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

Mississippi Staff Member


Dr. Francisco J. Vilella

Francisco Vilella.

Assistant Unit Leader
Phone: (662) 325 - 0784
Email: fvilella@usgs.gov
Personal website

Education

  • Ph D Louisiana State University 1989
  • MS Hofstra University 1983
  • BS University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez 1978

Biography

http://www.cfr.msstate.edu/wildlife/people/faculty_detail.asp?id=29&persID=408

Teaching Interest

Conservation Biology Tropical Ecology

Research Interest

Population and Community Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation of Tropical Islands, Endangered Species Ecology and Conservation, Resource Selection by Vertebrates, Wildlife-Habitat Modeling Neotropical Wildlife Management

Research Publications Publication Date
Wright, T. F., C. A. Toft, M. Albornoz, S. Beissinger, V. Berovides, A. T. Brice, J. Eberhard, E. Enkerlin, X. Galvez, J. Gilardi, J. Gonzalez, S. E. Koenig, P. Martuscelli, J. M. Meyers, K. Renton, A. M. Rodriguez, F. Rojas, V. Sanz, M. Sosa, S. Stoleson, A. Trujillo, F. J. Vilella, and J. W. Wiley. 2001. Nest poaching in Neotropical parrots. Conservation Biology 15(3):710-720. May 2001
Wood, D.R., L.W. Burger, and F.J. Vilella. 2014. Red-cockaded Woodpecker Picoides borealis Microhabitat Characteristics and Reproductive Success in a Loblolly-Shortleaf Pine Forest. The Open Ornithology Journal 7: 49-54. DOI: 10.2174/1874453201407010049 December 2014
Wood, D. R., L. W. Burger, Jr., and F. J. Vilella. 2005. Red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis) behavioral patterns in a Mississippi loblolly-shortleaf pine forest. Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences 50(3):168-176. April 2005
Wood, D. R., L. W. Burger, Jr., F. J. Vilella, and B. E. Raulston. 2000. Long-term effects of red-cockaded woodpecker cavity entrance restrictors. Wildlife Society Bulletin 28(1):105-109. January 2000
Wood, D. R., L. W. Burger Jr., and F. J. Vilella. 2008. Red-cockaded woodpecker reproduction, nest loss, and cavity kleptoparasitism in a Mississippi loblolly-shortleaf pine ecosystem. The Mississippi Kite 34(2): 34-52. September 2008
Wood, D. R., F. J. Vilella, and L. W. Burger, Jr. 2008. Red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis) home range dynamics and macrohabitat selection in a loblolly-shortleaf pine forest. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 120 (4): 793-800. October 2008
Wood, D. R., F. J. Vilella, and L. W. Burger, Jr. 2001. Red-cockaded Woodpecker Banding at Bienville National Forest, Mississippi. North American Bird Bander 26:16-19. December 2001
Wood, D. R., F. J. Vilella, L. W. Burger, and J. W. Armacost. 2003. Surveying nocturnal bird species of the Southeast with silent and playback methods. Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 55:528-533. June 2003
Wiley, J. W., and F. J. Vilella. 1998. Tropical Islands. Pages 315-349 in Mac, M. J., P. A. Opler, and P. D. Doran, editors. Status and trends of the nation's biological resources. U. S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA. 964 pp. (Keywords: biodiversity, Caribbean, endangered species, population trends) (FY1999) January 1998
White, T. H., and F. J. Vilella. 2004. Nest management for the Puerto Rican Parrot: Gaining the technological edge. Ornitologia Neotropical 15 (Suppl. ):467-476. September 2004
White, T. H., Jr., J. A. Collazo, and F. J. Vilella. 2005. Survival of captive-reared Puerto Rican Parrots released in the Caribbean National Forest. Condor 107:424-432. August 2005
