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Wilfredo Falcón, B.Sc.
Biology in Wildlife Management
University of Puerto Rico - Humacao (2010)
e-mail: wilfredo.falcon@ieu.uzh.ch

Research webpage (http://wfalcon.weebly.com/index.html).

Background
I am from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and attended the University of Puerto Rico - Humacao Campus, where I obtained my B.Sc. in Wildlife Management. There I worked in Dr. Raymond L. Tremblay’s Lab on the population ecology of the introduced White-winged Parakeets (Brotogeris versicolurus), and the demography of the introduced Philippine ground orchid (Spathoglottis plicata). While in UPR-Humacao, I was sponsored by the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Scholars Program.

In 2013 I am graduated with a M.S. degree from the University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras Campus, where I worked with Dr. James D. Ackerman’s Lab for Integrative Biology. Here, I was  sponsored by the PR-LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Program.  My thesis was on the population ecology of the invasive orchid Spathoglottis plicata in Puerto Rico, and the effects of plant-animal interactions on population growth rates.

Research interest

My research interests are broad, but are usually within the framework of Invasion Ecology and Conservation Genetics.

I am currently at the University of Zurich in Switzerland where I have just entered the Ph.D. program.  For my dissertation I will be working on seed dispersal by giant tortoises of Aldabra Island in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Other research projects in which I am involded include:

  • Invasion of Pinus caribaea in Puerto Rico
  • Invasion of Platycerium sp. in Puerto Rico
  • Pollination biology of Arundina graminifoliaBletia patula, and Oeceoclades maculata in Puerto Rico


Publications

Falcón, W, CS Goldberg, LP Waits, WA Estes-Zumpf, and JL Rachlow. 2011. First record of multiple paternity in the pygmy rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis): Evidence from analysis of 16 microsatellite loci. Western North American Naturalist 71(2): 271-275.

Ackerman, JD, W Falcón, and W Recart. 2011. New Records of naturalized orchids for the Hawaiian Islands. Records of the Hawaiian Biological Survey Occasional Papers 110: 1-4.

Falcón, W, JD Ackerman, W Recart, and C Daehler. 2013. Biology and Impacts of Pacific Island Invasive Species. X. Iguana iguana, the green iguana (Squamata:Iguanidae). Pacific Science 67: 157-186.

Ackerman, J.D., W Falcón, J Molinari, C Vega, I Espino, and AA Cuevas. 2014. Biotic resistance and invasional meltdown: consequences of acquired interspecific interactions for an invasive orchid, Spathoglottis plicata in Puerto Rico. Biological Invasions 16:2435-2447.

Falcón, W, JD Ackerman, and C Daehler. 2012. March of the green iguana: Nonnative distribution and predicted distribution of Iguana iguana (Squamata: Iguanidae) in the Greater Caribbean Region.  IRCF Reptiles and Amphibians 19: 150-160.

Falcón, W, JD Ackerman, and RL Tremblay.  Submitted. Acquired interspecific interactions influence population growth rates of an invasive orchid in Puerto Rico.  To Journal of Ecology.

Falcón, W, and RL Tremblay. In prep. The White-winged invasion: Population ecology and predicted distribution of Brotogeris versicolurus in Puerto Rico.

Falcón, W, and LM Otero. In prep. Testing the Acoustic adaptation Hypothesis: Association between habitat variation and frequency elements in the calls of the common coqui (Eleutherodactylus coqui).


Conference presentations

Falcón, W. 2012. Attended. International Statistical Ecology Conference. Oslo, Norway.

Falcón, W, JD Ackerman, W Recart, and PJ Hernández-García. 2011. Hawai’i and Puerto Rico: A story of shared orchid weeds. Hawai’i Conservation Conference. O’ahu, HI.

Falcón, W, RL Tremblay, and JD Ackerman. 2011. The emerging dominance of Spathoglottis plicata in Puerto Rico. Botany Conference. St. Louis, MO.

Falcón, W, CS Goldberg, LP Waits, WA Estes-Zumpf, and JL Rachlow. 2011. First record of multiple paternity in the pygmy rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis): Evidence from analysis of 16 microsatellite loci. PR-LSAMP 5th Transdisciplinary Conference. San Juan, PR.

Falcón, W, and RL Tremblay. 2011. The White-winged invasion: Population ecology and predicted distribution of Brotogeris versicolurus in Puerto Rico. 31st PRISM. Bayamón, PR.

Falcón, W, W Recart, and JD Ackerman. 2011. Invasive green iguanas (Iguana iguana) on the march: Vulnerability of tropical islands. Tercer Simposio de Herpetología Puertorriqueña. Arecibo, PR.

Recart, W, JD Ackerman, W Falcón and P Hernandez. 2011. Conquering the islands one fruit at a time: Arundina graminifolia (Orchidaceae) visits Puerto Rico and Hawaii. 30th Puerto Rico Interdisciplinary Scientific Meeting. Bayamón, Puerto Rico.

Falcón, W. 2010. Attended. Hawai’i Conservation Conference. O’ahu, HI.

Falcón, W, and RL Tremblay. 2009. Population growth rates and distribution of the nonindigenous Brotogeris versicolurus: Puerto Rican passport granted? Biolief: World Conference on Biological Invasions and Ecosystem Functioning. Porto, Portugal.

Falcón, W, and D Fernández-Del Viso. 2008. Modeling of the predatory-prey interactions between the Puerto Rican Parrot (Amazona vittata) and the Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis). McNair Research Symposium. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Falcón, W, and D Parrila-Hernández. 2006. Using GIS for the management and conservation of a natural reserve. 26th Puerto Rico Interdisciplinary Meeting. Cayey, Puerto Rico.