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Jim Sedinger, Ph.D.


Contact Information

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  • Phone: (775) 784-6556
  • Fax: (775) 784-4583
  • Office: Knudtsen Resource Center 133
  • Mail Stop: 0186


  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 1983
  • B.S., University of Washington, 1971

Research Interests

The study of life-histories, population biology and nutritional ecology of avian species, particularly waterfowl. Application of such knowledge to the management of wetlands, waterfowl and other avian populations and to the training of students.

Class Materials

Selected Publications

  • Blomberg, E. J., J. S. Sedinger, M. T. Atamian, and D. V. Nonne. 2012, Characteristics of climate and landscape disturbance influence the dynamics of greater sage-grouse populations., Ecosphere 3:1-20.
  • Sedinger, J. S., E. J. Blomberg, A. W. VanDellen, and S. Byers. 2012, Environmental and population strain effects on survival of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout in Walker Lake, Nevada: a Bayesian approach., North American Journal of Fisheries Management 32:515-522.
  • Sedinger, J. S., and M. P. Herzog. 2012, Harvest and dynamics of duck populations., Journal of Wildlife Management 76:1108-1116.
  • Sedinger, J. S., Schamber, J. L., Ward, D. H., Nicolai, C. A., Conant, B. 2011, Carryover effects associated with winter location affect fitness, social status, and population dynamics in a long distance migrant, American Naturalist, 178, E110-E123.
  • Lemons, P. R., Sedinger, J. S., Randle, P. S. 2011, Detecting conspecific brood parasitism using egg morphology in Black Brant, Journal of Avian Biology, 42, 282-288.
    Lemons, P. R., Sedinger, J. S., Randle, P. S. 2011, Egg size mimicry by an intraspecific brood parasite, Behavioral Ecology, 22, 696-700.
  • Crampton, L. H., Sedinger, J. S. 2011, Nest habitat selection by the Phainopeplas: congruence across spatial scales but not habitat types, Condor, 113, 209-222.
    Sedinger, J. S., Nicolai, C. A. 2011, Recent trends in first-year survival for Black Brant breeding in southwestern Alaska, Condor, 113, 511-517.
  • Atamian, M., Sedinger, J. S., Heaton, J. S., Blomberg, E. 2010, Assessment of Brood Rearing Habitat for Greater Sage-Grouse in Nevada., Journal of Wildlife Management, 74, 1533-1543.
    Crampton, L., Longland, W., Murphy, D., Sedinger, J. S., 2010, Food abundance determines distribution and density of a frugivorous bird across seasons., Oikos, 119
  • Sedinger, J. S., White, G. C., Espinosa, S., Partee, E. T., Braun, C. E. 2010, Harvest and survival of greater sage-grouse Centrocercus urophasianus in Nevada and Colorado., Journal of Wildlife Management, 74, 326-332.
  • Lemons, P. R., Sedinger, J. S., Herzog, M. P., Gipson, P. L., Gilliland, R. L. 2010, Landscape effects on diets of two canids in northwest Texas: a multinomial modeling approach., Journal of Mammalogy, 91, 66-78.
  • Lemons, P. R., Sedinger, J. S., Herzog, M. P., Gipson, P. L., Gilliland, R. L. 2010, Landscape effects on diets of two canids in northwest Texas: a multinomial modeling approach., Journal of Mammalogy, 91.
  • Atamian, M. T., Sedinger, J. S. 2009, Balanced primary sex ratio in a Greater Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) population., Auk, 126.
    Kolada, E., Casazza, M., Sedinger, J. S. 2009, Ecological factors influencing nest survival of greater sage-grouse in Mono County, California., Journal of Wildlife Management, 73, 1341-1347.
  • Sedinger, J. S., Chelgren, N. D., Ward, D. H., Lindberg, M. S. 2008, Fidelity and breeding probability related to population density and individual quality in black brent geese (Branta bernicla nigricans)., Journal of Animal Ecology, 77, 702-712.
  • Sedinger, J. S. 2008, The Secret Lives of Barnacle Geese-a review of wild goose dilemmas., Wildlife Professional, 2, 48-49.
  • Sears, M. W., J. P. Hayes, K. Geluso, C. O'conner, and J. S. Sedinger. 2006. Individual variation in thermogenic capacity affects above-ground activity of high altitude deer mice. Functional Ecology 20:in press.
  • Eichholz, M.W. and J. S. Sedinger. 2006. Staging, migration, and winter distribution of white-cheeked geese staging in Interior Alaska. Journal of Wildlife Management 69: in press.
  • Sedinger, J. S., D. H. Ward, J. L. Schamber, W. I. Butler, W. D. Eldridge, B. Conant, J. F. Voelzer, N. D. Chelgren, and M. P. Herzog. 2006. Effects of El Niño on distribution and reproductive performance of Black Brant. Ecology 87:in press.
  • Walker, J., M. S. Lindberg, M. C. McCluskie, M. J. Petrula, and J. S. Sedinger. 2005. Nest survival of scaup and other ducks in the boreal forest of Alaska. Journal of Wildlife Management 68:in press.
  • Sedinger, J. S., and J. J. Rotella. 2005. Effect of harvest on sage-grouse populations: what can we learn from the data? Wildlife Biology 11:in press.
