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Selected publications (includes opinion pieces and book chapters):

  1. Rodríguez-Robles J. A., J. D. Ackerman and J. Meléndez. 1990.  Host distribution and hurricane damage to an orchid population at Toro Negro Forest, Puerto Rico.  Caribbean Journal of Science 26: 163-164.
  2. Rodríguez-Robles, J. A.,J. Meléndez and J. D. Ackerman. 1992.  Effects of display size, flowering phenology and nectar availability on effective visitation frequency in Comparettia falcata (Orchidaceae).  American Journal of Botany 79: 1009-1017.
  3. Meléndez E. J. and J. D. Ackerman.   The effects of a rust infection on fitness components in a natural population of Tolumnia variegata (Orchidaceae).  Oecologia 94: 361-367.
  4. Meléndez E. J. and J. D. Ackerman.   Factors associated with a rust infection in an epiphytic orchid.  American Journal of Botany 18: 287-293.
  5. Ackerman, J. D., J. A. Rodríguez-Robles and J. Meléndez. 1994.  A meager nectar offering by an epiphytic orchid is better than nothing.  Biotropica 26: 44-49.
  6. Meléndez-Ackerman, E. J.   Natural color and nectar variation across an Ipomopsis hybrid zone.  American Journal of Botany 84: 41-47.
  7. Campbell, D. R., N. M. Waser and J. Meléndez-Ackerman. 1997.  Analysis of selection in a plant hybrid zone: pollinator preference at three spatial scales.  American Naturalist 149:295-315.
  8. Meléndez-Ackerman E. J., D. R. Campbell and N. M. Waser..   Hummingbird behavior and mechanisms of selection on flower color in Ipomopsis. Ecology 78: 2532-2541.
  9. Ackerman, J. D., J. Meléndez-Ackerman and J. Salguero-Faría. 1997.  Variation in pollinator abundance and selection on floral phenotypes in an epiphytic orchid. American Journal of Botany 84: 1383-1390.
  10. Meléndez-Ackerman E. J., D. R. Campbell. Adaptive significance of flower color and inter-trait correlations in an Ipomopsis hybrid zone. Evolution 52:1293-1303.
  11. Meléndez-Ackerman E. J., J. D. Ackerman and A. Rodríguez-Robles. 2000. Resource vs. pollen limitation in a nectar-producing orchid.  Biotropica, 32:282-290
  12. Meléndez-Ackerman, E. J and J. D. Ackerman. 2001. Density-dependent variation in breeding system and reproductive success in a terrestrial orchid.   Plant Systematics and Evolution 227:27-36.
  13. Meléndez-Ackerman, E. J., Calisto-Pérez, Carlos*, M. López-Vargas*, J. Fumero-Cabán*. Patterns of damage and hurricane recovery of the understorey herb Heliconia caribaeaJournal of Tropical Ecology 19:677-684.
  14. Meléndez-Ackerman, EJ, Aragón , M Morales-Vargas,, J. Sustache , F Axelrod,, Chamary Fuentes*,  J D. Ackerman, M Garcia, D S.Fernández.  2005. Monitoring Efforts Yield New Plant Records For Mona Island, Puerto Rico, A Tropical Dry Forest Wonderland. Caribbean Journal of Science 41:150-152
  15. Meléndez-Ackerman, E., Speranza, P, Kress W. J., Rohena, L., Toledo E., Cortés, C, Gitzendanner M, Soltis, P, Soltis, D. 2005. Micro-evolutionary processes inferred from AFLP and morphological variation in Heliconia bihai (Heliconiaceae). International Journal of Plant Sciences. 166:781-74
  16. Rivera, N., R. Tremblay, Meléndez-Ackerman. 2006. Density dependent effects in a lithophytic and epiphytic orchid. Folia Geobotanica  41:107-120
  17. Raymond L. Tremblay, Elvia Meléndez-Ackerman and Durrell Kapan. 2006. Do epiphytic orchids behave as a metapopulation? Evidence from colonization, extinction rates and asynchronous population dynamics" Biological Conservation, 129:70-81
  18. Fuemero-Cabán J. and E J. Meléndez-Ackerman Behavior and Pollination effciency of flowers visitors of Pitcairnia angustiflia (Bromeliaceae).  American Journal of Botany. 94(3): 419–424
  19. Ruiz-Canino, F. D. S. Fernandez,, J. Melendez-Ackerman, and R. L. Tremblay. 2007. 7: The effect of the light environment on population size of the epiphytic herb, Lepanthes rupestris (orchidaceae) Lankesteriana 7:357-361
  20. Petersen, R., Howard, K., Meléndez-Ackerman, E, Swisher, K., Troy, R M., Walker, C. H. 2007. ACAD Manual of Best practices for Recruiting and Retaining Underrepresented Groups in Ecology and the Environmental Sciences. G. Wright and Lewis, A. [Eds]. Organization for Tropical Studies, Durham NC.
