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For links to publications please visit Dr. Portillo-Quintero's Google Scholar profile: here.


Jackson, M.; Portillo-Quintero, C.; Cox, R.; Ritchie, G.; Humagain, K.; Subedi, M. (under review). Evaluating the influence of seasonality, UAV altitude and image classifier on Honey Mesquite and Yellow Bluestem mapping.  Submitted to the Journal of Rangeland Ecology and Management. 

Smith, V.; Portillo-Quintero, C.; Sanchez, G.A.; Hernandez-Stefanoni, J.L. (2019). Assessing the accuracy of detected breaks in Landsat time series as predictors of small scale deforestation in tropical dry forests of Mexico and Costa Rica. Remote Sensing of Environment. 221:707-721. 



Humagain, K; Portillo-Quintero, C.; Cox, R. and Cain, J. (2018). Estimating forest canopy cover dynamics in Valles Caldera National Preserve, New Mexico, using LiDAR and Landsat data. Applied Geography 99: 120-132.

Portillo-Quintero, C & Smith, V. (2018) Emerging trends of tropical dry forests loss in North & Central America during 2001–2013: The role of contextual and underlying drivers, Applied Geography, Volume 94, May 2018, Pages 58-70, ISSN 0143-6228,

Urbani B & C Portillo-Quintero (2018) Considerations about the distribution and conservation of primates of the Venezuelan Guayana. In: Urbani B, Kowalewski M, Cunha RGT, de la Torre S & L Cortés-Ortiz (eds.) La primatología en Latinoamérica 2 – A primatologia na America Latina 2. Tomo II Costa Rica-Venezuela. Ediciones IVIC. Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientícas (IVIC). Caracas, Venezuela. Pp. 677-689.


Humagain, K; Portillo-Quintero, C.; Cox, R. and Cain, J. (2017). Mapping Tree Density in Forests of the Southwestern USA Using Landsat 8 Data. Forests 2017, 8(8), 287; doi:10.3390/f808028716)

Sanchez, A., Vega, M., Guzman, A., Campos, C., Duran, S., D'Souza, N., Gianoli, T., Portillo, C., Sharp, I. (2017). Can Terrestrial Laser Scanner (TLS) and hemispherical photographs predict Tropical Dry Forest Succession with liana abundance?. Biogeosciences, 14, 977-988.


Stan K, Sanchez-Azofeifa A, Espírito-Santo M, Portillo-Quintero C (2015) Simulating Deforestation in Minas Gerais, Brazil, under Changing Government Policies and Socioeconomic Conditions. PLoS ONE 10(9): e0137911. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0137911

Ball, A., Sanchez, A., Portillo-Quintero, C., Espirito-Santo, M. (2015). Patterns of leaf biochemical and structural properties of Cerrado life forms: Implications for remote sensing. Plos One. 10(2): e0117659. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0117659


Portillo-Quintero, C., Sanchez, A., Calvo-Alvarado, J., Quesada, M., Espirito-Santo, M. (2014). The Role of Tropical Dry Forests for biodiversity, water and carbon conservation in the neotropics: lessons learned.. Regional Environmental Change, 1-11.

Portillo-Quintero, C., Sanchez, A., Culvenor, D. (2014). Using VEGNET In-Situ Monitoring Lidar (IML) to capture dynamics of Plant Area Index, structure and phenology in Aspen Parkland Forests in Alberta, Canada. Forests, 5(5), 1053-1068.


Portillo Quintero, C., Sanchez, A., Espirto-Santo, M. (2014). Edge Influence on canopy openness and understory microclimate in two neotropical dry forest fragments. In: Tropical Dry Forests in the Americas: Ecology, Conservation and Management (First Edition ed.). CRC Press.

Yumi Oki, Arturo Sánchez-Azofeifa, Carlos Portillo-Quintero, Payri Yamarte-Loreto, and Geraldo Wilson Fernandes. (2014) Carbon Dioxide Enrichment Effects in the Spectral Signature of Lianas and Tree Species from Tropical Dry Forests. In: Tropical Dry Forests in the Americas: Ecology, Conservation and Management (First Edition ed.). CRC Press.

Jiang,S. C. Portillo-Quintero, A. Sanchez-Azofeifa and M. H. MacGregor, (2014) Predicting RF path loss in forests using satellite measurements of vegetation indices. Proceedings of the 39th Annual IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks Workshops, Edmonton, AB, 2014, pp. 592-596. doi: 10.1109/LCNW.2014.6927707

Before 2014

Portillo-Quintero, C., Sanchez-Azofeifa, G.A.; Espirito-Santo M.M. (2013)  Monitoring deforestation with   MODIS Active Fires in Neotropical dry forests: an analysis of local scale assessments in Mexico, Brazil and Bolivia. Journal of Arid Environments 97:150-159.


