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Dr. Melanie R. Colón


Post-doctoral Researcher

Wildlife Ecology

Room 318, RNR Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

email: mcolon [at] agcenter [dot] lsu [dot] edu 

  • Ph.D. Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX – 2016
  • M.S. Psychology/Animal Behavior, University of Washington, Seattle, WA – 2008
  • B.S. Biology, Florida International University, Miami, FL – 1998

I examine natural and anthropogenic factors that influence the distributions, habitat use, and demography of birds and other wildlife, especially threatened, endangered, and nuisance species.

  • Change detection analyses and ecological forecasting of habitat for endangered songbirds and other species of conservation concern
  • Use of radar to identify bird and bat activity
  • Wildlife-aircraft strike hazards
  • Habitat use and distribution of wintering grassland birds
  • Colón, M.R., M.R. Hutchinson, A.M. Long, G. Voelker, and M.L. Morrison. 2019. Post-breeding habitat use by golden-cheeked warblers (Setophaga chrysoparia). Western North American Naturalist 79:337–346.
  • Colón, M.R., and A.M. Long. 2018. Strike hazard posed by columbids to military aircraft. Human-Wildlife Interactions 12:198–211.
  • Colón, M.R., A.M. Long, L.A. Blanc, and C.B. Cooper. 2018. Pathways in ornithology. Pages 909–930 in Ornithology: foundation, critique, and application (M.L. Morrison, A.D. Rodewald, G. Voelker, M.R. Colón, and J.F. Prather, editors). Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.
  • Rodewald, A.D., M.L. Morrison, M.R. Colón, G. Voelker, and J.F. Prather. 2018. What makes a bird a bird? Pages 3–8 in Ornithology: foundation critique, and application (M.L. Morrison, A.D. Rodewald, G. Voelker, M.R. Colón, and J.F. Prather, editors). Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.
  • Colón M.R., A.M. Long, and M.L. Morrison. 2017. Responses of an endangered songbird to an extreme drought event. Southeastern Naturalist 16:195–214.
  • Long, A.M., M.R. Colón, J. L. Bosman, T.M. McFarland, A. Locatelli, L. Stewart, H.A. Mathewson, J.C. Newnam, and M.L. Morrison. 2017. Research update: effects of road construction noise on golden-cheeked warblers. Wildlife Society Bulletin 41:240–248.
  • Long, A.M., M.R. Colón, J.L. Bosman, D.H. Robinson, H.L. Pruett, T.M. McFarland, H.A. Mathewson, J.M. Szewczak, J.C. Newnam, and M.L. Morrison. 2017. A before-after control-impact assessment to understand the potential impacts of highway construction noise and activity on an endangered songbird. Ecology and Evolution 7:379–389.
  • Long, A.M., J.C. Newnam, M.R. Colón, K.N. Smith-Hicks, and M.L. Morrison. 2016. Characteristics of vegetation used by golden-cheeked warblers in central Texas. Southeastern Naturalist 15:153–161.
  • Smith-Hicks, K.N., J.C. Newnam, M.R. Colón, A.M. Long, and M.L. Morrison. 2016. Golden-cheeked warbler behavior in relation to vegetation characteristics across their breeding range. American Midland Naturalist 176:81–94.
  • Colón, M.R., R.S. Holden, T.M. McFarland, H.A. Mathewson, and M.L. Morrison. 2015. Golden-cheeked warbler: new maximum longevity record. Western Birds 46:261–262.
  • Colón M.R., E.A. Martínez, K. Wolf-Roque, and M.L. Morrison. 2015. New distributional records for endangered black-capped vireos (Vireo atricapilla) on their wintering grounds. Southwestern Naturalist 60:313–320.
  • Pope, T.L., T.J. Conkling, K.N. Smith, M.R. Colón, M.L. Morrison, and R.N. Wilkins. 2013. Effects of adult behavior and nest-site characteristics on black-capped vireo nest success. Condor 115:155–162.
  • Zarones, L., M.R. Colón, J.C. Ha, and R.R. Ha. 2013. Effects of foliage-invertebrate availability and forest structure on the abundance of the critically endangered Rota white-eye Zosterops rotensis in Rota, Mariana Islands. Bird Conservation International 23:454–462.
revised: 05-Jan-2021 10:57