Andrew studies arthropods to address general questions about evolution and animal mechanics. Andrew served as an instructor of the Jumpstart High School Animal Behavior and Physiology Program, College Park, MD from 2001-06. Prior to coming to Tabor, Andrew was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Akron. The most significant finding from this work was the relationship between spider web architecture and silk thread quality.
Andrew enjoys directing undergraduate research. Students with interests in zoology (especially entomology), biomechanics, general physics, and “green” technology may contact him for potential research projects. He would also welcome working with students interested in the interface of science and religion in Western civilization, and particularly the relationship between science and Evangelicalism today.
Andrew’s hobbies include birdwatching and raising rare breeds of small livestock. Andrew was raised in Lancaster County, PA and attended Red Run Mennonite Church, Fivepointville as a child. Most recently, Andrew has attended Orrville Mennonite Church, OH. Andrew lived in Swaziland and Somalia in the 1980’s, where his parents served with Eastern Mennonite Missions. Andrew’s passion for global and local environmental issues is driven by his Christian conviction that God commands us to preserve his good creation.
Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, 2009. Spider silk and web biomechanics in the Todd Blackledge laboratory. University of Akron, Akron, OH, 44325
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.