Susannah B. Lerman
Post Doctoral Research Associate
Department of Environmental Conservation
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
2011 Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
2005 M.S. Antioch University New England, Conservation Biology
1994 B.A. University of Delaware, American History, minor Psychology
Professional PositionsAdjunct Research Professor: Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts; Amherst, MA
September 2013 - present
NSF SEES Fellow: USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, University of Massachusetts; Amherst, MA
Post-Doctoral Research Associate: USDA Forest
Service Northern Research Station, University of Massachusetts; Amherst, MA
Research Assistant: University of Massachusetts; Amherst, MA
Research Associate: Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological
Research Project (CAP LTER); Tempe, AZ
Field Project Manager: University of Massachusetts; Amherst, MA
Principle Investigator: Antioch University New England; Israel
Research Assistant: Center for Biological
Diversity; San Diego, CA
Research Associate: Ashuelot Valley
Environmental Observatory; Keene,
Research Technician: Vermont
Institute of Natural Sciences; Woodstock,
Field Technician: CAP
LTER Project; Tempe, AZ
Environmental Consultant: Southwest Center
for Education and the Natural Environment; Tempe, AZ
Bird Tour Leader: Speyside Wildlife, Wildwings, Birdfinders; UK
Ecological Volunteer: Kibbutz
Lotan Centre for Birdwatching; ISRAEL
Lerman, S.B., K.H. Nislow, D.J. Nowak, S. DeStefano, D.I. King, and D.T. Jones-Farrand. 2014. Using urban forestry monitoring tools to model urban bird habitat potential. Landscape and Urban Planning 122: 29-40.
Strohbach, M., S.B. Lerman, and P.S.
2013. Are small urban greening areas enhancing bird diversity? Insights
from community-driven greening projects from Boston. Impacts of
small greening initiatives on urban bird
Lerman, S.B., P.S. Warren, H. Gan, and E. Shochat. 2012. Linking foraging decisions to residential yard composition. PLoS ONE 7(8): e43497. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0043497.
Lerman, S.B., V.K. Turner, and C. Bang. 2012. Homeowners Associations as a vehicle for promoting native urban biodiversity. Ecology and Society 17(4): 45.
Warren, P.S., R. Ryan, S.B Lerman, K. Tooke. 2011. Social and institutional factors associated with land use and forest conservation along two urban gradients in Massachusetts. Landscape and Urban Planning 102: 82-92.
Lerman, S.B. and P.S. Warren. 2011. The Conservation value of residential landscapes: Exploring the links between birds and people. Ecological Applications 21: 1327-1339.
Shochat, E., S.B. Lerman, J.M Anderies, P.S. Warren, S.H. Faeth, and C.H. Nilon. 2010. Invasion, competition, and biodiversity loss in urban ecosystems. BioScience 60: 199-208.
Warren, P.S., S.B. Lerman and N.D. Charney. 2008. Plants of a feather: Spatial autocorrelation of gardening practices in suburban neighborhoods. Biological Conservation 141: 3-4
Atwood, J.L. and S.B. Lerman. 2007. Vocal variations in coastal Cactus Wrens: should coastal California populations be protected under the U. S. Endangered Species Act? Western Birds 38: 29-46.
Shochat, E., S.B. Lerman, M. Katti, and D. Lewis. 2004. Linking optimal foraging behavior to bird community structure in an urban-desert landscape: field experiments with artificial food patches. American Naturalist 164: 232-243.
Warren, P.S., S. Harlan, C. Boone, S.B. Lerman, E. Shochat, and A.P. Kinzig. 2010. Urban Ecology and Social Organization. Pp. 172-201 in: K. Gaston, editor. Urban Ecology. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.
Shochat, E., S.B. Lerman and E. Fernandez-Juricic. 2010. Birds in urban ecosystems: Population dynamics, community structure, biodiversity and conservation. Pp. 75-86 in: J.A. Aitkenhead Peterson and A. Volder, eds. Urban Ecosystem Ecology. Agronomy Monograph 55, Madison, WI.
Atwood, J.L. & S.B. Lerman. 2006. Family Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers). Pp. 350-377 in: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., & Christie, D.A. eds. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. 11. Old World Flycatchers to Old World Warblers. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
Presentations and Reports
Lerman, S.B., K.H. Nislow, A.R. Contosta, P.S. Warren, P.P. Marra, and C. Nicolson. 2014. Promoting urban sustainability via linkages among stewardship, urban yards, biodiversity, and ecosystem services. The 99th Annual Meeting, Ecological Society of America, Sacramento, CA. Symposium talk.