White, T. H., Jr., J. A. Collazo, F. J. Vilella, and S. A. Guerrero. 2005. Effects of hurricane Georges on habitat use by captive-reared Hispaniolan Parrots (Amazona ventralis) released in the Dominican Republic. Ornitolog�a Neotropical 16:405-417. June 2005
White, T. H., J. L. Bowman, B. D. Leopold, H. A. Jacobson, W. P. Smith, and F. J. Vilella. 2000. Influence of Mississippi Alluvial Valley rivers on black bear movements and dispersal: implications for Louisiana black bear recovery. Biological Conservation 95(3):323-331. May 2000
Vilella, F.J., J.A. Cruz-Burgos, R.M. Kamisnki, H.R. Murkin, J.B. Davis, S.L. Weitzel, and F. Vizcarra. 2020. Avian community response to vegetation and water level management in restored wetlands at the Humacao Nature Reserve, Puerto Rico. Caribbean Naturalist 72:1-24. | Abstract | Download February 2020
Vilella, F.J. and W.F. Nimitz. Spatial dynamics of the Red-tailed Hawk in the Luquillo Mountains of Puerto Rico. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 124:758-766. https://doi.org/10.1676/1559-4491-124.4.758 December 2012
Vilella, F. J., and R. B. Minnis. 2000. On vertebrate generations and plant succession: incorporating vegetation structural attributes into vertebrate modeling. GAP Analysis Bulletin 8:25-28. July 2000
Vilella, F. J., and J. H. Fogarty. 2005. Diversity and abundance of forest frogs (Anura: Leptodactylidae) before and after Hurricane Georges in the Cordillera Central of Puerto Rico. Caribbean Journal of Science 41(1):157-162. April 2005
Vilella, F. J., and G. A. Baldassarre. 2010. Abundance and distribution of waterbirds in the Llanos of Venezuela. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 122(1): 102-115. | Abstract January 2010
Vilella, F. J., and D. W. Hengstenberg. 2006. Broad-winged Hawk movements and habitat use in a moist limestone forest of Puerto Rico. Ornitolog�a Neotropical 17: 563-579. December 2006
Vilella, F. J., J. A. Cruz-Burgos, and M. López-Flores. 2011. Nesting biology of the Yellow-breasted Crake Porzana flaviventer in Puerto Rico. Waterbirds 34(3): 363-368. | Abstract October 2011
Vilella, F. J. 2018. Wildlife Policy and Law in South America. Pages 519-533 in Leopold, B.D., W.B. Kessler and J.L. Cummins (eds.). North American Wildlife Policy and Law. Boone and Crockett Club, Missoula, MT. July 2018
Vilella, F. J. 2010. Puerto Rican Nightjar (Caprimulgus noctitherus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology. http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=24854 | Abstract | Publisher Website July 2010
Vilella, F. J. 2008. Nest habitat use of the Puerto Rican Nightjar Caprimulgus noctitherus in Gu�nica Biospehre Reserve. Bird Conservation International 18 (4): 307-317. | Abstract October 2008
Vilella, F. J. 2007. Ecography of the Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis jamaicensis) in Puerto Rico. Pages 122-133 in Bildstein, K. L., D. R. Barbier, et al. (eds. ). Neotropical Raptors. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Raptor Conservation Science Series No. 1. Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, USA. June 2007
Vilella, F. J. 1999. Statistical modeling of interior least tern populations of the lower Mississippi river. Pages 21-36 in Higgins, K. F., M. R. Brashier, and C. D. Kruse, editors. Proceedings of the 1998 piping plover and least tern symposium. June 1999
Vilella, F. J. 1999. Ecological aspects and conservation status of the least tern in the West Indies. Pages 46-50 in Higgins, K. F., M. R. Brashier, and C. D. Kruse, editors. Proceedings of the 1998 piping plover and least tern symposium. June 1999
Vilella, F. J. 1998. Biology of the mongoose (Herpestes javanicus) in a rainforest of Puerto Rico. Biotropica 30(1):120-125. January 1998
