Montana State University

Jay Rotella

Department of Ecology

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173460
Bozeman, MT 59717-3460

Tel: (406) 994-5676
Fax: (406) 994-3190
Location: 308 Lewis Hall


Chambert, T.C., J.J. Rotella, R.A. Garrott. In Press.  Female Weddell seals show flexible strategies of colony attendance related to varying environmental conditions. Ecology.

Koons, D.N., G. Gunnarsson, J.A. Schmutz, and J.J. Rotella. 2014. Drivers of waterfowl population dynamics: from teal to swans. Wildfowl Special Issue 4:169-191. 

Stauffer, G.E., J.J. Rotella, R.A. Garrott, and W.L. Kendall. 2014. Environmental correlates of temporary emigration for female Weddell seals and consequences for recruitment. Ecology 95:2526-2536.

Péron, G., J. Walker, J.J. Rotella, J.E. Hines, J.D. Nichols. 2014.  Estimating nest abundance while accounting for time-to-event processes and imperfect detection. Ecology 95:2548-2557. 

Chambert, T.C., J.J. Rotella, R.A. Garrott. 2014. An evolutionary perspective on reproductive individual heterogeneity in a marine vertebrate. Journal of Animal Ecology 84:1158-1168.

Johnson, O.W., P.M. Johnson, & J.J. Rotella. 2014. Survival of Pacific Golden-Plovers at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific – an urban wintering ground on Oahu, Hawaiian Islands. Wader Study Group Bulletin 121:18-22.

Chambert, T., J.J. Rotella, and M.D. Higgs.  2014. Use of posterior predictive checks as an inferential tool for investigating individual heterogeneity in animal population vital rates. Ecology & Evolution 4:1389-1397.

Cutting, K., K.A. Hobson, J.J. Rotella, J.M. Warren, J.Y. Takekawa, S.E.W. DeLa Cruz, and M. Parker.  2014. Relative contributions of lipid sources to eggs of lesser scaup. J. Avian Biology 45:197-201. 

Walker, J., J.J. Rotella, S.E. Stephens, M.S. Lindberg, J.K. Ringelman, C.M. Hunter, and A.J. Smith. 2013. Time-lagged variation in pond density and primary productivity affects duck nest survival in the Prairie Pothole Region. Ecological Applications 23:1061-1074.

Chambert, T., J.J. Rotella, M.D. Higgs, and R.A. Garrott. 2013. Individual heterogeneity in reproductive rates and cost of reproduction in a long-lived vertebrate. Ecology and Evolution 3:2047-2060.

Stauffer, G.E., J.J. Rotella, and R.A. Garrott. 2013. Birth-year and current-year influences on survival and recruitment rates of female Weddell seals. Population Ecology 55:405-415.

Walker, J., J.J. Rotella, C, Loesch, R.W. Renner, J.K. Ringelman, M.S. Lindberg, R. Dell, and K.E. Doherty.  2013.  An integrated strategy for grassland easement acquisition in the Prairie Pothole Region, USA. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 4:267-279.

Oliveria-Filho, A., D. Cardoso, B. Schrire, G. Lewis, T. Pennington, T.J. Brummer, J. Rotella, and M. Lavin. 2013. Stability structures tropical woody plant diversity more than seasonality: Insights into the ecology of high legume-succulent-plant biodiversity. South African Journal of Botany 89:42-57.

Oliveria-Filho, A., R. T. Pennington, J. Rotella, M. Lavin. 2013. Exploring evolutionarily meaningful vegetation definitions in the tropics: a community phylogenetic approach. Pages 239-260 in D.A. Coomes, D.F.R.P. Burslem, and W.D. Simonson, eds.  Forests and Global Change. Cambridge University Press, UK.

Stauffer, G.E., J.J. Rotella, and R.A. Garrott. 2013. Variability in temporary emigration rates of individually marked female Weddell seals prior to first reproduction. Oecologia 172:129-140.

Walker, J., J.J. Rotella, J.S. Schmidt, C.R. Loesch, R.E. Reynolds, M.S. Lindberg, J.K. Ringelman, S.E. Stephens. 2013. Distribution of duck broods relative to habitat characteristics in the Prairie Pothole Region. Journal of Wildlife Management 77:392-404.

Cam, E., O. Gimenez, R. Alpizar-Jara, L.M. Aubry, M. Authier, E.G. Cooch, D.N. Koons, W.A. Link, J.-Y. Monnat, J.D. Nichols, J.J. Rotella, J.A. Royle, R.Pradel. 2013. Looking for a needle in a haystack: inference about individual fitness components in a heterogeneous population. Oikos 122:739-753. 

