Verde National Park of Costa Rica. Revista de Biologia Tropical 67(6):1269-1277.

de Gouvenain, R.C., J.J. Midgley, and C. Merow. 2019. Serotiny in the South African shrub Protea repens is associated with gradients of precipitation, temperature, and fire intensity. Plant Ecology 220(1):97-109.

de Gouvenain, R.C. and J.A. Silander Jr. 2016. Temperate Forests, In Reference Module in Life Sciences, Elsevier, ISBN: 978-0-12-809633-8,

Nuñez, Hector R. and Roland C. de Gouvenain, 2015. Seasonal variation in understory light near a gap edge and its association with conifer seedling survival in a southern New England forest. Northeastern Naturalist 22(3):613-629.

Paine, C. E. T., L. Amissah, H. Auge, C. Baraloto, M. Baruffol, N. Bourland, H. Bruelheide, K. Daïnou, R. C. de Gouvenain, J.-L. Doucet, S. Doust, P. V. A. Fine, C. Fortunel, J. Haase, K. D. Holl, H. Jactel, X. Li, K. Kitajima, J. Koricheva, C. Martínez-Garza, C. Messier, A. Paquette, C. Philipson, D. Piotto, L. Poorter, J. M. Posada, C. Potvin, K. Rainio, S. E.Russo, M. Ruiz-Jaen, M. Scherer-Lorenzen, C. O. Webb, S. J. Wright, R. A. Zahawi and A. Hector. 2015.
Globally, functional traits are weak predictors of juvenile tree growth, and we do not know why. Journal of Ecology 103(4): 978-989.

de Gouvenain, R. C. and G. R. Clements. 2014. Ecological and Evolutionary Processes. In Encyclopedia of Natural Resources: Land. Taylor and Francis: New York. Published online Oct 2014; 138-142.

de Gouvenain, R. C. and J. Delgadillo. 2012. Geographical variation in population demography and life history traits of Tecate cypress (Hesperocyparis forbesii) suggests a fire regime gradient across the USA–Mexico border. Plant Ecology 213(5): 723-733. DOI: 10.1007/s11258-012-0035-3.

de Gouvenain, R. C. 2009. ICDPs (Integrated Conservation and Development Projects). In: Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Online Collection. Detroit: Gale. Online at

de Gouvenain, R. C. 2008. Forests. Pp. 436-441 in: J. Baird Callicott & R. Frodeman (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy. MacMillan Reference – Gale, Detroit.

de Gouvenain, R. C., Kobe, R. K. and J. A. Silander, Jr. 2007. Partitioning of understorey light and dry-season soil moisture gradients among seedlings of four rain-forest tree species in Madagascar. Journal of Tropical Ecology 23: 569-579.

de Gouvenain, R. C. and A. M. Ansary. 2006. Association between fire return interval and population dynamics in four California populations of Tecate cypress (Cupressus forbesii). The Southwestern Naturalist 51(4): 447–454. 

de Gouvenain, R. C. and J. Ratsirarson. 2005. Suivi des forêts littorales de la côte est de Madagascar. Pp. 9-22 in: Suivi de la biodiversité de la forêt littorale de Tampolo. Recherches Pour le Développement No. 22. Antananarivo, Madagascar.

de Gouvenain, R. C. and J. A. Silander, Jr. 2004. Littoral Forests. Pp. 103-111 in: S. M. Goodman & J. Benstead (Eds.) The Natural History of Madagascar. Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago.

de Gouvenain, R. C. and J. A. Silander, Jr. 2003. Do Tropical storm regimes influence the structure of tropical lowland rain forests? Biotropica 35(2): 166-180.

de Gouvenain, R. C. and J. A. Silander, Jr. 2000. Structure and composition of a forest fragment in Eastern Madagascar in relation to human disturbance. Pp. 45-62 In: W. R. Lourenço & S. M. Goodman (Eds.) Diversité et Endémisme à Madagascar. Mémoires de la Société de Biogéographie, Paris.

Lovich, J. E. and R. C. de Gouvenain. 1998. Saltcedar invasion in desert wetlands of the southwestern United States: Ecological and political implications. Pp. 447-467 In: S.K. Majumdar, E.W. Miller and F.J. Brenner (Eds). Ecology of Wetlands and Associated Systems. Pennsylvania Academy of Science.

de Gouvenain, R. C. 1996. Indirect impacts of soil trampling on tree growth and plant succession in the North Cascade Mountains of Washington. Biological Conservation 75: 279-287.

de Gouvenain, R.C. 1995. Use of GIS for sensitive plant species conservation in land use planning. Environmental Professional 17(1):27-33.

Agee, J. K., M. Finney, and R. de Gouvenain. 1990. Forest fire history of Desolation Peak, Washington. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 20(3): 350-356.​​​​​​

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