Wildlife and Ornithology

My research focuses on the factors that influence habitat quality for birds. Much of this work involves quantifying the factors that influence food availability; although, some of my recent research looks at the effects of anthropogenic habitat (e.g., ski resorts, urbanization, and agricultural habitats) modification on bird populations. My current research emphasis is on grassland bird populations in the Champlain Valley. However, my research can better be described as question-driven, as I am also involved with projects investigating the ecology of high elevation bird species and contributions of birds to trophic level interactions.


  • 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

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Instructional programs: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, Natural Resources
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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