Chris Hensz

Graduate Student
785.864.2316
Dyche Hall

Chris is a theoretical ecology student interested in migratory species, climate change, and applied modeling.  

Research: 

I study the relationship between environment and route choice in migratory seabirds. I use tracking and remote sensing data to determine which environments influence migration timing and direction and how these might change in the future.

Publications: 

Owens, H.L., L.P. Campbell, L.L. Dornak Saupe, E.E. Saupe, N. Barve, J. Soberón, K. Ingenloff, A. Lira-Noriega, C. M. Hensz, C.E. Myers, and A. T. Peterson. “Constraints on Interpretation of Ecological Niche Models by Limited Environmental Ranges on Calibration Areas.“ Ecological Modelling 263 (2013) 10-18.

Saupe, E. E., V. Barve, C. E. Myers, J. Soberón, N. Barve, C. M. Hensz, A. T. Peterson, H. L. Owens, and A. Lira-Noriega. "Variation in niche and distribution model performance: The need for a priori assessment of key causal factors." Ecological Modelling 237 (2012): 11-22.

Education: 

Washington State University, B.S. – Biology: Evolution and Ecology, 2010, Graduated Magna Cum Laude

Grants: 

Science Policy Internship at the Convention on Migratory Species. Panorama Small Grant Program. $1500. 1/12/14-4/28/14.

Awards: 

C-CHANGE IGERT Fellowship. NSF. $60,000. 24 mo. 05/15/2011-05/15/2013

Professional Presentations: 

Estimating Migration Resistance: a Case Study of Greenlandic Arctic Terns. Ecological Society of America 98th Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota. August 2012, Contributed oral presentation.