Christopher M. Rogers, PhD

Christopher Rogers

Christopher M. Rogers, PhD-RETIRED

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Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Wichita State University

2006 - 2012

Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Wichita State University

2000 - 2006

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Wichita State University

1998 - 2000

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Grinnell College

1993 - 2000

Assistant Professor, Adjunct, Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Iowa


Postdoctoral Ecologist, United States Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Juneau, Alaska

1989 - 1990

Postdoctoral Fellow, The Ecology Group and Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia


PhD Biology 1988 Indiana University Bloomington
MS Zoology 1982 Michigan State University
BS Zoology 1978 University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee

Professional Societies

  • Elective Member, American Ornithologists' Union
  • Cooper Ornithological Society
  • Wilson Society for Ornithology
  • Association of Field Ornithologists

Current Research Activities

  • Evolutionary ecology of optimal body mass in birds: maximization of nonbreeding fitness
  • Ecological epidemiology of West Nile virus and migratory birds
  • Conservation biology and demography of the Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulea)
  • Endangered and threatened avian species (and other vertebrate species) surveys

Scientific Expeditions

  • Staff vertebrate biologist/ornithologist, Grinnell College 1999 Amazon Basin Expedition
  • Research Associate, Grinnel College 1999 Belize Expedition (tropical biology course)

Selected Publications

  • Rogers, C.M. 2013. Minimum annual adult survival estimates of male Cerulean Warblers (Setophaga cerulea) in southwestern Michigan. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 125:370-375.
  • Hamel, P.B., G. L. Colorado, C.M. Rogers, J. Baldy. 2013. Female and male Cerulean Warblers differ in dispersal and spatial distribution at multiple scales. Greenberg Innovation Sessions, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, Smithsonian Institution.
  • Rogers, C.M. 2011. Cerulean Warbler Reproduction, survival, and models of population decline. Conservation Biology 25:1212-1219.
  • Rogers, C.M. 2008. Winter fat storage and vertical microenvironmental gradients: experimental test of an alternative hypothesis. Open Ornithology Journal 1:29-35.
  • Buehler, D.A., J.J. Giocomo, J. Jones, P.B. Hamel, C.M. Rogers, T.A. Beachy, D. W.Varble, C.P. Nicholson, K. L. Roth, J. Barg, R.J. Robertson, J.R. Robb, and K. Islam. 2008. Cerulean Warbler reproduction, survival, and models of population decline. Journal of Wildlife Management 72:646-653.
  • Shelite, T.R., C.M. Rogers, B. R. Litzner, R.R. Johnson, and M.A. Schneegurt. 2008. West Nile virus antibodies in permanent resident and overwintering migrant birds in south-central Kansas. Vector-Borne Zoonotic Diseases 8:321-329.
  • Rogers, C.M. 2006. Nest success and breeding biology of Cerulean Warblers in Michigan. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 118:145-151.
  • Rogers, C.M. 2005. Food limitation among wintering birds: A view from adaptive body mass models. pp.106-113 in Proceedings of the Birds of Two Worlds conference, Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Institution Press.
  • Rogers, C.M. and R.M. Heath-Cross 2003. Effect of experimentally altered food abundance on fat reserves of wintering birds. Journal of Animal Ecology 72:822-830.
  • Rogers, C.M. and A. K. Reed. 2003. Does avian winter fat storage integrate temperature and resource conditions? A long-term study. Journal of Avian Biology 34:112-118.
  • Rogers, C.M. 2003. Point-of-view: New and continuing issues with using visible fat classes to estimate fat stores of birds. Journal of Avian Biology 34:129-133.
  • Rogers, C.M. 5 co-authors. 2002. Dark- eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis). Birds of North America, American Ornithologists Union Life histories for the 21st century. Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, and the American Ornithologist's Union, Washington, D.C.
