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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Norma Fowler

Associate Faculty Ph.D, Duke University, 1978




  • B.A., University of Chicago, 1973
  • Ph.D., Duke University, 1978
  • Postdoc, University College of North Wales

Research Interests

My students and I are currently pursuing a variety of questions in several areas of plant population biology and plant ecology. These areas include (1) the dynamics and regulation of plant populations and meta-populations; (2) competitive and facilitative interactions between plants and their consequences for community structure and for species distributions across their landscape; (3) the effects of herbivory on plant population dynamics, plant-plant interactions, community structure, and landscape-scale distributions. We address these topics using a variety of plant species (grasses, forbs, woody plants) and communities (from natural savanna and woodland to abandoned mines). Field, greenhouse, and garden experiments, descriptive field studies, and theoretical models are among the techniques used. A number of our current projects have conservation applications, including the preservation of an endangered annual forb and the management of woodland preserves.

People in Dr. Fowler's lab.


Faculty Advisor: Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior degree option of the Biology B.S. degree plan.

Lecture courses 2005-2006:

  • Fall 2005 - Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Graduate Core Course (Biology 384C)
  • Spring 2006 - Conservation Biology (Biology 375)


  • Teaching Excellence Award, College of Natural Science, University of Texas, April 2000
  • Elected a Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, February 1990


  • Russell, F.L., and N.L. Fowler. 2004. Effects of white-tailed deer on the population dynamics of acorns, seedlings and small saplings of Qercus buckleyi. Plant Ecology 173: 59-72.
  • Fowler, N.L. 2002. The joint effects of herbivory, competition, and topographic position upon six grasses. Ecology 83: 2477-2488.
  • Russell, F.L., D.B. Zippin, and N.L. Fowler. 2001. Effects of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) on plants, plant populations, and communities: a review. American Midland Naturalist 146: 1-26.
  • Pease, C.M. and N.L. Fowler. 1997. A systematic approach to some aspects of conservation biology. Ecology 78: 1321-1329.
  • Fowler, N.L. 1995. Density-dependent demography in two grasses: a five-year study. Ecology 67: 545-554.
  • Fowler, N.L. and K. Clay. 1995. Environmental heterogeneity, fungal parasitism and the demography of the grass Stipa leucotricha. Oecologia 103: 55-62.
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