Interim Dean / Professor

Allan Strong is the Interim Dean of the Rubenstein School and a Professor in the Wildlife and Fisheries Biology program. He is a Fellow of the American Ornithological Society and serves as the Chair of Vermont’s Endangered species committee. His research focuses on bird ecology and conservation. Dr. Strong served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Faculty Development in the Rubenstein School from 2011 to 2019. During his tenure as Associate Dean he led an equity assessment of the Rubenstein School and he was instrumental in revising the School’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) curriculum. Dr. Strong is a member of the School’s IDEA Committee and spent his sabbatical in 2021-2022 implementing DEI education and professional development activities for faculty and staff. He was appointed Interim Dean in June 2022.

Dr. Strong’s research focuses on the effects of anthropogenic habitat modification (e.g., ski resorts, urbanization, and agricultural management) on bird populations. Much of his current work investigates the economic and ecological feasibility of implementing bird-friendly management practices for grassland birds in the Champlain Valley. His research has also investigated tropical ecology of Neotropical migratory birds, the role of birds as seed dispersers, the ecology of high elevation bird species, and the role of birds in trophic level interactions. He is a strong proponent of the mental health benefits of ornitherapy.


  • McGowan, M., N. G. Perlut, and A. M. Strong. 2021. Agriculture is adapting to phenological shifts caused by climate change, but grassland songbirds are not. Ecology and Evolution 11:6993-7002.
  • Denny, K., N. G. Perlut, and A. M. Strong. 2021. Management schemes, not philopatry or breeding experience, affect nest success of two songbirds in Vermont hayfields. Wildlife Society Bulletin 45:267-273.
  • DiMaggio, K. N. G. Perlut, and A. M. Strong. 2020. Mixed consequences of divorce on reproductive success of songbirds nesting in agricultural hayfields. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 132:241–247.
  • Hansen, C. F., P. G. Schaberg, A. M. Strong, S. A. Rayback, and G. J. Hawley. 2020. LiDAR helps differentiate stand health and productivity levels within a northern hardwood forest. Open Journal of Forestry 10:66-88.
  • Chakrabarti, A., L. Chase, A.M. Strong, and S.K. Swallow. 2019. Making markets for private provision of ecosystem services: The Bobolink Project. Ecosystem Services 37:1-11.
  • Calle, L., L. Green, A. Strong, and D. E. Gawlik. 2018. Time-integrated habitat availability is a resource attribute that informs patterns of use in intertidal areas. Ecological Monographs 88:600-620.
  • Cherukuri, A., A. M. Strong, and T. M. Donovan. 2018. Monitoring Least Bitterns (Ixobrychis exilis) in Vermont: Detection Probability and Occupancy Modeling. Northeastern Naturalist 25:56-71.
  • Sutti, F., A. M. Strong, and N. G. Perlut. 2017. A multicriteria decision analysis for identifying priority conservation areas for grassland birds. Northeastern Naturalist 24:99-118.
  • Perlut, N. G., and A. M. Strong. 2016. Comparative analysis of factors associated with first-year survival in two species of migratory songbirds. Journal of Avian Biology 47:858–864.
Allan Strong sitting in the Aiken Solarium in front of indoor greenery

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Instructional programs: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, Sustainability, Ecology and Policy
Research: Avian ecology, conservation biology, landscape ecology


  • Ph.D. 1999 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tulane University
  • M.S. 1986 Fisheries and Wildlife, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • B.S. 1983 Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, University of Vermont, cum laude


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