Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Sunshine A. Van Bael

Assistant Professor - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Contact Info
svanbael@tulane.edu

Degrees

  • B.A., University of Chicago, Biology, 1996
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Animal Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2003

Academic Experience

  • Associate Scientist, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, 2009
  • Adjunct Faculty, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, 2010
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2012-

Research & Teaching Specializations: Community ecology; vertebrate ecology; microbial ecology; plant-animal-fungal interactions; multi-trophic interactions; tropical agriculture; biodiversity

Related Experience

  • The Burk-Kleinpeter Inc. Professor in Science and Engineering, Tulane University, 2016
  • Research Associate, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, 2015
  • Professor, Field Courses, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, 2004-2012

Distinctions

  • National Science Foundation, “Research Experience for Undergraduates Supplement” S. Van Bael, 2012
  • Arizona State University – Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Collaborative Research “Drivers of Microbial Community Structure and Function in Tropical Soils” F. Garcia-Pichel, E.Herre, B. Turner, S. Van Bael, 2011
  • Smithsonian Restricted Endowment Program, “Mechanisms of fungal-mediated protection in tropical plants” S. Van Bael, C. Estrada, W. Wcislo, 2011
  • National Science Foundation (NSF), “Conflicts among members of interacting symbioses: How do symbiotic fungi influence plant defense against leaf-cutting ants?” S. Van Bael, W. Wcislo, S. Rehner, 2010
  • Panama’s Secretary of Science and Technology, “National Investigator,” S. Van Bael, 2010

Languages:

  • Spanish

Selected Publications

  • 2017. Fungal diversity in galls of baldcypress trees. With Washburn, G. Fungal Ecology 29: 85-89.
  • 2016. Selective elimination of microfungi in leaf-cutting ant gardens. With Mighell, K. Fungal Ecology 24:15-20.
  • 2016. Red coloration in young tropical leaves associated with reduced fungal pathogen damage. With Tellez, P. H. Biotropica, 48(2)150-153.
  • 2015. An endophyte-rich diet increases ant predation on a specialist herbivorous insect. With Hammer, T. J. Ecological Entomology, 40: 316-321.
  • 2013. Bird communities in forested and human modified landscapes of Central Panama: a baseline survey for a native species reforestation treatment. With R. Zambrano and J. E. Hall. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: EBIO-6110: Tropical Ecology

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in Last 5 Years: 2

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