NYCEP Alumnus Profile

Kimberly Williams-Guillen

Assistant Professor School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences University of Washington


B.A. 1995, University of California, Santa Cruz M.A. 1998, New York University M.Phil. 2000, New York University Ph.D. 2003, New York University




Overview of Research

My main research interests involve the role of matrix habitats (i.e., the usually degraded or human-managed lands beyond protected areas) in mammal conservation in the Neotropics.  I am currently an NSF Minority Postdoctoral Fellow (based at the University of Michigan and University of Washington).  I am working with Dr. Ivette Perfecto on questions of biodiversity and its ecological function in agricultural systems in Central America.  Dr. Perfecto and her research group have studied many aspects of invertebrate and bird biodiversity in shade coffee plantations; however, there are few similar studies of the diversity and structure of mammalian assemblages in such agroforests, and even less information on the effects of mammals on agroecosystems.  I am working with her research group on a three-year investigation of bats in shade coffee plantations of Chiapas, Mexico.   My research considers both the relationship between management intensity and bat assemblage structure and the effects of bat predation on arthropod populations and levels of herbivory in agroecosystems.


Griffith, D.M., Williams-Guillén, K., J. Polisar, O. Dixon, K. Bauman, and C. Asa.  In review.  Abundancia relativa de animales de caza en diferentes zonas de uso del suelo en un territorio indígena de BOSAWAS.  Revista Nicaraguense de Biodiversidad.

Williams-Guillén, K., and I. Perfecto.  In press.  Effects of agricultural intensification on the assemblage of leaf-nosed bats (Phyllostomidae) in a coffee landscape in Chiapas, Mexico.  Biotropica.

Williams-Guillén, K. 2008.  Bats and birds: a potent team for coffee plantations.  BATS:26(2):4-5.

Williams-Guillén, K., I. Perfecto, and J. Vandermeer.  2008.  Bats limit insects in a tropical agroforestry system.  Science 320:70. 

Williams-Guillén, K., D.M. Griffith, J. Polisar, O. Dixon, G.R. Camilo, and K. Bauman.  2006.  Abundancia de animales de caza y características de cacería en el territorio indígena de Kipla Sait Tasbaika, reserva de biósfera BOSAWAS.  WANI 46:37-61. 

Williams-Guillén, K., C. McCann, J.C. Martínez-Sánchez, and F. Koontz.  2006.  Resource availabillity and habitat use by mantled howling monkeys in a Nicaraguan shade coffee plantation.  Animal Conservation 9:331-338. 

Williams-Guillén, K., D.M. Griffith, J. Polisar, O. Dixon, G.R. Camily, and K. Bauman.  2006.  Poblaciones de Animales Silvestres y Sostenabilidad de la Caza en Kipla Sait Tasbaika, BOSAWAS, Nicaragua.  Zoológico de San Luis, Proyecto Biodiversidad de la Reserva BOSAWAS, Managua, Nicaragua.

McCann, C., K. Williams-Guillén, F. Koontz, A. Roque, J. Martinez, and C. Koontz.  2003.  Shade coffee plantations as wildlife refuge for mantled howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata) in Nicaragua.  In Primates in Fragments, ed. L. Marsh.  New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, pp. 321-341.

Williams-Guillén, K.  2003.  The Behavioral Ecology of Mantled Howling Monkeys (Alouatta palliata) Living in a Nicaraguan Shade Coffee Plantation.  Ph.D. Thesis, New York University. 

Williams-Guillén, K., C. McCann, and E. Dierenfeld.  2003.  Food selection by mantled howling monkeys (Alouatta palliata) in a shade coffee plantation: resource abundance and nutrient content.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Suppl. 36:226-227.

Williams-Guillén, K., and C. McCann.  2002.  Composición y fenología de la comunidad de árboles en el cafetal con sombra de la hacienda La Luz, Volcán Mombacho, Nicaragua.  Revista Protección Vegetal (Universidad de El Salvador), Ano 12, No. 2:31-38.

Williams-Guillén, K., and C. McCann.  2002.  Ranging behavior of Nicaraguan howling monkeys (Alouatta palliata) as evidence for within-group competition.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Suppl. 34:166.

Williams-Guillén, K., and C. McCann.  2001.  Ranging behavior of howling monkeys (Alouatta palliata) in Mombacho Volcano, Nicaragua: a GIS-based approach.  American Journal of Primatology 54:70-71.