Last update: 2007-02-20 17:19:14

Allan M. Strong

University of Vermont
The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
88 Carrigan Drive
Burlington, VT 05405
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:
  • Assistant Professor (2003-present), University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
  • Visiting Assistant Professor (1999-2003), University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
  • Research/Teaching Assistant (19993-1998), Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
  • Research Biologist (1988-1993), National Audubon Society, Tavernier, FL

  • 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:
  • Johnson, M. D., T. W. Sherry, A. M. Strong, and A. Medori. Migrants in Neotropical bird communities: An assessment of the breeding currency hypothesis. Journal of Animal Ecology in press.
  • Strong, A. M., C. C. Rimmer, and K. P. McFarland. 2004. Effect of prey biomass on the reproductive success and mating strategy of a polygynandrous songbird, the Bicknell’s Thrush (Catharus bicknelli). The Auk 121:446-451.
  • Chandler, R. B., A.M. Strong, and C. C. Kaufman. 2004. Elevated lead levels in urban House Sparrows: a threat to urban Sharp-shinned Hawks and Merlins? Journal of Raptor Research 38:62-68.
  • Strong, A. M., C. T. Dickert, and R. T. Bell. 2002. Effects of a ski trail on a ground beetle (Carabidae, Elateridae) community in northern Vermont. Journal of Insect Conservation 6:149- 159.
  • Strong, A. M., C. C. Rimmer. K. P. McFarland, and K. Hagen. 2002. Effects of mountain resorts on wildlife. Vermont Law Review 26:689- 716.
  • Strong, A. M., and T. W. Sherry. 2001. Body condition of Swainson’s Warblers wintering in Jamaica, with emphasis on the conservation value of Caribbean dry forests. Wilson Bulletin 113:410-418.
  • Strong, A. M., and M. D. Johnson. 2001. Exploitation of a seasonal resource by Plain and White-crowned pigeons in southern Jamaica: Implications for conservation of tropical dry forests. Wilson Bulletin 113:73-77.
  • Strong, A. M., and T. W. Sherry. 2000. Habitat- specific effects of food abundance on the condition of Ovenbirds wintering in Jamaica. Journal of Animal Ecology 69:883-895.
  • Strong, A. M. 2000. Divergent foraging strategies of two Neotropical migrant warblers: implications for winter habitat use. Auk 117:381-392.
  • Johnson, M. D., and A. M. Strong. 2000. Length- weight relationships of Jamaican arthropods. Entomological News 111:270-281.
  • Strong, A. M., T. W. Sherry, and R. T. Holmes. 2000. Bird predation on herbivorous insects: indirect effects on sugar maple saplings. Oecologia 125:370-379.

  • Co-Authors and Collaborators:
    M. Johnson, T. S. Sillett, T. Donovan, W. Keeton, M. Ayres, N. Buckley, A. Troy, S. Bosworth, K. McFarland, C. Rimmer, R. Renfrew

    Graduate Students:
    S. Andersen, R. Brooks, N. Perlut, R. Pfeiffer, W. S. Schwenk, D. Shustack, N. Zalik

    Graduate Advisor:
    T. W. Sherry

    Role at the Hubbard Brook:
    My current research seeks to understand the indirect effects of bird predation on plant growth. The work is a collaboration with T. S. Sillett (and PhD student W. S. Schwenk) in which we are using experimental manipulations of striped maples (controls, exclosures, insecticide treatments) to investigate the effects of insectivorous birds on caterpillars, caterpillars on herbivory, and herbivory on plant growth.

    Title at Hubbard Brook:
    Principal Investigator