Nicholas L. Rodenhouse

Wellesley College
Department of Biological Sciences
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
Telephone: 781-283-3557
FAX: 781-283-3642


A.B., Hope College, Biology, 1977
M.S., Iowa State University, Animal Ecology, 1981
Ph.D., Dartmouth College, Terrestrial Ecology, 1987

Professional Positions:
  • Frost Professor of Environmental Studies (2009-present), Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
  • Professor of Biological Sciences (2008-present), Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
  • Assoc. Prof. Biological Sciences (1997-2008), Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
  • Asst. Prof. Biological Sciences (1988-1997), Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
  • Post Doctoral Fellow (1986-1988), Miami University, Oxford, OH

  • Research Interests and Activities:
    Population ecology of forest songbirds; effects of environmental change on bird populations

    Distinguished Awards and Memberships:
    Ecological Society of America; Society for Conservation Biology; American Ornithologists Union, Elected member; American Society of Field Ornithologists

    Selected Publications:

    Cline, M. H., A. M. Strong, T. S. Sillett, N. L. Rodenhouse, and R. T. Holmes 2013. Correlates and consequences of breeding dispersal in a migratory songbird.. Auk. 130: in press.

    Townsend, A. K., Sillett, T. S., Lany, N. K., Kaiser, S. A., Rodenhouse, N. L., Webster, M. S., and Holmes, R.T. 2013. Warm Springs, Early Lay Dates, and Double Brooding in a North American Migratory Songbird, the Black-­ Throated Blue Warbler.. Plos One. 8 e59467.

    Wyman, K.E., N.L. Rodenhouse, and M.S. Bank. 2011. Mercury exposure, speciation, and influence on web structure in orb-weaving spiders from a forested watershed. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 30:1873–1878.

    Rodenhouse, N.L., L. Christenson, D. Parry, and L. Green. 2009. Potential effects of climate change on wildlife of Northeastern forests. Canadian Journal of Forestry Research. 39: 249-263.

    Rodenhouse, N.L., Matthews, S.N., K. P. McFarland, J. D. Lambert, L. R. Iverson, A. Prasad, T. S. Sillett and R. T. Holmes. 2008. Potential Effects of Climate Change on Birds of the Northeast. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 13: 517-540.

    Betts, M.G., A.S. Hadley, N.L. Rodenhouse and J.J. Nocera. 2008. Social information trumps vegetation structure in breeding site selection by a migrant songbird. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London, Series B 275:2257-2263.

    Betts, M.G., N.L. Rodenhouse, T. S. Sillett, P. J. Doran and R. T. Holmes. 2008. Dynamic occupancy models reveal within-breeding season movement up a habitat quality gradient by a migrant songbird. Ecography 31: 592-600.

    Rodenhouse, N. L., R. T. Holmes and T. S. Sillett. 2006. Contribution of site-dependence to regulation of population size: Evidence and consequences for biological monitoring of populations. Acta Zoologica Sinica 52:457-464.

    Ellison, A.M., M.S. Bank, B.D. Clinton, E.A. Colburn, K. Elliot, C.R. Ford, D.R. Foster, B.D. Kloeppel, J.C. Knoepp, G.M. Lovett, J. Mohan, D.A. Orwig, N.L. Rodenhouse, W.V. Sobczak, K.A. Stinson, J.K. Stone, C.M. Swan, J. Thompson, B. Von Holle, and J.R. Webster. 2005. Loss of foundation species: consequences for the structure and dynamics of forested ecosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment 9: 479-486.

    Holmes, R.T., N. L. Rodenhouse and T. S. Sillett. 2005. Black-throated Blue Warbler (Dendroica caerulescens). The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology; Retrieved from The Birds of North American Online database:

    Sillett, T. S., N. L. Rodenhouse and R. T. Holmes. 2004. Experimentally reducing neighbor density affects reproduction and behavior of a migratory songbird. Ecology 85:2467-2477.

    Rodenhouse, N.L., T. S. Sillett and R. T. Holmes. 2003. Regulation of a migratory bird population by multiple density dependence mechanisms. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B, 270: 2105-2110.

    McPeek, M., N.L. Rodenhouse, T.W. Sherry, and R. T. Holmes. 2001. Site-dependent population regulation: population-level regulation without individual-level interaction. Oikos 94:417-424.

    Rodenhouse, N. L., T. W. Sherry, and R. T. Holmes. 2000. Site dependent regulation of population size: Reply. Ecology, 81:1168-1171.

    Rodenhouse, N. L., T. W. Sherry, and R. T. Holmes. 1999. Multiple mechanisms of population regulation: contributions of site dependence, crowding and age structure. In N. J. Adams and R. H. Slotow, editors. Proceedings of the 22nd International Ornithological Congress, Durban, South Africa

    Rodenhouse, N. L., T. W. Sherry, and R. T. Holmes. 1997. Site-dependent regulation of population size: a new synthesis. Ecology, 78:2025-2042

    Rodenhouse, N. L., R. T. Holmes. 1992. Results of natural and experimental food reductions on breeding Black-throated Blue Warblers. Ecology 73: 357-372.

    Rodenhouse, N. L. 1992. Potential effects of climate change on a Neotropical migrant landbird. Conservation Biology 6:263-272.

    Stinner, B. R., R. A. J. Taylor, R. B. Hammond, N. L. Rodenhouse, F. F. Purrington, D. A. McCartney, and G. W. Barrett. 1989. Potential effects of climatic change on plant-pest interactions. Appendix C-2, Section 8, in Smith, J. B. and D. A. Tirpak, editors. The potential effects of global climate change on the United States. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D. C.

    Co-Authors and Collaborators:
    Ayres, Matthew P., Dartmouth College; Betts, Matthew, Oregon State University; Christianson, Lynn, Vassar College; Ellison, Aaron,M, Harvard Forest; Holmes, Richard, T., Dartmouth College; Iverson, Louis, R., U. S Forest Service; Lambert, J. Daniel, Hubbard Brook Research Foundation; Lovett, Gary, Institute of Ecosystem Studies; Matthews, Steven, Ohio State University; McFarland, Kent, P.,Vermont Center for EcoStudies; Nocera, Joseph J., Trent University ; Ollinger, Scott V., University of New Hampshire; Schwenk, Scott, University of Massachusetts; Sillett, T. Scott, Smithsonian Institution; Strong, Alan M., University of Vermont

    Postdoctoral Associates:
    Gary Barrett, University of Georgia, Athens

    Graduate Students:

    Graduate Advisor:
    Richard T. Holmes; Louis B. Best

    Role at the Hubbard Brook:
    Member of the Committee of Scientists, Research Approval Committee, Information Oversight Committee, Richard T. Holmes, T. Scott Sillett, Michael S. Webster and I train and direct the numerous research assistants are investigating the factors and processes that determine the abundances of migratory songbirds within the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. We are using long term monitoring, experimental field studies and computer modeling to integrate and test relationships among bird populations, their food resources (primarily caterpillars), forest vegetation structure and the abundances of nest predators. Most recently we have been using the 600 m altitudinal gradient within the HBEF to study how predictable differences in climate affect avian ecology and demography.

    Title at Hubbard Brook:
    Principal Investigator