Chambert, T.C., J.J. Rotella, R.A. Garrott. 2012.  Environmental extremes versus ecological extremes: Impact of a massive iceberg on the population dynamics of a high-level Antarctic marine predator.  Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 279:4532-4541.

Wilson,M.W., B. O'Donhughe, B. O'Mahony, C. Cullen, T. O'Donohughe, G. Oliver,G. B. Ryan, P. Troake, S. Irwin, T.C. Kelly, J.J.  Rotella, and J. O'Halloran.  2012. Mismatches between breeding success and habitat preferences in Hen Harriers Circus cyaneus breeding in forested landscapes. Ibis 154:578-589. 

Rotella, J.J., W.A. Link, T. Chambert, G.E. Stauffer, and R.A. Garrott.  2012. Evaluating the demographic buffering hypothesis with vital rates estimated for Weddell seals from 30 years of mark-recapture data.  Journal of Animal Ecology 81:162-173.

Garrott, R.A., J.J. Rotella, D.B. Siniff, C.L. Parkinson, and G.E. Stauffer.  2012. Environmental variation and cohort effects in an Antarctic predator.  Oikos 121:1027-1040.

Cutting, K.A., K.A. Hobson, J.J. Rotella, J.M. Warren, S.E. Wainwright-de la Cruz, and J.Y. Takekawa.  2011.  Endogenous contributions to egg protein formation in lesser scaup. Journal of Avian Biology 42:505-513.

Saab, V.A., R.E. Russell, J. J. Rotella, and J.G. Dudley.  2011.  Modeling nest survival of cavity-nesting birds in relation to postfire salvage logging.  Journal of Wildlife Management 75:794-804.

Sawaya, M.A., T.K. Ruth, S. Creel, J.J. Rotella, J.B. Stetz, H.B. Quigley, and S.T. Kalinowski.  2011. Evaluation of noninvasive genetic sampling methods for cougars in Yellowstone National Park.  Journal of Wildlife Management 75:612-622.

LaRue, M.A., J.J. Rotella, R.A. Garrott, D.B. Siniff, D. Ainley, G.E. Stauffer, C.C. Porter, and P.J. Morin.  2011.  Satellite imagery can be used to detect spatial and temporal variation in abundance of Weddell seals (Leptonychotes weddellii) in Erebus Bay, Antarctica.  Polar Biology 34:1727-1737.

Proffitt, K.M., J.J. Rotella, and R.A. Garrott.  2010.  Effects of pup age, maternal age, and birth date on pre-weaning survival of Weddell seals in Erebus Bay, Antarctica.  Oikos 119:1255-1264.

Creel, S. & J.J. Rotella. 2010. Meta-analysis of relationships between human offtake, total mortality and population dynamics of gray wolves (Canis lupus). PLoS One 5(9):e12918. 

McMahon, T., J. Robison-Cox, J. Rotella, T. Horton, and B. Kerans. 2010. Trout population responses to whirling disease epizootics in Montana rivers. Pages 195-202 in Proceedings of the Wild Trout X Symposium, Sept 2010, West Yellowstone, MT.

Rotella, Jay J., William A. Link, James D. Nichols, Gillian L. Hadley, Robert A. Garrott, and Kelly M. Proffitt.  2009.  An evaluation of density-dependent and -independent influences on population growth rates in Weddell seals.  Ecology 90:975-984.

Russell, R.E., V.A. Saab, J.J. Rotella, and J.G. Dudley.  2009.  Detection probabilities of woodpecker nests in mixed conifer forests in Oregon. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 121:82-88.

Garrott, R.A., P.J. White, and J.J. Rotella.  2009.  The Madison Headwaters elk herd: stability
in an inherently variable environment.  Chapter 11 in R.A. Garrott, P.J. White, and F.G.R. Watson, editors, The Ecology of Large Mammals in Central Yellowstone: Sixteen Years of Integrated Field Studies.  Volume 3 in the Academic Press Terrestrial Ecology Series, San Diego, CA. 

Garrott, R.A., P.J. White, and J.J. Rotella.  2009.  The Madison Headwaters elk herd: transitioning from bottom–up regulation to top–down limitation.  Chapter 23 in R.A. Garrott, P.J. White, and F.G.R. Watson, editors, The Ecology of Large Mammals in Central Yellowstone: Sixteen Years of Integrated Field Studies.  Volume 3 in the Academic Press Terrestrial Ecology Series, San Diego, CA. 

D.W. Howerter, J.J. Rotella, M.G. Anderson, L.M. Armstrong, and J.H. Devries.  2008. Mallard nest-site selection in an altered environment: Predictions and patterns.  Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution 54:437-460.

