Christopher Comer, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Wildlife Ecology and Management, Population Genetics
Doctor of Philosophy, May 2005, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
Emphasis: Forest Resources, Dissertation Title: “An analysis of genetic and spatial population structure in white-tailed deer with implications for management.”
PROFESSIONAL, TEACHING, AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Stephen F. Austin State University2015-Present: Professor of Forest Wildlife Management
2000–2004: Graduate Research Assistant
Ecology and Environment, Incorporated, Lancaster, NY.
1994–2000: Associate Biologist
Environmental Pollution Control, Penn State, University Park, PA.
1992-1994: Graduate Research Assistant
1991-1992: Graduate Research Assistant
PUBLICATIONS (LAST FIVE YEARS)
Hasapes, S.K. and C.E. Comer. Adult white-tailed deer seasonal home range and habitat composition in northwest Louisiana. 2016. Journal of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 3:243-252.
Isabelle, J.L., W.C. Conway, C.E. Comer, G.E. Calkins, and J.B. Hardin. 2016. Home range size and habitat selection of translocated female wild turkeys in east Texas. Proceedings of the National Wild Turkey Symposium 11:143-153.
Isabelle, J.L., W.C. Conway,C.E. Comer, G.E. Calkins, and J.B. Hardin. 2016. Reproductive ecology and nest site selection of translocated wild turkeys in East Texas. The Wildlife Society Bulletin 40:88-96.
Novak, L.D., C.E. Comer, W.C. Conway, D.G. Scognamillo, and R.M. Gay. 2016. Low nest success for early successional birds in restored longleaf pine stands. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 128:308-321.
Sullins, D.S., W.C. Conway, D.A. Haukos, K.A. Hobson, L.I. Wassenaar, C.E. Comer, and I.Hung. 2016. American woodcock migratory connectivity and post juvenile dispersal as indicated by hydrogen isotopes. Journal of Wildlife Management 80:510-526.
Bennett, A.J., W.C. Conway, C.E. Comer, H.M. Williams, S.B. Bosworth. 2015. Seedbankpotential of Chinese tallow tree (Triadica sebifera) in a Texas bottomland hardwood forest. Natural Areas Journal 35:581-584.
McDowell, S.K., W.C. Conway, D.A. Haukos, J.A. Moon, C.E. Comer, and I. Hung. 2015. Blood lead exposure concentrations in mottled ducks (Anas fulvigula) on the upper Texas coast. Journal of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 2: 221-228.
Melville, H.I., W.C. Conway, M.L. Morrison, C.E. Comer, J.B. Hardin. 2015. Prey selection by three mesopredators that are thought to prey on Eastern Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo sylvestris) in the Pineywoods of East Texas. Southeastern Naturalist 14:447-472.
Melville, H.I., W.C. Conway, M.L. Morrison, C.E. Comer, J.B. Hardin. 2015. Home range interactions of three sympatric mesopredators in east Texas. Canadian Journal of Zoology 93:547-557.
Riecke, T.V., W.C. Conway, D.A. Haukos, J.A. Moon, and C.E. Comer. 2015. Baseline blood Pb concentrations in black-necked stilts on the upper Texas coast. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 95:465-469.
Comer, C.E., L.A. Stuemke, M.L. Morrison, and R.W. Maxey. 2014. Comparison of systematic roost searches and acoustic detection to determine occupancy of rare forest bats. Wildlife Society Bulletin 38: 103-110.
Grilliot, M.E., J.L. Hunt, C.G. Sims, and C.E. Comer. 2014. New host and location record for the bat bug (Cimex adjunctus) Barber 1939, with a summary of previous records. Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Sciences 68:149-151.
Melville, H., W.C. Conway, M.L. Morrison, C.E. Comer, and J.B. Hardin. 2014. Artificial nests identify possible nest predators of eastern wild turkeys. Southeastern Naturalist 13:80-91.
Riecke, T.V., W.C. Conway, C.E. Comer, D.A. Haukos, J.A. Moon. 2014. Red imported fire ants Solenopsis invicta cause black-necked stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) nest abandonment. The Wader Study Group Bulletin 121(1): 4-5.
Stuemke, L.A., C.E. Comer, M.L. Morrison, W.C. Conway, and R.W. Maxey. 2014. Roosts of Rafinesque’s big-eared bats and southeastern myotis in east Texas. Southeastern Naturalist 13(Special Issue 5): 159-171.
