Nancy E. Seefelt
Photo of Nancy SeefeltAssistant Professor
Brooks Hall 191 (Office)
Brooks Hall 175 (Research Lab)
  • B.S., Central Michigan University, 1993
  • M.S., Central Michigan University, 1997
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2005
Teaching Areas
Introductory Biology, Nature Study and Conservation, Vertebrate Natural History & Comparative Anatomy, Avian Studies, Ecology & Evolution
Research Fields
Avian Ecology, Vertebrate Morphometrics, Evolution & Ecology
Current Research Projects
I am a vertebrate ecologist and evolutionary biologist; I study the interactions of vertebrates with their environment, especially in reference to population/community structure, using field work, laboratory methods, and ecological modeling. Much of my research centers on avian ecology, specifically waterbirds, landbirds, and shorebirds, often on Lake Michigan islands. Also, I work on the multispecies use of habitats managed for endangered species. In addition, my research includes using morphometrics and comparative anatomy to better understand phenotypic plasticity, as well as adaptations, in animal populations.
Selected Publications
  • Corace, R.G. III, N.E. Seefelt, P.C. Goebel, and H.L. Shaw*. 2010 ( in press).  Snag management on Kirtland’s Warbler Jack Pine plantations.  Northern J. of Applied Forestry.
  • Corace, R.G. III, Goebel, P.C., Hix, D.M., Casselman, T., and N.E. Seefelt. 2009.  Ecological forestry at National Wildlife Refuges: experiences from Seney National Wildlife Refuge and Kirtland’s Warbler Management Areas. The Forestry Chronicle 85(5)695-701. 
  • Seefelt, N.E. and J.C. Gillingham. 2008.  Bioenergetics and prey consumption of breeding Double-crested Cormorants ( Phalacrocorax auritus) in the Beaver Archipelago, northern Lake Michigan.  Journal of Great Lakes Research 34(1)122-133. 
  • Seefelt, N.E. and J.C. Gillingham.  2006.  Foraging locations of Double-crested Cormorants in the Beaver Archipelago of northern Lake Michigan:  implications for Smallmouth Bass declines.  Waterbirds 29(4):473-480. 
  • Seefelt, N.E. and J.C. Gillingham. 2006. A comparison of three methods to investigate the diet of breeding Double-crested Cormorants ( Phalacrocorax auritus) in the Beaver Archipelago, northern Lake Michigan.  Hydrobiologia (Special Publication) 567(1)57-67.