Vest, J. L., R. M. Kaminski, A. D. Afton, and F. J. Vilella. 2006. Body mass of lesser scaup during fall and winter in the Mississippi flyway: recent trends and historic comparisons. Journal of Wildlife Management 70(6): 1789-1795. April 2006
Strickland, B.A., F.J. Vilella, and R. Flynt. 2018. Long-term spotlight surveys of American alligators in Mississippi, USA. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 13(2):331-340. | Abstract | Download August 2018
Strickland B.A., Vilella F.J., Belant J.L. 2016. Scale-Dependent Habitat Selection and Size-Based Dominance in Adult Male American Alligators. PLoS One 11(9): e0161814. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0161814 September 2016
Ramirez-Reyes C., G. Street, F.J. Vilella, D.T. Jones-Farrand, M.S. Wiggers, and K.O. Evans. 2021. Ensemble species distribution model identifies survey opportunities for at-risk bearded beaksedge (Rhynchospora crinipes) in the southeastern United States. Natural Areas Journal 41(1):55-63. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website February 2021
Palumbo, M.D., J.P. Fleming, O.A. Monsegur and F.J. Vilella. 2016. A GIS Model of Habitat Suitability for Solanum conocarpum (Solanaceae) in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Caribbean Naturalist 36:1-10. | Abstract December 2016
Palumbo, M.D., F.J. Vilella, G. Wang, B.K. Strickland, D.Godwin, P.G. Dixon, B.D. Rubin, M.A. Lashley. 2019. Latitude and daily-weather effects on gobbling activity of wild turkeys in Mississippi. International Journal of Biometeorology 63:1059-1067. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00484-019-01720-2 | Abstract August 2019
Palumbo, M. D., F. J. Vilella, G. Wang, B. K. Strickland, and D. Godwin. 2014. Brood surveys and hunter observations used to predict gobbling activity wild turkeys in Mississippi. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 5(1):151-156. https://doi.org/10.3996/032013-JFWM-023 | Abstract | Download June 2014
Mitchell, K.L., S.K. Riffell, L.W. Burger, Jr. and F.J. Vilella. 2012. Provisioning of nestling dickcissels in native warm-season grass field buffers. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 124: 298-309. https://doi.org/10.1676/11-152.1 July 2012
López-Flores, M., B. D. Davis, F. J. Vilella, R. M. Kaminski, J. A. Cruz-Burgos, and J. D. Lancaster. 2014. Survival of female White-cheeked Pintails during brood rearing in Puerto Rico. Caribbean Naturalist 10:1-12. | Abstract February 2014
Lopez-Flores, M., J. A. Cruz-Burgos, and F. J. Vilella. 2003. Predation of a White-cheeked Pintail (Anas bahamensis) duckling by a bullfrog (Rana catesbiana). Caribbean Journal of Science 39(2):240-242. June 2003
Loman, Z.G., S.K. Riffell, D.A. Miller, J.A. Martin, and F.J. Vilella. 2013. Site preparation for switchgrass intercropping in loblolly pine plantations reduces retained trees and snags, but maintains downed woody debris. Forestry: 86(3):353-360. https://doi.org/10.1093/forestry/cpt004 February 2013
Loman, Z.G., A.P. Monroe, S.K. Riffell, D.A. Miller, F.J. Vilella, B.E. Wheat, S.A. Rush, and J.A. Martin. 2018. Nest Survival Modeling Using A Multi-Species Approach In Forests Managed For Timber And Biofuel Feedstock. Journal of Applied Ecology 55(2):937-946 10.1111/1365-2664.13015 | Abstract January 2018
Loman, Z. G., S. K. Riffell, B. R. Wheat, D. A. Miller, J. A. Martin, and F. J. Vilella. 2014 Bird community response to establishing intercropped switchgrass in intensively-managed pine stands. Global Change Biology Bioenergy 67:201-211. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2014.05.001 | Abstract May 2014
