Nathan Senner

Assistant Professor


Office: Holdsworth 219

Phone: (413) 545-4853

Website & Google Scholar Profile

Primary Interests

The Senner Lab focuses on understanding how individual-level process scale up to influence population- and species-level processes. We believe that integrating across biological levels of organization is critical to understanding how organisms respond to environmental change. Much of our research focuses on long-distance migratory birds, which as a group are rapidly declining. To study these species, we incorporate on-the-ground data collection at long-term study sites with the use of tracking technologies, remote sensing data, and large-scale citizen science monitoring initiatives to document the factors influencing individuals, populations, and species throughout their lives.


Post-Doc: University of Montana (2015-2018)

Post-Doc: University of Groningen (2012-2015)

Ph.D. Cornell University (2013)

B.A. Carleton College (2004)

Courses Taught

NRC 590VE — Vertebrate Ecology

Recent Publications

*Lab Graduate Student, **Lab Undergraduate Student

**Pelton M, S Padula,** J Garcia-Walther,* M Andrews, R Mercer, R Porter, F Sanders, J Thibault, NR Senner, and JA Linscott.* 2022. Kiawah and Seabrook islands are a critical site for the rufa Red Knot. Wader Study 129: 105-118.

*Linscott JA, JG Navedo, J Ruiz, SJ Clement, MD Weegman, BM Ballard, and NR Senner. 2022. Compensation dominates for Hudsonian godwits on a long-distance, transoceanic migratory flight. Movement Ecology 10:11.

*Wilde LR, JE Simmons,** RJ Swift, and NR Senner. 2022. Age-specific variation in sensitivity to resource availability in precocial young influence population responses to phenological mismatches in a sub-Arctic breeding shorebird. Ecology 103: e3743.

Gutiérrez JS, JN Moore, JP Donnelly, C Dorador, JG Navedo, and NR Senner. 2022. Climate change and lithium mining influence flamingo abundance in the Lithium Triangle. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 289: 20212388.

*Wilde LR, RJ Swift, and NR Senner. 2022. Behavioral adjustments in the social associations of a precocial shorebird mediate the costs and benefits of grouping decisions. Journal of Animal Ecology 91: 870-882.

*Verhoeven MA, AD McBride, JCEW Hooijmeijer, T Piersma, and NR Senner. 2022. Earthworm abundance and availability does not influence the reproductive decisions of black-tailed godwits in an agricultural grassland. Ecological Solutions and Evidence 3: e12125.

*Verhoeven MA, AHJ Loonstra, AD McBride, C Both, NR Senner, and T Piersma. 2021. Age-dependent timing and routes demonstrate developmental plasticity in a long-distance migratory bird. Journal of Animal Ecology 91: 566-579.

Stager M, NR Senner, DL Swanson, MD Carling, and ZA Cheviron. 2021. Temperature heterogeneity correlates with intraspecific variation in physiological flexibility in a small endotherm. Nature Communications 12: 4401.

Schweizer RM, MR Jones, GS Bradburd, JF Storz, NR Senner, CJ Wolf, and ZA Cheviron. 2021. Broad concordance in the spatial distribution of adaptive and neutral genetic variation along an elevational cline in deer mice. Molecular Biology and Evolution 38: 4286-4300.

Drucker JR, NR Senner, and JP Gomez. 2021. Interspecific aggression in sympatry between congeneric Thamnophilus antbirds. Behavioral Ecology 32: 1032-1041.

Sanders F, M Handmaker,* AS Johnson, and NR Senner. 2021. Critical nocturnal roost on South Carolina coast supports nearly half of the Atlantic coast population of Whimbrel Numenius hudsonicus during northward migration. Wader Study 128: 117-124.

*Faria FA, M Reppening, G Taveres Nunes, NR Senner, and L Bugoni. 2021. Breeding habitats, phenology, and size of a resident population of Two-banded Plover (Charadrius falklandicus) at the northern edge of its distribution. Austral Ecology 46: 1311-1321.

*Linscott JA and NR Senner. 2021. Restoring the diversity of functions to migratory stopover events. Ornithological Applications 123: duaa074.