Allan M. Strong

University of Vermont
81 Carrigan Drive
Burlington, VT
Telephone: 802-656-2910

PhD, Tulane University, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 1999
MS, University of Missouri-Columbia, Wildlife and Fisheries, 1986
BS, University of Vermont, Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, 1983

Professional Positions:
  • University of Vermont, Burlington, VT - Associate Dean: 2011 to present
  • University of Vermont Associate Professor: 2009 to present
  • University of Vermont Assistant Professor: 2003 to 2009
  • University of Vermont - Visiting Assistant Professor: 1999 to 2003

  • Research Interests and Activities:
    My research seeks to understand the fitness consequences of avian habitat selection through quantitative measures of habitat quality and avian performance. Much of my work is driven by anthropogenic habitat modifications, consequently much of my research revolves around issues of habitat management and the conservation of declining species.

    Distinguished Awards and Memberships:
    American Ornithologists\' Union (Elective member), Association of Field Ornithologists, Cooper Ornithological Society, The Ecological Society of America, Sigma Xi, Society for Conservation Biology, The Wildlife Society, Wilson Ornithological Society

    Selected Publications:

    Perkins, D. G., N. G. Perlut, and A. M. Strong. In press. Minor fitness benefits for edge avoidance by grassland birds nesting in the northeastern United States. The Auk.

    Cuzio, E., W. L. Hohman, B. Martin, M. D. Smith, S. Stephen, A. M. Strong, and T. VerCauteren. In press. Opportunities and challenges to implementing bird conservation on private lands. Wildlife Society Bulletin.

    Keyel, A. C., A. M. Strong, N. G. Perlut, and J. M. Reed. 2013. Evaluating the roles of visual openness and edge effects on grassland bird nest site selection and reproductive success. The Auk 130:161-170.

    Frey, S. J. K., A. M. Strong, and K. P. McFarland. 2012. The relative contribution of local habitat and landscape context to metapopulation processes: A dynamic occupancy modeling approach. Ecography 35:581-589.

    Perlut, N.G., L.M. Kelly, N.J. Zalik, and A.M. Strong. 2012. Male Savannah sparrows reduce parental care in response to paternity loss. Northeastern Naturalist 19:335344

    Perlut, N. G., A. M. Strong, and T. J. Alexander. 2011. A model for integrating wildlife science and agri-environmental policy in the conservation of declining species. Journal of Wildlife Management 75:16571663.

    Perlut, N. G., and A. M. Strong. 2011. Grassland birds and rotational grazing in the Northeast: Breeding ecology, annual survival, and management opportunities. Journal of Wildlife Management 75:715-720.

    Schwenk, W. S., and A. M. Strong. 2011. Contrasting patterns and combined effects of moose and insect herbivory on striped maple (Acer pensylvanicum). Basic and Applied Ecology 12:64-71.

    Shustack, D. P., A. M. Strong, and T. M. Donovan. 2010. Habitat use patterns of Bobolinks and Savannah Sparrows in the northeastern U.S. Avian Conservation and Ecology 5:11-28.

    Schwenk, W.S., A.M. Strong, and T.S. Sillett. 2010. Effects of bird predation on arthropod abundance and tree growth across an elevational gradient. Journal of Avian Biology 41:367-377.

    Little, L. P., A. M. Strong, and N. G. Perlut. 2009. Aggressive response of adult Bobolinks to neck ligatures on nestlings. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 121:441-444.

    Fajardo, N., A. M. Strong, N. G. Perlut, and N. J. Buckley. 2009. Breeding and natal dispersal in Bobolinks and Savannah Sparrows. The Auk 126:310-318.

    Perlut, N. G., A. M. Strong, T. M. Donovan, and N. J. Buckley. 2008. Regional population viability of grassland songbirds: Effects of Agricultural Management. Biological Conservation 141:3139-3151.

    Masse, R. J., A. M. Strong, and N. G. Perlut. 2008. The potential of uncut patches to increase the nesting success of grassland songbirds in intensively managed hayfields: a preliminary study from the Champlain Valley of Vermont. Northeastern Naturalist 15:445-452.

    Zalik, N. J., and A. M. Strong. 2008. Effects of hay-cropping on invertebrate biomass and the breeding ecology of Savannah Sparrows (Passerculus sandwichensis). The Auk 125:700-710.

    Perlut, N. G., A. M. Strong, T. M. Donovan, and N. J. Buckley. 2008. Grassland songbird survival and recruitment in heterogeneous agricultural landscapes: implications for source-sink demography. Ecology 89:1941-1952.

    Perlut, N. G., C. R. Freeman-Gallant, A. M. Strong, T. M. Donovan, C. W. Kilpatrick, and N. J. Zalik. 2008. Agricultural management affects evolutionary processes in a migratory songbird. Molecular Ecology 17:1248-1255.

    Perlut, N. G., A. M. Strong, T. M. Donovan, and N. J. Buckley. 2006. Grassland songbirds in a dynamic management landscape: behavioral responses and management strategies. Ecological Applications 16:2235-2247.

    Johnson, M. D., A. M. Strong, and T. W. Sherry. 2006. Migrants in tropical bird communities: The balanced breeding limitation hypothesis. Journal of Avian Biology 37:229-237.

    Troy, A. R., A. M. Strong, S. C. Bosworth, T. M. Donovan, N. J. Buckley, and M. L. Wilson. 2005. Attitudes of dairy farmers regarding adoption of management practices for grassland songbirds. Wildlife Society Bulletin 33:528-538.

    Co-Authors and Collaborators:
    T. S. Sillett, L. Christenson, T. Donovan, N. Rodenhouse, N. Perlut, A. Troy, K. McFarland, C. Rimmer, R. Renfrew, S. Swallow, L. Chase.

    Graduate Students:
    Michael McDonald (MS), W. Scott Schwenk (PhD), Mason Cline (MS), Tray Biasioli (MS).

    Graduate Advisor:
    Thomas Sherry

    Title at Hubbard Brook:
    Principal Investigator