Jim Sedinger

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Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science
University of Nevada/Mail Stop 186
1664 North Virginia Street
Reno,  Nevada   89557

Office: (775) 784-6556
Fax: 784-4583

Email: jsedinger@cabnr.unr.edu
Building: Max Fleischmann Agriculture,  Office 224
Personal Web: http://www.ag.unr.edu/sedinger
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B.S. 1971 University of Washington
Ph.D. 1983 University of California, Davis


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.


1970    Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society).

1987    Plenary speaker, Symposium on the Ecology and Management of Breeding Waterfowl, Winnipeg, NM.

1991    Plenary speaker, Alaska Bird Conference and Workshop, Anchorage, AK.

1993    Elective Member, American Ornithologists' Union.

1995    Plenary speaker, Eighth North American Arctic Goose Conference, Albuquerque, NM.

1996     Plenary speaker, Ducks Unlimited Symposium on status of North American Waterfowl, Memphis, TN.

1998    Plenary speaker, Ninth North American Arctic Goose Conference, Victoria, B.C.

1998    Ducks Unlimited Professional Achievement Award (Professional/Technical category)

1998 Plenary speaker, Ninth North American Arctic Goose Conference, Victoria, B.C.

2003 Fellow, American Ornithologists’ Union.


Leach, A. G., Sedinger, J. S. 2016, Male breeding experience not mate familiarity, affects reproductive output in Black Brant geese., Behavioral Ecology, 27, 1851-1858   Read More...
Sedinger, J. S., Nicolai, C., VanDellen, A., Leach, A., Wilson, H., Anthony, R. 2016, Predation and reduced grazing interact to reduce recruitment and population growth in a small herbivore., Condor, 118, 433-444   Read More...
Sedinger, J. S., VanDellen, A. W., Leach, A. G., Riecke, T. V. 2016, Ultimate regulation of fecundity in species with precocial young: declining marginal value of offspring with increasing brood size does not explain maximal clutch size in black brent geese., Oecologia   Read More...
Mills, J., S., Sedinger, J. S. 2015, Archiving primary data: solutions for long-term studies., Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 30, 581-589.  
Pakala, J., Norris, R., Sedinger, J. S., Newman, A. 2015, Experimental effects of early-life corticosterone on the HPA axis and pre-migratory behavior in a wild songbird., Functional Ecology, 29,   Read More...
McKee, C., Stewart, K., Sedinger, J. S., Bush, A., Darby, N., Hughson, D., Bleich, V. 2015, Spatial distribution and resource selection by mule deer in an arid environment: responses to provision of water., Journal of Arid Environments, 122, 76-84.  
Blomberg, E. J., Gibson, D. V., Sedinger, J. S., Coates, P., Casazza, M. 2014, Carry-over effects and climatic conditions influence the post-fledging survival of greater sage-grouse., Ecology and Evolution, 4, 4488–4499.  
Sedinger, J. S., Alisauskas, R. T. 2014, Cross-seasonal effects and the dynamics of waterfowl populations., Wildfowl Special Issue, 4, 277-304.  
Gibson, D. V., Blomberg, E. J., Atamian, M. T., Sedinger, J. S. 2014, Lek fidelity and movement among leks by male Greater Sage-grouse: a capture-mark-recapture approach., Ibis, 156, 729-740.  
Nicolai, C. A., Sedinger, J. S., Ward, D. H., Boyd, W. S. 2014, Spatial variation in life-history trade-offs results in an ideal free distribution in Black Brant Geese., Ecology, 95, 1323-1331.  
Blomberg, E. J., Sedinger, J. S., Nonne, D. V., Atamian, M. T. 2013, Annual male lek attendance influences count-based population indices of Greater sage-grouse., Journal of Wildlife Management, 77, 1583-1592.  
Lackey, C. W., Beckman, J. P., Sedinger, J. S. 2013, Bear historic ranges revisited: documenting the increase of a once extirpated population in Nevada., Journal of Wildlife Management, 77, 812-820.  
Blomberg, E. J., Wolff, P. L., Sedinger, J. S. 2013, Geographic variation in liver metal concentrations of Greater Sage-grouse., Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management, 4, 298-302.  
Lindberg, M. S., Sedinger, J. S., Lebreton, J. D. 2013, Individual heterogeneity in black brant survival and recruitment with implications for harvest dynamics., Ecology and Evolution, 3, 4045–4056.  
Blomberg, E. J., Nonne, D. V., Atamian, M. T., Sedinger, J. S. 2013, Seasonal reproductive costs contribute to reduced survival of female greater sage-grouse., Journal of Avian Biology, 44, 149-158.  
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   Read More...
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   Read More...
Lemons, P. R., Sedinger, J. S., Randle, P. S. 2011, Egg size mimicry by an intraspecific brood parasite, Behavioral Ecology, 22, 696-700   Read More...
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   Read More...
Sedinger, J. S., Nicolai, C. A. 2011, Recent trends in first-year survival for Black Brant breeding in southwestern Alaska, Condor, 113, 511-517   Read More...
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 Wldlife 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.  
Book Reviews
Sedinger, J. S. 2008, The Secret Lives of Barnacle Geese-a review of wild goose dilemmas., Wildlife Professional, 2, 48-49.  


Older Publications

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 behaviour 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.