  21. James D. Ackerman and Elvia J. Meléndez-Ackerman. Las Orquídeas. In Historia Natural de Puerto Rico. R. L. Joglar [ed.] Serie de Historia Natural. Editorial Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan
  22. Meléndez-Ackerman, EJ.,   Rojas, S. Planas. 2008. Remarkable abundance of microgametophytes in Heliconia bihai (Heliconiaceae) from St. Lucia. Caribbean Journal of Science 44: 145-149.
  23. Meléndez-Ackerman, E. J., Cortés, J. Sustache; S. Aragón, M. Morales Vargas, M. García Bermudez, DS. Fernandez. 2008. Diet of feral goats in Mona Island Reserve, Puerto Rico.  Caribbean Journal of Science. 44:199-205.
  24. Perotto-Baldevieso, Meléndez-Ackerman, EJ, García, M.  Martinez A., Calle P., Ramos O., Quiñones, M., Leimgruber, P., Vhristen, C., Pons, G. 2009. Spatial distribution, connectivity, and the influence of scale: habitat availability for the endangered Mona Island rock iguana. Biodiversity and Conservation. 18:905-917.
  25. Julissa Rojas-Sandoval; Elvia Melendez-Ackerman. 2009. Pollination biology of Harrisia portoricensis (Cactaceae), an endangered Caribbean species. American Journal of Botany 96:1-9.
  26. Colibrí Sanfiorenzo-Barnhard, Luis Garcia Barrios, Elvia Meléndez-Ackerman and Romeo Trujillo-Vasquez. Woody cover characterization and local farmers perception of active pasturelands in the buffer zone of La Sepultura Biosphere Reserve. Mountain Research and Development 29:320-327.
  27. Rojas-Sandoval J. and Meléndez-Ackerman. 2009. Avances sobre la historia natural de Harrisia portoricensis. Boletín de la Sociedad Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Cactáceas y otras Suculentas 6: 27-29.
  28. J. Meléndez-Ackerman. 2011. Professional Training and Graduate Education needs in Warfare Ecology. 256-272p In Machlis G. and T. Hanson [Eds.]  Warfare Ecology: A New Synthesis for Peace and Security. NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security, Springer Science+Business Media B.V.  200p
  29. Julissa Rojas-Sandoval; Elvia Melendez-Ackerman. Wind-facilitated pollination in Harrisia portorriscensis (cactaceae):  A mechanism of reproductive assurance. International Journal of reproductive Biology 3:1-5.
  30. Elvia Melendez-Ackerman. 2011. Las especies exóticas invasoras: un factor de vulnerabilidad para la Isla de Mona. Marejada 1:6-9. Click here
  31. Julissa Rojas-Sandoval; Elvia Melendez-Ackerman. 2001  Reproductive phenology of the Caribbean cactus Harrisia portoricensis: rainfall and temperature associations. Botany: 89: 861-87
  32. Olaya, P., EJ Melendez-Ackerman, M. Perez and Raymond Tremblay. 2011. "Demographic response to long-term climate variation by a small epiphytic orchid in the Luquillo Mountains of Puerto Rico." American Journal of Botany 98(12): 2040–2048.
