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Joseph Veech, Ph.D.

Department of Biology 

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Joseph A. Veech, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone: 512-245-7909
Office: SUPP 156A

601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666

Research Interests


I am interested in the natural ecological and anthropogenic factors that affect patterns of species diversity and abundance within and among landscapes.  I also conduct research on the application of ecological theory and knowledge to problems in conservation ecology and environmental science.  I use a variety of research approaches including computer simulation modeling, null modeling/data randomization, meta-analysis, and field experiments.  My research on species diversity has included various types of organisms (desert rodents, grassland birds, insects, plants) such that I do not have any one particular taxonomic focus.  I have most often worked in arid and semi-arid ecosystems although I am also interested in species diversity within other types of ecosystems.



Degree Date University Major
Ph. D 2000 University of Nevada, Reno Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology
M.S. 1992 New Mexico State University Biology
B.S. 1989 Texas A&M University Zoology

Selected Publications (2010-Current)

Strona, G., A. Mauri, J. A. Veech, G. Seufert, J. San-Miguel Ayanz, and S. Fattorini. 2017. Far from naturalness: how much does spatial ecological structure of European tree assemblages depart from Potential Natural Vegetation? PLoS ONE, in press.

Haverland, M. B. and J. A. Veech. 2017. Examining the occurrence of mammal species in natural areas within a rapidly urbanizing region of Texas, USA. Landscape and Urban Planning 157:221-230.

Veech, J. A., J. R. Ott, and J. R. Troy. 2016. Intrinsic heterogeneity in detection probability and its effect on N-mixture models.  Methods in Ecology and Evolution 8:907-915.

Ferrato, J. R., T. R. Simpson, M. F. Small, J. A. Veech, and M. Conway. 2016. Population density and habitat associations of the Seaside Sparrow on Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Cameron County, Texas.  Wilson Journal of Ornithology, in press.

Griffith, D. M., J. A. Veech, and C. J. Marsh. 2016. Cooccur: probabilistic species co-occurrence analysis in R. Journal of Statistical Software 69:1-17.

Strona, G. and J. A. Veech. 2015. A new measure of ecological network structure based on node overlap and segregation. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 6:907-915.

Troy, J. R., N. D. Holmes, J. A. Veech, Andre F. Raine, and M. C. Green. 2014. Habitat suitability modeling for the Newell’s shearwater on Kauai. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 5:315-329.

Veech, J. A. 2014. The pairwise approach to analysing species co-occurrence. Journal of Biogeography 41:1029-1035 (guest editorial).

Cummings, K., and J. A. Veech.  2014.  Assessing the influence of geography, land cover, and host species on the local abundance of a generalist brood parasite, the Brown-headed Cowbird. Diversity and Distributions 20:396-404.

Troy, J. R., N. D. Holmes, J. A. Veech, and M. C. Green. 2013. Using observed seabird fallout records to infer patterns of attraction to artificial light. Endangered Species Research 22:225-234.

Warren, C. C., J. A.Veech, F. W. Weckerly, L O’Donnell, and J. R. Ott. 2013.  Local abundance and detection heterogeneity in a territorial songbird.  The Auk 130:677-688.

Warren, C. C., J. R. Ott, and J. A. Veech.  2013.  Effects of slope, aspect, and canopy cover on site occupancy by Black-and-white Warblers (Mniotilta varia) and Golden-cheeked warblers (Setophaga crysoparia) in the juniper-oak woodlands of central Texas. American Midland Naturalist 169:382-397.

Feichtinger, E. E. and J. A. Veech.  2013.  Association of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers (Tyrannus forficatus) with specific land-cover types in south-central Texas. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 125:314-321.

Veech, J. A. 2013. A probabilistic model for analyzing species co-occurrence. Global Ecology and Biogeography 22:252-260.

Small, M. F., J. A. Veech, and J. L. R. Jensen. 2012. Local landscape composition around North American Breeding Bird Survey routes. Ecology 93:2298.

Veech, J. A. 2012. Significance testing in ecological null models. Theoretical Ecology 5:611-616.

Veech, J. A., M. F. Small, and J. T. Baccus. 2012. Representativeness of land cover composition along routes of the North American Breeding Bird Survey. The Auk 129:259-267.

Small, M. F., J. A. Veech, and J. T. Baccus. 2012. A Comparison of White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) densities obtained during morning and evening surveying. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 3:158-163.

Fronimos, A. B., J. T. Baccus, M. F. Small, and J. A. Veech. 2011. Use of urban bird feeders by White-winged Doves and Great-tailed Grackles in Texas.  Bulletin of the Texas Ornithological Society 44:34-40.

Veech, J. A., M. F. Small, and J. T. Baccus. 2011.  The effect of habitat on range expansion of a native and an introduced bird species.  Journal of Biogeography 38:69-77. 

Collins, M. L., M. F. Small, J. A. Veech, J. T. Baccus, and S. J. Benn. 2010. Dove habitat association based on remotely sensed land cover types in south Texas. Journal of Wildlife Management 74:1568-1574.

Veech, J. A. and T. O. Crist 2010.  Toward a unified view of diversity partitioning. Ecology 91: 1988-1992.

Veech, J. A., and T. O. Crist. 2010.  Diversity partitioning without statistical independence of alpha and beta.  Ecology 91:1964-1969.