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Dr. Christopher Norment


Dr. Christopher Norment
Professor and Chairman
PhD, University of Kansas
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Telephone: (585) 395-5748, Fax (585) 395-5969
119 Lennon Hall

Curriculum Vitae

NEWS ALERT.... Norment Nominated for Writing Award!

Read an excerpt and reviews of Chris Norment's new book!

Undergraduate Courses:

Wildlife Ecology (ENV 406), Ornithology (ENV 430), Conservation Biology (ENV 439), Herpetology (ENV 440), Mammalogy (ENV 459), Global Environmental Issues (ENV 462), Field Biology (ENV 477), Environmental Imagination (ENL/ENV 469/569).

Graduate Courses:

Wildlife Ecology (ENV 506), Ornithology (ENV 530), Conservation Biology (ENV 539), Herpetology (ENV 540), Mammalogy (ENV 559), Field Biology (ENV 577).


VERTEBRATE ECOLOGY/CONSERVATION BIOLOGY: ecology of terrestrial vertebrates, particularly birds and mammals; avian breeding biology, and community structure and function; grassland ecology; ecology of arctic and alpine environments.

Graduate students working with Dr. Norment
in the Department of Environmental Science and Biology (MS Biological Sciences)

Recent Publications*:

Norment, C. J. 2010. Killing things. ISLE: The Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment. 17:133-148.

Morgan, M. R., C. J. Norment, and M. R. Runge. 2010. Evaluation of a reproductive index for estimating reproductive success of grassland birds. Auk 127:86-93.

Norment,. C. J. 2008. Return to Warden’s Grove: Science, Desire and the Lives of Sparrows. University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, IA. (book)

Norment, C. J. 2008. Harris’s Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula). 2008. Revised species account, Birds of North America Online No. 64. (A. Poole, ed.)

McCabe, B. J., I. R. Bederman, C. M. Croninger, C. A. Millward, C. J. Norment and S. F. Previs. 2006. Reproducibility of gas chromatography-mass spectrometry measurements of 2H labeling of water: Application for measuring body composition in mice. Analytical Biochemistry 350: 171-176.

Smith, S. B. and C. J. Norment. 2005. Nocturnal activity and energetic condition of spring landbird migrants at Braddock Bay, Lake Ontario. Journal of Field Ornithology 76:304-311.

Norment, C. J. and K. Green. 2004. Breeding ecology of the Australian Pipit (Anthus australis) in the Snowy Mountains. Emu: Austral Ornithology 104: 327-336.

Norment, C. J. 2003. Patterns of nestling feeding in Harris’s Sparrows and White-crowned Sparrows in The Northwest Territories, Canada. Canadian Field-Naturalist 117: 203-208.

Balent, K. and C. J. Norment. 2003. Demographic characteristics of a Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) population in a highly fragmented landscape in western New York. Journal of Field Ornithology 74: 341-348.

Norment, C. J. 2002. Grassland bird conservation in the Northeast. Auk 119: 271-279.

Norment, C. J., C. A. Ardizzone, and K. Hartman. 1999. Habitat relations and breeding biology of grassland birds in western New York: Management Implications. Studies in Avian Biology 19: 112-121.

* past ten years

Recent Grants*:

2009 - New York Natural Heritage Program ($10,347 for research on coal skink populations in New York State).

2008 - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ($16,588 for research on fall migrant songbird use of shrub habitat).

2008-2009 - New York Natural Heritage Program ($16,768) for research on the dispersal ecology of the cobblestone tiger beetle).

2007-2008 - New York State Biodiversity Research Institute ($20,000 for research on shrubland birds in the Lake Ontario Plain)

2005-2006 - Fish and Wildlife Service ($28,500 for shrubland bird research)

2004 - Fish and Wildlife Service ($5,800 for grassland bird research)

2004-2005 - New York State Biodiversity Research Institute ($19,900 for research on grassland birds in the St. Lawrence River Valley)

2003-2004 - New York State Biodiversity Research Institute ($18,983 for research on grassland birds in the St. Lawrence River Valley)

2003 - Fish and Wildlife Service ($15,000 for grassland bird research)

2002 - Fish and Wildlife Service ($19,000 for grassland bird research)

2002 - Biological Study of Irondequoit Bay. (J. M. Haynes, Principal Investigator, $50,000).

2001 - Fish and Wildlife Service ($4,800 for grassland bird research)

2001 - New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ($4,900 for wetlands research).

2000 - Bergen Swamp Preservation Society ($1,600 for small mammal study in Bergen Swamp)

* past ten years

"I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education" --- Wilson Mizener

"We're all Bozos on this bus" -- Firesign Theatre

Graduate Students Working with Dr. Norment

Brad Mudrzynski:


Black Throated Blue Warbler

I have recently finished up my second field season of graduate research in the Environmental Science and Biology Department. The project that Dr. Norment and I set up was a study on the habitat use of songbirds during the fall migration. This is a unique study in that the research is performed during the fall semester rather than during summer. My field assistants, Dan Theill (2008) and Pat Teora (2009), and I spent September and October in various shrublands at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge determining the habitat use of these birds. We used both visual/auditory transects and mist nets to determine the relative abundances of the migratory songbirds in each field. We also characterized each shrubland by estimating shrub cover, shrub species presence, and fruit available for consumption, along with a number of other parameters. Now that both field seasons are done, the real fun is about to start in the form of data entry and statistics to determine what habitat characteristics are preferred by these migratory songbirds. I am looking forward to my results, writing my thesis, and possibly getting it published.

Nate Grosse


I am currently in the third semester of my Master’s work. I have completed one of two field seasons at the John White Wildlife Management Area (JWWMA) in Alabama, NY. My thesis work involves grassland bird habitat selection and productivity at the JWWMA. The study focuses on local scale habitat characteristics and their relationship to obligate grassland breeding bird (OGBB) abundance and productivity. The study is important in that the ultimate goal is to provide management recommendations that will benefit grassland birds in the Northeast. My field seasons run from mid-May to early July, covering the breeding season of grassland birds at my site. Bird species abundant at JWWMA include the Savannah Sparrow, Bobolink, and Grasshopper Sparrow. I use transect surveys to determine relative abundances of OGBB, as well as nest searches and monitoring to determine OGBB productivity. Besides examining OGBB abundances and productivity, an integral part of my work involves describing the vegetation of the site. With one field season done, I am looking forward to beginning another this year. A couple months out in the fields chasing birds and measuring vegetation is a great way to spend the summer.


Ecology and dispersal of cobblestone tiger beetles along the Genesee River

Levi Atwater:

Utility of attributes used to select farmland habitat for the Landowner Incentive Program

Ariel Kirk:

Not yet selected

Last Updated 10/3/13


Dr. Chris Norment's four book of creative nonfiction has been published by the University of North Carolina Press. Entitled "Relicts of a Beautiful Sea: Survival, Extinction, and Conservation in a Desert World," the book interweaves memoir with an exploration of issues related to the evolution and conservation of rare and endangered species in the Death Valley region.


Upcoming Seminars:    


December 15th, 2014

10:00 am, Lennon 218

A Quantitative Survey of the Freshwater Mussel (Unionidae) Fauna in Honeoye Creek, New York

Robert Cornish

Thesis Defense Seminar

Department of Environmental Science & Biology

The College at Brockport


Dept of Env Sci & Bio Hours: 

Monday-Friday, 8am - 4pm

Secretary: Deb Dilker

Contact: 585.395.5975