Fernbank Science Center Faculty

Fernbank Faculty Christopher R. Showalter

Fernbank Science Center
156 Heaton Park Drive
Atlanta, GA 30307

Office: 678-874-7135
FAX:  678-874-7110

Chris was born and raised in the beautiful state of West Virginia. Chris attended West Virginia University and received a M.S. in Wildlife Biology with an emphasis in ornithology. His graduate work focused on the impact of repeated gypsy moth defoliations on forests and avian communities. He has worked at Fernbank Science Center since 2001. Chris spends most of his time teaching students about nature and enjoys working with DeKalb County students in field based classes.

Courses Taught

Research Interests

Chris's primary research interest is avian population monitoring in the Piedmont region of Georgia. However, he has a general interest in all aspects of avian ecology.


Showalter, C. R. 2008. Bird numbers decline in an old growth forest: Long-term trends in Fernbank Forest. The Oriole 73 (1-4):1-11.

Maney, D. L., Davis, A. K., Goode, C. T., Reid, A., and Showalter, C.R. (2008). Carotenoid-based plumage coloration predicts leukocyte parameters during the breeding season in northern cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis). Ethology 114: 369-380.

Showalter, C.R. and R.C. Whitmore. 2002. The effect of gypsy moth defoliation on cavity-nesting bird communities. Forest Science 48(2):273-281.