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Dr. Angelo Capparella

Associate Professor of Vertebrate Zoology
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • BSC 406.Sec 001 Conservation Biology
  • BSC 280.Sec 001 Conservation Of Animal And Plant Biodiversity
  • BSC 499.Sec 002 Independent Research For The Masters Thesis
  • BSC 290.Sec 009 Research In Biological Sciences
  • BSC 599.Sec 005 Research In The Biological Sciences
  • TEACHING INTERESTS
  • Avian Biology, Conservation Biology, Human Ecology, Systematic Biology
  • RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Avian Systematics/Biogeography/Conservation, Wind Tubine Impacts on Bats, Central Illinois Herps Biogeography/Conservation
  • Post-Doc Ornithology: Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow - 1988
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • New York City
  • Ph D Zoology/Systematics and Evolutionary Biology Program - 1987
  • Louisiana State University
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: Effects of Riverine Barriers on Genetic Differentiation of Amazonian Forest Undergrowth Birds
  • MA Museum Science / Natural History - 1978
  • Texas Tech University
  • Lubbock, TX
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: Internship (Birds/Herps/Mammals Collections) at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA & Powdermill Avian Research Center
  • BA Zoology & Geology (Double Major) - 1974
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Chapel Hill, NC
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Rakotoarisoa, J.-E. & Capparella, A.P. 2013. Forest-bird species assemblages in the lowland rainforest of Madagascar: the effects of forest fragmentation revisited. The Open Conservation Biology Journal. 7:27-41.
  • Groves, A., Berardi, V., Sweet, P., Sweet, J., Capparella, A.P. & Harper, R.G. 2013. Influence of latitude on the abundance of Red-tailed Hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) and American Kestrels (Falco sparverius) in Illinois. Journal of Raptor Research. 47:410-415.
  • Lundstrom, L.A., Horn, D.J. & Capparella, A.P. 2013. The effects of tower structure and weather conditions on avian mortality at three television towers in central Illinois. Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science. 106:9-12.
  • Loew, S.S., Rollins, K.E., Meyerholz, D.K. & Capparella, A.P. 2013. Re-evaluation of collision risk at wind farms. Biological Conservation. 157:432.
  • Capparella, A.P., Loew, S.S. & Meyerholz, D.K. 2012. Bat deaths from wind turbine blades. Nature. 488:32.
  • Rollins, K.E., Meyerholz, D.K., Johnson, G.D., Capparella, A.P. & Loew, S.S. 2012. A forensic investigation into the etiology of bat mortality at a wind farm: barotrauma or traumatic injury? Veterinary Pathology. 49:362-371.
  • Capparella, A.P., Springer, T. & L.E. Brown. 2012. Discovery of new localities of the threatened Kirtland's Snake (Clonophis kirtlandii) in central Illinois. Transactions of the Illinois Academy of Science. 105:101-105.
  • Armacost, J.W. & Capparella, A.P. 2012. Use of mainland habitats by supposed river-island obligate birds along the Amazon River in Peru. Condor. 114:56-61.
  • McQuistion, T.E., Galewsky, S., Capparella, A.P. & Rebling, F. 2010. Isospora dendrocinclae n. sp. (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) from the White-chinned Woodcreeper (Dendrocincla merula from South America. Acta Protozoologica. 49:121-124.
  • Capparella, A.P. & Witt, C.C. 2009. Pardusco (Nephelornis oneilli). Neotropical Birds Online (Schulenberg, T.S. ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology. http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=34094
  • Cheviron, Z.A., Hackett, S.J. & Capparella, A.P.. 2005. Complex evolutionary history of a Neotropical lowland forest bird (Lepidothrix coronata) and its implications for historical hypotheses of the origin of Neotropical avian diversity. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 36:338-357.
  • Cheviron, Z.A., Capparella, A.P. & Vuilleumier, F. 2005. Molecular phylogenetic relationships among the Geositta miners (Furnariidae) and biogeographic implications for avian speciation in Fuego-Patagonia. Auk. 122:158-174.
  • Templar, A.C., McQuistion, T.E. & Capparella, A.P. 2004. A new coccidian parasite, Isospora andesensis, from the Common Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus ophthalmicus) of South America. Acta Protozoologica. 43:369-371.
  • Capparella, A.P., Klemens, J.A., Harper, R.G. & Frick, J.A. 2003. Lack of widespread organochlorine pesticide contamination in South American resident passerines. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Technology. 70:769-774.
  • Capparella, A.P. 2002. Specimen collecting is still vital to research. Nature. 400:207.
  • Marks, B.D., Hackett, S.J. & Capparella, A.P. 2002. Historical relationships among Neotropical lowland forest areas of endemism as determined by mitochondrial DNA sequence variation within the Wedge-billed Woodcreeper (Aves: Dendrocolaptidae: Glyphorynchus spirurus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 24:153-167.
  • Bartuszevige, A.M., Capparella, A.P., Harper, R.G., Frick, J.A., Criley, B., Doty, K. & Erhart, E. 2002. Organochlorine pesticide contamination in grassland-nesting passerines that breed in North America. Environmental Pollution. 117:225-232.
  • O'Neill, J.P., Lane, D.F., Kratter, A.W., Capparella, A.P. & Jao, C.F. 2000. A striking new species of barbet (Capitoninae: Capito) from the eastern Andes of Peru. Auk. 117:569-577.
