Graduate Directory

Francis Hogan Joyce
  • Title
    • PhD candidate
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Environmental Studies Department
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Nat Sci 2 Main Building, 475
  • Mail Stop Environmental Studies

Research Interests

I joined Karen Holl's Restoration Ecology Lab in 2019. I am broadly interested in the future of secondary forests in Latin America. My dissertation research focuses on (1) ecological factors limiting the establishment of later-successional tree species in fragmented, defaunated agricultural landscapes, and (2) the socioeconomic and policy factors enabling secondary forests to persist on private land, as secondary forests have a high probability of being re-cleared at a young age. I carry out my ecological fieldwork in the long-term experimental research plots established by the Islas project in Coto Brus, Costa Rica.

Biography, Education and Training

  • BA Bowdoin College 2013

Selected Publications

See Google Scholar profile.


I also served as a translator and project manager for the the edited book Monteverde: ecología y conservación de un bosque nuboso tropical.

Teaching Interests

In ENVS I have been a teaching assistant for General Ecology (ENVS 24), Ecology and Society Writing Laboratory (ENVS 100), Restoration Ecology (ENVS 160), and Freshwater & Wetland Ecology (ENVS 167).


I also co-authored an open-access educational module on seed dispersal in tropical forest restoration, as part of the OCELOTS (Online Content for Experiential Learning of Tropical Systems) Network.