Dunn, R.R.*, Kirby, K.R.*, Bowern, C., Ember, C., Gray, R., McCarter, J., Kavanagh, P.H., Trautwein, M., Gavin, M.C. In Review. A global ecology of architecture: Climate, social organization and cultural continuity shape traditional human houses. *Joint first and corresponding authors

Pacheco Coelho, M.T., Pereira, E.B., Haynie, H., Rangel, T., Kavanagh, P., Kirby, K.R., Greenhill, S., Bowern, C., Gray, R., Colwell, R., Evans, N., Gavin, M.C. In Review. Drivers of geographic patterns of North American language diversity.

Haynie, H.J., Kavanagh, P.H., Jordan, F. M., Ember, C.R., Gray, R.D., Greenhill, S.J., Kirby, K.R., Kushnick, G., Low, B.S., Tuff. T., Vilela, B., Botero, C.A. and Gavin, M.C. In Review. Pathways to social inequality.

Gavin, M. C., Kavanagh, P. H., Haynie, H. J., Bowern, C., Ember, C. R., Gray, R. D., Jordan, F.M., Kirby, K. R., Kushnick, G., Low, B. S., Vilela, B., Botero, C. A. In Press. The Global Geography of Human Subsistence. Royal Society Open Science

Pfaff, A., Robalino, J., Reis, E. J., Walker, R., Perz, S., Laurance, W., Bohrer, C., Aldrich, S., Arima, E., Caldas, M., and Kirby, K. R. 2018. Roads & SDGs, tradeoffs and synergies: learning from Brazil’s Amazon in distinguishing frontiers. Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, 12 (2018-11): 1–25.

Kirby, K. R., Rhemtulla, J.M., and Gergel, S. E. 2017. Heterogeneity in ecosystem services: Multi-scale carbon management in tropical forest landscapes. Book chapter for: Learning Landscape Ecology: A Practical Guide to Concepts and Techniques, Second Edition. Eds. S. E. Gergel, M. Turner.

Gavin, M. C., Rangel, T. F., Bowern, C., Colwell, R. K., Kirby, K. R., Botero, C. A., Dunn, M., Dunn, R. R., McCarter, J., Pacheco Coelho, M. T., Gray, R. D. 2017. Process-based modeling shows how climate and demography shape language diversity. Global Ecology and Biogeography. [PDF] [Press release and Altmetrics]

Hudson, L. N. et al. (incl. Kirby, K. R.). 2017. The database of the PREDICTS (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems) Project. Ecology and Evolution 7(1): 145–188

Kirby, K. R., Gray, R. D., Greenhill, S. J., Jordan, F. M., Gomes-Ng, S., Bibiko, H-J., Blasi, D. E., Botero, C. A., Bowern, C., Ember, C. R., Leehr, D., Low, B. S., McCarter, J., Divale, W. and Gavin, M. C. 2016. D-PLACE: A Global Database of Cultural, Linguistic and Environmental Diversity. PLoS ONE. DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0158391. [Article] [D-PLACE portal] [Press and Altmetrics]

Holmes, I., Kirby, K. R., Potvin, C. 2016. Agroforestry within REDD+: Experiences of an indigenous Emberá community in Panama. Agroforestry Systems. DOI 10.1007/s10457-016-003-3. [Article]

Botero, C. A., Gardner, B., Kirby, K. R., Bulbulia, J., Gavin, M., and Gray, R. 2014. The ecology of religious beliefs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1408701111. [PDF] [Media coverage and Altmetrics].

Kirby, K. R. 2014. “New Conservation” as a moral imperative. Conservation Biology 28(3): 639-640. [PDF]

Gavin, M. C., Botero, C. A., Bowern, C., Colwell, R. K., Dunn, M., Dunn, R. R., Gray, R. D., Kirby, K. R., McCarter, J., Powell, A., Rangel, T. F., Stepp, J. R., Trautwein, M., Verdolin, J. L., Yanega, G. 2013. Towards a mechanistic understanding of linguistic diversity. Bioscience 63 (7): 524-535.

Pelletier, J., Kirby, K.R., and Potvin, C. 2012. Consequences of carbon stock uncertainties on emissions reductions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries. Forest Policy and Economics 24, 3-11. [PDF]

Kirby, K. R. 2011. Relative influence of cultural identity and market access on agricultural biodiversity in swidden-fallow landscapes of eastern Panama. PhD Dissertation. University of British Columbia.

