Books and book chapters

  1. Hunter, M.L., J.P. Gibbs, and V.D. Popescu (2021) Fundamentals of Conservation Biology, 4th edition, Wiley Publishing link
  2. Böhm, M., and V.D. Popescu (2016) Landscape ecology, macroecology and GIS methods. Chapter in C.K. Dodd (ed.) Reptile Ecology and Conservation, Oxford University Press
  3. Popescu, V.D. and M.L. Hunter (2012) Assisted colonization of wildlife species at risk from climate change. Chapter in In J. Brodie, E. Post, D. Doak (eds.) Conserving wildlife populations in a changing climate. University of Chicago Press.
  4. Popescu, V.D. and J.P. Gibbs (2009) Landscape Ecology and GIS methods. Chapter in C.K. Dodd (ed.) Amphibian Ecology and Conservation, Oxford University Press
  5. Popescu, V.D. and J.P. Gibbs (2007) Global Change: will a cold-adapted frog survive in a warmer environment? Chapter in J.P. Gibbs, M.L. Hunter, and E.J. Sterling (eds.) Problem-Solving in Conservation Biology and Wildlife Management, Blackwell Publishing

Peer-reviewed articles (* denotes graduate and undergraduate collaborators)

  1. Popescu, V.D., M. Kenyon*, R. Brown*, M. Dyck*, S. Prange, W. Peterman and C. Dennison (2021). Habitat connectivity and resource selection in an expanding US Midwest bobcat populationPeerJ 9: e12460 link
  2. Popescu, V.D., M.I. Pop, and L. Rozylowicz (2021) Trophy hunting undermines public trust. Science 372: 1049 LP – 1049 download pdf
  3. Dyck., M.*, E. Wyza*, and V.D. Popescu (in press) When carnivores collide: a review of competitive interactions between bobcats (Lynx rufus) and coyotes (Canis latrans). Mammal Review link
  4. Iosif, R., V.D. Popescu, M. Dyck*, and B. Promberger (accepted) Estimating Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) density using camera traps in the Romanian Carpathians. Journal of Mammalogy
  5. Sweeney, M.R.*, C. Thompson*, and V.D. Popescu (2021) Sub-lethal exposure to neonicotinoid pesticide Imidacloprid induces behavioral changes in larval wood frogs (Lithobates sylvaticus). Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 40: 1840-1849 link
  6. Wagner, R.B.*, C. Brune, and V.D. Popescu (2021) Snakes on a lane: Snake road mortality is influenced by land cover and traffic intensity in a road-dense area of US Midwest. Journal for Nature Conservation 61: 125978 link
  7. Thompson, C.M.* and V.D. Popescu (2021) Hydro-period induced carryover responses for survival, growth, and endurance of a pond-breeding amphibian. Oecologia 195: 1071–1081 link
  8. Miu, I.*, L. Rozylowicz, V.D. Popescu and P. Anastasiu (2020) Identification of areas of very high biodiversity value to achieve the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 key commitments. PeerJ 8: e10067 link
  9. Popescu, V.D., R. Munshaw*, N. Shackelford, F. Montesino-Pouzols, W.J. Palen, E. Dubman*, P. Gibeau*, M. Horne, and A. Moilanen (2020) Quantifying biodiversity trade-offs in the face of widespread renewable and unconventional energy development. Scientific Reports 10(1): 7603 link
  10. Iosif, R., M. I. Pop*, L. Rozylowicz , S. Chiriac, R. M. Sandu, L. Berde, S. Szabó, V.D. Popescu (2020) Den structure and selection of denning habitat by brown bears in the Romanian Carpathians. Ursus 31e5: 1-13 link
  11. Wyza, E.*, L. Dollar, L.P. Rahajanirina, V.D. Popescu and N. Stevens (2020) Spatial dynamics and activity patterns of the fosa Cryptoprocta ferox in Ankarafantsika National Park, Madagascar. Oryx 1:10 link
  12. Treves, A., Santiago-Ávila, F.J.*, Popescu, V.D., Paquet, P.C., Lynn, W.S., Darimont, C.T., Artelle, K.A. (2019) Trophy hunting: Insufficient evidence. Science 366: 435 link
  13. Bencin, H.*, C. Rose, S. Prange and V.D. Popescu (2019) Roadkill and space use data predict vehicle-strike hotspots and mortality rates in a recovering bobcat (Lynx rufus) population. Scientific Reports 9: 15391 link
