Nancy Seefelt
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Institute for Great Lakes Research
Biosciences 2403
989-774-2560


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, including waterbirds, landbirds, and shorebirds. My waterbird work is focused in the Great Lakes, primarily in northern Lake Michigan. My landbird work includes migration, stopover and winter ecology involving many techniques including censusing, mist netting, and remote acoustic monitors; the acoustic monitors also allow for the tracking of migratory bats. I also monitor the breeding activities of the endangered Piping Plover as part of the recovery program for this species. In addition, my research includes using morphometrics and comparative anatomy to better understand phenotypic plasticity, as well as adaptations, in animal populations.

Education

  • Ph.D., MIchigan State University, 2005
  • M.S., Central Michigan University, 1997
  • B.S., Central Michigan University, 1993

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, including waterbirds, landbirds, and shorebirds. My waterbird work is focused in the Great Lakes, primarily in northern Lake Michigan. My landbird work includes migration, stopover and winter ecology involving many techniques including censusing, mist netting, and remote acoustic monitors; the acoustic monitors also allow for the tracking of migratory bats. I also monitor the breeding activities of the endangered Piping Plover as part of the recovery program for this species. In addition, my research includes using morphometrics and comparative anatomy to better understand phenotypic plasticity, as well as adaptations, in animal populations.

Publications

  • Seefelt, N.E. and P.D. Farrell. In press 2018. Indirect negative impacts of cormorant management on co-nesting Caspian Terns (Hydroprogne caspia) in northern Lake Michigan, USA. Waterbirds 41(4)
  • Seefelt, N.E. 2018. A disconnect between science and management for double-crested cormorants in northern Lake Michigan, USA, 2000-2016. Waterbirds 41(2):189-197. 
  • Cullinane-Anthony, B.L., N.E. Seefelt, R.G. Corace III, D.M. Kashian, and T.M. Gehring. 2014. Influence of residual forest patches on post-fire bird diversity patterns in jack pine-dominated ecosystems of northern Lower Michigan. Forest Ecology & Management. 331:93-103.
  • Tucker, T.R. and N.E. Seefelt. 2014. Double-crested Cormorants on the move in the Beaver Archipelago, northern Lake Michigan. Waterbirds. 37(1):99-106.
  • Van Guilder, M.A. and N.E. Seefelt. 2013. Changes in Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) reproductive success and chick bioenergetics after the invasion of the round goby (Appollonia melanostomus). Journal of Great Lake Research 39(1):153-161. 
  • Seefelt, N.E. 2012. Comparing decadal census trends and yearly variation in the abundance and distribution of breeding Double-crested Cormorants: the importance of monitoring a managed species. Waterbirds 35(sp 1):40-49.
  • Corace, R.G. III, N.E. Seefelt, P.C. Goebel, and H.L. Shaw. 2010. Snag management on Kirtland’s Warbler Jack Pine plantations. Northern J. of Applied Forestry. 27:125-131.
  • 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.
*Undergraduate