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Colchero, F., A.E. Aliaga, O.R. Jones and D.A. Conde

Individual heterogeneity determines sex differences in mortality in a monogamous bird with reversed sexual dimorphism.

Journal of Animal Ecology (Accepted)

Rebke, M., P.H. Becker and F. Colchero

Better the devil you know: common terns stay with a familiar partner although pair duration does not affect breeding output.

Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284:2016.1424 (2017)

Outreach: Smithsonian, Science Daily, Eureka Alert, Videnskab


Colchero, F., R. Rau, O.R. Jones, J. Barthold, D.A. Conde, A. Lenart, L. Nemeth, A. Scheuerlein, J. Schoeley, C. Torres, V. Zarulli, J. Altmann, D.K. Brockman, A.M. Bronikowski, L.M. Fedigan, A. Pusey, T.S. Stoinski, K.B. Strier, A. Baudisch, S.C. Alberts and J.W. Vaupel

The emergence of longevous populations.

PNAS 113 (48): E7681-E7690 (2016) (2016 Cozzarelli prize for Behavioral and Social Sciences)

Outreach: BBC Mundo, Science Daily, Le Scienze, Clarín

J.P. Dahlgren, F. Colchero, O.R. Jones, D.-I. Øien, A. Moen & N. Sletvold

Actuarial senescence in a long-lived orchid challenges our current understanding of ageing.

Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283: 2016.1217 (2016)

Barthold, J., C. Packer, A. Loveridge, D. W. Macdonald, F. Colchero

Dead or gone? Bayesian inference on mortality for the dispersing sex.

Ecology and Evolution 6:4910-4923 (2016)

Barthold, J., A. Loveridge, D. W. Macdonald, C. Packer, F. Colchero

Bayesian estimates of male and female African lion mortality for future use in population management.

Journal of Applied Ecology 53: 295-304 (2016)

Outreach: EurekAlert!

Larson, S.M., F. Colchero, O.R. Jones, L Williams, E. Fernández-Duque

Age and sex-specific mortality of wild and captive populations of a monogamous pair-bonded primate (Aotus azarae).

American Journal of Primatology 78(3):315-325 (2016)


Conde, D.A., F. Colchero, B. Güneralp, M. Gusset, B. Skolnik, M. Parr, O. Byers, K. Johnson, G. Young, N. Flesness, H. Possingham, J.E. Fa

Opportunities and costs for preventing vertebrate extinctions.

Current Biology 25(6): R219-R221 (2015)

Outreach: Le Monde

Koons, D.N., F. Colchero, K. Hersey, O. Gimenez

Disentangling the effects of climate, density dependence, and harvest on the population dynamics of North America’s most iconic large herbivore.

Ecological Applications 25:956-967 (2015)

Salguero-Gómez, R, et al.

The COMPADRE Plant Matrix Database an Open Online Repository for Plant Demography.

Journal of Ecology 103:202-218 (2015)


Colchero, F. and R. Schaible

Mortality as a bivariate function of age and size in indeterminate growers.

Ecosphere 5(12): 161 (2014)

Zubillaga, M., O. Skewes, N. Soto, J. E. Rabinovich, F. Colchero

Bayesian inference on the effect of density dependence and weather on a guanaco population from Chile.

Plos One e115307 (2014)

Plante, S., F. Colchero and S. Calmé

Foraging strategy of a Neotropical primate: how intrinsic and extrinsic factors influence destination and residence time. 

Journal of Animal Ecology 83: 116-125 (2014)

Zajitschek, F., Jin, T., F. Colchero, and A. Maklakov

Aging differently: diet- and sex-dependent late-life mortality patterns in Drosophila melanogaster.

Journal of Gerontology Series A 69(6): 666-674 (2014)


Conde, D.A., F. Colchero, P. Pearce-Kelly, O. Byers, M. Gusset, N. Flesness, R. K. Browne and Jones, O.R.

Zoos through the lens of the IUCN Red List: a global metapopulation approach to support conservation breeding programs.

Plos One 8(12): e80311 (2013)

Outreach: Conservation, EurekAlert!, Science Daily

Baudisch, A., R. Salguero-Gómez, O.R. Jones, T. Wrycza, C. Mbeau-Ache, M. Franco, and F. Colchero

The Pace and Shape of Senescence in Angiosperms.

Journal of Ecology 101: 596-606 (2013)


Colchero, F., O.R. Jones and M. Rebke

BaSTA: an R package for Bayesian estimation of age-specific survival from incomplete mark-recapture/recovery data with covariates.

Methods in Ecology and Evolution 3: 466-470 (2012)

Outreach: the Guardian

Colchero, F. and James S. Clark

Bayesian inference on age-specific survival for censored and truncated data.

Journal of Animal Ecology 81: 139-149 (2012) (Faculty of 1000)

Schaible, R., A. Gerloff-Elias, F. Colchero, H. Schubert

Neighbouring parthenogenetic populations of Chara canescens differ in their capacity to acclimate to irradiance and salinity.