Llerandi-Roman, I. C., J. M. Rios-Cruz, and F. J. Vilella. 2009. Cliff nesting by the Red-tailed Hawk in moist karst forests of nothern Puerto Rico. Journal of Raptor Research 43: 167-169. June 2009
Jensen, W. J., M. S. Gregory, G. A. Baldassarre, F. J. Vilella, and K. L. Bildstein. 2005. Raptor abundance and distribution in the Llanos wetlands of Venezuela. Journal of Raptor Research 39(4): 409-420. December 2005
Hengstenberg, D. W., and F. J. Vilella. 2005. Nesting ecology and behavior of Broad-winged Hawks in moist karst forests of Puerto Rico. Journal of Raptor Research 39(4): 396-408. December 2005
Gallardo, J.C., and F.J. Vilella. 2017. Conservation status assessment of an endangered insular raptor: the Sharp-shinned Hawk in Puerto Rico. Journal of Field Ornithology 88(4):349-361. DOI: 10.1111/jofo.12228 December 2017
Gallardo, J.C., and F.J. Vilella. 2014. The Puerto Rican Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus vennator): an endangered insular species on the edge. Spizaetus: Neotropical Raptor Network Newsletter 17:2-13. July 2014
Gallardo, J.C., F.J. Vilella, and M.E. Colvin. 2019. A seasonal population matrix model of the Caribbean Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis jamaicensis in eastern Puerto Rico. Ibis 161:459-466. https://doi.org/10.1111/ibi.12703 | Abstract January 2019
Fogarty, J. H., and F. J. Vilella. 2003. Use of eucalyptus plantations and native forest by Eleutherodactylus frogs. Journal of Wildlife Management 67(1):187-196. January 2003
Fogarty, J. H., and F. J. Vilella. 2002. Population dynamics of Eleutherodactylus coqui in cordillera forest reserves of Puerto Rico. Journal of Herpetology 36(2):193-201. June 2002
Fogarty, J. H., and F. J. Vilella. 2001. Evaluating methodologies to survey Eleutherodactylus frogs in montane forests of Puerto Rico. Wildlife Society Bulletin 29(3):948-955. October 2001
Feaga, J.S., F.J. Vilella, R.M. Kaminski and J.B. Davis. 2015. Waterbird use of catfish ponds and Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative wetlands in Mississippi. Waterbirds 38(3):269-281. https://doi.org/10.1675/063.038.0307 | Abstract September 2015
Elmore, R. D., F. J. Vilella, and P. D. Gerard. 2007. Landscape correlates along mourning dove call-count routes in Mississippi. Journal of Wildlife Management 71(2): 422-427. January 2007
Elmore, L. W., D. A. Miller, and F. J. Vilella. 2005. Foraging area size and habitat use of red bats (Lasiurus borealis) in an intensively managed pine forest in Mississippi. American Midland Naturalist 153:405-417. January 2005
Elmore, L. W., D. A. Miller, and F. J. Vilella. 2004. Selection of diurnal roosts by red bats (Lasiurus borealis) in an intensively managed pine forest in Mississippi. Forest Ecology and Management 199(1):11-20. September 2004
Davis, J.B., L. Webb, R.M. Kaminski, P.J. Barbour, and F.J. Vilella. 2014. Comprehensive Framework for Ecological assessment of the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Southeastern Naturalist 13(4): G66-G81. https://doi.org/10.1656/058.013.0419 | Abstract December 2014
Davis, J.B., F.J. Vilella, J.D. Lancaster, M. López-Flores, R.M. Kaminski, and J.A. Cruz-Burgos. Survival of White-cheeked Pintail ducklings and broods in Puerto Rico. The Condor: Ornithological Applications 119(2):308-320 https://doi.org/10.1650/CONDOR-16-169.1 | Abstract May 2017
Collazo, J. A., T. H. White, Jr., F. J. Vilella and Simon A. Guerrero. 2003. Survival of captive-reared Hispaniolan parrots released in Parque del Este, Dominican Republic. Condor 105:198-207. May 2003
Calamari, N. C., F. J. Vilella, and P. A. Mercuri. 2018. Patch and landscape responses of bird abundance to fragmentation in agroecosystems of east-central Argentina. Avian Conservation and Ecology 13 (2): http://www.ace-eco.org/vol13/iss2/art3/ July 2018
