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Dr. Francisco Vilella

Technical Publications

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

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 8

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 16

Scientific Publications: 61

Presentations: 74

Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
  2. Mississippi State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute