I am a terrestrial ecologist with a particular interest for species response to habitat fragmentation and degradation by human activities. I frequently use forest songbirds as a model to study the effects of landscape structure on reproductive success, functional connectivity, and other processes influencing the viability of their populations. My students, colleagues and I are also investigating the effects of climate change and shoreline protection on the staging ecology of shorebirds.
This research is funded by NSERC, NBIF, and NBWTF.
Fall 2018: Introductory Ecology (BIOL 2101), Animal Behaviour (BIOL 3401)
Winter 2019: Ornithology (BIOL 3651), and Conservation Biology (BIOL 3811).
I strive to illustrate the concepts seen in class through examples taken from recent publications or phenomena that can be readily observed in the field.
Postdoctoral Researcher – Alberta (1994)
Postdoctoral Researcher – Brigham Young (1993)
Ph.D. – Carleton (1991)
B.Sc. – Montréal (1986)
Themes of current projects:
• Effects of intensive forest management on functional connectivity of songbird populations
• Insectivorous songbirds as early indicators of spruce budworm outbreaks
• Predictors of nest predation risk in forest songbirds and woodpeckers
• Effects of coastal storms on shorebird staging ecology
Selected Publications (*graduate students)
*Torrenta, R., Lacoste, F., and Villard, M.-A. In press. Loss and fragmentation of mature woodland reduce the habitat niche breadth of forest birds. Landscape Ecology.
Villard, M.-A. and Foppen, R. 2018. Ecological adaptations of birds to forest environments. Pp. 51-78 in Mikusinski, G. et al. (editors). Ecology and Conservation of Forest Birds. Cambridge University Press.
*Fiola, M.-L., *Vernouillet, A., and Villard, M.-A. 2017. Linking songbird nest predation to seedling density: sugar maple masting as a resource pulse in a forest food web. Ecology and Evolution 7(24): 10733-10742.
*Torrenta, R. and Villard, M.-A. 2017. A test of the habitat amount hypothesis as an explanation for the species richness of forest bird assemblages. Journal of Biogeography 44: 1791-1801.
*MacKay, A., Allard, M., and Villard, M.-A. 2014. Capacity of older plantations to host bird assemblages of naturally-regenerated conifer forests: a test at stand and landscape levels. Biological Conservation 170: 110-119.
Villard, M.-A. and Metzger, J.P. 2014. Beyond the fragmentation debate: a conceptual model to predict when habitat configuration really matters. Journal of Applied Ecology 51: 309-318.
*Haché, S., Bayne, E.M., and Villard, M.-A. 2013. Evidence for an ideal free distribution in a breeding population of a territorial songbird. Ecology 94: 861-869.
Villard, M.-A. and *Haché, S. 2012. Conifer plantations consistently act as barriers to movements in a deciduous forest bird: a translocation experiment. Biological Conservation 155: 33-37
*Haché, S. and Villard, M.-A. 2010. Age-specific response of a migratory bird to an experimental alteration of its habitat. Journal of Animal Ecology 79: 897-905.
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