Bowman, J. L., D. R. Wood, F. J. Vilella, B. D. Leopold, L. W. Burger, Jr., and K. D. Godwin. 2001. Effect of Red-cockaded woodpecker management on vegetation composition and structure and subsequent impacts on game species. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Biologists 53:220-234. July 2001
Bowman, J. L., B. D. Leopold, F. J. Vilella, and H. A. Jacobson. 2002. Attitudes of landowners toward black bears compared between areas of high and low bear populations. Ursus 12:153-160. December 2001
Bowman, J. L., B. D. Leopold, F. J. Vilella, and D. A. Gill. 2004. A spatially explicit model, derived from demographic variables, to predict attitudes toward black bear restoration. 2004. Journal of Wildlife Management 68(2):223-232. April 2004
Blanco-Rodriguez, P., F.J. Vilella, and B. Sanchez-Orla. 2014. Waterfowl in Cuba: current status and distribution. Wildfowl Special Issue 4: 498-511. | Abstract November 2014
Project Completion Date
Spatial and occupancy modeling of the endangered Puerto Rican Sharp-shinned Hawk December 2014
Community ecology and resource use of fall migrating shorebirds in the Mississippi Alluvial valley and Gulf Coast September 2015
Winter waterbird use of aquaculture sites in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley December 2013
Avian conservation in native and afforested habitats of north-central Uruguay May 2017
A pattern oriented spatially-structured model of the interior population of the Least Tern (Sterna antillarum) December 2014
Geographic distribution, population dynamics, and habitat use of Eleutherodactylus frogs in Cordillera forests of Puerto Rico December 1999
Multi-resolution assessments of foraging requirements of the Red-cockaded Woodpecker Picoides borealis in Bienville National Forest, Mississippi August 2000
GAP Analysis for Conservation of Biodiversity in the state of Mississippi September 2003
Landscape analysis of mourning dove call-count routes in Mississippi June 2000
Geographic distribution of the Puerto Rican Nightjar: a patch occupancy approach September 2009
Movements and resource selection of the Scaly-naped Pigeon and Plain Pigeon in private lands of east-central Puerto Rico June 2012
Population Biology and Habitat Suitability Modeling of Solanum Conocarpum in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands July 2010
Abundance estimates and populations modeling of the Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis jamaicensis) in the Luquillo Mountains: Development of annual removal estimates September 2012
Avian abundance and use patterns in fields of Mississippi managed for the mourning dove: a multi-scale approach June 2022
Modeling Species at Risk to Support Species Status Assessments in the Southeast December 2020
Migration ecology of North American Turkey Vultures Cathartes aura wintering in the Neotropics: spatial and population dynamics December 2020
Rapid assessment of geographic distribution and habitat conditions of the critically endangered Puerto Rico Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus venator following Hurricane Maria December 2018
A GIS-based rapid assessment of geographic distribution and habitat conditions of the endangered Puerto Rico Plain Pigeon Patagioneas inornata wetmorei after Hurricane Maria December 2018
Habitat suitability modeling and island-wide rapid assessment for presence of the endangered Broad-Winged Hawk Buteo platypterus brunnescens and Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus vennator in Puerto Rico. September 2017
Naveda-Rodriguez, Adrian
PhD
ajn184@msstate.edu

