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Joseph Veech, Ph.D.

Joseph Veech, Ph.D

Joseph Veech, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Ph.D., 2000, University of Nevada, Reno
M.S., 1992, New Mexico State University
B.S., 1989, Texas A&M University



Biological Resources: Conservation and Planning (BIO 4319)
Bird Conservation and Management (BIO 4350I)
Population and Conservation Biology Seminar (BIO 7120)

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.

Selected Publications

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.

Strona, G., A. Mauri, J. A. Veech, G. Seufert, J. S. Ayanz, and S. Fattorini. 2016. Far from naturalness: how much does spatial ecological structure of European tree assemblages depart from Potential Natural Vegetation? PLoS ONE e0165178.

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 7:1019-1028.

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.

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

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

Complete list at: Google Scholar

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