Lerman, S.B. 2014. Backyard birds and beyond. Talk for the Allen Bird Club, Springfield, MA.
Lerman, S.B., C. Nicolson, K.H. Nislow, and E. Svendsen. 2013. Sustainability begins at home: Backyard habitats for birds and people. The 26th International Congress for Conservation Biology. Symposium talk.
Lerman, S.B. 2013. Bringing bird conservationback home. Presentation to the CAP LTER community, Arizona State University.
Lerman, S.B. 2013. Hot topics in urban wildlife research. The North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. Talk.
Lerman, S.B. 2012. Bringing bird conservation back home. Bridging the Implementation Gap: Bird Conservation Conference in the Northeast. Talk.
Lerman, S.B., K.H. Nislow, D.J. Nowak, S. DeStefano, D.I. King, and D.T. Jones-Farrand. 2012. Using urban forestry assessment tools to model urban bird habitat potential. 97th Annual Meeting, Ecological Society of America. Talk.
Warren, P.S., S.B. Lerman, C.H. Nilon, M. Katti, M. Strohbach, R. Danford, L.S. Adler. 2012. Human influences on species interactions in urban communities: Insights from the LTER and ULTRA-Ex networks. 97th Annual Meeting, Ecological Society of America.
Strohbach, M.W., P.S. Warren, S.B. Lerman, R.S. Danford & C. Nicolson. Impacts of small greening initiatives on urban biodiversity – a case study from Boston. International Association for Landscape Ecology Annual Meeting, RI.
Lerman, S.B. Urban forests for urban wildlife: Reconnecting people with nature. Invited talk for the University of Delaware and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
Zhang, S., C.G. Boone, S.B. Lerman, and A.M. York. 2012. A multi-scale study of the relationship among land composition, land fragmentation, and bird biodiversity in the Phoenix area. The 14th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium, Phoenix, and the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, NYC.
Lerman, S.B. 2011. Urban forests for urban wildlife: Reconnecting people with nature. Invited talk for the USDA Forest Service Washing Office, Washington D.C.
Lerman, S.B. 2011. The Ecology of Birds in Suburban Yards. Invited Talk for the Harris Center and Keene State College School of Sciences, Keene, NH.
Lerman, S.B., P.S. Warren, and E. Shochat. 2011. Foraging decisions, bird community structure, and residential landscapes: A mechanistic approach to explain the decline of urban bird diversity. 96th Annual Meeting, Ecological Society of America. Talk.
Ryan, R., P. Warren, K. Tooke, S. Lerman, and E. Strauss. 2011. Understanding the multiple-benefits of urban nature: Insights from research on urban greening projects in Boston, MA. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA.
Lerman, S.B., V.K. Turner, and C. Bang. 2011. Linking Homeowner’s Associations with biodiversity: A case study from Phoenix, AZ. The 13th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium.
Lerman, S.B. Improving Biodiversity, One Yard at a Time. 2010. Invited Talk for the Green Apprenticeship Program, Kibbutz Lotan, Israel.
Lerman, S.B., V.K. Turner, and R. Watson. Suburban development with wildlife in mind: An investigation of Home Owners’ Associations in Phoenix, AZ. The 12th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium.
Lerman, S.B. & P.S. Warren. 2009. Birds, habitat, and socioeconomic factors: Exploring the relationships in a residential landscape. 94th Annual Meeting of The Ecological Society of America. Talk.
Lerman, S.B. & P.S. Warren. 2009. Birds, habitat, and socioeconomic factors: Exploring the relationships in a residential landscape. International Urban Wildlife Conference. Symposium Talk and Symposium Organizer.
Lerman, S.B. & P.S. Warren. 2009. Birds, habitat, and socioeconomic factors: Exploring the relationships in a residential landscape. The 11th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium.
Lerman, S.B. & P.S. Warren. 2008. Foraging decisions, bird community structure and residential landscapes: Finding the links. The 10th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium.
Ruddell, D.M., S.L Harlan, G. Luikart, & S.B. Lerman 2008. Public Park Ecology and Neighborhood Crime: Assessing Resident Perceptions of Crime and Park Quality. The 10th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium.
Lerman, S.B. & P.S. Warren. 2007. Urban landscape design and bird community structure in Phoenix, Arizona: Management implications. 92nd Annual Meeting, Ecological Society of America. Poster.