  14. D’Amore, D.*, M. Morris, and V.D. Popescu (2019) Invasive process does not produce ‘invasive syndrome’ in Xiphophorus helleri-maculatus hybrids. Animal Behaviour 156: 79-85 link
  15. Weigand, N.*, R. Wagner*, C. Tonra, and V.D. Popescu (2019) Proximity to highways has limited influence on space use and physiology of terrestrial testudines. European Journal of Wildlife Research 65: 80 link
  16. Popescu, V.D, M.I. Pop*, S. Chiriac, and L. Rozylowicz (2019) Romanian large carnivores at a crossroads. Science 364 (6445): 1041 link
  17. Brodie, B.S., V.D. Popescu, R. Iosif, C. Ciocanea, S. Manolache, G. Vanau, A.A. Gavrilidis, R. Serafim, and L. Rozylowicz (2019) Non-lethal monitoring of longicorn beetle communities using generic pheromone lures and occupancy models. Ecological Indicators 101: 330-340 abstract
  18. Rozylowicz, L., Bodescu F.P., Ciocanea C.M., Gavrilidis A.A., Manolache S., Matache M.L., Miu I.V.*, Moale C., Nita A., and V.D. Popescu (2019) Empirical analysis and modelling of Argos Doppler location errors in Romania. PeerJ 7: e6362 full text
  19. Wood, C., V.D. Popescu, H. Klinck, J. Keane, R. J. Gutierrez, S. Sawyer, F. Atuo, and M.Z. Peery (2019) Detecting small population changes at landscape scales: A bioacoustic-site occupancy framework. Ecological Indicators 98: 492-507 full text (first 2 authors contributed equally)
  20. Rozylowicz, L., A. Nita, S. Manolache*, V.D. Popescu, and T. Hartel (2019) Navigating protected areas networks for improving diffusion of conservation practicesJournal of Environmental Management 230: 413-421 abstract
  21. Miu, I.*, G. Chisamera, V.D. Popescu, R. Iosif, A. Nita, S. Manolache*, V.D. Gavril*, I. Cobzaru and L. Rozylowicz (2018) Conservation priorities for terrestrial mammals in Dobrogea Region, Romania. Zookeys 792: 133-158 full text
  22. Rich, M.*, C. Thompson*, S. Prange, and V.D. Popescu (2018) Relative importance of habitat characteristics and interspecific interactions in determining terrestrial carnivore occurrence. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 6:78 full text
  23. Pop, M.I.*, I. Ruben, I.V. Miu*, S. Chiriac, L. Rozylowicz, and V.D. Popescu (2018) Combining resource selection functions and home range to identify conservation priority habitats for brown bears. Animal Conservation 21: 352-362
  24. Pop., M.I.*, L. Bereczky, S. Chiriac, R. Iosif, A. Nita, V.D. Popescu, and L. Rozylowicz (2018) Movement ecology of brown bears (Ursus arctos) in the Romanian Eastern Carpathians. Nature Conservation 26: 15-31 full text
  25. Nita, A., S. Manolache*, C.M. Ciocanea, V.D. Popescu, and L. Rozylowicz (2018) Power, influence and structure in Natura 2000 governance networks.  Can NGOs make a difference as protected areas administrators in Romania? Journal of Environmental Management 212: 54-64
  26. Popescu, V.D., R. Iosif, M. Pop*, S. Chiriac, G. Bouros, and B.J. Furnas. (2017) Integrating sign surveys and home range data for estimating brown bear (Ursus arctos) density in the Romanian Carpathians. Ecology and Evolution 7: 7134-7144 full text
  27. Rozylowicz, L., A. Nita, S. Manolache*, C.M. Ciocanea, and V.D. Popescu (2017) Recipe for success: A network perspective of partnership in nature conservation. Journal for Nature Conservation 38: 21-29
  28. Nita, A., L. Rozylowicz, S. Manolache*, C. M. Ciocănea, I. V. Miu* and V. D. Popescu (2016) Collaboration networks in LIFE Nature projects across Europe. PLoS ONE 11(10): e0164503 full text
  29. Yang, C, D. A. Schaefer, W. Liu, V. D. Popescu, C. Yang, X. Wang, C. Wu, and D. W. Yu (2016) Higher fungal diversity reduces CO2 emissions from dead wood in a natural forest. Scientific Reports 6: 31066 full text
