Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture

Dr. Christopher ComerAssociate Professor of Wildlife
SFAStephen F. Austin State University
 
Christopher Comer, Ph.D., Associate Professor
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Wildlife Ecology and Management, Population Genetics
 
 

EDUCATION
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.”

Master of Science, December 1996, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.
Emphasis: Environmental Pollution Control, Thesis Title: “Hydrologic and economic modeling analysis of policies to control agricultural nutrient pollution.”
 
Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Economics (magna cum laude), May 1991, Carleton College, Northfield, MN.

PROFESSIONAL, TEACHING, AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Stephen F. Austin State University
2015-Present: Professor of Forest Wildlife Management

2011-2015: Associate Professor of Forest Wildlife Management
 
2005-2011: Assistant Professor of Forest Wildlife Management
 
D.B. Warnell School of Forest Resources, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
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

Interdepartmental Program in Environmental Toxicology, The University of California at Riverside, Riverside, CA.
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
 
Field Techniques of Tropical Ecology

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
 
Educator of the Year, Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, 2012

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.
 
Status and management of black bears in East Texas. Presentation to the
Little Sandy National Wildlife Refuge and Hunting and Fishing Club, Hawkins, TX, May 5, 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

Black Bear Conservation Coalition, Board Member (2009-2014)
     Vice Chair (2012)
     Chair (2012-2014)
 
Program chair for the 5th West Gulf Coastal Plain and Big Thicket ScienceConference, April 2011, April 2015.
 
The Wildlife Society
 
Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society
     Program chair for annual meeting (2012)
     Chair of certification committee (2010)
 
Served on publication awards committee (2005, 2007, 2009)
 
Served on Clarence Cottam Award judging committee (2006, 2010)
 
The American Society of Mammalogists
 
The Rafinesque’s Big-eared Bat Working Group
 
Southeastern Bat Diversity Network
     Member of awards committee (2011-present)
     Co-chair of membership committee (2012-present)
     Annual meeting host (2014)
 
East Texas Rare Bat Working Group
 
Adjunct faculty member, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
 
Manuscript Referee:
American Midland Naturalist (2004, 2010)
 
Biological Conservation (2010)
 
Conservation Genetics (2013)
 
Environmental Management (2012)
 
Forest Science (2014)
 
Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management (2014)
 
Journal of Mammalogy (2006, 2008-2011, 2013-2016)
 
Journal of Wildlife Management (2006-2016)
 
Proceedings of the National Wild Turkey Symposium (2014)
 
Pharmaceutical Crops (2011)
 
Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (2008,2014)
 
Southeastern Naturalist (2008-2010, 2013)
 
Southwestern Naturalist (2006)
 
Texas Journal of Agriculture and Natural Resources (2010)
 
Wildlife Research (2005)