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Francisco Vilella

Adjunct Professor, Conservation Biology
Assistant Leader, MS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Phone: 662-325-0784  Email: fvilella@usgs.gov

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Francisco Vilella

2018
Calamari, N. C., F. J. Vilella, Y. V. Sica, 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):3. Download


2018
Loman, Z. G., A. P. Monroe, S. K. Riffell, D. A. Miller, F. J. Vilella, B. E. Wheat, S. A. Rush, 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. Download


2018
Strickland, B.A., F.J. Vilella, R. Flynt. 2018. Long-term spotlight surveys of American alligators in Mississippi, USA. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 13(2):331-340. Download


2018
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.


2017
Davis, J.B., F.J. Vilella, J.D. Lancaster, M. López-Flores, R.M. Kaminski, J.A. Cruz-Burgos. 2017. Survival of White-cheeked Pintail ducklings and broods in Puerto Rico. The Condor 119(2):308-320. Download


2016
Palumbo, M.D., J.P. Fleming, O.A. Monsegur, 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. Download


2016
Strickland, BA., F.J. Vilella, J.L. Belant. 2016. Scale-dependent habitat selection and size-based dominance in adult male American alligators. PLoS ONE 11(9): e0161814. Download


2015
Feaga, J.S., F.J. Vilella, R.M. Kaminski, J.B. Davis. 2015. Waterbird use of catfish ponds and Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative wetlands in Mississippi. Waterbirds 38(3):269-281. Download


2014
Blanco-Rodriguez, P., F.J. Vilella, B. Sanchez-Orla. 2014. Waterfowl in Cuba: Current status and distribution. Wildfowl Special Issue 4: 498-511. Download


2014
Davis, J.B., E. Webb, R.M. Kaminski, P.J. Barbour, 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. Download


2014
Gallardo, J. C., 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. Download


2014
Loman, Z.G., S.K. Riffell, B.R. Wheat, D.A. Miller, J.A. Martin, F.J. Vilella. 2014. Bird community response to establishing intercropped switchgrass in intensively-managed pine stands. Biomass and Bioenergy 67:201-211. Download


2014
Lopez-Flores, M., J.B. Davis, F.J. Vilella, R.M. Kaminski, J.A. Cruz-Burgos, J.D. Lancaster. 2014. Survival of female white-cheeked pintails during brood rearing in Puerto Rico. Caribbean Naturalist 10:1-12. Download


2014
Palumbo, M.D., F.J. Vilella, G. Wang, B. Strickland, D. Godwin. 2014. Brood surveys and hunter observations used to predict gobbling activity of wild turkey in Mississippi. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 5(1):151-156. Download


2014
Wood, D.R., L.W. Burger, 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. Download


2013
Bennett, J.M., F.J. Vilella. 2013. Mourning dove survival from band recoveries in Northern Mississippi. Proceedings of the 2012 Annual Conference of Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 66:102-106. Download


2013
Loman, Z. G. , S. K. Riffell, D. A. Miller, J. A. Martin and F. J. Villela. 2013. Site preparation for switchgrass intercropping in loblolly pine plantations reduces retained trees and snags, but maintains downed woody debris. Forestry 86: 353-360. Download


2012
Mitchell, K.L., S.K. Riffell, L.W. Burger, F.J. Vilella. 2012. Provisioning of nestling Dickcissels in native warm-season grass field buffers. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 124:298-309. Download


2012
Vilella, F.J., W.F. Nimitz. 2012. Spatial dynamics of the Red-tailed Hawk in the Luquillo Mountains of Puerto Rico. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 124:758-766. Download


2011
Vilella, F.J., J.A. Cruz, M. López. 2011. Nesting ecology of the Yellow-breasted Crake (Porzana flaviventer) in Puerto Rico. Waterbirds 34(3): 363-368. Download


2010
Vilella, F.J. 2010. Puerto Rican Nightjar (Caprimulgus noctitherus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Download


2010
Vilella, F.J., G.A. Baldassarre. 2010. Abundance and distribution of waterbirds in the Llanos of Venezuela. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 122(1):102-115.


