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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

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Undergraduate Courses:

Wildlife Ecology (ENV 406), Ornithology (ENV 430), Herpetology (ENV 440), Mammalogy (ENV 459), Global Environmental Issues (ENV 462), Field Biology (ENV 477), American Literature and the Environmental Imagination (ENV 389/ENG 389).

Graduate Courses:

Wildlife Ecology (ENV 506), Ornithology (ENV 530), Herpetology (ENV 540), Mammalogy (ENV 559), Field Biology (ENV 577; summer only), Graduate Research Seminar (ENV 705).


Primarily vertebrate ecology and conservation biology, including habitat selection and breeding biology of early successional (grassland and shrubland) bird communities; stopover ecology of migrant songbirds; bird and amphibian use of wetlands; and ecology of arctic and alpine environments. However, my students and I have worked on a number of other topics, including tiger beetle ecology, small mammal ecology, and the conservation of rare and endangered species in the arid Southwest.

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


Norment, C. J. 2014. Relicts of a Beautiful Sea: Survival, Extinction, and Conservation in a Desert World. University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC.

Norment, C. J. 2012. In the Memory of the Map: A Cartographic Memoir. University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, IA.

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

Norment, C. J. 1989. In the North of Our Lives: A Year in the Wilderness of Northern Canada. Down East Press, Camden, ME.


Peer-reviewed Publications (2004-present; student authors indicated with an *):

Norment, C. J., J. Fischer, R. Stehn, and T. Moser. Sabine’s Gull (Xema sabini) nesting aggregations in western Alaska. (In press, Northwestern Naturalist).

Mudrzynski, B. M.* and C. J. Norment. 2013. Influence of habitat Structure and fruit availability on use of a northeastern stopover site by fall songbirds. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 125: 744-754.

Hudgins, R.*, C. J. Norment, and M. D. Schlessinger. 2012. Assessing detectability for monitoring rare species: a case study of the cobblestone tiger beetle (Cincidela  marginipennis Dejean). Journal of Insect Conservation 16: 447-455.

Hudgins, R.*, C. J. Norment, M. D. Schlessinger, and P. G. Novak. 2011. Habitat selection and dispersal of the cobblestone tiger beetle (Cincidela marginipennis Dejean) along the Genesee River, New York. American Midland Naturalist 165: 304-314.

Norment, C. J., M. C. Runge, and M. R. Morgan*. 2010. Breeding biology of grassland birds in western New York: conservation and management implications. Avian Conservation and Ecology 5(2), 14 pages.  

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

Schwingel, H.* and C. J. Norment. 2010. Use of hair tubes to detect small mammal winter activity in a northern forest habitat. Northeastern Naturalist 17: 531-540.

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. 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.

External Funding (recent):

2014-2016       St. Lawrence River Education and Research Fund ($33,000 for research on                                  grassland birds).

2010-2014       Environmental Protection Agency (Co-PI; $125,000 for research on amphibians                            and birds in Lake Ontario wetlands.

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).


"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:

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Last Updated 4/3/15