  30. Popescu, V.D., Artelle, K.*, M. Pop*, S. Manolache, and L. Rozylowicz (2016) Assessing biological realism of wildlife population estimates in data-poor systems. Journal of Applied Ecology 53(4): 1248-1259
  31. Sweitzer, R. A. , V. D. Popescu, R. H. Barrett, C. M. Thompson, K. L. Purcell, G.M. Wengert, M.W. Gabriel, and L.W. Woods (2016) Mortality risks and limits to population growth of Fishers in California. Journal of Wildlife Management 80: 438-451
  32.  Murray, R.*, V.D. Popescu, W. Palen, and P. Govindarajulu (2015) Relative performance of ecological niche and occupancy models for predicting invasions by patchily-distributed species.Biological Invasions 17(9): 2691-2706
  33. Sweitzer, R., V.D. Popescu, K.L. Purcell, C.M. Thompson, and R.H. Barrett (2015) Population size, density, and demography of fishers (Pekania pennanti) in the Sierra National Forest, California. Journal of Mammalogy 96(4): 772-790
  34. Popescu, V.D., L. Rozylowicz, I. Niculae, A. Cucu and T. Hartel (2014) Species, habitats, society: An evaluation of research supporting EU’s Natura 2000 networkPLoS ONE9(11): e113648.full text
  35. Souther, S., M. Tingley, V.D. Popescu, D. Hayman,  T. Graves, M. Ryan, B. Hartl and K. Terrell (2014) Biotic impacts of energy development from shale: Research priorities and knowledge gaps. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment 12(6):330-338 [media coverage: The Guardian (, Vancouver Sun (, NPR] full text 
  36. Popescu, V.D., P. de Valpine and R. Sweitzer (2014) Testing the consistency of wildlife data types before combining them: the case of camera traps and telemetry. Ecology and Evolution 4(7):933-943 full text
  37. Mikoláš, M., M. Svoboda, V. Pouska, R. C. Morrissey, D. C. Donato, W. S. Keeton, T. Nagel, V. D. Popescu, J. Müller, C. Bässler, J. Knorn, L. Rozylowicz, M. C. Enescu, V. Trotsiuk, P. Janda, H. Mrhalová, Z. Michalová, F. Krumm, and D. Kraus (2014) Comment on the “Opinion paper: Forest management and biodiversity”: The role of protected areas is greater than the sum of its number of species. Web Ecology 14: 61-64 full text
  38. Hartel, T., T. Sos, V. D. Popescu, R. I. Băncilă, D. Cogalniceanu, and L. Rozylowicz (2014) Amphibian conservation in traditional cultural landscapes: the case of Central Romania. North-Western Journal of Zoology 10(S1): S51-S61 full text
  39. Eck, B.*, A. Byrne*, D.A. Patrick, V.D. Popescu, and E.B. Harper (2014) Effects of water temperature on larval amphibian predator-prey dynamics. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 9(2):302-308 full text
  40.  Popescu, V.D., A.M. Kissel*, M.M. Pearson, W.J. Palen, P. Govindarajulu, and C.A. Bishop (2013) Defining conservation-relevant habitat selection by the highly imperiled Oregon Spotted Frog, Rana pretiosa. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 8(3): 688-706 full text
  41. Popescu, V.D., L. Rozylowicz, D. Cogalniceanu, I. Niculae, and A. Cucu (2013) Moving into protected areas? Setting priorities for conservation for Romanian reptiles and amphibians at risk from climate change. PLoS ONE 8: e79330 full text
  42. Rozylowicz, L. and V.D. Popescu (2013) Habitat selection and movement ecology of Eastern Hermann’s tortoises in a rural Romanian landscape. European Journal of Wildlife Research 59:47-55 
  43. Iosif, R.*, L. Rozylowicz and V.D. Popescu (2013) Modeling road mortality hotspots for Eastern Hermann’s tortoise in Romania. Amphibia-Reptilia 34:163-172.
  44.  Popescu, V.D., P. de Valpine, D. Tempel*, and M.Z. Peery (2012) Estimating population impacts via dynamic occupancy analysis of Before-After Control-Impact studies. Ecological Applications 22: 1389-1404.
