Viviana Ruiz Gutierrez
Assistant Director, Center for Avian Population Studies • Program Leader, Conservation Science
Applied Population Ecology • Conservation Science • Quantitative Ecology • Tropical Ecology and Conservation
My research focus is to work at the interface between science and application to deepen our understanding of the social and environmental factors that shape where and when species occur on a given landscape to improve decision-making and conservation. My research group works on developing and applying novel quantitative modeling techniques to understand how human drivers of land-use change (e.g. agriculture) affect biodiversity using birds as indicators. We work collaboratively with practitioners, decision-makers, stakeholders, and local communities to design research that supports the development and implementation of strategies that reconcile biodiversity conservation, sustainable development, and human well-being.
Postdoctoral Research, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University
Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University
B.S., Tropical Biology, Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica
Sharp, A., C. Rushing, A. Contina, V. Ruiz-Gutierrez, S. Sillett, E. Bridge, E. Besozzi, J. Muller, J. Kelly, and A. Given (2022). Spatial and temporal scale-dependence of the strength of migratory connectivity in a North American passerine
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Robinson, O. J., J. B. Socolar, E. F. Stuber, T. Auer, A. J. Berryman, P. H. Boersch-Supan, D. J. Brightsmith, A. H. Burbidge, S. H. M. Butchart, C. L. Davis, A. M. Dokter, et al. (2022). Extreme uncertainty and unquantifiable bias do not inform population sizes
. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 119:e2113862119.
Lello-Smith, A., A. D. Rodewald, V. H. Ramos, K. V. Rosenberg, and V. Ruiz-Gutierrez (2022). Repeated burning undermines the value of regenerating cattle pastures for tropical forest birds
. Biological Conservation 271:109593.
Stuber, E. F., O. J. Robinson, E. R. Bjerre, M. C. Otto, B. A. Millsap, G. S. Zimmerman, M. G. Brasher, K. M. Ringelman, A. M. V. Fournier, A. Yetter, J. E. Isola, and V. Ruiz-Gutierrez (2022). The potential of semi-structured citizen science data as a supplement for conservation decision-making: Validating the performance of eBird against targeted avian monitoring efforts
. Biological Conservation 270:109556.
Rushing, C. S., A. M. Van Tatenhove, A. Sharp, V. Ruiz-Gutierrez, M. C. Freeman, P. W. Sykes, A. M. Given, and T. S. Sillett (2021). Integrating tracking and resight data enables unbiased inferences about migratory connectivity and winter range survival from archival tags
. Ornithological Applications 123:duab010.
Ruiz-Gutierrez, V., E. R. Bjerre, M. C. Otto, G. S. Zimmerman, B. A. Millsap, D. Fink, E. F. Stuber, M. Strimas, and O. J. Robinson (2021). A pathway for citizen science data to inform policy: A case study using eBird data for defining low‐risk collision areas for wind energy development. Journal of Applied Ecology 58:1104–1111.
Lees, A. C., K. V. Rosenberg, V. Ruiz-Gutierrez, S. Marsden, T. S. Schulenberg, and A. D. Rodewald (2020). A roadmap to identifying and filling shortfalls in Neotropical ornithology. The Auk 137:ukaa048.
Robinson, O. J., V. Ruiz-Gutierrez, M. D. Reynolds, G. H. Golet, M. E. Strimas-Mackey, and D. Fink (2020). Integrating citizen science data with expert surveys increases accuracy and spatial extent of species distribution models. Diversity and Distributions 26:976–986.
McNeil, D. J., A. D. Rodewald, O. J. Robinson, C. J. Fiss, K. V. Rosenberg, V. Ruiz-Gutierrez, K. R. Aldinger, A. A. Dhondt, S. Petzinger, and J. L. Larkin (2020). Regional abundance and local breeding productivity explain occupancy of restored habitats in a migratory songbird
. Biological Conservation 245:108463.
Kelling, S., A. Johnston, A. Bonn, D. Fink, V. Ruiz-Gutierrez, R. Bonney, M. Fernandez, W. M. Hochachka, R. Julliard, R. Kraemer, and R. Guralnick (2019). Using Semistructured Surveys to Improve Citizen Science Data for Monitoring Biodiversity
. BioScience 69:170–179.
Robinson, O. J., V. Ruiz-Gutierrez, D. Fink, R. J. Meese, M. Holyoak, and E. G. Cooch (2019). [In press] Using citizen science data in integrated population models to inform conservation decision-making. Biological Conservation.
Ortega-Alvarez, R., J. Zuñiga-Vega, V. Ruiz-Gutierrez, E. Berrones Nebites, I. Medina Mena, and F. Ramirez Felipe (2019). [In press] Improving the sustainability of working landscapes in Latin America: An application of community-based monitoring data on bird populations to inform management guidelines. Forest Ecology and Management.
Freeman, B. G., M. N. Scholer, V. Ruiz-Gutierrez, and J. W. Fitzpatrick (2018). Climate change causes upslope shifts and mountaintop extirpations in a tropical bird community
. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115:11982–11987.
Robinson, O. J., V. Ruiz-Gutierrez, D. Fink, R. J. Meese, M. Holyoak, and E. G. Cooch (2018). Using citizen science data in integrated population models to inform conservation
. Biological Conservation 227:361–368.
Dokter, A. M., A. Farnsworth, D. Fink, V. Ruiz-Gutierrez, W. M. Hochachka, F. A. La Sorte, O. J. Robinson, K. V. Rosenberg, and S. Kelling (2018). Seasonal abundance and survival of North America's migratory avifauna determined by weather radar
. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2:1603–1609.
La Sorte, F. A., D. Fink, P. J. Blancher, A. D. Rodewald, V. Ruiz-Gutierrez, K. V. Rosenberg, W. M. Hochachka, P. H. Verburg, and S. Kelling (2017). Global change and the distributional dynamics of migratory bird populations wintering in Central America
. Global Change Biology 23:5284–5296.