  33. Martén-Rodriguez, E. Temeles, J Kress and E.J. Melendez-Ackerman. 2011. Plant-pollinator interactions and floral convergence in two species of Heliconia from the Caribbean islands. Oecologia 167:1075–1083
  34. Julissa Rojas-Sandoval; Elvia Melendez-Ackerman. 2012 Factors Affecting Seed Germination and seedling establishment of Harrisia portoricensis (Cactaceae) Revista de Biología Tropical. 60 (2): 867-879
  35. Curbelo J. C, Melendez-Ackerman, J. Rojas Sandoval, A. Segarra. 2012. New record of Cybocephaluskathrynae (Coleoptera: Cybocephalidae) on Mona Island, Puerto Rico" Revista Brasileira de Entomologia, 56:119-121
  36. Rojas-Sandoval, Julissa; Melendez-Ackerman, Elvia; Fernández, Denny. Plant community dynamics of a tropical semi-arid system following experimental removals of an exotic grass. Applied Vegetation Science 5:513-524
  37. Rojas-Sandoval J. and Elvia Melendez-Ackerman Effects of an invasive grass on the demography of the caribbean cactus Harrisia portoricensis. Acta Oecologica 41:30-38
  38. Julissa Rojas-Sandoval and Elvia Melendez-Ackerman. Natural History of the Threatened cactus Species Harrisia portoriscensis: A General Update and Specific Recommendations for Management and Conservation. Caribbean Journal of Science 47:118
  39. Elvia Meléndez-Ackerman. Education and Outreach. Luquillo Experimental Forest: Research History and Opportunities Nancy L. Harris1, Ariel E. Lugo, Sandra Brown, and Tamara Heartsill Scalley [Eds.] EFR-1 pp125-126. 2013.
  40. Evia Meléndez-Ackerman. Facilities. In. Luquillo Experimental Forest: Research History and Opportunities Nancy L. Harris1, Ariel E. Lugo, Sandra Brown, and Tamara Heartsill Scalley [Eds.] EFR-1 Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture. pp 127-128 2013
  41. Fumero-Cabab, J and Melendez-Ackerman, E. Effects of nectar robbing on pollinator behavior and plant reproductive success of Pitcairnia angustifolia (Bromeliaceae). J. Plant Species Biology doi: 10.1111/j.1442-1984.2012.00388.x
  42. Brandeis, TJ.; Meléndez-Ackerman, EJ.; Helmer, EH. 2012. Forest vegetation cover assessment on Mona Island, Puerto Rico. e-Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS–165. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 24 p.
  43. Julissa Rojas-Sandoval and J. Meléndez-Ackerman. Spatial patterns of distribution and abundance of Harrisia portoricensis, an endangered Caribbean cactus. J Plant Ecol 2013 6: 489-498.
  44. Rojas-Sandoval J. and J.Meléndez-Ackerman. 2013. Population dynamics of a threatened cactus species: general assessment and effects of matrix dimensionality. Population Ecology 55: 479-491.
  45. Juan G. García Cancel, J. Meléndez-Ackerman, P.O.-Arenas,Amelia Merced, N. P. Flores, Raymond L. Tremblay. Associations between Lepanthes rupestris Orchids and Bryophyte Presence in the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico. Caribbean Naturalist 01/2013; 4:1-14.
  46. Rojas-Sandoval J., J. Meléndez-Ackerman, J. Fumero-Cabán, M.A. García-Bermúdez, J. Sustache, S. Aragón, M. Morales and D.S. Fernández. 2014. Effects of hurricane disturbance and feral goat herbivory on the structure of a Caribbean dry forest. Journal of Vegetation Science 25: 1069–1077.
  47. Moreno L.M., Meléndez-Ackerman E. J, Cheleuitte C., Lastra L., Rodriguez R., and Rojas-Sandoval J. 2014. Potential impacts of the invasive grass Megathyrsus maximus (Poaceae) on ground-dwelling arthropods in a Caribbean dry forest. Caribbean Naturalist 7: 1-15.
