Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Jones, C. D., J. A. Cox, E. Toriani-Moura, and R. J. Cooper. 2013. Nest-site characteristics of Bachman's Sparrows and their relationship to plant succession following prescribed burns. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 125:293-300.

Stodola, K. W., E. T. Linder, and R. J. Cooper. 2013. Indirect effects of an invasive exotic species on a long-distance migratory songbird. Biological Invasions 15:1947-1959.

Lehmicke, A. J. J., B. E. Berry, B. M. Shamblin, D. M. Lennon, M. S. Woodrey, R. J. Cooper, and C. J. Nairn. 2012. Isolation and characterization of tetranucleotide microsatellite loci from the seaside sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus). Conservation Genetics Resources 4:881-884.

Rush, S., N. Klaus, T. Keyes, J. Petrick, and R. Cooper. 2012. Fire severity has mixed benefits to breeding bird species in the southern Appalachians. Forest Ecology and Management 263:94-100.

Woodrey, M. S., S. A. Rush, J. A. Cherry, B. L. Nuse, R. J. Cooper, and A. J. J. Lehmicke. 2012. Understanding the Potential Impacts of Global Climate Change on Marsh Birds in the Gulf of Mexico Region. Wetlands 32:35-49.

Conroy, M. J., M. C. Runge, J. D. Nichols, K. W. Stodola, and R. J. Cooper. 2011. Conservation in the face of climate change: The roles of alternative models, monitoring, and adaptation in confronting and reducing uncertainty. Biological Conservation 144:1204-1213.

Lane, V. R., K. V. Miller, S. B. Castleberry, R. J. Cooper, D. A. Miller, T. B. Wigley, G. M. Marsh, and R. L. Mihalco. 2011. Bird community responses to a gradient of site preparation intensities in pine plantations in the Coastal Plain of North Carolina. Forest Ecology and Management 262:1668-1678.

Mordecai, R. S., B. J. Mattsson, C. J. Tzilkowski, and R. J. Cooper.  2011.  Addressing challenges when studying mobile or episodic species: hierarchical Bayes estimation of occupancy and use.  Journal of Applied Ecology 48:56-66.

Zehnder, C. B., K. W. Stodola, R. J. Cooper, and M. D. Hunter.  2010.  Spatial heterogeneity in the relative impacts of foliar quality and predation pressure on red oak, Quercus rubra, arthropod communities.  Oecologia 164:1017-1027.

Stodola, K. W., E. T. Linder, D. A. Buehler, K. E. Franzreb, D. H. Kim, and R. J. Cooper. 2010. Relative influence of male and female care in determining nestling mass in a migratory songbird. Journal of Avian Biology 41:515-522.

Klaus, N., S. Rush, T. Keyes, J. Petrick and R. Cooper.  2010.  Short-term effects of fire on breeding birds in southern Appalachian upland forests. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 122: 518-531.

Conroy, M.J., R.J. Cooper, S.A. Rush, K.W. Stodola, B.L. Nuse and M.S. Woodrey.  2010. Effective use of data from marshbird monitoring programs for conservation decision-making. Waterbirds 33:397-404.

Peters, V. E., R. Mordecai, C. R. Carroll, R. J. Cooper, and R. Greenberg.  2010.  Bird community response to fruit energy.  Journal of Animal Ecology 79:824-835.

Rush, S.A., J. Olin, A.T. Fisk and R.J. Cooper.  2010.  Trophic relationships of a marsh bird differ between Gulf Coast estuaries. Estuaries and Coasts 33:963-970.

Rush, S. A., M. S. Woodrey, and R. J. Cooper.  2010.  Variation in the nesting habits of Clapper Rails in northern Gulf of Mexico tidal marsh.  Condor 112:356-362.

Lepczyk, C. A., N. Dauphine, D. M. Bird, S. Conant, R. J. Cooper, D. C. Duffy, P. J. Hatley, P. P. Marra, E. Stone, and S. A. Temple.  2010.  What conservation biologists can do to counter trap-neuter-return: response to Longcore et al.  Conservation Biology 24:627-629.

Twedt, D. J., S. Somershoe, K. R. Hazler, and R. J. Cooper.  2010.  Landscape and vegetation effects on avian reproduction in bottomland forest restorations. Journal of Wildlife Management 74:423-436.

Stodola, K. W., E. T. Linder, D. A. Buehler, K. E. Franzreb, and R. J. Cooper.  2009.  Parental care in the multi-brooded black-throated blue warbler.  Condor 111:497-502.