Warren, J., J.J. Rotella, J. Thompson.  2008.  Contrasting effects of cattle grazing intensity on upland-nesting duck production at nest and field scales in the Aspen Parkland, Canada.  Avian Conservation and Ecology - Écologie et conservation des oiseaux 3(2):6 [15 pages online].

Proffitt, K.M., R.A. Garrott, and J.J. Rotella. 2008. Variation in offspring sex ratio among individual Weddell seal females of different quality.  Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 62:1679-1687.

Proffitt, K.M., R.A. Garrott, and J.J. Rotella. 2008. Long-term evaluation of body mass at weaning and post-weaning survival rates of Weddell seals in Erebus Bay, Antarctica. Marine Mammal Science 24:677-689.

Rotella, J.J. 2008.  Estimating reproductive costs with multi-state mark recapture models, multiple observable states, and temporary emigration.  Pages 157-174 in: Thompson, D. L., E.G. Cooch, and M.J. Conroy (Eds.).  Modeling demographic processes in marked populations. Monograph Series in Environmental and Ecological Statistics, Vol. 3.  Springer.

Hadley, G.L., J.J. Rotella, and R.A. Garrott.  2008.  Spatial variation in age-specific probabilities of first reproduction for Weddell seals.  Oikos 117:1165-1174.

Proffitt, K.M., R.A. Garrott, J.J. Rotella, and S. Lele. 2008. Using form analysis techniques to improve photogrammetric mass-estimation methods. Marine Mammal Science 24:147-158.

Siniff, D.B., R. A. Garrott, J.J. Rotella, W.R. Fraser, and D.G. Ainley.  2008.  Projecting the effects of environmental change on Antarctic seals.  Antarctic Science 20:425-435.

Proffitt, K.M., R.A. Garrott, J.J. Rotella, and K.E. Wheatley.  2007.  Environmental and senescent related variations in Weddell seal body mass: implications for age-specific reproductive performance.  Oikos 116:1683-1690.

Hadley, G.L., J.J. Rotella, and R.A. Garrott.  2007.   Evaluation of reproductive costs for Weddell Seals in Erebus Bay, Antarctica.  Journal of Animal Ecology 76:448-458.

Proffitt, K. M., R. A. Garrott, J. J. Rotella,  D. B. Siniff, and J. W. Testa.  2007.  Exploring linkages between abiotic oceanographic processes and a top-trophic predator in an Antarctic ecosystem. Ecosystems 10:119-126.

Hadley, G.L., J.J. Rotella, and R.A. Garrott.  2007.  Influence of maternal characteristics and oceanographic conditions on survival and recruitment probabilities of Weddell seals. Oikos 116:601-613.

Proffitt, K. M., R. A. Garrott, J. J. Rotella, and J. Banfield.  2007.  The importance of considering prediction variance in analyses using photogrammetric mass estimates.  Marine Mammal Science 23:65-76.

Moynahan, B.J., M.S. Lindberg, J. J. Rotella, and J.W. Thomas. 2007.  Factors affecting nest survival of greater sage-grouse in northcentral Montana.  Journal of Wildlife Management 71:1773-1783.

Rotella, J.J.  2007.  Modeling nest-survival data: recent improvements and future directions.  Studies in Avian Biology 34:145-148.

Rotella, J.J., M.L. Taper, S.E. Stephens, M.S. Lindberg.  2007.  Extending methods for modeling heterogeneity in nest-survival data using generalized mixed models.  Studies in Avian Biology 34:34-44.

Sturdivant, R.X., J.J. Rotella, R.E. Russell.  2007.  A smoothed residual based goodness-of-fit statistic for nest-survival models.  Studies in Avian Biology 34:45-54.

Hadley, G.L., J.J. Rotella, R.A. Garrott, and J.D. Nichols. 2006.  Variation in probability of first reproduction of Weddell seals.  Journal of Animal Ecology 75:1058-1070.

Koons, D. N., J. J. Rotella, D. W. Willey, M. Taper, R. G. Clark, S. Slattery, R. W. Brook, R. M. Corcoran, and J. R. Lovvorn. 2006. Lesser Scaup population dynamics: what can be learned from available data?. Avian Conservation and Ecology - Écologie et conservation des oiseaux 1(3):6 [online].

Russell, R. E., V. A. Saab, J. Dudley, and J. J. Rotella.  2006.  Snag longevity in relation to wildfire and postfire salvage logging.  Forest Ecology and Management 232:179-187.