  • Ward, D. H., Reed, A., Sedinger, J. S., Black, J. M., Derksen, D. V., and Castelli, P. M. 2005. Effects of anthropogenic and climate events on habitats and population dynamics of nearctic brant. Global Change Biology 11:869-880.
  • Ward, D. H., J. A. Schmutz, J. S. Sedinger, K. S. Bollinger, P. D. Martin, and B. A. Anderson. 2004. Temporal and geographic variation in survival of juvenile Black Brant. Condor 106:263-274.
  • Sedinger, J. S., M. P. Herzog, and D. H. Ward. 2004. Early environment and recruitment of Black Brant into the breeding population. Auk 121:68-73.
  • Herzog, M. P., and J. S. Sedinger. 2004. Dynamics of foraging behavior associated with variation in habitat and forage availability in captive Black Brant Goslings (Branta bernicla nigricans). Auk 121:210-223.
  • Nicolai, C.A., J.S. Sedinger, and M.L. Wege. 2004. Mechanisms of hatch synchronization in Black Brant. Functional Ecology 18:475-482.
  • Orians, G., et al. 2003. Cumulative environmental effects of oil and gas activities on Alaska's North Slope. Committee on cumulative environmental effects of Alaskan North Slope oil and gas activities, National Research Council. 287 pp.
  • Person, B.B., M. P. Herzog, R.W. Ruess, J.S. Sedinger, R. M. Anthony, and C. A. Babcock. 2003. Feedback dynamics of grazing lawns: coupling vegetation change with animal growth. Oecologia 135:583-592.
  • Mowbray, T. C. Ely, J. S. Sedinger, and R. Trost. 2002. Canada Goose (Branta Canadensis). In Birds of North America, No. 682 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA..
  • Sedinger, J.S., P. Martin, B.A. Anderson, N.D. Chelgren, M.S. Lindberg, T. Obritchkewitch and M.T. Kirk. 2002. Life-history implications of large-scale variation in adult survival of Black Brant. Auk 119:510-515.
  • Sedinger, J. S., M. P. Herzog, B. T. Person, M. T. Kirk, T. Obritchkewitch, P. P. Martin, and A. A. Stickney. 2001. Large-scale variation in growth of Black Brant goslings related to food availability. Auk 118:1088-1095.
  • Sedinger, J. S., M. S. Lindberg and N. D. Chelgren. 2001. Age-specific breeding probability in Black Brant: effects of population density. Journal of Animal Ecology 70:798-807.
    Flint, P. L., R. F. Rockwell, and J. S. Sedinger. 2001. Estimating repeatability of egg size. Auk 118:500-503.
  • Raveling, D. G., J. S. Sedinger and D. S. Johnson. 2000. Reproductive success and survival in relation to juvenile experience of Canada Geese. Condor 102:941-945.
  • MacCluskie, M.C. and J.S. Sedinger. 2000. Nutrient reserve dynamics and regulation of clutch size in Northern Shovelers. Auk 117:971-979.
  • Routledge, R. D., G. E. J. Smith, L. Sun, N. Dawe, E. Nygren, and J. S. Sedinger. 1999. Estimating the size of a transient population. Biometrics 55:224-230.
  • Eichholz, M. W., and J. S. Sedinger. 1999. Regulation of incubation behavior in Black Brant. Can. J. Zool. 77: 249-257.
  • MacCluskie, M. C., and J. S. Sedinger. 1999. Nest attendance patterns of Northern Shovelers in the subarctic. Condor 101:417-421.
  • Sedinger, J. S., M. S. Lindberg, B. T. Person, M. W. Eichholz, M. Herzog. and P. L. Flint. 1998. Density dependent effects on growth, body size and clutch size in Black Brant. Auk 115:613-620.
  • Lindberg, M. S., J. S. Sedinger, R. F. Rockwell and D.V. Derksen. 1998. Population structure and natal and breeding movements in a Black Brant metapopulation. Ecology. 79:1893-1904.
  • Reed, A., D. H. Ward, D. V. Derksen and J. S. Sedinger. 1998. Brant species account. Birds of North America.
  • Lindberg, M. S. and J. S. Sedinger. 1998. Ecological significance of broodsite fidelity in Black Brant: spatial, annual, and age-related variation. Auk 115:436-446.
  • Eichholz, M. W. and J. S. Sedinger. 1998. Factors affecting length of the incubation period in Black Brant. Condor 100:164-168.
  • Sedinger, J. S., C. D. Ankney, and R. T. Alisauskas. 1997. Refined methods for assessment of nutrient reserve use and regulation of clutch size. Condor 99:836-840.
  • Sedinger, J. S., M. S. Lindberg, E. A. Rexstad, N. Chelgren and D. H. Ward. 1997. Testing for handling bias in survival estimation for Black Brant. J. Wildl. Manage. 61:782-791.
  • Ward, D. H., E. A. Rexstad, J. S. Sedinger, M. S. Lindberg and N. K. Dawe. 1997. Seasonal and annual survival of adult Pacific Brant. J. Wildl. Manage. 61:773-781.
  • Lindberg, M.S. and J. S. Sedinger. 1997. Ecological consequences of nest site fidelity in Black Brant. Condor 99:25-38.
  • Lindberg, M. S., J. S. Sedinger and P. L. Flint. 1997. Effects of spring environment on nesting phenology, nest site selection and clutch size of Black Brant. Condor 99:381-388.
  • MacCluskie, M. C., P. L. Flint and J. S. Sedinger. 1997. Variation in incubation period length of Mallards. Condor 99:224-228.
  • Sedinger, J. S. 1997. Adaptations to and consequences of an herbivorous diet in grouse and waterfowl. Condor 99:314-326.
  • Sedinger, J. S., M. S. Lindberg, M. W. Eichholz, and N. Chelgren. 1997. Influence of hatch date versus maternal and genetic effects on growth of Black Brant goslings. Auk 114:129-132.

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