Rush, S. A., E. C. Soehren, M. S. Woodrey, C. L. Graydon, and R. J. Cooper. 2009. Occupancy of select marsh birds within northern Gulf of Mexico tidal marsh: current estimates and projected change.  Wetlands 29:798-808.

Mordecai, R. S., R. J. Cooper, and R. Justicia.  2009.  A threshold response to habitat disturbance by forest birds in the Choco Andean corridor, Northwest Ecuador.  Biodiversity and Conservation 18:2421-2431.

Zehnder, C. B., K. W. Stodola, B. L. Joyce, D. Egetter, R. J. Cooper, and M. D. Hunter.  2009. Elevational and seasonal variation in the foliar quality and arthropod community of striped maple, Acer pensylvanicumEnvironmental Entomology 38:1161-1167.

Cooper, R. J., L. A. Wood, J. J. Gannon, and R. R. Wilson.  2009.  Effects of timber harvest and other factors on a floodplain forest indicator species, the Prothonotary Warbler.  Wetlands 29:574-585.

Dauphine, N., and R. J. Cooper.  2009.  Impacts of free-ranging domestic cats (Felis catus) on birds in the United States: a review of recent research with conservation and management recommendations.  Pp. 205-219 in Rich, T, and C. J. Ralph, (eds.).  Proceedings of the Fourth International Partners in Flight Conference.

Howell, J. E., C. T. Moore, M. J. Conroy, R. G. Hamrick, R. J. Cooper, R. E. Thackston, and J. P. Carroll.  2009.  Conservation of northern bobwhite on private lands in Georgia, USA under uncertainty about landscape-level habitat effects.  Landscape Ecology 24:405-418.

Mattsson, B. J., and R. J. Cooper.  2009.  Multiscale analysis of the effects of rainfall extremes on reproduction by an obligate riparian bird in urban and rural landscapes. Auk 126:64-76.

Mattsson, B. J., R. Mordecai, M. J. Conroy, J. T. Peterson, R. J. Cooper, and H. Christensen.  2008.  Evaluating the Small Population Paradigm for Rare Large-bodied Woodpeckers, with Implications for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.  Avian Conservation and Ecology
 
Dauphine, N., A. Tsamalain-Yagkuag, and R. J. Cooper.  2008.  Bird conservation in Aguaruna-Jivaro communities in the Cordillera de Colan, Peru.  Ornithologia Neotropical 19:587-594.

Mattsson, B. J., and R. J. Cooper.  2007.  Which life-history components determine breeding productivity for individual songbirds? A case study of the Louisiana Waterthrush (Seiurus motacilla).  Auk 124:1186-1200.

Pomara, L. Y., R. J. Cooper, and L. J. Petit.  2007.  Modeling the flocking propensity of passerine birds in two Neotropical habitats.  Oecologia 153:121-133.

Mattsson, B. J., and R. J. Cooper.  2006.  Louisiana waterthrushes (Seiurus motacilla) and habitat assessments as cost-effective indicators of instream biotic integrity.  Freshwater Biology 51:1941-1958.

Batzer, D. P., S. Wissinger, and R. J. Cooper.  2006.  Wetland animal ecology.  Pp. 242-284 in Batzer, D. P., and R. R. Sharitz (eds.).  Ecology of freshwater and estuarine wetlands.  University of California Press.

Cederbaum, S. B., J. P. Carroll, and R. J. Cooper.  2004.  Effects of alternative cotton agriculture on avian and arthropod populations.  Conservation Biology 18:1272-1282.

Marshall, M. R., D. R. Diefenbach, L. A. Wood, and R. J. Cooper.  2004.  Annual survival estimation of migratory songbirds confounded by incomplete breeding site fidelity: study designs that may help.  Animal Diversity and Conservation 27:59-72.

Marshall, M. R., and R. J. Cooper.  2004.  Territory size of a migratory songbird in response to caterpillar density and foliage structure.  Ecology 85:432-445.

Marshall, M. R., J. A. DeCecco, A. B. Williams, G. A. Gale, and R. J. Cooper.  2003.  Use of regenerating clearcuts by late-successional bird species and their young during the post-fledging period.  Forest Ecology and Management 183:127-135.