Ramirez-Reyes, Carlos
Post Doc
cr2066@msstate.edu

Ray, James
Master's
james.ray@ttu.edu

Presentations Presentation Date
Vilella, Francisco J. 2013. Movements, Resource Use and Survival of the Scaly-naped Pigeon Patagioneas squamosa in east-central Puerto Rico. 19th Regional Meeting, Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds. July 27-31, 2013, St. George's University, Grenada W.I. July 2013
Vilella, F.J. and R. Gonzalez. 2016. Distance in the dark: use of silent and playback methods to estimate abundance of the endangered Puerto Rican Nightjar in the coastal dry forests of Puerto Rico. North American Ornithological Congress, August 16-20, 2016. Washington, D.C. August 2016
Vilella, F.J. 2017. The rise and fall of sugarcane cultivation in Puerto Rico: opportunities for wetland restoration and waterbird conservation. Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting. June 5 - 8, 2017, San Juan, Puerto Rico. June 2017
Vilella, F.J. 2015. Status of the endangered Puerto Rican Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus brunnescens): conservation challenges and opportunities. Island Ecology Symposium, Raptor Research Foundation Annual Conference, November 3-8, 2015. Sacramento CA. November 2015
Vilella, F.F., R.M. Kaminski, J.B. Davis, and L. Webb. 2014. The Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative: Moderating Effects on Waterbirds of the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. Conference on Ecological and Ecosystem Restoration, July 28-August 1, 2014. New Orleans, LA. July 2014
Strickland, B.A., and F.J. Vilella. 2014. Dominance and resource use in an inland American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) population. 2014 Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, August 10-15, 2014. Sacramento, CA. August 2014
Ramirez-Reyes, C., G. Street, M. Nazeri, K. Evans, D.T. Jones-Farrand, and F.J. Vilella. 2019. An Ensemble Habitat Modeling Approach to Inform the Distribution of at-Risk Species in the Southeastern U.S. Joint Meeting of the American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society, September 29-October 3, 2019, Reno NV. October 2019
Martínez-Lanfranco J.A., F.J. Vilella and D.A. Miller. 2018. Conservation in afforested landscapes: a grassland bird perspective. Actas del V Congreso Uruguayo de Zoología. Simposio "Biodiversidad en Paisajes Forestados de Uruguay". Diciembre 9-14, Facultad de Ciencias, Montevideo, Uruguay. December 2018
Martinez-Lanfranco, J.A., F.J. Vilella, and D.A. Miller. 2015. Avian diversity and composition in native and afforested environments in the Northern Campos Grasslands of Uruguay. X Neotropical Ornithological Congress, July 20-24, 2015. Manaus, Brazil. July 2015
Martinez-Lanfranco, J.A., F.J. Vilella, D.A. Miller, and E. Bayne. 2019. A comparison of estimation methods to model bird abundance along afforestation gradients. IX Neotropical Ornithological Congress, July 28-August 1, 2019. San Jose, Costa Rica. July 2019
Loman, Z.G., A.P. Monroe, S.K. Riffell, D.A. Miller, F.J. Vilella, S.A. Rush and J.A. Martin. 2015. Analyzing community-level nest survival using a hyperprior-based hierarchical modeling approach. 133rd Meeting of the American Ornithologists' Union and 85th Meeting of the Cooper Ornithological Society, July 28 - August 1, 2015. University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. July 2015
Gallardo, JC and FJ Vilella. 2015. Population estimates and habitat relationships of the Caribbean Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis jamaicensis) in eastern Puerto Rico. Island Ecology Symposium, Raptor Research Foundation Annual Conference, November 3-8, 2015. Sacramento CA November 2015
Gallardo, J.C., and F.J. Vilella. 2020. Habitat association effects on abundance of a common and generalist insular raptor: The Red-tailed Hawk (<i>Buteo jamaicensis</i>) in Puerto Rico. North American Ornithological Conference. August 10-15, 2020. Virtual Conference. August 2020
Gallardo, J.C., and F.J. Vilella. 2017. Conservation status assessment using ecological niche modeling: the Sharp-shinned Hawk in Puerto Rico. BirdsCaribbean 21st International Meeting, 13-17 July, 2017. Topes de Collantes, Cuba. July 2017
Gallardo, J.C., and F.J. Vilella. 2014. The Puerto Rican Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus vennator): an insular species on the edge. Raptor Research Foundation Annual Conference, 24-28 September, 2014. Corpus Chrisit, TX. September 2014
Foth, J.R., R.M. Kaminski, and F.J. Vilella. 2019. Fall migration ecology of shore- and other waterbirds and conservation implications in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley and Gulf Coast Regions. 73rd Annual Conference, Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. October 27-30, 2019. Hilton Head, SC. October 2019
Foth, J.R., F.J. Vilella, and R.M. Kaminski. 2016. Waterbird use of wetlands and aquaculture ponds in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley and Gulf Coast regions after the 2010 Gulf oil spill. 7th North American Duck Symposium, 1-5 February 2016. Annapolis, Maryland. February 2016
