Dr. William(Bill) R. Norris
Professor of Biology
of Natural Sciences
Western New Mexico University
Silver City, NM 88061
Office – Harlan Hall 141
Phone – (575) 538-6625
B.S. Lake Superior State University (1981); Biological Sciences
B.S. Lake Superior State University (1981); Mathematics
M.S. Iowa State University (1995); Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Botany)
Ph.D. Iowa State University (1999); Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Botany)
Advisor for Botany Major
Floristics (southwestern New Mexico, Iowa)
Methodology for natural area evaluation
Effect of forest management on songbird communities in the Upper Midwest
Long-term monitoring of forest vegetation in the Paleozoic Plateau of northeast Iowa
Effect of urbanization on municipal floras
Sedge (Carex) taxonomy
Thompson, J.D., W.R. Norris and D.Q. Lewis. 2008. The vascular flora of Ledges State Park (Boone Co., IA): Revelations and Recommendations. Castanea (accepted).
Kindscher, K. and W.R. Norris, eds. 2008. Proceedings of the First Natural History of the Gila Symposium. New Mexico Botanist (in press).
Norris, W.R. and D.Q. Lewis. 2006. Bixby State Park and Preserve: History, biota, roles in conservation, human impacts and future directions. Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science 113:17-44.
Norris, W.R, L.M. Hemesath, D.M. Debinski and D.R. Farrar. 2003. Does bird community composition vary along a disturbance gradient in northeast Iowa (USA) forests? Natural Areas Journal 23:262-273.
Norris, W.R., M.P. Widrlechner, D.Q. Lewis, J.D. Thompson and R.O. Pope. 2001. More than a century of change in the Ames, Iowa flora. Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science 108:124-141.
Norris, W.R. and D.R. Farrar. 2001. A method for the rapid survey and natural quality evaluation of forests in the Central Hardwoods region. Natural Areas Journal 21:313-323.
Norris, W.R., D.Q. Lewis, M.P. Widrlechner, J.D. Thompson and R.O. Pope. 2001. Lessons from an inventory of the Ames, IA flora (1859-2000) Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science 108:34-63.
Norris, W.R. and D.R. Farrar. 1999. A municipal inventory and evaluation of natural areas: history and methodology. Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science 106:49-62.
Wetzel, P.R., W.R. Norris and K.M. Lyles. 1999. The vascular flora of Doolittle Prairie State Preserve: a prairie pothole-wetland complex. Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science 106:26-33.
Hemesath, L.M. and W.R. Norris. 1998. The forest avifauna of northeast Iowa. Iowa Birdlife 68:29-41.
American Association of Biology Teachers
Natural Areas Association
Iowa Academy of Science
New Mexico Plant Society
Iowa Native Plant Society
Hiking and backpacking
Listening to the blues
Green Bay Packers