Melanie Colón

Postdoctoral Research Associate

As a postdoctoral research associate for the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, Dr. Melanie Colón examines factors that influence habitat use, abundance and reproduction in wildlife. Her current efforts include investigations into the impacts of noise, weather and geographic variation on behavior and reproductive output in endangered songbirds. She is also interested in factors that affect species’ distributions and how these vary in time and space.

Before joining the institute, Colón earned a doctorate in wildlife and fisheries sciences at Texas A&M University, a master of science in animal behavior from the University of Washington and a bachelor of science in biology at Florida International University.

Publications

Long, A. M., J. L. Bosman, M. R. Colón, T. M. McFarland, A. Locatelli, L. Stewart, H. A. Mathewson, J. C. Newnam, and M. L. Morrison. Research update: effects of road construction noise on golden-cheeked warblers. Wildlife Society Bulletin: In Revision. 

Smith-Hicks, K. N., T. M. McFarland, T. L. Pope, M. R. Colón, A. Locatelli, and M. L. Morrison. Temperature influence on clutch size and hatching success of an endangered songbird in Texas. Ibis: In Revision. 

Colón, M. R., A. M. Long, L. A. Blanc, C. B. Cooper. Pathways in ornithology 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: In Press. 

Rodewald, A. D., M. L. Morrison, M. R. Colón, G. Voelker, and J. F. Prather. What makes a bird a bird? 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: In Press. 

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. A BACI assessment to understand the potential impacts of highway construction noise and activity on an endangered songbird. Ecology and Evolution: In Press. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Schwartz, B. L., M. R. Colón, I. C. Sanchez, I. A. Rodriguez, and S. Evans. 2002. Single-trial learning of "what" and "who" information in a gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla): implications for episodic memory. Animal Cognition 5:85–90. 

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