  48. Santiago, L. E., J. C. Verdejo Ortiz, R. Santiago-Bartolomei, J. Melendez-Ackerman, and D. C. Garcia-Montiel. 2014. Uneven access and underuse of ecological amenities in urban parks of the Río Piedras watershed. Ecology and Society 19(1): 26. Click here
  49. Garcia-Montiel, D. C., J. C. Verdejo-Ortiz, R. Santiago-Bartolomei, C. P. Vila-Ruiz, L. Santiago, and Melendez-Ackerman. 2014. Food sources and accessibility and waste disposal patterns across an urban tropical watershed: implications for the flow of materials and energy. Ecology and Society 19(1): 37. Click here
  50. Meléndez-Ackerman, E.J., Santiago-Bartolomei, C. Vila-Ruiz, L. Santiago, D. García-Montiel, J. Verdejo Ortiz, H. Manrique-Hernández, E. Hernández-Calo. 2014. Socio-economic drivers of yard sustainable practices in a tropical city. Ecology and Society 19(3): 20. Click here
  51. Cristina P. Vila-Ruiz, J. Meléndez-Ackerman, Raul Santiago-Bartolomei, Diana Garcia-Montiel, Lourdes Lastra, Cielo E. Figuerola, and Jose Fumero-Caban. 2014. Plant species richness and abundance of residential yards across a tropical watershed: implications for urban sustainability. Ecology and Society 19(3):22 Click here
  52. Tischa A. Muñoz-Erickson, Ariel E. Lugo, J. Meléndez-Ackerman, Luis E. Santiago-Acevedo, José Seguinot-Barbosa, Pablo Méndez-Lázaro, Myrna Hall, Braulio Quintero, Alonso Ramírez, Diana García-Montiel, Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr., Olga M. Ramos-González, Raúl Santiago-Bartolomei, Julio Verdejo-Ortíz, Jorge R. Ortíz-Zayas, Carmen M. Concepción, Daniela Cusack, Juan Giusti, William McDowell, María Luz Cruz-Torres, Julio Vallejo, Lindsay Cray, Jess Zimmerman, Víctor Cuadrado-Landrau, and Magaly Figueroa. 2014. "Knowledge to Serve the City: Insights from an Emerging Knowledge-Action Network to Address Vulnerability and Sustainability in San Juan, Puerto Rico" Cities and the Environment. 7(1)” Article Click here
  53. Kindlmann J., J. Melendez-Ackerman and Tremblay R. 2014. Disobedient epiphytes: colonization and extinction rates in a metapopulation contradict theoretical predictions based on patch connectivity. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 175:568-606, Click here
  54. Medina Ernesto, Helmer Eileen H. , Meléndez-Ackerman Elvia and Humpredo Marcano. Natural Vegetation Groups and Canopy Chemical Markers in a Dry Subtropical Forest on Calcareous Substrate: The Vegetation of Mona Island, Puerto Rico Caribbean Naturalist 13:1-15
  55. Abelleira,Martinez Oscar J, Elvia J Melendez-Ackerman, Diana Garcia Montiel, John A. Parrotta.2015. Seed Dispersal Turns an Experimental Plantation on Degraded Land into a Novel Forest in Urban Northern Puerto Rico. Forest ecology and Management 357:68-75
  56. Acevedo, M. A., Fletcher, R.J., R. L. Tremblay, and J. Melendez-Ackerman. 2015. Spatial asymmetries in connectivity influence colonization-extinction dynamics. Oecologia DOI 10.1007/s00442-015-3361-z
  57. Melendez-Ackerman, E. 2015. Puntos de intersección entre las Ciencias Ambientales y las Nanociencias: Retos y oportunidades. El Sol: Revista de la Asocian de Maestros de Puerto Rico 1: 55-60.
  58. Santiago-Bartolomei, R. L. Santiago and Elvia Melendez-Ackemran. 2015. Asleep at the switch and unsuspecting victims: Exploring flood risk awareness and adaptive capacity in an urban watershed in Puerto Rico PLERUS25:13-34
  59. J. Meléndez-Ackerman, Rojas-Sandoval J., D. S. Fernández., Grizelle Gonzalez, Hana López, J. Sustache,  M. Morales-Vargas, M. García-Bermúdez and, S. Aragón.  2016. Associations between Soil Variables and Vegetation Structure and Composition of Caribbean Dry Forests. Caribbean Naturalist 1:176-198.
  60. Rojas-Sandoval, J., J. Meléndez-Ackerman, J.Fumero-Cabán, M. García-Bermúdez, J. Sustache , S. Aragón, M. Morales-Vargas, G. Olivieri and D. S. Fernández. 2016. “10-year assessment of ungulates exclusion in the dry forest of Mona Island: understory vegetation responses” Caribbean Naturalist 1:138-156.