  45. Popescu, V.D., D.A. Patrick, M.L. Hunter, and A.J.K. Calhoun (2012) The role of forest harvesting and subsequent vegetative regrowth in determining patterns of amphibian habitat use. Forest Ecology and Management 270: 163-174.
  46. Patrick, D.A., J.P. Gibbs, V.D. Popescu, and D.A. Nelson (2012) Multi-scale habitat-resistance models for predicting road mortality hotspots for reptiles and amphibians. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 7: 406-427. full text
  47. Patrick, D.A., E.B. Harper, V.D. Popescu, Z. Bozic*, A. Byrne*, J. Daub*, A. LeCheminant*, and J. Pierce*. (2012) The ecology of the Mink Frog, Lithobates septentrionalis, in the Adirondack Park, NY, with notes on conducting experimental research. Herpetological Review 43: 396-397.
  48. Popescu, V.D., B.S. Brodie, M.L. Hunter, and J.D. Zydlewski (2012) Use of olfactory cues by newly metamorphosed wood frogs (L. sylvaticus) during emigration. Copeia 3: 424-431.
  49.  Popescu, V.D. and M.L. Hunter (2011) Clearcutting affects habitat connectivity for a forest amphibian by decreasing permeability to juvenile movements. Ecological Applications 21: 1283–1295.
  50. Rozylowicz, L., V.D. Popescu, M. Patroescu, and G. Chisamera (2011) The potential of large carnivores as conservation surrogates in the Romanian Carpathians. Biodiversity and Conservation 20:561-579
  51. Ioja, C.I., M. Patroescu, L. Rozylowicz, V.D. Popescu, M. Verghelet, M.I. Zotta, and M. Felciuc (2010) The efficacy of Romania’s protected areas network for conserving biodiversity. Biological Conservation 143: 2468-2476.
  52.  Popescu, V.D. and J.P. Gibbs (2009) Interactions between climate, beaver activity, and pond occupancy of the cold-adapted mink frog in New York State, USA. Biological Conservation 142: 2059-2068.

Manuscripts under review and in preparation

  • Yinqiu, J., C.C.M. Baker, V.D. Popescu, J. Wang, C. Wu, Z. Wang, Y. Li, L. Wang, C. Hua, C. Yang, C.C.Y. Xu, Q. Wen, N.E. Pierce, and D.W. Yu (in revision) Large-scale quantification of vertebrate biodiversity from leech iDNA in Ailaoshan Nature Reserve, China. Nature Communications
  • Thompson, C.*, M.R. Sweeney*, and V.D. Popescu (in review) Carryover effects of sublethal exposure to pesticide Imidacloprid and shortened hydroperiod on juvenile wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) fitness and behavior. Journal of Zoology
  • Geue, J.*, P.J. Rotter*, C. Gross, Z. Benko, I. Kovacs, C. Fantana, V.D. Popescu and H.A. Thomassen (in review) Bird species and habitat types have limited use as reciprocal surrogates and are inconsistently represented in the current Natura 2000 network in Romania. Plos ONE
  • Dyck, M.*, R. Iosif, B. Promberger, C. Promberger, and V.D. Popescu (in prep.) Factors influencing large mammal co-occurrence in the Romanian Carpathians
  • Kaunert, M.*, R. Brown, A. Travers*, G. Lipps, V.D. Popescu (in prep.) Survival and habitat selection of head-started Eastern Hellbenders (Cryptobranchus a. alleghaniensis) reintroduced in Ohio streams. 
  • Pop, M.I., M. Dyck*, L. Rozylowicz, and V.D. Popescu (in prep.) Coexisting with bears: Prevalence and predictors of brown bear livestock damage in the Romanian Carpathians.
  • Thompson, C.*, M. Sweeney*, M. Benard, and V.D. Popescu (in prep.) Interactions between pond drying and predator exposure on the fitness and behavior of larval and terrestrial wood frogs 
  • Blakeman, E., V.D. Popescu, C. Scott and B.S. Brodie (in prep.) Harnessing social media to evaluate flies (Diptera) flower foraging and pollen load.
  • Sperry, B., V.D. Popescu, E. Wyza*, S. Porter, R. Wiley, D. Cottrill* (in prep.) Assessment of wildlife-vehicle crash mitigation structures on the U.S. 33 Nelsonville Bypass
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