Pomara, L. Y., R. J. Cooper, and L. J. Petit.  2003.  Mixed-species flocking and foraging behavior of four neotropical warblers in Panamanian shade coffee fields and forests.  Auk 120:1000-1012.

Marshall, M. R., R. J. Cooper, J. A. DeCecco, J. Strazanac, and L. Butler.  2002.  Effects of experimentally reduced prey abundance on the breeding ecology of the red-eyed vireo.  Ecological Applications 12:261-280.

Mullin, S. J., and R. J. Cooper.  2002.  Barking up the wrong tree: climbing performance of rat snakes and its implications for depredation of avian nests.  Canadian Journal of Zoology 80:591-595.

Cooper, R. J., M. J. Conroy, and J. P. Carroll.  2001.  Wildlife biometrics training at the University of Georgia: adding quantitative emphasis to a wildlife management program.  Wildlife Society Bulletin 29:1049-1054.

Gale, G. A., J. A. DeCecco, M. R. Marshall, W. R. McClain, and R. J. Cooper.  2001.  Effects of gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) defoliation on forest birds: a broad-scale assessment using Breeding Bird Census data.  Journal of Field Ornithology 72:291-304.

DeCecco, J. A., M. R. Marshall, A B. Williams, G. A. Gale, and R. J. Cooper.  2000.  Comparative seasonal fecundity of four neotropical migratory birds in middle Appalachia.  Condor 102:653-663.

Roberts, D. L., R. J. Cooper, and L. J. Petit.  2000.  Flock characteristics of ant-following birds in premontane moist forest and coffee agroecosystems in western Panama. Ecological Applications 10:1414-1425.

Roberts, D. L., R. J. Cooper, and L. J. Petit.  2000.  Use of premontane moist forest and shade coffee agroecosystems by army ants in western Panama.  Conservation Biology 14:192-199.

Mullin, S. J., and R. J. Cooper.  1998.  The foraging ecology of the gray rat snake (Elaphe obsoleta spiloides) – visual stimuli facilitate location of arboreal prey.  American Midland Naturalist 140:397-401.

Chapters in Books and Published Proceedings 

Batzer, D. P., S. Wissinger, and R. J. Cooper.  2006.  Wetland animal ecology.  In Batzer, D. P., and R. R. Sharitz (eds.).  Ecology of freshwater and estuarine wetlands.  University of California Press. 

Drumtra, D. E. W., and R. J. Cooper.  2005.  Terrestrial arthropod communities in bottomland hardwood forests.  In Frederickson, L., and S. King (eds.).  Ecology and management of bottomland hardwood systems: the state of our understanding.  Stackpole Books. 

Heitmeyer, M. E., R. J. Cooper, J. G. Dickson, and B. D. Leopold.  2005.  Ecological relationships of warmblooded vertebrates in bottomland hardwood ecosystems.  In Frederickson, L., and S. King (eds.).  Ecology and management of bottomland hardwood systems: the state of our understanding.  Stackpole Books. 

Cooper, R. J., G. A. Gale, and L. A. Brennan. 2000. Doing it yourself: integrating management, monitoring, and research using large scale manipulative experiments. Pp. 220-224 In Bonney, R., et al. (eds.), Strategies for bird conservation: the Partners in Flight Planning Process. USDA Forest Service Proceedings RMRS-P-16.

Cooper, R. J., and N. Nur. 2000. On the need for demographic approaches to answer questions about conservation and management of migratory landbirds. Pp. 163-165 in Bonney, R. et al. (eds.), Strategies for bird conservation: the Partners in Flight Planning Process. USDA Forest Service Proceedings RMRS-P-16. 

Marshall, M. R., R. R. Wilson, and R. J. Cooper. 2000. Estimating survival of neotropical-nearctic migratory birds: are they dead or just dispersed? Pp. 195-199 In Bonney, R., et al. (eds.), Strategies for bird conservation: the Partners in Flight Planning Process. USDA Forest Service Proceedings RMRS-P-16. 

Sauer, J. R., and R. J. Cooper. 2000. Population and habitat assessment: monitoring bird populations over large areas. Pp. 113-114 In Bonney, R., et al. (eds.), Strategies for bird conservation: the Partners in Flight Planning Process. USDA Forest Service Proceedings RMRS-P-16. 

Twedt, D. J., P. B. Hamel, R. J. Cooper, and M. Woodrey. 2000. An evaluation strategy for conservation goals of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley Migratory Bird Initiative. Pp. 18-22 In Bonney, R., et al. (eds.), Strategies for bird conservation: the Partners in Flight Planning Process. USDA Forest Service Proceedings RMRS-P-16. 