  61. Rojas-Sandoval and J., J. Meléndez-Ackerman. 2016.Assessing the impact of grass invasions on the population dynamics of a threatened Caribbean dry forest cactus. Biological Conservation 196:156-164
  62. Elvia J. Meléndez-Ackerman *, Christopher J. Nytch, Luis E. Santiago-Acevedo, Julio C. Verdejo-Ortiz, Raúl  Santiago Bartolomei, Luis E. Ramos-Santiago, Tischa A. Muñoz-Erickson. Synthesis of Household Yard Area Dynamics in the City of San Juan Using Multi-Scalar Social-Ecological Perspectives Authors: Sustainability 8(5), 481; doi:10.3390/su8050481
  63. Torres-Camacho, K.A., Meléndez-Ackerman, E.J., Díaz, E. et al. 2016. Intrinsic and extrinsic drivers of yard vegetation in urban residential areas: implications for conservation planning. Urban Ecosystems 1-11. doi:10.1007/s11252-016-0602-9.
  64. E. Meléndez-Ackerman, Sofía Olivero-Lora, Angélica Erazo, José Fontánez, Khrisia Torres, Yankiomy Hernández, Cristina Vila, Elizabeth Diaz, Nicolás Correa, Luis Santiago, Ray Rodríguez and José Seguinot. UPR-IGERTS’ gents of change project: Best practices for interdisciplinary work. 2016. Acta Cientifica 30:202-216.
  65. Medina E., E. Cuevas, H. Marcano-Vega, E. Meléndez-Ackerman, and E. H. Helmer. 2017. Biogeochemical Relationships of a Subtropical. Caribbean Naturalist 41:1-24.
  66. Pérez M.E., Mélendez-Ackerman, E.J., and Monsegur, O. 2018. Breeding system and pollination of Gesneria pauciflora (Gesneriaceae) a threatened Caribbean species. Flora 242:8-15.
  67. Franklin, J., R. Andrade, M. Daniels, P. Fairbairn, Patrick; M. Fandino, T. W. Gillespie, G. González, D. Imbert, V. Kapos, D. Kelly, Marcano-Vega, Humfredo; E. Meléndez-Ackerman, K. McLaren, M. MCDonald, J. Ripplinger, J. Rojas-Sandoval, M. Ross, J. Ruiz, D. W. Steadman, E. Tanner. Geographical Ecology of Dry Forest Tree Communities in the West Indies. Journal of Biogeography, doi: 10.1111/jbi.13198
  68. Vila Ruiz, C.P., Shear, T.H., Warren, S., Flores Mangual, M.L., and Meléndez-Ackerman, E.J. A socio-ecological assessment of the potential for vegetable gardens in elementary schools across an urban tropical watershed in Puerto Rico. Cities and the Environment (CATE). : 11 (1), Article 2 [Online]. Click here
  69. Henderson, E.J. Melendez-Ackerman, J.C Rodrigues-Verle. 2018 Abundance and Distribution of Brevipalpus (Acari: Tenuipalpidae) in the Residential Rio Piedras Watershed of San Juan’s Metropolitan Area of Puerto Rico. Caribbean Naturalist 52:1-12
  70. Christopher J. Nytch, Elvia Meléndez-Ackerman, Jorge Ortiz-Zayas, María Egleé. Rainfall interception by six urban trees in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Urban Ecosystems DOI: 10.1007/s11252-018-0768-4
  71. Lugo , A. Mendez, P. Rodriguez, M and E. Melendez-Ackerman. 2018. Puerto Rico y El Mundo: El Cambio Climatico.  Fundacion Amigos del Yunque Inc., 49pp.
  72. Elvia Melendez-Ackerman, Ana Trujillo, Christopher Nytch, Molly Ramsey, Bejamin Branoff, Sofia Olivero Lora et al. 2018. Ecological vulnerability of urban green infrastructure to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico; Report to IITF-FS funded by DOI-Fema Click here
  73. ME Pérez, EM Meléndez-Ackerman, S Bonilla, JBauer, M Volcán, APou , C Caballero, L Cortés, WJ. Arendt, T Muñoz-Erickson, D Nowak. 2019. Urban Forest Assessment in Dominican Republic. International Forestry Working Group Newsletter March 2019: Page 4-6. Click here
  74. ME Pérez, EJ Meléndez-Ackerman, OA Monsegur-Rivera 2019. Variation across river channels in demographic dynamics of a riparian herb with threatened status: management and conservation implications. American Journal of Botany 106: 996-1010.
