One central question in biology is, “why do certain species tend to live together?” I am interested in how fern species interact to form communities. I investigate this topic using methods that take into account the evolutionary history of species when modeling community assembly processes. I study fern community assembly at two tropical field sites, Moorea (French Polynesia) and Nectandra (Costa Rica).
Joel H. Nitta, Jean-Yves Meyer, Ravahere Taputuarai, Charles C Davis. Life cycle matters: DNA barcoding reveals contrasting community structure between fern sporophytes and gametophytes. Ecological Monographs 87: 278–296, 2017.
Robin Pouteau, Jean-Yves Meyer, Pauline Blanchard, Joel H. Nitta, Maruiti Terorotua, Ravahere Taputuarai. Fern species richness and abundance are indicators of climate change on high-elevation islands: evidence from an elevational gradient on Tahiti (French Polynesia). Climatic Change 138: 143–156, 2016.
Joel H. Nitta, Jean-Yves Meyer, Alan R. Smith. Pteridophytes of Mo'orea, French Polynesia: additional new records. American Fern Journal 101: 36–49, 2011.