2009
Llerandi-Román, I., J.M. Rios-Cruz, F.J. Vilella. 2009 Cliff nesting by the red-tailed hawk in moist karst forests of northern Puerto Rico. Journal of Raptor Research 43(2):167-169. Download


2008
Calamari, N.C., F.J. Vilella, P. Mercuri, M.E. Zaccagnini. 2008. Fragmentación del bosque nativo entrerriano y su influencia sobre las aves: desafíos para la conservación y una agricultura sustentable en Argentina. Páginas 68-75 en Caviglia O.P., Sasal M.C., Wilson M. G. y O. F. Paparotti (Eds). Agricultura Sustentable en Entre Ríos. INTA, 92pp.


2008
Vilella, F.J. 2008. Nest habitat use of the Puerto Rican Nightjar Caprimulgus noctitherus in Guanica Biosphere Reserve. Bird Conservation International 18(4):1-11.


2008
Wood, D.R., F.J. Vilella, 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.


2008
Wood, D.R., F.J. Vilella, L.W. Burger Jr. 2008. Red-cockaded woodpecker reproduction, nest loss, and cavity kleptoparasitism in a Mississippi loblolly-shortleaf pine ecosystem. The Mississippi Kite 34(2):34-52.


2007
Elmore, R., F. Vilella, P. Gerard. 2007. Landscape correlates along mourning dove call-count routes in Mississippi. Journal of Wildlife Management 71(2):422-427. Download


2007
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. Orwisburg, Pennsylvania, USA.


2006
Vest, J., R.M. Kaminski, A. Afton, F.J. Vilella. 2006. Body mass of lesser scaup during fall and winter in the Mississippi Flyway. Journal of Wildlife Management 70(6):1789-1795. Download


2006
Vilella, F.J., D.W. Hengstenberg. 2006. Broad-winged Hawk movements and habitat use in a moist limestone forest of Puerto Rico. Ornitología Neotropical 17:563-579.


2005
Elmore, L.W., D.A. Miller, 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.Download


2005
Hengstenberg, D.H., 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.


2005
Jensen, W.J., M.S. Gregory, G.A. Baldassarre, F.J. Vilella, K.L. Bildstein. 2005. Raptor abundance and distribution in the Llanos wetlands of Venezuela. Journal of Raptor Research 39(4):409-420.


2005
Vilella, F.J., J.H. Fogarty. 2005. Diversity and abundance of forest frogs (Anura: Leptodactilydae) before and after Hurricane Georges in the Cordillera Central of Puerto Rico. Caribbean Journal of Science 41(1):157-162. Download


2005
White, Jr., T.H., J.A. Collazo, F.J. Vilella, S.A. Guerrero. 2005. Effects of Hurricane Georges on habitat use by captive-reared Hispaniolan Parrots Amazona ventralis released in the Dominican Republic. Ornitología Neotropical 16:405-418.


2005
White, Jr., T.H., J.A. Collazo, F.J. Vilella. 2005. Survival of captive-reared Puerto Rican Parrots released in the Caribbean National Forest. The Condor 107:424-432. Download


2005
Wood, D.R., L.W. Burger, Jr., 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. Download


2004
Bowman, J.L., B.D. Leopold, F.J. Vilella, D.A. Gill. 2004. A spatially explicit model, derived from demographic variables, to predict attitudes toward black bear restoration. Journal of Wildlife Management 68:223-232. Download


2004
Elmore, L.W., D.A. Miller, 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. Download


2004
White, Jr., T.H., F.J. Vilella. 2004. Nest management for the Puerto Rican Parrot: Gaining the technological edge. Ornitología Neotropical 15:467-476.