  75. Ramsey, M. T Munoz-Ericson, E. Melendez-Ackerman, et al 2019. Overcoming Barriers to Knowledge Integration for Urban Resilience: A Knowledge Systems Analysis of Two-Flood Prone Communities in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Environmental Science and Policy 99:48-57.
  76. Murray, B., J. Colon-Merced, R. Colon-Rivera, C. Fury, M.A. Garcia-Bermudez, J.L. Herrera-Giraldo, C.W. Jackson, C. Lilyestrom, I. Llerandi-Roman, E. Melendez-Ackerman, M. Melendez-Oyola, O. Monzon-Carmona, R. Platenberg, M. Quinones, H.J. Ruiz, M.S. Umpierre, B. Stys, K. Swinnerton, G. Toledo-Soto, J. Vargas. 2019. An Overview Of The Socio-Ecological System Of Cays And Islets In The US Caribbean And Their Vulnerability To Climate Change. Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, In: Encyclopedia of the World's Biomes. Elsevier, Pages 126-144. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.12010-X
  77. Acevedo, M., Acevedo, M., Beaudrot, L., Melendez-Ackerman, E., & Tremblay, R. (2020). Local extinction risk under climate change in a neotropical asymmetrically dispersed epiphyte Journal of Ecology doi:10.1111/1365‐2745.13361
  78. Olivero-Lora, S.; Meléndez-Ackerman, E.; Santiago, L.; Santiago-Bartolomei, R.; García-Montiel, D. 2020. Attitudes toward Residential Trees and Awareness of Tree Services and Disservices in a Tropical City.Sustainability,12, 11710.3390/su12010117.
  79. Paola Olaya-Arenas, Elvia J. Meléndez-Ackerman, María E. Pérez. Long-term temperature and precipitation trends in the Luquillo Mountains, and their relationships to global atmospheric indices used in climate change predictions. Caribbean Journal of Science, 50(1), 107-131.
  80. Olivero S. and EJ Meléndez-Ackerman. 2013. An Interdisicplinary Challenge:  The Rivas Case Study (Case Study #13).Teaching module developed through workshop: Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis through case studies [online]  Click here
  81. Abatemarco, T. Gladikikh, T., Melendez-Ackerman E, Nytch, C. 2019. Resilience to Climate Change:A Social-Ecological case Study From Puerto Rico. SESYNC Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESINC). Click here
  82. Melendez-Ackerman, E 2015 ¿Es el Naled Seguro? Revista 80 grados. Click here
  83. Acevedo, M., Acevedo, M., Beaudrot, L., Melendez-Ackerman, E., & Tremblay, R. (2020). Local extinction risk under climate change in a neotropical asymmetrically dispersed epiphyte Journal of Ecology 104(8): 1553-1564 doi:10.1111/1365‐2745.13361.
  84. Olivero-Lora, S.; Meléndez-Ackerman, E.; Santiago, L.; Santiago-Bartolomei, R.; García-Montiel, D. (2020). Attitudes toward Residential Trees and Awareness of Tree Services and Disservices in a Tropical City.Sustainability 2020,12, 117.
  85. Paola Olaya-Arenas, Elvia J. Meléndez-Ackerman, María E. Pérez 2020. (2020) "Long-term temperature and precipitation trends in the Luquillo Mountains, and their relationships to global atmospheric indices used in climate change predictions," Caribbean Journal of Science, 50(1), 107-131.
