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Dr. Angelo Capparella

Associate Professor Emeritus
School of Biological Sciences
Science Laboratory Building - SLB 419
  • About
  • Education
  • Awards & Honors
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Teaching Interests & Areas

Avian Biology, Conservation Biology, Human Ecology, Systematic Biology

Research Interests & Areas

Avian Systematics/Biogeography/Conservation, Wind Tubine Impacts on Bats, Central Illinois Herps Biogeography/Conservation

Post-Doc Ornithology: Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow

American Museum of Natural History
New York City

Ph D Zoology/Systematics and Evolutionary Biology Program

Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA

MA Museum Science

Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX

BA Zoology & Geology (Double Major)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC


American Ornithologists' Union

Book Review

Capparella, A.P. 1990. Book review of "Thunderbirds! The Living Legend of Giant Birds" by Mark Hall. Cryptozoology. 9:94-96.

Conference Proceeding

Capparella, A.P. 1991. Neotropical avian diversity and riverine barriers. Acta Congressus Internationalis Ornithologici. 30:307-316.
Capparella, A.P. 1988. Genetic variation in Neotropical birds: implications for the speciation process. Acta Congressus Internationalis Ornithologici. 19:1658-1664.

Journal Article

Hager, S., Cosentino, B., Aguilar-Gómez, M., Anderson, M., Bakermans, M., Boves, T., Brandes, D., Butler, M., Butler, E., Cagle, N., Calderón-Parra, R., Capparella, A., Chen, A., Cipollini, K., Conkey, A., Contreras, T., Cooper, R., Corbin, C., Curry, R., Dosch, J., Drew, M., Dyson, K., Foster, C., Francis, C., Fraser, E., Furbush, R., Hagemeyer, N., Hopfensperger, K., Klem Jr., D., Lago, E., Lahey, A., Lamp, K., Lewis, G., Loss, S., Machtans, C., Madosky, J., Maness, T., McKay, K., Menke, S., Muma, K., Ocampo-Peñuela, N., O'Connell, T., Ortega-Álvarez, R., Pitt, A., Puga-Caballero, A., Quinn, J., Varian-Ramos, C., Riding, C., Roth, A., Saenger, P., Schmitz, R., Schnurr, J., Simmons, M., Smith, A., Sokoloski, D., Vigliotti, J., Walters, E., Walters, L., Weir, J., Winnett-Murray, K., Withey, J., & Zuria, I. Continent-wide analysis of how urbanization affects bird-window collision mortality in North America. Biological Conservation 212 (2017): 209-215.
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.
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.
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.


Continued development of eDNA monitoring for giant salamanders. 8th Hellbender Symposium. (2017)
¿Cómo afecta la urbanización la mortalidad de las aves que colisionan con ventanas en América del Norte?. XV Congreso para el Estudio y Conservación de las Aves de México. (2017)
I-View: An Interactive Web-viewer of All Protected Natural Land in Illinois. 2016 Annual Meeting of the Prairie State Conservation Coalition. Prairie State Conservation Coalition. (2016)
Urbanization Shapes the Effect of Building Size on Bird-window Collisions. North American Ornithological Conference. (2016)
A Preliminary Assessment of the Building and Landscape Factors Influencing Bird-window Collisions in North America With a Focus on Fish and Wildlife Region 3 - Midwest. Midwest Landbird Migration Monitoring Network. (2015)
Estimating Geographic Extents of Source Populations of Eastern Red and Hoary Bats Killed at a Central Illinois Wind Facility. North America Joint Bat Working Group. (2015)
Gap Analysis of Illinois Local Conservation Land Trusts. 2014 Annual Meeting of the Prairie State Conservation Coalition. Prairie State Conservation Coalition. (2014)
Using Stable Hydrogen Isotopes and GARP to Estimate Geographic Extents of Source Populations of Tree Bats Killed at a Central Illinois Wind Facility. 94th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists. American Society of Mammalogists. (2014)
Determining Deuterium Ratios in Bat Hair and Claw Tissues: Implications for Bat Migration Studies. The Wildlife Society 20th Annual Conference. The Wildlife Society. (2013)
Gap Analysis of Illinois Conservation Land Trusts: Progress to Date. Prairie State Conservation Coalition Annual Meeting. Prairie State Conservation Coalition. (2013)

Grants & Contracts

Acquisition of Hayes Woods along the Mackinaw River. Grand Victoria Foundation. Private. (2017)
Acquisition of Hayes Woods along the Mackinaw River. Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. Private. (2017)
Connecting Protected Natural Lands Throughout Illinois: Comprehensive Mapping Project for the Prairie State Conservation Coalition. Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. Private. (2015)
Community Stewardship Challenge Grant for Natural Areas of ParkLands Foundation. Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. Private. (2014)
Ecological Assessment and Restoration of the ISU Environmental Learning Laboratory. Illinois State University Student Sustainability Fund. Illinois State University. (2012)