Lisa Curran is an American tropical forester, and Roger and Cynthia Lang Professor in Environment & Anthropology, at Stanford University.[1][2]

Lisa Curran
Alma materHarvard University;
Princeton University
AwardsMacArthur Fellows Program
Scientific career
FieldsEnvironment & Anthropology
InstitutionsYale University;
Stanford University;
Santa Fe Institute


Curran graduated from Harvard University, and Princeton University with a Ph.D.[3]


Curran was professor of tropical ecology and director of the Tropical Resources Institute at the Yale University.[4]

Curran is a professor at the Santa Fe Institute.[5]



  • Carlson, K.* and L. M. Curran, 2009. "REDD pilot project scenarios: Are costs and benefits altered by spatial scale?", Environmental Research Letters.
  • Ponette-Gonzalez, A. G., K. C. Weathers and L. M. Curran, 2010. "Water inputs across a tropical montane landscape in Veracruz, Mexico: synergistic effects of land cover, rain and fog seasonality, and interannual precipitation variability", Global Change Biology, 16 (3): 946–963. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2009.01985.x
  • Balch, J.K.,* D. C. Nepstad, and L. M. Curran, 2009. "Pattern and process: Fire-initiated grass invasion at Amazon transitional forest edges". In: Fire Ecology of Tropical Ecosystems, Ed M. Cochrane.
  • Balch, J.K.,* D. C. Nepstad, P. M. Brando, L. M. Curran, O. Portela, O. de Carvalho Jr., and P. Lefebvre, 2008. "Negative fire feedback in a transitional forest of southern Amazonia". Global Change Biology 14: 2276-2287.
  • Cannon, C. H.,* L. M. Curran, A. J. Marshall, and M. Leighton, 2007. "Long-term reproductive behavior of woody plants across seven Bornean forest types in the Gunung Palung National Park (Indonesia): supra-annual synchrony, temporal productivity and fruiting diversity". Ecology Letters 10:956-969.
  • Paoli, G. D.,* and L. M. Curran, 2007. "Soil nutrients limit aboveground productivity in mature lowland tropical forests of Southwestern Borneo". Ecosystems 10:503-518.
  • Gullison, R.E, P. Frumhoff, J. Canadell, C. B. Field, D.C. Nepstad, K. Hayhoe, R. Avissar, L.M. Curran, P. Friedlingsten, C.D. Jones and C. Nobre. 2007. "Tropical forests and climate policy". Science 316:985-986.
  • Curran, L.M. and S. D. Trigg. 2006. "Sustainability science from space: Quantifying forest disturbance and land use in the Amazon". Proc. of Nat. Acad. Sci. 103:12663-12664.
  • Soares-Filho, B., D. C. Nepstad, L. M. Curran et al., 2006. "Modelling conservation in the Amazon basin". Nature 440:520-523.
  • Santilli, M., P. M. Moutino, S. Schwartzman, D. C. Nepstad, L. M. Curran, and C. Nobre. 2005. "Tropical deforestation and the Kyoto Protocol". Climatic Change 71:267-276.
  • Soares-Filho, Britaldo Silveira, Nepstad, Daniel Curtis, Curran, Lisa et al. 2005. "Cenários de desmatamento para a Amazônia". Estudos Avançados 19:137-152.
  • Curran, L. M., S. Trigg, A. McDonald, D. Astiani, Y. M. Hardiono, P. Siregar, I. Caniago, and E. Kasischke. 2004. "Lowland forest loss in protected areas of Indonesian Borneo". Science 303:1000-1003. SOM
  • Barber, C. V., E. Mathews, D. Brown, T. H. Brown, L. M. Curran, C. Plume, and E. Selig. 2002. "The State of the Forest: Indonesia". Forest Watch International/ Global Forest Watch/World Resources Institute. 119 pp. Also published in Bahasa Indonesia, Keadaan Hutan Indonesia 131 pp.
  • Curran, L. M., I. Caniago, G. D. Paoli,* D. Astiani,* M. Kusneti, M. Leighton, C. E. Nirarita, and H. Haeruman. 1999. "Impact of El Niño and logging on canopy tree recruitment in Borneo". Science 286:2184-2188.


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