Francisco J. Vilella

Francisco J. Vilella

Title

  • Professor
    Assistant Leader, USGS MS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Contact Information

fv1@msstate.edu
Office: 662-325-0784
Thompson Hall, Rm 263

Overview

Education

  • Louisiana State University, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Wildlife and Fisheries Science
  • Hofstra University, Master of Science (M.S.), Biology
  • University of Puerto Rico, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Biology

Research Interests

Conservation Biology
Endangered Species Ecology
Neotropical Wildlife Management

Publications

Year Publications
2023

Ramirez-Reyes, C., Vilella, F. J., Evans, K., Street, G. M., Pacheco, C., Monzon, O., Morales, A. 2023. Geographic distribution of the Puerto Rican Harlequin butterfly (Atlantea tulita): An ensemble modeling approach. Caribbean Journal of Science 53(1):37-44.

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2022

Martinez-Lanfranco, J. A., Vilella, F. J., Miller, D. 2022. Avian community response to a novel environment: commercial forestry in the Campos grasslands of South America. Forest Ecology and Management 503(119765).

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2021

Ramirez-Reyes, C., Street, G. M., Vilella, F. J., Jones-Farrand, D. T., Wiggers, M. S., Evans, K. 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.

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2021

Ramirez-Reyes, C., Nazeri, M., Street, G. M., Jones-Farrand, D. T., Vilella, F. J., Evans, K. 2021. Embracing ensemble species distribution models to inform at-risk species status assessments. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 12(1):98-111.

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2020

Vilella, F. J., Cruz-Burgos, J. A., Kaminski, R. M., Murkin, H. R., Davis, J. B., Weitzel, S. L., Vizcarra, F. 2020. Avian community response to vegetation and water level management in restored wetlands at the Humacao Nature Reserve, Puerto Rico. Caribbean Naturalist 72:1-21.

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2019

Gallardo, J., Vilella, F. J., Colvin, M. 2019. A seasonal population matrix model of the Caribbean Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis jamaicensis in eastern Puerto Rico. Ibis 161:459-466.

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2019

Palumbo, M. D., Vilella, F. J., Wang, G., Strickland, B. K., Godwin, D., Dixon, P. G., Rubin, B. D., Lashley, M. A. 2019. Latitude and daily-weather effects on gobbling activity of wild turkeys in Mississippi. International Journal of Biometeorology 63(8):1059-1067.

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2018

Loman, Z., Monroe, A., Riffell, S. K., Miller, D., Vilella, F. J., Wheat, B., Rush, S. A., Martin, J. A. 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.

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2018

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

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2017

Davis, J. B., Vilella, F. J., Lancaster, J. D., Flores, M. L., Kaminski, R. M., Cruz-Burgos, J. A. 2017. White-cheeked Pintail duckling and brood survival across wetland types at Humacao Nature Reserve, Puerto Rico. Condor 119(2):308-320.

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2017

Vilella, F. J., Gallardo, J. C. 2017. Conservation status assessment of the Sharp‐shinned Hawk, an endangered insular raptor in Puerto Rico. Journal of Field Ornithology 88(4):349-361.

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2016

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.

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2016

Palumbo, M. D., Fleming, J. P., Monsegur, O. A., Vilella, F. J. 2016. A GIS Model of Habitat Suitability for Solanum conocarpum (Solanaceae) in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Caribbean Naturalist 36.

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2015

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

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2014

Wood, D. R., Burger, L. W., Vilella, F. J. 2014. Red-cockaded woodpecker Picoides borealis microhabitat characteristics and reproductive success in a loblolly-shortleaf pine forest. Open Ornithology Journal 7:49–54.

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2014

Davis, J. B., Webb, E., Kaminski, R. M., Barbour, P. J., Vilella, F. J. 2014. Comprehensive framework for ecological assessment of the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Southeastern Naturalist 13(4):G66-G81.

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2014

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

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2014

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

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2014

Palumbo, M. D., Vilella, F. J., Strickland, B. K., Wang, G., Godwin, D. 2014. Brood Surveys and Hunter Observations Used to Predict Gobbling Activity of Wild Turkeys in Mississippi. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 5(1):151-156.

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2008

Wood, D. R., Vilella, F. J., Burger, L. W. 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.

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2008

Vilella, F. J. 2008. Nest habitat use of the Puerto Rican Nightjar Caprimulgus noctitherus in Guánica Biosphere Reserve. Bird Conservation International 18(4):307-317.

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2005

Wood, D. R., Burger, L. W., Vilella, F. J. 2005. Red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis) behavioral patterns in a Mississippi loblolly-shortleaf pine forest. Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences 50:168–176.

2001

Wood, D. R., Vilella, F. J., Burger, L. W. 2001. Red-cockaded woodpecker banding at Bienville National Forest, Mississippi. North American Bird Bander 26(1):16-19.

2001

Wood, D. R., Vilella, F. J., Burger, L. W., Armacost, J. W. 2001. 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.

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2000

Wood, D. R., Burger, L. W., Vilella, F. J., Raulston, B. E. 2000. Long-term effects of red-cockaded woodpecker cavity-entrance restrictors. Wildlife Society Bulletin 28:105–109.

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1999

Bowman, J. L., Wood, D. R., Vilella, F. J., Leopold, B. D., Burger, L. W., Godwin, K. D. 1999. Effects of red-cockaded woodpecker management on vegetative composition and structure and subsequent impacts on game species. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 53:220–234.

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1998

Samano, S., Wood, D. R., Cole, J., Vilella, F. J., Burger, L. W. 1998. Red-cockaded woodpeckers ensnared in mesh snake traps. The Wilson Bulletin 110:564–566.

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Graduate Students

  • Adrian Naveda-Rodriguez

Society Memberships

  • Mississippi Chapter of The Wildlife Society
  • Southern Forest Research Partnership
  • The Wildlife Society