Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Alabama
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Alabama Staff Member

Dr. Jonathon Valente

Dr. Jonathon Valente

Assistant Unit Leader
Phone: (334) 844 - 9231
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  • Ph D Oregon State University 2017
  • MS Oregon State University 2017
  • MS Louisiana State University 2009
  • BA Miami University 2004


I am a research ecologist and statistician who uses advanced quantitative tools to answer questions at the intersection of fundamental ecology and applied conservation. My research aims to understand the factors impacting the distributions and population dynamics for individual species and whole communities, then use that information to identify populations of conservation concern and ultimately develop effective conservation and management actions.

I received my Bachelor's degree from Miami University in Zoology and Environmental Science. While there, I studied trophic interactions in freshwater systems. I attended Louisiana State University to pursue a MS in wildlife studying habitat use in secretive marsh birds. I then worked as a wildlife biologist at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center addressing conservation issues on DoD properties. Eventually I returned to graduate school at Oregon State University to pursue a MS in statistics and a PhD in Forest Ecosystems and Society studying the effects of forest fragmentation on breeding birds. I then did a postdoc with at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center comparing land-sparing and land-sharing conservation approaches around coffee farms. In my second postdoc (Oregon State), I worked to better understand factors limiting the distribution of endangered Marbled Murrelets.

Areas of Expertise

AI/Machine Learning, Anthropogenic Impacts, Behavioral Ecology, Biodiversity, Forest Ecology, GIS/Spatial Analysis, Habitat Management, Invasive Species, Landscape Ecology, Movement Ecology, Population Dynamics, Population and Community Ecology, Remote Sensing, Species Distribution Modeling, Species Management, Statistics and Modelling, T&E Species Management, Wetland Ecology, Wildlife Management

Taxon Groups Studied

Coastal/Marine Birds, Pollinators, Songbirds, Species of Greatest Conservation Need, Water/Marsh Birds

Research Publications Publication Date
Valente, J. J., S. L. King, and R. Wilson. 2011. Distribution and habitat associations of breeding secretive marsh birds in Louisiana's Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Wetlands 31(1): 1-10. February 2011
Valente, J. J., S. L. King, and R. R. Wilson. 2012. Summer use of rice fields by secretive marsh birds in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley of northeast Louisiana. Southeastern Naturalist 11(3):423-436. September 2012
Valente JJ, Gannon D, Hightower J, Kim H, Leimberger K, Macedo R, Rousseau J, Weldy M, Zitomer R, Fahrig L, Fletcher R, Wu J, Betts MG. Toward conciliation in the habitat fragmentation and biodiversity debate. Landscape Ecology. 38, 2717-2730. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website September 2023
Galbraith, SM, JJ Valente, CJ Dunn, and JW Rivers. Both Landsat- and LiDAR-derived measures predict forest bee response to large-scale wildfire. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website July 2023
Duarte, A, M.J. Weldy, D.B. Lesmeister, Z.J. Ruff, J.M.A. Jenkins, J.J. Valente, and M.G. Betts. Passive acoustic monitoring and convolutional neural networks facilitate high-resolution and broadscale monitoring of a threatened species. Ecological Indicators, 162:112016. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website April 2024
Abubakar, Sinka Khadijah

Parvin, Lucas

Walters, Marlene

Presentations Presentation Date
Walters, M., L. Parvin, S.K. Abubakar, J. Hall, C. Lepczyk, and J. Valente (2024). Evaluating the effects of forest management activity and spatial structure on breeding bird communities in the southeastern United States. Meeting of the American Ornithological Society, Estes Park, CO, 1-5 October 2024. October 2024
Valente, JJ. (2023). Challenges and solutions at the intersection of coffee, conservation, and communities. Kreher Preserve and Nature Center Science on Saturday seminar series, Auburn, AL. January 2023
Valente, JJ, JW Rivers, Z Yang, SK Nelson, JM Northrup, DD Roby, CB Meyer, and MG Betts. (2023). Ongoing forest fragmentation negatively affects the distribution of an endangered forest-breeding bird. American Ornithological Society and Society of Canadian Ornithologists Joint Conference. August 2023
Valente, JJ, JR Rivers, Z Yang, SK Nelson, J Northrup, D Roby, C Meyer, and M Betts. (2023). Negative effects of ongoing habitat fragmentation on Marbled Murrelets are amplified near its range edge. Annual Meeting of the Pacific Seabird Group. February 2023
Valente, J.J., V. Jirinec, and M. Leu (2024). Thinking beyond the closure assumption: designing surveys for estimating biological truth with occupancy models. 109th annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Long Beach, CA, 4-9 August 2024. August 2024
Valente, J.J., V. Jirinec, and M. Leu (2024). Thinking beyond the closure assumption: designing point count protocols for estimating biological truth with occupancy models. Meeting of the American Ornithological Society, Estes Park, CO, 1-5 October 2024. October 2024
Rivers, J.W., L.J. Adrean, J.A. Bailey Guerrero, J. Dachenhaus, J.L. Fisher, C. Frisinger, M.-S. Garcia-Heras, B.D. Gerber, C.B. Meyer, S.K. Nelson, J.M. Northrup, D.D. Roby, J.J. Valente, C.Wolf, E. Woodis, Z. Yang, and M.G. Betts. 2024. Warming ocean conditions curtail breeding activity of the Marbled Murrelet, a most unusual forest-nesting bird. Oregon Chapter of The Wildlife Society Annual meeting, Hood River, OR. February 2023
Rivers, J., L. Adrean, J. Bailey-Guerrero, J. Dachenhaus, J. Fisher, C. Frisinger, M. Garcia-Heras, B. Gerber, C. meyer, K. Nelson, J. Northrup, D. Roby, J.J. Valente, C. Wolf, and E. Woodis. (2023). Influence of a warming ocean on the breeding activity of a most unusual - and threatened - forest-nesting bird. American Ornithological Society annual meeting. August 2023
Morse, L., R. Bennett, and J.J. Valente (2024). Forest cover and coffee cultivation system influence bird community functional diversity in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia. Meeting of the American Ornithological Society, Estes Park, CO, 1-5 October 2024. October 2024
Gomez-Maldonado, S., M.T. McDonough, J.J. Valente, M.D. Smith, and S.S. Ditchkoff. 2023. Effect of trapping on spatial dynamics of wild pigs in southeastern Alabama. Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies annual meeting, Corpus Christi, Texas. October 2023
Duarte, A., A. Thomas, D. Lesmeister, J. Peterson, J.J. Valente, J. Jenkins, M. Gostin, M. Betts, M. Weldy, and Z. Ruff. 2023. Exploring the use of bioacoustic surveys to detect marbled murrelets in forest habitats. The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, Louisville, KY. November 2023