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Dr. Christopher Norment

Professor and Chairman
Telephone: (585) 395-5748
Fax: (585) 395-5969
Office: 119 Lennon Hall

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  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching


  • PhD, University of Kansas

Undergraduate Courses

Graduate Courses


  • 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
  • Ecology of arctic and alpine environments
  • However, my students and I have worked on a number of other topics
    • Tiger beetle ecology
    • Small mammal ecology
    • The conservation of rare and endangered species in the arid Southwest.
  • Graduate students working with Dr. Norment in the Department of Environmental Science & Ecology (MS Biological Sciences)


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 (Cincidel 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 inLake 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 shrubhabitat).
  • 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

  • Jon Podoliak
    • Thesis: Anthropogenic Disturbance Effects on Bird and Amphibian Communities in Lake Ontario Coastal Wetlands
  • Gregory Lawrence
    • Thesis: Comparative Abundanceand Productivity of Obligate Grassland Breeding Birds on Island and Mainland Habitats in the St. Lawrence River Corridor
  • Tiffany Clay
    • Thesis: Managing Refuge Dikes to Enhance Monarch Butterfly Habitat
  • Josh Cronlund
    • Thesis:Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus) Habitat Preferences in New York State: Determining a Model for Management Purposes

Curriculum Vitae

Last Updated 4/11/18

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