  86. Torres-Martínez, Esmeralda. Elvia Meléndez-Ackerman, and Ana Trujillo-Pinto. Drivers of hurricane structural effects and mortality for urban trees in a community of San Juan, Puerto Rico . Acta Cientifica.  32(1-3):73-83
  87. Mariela Encarnación-Ojeda, Elvia Melendez-Ackerman, and Rayza Hernández-Muñíz. 2021 Environmental Correlates of Leaf Stress Symptoms In The Micro-Orchid Lepanthes woodburyana Following Hurricane María. Acta Cientifica . 32(1-3):73-83
  88. Rayza M. Hernández-Muñiz, Elvia Meléndez-Ackerman, Raymond L. Tremblay,and Omar A. Monsegur-Rivera. 2021. Short-Term Effects of Hurricane María On Populations Size and Individual Survival In Lepanthes eltoroensis (Orchidaceae) At The Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico.  Acta Cientifica32(1-3):23-32
  89. Irma Cabrera-Asencio,and Elvia J. Meléndez-Ackerman. 2021 Community and Species-Level Changes of Insect Species Visiting Mangifera indica Flowers Following Hurricane María: “The Devil Is in the Details”. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
  90. Mervin E. Pérez, Elvia J. Meléndez-Ackerman, Liza García-Recinos, and Omar A. Monsegur-Rivera. Short-term effect of hurricane Irma and Maria in the population of Gesneria pauciflora (GESNERIACEAE). Acta Cientifica 32(1-3):12-22
  91. Elvia J Meléndez-Ackerman, Julissa Rojas-Sandoval, Profiling native and introduced perennial garden plants in Puerto Rican urban residential yards,Journal of Urban Ecology, Volume 7, Issue 1, 2021,
  92. Forero-Montaña, J., J. K. Zimmerman, E Gonzalez, F. Wadsworth, S. Ward , E.J. Melendez Ackerman, L.E. Santiago, C. A. Lee 2021. Developing a growth and yield model for planted big-leaf mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla King) at advanced age in subtropical moist forest in Puerto Rico.  Trees, Forests and People 5, 100113, DOI: 10.1016/j.tfp.2021.100113
  93. Ojeda Matos G., Perez-Lugo M., Ortiz C. 2021. Multisectoral perspectives toward a sustainable energy transition in Puerto Rico: Implications for the Post 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Journal of Emergency Management 19(8) DOI:
  94. Meléndez-Ackerman Elvia J., Pérez Mervin E., Espinal Ana B. Pou, Caballero Claudia, Cortés Leonardo, Bonilla-Duarte Solhanlle, Bauer Gerald, Martínez Guridy José M., Arendt Wayne J., Nowak David J. 2022. Social-Ecological Approach to Studying Variation in Urban Trees and Ecosystem Services in the National Municipal District of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Frontiers in Sustainable Cities (3),
  95. Zhu, X.; Helmer, E.H.; Gwenzi, D.; Collin, M.; Fleming, S.; Tian, J.; Marcano-Vega, H.; Meléndez-Ackerman, E.J.; Zimmerman, J.K. Characterization of Dry-Season Phenology in Tropical Forests by Reconstructing Cloud-Free Landsat Time Series. Remote Sens. 2021,13, 4736.
  96. Santiago, L.E.; Forero-Montaña, J.; Melendez-Ackerman, E.J.; Gould, W.A.; Zimmerman, J.K. Social Acceptability of a Sustainable Forestry Industry in Puerto Rico: Views of Private, Public, and Non-Profit Sectors. Forests 2022, 13, 576.
  97. Melendez-Ackerman E., Colon. Jorge L. 2022. Killing the Golden Goose for Stem. Science 17 Mar 2022 • Vol 375, Issue 6586 • p. 1205 • DOI: 10.1126/science.abo1138
  98. Fumero-Caban, J., Melendez-Ackerman EJ, & Rojas -Sandoval J. (2022). View of Pollination ecology and breeding system of the tropical tree Guaiacum sanctum on two Caribbean islands with contrasting pollinator assemblages. Journal Of Polliantion Ecology, 32(12), 139–153.
  99. Olivero-Lora, S., Rojas-Sandoval, J., Meléndez-Ackerman, E. J., & Orengo-Rolón, J. L. (2022). Hurricane driven changes in vegetation structure and ecosystem services in tropical urban yards: a study case in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Urban Ecosystems.
  100. Giordano Rosanna, Galindo-Cardona Alberto, Melendez-Ackerman Elvia, Chen Shu-Ching, Giray Tugrul. Editorial: Adaptation of Invasive Species to Islands and the Puerto Rican Honey Bee. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 10. DOI=10.3389/fevo.2022.946737
  101. Irma Cabrera Asencio and Elvia Meléndez-Ackerman. Breeding System Evaluation of Four Mangifera indica Linnaeus (Anacardiaceae) Cultivars in Puerto Rico. Life: The Excitement of Biology 10(2) …