Ngai, J.*, Kirby, K. R.*, Gilbert, B.*, Starzomski, B. M.*, Pelletier A. J. D., and Conner, R. 2008. The impact of land-use change on larval insect communities: testing the role of habitat elements in conservation. Ecoscience 15(2): 160-168. *These authors contributed equally. [PDF]

Gilbert, B., Srivastava, D., and Kirby, K. R. 2008. Niche partitioning at multiple scales facilitates coexistence among mosquito larvae. Oikos 117(6):944-950. [PDF]

Kirby, K. R. and Potvin, C. 2007. Variation in carbon storage among tree species: implications for the management of a small-scale carbon sink project. Forest Ecology and Management 246: 208-221. Supplementary material. [PDF][Appendix]

Potvin, C., Tschakert, P., Lebel, F., Kirby, K., Barrios, H., Bocariza, J., Caisamo, J., Caisamo, L., Cansari, C., Casamá, J., Casamá, M., Chamorra, M., Dumasa, N., Goldenberg, S., Guainora, V., Hayes, P., Moore, T., and Ruíz, J. 2007. A participatory approach to the establishment of a baseline scenario for a reforestation CDM project. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 12:1341–1362. [PDF]

Gergel, S.E., Stange, Y., Coops, N. C., Johansen, K. and Kirby, K. R. 2007. What is the value of good map? An example using high spatial resolution imagery to aid riparian restoration. Ecosystems 10(5): 688-702. [PDF]

Pfaff, A., Robalino, J., Walker, R., Reis, E., Perz, S., Bohrer, C., Aldrich, S. Arima, E., Caldas, M., Laurance, W., Kirby, K. R. 2007. Road Investments, Spatial Spillovers & Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. Journal of Regional Science 47(1): 109-123. [PDF]

Kirby, K. R., Laurance, W. F., Albernaz, A. K. M., Schroth, G., Fearnside, P. M., Bergen, S., Venticinque, E. M. and da Costa, C. 2006. The future of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. Futures, Special issue: The Future of Bioregions and Bioregional Planning 38(4): 432-453.[PDF]

Kirby, K. R., 2005. Land-use change in the Neotropics: regional-scale predictors of land-use change and local effects on carbon storage and tree-species diversity. MSc. Dissertation. McGill University.

Vance, C. C., Kirby, K. R., Malcolm, J. R., and Smith, S. M. 2003. Community composition of long-horned beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in the canopy and understorey of sugar maple and white pine stands in south-central Ontario. Environmental Entomology 32(5): 1066-1074. [PDF]

Research communication

Kirby, K.R., Potvin, C., and Guerrero, N. 2009. Variación en el almacenamiento de carbono entre especies de árboles: implicaciones para el manejo de proyectos sobre sumideros de carbono a pequeña escala. (Versión en español del articulo Kirby and Potvin (2007)). [PDF]


Kirby K. R., Celebrate the agrobiodiversity of Darien and Alto Bayano! (Poster distributed to communities and collaborators in Eastern Panama, please contact me for high resolution version / ¡Celebremos la diversidad agrícola de Darién y Alto Bayano! (Póster distribuido a comunidades y colaboradores en Panamá, contactarme para una versión en alta resolución). [PDF]

Media coverage

Botero_et_al_2014_figureCoverage of “The ecology of religious beliefs.”

This quote from Chris Mooney’s piece on the Washington Post’s Wonkblog makes an important point: “The researchers emphasize that their findings should not be taken as a form of geographical determinism. In addition to the environment and ecology, their model also took into account factors like language [cultural transmission], a society’s political complexity, and whether it practiced agriculture and animal husbandry. And the upshot is that “after you control for all that stuff, you find that ecology still has an effect,” says Botero.” 

Prensa_imageDel Moral, T. 2010. Agrobiodiversidad, cultura y desarollo (Agrobiodiversity, culture and development): Coverage of our research in Panama’s major newspaper, La Prensa Panamá / Artículo de La Prensa Panamá sobre agrobiodiversidad y nuestro trabajo en Darién. [PDF]