Foth, J.R., F.J. Vilella, and R.M. Kaminski. 2015. Shorebird use of wetlands and aquaculture ponds in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley and Gulf Coast region. 39th Annual Meeting of The Waterbird Society, 11-15 August, 2015. College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine. August 2015
Davis, J.B., R.M. Kaminski, F.J. Vilella, P.J. Barbour, and E. Webb. 2017. Evaluations of NRCS’s Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative (MBHI). Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference. New Orleans, LA. February 2017
Cruz-Burgos, J.A., F.J. Vilella, R.M. Kaminski, and M. Lopez-Flores. 2013. Wetland Biodiversity Restoration in a Former Sugarcane Cultivation Site in Puerto Rico. 19th Regional Meeting, Society for Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds. July 27-31, 2013, St. George's University, Grenada W.I. July 2013
Collazo, J.A., T.H. White, F.J. Vilella, and S. Guerrero. 2020. Survival of Radio-Tagged Captive-Reared Hispaniola Parrots in a Protected Area Through and after Hurricane Georges in the Dominican Republic. North American Ornithological Congress, August 10-15, 2020. Virtual Conference. August 2020
Calamari, N.C., G. Gavier-Pizarro, A. Cerezo, F.J. Vilella, and M.E. Zaccagnini. 2013. Loss and fragmentation of native forest in Entre Rios, Argentina: impact of future scenarios on bird populations. International Association for Landscape Ecology, September 9-12, 2013, Manchester, U.K. September 2013
Technical Publications Publication Date
Wood, D. R., L.W. Burger, Jr., and F. J. Vilella. 2001. Multi-resolution assessment of foraging requirements of the Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) in Bienville National Forest, Mississippi. Final Report, U. S. Geological Survey Biological Resources Division, Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Mississippi State, MS. 223 pp. September 2001
Welch, L. W., F. J. Vilella, and D. A. Miller. 2003. Roost site selection, movements, and habitat use of red bats (Vespertilionidae: Lasiurus borealis) in an intensively managed pine forest in Mississippi. Final report submitted to Weyerhaeuser Corporation, National Council of the Paper Industry for Air and Stream Improvement, and Bat Conservation International. Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Mississippi State, MS. 92 pp. May 2003
Vilella, F.J.. 2001. Caribbean islands look up to the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture. Birdscapes/Winter 2001:28-29. February 2001
Vilella, F. J., and W. F. Nimitz. 2005. Use and movement patterns of the Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis in occupied Puerto Rican Parrot Amazona vittata habitat. Final Report, Cooperative Agreement No.14-45-009-1543-61, U. S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Mississippi State, MS. 120 pp. May 2005
Vilella, F. J., and R. González. 2009. Geographic distribution of the Puerto Rican Nightjar: a patch occupancy approach. Final Report, Cooperative Agreement No. 011406-001, USGS Biological Resources Division, Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Mississippi State, MS. 23 pp. September 2009
Vilella, F. J., and M. D. Palumbo. 2010. Rapid assessment and habitat suitability modeling for Solanum conocarpum in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Final Report Unit Cooperative Agreement 14-45-0009-1543-88. USGS Cooperative Research Unit, Mississippi State. July 2010
Vilella, F. J., and M. D. Palumbo. 2010. Influence of latitudinal and climatic variation on spring gobbling phenology of the Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo in Mississippi. Final Report, Project W-48-57, USGS Cooperative Research Unit, Mississippi State. June 2010
Vilella, F. J., and G. A. Baldassarre. 2007. Neotropical Migrant Bird Conservation in Private Lands of the Venezuelan Llanos. Final Report, Cooperative Agreement No.14-45-009-1543-76, U. S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Mississippi State, MS. 120 pp. January 2007
Vilella, F. J., R. B. Minnis, R. D. Elmore, J. L. Bowman, D. L. Evans, and J. W. McCombs. 2003. A GAP Analysis of Mississippi. Final Report, Cooperative Agreement No. 14-45-0009-1544-44. U. S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Mississippi State, MS. 712 pp. December 2003
Vilella, F. J. 2000. GAP Analysis for Conservation of Biodiversity in Mississippi. Page 13 in Annual Report FY 2000, Forest & Wildlife Research Center, Mississippi State University. (Keywords: biodiversity, conservation, GAP Analysis, Mississippi) (FY2000) January 2000
Reynolds, C. J. and F. J. Vilella. 2001. Avian community ecology and forest management practices in pine and hardwood ecosystems of north-central Mississippi: effects on avian community dynamics and conservation. Final Report, Unit Cooperative Agreement No. 14-45-009-1543-62. U. S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Mississippi State, MS. 139 pp. September 2001
