Carolina Sarmiento

Research Associate

I am a Colombian biologist with experience in tropical fungi, wood density and anatomy, and host-microbial interactions on tropical frogs. Since finishing my Masters degree in 2006, my curiosity and passion for tropical ecology have led me to explore a diversity research areas in the Neotropics. In January 2012 I joined the project: “Seed defense syndromes of tropical forest trees: emergent properties of seed dormancy, defense and microbial interactions” with the hope that my previous experience will help us understand how seeds interact with soil fungi and how it helps seeds to survive in the soil before germination.  


Zalamea P-C, P. Heuret, C. Sarmiento, M. Rodríguez, A. Berthouly, et al. (2012) The Genus Cecropia: A Biological Clock to Estimate the Age of Recently Disturbed Areas in the Neotropics. PLoS ONE 7(8): e42643. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042643.

Ferrer, A., A. N. Miller, C. Sarmiento & C. A. Shearer. (2012) Three new genera representing novel lineages of Sordariomycetidae (Sordariomycetes, Ascomycota) from tropical freshwater habitats in Costa Rica. Mycologia 104: 865-879.

Sarmiento, C., P. Détienne, C. Heinz, J-F. Molino, P. Grard & P. Bonnet. (2011) Pl@ntWood: A computer-assisted identification tool for 110 species of Amazon trees based on wood anatomical features. IAWA Journal 32: 221-232.

Zalamea, P-C., F. Munoz, P. Stevenson, C.E.T. Paine, C. Sarmiento, D. Sabatier & P. Heuret (2011) Continental-scale patterns of Cecropia reproductive phenology: Evidence from herbarium specimens. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 278 (1717): 2437-2445.

Sarmiento, C., S. Patiño, C. E. T. Paine, J. Beauchêne, A. Thibaut & C. Baraloto. (2011) Within-individual variation of trunk and branch xylem density in tropical trees. American Journal of Botany . 98: 140–149.

Paine, C. E. T., C. Stahl, E. Curtois, S. Patiño, C. Sarmiento & C. Baraloto. (2010) Functional explanations for variation in bark thickness in tropical rain forest trees. Functional Ecology 24: 1202–1210.

Patiño S., J. Lloyd, R. Paiva, T. R. Baker, C. A. Quesada, L. M. Mercado, J. Schmerler, M. Schwarz, A. J. B. Santos, A. Aguilar, C. I. Czimczik, J. Gallo, V. Horna, E. J. Hoyos, E. M. Jimenez, W. Palomino, J. Peacock, A. Peña-Cruz, C. Sarmiento, et al. (2009) Branch xylem density variations across the Amazon Basin. Biogeosciences 6: 545–568.

Flechas, S. V., C. Sarmiento, M. E. Cárdenas, E. M. Medina, S. Restrepo & A. Amézquita. Accepted. Surviving chytridiomycosis: Differential anti-Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis activity in bacterial isolates from three lowland species of Atelopus. PLoS ONE.

Flechas S. V., C. Sarmiento & A. Amézquita. In press. Bd on the Beach: High Prevalence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in the Lowland Forests of Gorgona Island (Colombia, South America). Ecohealth 2012, DOI: 10.1007/s10393-012-0771-9.

Dept. of Plant Biology School of Integrative Biology
Program in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology University of Illinois