Cooper, R. J., and M. R. Marshall.  1997.  A land manager’s guide to simultaneously managing gypsy moth and bird populations.  In 1997 Gypsy Moth Review. 

Ford, R. P., R. J. Cooper, D. L. Helmers, J. E. Cely, R. M. Hatcher, D. H. Orr, and M. S. Woodrey. 1997. Birds of the southeastern United States: resource management programs. Pp. 339-356 in Benz, G. W., and D. E. Collins (eds.). Aquatic Fauna in peril: the southeastern perspective. Special Publication 1, Southeast Aquatic Research Institute, Lenz Design and Communications, Decatur, GA. 

Hamel, P. B., R. J. Cooper, and W. P. Smith.  1996.  The uncertain future for cerulean warblers in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley.  Pp. 95-109 in L. P.   Heard and R. E. Stewart (eds.).  The Delta: connecting points of view for sustainable natural resources. 

Rotenberry, J. T., R. J. Cooper, J. M. Wunderle, and K. G. Smith. 1995. When and how are populations limited? The roles of insect outbreaks, fire, weather, and other natural perturbations. Pp. 55-84 in Martin, T. E., and D. M. Finch (eds). Ecology and Management of neotropical migratory birds. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. 

Smith, W. P., D. J. Twedt, R. J. Cooper, D. A. Wiedenfeld, P. B. Hamel, and R. P. Ford. 1995. Sample size and allocation of effort in point count sampling of birds in bottomland hardwood forests. Pp. 7-17 in Ralph, C. J., J. R. Sauer, and S. Droege (eds). Monitoring bird populations by point counts. USDA Forest Service Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-149, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Albany, CA. 

Cooper, R. J., and R. P. Ford. 1994. An introduction to neotropical migratory birds and Partners in Flight. Pp. 1-4 in Smith, W. P., and D. N. Pashley (eds.), A workshop to resolve conflicts in the conservation of migratory landbirds in bottomland hardwood forests. U.S.D.A. For. Serv. Gen. Tech. Rep. SO-114, New Orleans, LA. 

Rotenberry, J. T., R. J. Cooper, J. M. Wunderle, and K. G. Smith.  1993.  Incorporating effects of natural disturbances in managed ecosystems.  Pp. 103-108 in D. M. Finch and T. E. Martin (eds.), Status and management of neotropical migratory birds.  U.S.D.A. For. Serv. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM 229.  Rocky Mountain For. Range Exp. Sta., Fort Collins, CO. 

Cooper, R. J.  1989.  Sampling canopy forest insects available to birds as prey.  Pp. 436-444 in L. McDonald, B. Manly, J. Lockwood, and J. Logan (eds.).  Estimation and analysis of insect populations.  Lecture Notes in Statistics 55.  Springer-Verlag. 

Cooper, R. J., K. M. Dodge, P. J. Martinat, H. R. Smith, and R. C. Whitmore. 1987. Impacts of the gypsy moth on nongame bird populations. Pp. 48-58 in S. Fosbroke and R. R. Hicks (eds.), Coping with the gypsy moth in the new frontier. West Virginia University Press, Morgantown. 

Monographs 

Straight, C. A., and R. J. Cooper.  2000.  Chuck-will’s-widow (Caprimulgis carolinensis).  In The Birds of North America, No. 499 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.).  The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.  20 p. 

Hamel, P. B., W. P. Smith, D. J. Twedt, J. R. Woehr, E. Morris, R. B. Hamilton, and R. J. Cooper. 1996. A land manager’s guide to point counts of birds in the southeast. U.S.D.A. Forest Service Gen. Tech. Rep. SO-120, New Orleans, LA. 39 p. 

Smith, W. P., D. J. Twedt, D. A. Wiedenfeld, P. B. Hamel, R. P. Ford, and R. J. Cooper. 1993. Point counts of birds in bottomland hardwood forests of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley: duration, minimum sample size, and points versus visits. U.S.D.A. Forest Service Res. Pap. SO-274. Southern Forest Experiment Station, New Orleans, LA. 21 p.  

Short, H. L., and R. J. Cooper. 1985.  Habitat suitability index models:  Great Blue Heron.  U.S. Fish Wildl. Serv. Biol. Rep. 82 (10.99).  23 pp.