Reynolds, C. J. and F. J. Vilella. 2000. Forest management practices in pine-hardwood ecosystems of north-central Mississippi: effects on avian community dynamics and conservation. Annual Report. U. S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Mississippi State, MS. 6 pp. February 2000
Minnis, R. B. and F. J. Vilella. 2000. Monitoring Neotropical migrant birds in National Forests of Mississippi. Final Report. U. S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Mississippi State, MS. 52 pp. January 2000
Minnis, R. B. and F. J. Vilella. 2000. GAP Analysis for conservation of biodiversityin the state of Mississippi. Annual Report. U. S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Mississippi State, MS. 2 pp. February 2000
Lopez-Flores, M., F. J. Vilella, and R. M. Kaminski. 2005. White-cheeked Pintail Anas bahamensis survival, movements, and habitat use in Puerto Rico. Final Report, Project W-22-2, U. S. Geological Survey Biological Resources Division, Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Mississippi State, MS. 175 pp. June 2005
Lopez, M, F. J. Vilella, and R. M. Kaminski. 2000. White-cheeked Pintail Anas bahamensis hen and duckling survival at Humacao Wildlife Refuge, Puerto Rico. Annual Report Project W-22-2. U. S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Mississippi State, MS. 4 pp. March 2000
Llerandi-Rom�n, and F. J. Vilella. 2006. Red-tailed Hawk home range, habitat use, and activity patterns in north-central Puerto Rico. Final Report, U. S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Mississippi State, MS. 189 pp. June 2006
Hengstenberg, D. H., and F. J. Vilella. 2004. Reproductive biology, abundance and movement patterns of the Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus brunnescens in a moist limestone forest of Puerto Rico. Final Report, Cooperative Agreement No.14-45-009-1543-59. U. S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Mississippi State, MS. 119 pp. June 2004
Fogarty, J. H. and F. J. Vilella. 1999. Geographic distribution, community ecology, and habitat use of Eleutherodactylus frogs in Cordillera Forests of Puerto Rico. Final Report, Unit Cooperative Agreement No. 14-45-009-1543-39. U. S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Mississippi State, MS. 150 pp. (Keywords: amphibian conservation, biodiversity, Caribbean, Eleutherodactylus, Puerto Rico) (FY2000) January 2000
Elmore, R. E. and F.J. Vilella. 2000. Landscape and habitat analysis of mourning dove Zenaida macroura call-count routes in Mississippi. U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Webless Migratory Game Bird Research Program. 1999 Project Abstracts:30. (Keywords: mourning dove, landscape ecology, population trends) (FY2000) January 2000
Elmore, R. E. and F. J. Vilella. 2000. Landscape and habitat analysis of mourning dove Zenaida macroura call-count routes in Mississippi. Annual Report, Federal Aid to Wildlife, Project W-48-45, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, Jackson. (Keywords: mourning dove, landscape ecology, population trends) (FY2000) January 2000
Elmore, R. D. and F. J. Vilella. 2002. Landscape correlates and variability in mourning dove abundance along call-count routes in Mississippi. Final Project Report W-48-45 to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. U. S. Geological Survey Biological Resources Division, Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Mississippi State, MS. 126 pp. December 2001
Cruz-Burgos, J.A., F. J. Vilella, and R. M. Kaminski. 2005. Response of aquatic invertebrate, plant, and avian communities to experimental manipulations of coastal wetlands of the Humacao Nature Reserve, Puerto Rico. Final Report, Project W-22-1, U. S. Geological Survey Biological Resources Division, Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Mississippi State, MS. 187 pp. June 2005
Cruz, J. A., F. J. Vilella, and R. M. Kaminski. 2000. Response of aquatic invertebrate, plant,and avian communities to experimental manipulations of neotropical coastal moist-soil habitats. Annual Report Project W-22-1. U. S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Mississippi State, MS. 6 pp. March 2000
Collazo, J.A., F.J. Vilella, T.H. White, and S.A. Guerrero. 2000. Survival, use of habitat and movement of captive-reared Hispaniolan Parrots released in historical, occupied habitat: implications for the recovery of the Puerto Rican Parrot. Final Report. U. S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Raleigh, NC. 93 pp. March 2000
Collazo, J. A., F. J. Vilella, T. H. White, and S. A. Guerrero. 2000. Survival, use of habitat and movement of captive-reared Hispaniolan Parrots released in historical, occupied habitat: implications for the recovery of the Puerto Rican Parrot. Final Report. U. S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Raleigh, NC. 93 pp. (Keywords: Amazon parrots, conservation biology, population restoration, tropical ecology) (FY2000) January 2000
Bennett, J. M. and F. J. Vilella. 2004. Survival of Mourning Doves (Zenaida macroura) in northeast Mississippi. Final Report, U. S. Geological Survey Biological Resources, Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Mississippi State, MS. 64 pp. May 2004