Lerman, S.B., J.P. Smith & J.L. Atwood. 2006. Factors affecting the winter distribution of Striated Scops Owl Otus brucei in southern Israel. IV North American Ornithological Conference, Veracruz, Mexico. Poster.
Lerman, S.B. & P.S. Warren. 2006. Landscape design and bird community structure in Phoenix, Arizona: management implications. LTER All Scientist Meeting, Estes Park, Colorado. Poster.
Lerman, S.B. 2005. Migrating Along the Global Flyway: Birds and Conservation in Israel. Invited talk, Earth Day at Franklin Pierce College, Rindge, NH.
Lerman, S.B., E. Shochat. 2004. Comparing bird foraging behavior in an urban-desert landscape: Conservation implications. 18th Annual Meeting, Society for Conservation Biology. Poster.
Grants, Fellowships and Awards
2014 National Science Foundation ($50,000) CNIC. US – UK and Jamaica Planning Visits: Initiating an international collaborative network on the impacts of private yard management for people and urban biodiversity
2012-2015 National Science Foundation ($498,008) SEES Fellow. Sustainability begins at home: Understanding linkages between stewardship, urban yards and biodiversity.
2012 Smithsonian Institution ($25,000, PI P. Marra) Importance of backyard bird populations: The expansion of Neighborhood Nestwatch to Springfield, MA.
2012 Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation ($25,000, Declined) Urban Wildlife and Biodiversity Initiative: Year II Leadership Grant.
2011 Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation ($40,000,) Urban Wildlife and Biodiversity Initiative: Year I Leadership Grant.
2010 Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation ($15,000) Environmental Fellowship.
2010 Quebec Labrador Foundation Middle East Conservation Fellow.
2009 Ecological Society of America ($500) Graduate Student Travel Award.
2009 The Wildlife Society ($175) Graduate Student Travel Award.
2009 Central Arizona-Phoenix Long Term Ecological Research (National Science Foundation; $5,000) From patterns to process: studying the conservation value of residential landscapes for native bird communities. Graduate Student Summer Research grant.
2009, 2008 CAP LTER Poster Symposium. Student Poster Contest. 2nd place.
2006 Central Arizona-Phoenix Long Term Ecological Research (National Science Foundation; $5,000) Foraging decisions, bird community structure and an urban rural gradient; finding the links. Graduate Student Summer Research grant.
2006 American Ornithologist Union ($400) Graduate Student Travel Award.
2004 Ornithological Society of the Middle East (£300) Research Grant: Winter ecology of striated scops (Otus brucei) owl.
2003 Antioch University New England ($5,000) Jonathan Daniels Scholarship.
2010 University of Massachusetts Research Methods, Co-Instructor
2008, 09 University of Massachusetts Environment and Society, Teaching Assistant
2006 University of Massachusetts Animal Behavior, Teaching Assistant
2005-06 University of Massachusetts Urban Ecology, Teaching Assistant
2005 University of Massachusetts Intro Biology Lab, Lab Instructor
2005 Franklin Pierce College Integrated Science, Lab Instructor
2003-04 Antioch University New England Ornithology, Teaching Assistant
2013 Workshop Organizer for the 78th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. Workshop title: Wildlife Conservation in Cities and Suburbs.
2013-present ReGreen Springfield board member
2012-present Massachusetts Envirothon mentor
2012-present Israeli Rarities and Distribution Committee member.
2012 Worksession Organizer for Bridging the Implementation Gap: Bird Conservation Conference in the Northeast. Worksession Title: Urban Bird Habitat.
2009-2010 Student Representative Seminar speaker selection committee for the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology program, University of Massachusetts.
2009 Symposium Organizer for International Urban Wildlife Conference, University of Massachusetts. Symposium Title: Managing Residential Landscapes for Wildlife.
2009-2010 Urban Ecology Institute Consultant for research projects and teacher training program for underserved Boston high schools. Presented seminar on urban behavioral ecology.
2006-2010 Ecology Explorers Consultant for the CAP LTER K-12 environmental education group Activities include: bird identification workshops, classroom presentations, assisted student research projects and guidance with teacher training workshops.
Peer Reviewer Landscape and Urban Planning, Studies in Avian Biology, Journal of Biogeography, Urban Ecosystems, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Landscape Ecology, Oecologia, The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Ecosphere, Biological Conservation, Animal Conservation