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Tamara J Benjamin

Botany and Plant Pathology 

  • Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources Scientist
Lilly Hall Room I-422
915 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources Scientist
FORS Room 303
195 Marsteller Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2033

Since the year 2000, Tamara has been posted in Costa Rica as a Purdue employee working to create bridges for the university with activities in Latin America through CATIE, an internationally known regional institution that focuses on forestry and agricultural systems. Her focus has been on providing internship opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students throughout Latin America, coordinating and teaching study abroad programs in Costa Rica, and collaborating with Purdue University faculty on research projects in the region. Her research has covered the biophysical, social and economic implications of agroecosystem diversification, the impact of agroecosystems on ecological communities, and the management of agroforestry planning. She has worked on a variety of topics covering functional diversity in agroforestry, biofuels, biochar and other soil amendments, phytosanitary issues in the export market and biodiversity conservation.

Selected Publications

Sadof, C. S., Linkimer, M., Hidalgo, E., Casanoves, F., Gibson, K. D., & Benjamin, T. J. (in press). Effects of weed cover composition on insect pest and natural enemy abundance in a field of Dracaena marginata in Costa Rica. Environmental Entomology.

Adams, M. M., Benjamin, T. J., Emery, N. C., Brouder, S. J., & Gibson, K. D. (2013). The effect of biochar on native and invasive prairie plants. Invasive Plant Science Management, 6(2), 297-307.

Benjamin, T. J., Hidalgo, E., Casanoves, F., & Sadof, C. S. (2013). Factors influencing the abundance of pests in production fields and rates of interception of Dracaena marginata imported from Costa Rica. Journal of Economic Entomology, 106, 2027-2034.

Gibson, K. D., Benjamin, T. J., Chapin, B. R. K., Oseto, C. Y., & Lucietto, A. M. (in press). Engaging undergraduate students from two institutions in a multicultural synchronously taught agriculture course. North American Colleges Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) J.