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Nathan Senner

Title: Assistant Professor
Research Concentration - Ecology; Evolution
Department: Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-4254
Resources: Senner Lab Website
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Environmental change is a ubiquitous feature of ecosystems around the globe. Whether it is related to climatic change, human development, or natural processes, organisms must be able to respond and adapt to variations in their environment. We study the mechanisms by which individuals are able to respond to change and link these strategies to variation in the size of entire populations and species. We primarily work with species that inhabit extreme environments or exhibit extreme behaviors, as these species are predicted to be less capable of coping with rapid environmental changes.


Loonstra, AHL, MA Verhoeven, NR Senner, C Both, and T Piersma. 2019. Adverse wind-conditions during northward Sahara crossings increases the in-flight morality of Black- tailed Godwits. Ecology Letters 22: doi: 10.1111/ele.13387.

Kwon E, et al. 2019. Geographic variation in the intensity of phenological mismatch between Arctic shorebirds and their invertebrate prey. Ecological Monographs 89: e01383.

Bulla M, et al. 2019. No evidence for disruption of global patterns of nest predation in    shorebirds. Science 364: eaaw8529.

Senner NR, MA Verhoeven, JM Abad-Gómez, JA Alves, JCEW Hooijmeijer, RA Howison, R Kentie, AHJ Loonstra, JA Masero, A Rocha, M Stager, and T Piersma. 2019. High migratory survival and highly variable migratory behaviour in black-tailed godwits. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 7: 96.

Verhoeven, MA, AHJ Loonstra, NR Senner, AD McBride, C Both, and T Piersma. 2019. Variation from an unknown source: large inter-individual differences in migrating black-tailed godwits. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 7: 31.

Loonstra, AHJ, MA Verhoeven, NR Senner, JCEW Hooijmeijer, T Piersma, and R Kentie. 2019. Natal habitat type and sex-specific survival rates result in a male-biased adult sex ratio. Behavioral Ecology 30: 843-851.

Wilde, LR, CJ Wolf, SM Porter, M Stager, ZA Cheviron, and NR Senner.  2019. Botfly infections impair the aerobic performance and survival of montane populations of deer mice, Peromyscus maniculatus rufinus. Functional Ecology 33: 608-618.

Senner NR, M Stager, MA Verhoeven, ZA Cheviron, T Piersma, and W Bouten. 2018. High-altitude shorebird migration in the absence of topographical barriers: avoiding high air temperatures and searching for profitable winds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 285: 20180569

Swift RJ, AD Rodewald, NR Senner. 2018. Context-dependent costs and benefits of a heterospecific nesting association. Behavioral Ecology 29: 974-983.

Senner NR, JN Moore, ST Seager, K Kreuz, S Dougill, and SE Senner. 2018. A salt lake under stress: the relationship between birds, water levels, and invertebrates at a Great Basin saline lake. Biological Conservation 220: 320-329.

Márquez-Ferrando R, M Remisiewicz, JA Masero, R Kentie, NR Senner, MA Verhoeven,

JCEW Hooijmeijer, S Pardal, M Sarasa, T Piersma, and J Figuerola. 2018. Primary moult of Continental Black-tailed Godwits Limosa limosa limosa in Doñana wetlands, Spain. Bird Study 65: 132-139.

Verhoeven MA, AHJ Loonstra, JCEW Hooijmeijer, JA Masero, T Piersma, and NR Senner. 2018. Generational shift in spring staging site use by a long-distance migratory bird. Biology Letters 14: 20170663.

Weiser EL, et al. 2018. Effects of environmental conditions on reproductive effort and nest success of Arctic-breeding shorebirds. Ibis 160: 608-623.

Senner NR, M Stager, and ZA Cheviron. 2018. Spatial and temporal heterogeneity in climate change limits species’ dispersal capability and adaptive potential. Ecography 41: 1428-1440.

Weiser EL, et al. 2018. Life-history tradeoffs revealed by seasonal declines in reproductive traits of 21 species of Arctic-breeding shorebirds. Journal of Avian Biology 49: e01531.

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