Noah Perlut



New York University



University of Vermont



James Madison University


Post-Doctoral Training

Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

University of Vermont





grassland birds


breeding systems


conservation biology

animal behavior



life-history strategies


Research Interests

I study the joint ecological and evolutionary consequences of using human-managed habitats as wildlife habitat.  In 2002 I began a long-term research project on how hayfield and pasture management affects the life-histories of grassland songbirds.  Along with ecology and evolution work, this project has expanded to create and explore federal policies that balance landowners' economic and birds' life-history needs.  Additional projects include: studying grey squirrel ecology on the UNE campus; exploring the ecology of urban roof-nesting Herring Gulls; evaluating the marsh bird communities on the Saco River; exploring if federal funded forestry practices actually support the bird communities as intended; and identifying the migration and wintering location of the Caribbean Martin.

Selected Publications

* denotes undergraduate and ** denotes graduate student co-authors,

Rankin, D.R.**, and N.G. Perlut. 2015. The effects of forest stand improvement practices on occupancy and abundance of breeding songbirds. Forest Ecology and Management. 335:99-107.

Perlut, N.G. 2014. Grassland birds and dairy farms in the northeastern United States. The Wildlife Society Bulletin 38:574–579.

Perlut, N.G., S.E. Travis, K. Dunbar*, A.M. Strong and D. Wright*. 2014. Nestling sex ratios support long-term parity in two species with varying life-history strategies. The Auk. 131:224-234.

Levin, I.I., Zwiers, P., Cruz, M.B., Deem, S., Geest, E., Higashiguchi, J.M., Iezhova, T.A., Jimenez-Uzcategui, G., Kim, D.H., Morton, J., Perlut, N.G., Renfrew, R.B., Sari, E.H.R., Valkiunas, G., Wiedenfeld, D., and Parker, P.G. In press. Multiple lineages of avian Plasmodium in the Galapagos Islands and evidence for arrival via migratory birds. Conservation Biology.

Perlut, N.G. 2013. Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont. 7 species chapters (Yellow Warbler, Upland Sandpiper, Sedge Wren, Savannah Sparrow, Northern Harrier, Grasshoper Sparrow, Bobolink). Edited by Rosalind B. Renfrew. University Press of New England.

Perkins*, D.G., N.G. Perlut, and A.M. Strong. 2013. Lack of fitness benefits for edge avoidance in nesting grassland birds in the northeastern United States. The Auk. 30:

Renfrew, R.B., D. Kim, N.G. Perlut, J. Fox, and P.P. Marra. 2013. Phenological matching across hemispheres in a long-distance migratory bird. Diversity and Distributions.1-12.

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.

Perlut, N.G., L. Kelly*, N.J. Zalik, and A.M. Strong. 2012. Male Savannah sparrows reduce parental care in response to paternity loss. Northeastern Naturalist 19:335-344.

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.The Journal of Wildlife Management 75:1657-1663.

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

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

Fajardo*, N.1, A.M. Strong, N.G. Perlut, and N. J. Buckley. 2009. Natal and breeding dispersal of Bobolinks and Savannah Sparrows in an agricultural landscape. 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.  

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

Perlut, N.G. 2008. Female Bobolink molts in male-like plumage and loses fertility. Journal of Field Ornithology 79:198-201. Perlut, N.G., A.M. Strong, T.M. Donovan, and N.J. Buckley. 2008. Grassland songbird survival and recruitment in agricultural landscapes: implications for source-sink demography. Ecology 89:1941-1952.  

Masse*, R.J.1, A.M. Strong, and N.G. Perlut. 2008. Can uncut patches increase the nesting success of grassland songbirds in intensively managed hayfields? Northeastern Naturalist 15:445-452.  

Zalik, N. and N.G. Perlut. 2008. Simultaneous incubation by two females and nestling provisioning by four adults at a Savannah Sparrow nest. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 120:628-630.  

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.

Noah Perlut, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Studies

Noah Perlut



Associate Professor

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