Dr Lars Markesteijn

Senior Lecturer in Forest Science

Contact info

Thoday Building, room S10

Email: l.markesteijn@bangor.ac.uk

Tel: 01248 382337 (from U.K.)
+44 1248 382337 (International)


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Tropical forest ecology, Functional ecology, Restoration ecology, Plant-enemy interactions 


As a researcher I am foremost fascinated by biodiversity and as such most of my work is carried out in biologically complex tropical forest ecosystems. My research addresses processes underlying function and co-existence of tropical plants and mechanisms of biodiversity generation and maintenance. I take a special interest in density-dependent mortality or negative density dependence (NDD), as mediated by plant natural enemies, and how it affects regeneration dynamics of tropical plants. I further work on physiological plant responses to limiting resources, resource competition, and tolerance to environmental and global change - principally with respect to water and light. I explore the effects of variation in plant functional traits on individual plant performance and species distribution from local to cross-ecosystem scales.

In addition to being a Senior Lecturer in Forest Scsience at the School of Natural Sciences, I am a Distinguished Research Lecturer (Beatriz Galindo Fellow) in the Area of Biodiversity and Conservation at the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid (Spain), and an affiliated researcher at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama.

I hold a Ph.D. in Tropical Forest Ecology and an M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Tropical Land Use from Wageningen University (the Netherlands). I worked as a postdoctoral researcher on different projects with STRI and the Universities of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA), Oxford (UK), Yale (USA), Oregon State (USA) and Bayreuth (Germany).

  1. 2020
  2. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change (Journal)

    Lars Markesteijn (Editorial board member)

    Apr 2020 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

  3. 2019
  4. Overview of forestry distance learning at Bangor University

    James Walmsley (Speaker), , James Brockington (Speaker), , Lars Markesteijn (Speaker), , Eefke Mollee (Speaker), & Mark Rayment (Speaker)

    18 Jul 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

  5. 2018
  6. Newton Fund International Workshop on Dry Forests

    Lars Markesteijn (Participant)

    18 Jul 201820 Jul 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  7. 2017
  8. Explaining tropical tree diversity

    Lars Markesteijn (Speaker)

    1 Dec 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  9. 2016
  10. 2013
  11. Drought tolerance of tropical tree species; functional traits, tradeoffs and species distribution

    Lars Markesteijn (Contributor)

    30 Apr 2013

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

  12. Drought tolerance of tropical tree species

    Lars Markesteijn (Speaker)

    25 Feb 2013

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  13. 2012
  14. The Secret Life of the Rainforest

    Lars Markesteijn (Contributor)

    16 Jul 2012

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation