Andrew Sensenig, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Education

  • Ph.D. Entomology, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
  • M.S. Entomology, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
  • B.A. Physics, minors in Mathematics & Biology, Millersville University, Pa.

Professional Background

  • Assistant Professor of Biology, Tabor College
  • Instructor for Jumpstart High School Animal Behavior & Physiology program (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) University of Maryland
  • Lecture teaching assistant, University of Maryland
  • Laboratory teaching assistant for Biological Sciences, University of Maryland

Courses Taught

  • Botany
  • Environmental Science
  • Animal Behavior
  • Research Methods
  • Entomology
  • Ecology
  • Zoology
  • Physics

Research Experience

  • Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, 2009. Spider silk and web biomechanics in the Todd Blackledge laboratory. University of Akron, Akron, OH, 44325
  • Doctoral Entomology Research, 2003-2009. Mayfly nymph gill ventilation, co-directed by Dr. Jeffrey Shultz of Dept. of Entomology and Dr. Kenneth Kiger of Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 20742.
  • Master of Science Entomology Research, 2000-2002. Arachnid locomotion directed by Dr. Jeffrey Shultz. University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 20742.

Peer-reviewed Publications (bold denotes undergraduate coauthors)

  • Brown, L., Stephens A., Sensenig, A.T. (2014) Object permanence demonstrated by a Double Yellow Headed Amazon Parrot Amazona oratrix and an African Grey Parrot Psittacus erithacus. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science. Vol. 117, no. 3-4, in press.
  • Sensenig A. T., Kelly S.P., Lorentz K.A., Lesher B., Blackledge T.A. (2013). Mechanical performance of spider orb webs is tuned for high speed prey. Journal of Experimental Biology. 216, 3388-3394.
  • Sensenig A., Kelly S.P., Lorentz K.A., Blackledge T.A. (2012). Spider orb webs rely on radial threads to absorb prey kinetic energy. Proceedings of the Royal Society Interface. 9(73):1880-1891.
  • Sensenig, A. T., Agnarsson, I., Blackledge, T. A. (2011). Adult spiders use tougher silk: ontogenetic changes in web architecture and silk biomechanics in the orb-weaver spider. Journal of Zoology. 285:28-38.
  • Kelly S.P., Sensenig A., Lorentz K.A., Blackledge T.A. (2011). Damping capacity is evolutionarily conserved in the radial silk of orb weaving spiders. Zoology. 114:233-238.
  • Sensenig A., Agnarsson I., & Blackledge T.A. (2010). Behavioural and biomaterial coevolution in spider orb webs. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 23:1807-2029. (cover article)
  • Sensenig, A. T., Shultz, J. W. & Kiger, K. (2010). Hydrodynamic pumping by serial gill arrays in the mayfly nymph Centroptilum triangulifer. Journal of Experimental Biology. 213:3319-31.
  • Sensenig A., Agnarsson I., Gondek T. & Blackledge, T.A. (2010). Webs in vitro and in vivo: Spiders alter their orb web spinning behavior in the laboratory. Journal of Arachnology. 38:183-191.
  • Sensenig, A. T., Kiger, K. T. and Shultz, J. W. (2009). The rowing-to-flapping transition: ontogenetic changes in gill-plate kinematics in the nymphal mayfly Centroptilum triangulifer (Ephemeroptera, Baetidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 98, 540-555.
  • Agnarsson, I., Cecilia Boutry, Shing-Chung Wong, Avinash Baji, Ali Dhinojwala, Andrew T. Sensenig, & Todd A. Blackledge (2009). Supercontraction forces in spider dragline silk depend on hydration rate. Zoology 112(5), 325-331 *journal cover
  • Sensenig AT, Shultz JW. (2006). Mechanical energy oscillations during locomotion in the harvestman Leiobunum vittatum (Opiliones). Journal of Arachnology 34: 627-633.
  • Sensenig, A. & J.W. Shultz. (2004). Mechanics of elastic extension in the pedipalpal joints of scorpions and solifuges (Arachnida: Scorpiones, Solifugae). Journal of Arachnology 32:1-10.
  • Sensenig, A. T. & Shultz, J. W. (2003). Mechanics of cuticular elastic energy storage in leg joints lacking extensor muscles in arachnids. Journal of Experimental Biology 206,771-784.

Presentations

  • Talk (2013). Mechanical performance of spider orb webs is tuned for high speed prey. American Arachnology Society National Meeting, East Tennesee State University, TN.
  • Talk (2012). The physics of spider webs. Richard Kyle faculty lecture. Tabor College, Hillsboro, KS.
  • Poster (2012). Mechanical performance of spider orb webs is tuned for high speed prey. Entomological Society of America National Meeting, Knoxville, TN.
  • Talk (2009). The phased vortex pump of the mayfly nymph external gill array. American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN
  • Talk (2009). Behavioral and biomaterial co-evolution in spider orb webs. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, National Meeting, Boston, MA.
  • Talk (2008). Ontogenetic transitions in gill plate ventilation in mayfly nymphs. Entomological Society of America, Eastern Branch annual meeting, Syracuse, NY
  • Talk (2007). Dynamics of gill plate ventilation in mayfly nymphs. American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Talk (2006). Reynolds number effects on gill plate ventilation in mayfly nymphs. American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL
  • Talk (2005). Elastic Mechanisms in Arachnids. Guest speaker for Millersville University Physics Department Seminar.
  • Talk (2003). Kinematics of Locomotion in Harvestmen. Annual Meeting of the American Arachnological Society. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver, C.O.
  • Talk (2001). Elastic Mechanisms in Arachnid Legs. Annual Meeting of the American Arachnological Society. Keene College, N.H.
  • Talk (1999). The ringing pan: photon momentum? The American Association of Physics Teachers, PA chapter meeting.

Honors & Awards

  • Graduate Student Oral Presentation Competition ESA Eastern Branch (2nd Branch of the Entomological Society of America. 2008.
  • A. L. Steinhauer Award for Excellence in Teaching. Awarded by the Department of Entomology of the University of Maryland. 2004.