Oecologia 168: 343-353 (2012)


Conde, D.A, N. Flesness, F. Colchero, O. Jones, A. Scheuerlein

Zoos and captive breeding: response.

Science 332: 1150-1151 (2011)

Conde, D.A, N. Flesness, F. Colchero, O. Jones, A. Scheuerlein

An emerging role of zoos to conserve biodiversity.

Science 331: 1390-1391 (2011)

Colchero, F., D. A. Conde, C. Manterola, C. Chávez, A. Rivera and G. Ceballos

Jaguars on the move: modeling movement to mitigate fragmentation from road expansion in the Mayan Forests.

Animal Conservation 14(2): 158-166 (2011)

Outreach: BBC News


Conde, D. A., F. Colchero, H. Zarza, N. L. Christensen Jr, J. Sexton, C. Manterola, A. Rivera, C. Chávez, D. Azuara and G. Ceballos

Sex matters: modeling male and female jaguar habitat for conservation.

Biological Conservation 143: 1980-1988 (2010)

Outreach: Conservation Maven

Colchero, F., O. L. Bass, Jr., R. Zambrano, and J. A. Gore

Clustered nesting and vegetation thresholds reduce egg predation in sooty tern.

Waterbirds 33(2): 169-178 (2010)


Colchero, F., R. A. Medellín, J. S. Clark, R. Lee, and G. Katul

Predicting population survival under future climate change: density dependence, drought and extraction in an insular bighorn sheep.

Journal of Animal Ecology 78(3): 666-673 (2009) (Editor's comment) (Faculty 1000)

Outreach: Science Daily


Schick, R. S., S. R. Loarie, F. Colchero, B. D. Best, A. Boustany, D. A. Conde, P. N. Halpin, L. N. Joppa, C. M. McLellan, and J. S. Clark

Understanding movement data and movement processes. Current and emerging directions.

Ecology Letters 11: 1338-1350 (2008)

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Under Review

Colchero, F., A.E. Aliaga, O.R. Jones and D.A. Conde

Individual heterogeneity determines sex differences in mortality in a monogamous bird with reversed sexual dimorphism.

Journal of Animal Ecology (Under review)

In progress

Colchero, F., O.R. Jones, D.A. Conde, D. Hodgson, F. Zajitschek, B.R. Schmidt, A.F. Malo, S.C. Alberts, P.H. Becker, S. Bouwhuis, A.M. Bronikowski, K.M. De Vleeschouwer, R.J. Delahay, S. Dummermuth, E. Fernández-Duque, T. Flatt, J. Frisenvæatnge, M. Hesselsøe, S. Larson, J.-F. Lemaître, J. McDonald, D.A.W. Miller, C. O'Donnell, C. Packer, B.E. Raboy, C.J. Reading, B.C. Sheldon, E. Wapstra, H. Weimerskirch, G.M. While, A. Baudisch and J.-M. Gaillard

Strong mortality and fertility assumptions influence perceived population dynamics and extinction risk.

Schaible, R., Gruber, H., Philipp, E.E.R., Scheuerlein, A. and F. Colchero

Colonization of New Marginal Habitats, Effects for Life History for the Long-lived Ocean Quahog Arctica islandica.

Kiyakoglu, B.Y. and F. Colchero

Bayesian estimation of individual heterogeneity in mortality parameters.

Books and book chapters

Pallares, E., C. Manterola, D. A. Conde and F. Colchero (2015) Roads and jaguars in the Mayan Forests. In van der Ree, R., Smith, D. J., and Grilo, C. (eds). Handbook of Road Ecology. John Wiley & Sons, Oxford.

Manterola, C., D. A. Conde, F. Colchero, A. Rivera, E. Huerta, A. Soler and E. Pallares (2011) El jaguar como elemento estratégico para la conservación. Corredor Biológico Mesoamericano México Serie Acciones / Número 8

Colchero, F., L. Leon-Paniagua, and A. G. Navarro-Siguenza (2006) Hábitat del berrendo en México. In El Berrendo en México, Acciones de Conservación. Instituto Nacional de Ecología, eds. México. (publication)

Colchero, F., G. O’Farrill, and R. A. Medellín (2005) Didelphis marsupialis. In G. Ceballos and G. Oliva eds. Los Mamíferos Silvestres de México. CONABIO-CFE. México.

Medellín, R. A. and F. Colchero (2001) Los borregos cimarrones de la Isla Tiburón: conservación y desarrollo sustentable. Recuadro XVII.3. Pages 510-512 In Primack, R., R. Rozzi, P. Feinsinger, R. Dirzo, y F. Massardo eds. Fundamentos de conservación biológica Perspectivas Latinoamericanas. Fondo de Cultura Económica. México.

Colchero, F., R. A. Medellín, R. Lee, C. Manterola, and G. Ceballos (1999) The Tiburon Island desert bighorn sheep: a conservation and sustainable development program in Mexico. Pages 77-82 In A. E. Thomas and H. L. Thomas, eds. Proceedings of the Second North American Wild Sheep Conference. Reno, Nevada, USA. (publication)

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