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Andrew Sensenig, Ph.D.

School of Natural Sciences

Education history

  • Ph.D. Entomology. Scale effects on gill plate ventilation mechanics in mayfly nymphs. University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA. 2009.
  • M.S. Entomology. Elastic sclerites and hydraulics in arachnid locomotion. University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA. 2002.
  • B.A. Physics major with minors in mathematics and biology. Millersville University, PA, USA. 2000.

Selected works

  • Sensenig, A.,Wenger, M. (accepted Jan. 2024, in press) Using rubrics with peer review to improve undergraduate science writing. Journal of College Science Teaching.
  • Sensenig, A. (2021). Invaders under our feet. Pacific Journal. 16: 51-57.
  • Golding, J., Johnson, A., Sensenig, A.T. (2017). Experimental manipulation of psychological momentum in baseball pitching: no evidence for short-term psychological momentum in baseball throw speeds. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology. 11(2):158-166.
  • Sensenig, A.T., Wiens B. (2015). Perspectives on Evolution and Climate Change Among Mennonites in Kansas, USA. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science. 118(3-4):276-284.
  • 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. 117(3-4):232-236.
  • 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: 1839-56.    *journal cover
  • 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, A.T., Shultz, J.W. (2006). Mechanical energy oscillations during locomotion in the harvestman Leiobunum vittatum (Opiliones). Journal of Arachnology 34: 627-633.
  • Sensenig, A., Shultz, J.W. (2004). Mechanics of elastic extension in the pedipalpal joints of scorpions and solifuges (Arachnida: Scorpiones, Solifugae). Journal of Arachnology 32:1-10.
  • Sensenig, A., 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.

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