Arias, J.C., Stauffer, F. & Portillo-Quintero, C. (2013) Catalogo de colecciones de Palmas (Arecaceae) del estado Zulia. Pittieria 37:09-27


Lehman SM, Vié J-C, Norconk MA, Portillo-Quintero C, Urbani B. (2013). The Guyana Shield: Venezuela and the Guyanas. In: Veiga LM, Barnett AA, Ferrari SF, Norconk MA, editors. Evolutionary biology and conservation of titis, sakis and uacaris. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p 311–319.


Larreal, J.T.; Rivas, G.A., Portillo-Quintero, C.; Barros, T. (2012) Squamata reptiles of a fragment of tropical dry forest in northwestern Venezuela (Lake Maracaibo Region). Check List 8 (6):1220-1224.


Portillo-Quintero, C., Larreal, J. Gonzalez, I., Sanchez, A. and Valbuena, C. (2012) Forest cover and deforestation patterns in the Northern Andes (Lake Maracaibo Basin): a synoptic assessment using MODIS and Landsat imagery. Applied Geography, 35:152-163.

Calvo-Alvarado, J., Sanchez-Azofeifa, G.A., Portillo-Quintero, C.(2012) Neotropical Dry Forests.. in Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, Vol 4, Simon A. Levin, ed, Academic Press.

Sanchez-Azofeifa, G.A. & Portillo-Quintero, C. (2011) Extent and Drivers of Change of Neotropical Dry Forest. Pages 45-57 in Dirzo, R., Mooney, H & Ceballos, G. Eds. Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests. Stanford University Centre for Latin American Studies and Universidad Autonomy de Mexico. Standford University Press.


Avila-Cabadilla LD, Sanchez-Azofeifa GA, Stoner KE, Alvarez-Añorve MY, Quesada M, Portillo-Quintero, CA. (2012) Local and Landscape Factors Determining Occurrence of Phyllostomid Bats in  Tropical Secondary Forests. PLoS ONE 7(4): e35228. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0035228


Portillo-Quintero C. & Sanchez A. (2010) Extent and Conservation of tropical dry forests in the Americas. Biological Conservation 143:144-155

Hernández, M. y Portillo-Quintero, C. (2010) Study Case:  Conversion trends of the tropical forests of northern Perija mountains. Red Book of Venezuelan Ecosystems. Asociación Civil PROVITA. Pp 257-262. Caracas, Venezuela.


Portillo-Quintero, C, Lacabana, P. Carrasquel, F. (2010) Study Case: Conversion trends of tropical forests of the Venezuelan Central Cordillera. Red Book of Venezuelan Ecosystems. Asociación Civil PROVITA. Pp 239-244. Carcas, Venezuela.

Wright, SJ, HC Muller-Landau, GA Sanchez-Azofeifa, C. Portillo-Quintero and D Davies. (2009). The future of Southeast Asian forests and their species. Pages 91-104 in N. Stacey, B. Campbell, G. Boggs and W. Steffen, editors. Prepare for impact: When people and the environment collide in the tropics. Charles Darwin University Press, Darwin, Australia.

Chong, M. M., K. Dutchak, J. Gamon, Y. Huang, M. Kalácska, D. Lawrence, C. Portillo, J. P. Rodríguez y A. Sánchez-Azofeifa (2008) Remote Sensing. Páginas 47-80 En: J. M. Nassar, J. P. Rodríguez, A. Sánchez-Azofeifa, T. Garvin y M. Quesada, editores. Manual of Methods: Human, Ecological and Biophysical Dimensions of Tropical Dry Forests. Ediciones IVIC, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas (IVIC), Caracas, Venezuela.


J. P. Rodríguez, J. M. Nassar, K. M. Rodríguez-Clark, I. Zager, C. Portillo-Quintero, F. Carrasquel, and S. Zambrano.(2008) The human dimensions of Venezuelan tropical dry forests. Environmental Conservation 35:311-31


Rojas-Runjaic,F.;  Portillo-Quintero, C. & Borges A. (2008) Un nuevo escorpión del género Ananteris Thorell, 1891 (Scorpiones, Buthidae) para la Sierra de Perijá, Venezuela. Memorias de la Fundación La Salle. 169:65-81.


Wright, S.J., Sanchez-Azofeifa, G.A., Portillo-Quintero, C., Davies, D. (2007) Poverty and corruption compromise tropical forest reserves. Ecological Applications, 17(5), 2007,pp.1259-1266.


Fajardo, L., V. González, J. M. Nassar, P. Lacabana, C. A. Portillo, F. Carrasquel & J. P. Rodríguez (2005) Tropical Dry Forests of Venezuela: characterization and current conservation status. Biotropica 37:531-546.

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