Symmank, M.E., C.E. Comer, and J.C. Kroll. 2014. Using infrared-triggered cameras to monitor activity of forest carnivores. Southeastern Naturalist 13 (Special Issue 5):172-183.
Kaminski, D.J., C.E. Comer, N.P. Garner, I. Hung, and G.E. Calkins. 2013. Using GIS-based, landscape-scale suitability modeling to identify conservation priority areas: a case study of the Louisiana black bear (Ursus americanus luteolus) in east Texas. Journal of Wildlife Management 77: 1639-1649.
Seidel, S.A., C.E. Comer, W.C. Conway, R.W. DeYoung. J.B. Hardin, and G.E. Calkins. 2013. Influence of translocations on eastern wild turkey population genetics in east Texas. Journal of Wildlife Management 77:1221-1231.
Comer, C.E., A.L. Bell, B.P. Oswald, W.C. Conway, and D.B. Burt. 2011. Vegetation and avian response to prescribed fire on historic glade habitats in the Missouri Ozarks. The American Midland Naturalist 165:91–104.
Comer, C.E., M.E. Symmank, and J.C. Kroll. 2011. Bobcats exhibit low detection rates at hair collection stations in East Texas. Wildlife Biology in Practice 7:116–122
Williams, P.S., R. Darville, A. Keul, M.H. Legg, N. Garner, and C.E. Comer. 2011. Stakeholders’ attitudes toward black bear in East Texas. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 16:414-424
TEACHING EXPERIENCE AT STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE UNIVERSITY
FOR 152: Introduction to Wildlife Management
FOR 305: Wildlife Management Techniques
FOR 450: Wildlife Habitat Mangement
FOR 466: Urban Wildlife Management
Management of Disease in Wild Animals
FOR 336: Field Wildlife Techniques
FOR 587: Graduate Seminar
FOR 458: Forest Resource Management
Field Ecology of the Appalachians
OFF-CAMPUS CONSULTING, PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES, SPECIAL HONORS (LAST FIVE YEARS)
Stephen F. Austin State University Foundation Faculty Achievement Award in Research, 2015
Outstanding Scientific Article, Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, 2015 (for Kaminski et al. 2013)
Distinguished Grant Award, Senior Faculty, Stephen F. Austin State University, 2014, 2016
Recipient of 2011 Stephen F. Austin State University Teaching Excellence Award
Bats in the Pineywoods. Presentation for the TPWD Thursday Evening Seminar Series, Jasper, TX, February 26, 2015.
Black bears in east Texas. Presentation to the Lufkin/Nacogdoches Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, Nacogdoches, TX, September 23, 2014.
Kaminski, D.J. and C.E. Comer. 2014. Evaluation of Suitable Habitats and Identification of Population Recovery Areas for the Louisiana Black Bear (Ursus americanus luteolus) in East Texas. Presentation to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Statewide Conference, Oshkosh, WI, January 15, 2014.
Black bears of east Texas: Return of a Texas native. Presentation for the Woodlands Township Walk in the Woods Nature Lecture Series, the Woodlands, TX, October 10, 2013.
Comparing roost searches and acoustic surveys to determine occupancy for rare forest bats. Presentation to the Rafinesque’s Big-Eared Bat Working Group Meeting, Pikeville, TN, February 14, 2013.
Forest Management for wildlife on private land. Webinar presentation for the “Wildlife for Lunch” series by Texas Wildlife Association and the Texas Agrilife Extension service, December 20, 2012.
Wildlife Management. Presentation to the Texas Envirothon, Nacogdoches, TX, April 14, 2012.
Comer, C.E. 2011. Why don’t we have any quail and is there anything I can do? Texas Forestry Association Landowner Workshop, Nacogdoches, TX, August 26, 2011.
Diseases of Wildlife in Texas. Presentation to Texas Parks and Wildlife Region 3 Staff, Broaddus, TX, April 27, 2011
CURRENT PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND SERVICE
East Texas Black Bear Task Force
Elected Chair of Task Force (2009-2014)
Chair of Habitat Identification and Conservation Subcommittee (2006-2008)
Official Representative from ETBBTF for USFWS Hardwood Habitat Restoration