Ireland, D., R. A. Garrott, J. J. Rotella, and J. Banfield.  2006.  Development and application of a mass-estimation method for Weddell seals.  Marine Mammal Science 22:361-378.

Stephens, S.E., J. J. Rotella, M.S. Lindberg, M.L. Taper, and J.K. Ringelman.  2005. Duck nest survival in the Missouri Coteau of North Dakota: landscape effects at multiple spatial scales. Ecological Applications 15:2137-2149

Sedinger, J., and J. Rotella. 2005. Effect of harvest on sage-grouse Centrocercus urophasianuspopulations: what can we learn from the current data? Wildlife Biology 11:371-375.

Rotella, J.J., and J.E. Hines.  2005.  Effects of tag loss on direct estimates of population growth rate.  Ecology 86:821-827.

Rotella, J.J., S. J. Dinsmore, T.L. Shaffer.  2004.  Modeling nest-survival data: a comparison of recently developed methods that can be implemented in MARK and SAS.  Animal Biodiversity and Conservation 27:187-204.

Walker, J., S.S. Stephens, M.S. Lindberg, and J.J. Rotella.  2004.  Duck nesting success in North Dakota road rights-of-way: are all small grassland patches ecological traps?  Prairie Naturalist 36:1-10.

Koons, D.N., and J.J. Rotella. 2003. Have lesser scaup, Aythya affinis, reproductive rates declined in parkland Manitoba? Canadian Field Naturalist 117:582-588.

Rotella, J.J., R.G. Clark, and A.A. Afton.  2003.  Survival of female Lesser Scaup: effects of body size, age, and reproductive effort.  Condor 105:340-351.

Stephens, S.S, D.N. Koons, J.J. Rotella, and D. W. Willey.  2003.  Effects of habitat fragmentation on avian nesting success: a review of the evidence at multiple spatial scales.  Biological Conservation 115:101-110.

Creel S., G. Spong, J.L. Sands, J.J. Rotella, J.L. Zeigle, K. Murphy, and D. Smith.  2003.  Population size estimation in Yellowstone wolves with error-prone noninvasive microsatellite genotypes.  Molecular Ecology 12:2003-2009.

Koons D.N., and J.J. Rotella. 2003.  Comparative nesting success of sympatric Lesser Scaup and ring-necked duck.  Journal of Field Ornithology 74:222-229.

Garrott, R.A., L.L. Eberhardt, P.J. White, and J. J. Rotella.  2003.  Climate-induced variation in vital rates of an unharvested large-herbivore population.  Canadian Journal of Zoology 81:1-13.

Podruzny, K.M., J.H. Devries, L. Armstrong, and J.J. Rotella.  2002.  Long-term responses of northern pintails to wetlands and agriculture in the Canadian prairie parklands.  Journal of Wildlife Management 66:993-1010.

Lavin, M.L., M.F Wojiciechowski, A. Richman, J.J. Rotella, M.J. Sanderson, and A.B. Metos.  2002.  Identifying Tertiary radiations of Fabaceae in the Greater Antilles: alternatives to cladistic vicariance analysis.  International Journal of Plant Sciences 162(6 Suppl.):S53-S76.

Hansen A.J. and J.J. Rotella. 2002.  Rural Development and Biodiversity: A Case Study from Greater Yellowstone.  Levitt, J. ed. Conservation in the Internet Age.  Island Press. New York, NY.

Hansen A.J. and J.J. Rotella. 2002.  Regional source-sink dynamics and the vulnerability of species to extinction in nature reserves.  Conservation Biology 16:1112-1122.

Hansen, A.J., R. Rasker, B. Maxwell, J.J. Rotella, J. Johnson, A. Wright, U. Langner, W.B. Cohen, R.L. Lawrence, and M.P.V. Kraska.  2002.  Ecology and Socioeconomics in the New West: A Case Study from Greater Yellowstone.  BioScience 52:151-162.

Johnson, O.W., P.L. Bruner, J.J. Rotella, P.M. Johnson, and A.E. Bruner.  2001.  Long-term study of apparent survival in pacific golden-plovers at a wintering ground on Oahu, Hawaiian Islands .  Auk 118:342-351.

Hansen, A.J. and J.J. Rotella. 2001. Nature Reserves and Land Use: Implications of the "Place" Principle. In Dale, V. and R. Haeuber, eds. Applying Ecological Principles to Land Management. Springer Verlag, New York, NY.  In Press.

Rotella, J.J., M.L. Taper, and A.J. Hansen.  2000.  Correcting nesting success estimates for possible observer effects: maximum likelihood estimates of daily survival rates with reduced bias.  Auk 117:92-109.