2003
Collazo, J.A., T.H. White, F.J. Vilella, S.A. Guerrero. 2003. Survival of captive-reared Hispaniolan Parrots released in Parque Nacional del Este, Dominican Republic. The Condor 105(2):198-207 Download


2003
Fogarty, J.H., F.J. Vilella. 2003. Use of eucalyptus plantations and native forest by Eleutherodactylus frogs. Journal of Wildlife Management 67(1):187-196.


2003
López-Flores, M., J. A. Cruz-Burgos, 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. Download


2003
Wood, D.R., F.J. Vilella, L.W. Burger, Jr., J.W. Armacost. 2003. Surveying nocturnal bird communities of the Southeast with silent and playback methods. Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 55:528-533. Download


2002
Fogarty, J.H., F.J. Vilella. 2002. Population dynamics of Eleutherodactylus coqui in cordillera forest reserves of Puerto Rico. Journal of Herpetology 36(2):193-201. Download


2001
Bowman, J.L, B.D. Leopold, F.J. Vilella, D.A. Gill, H.A. Jacobson. 2001. Attitudes of landowners toward black bears compared between areas of high and low bear populations. Ursus 12:153-160.


2001
Bowman, J.L., D.R. Wood, F.J. Vilella, B.D. Leopold, L.W. Burger, Jr., K.D. Godwin. 2001. Effect of Red-cockaded woodpecker management on vegetation composition and structure and subsequent impacts on game species. Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 53:220-234.


2001
Fogarty, J.H., F.J. Vilella. 2001. Evaluating methodologies to survey Eleutherodactylus frogs in montane forests of Puerto Rico. Wildlife Society Bulletin 29(3):948-955.


2001
Vilella, F.J. 2001. Caribbean islands look to the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture. Birdscapes/Winter 2001:28-29. Download


2001
Wood, D.R., F.J. Vilella, L.W. Burger, Jr. 2001. Red-cockaded Woodpecker Banding at Bienville National Forest, Mississippi. North American Bird Bander 26:16-19.


2001
Wright, T. F., C. A. Toft, M. Albornoz, S. Beissinger, V. Berovides, A. T. Brice, J. Eberhard, E. Enkerlin, X. Gálvez, J. Gilardi, J. González, S. E. Koenig, P. Martuscelli, J. M. Meyers, K. Renton, A. M. Rodríguez, F. Rojas, V. Sanz, M. Sosa, S. Stoleson, A. Trujillo, F. J. Vilella, J. W. Wiley. 2001. Nest poaching in Neotropical parrots. Conservation Biology 15(3):710-720. Download


2000
Bowman, J.L., B.D. Leopold, F.J. Vilella. 2000. How bearable is Mississippi? Fair Chase 15(1):34-39.


2000
Bowman, J.L., B.D. Leopold, H.A. Jacobson, F.J. Vilella. 2000. Proceedings of the 14th Eastern Black Bear Workshop. April 13-16, 1997. Vicksburg, MS. (Abstract published).


2000
Vilella, F.J., R.B. Minnis. 2000. On vertebrate generations and plant succession: incorporating vegetation structural attributes into vertebrate modeling. GAP Analysis Bulletin 8:25-28.


2000
White, Jr., T.H., J.A. Collazo, F.J. Vilella, S.A. Guerrero. 2000. Experimental releases of Hispaniolan Parrots in the Dominican Republic: implications for Puerto Rican parrot recovery. IUCN Re-introduction News 19:18-19. Download


2000
White, Jr., T.H., J.L. Bowman, B.D. Leopold, H.A. Jacobson, W.P. Smith, F.J. Vilella. 2000. Influence of MS Alluvial Valley rivers on black bear movements and dispersal: implications for LA black bear recovery. Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology 95(3):323-331. Download


2000
Wood, D.R., L.W. Burger, Jr., F.J. Vilella, B.E. Raulston. 2000. Long-term effects of red-cockaded woodpecker cavity entrance restrictors: a follow-up study of Raulston et al. (1996). Wildlife Society Bulletin 28:105-109


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