Jeffrey F. Kelly
Research Wildlife Biologist
Ph.D. in Zoology, Colorado State University, 1996
M.S. in Zoology, Oklahoma State University,
1991 B.S. in Wildlife Management, University of Maine, 1987
My research interests are diverse, but united by a focus on natural resource issues in the western U.S. For several years I have been examining the habitat relationships of migrating songbirds in the Middle Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico. A portion of this work involves using stable isotopes as a tool that links breeding areas, migration routes and wintering locations of songbirds. I am also researching the effects of grazing on grassland birds on the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. As part of an interdisciplinary team, I am working to initiate a study on the effects of habitat restoration on the wildlife of the Middle Rio Grande Valley. I also have been collaborating on a study of the effects of kangaroo rat mounds on the structure of Chihuahuan Desert ant communities. In the past I have studied population ecology and habitat relationships of individual wildlife species (Palila, Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, and Belted Kingfishers); two of which are endangered. While the majority of my research has an applied focus I also study basic ecological issues; most recently, the interactions of body size, clutch size and latitude among species of owls. The diversity of these studies reflects my broad interests in wildlife ecology and natural resource issues.
Egads! Grassland Birds!
Stable isotopes, isotopes and more isotopes.
Selected Publications:Kelly, J.F. 2000. Stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen in the study of avian and mammalian trophic ecology. Canadian Journal of Zoology 78:1-27.
Kelly, J.F. and D.M. Finch. In Press. Effects of sampling design on age ratios of migrants captured at stopover sites. Condor.
Kelly, J. F., D. M. Finch, and W. Yong. In press. Vegetative associations of wood warblers migrating along the Middle Rio Grande Valley, New Mexico. Southwestern Naturalist.
Cartron, J-L, J.F. Kelly, and J. H. Brown. In press. Relationships among clutch size, body size and latitude: sorting out the paradox in strigid owls. Oikos.
Kelly, J. F., R. Smith, D. M. Finch, F.R. Moore, W. Yong. 1999. Effects of summer biogeography on the stopover abundance of Wood Warblers. Condor 101:76-85.
Kelly, J. F. and D. M. Finch. 1998. Using stable isotopes to track migrant songbirds. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 13:48-49.
Kelly, J. F. and B. Van Horne. 1997. Effects of supplemental food on timing of nest-initiation in Belted Kingfishers. Ecology 78:2504-2511.
Kelly, J. F. and B. Van Horne. 1997. Effects of scale-dependent variation in ice cover on the distribution of wintering Belted Kingfishers. Ecography 20:506-512.
Kelly, J. F., S. M. Pletschet, and D. M. Leslie Jr. 1993. Habitat associations of Red-cockaded Woodpecker cavity trees in an old-growth forest of Oklahoma. Journal of Wildlife Management. 57:122-128.
Pletschet, S.M. and J. F. Kelly. 1990. Breeding biology and nesting success of the Palila. Condor 92:1012-1021.