  • Rogers, C.M. and S. Heard. invited symposium paper. 2005. The mesopredator release hypothesis: Integrating landbird management with ecological theory. A research symposium on the long-term trends in birds of the Savannah River Site, South Carolina. Studies in Avian Biology 21:138-143.
  • Weld, J., Rogers, C.M., and S.B. Heard. 1999. Semester-length field investigations in animal behavior and ecology. Journal of College Science Teaching 5:340-344.
  • Rogers, C.M. and M.J. Caro. 1998. A test of the mesopredator release hypothesis in wetland-edge Song Sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Oecologia 116:227-233.
  • Rogers, C.M., M.J. Taitt, J.N.M. Smith, and G. Jonegan. 1997. High nest predation and cowbird parasitism create a demographic sink in wetland-edge Song Sparrows. Condor 99:622-633.
  • Smith, J.N.M., M.J. Taitt, C.M. Rogers, P. Arcese, L. Keller, A. Cassidy, and W.M. Hochachka. 1996. A metapopulation approach to population biology of Song Sparrows. Ibis 138:120-128.
  • Rogers, C.M. 1995. Experimental evidence for temperature-dependent winter lipid storage in the Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis oreganus) and the Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia morphna). Physiological Zoology 68:277-289.
  • Rogers, C.M. 1994. Avian nest success, brood parasitism and edge-independent reproduction in an Alaskan wetland. Journal of Field Ornithology 65:433-440.
  • Rogers, C.M., V. Nolan Jr., and E.D. Ketterson. 1994. Winter fattening in Dark-eyed Juncos: Environmental effects, plasticity, and possible interaction with post- breeding migration. Oecologia 97:526-532.
  • Rogers, C.M. and J.N.M. Smith. 1993. Life-history theory in the nonbreeding period: Local trade-offs in body mass of wintering birds? Ecology 74:419-426.
  • Rogers, C.M., V. Nolan Jr., and E.D. Ketterson. 1993. Geographic variation in winter fat of the Dark-eyed Junco: Displacement to a common environment. Ecology 74:1183- 1190.
  • Rogers, C.M., M. Ramenofsky, V. Nolan, Jr., E. D. Ketterson, and J. Wingfield. 1993. Plasma corticosterone, adrenal mass, winter weather, and season in nonbreeding populations of Dark-eyed Juncos (Junco hyemalis hyemalis). Auk 110:279-285.
  • Arcese, P., J.N.M. Smith, W.M. Hochachka, C.M. Rogers, and D. Ludwig. 1992. Stability, regulation and the determination of abundance in an insular Song Sparrow population. Ecology 73:805-822.
  • Smith, J.N.M., P. Arcese, W. Hochachka, C.M. Rogers, and A. Cassidy. 1992. Determinants of abundance in an island Song Sparrow population. Proceedings of the 20th International Ornithological Congress.
  • Rogers, C.M., J.N.M. Smith, W. M. Hochachka, M. Taitt, A. L.E.V. Cassidy, M.J. Taitt, P. Arcese, and D. Schluter. 1991. Spatial variation in winter survival of Song Sparrows Melospiza melodia. Ornis Scandinavica 22:387-395.
  • Rogers, C.M. 1991. An evaluation of the method of estimating body fat by quantifying visible subcutaneous fat. Journal of Field Ornithology 62:349-356.
  • Rogers, C.M. and C.J. Rogers. 1990. Seasonal variation in daily mass amplitude and minimum body mass: A test of a recent model. Ornis Scandinavica 17:105-114.
  • Rogers, C.M., T. Theimer, V. Nolan Jr., and E. D. Ketterson. 1989. Does dominance determine how far dark-eyed juncos Junco hyemalis migrate into the winter range? Animal Behaviour 37:498-506.
  • Webb, D.R., and C.M. Rogers. 1988. Nocturnal energy expenditure of Dark-eyed Juncos (Junco hyemalis) roosting in Indiana in winter. Condor 90:107-112.
  • Rogers, C.M. 1987. Predation risk and fasting capacity: Does body mass in wintering birds reflect a tradeoff? Ecology 68:1051-1061.

Published Monographs

  • Rogers, C.M. 1998. A qualitative and quantitative survey of the avifauna of the Lux Arbor Reserve, Michigan. Library of Congress Call Number QL 676.56.M5 R6 1998


  • Avian Biology
  • Biology of Birds
  • Biology of Birds and Mammals
  • Vertebrate Zoology
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • General Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Animal Behavior
  • Biogeography (graduate)
  • Introduction to Biology (Evolution and Ecology)
  • Introduction to Biology (Structure and Function of Organisms)
  • Introduction to Research
  • Research (graduate

Courses at Wichita State University

  • BIOL 524 Vertebrate Zoology
  • BIOL 595 Avian Biology
  • BIOL 370 Introductory Environmental Science
  • BIOL 630 Behavioral Ecology
  • BIOL 890 Research

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