Hansen, A.J., and J.J. Rotella.  2000.  Bird response to forest fragmentation.  Pp. 201-219 in R. L. Knight, F.W. Smith, S.W. Buskirk, W.H. Romme, and W.L. Baker, eds.  Forest Fragmentation in the Southern Rocky Mountains. University Press of Colorado, Boulder, CO.

Rotella, J.R., E.M. Madden, and A.J. Hansen.  1999.  Sampling considerations for estimating abundance of passerines in grasslands. In Ecology and Conservation of Grassland Birds in the Western Hemisphere (P. Vickery and J. Herkert, eds.).  Studies in Avian Biology 19:237-243.

Hansen, A.J., and J.J. Rotella.  1999.  Environmental gradients and biodiversity.  Pp. 161-209 in M. Hunter, ed.  Managing forests for biodiversity.  Cambridge University Press, London, U.K.

Hansen, A.J., A. Gallant, J.J. Rotella, D. Brown. 1999.  Natural and human drivers of biodiversity in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Pgs. 61-70 in Land use history of North America: Providing a context for understanding environmental change. T. Sisk, (ed.),  Biological Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey, Washington, D.C.

Hansen, A.J., J.J. Rotella, M.L. Kraska, and D. Brown.  1999.  Dynamic habitat and population analysis: An approach to resolve the biodiversity manger’s dilemma.  Ecological Applications 9:1459-1476.

Bacon, L.M., and J.J. Rotella.  1998. Breeding ecology of Interior Least Terns on the unregulated Yellowstone River, Montana. J. Field Ornithol. 69:391-401.

Bousquet, K.R., and J.J. Rotella.  1998.  Reproductive success of sharp-tailed grouse in central Montana.  Prairie Naturalist.  30:63-70.

Butler, M.A., and J.J. Rotella.  1998. Validity of using artificial nests to assess duck-nest success.  J. Wildl. Manage. 62:163-171.

Clawson, M.R., and J.J. Rotella. 1998. Success of artificial nests in CRP fields, native vegetation, and field borders in southwestern Montana. J. Field Ornith. 69:180-191.

Hansen, A.J., and J.R. Rotella. 1998.  Environmental gradients and biodiversity. Chapter in Managing Forests for Biodiversity (M. Hunter, ed.).  Cambridge University Press.

Zelenak, J.R., and J.J. Rotella. 1997.  Nest success and productivity of ferruginous hawks in northern Montana. Can. J. Zool. 75:1035-1041.

Zelenak, J.R., J.J. Rotella, and A.R. Harmata. 1997. Post-fledging survival of juvenile ferruginous hawks in north-central Montana. Can. J. Zool. 75:152-156.

Mitchell, C.D., and J.J. Rotella. 1997. Brood amalgamation of trumpeter swans. Wildfowl 48:1-5.

Rotella, J.J., J. T. Ratti, K.P. Reese, M.L. Taper, and B. Dennis. 1996. Long-term-population analysis of gray partridge in eastern Washington. J. Wildl. Manage. 60:817-825.

Rotella, J. J., J. H. Devries, and D. W. Howerter. 1995. Evaluation of methods for estimating density of breeding female mallards. J. Field Ornithol. 66:391 399.

Rotella, J. J., D. W. Howerter, T. P Sankowski, and J. H. Devries. 1993. Nesting effort by wild mallards with three types of radio transmitters. J. Wildl. Manage. 57:690 695.

Amold, T. W. M. D. Sorenson, and J. J. Rotella. 1993. Relative success of overwater and upland mallard nests in southwestern Manitoba. J. Wildl. Manage. 57:578 581.

Rotella, J. J., and J. T. Ratti. 1992. Mallard brood movements and wetland selection in southwestern Manitoba. J. Wildl. Manage. 56:508 515. 

Rotella, J. J., and J. T. Ratti. 1992. Mallard brood survival and wetland habitat conditions in southwestern Manitoba. J. Wildl. Manage. 56:499 507.

Rotella, J. J., and J. T. Ratti. 1990. Reducing nest abandonment in nest trapped dabbling ducks with methoxyflurane. J. Wildl. Manage. 54:627 628.

Ratti, J. T., and J. J. Rotella. 1989. Test of a density index assumption for gray partridge: a reply. J. Wildl. Manage. 53:1133 1134.

Rotella, J. J., and J. T. Ratti. 1988. Seasonal variation in gray partridge vocal behavior. Condor 90:304 310.

Rotella, J. J., and J. T. Ratti. 1986. Test of a critical density index assumption: a case study with gray partridge. J. Wildl. Manage. 50:532 539.

Updated: 12/01/2014