  • Klemens, J.A., Harper, R.G., Frick, J.A., Capparella, A.P., Richardson, H.B. & Coffey, M.J. 2000. Patterns of organochlorine pesiticide contamination in Neotropical migrant passerines in relation to diet and winter habitat. Chemosphere. 41:1107-1113.
  • Capparella, A.P. 1999. Valuable biodiversity data under threat. Nature. 400:207.
  • McQuistion, T.E., Barber, C.Y. & Capparella, A.P. 1999. Isospera automoti, a new coccidian parasite (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) from the Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner Automolus ochrolaemus and the Olive-backed Foliage-gleaner A. infuscatus from South America. Systematic Parasitology. 44:71-73.
  • Frick, J.A., Klemens, J.A., Harper, R.G. & Capparella, A.P. 1998. Effect of skin removal on estimated levels of organochlorine pesiticide contamination in passerine birds. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 61:658-663.
  • Capparella, A.P., Rosenberg, G.H. & Cardiff, S.W. 1997. A new subspecies of Percnostola rufifrons (Formicariidae) from northwestern Amazonian Peru, with a revision of the rufifrons complex. Ornithological Monographs: Studies in Neotropical ornithology honoring Ted Parker. 48:165-170.
  • McQuistion, T.E. & Capparella, A.P. 1997. Isospora ubique: a new coccidian parasite from the Wedge-billed Woodcreeper (Glyphorynchus spirurus) from South America. Acta Protozoologica. 36:75-78.
  • McQuistion, T.E., Walden, K.K.O. & Capparella, A.P. 1997. Two new species of Isospera (Apicomplexa: Eimeridae) from the Ocellated Woodcreeper, Xiphorhynchus ocellatus (Passeriformes: Dendrocolaptidae). Archiv fur Protistenkunde.
  • Brumfield, R.T. & Capparella, A.P. 1996. Genetic differentiation and taxonomy in the House Wren species group. 1996. Condor. 98:547-556.
  • Brumfield, R.T. & Capparella, A.P. 1996. Historical diversification of birds in northwestern South America: a molecular perspective on the role of vicariant events. Evolution. 50:1607-1624.
  • Harper, R.G., Frick, J.A., Capparella, A.P., Borup, B., Nowak, M., Biesinger, D. & C.F. Thompson. 1996. Organochlorine pesiticide contamination in Neotropical migrant passerines. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 31:386-390.
  • Capparella, A.P. 1994. Floods explained. Nature. 372:124.
  • Vuilleumier, F., Capparella, A.P. & Lazo, I. 1994. Extension del rango de Asthenes pyrrholeuca (Aves: Furnariidae) en Fuego-Patagonia Chilena. Anales del Instituto de la Patagonia, Series de Ciencias Naturales, Punta Arenas (Chile). 21:67-69.
  • McQuisition, T.E. & Capparella, A.P. 1994. Two new species of Isospora (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) from ovenbirds (Passeriformes: Furnarridae). Transactions of the American Microscopal Society. 113:90-95.
  • Vuilleumier, F. & Capparella, A.P.. 1993. Two notable bird records from Chilean Patagonia. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club. 113:85-87.
  • McQuistion, T.E. & Capparella, A.P.. 1992. Isospora sagittulae, a new coccidian parasite (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) from the Spotted Antbird (Hylophylax naevioides). Transactions of the American Microscopal Society. 111:365-368.
  • Bates, J.M., Parker III, T.A., Capparella, A.P. & Davis, T.J. 1992. Observations on the campo, cerrado and forest avifaunas of eastern Dpto. Santa Cruz, Bolivia, including 21 species new to the country. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club. 112:86-98.
  • McQuistion, T.E. & Capparella, A.P.. 1992. Two new coccidian parasites from the Slate-colored Grosbeak (Pitylus grossus) of South America. Journal of Parasitology. 78:805-807.
  • Capparella, A.P. 1991. Neotropical avian diversity and riverine barriers. Acta Congressus Internationalis Ornithologici. 30:307-316.
  • Capparella, A.P. 1991. Cooperation: a key to progress in cryptozoology. Cryptozoology. 10:116-117.
  • Robbins, M.B., Capparella, A.P., Ridgely, R.M. & Cardiff, S.M. 1991. Avifauna of the Rio Manati and Quebrada Vainilla, Peru. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia. 143:145-159.
  • Capparella, A.P. 1990. Book review of "Thunderbirds! The Living Legend of Giant Birds" by Mark Hall. Cryptozoology. 9:94-96.
  • Hudon, J, Capparella, A.P. & Brush, A.H. 1989. Plumage differences in manakins of the Pipra erythrocephala superspecies. Auk. 106:34-41.
  • Capparella, A.P. 1988. Genetic variation in Neotropical birds: implications for the speciation process. Acta Congressus Internationalis Ornithologici. 19:1658-1664.
  • Capparella, A.P. 1986. First record of Yellow-collared Chlorophonia for Middle America. American Birds. 40:194-195.
  • Capparella, A.P. & Lanyon, S.M. 1985. Biochemical and morphometric analysis of the sympatric, Neotropical, sibling species, Mionectes macconnelli and M. oleaginous. Ornithological Monographs. 36:347-355.
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  • FUNDED GRANTS
  • Fellow
  • American Ornithologists' Union
  • 2016