Dr Alistair Senior

F07 - Carslaw Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone 0286270703

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Research interests

I am primarily interested in ecology and evolution. My research is focussed on trying to understand how environments shape diets and appetites, and how in turn these traits change over evolutionary time. I also have a keen interest in statistical and computational methods, particularly meta-analysis and agent-based models.

We know surprisingly little about how diets and nutritional strategies change over evolutionary time. However, these traits fundamentally influence physiological adaptation and ultimately health. Perhaps our ability to understand these phenomena has been hampered by a lack of nutritional thinking. My research demonstrates that nutritional approaches can provide novel insights into the way that organisms adapt to their environments, and ultimately, I hope, give a new understanding of the evolutionary basis for diet, appetite and disease

Teaching and supervision

I offer student projects on meta-analysis, comparative analysis and computational simulation, usually with applications to questions in nutritional ecology and evolutionary biology.

If you are interested in contributing to a project of this nature, please feel free to send me an email.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Lihoreau, M., Charleston, M., Senior, A., Clissold, F., Raubenheimer, D., Simpson, S., Buhl, J. (2017). Collective foraging in spatially complex nutritional environments. Royal Society of London. Philosophical Transactions B. Biological Sciences, 372(1727), Art. 20160238-1-Art. 20160238-11. [More Information]
  • Senior, A., Nakagawa, S., Raubenheimer, D., Simpson, S., Noble, D. (2017). Dietary restriction increases variability in longevity. Biology Letters, 13(3), Art. 20170057/1-Art. 20170057/4. [More Information]
  • Wong, A., Wang, Q., Morimoto, J., Senior, A., Lihoreau, M., Neely, G., Simpson, S., Ponton, F. (2017). Gut Microbiota Modifies Olfactory-Guided Microbial Preferences and Foraging Decisions in Drosophila. Current Biology, in press.
  • Nakagawa, S., Noble, D., Senior, A., Lagisz, M. (2017). Meta-evaluation of meta-analysis: Ten appraisal questions for biologists. BMC Biology, 15(1), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Campbell, G., Senior, A., Bell-Anderson, K. (2017). Metabolic Effects of High Glycaemic Index Diets: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Feeding Studies in Mice and Rats. Nutrients, 9(7), Art. 646-20 pages. [More Information]
  • Senior, A., Lihoreau, M., Charleston, M., Buhl, J., Raubenheimer, D., Simpson, S. (2016). Adaptive collective foraging in groups with conflicting nutritional needs. Royal Society Open Science, 3(4), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Senior, A., Lim, J., Adolfsson, S., Lamatsch, D., Nagakawa, S. (2016). Condition and reproductive investment in the western mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis): little evidence for condition-dependent sex-biased investment. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 119(2), 430-435. [More Information]
  • Cogger, V., Mohamad, M., Solon-Biet, S., Senior, A., Warren, A., O'Reilly, J., Tung, B., Svistounov, D., McMahon, A., Fraser, R., Raubenheimer, D., Holmes, A., Simpson, S., Le Couteur, D. (2016). Dietary Macronutrients and the Aging Liver Sinusoidal Endothelial Cell. American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology, 310(9), H1064-H1070. [More Information]
  • Machovsky-Capuska, G., Senior, A., Zantis, S., Barna, K., Cowieson, A., Panyda, S., Pavard, C., Shiels, M., Raubenheimer, D. (2016). Dietary protein selection in a free-ranging urban population of common myna birds. Behavioral Ecology, 27(1), 219-227. [More Information]
  • Besson, A., Lagisz, M., Senior, A., Hector, K., Nagakawa, S. (2016). Effect of maternal diet on offspring coping styles in rodents: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Biological Reviews, 91(4), 1065-1080. [More Information]
  • Vanderpham, J., Nakagawa, S., Senior, A., Closs, G. (2016). Habitat-related specialization of lateral-line system morphology in a habitat-generalist and a habitat-specialist New Zealand eleotrid. Journal of Fish Biology, 88(4), 1631-1641. [More Information]
  • Senior, A., Grueber, C., Kamiya, T., Lagisz, M., O'Dwyer, K., Santos, E., Nakagawa, S. (2016). Heterogeneity in ecological and evolutionary meta-analyses: its magnitude and implications. Ecology, 97(12), 3293-3299. [More Information]
  • Jones, P., Senior, A., Allibone, R., Closs, G. (2016). Life-history variation in a species complex of nonmigratory galaxiids. Ecology of Freshwater Fish, 25(2), 174-189. [More Information]
  • Senior, A., Grueber, C., Machovsky-Capuska, G., Simpson, S., Raubenheimer, D. (2016). Macronutritional consequences of food generalism in an invasive mammal, the wild boar. Mammalian Biology, 81(5), 523-526. [More Information]
  • Geoghegan, J., Senior, A., Holmes, E. (2016). Pathogen population bottlenecks and adaptive landscapes: overcoming the barriers to disease emergence. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 283(1837), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Machovsky-Capuska, G., Senior, A., Benn, E., Tait, A., Schuckard, R., Stockin, K., Cook, W., Ogle, M., Barna, K., Melville, D., Wright, B., Raubenheimer, D., et al (2016). Sex-specific macronutrient foraging strategies in a highly successful marine predator: the Australasian gannet. Marine Biology, 163(4), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Senior, A., Lihoreau, M., Buhl, J., Raubenheimer, D., Simpson, S. (2016). Social Network Analysis and Nutritional Behavior: An Integrated Modelling Approach. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1-10. [More Information]
  • Senior, A., Johnson, S., Nakagawa, S. (2016). Sperm traits of masculinized fish relative to wild-type males: a systematic review and meta-analyses. Fish and Fisheries, 17(1), 143-164. [More Information]
  • Le Couteur, D., Solon-Biet, S., Cogger, V., Mitchell, S., Senior, A., de Cabo, R., Raubenheimer, D., Simpson, S. (2016). The impact of low-protein high-carbohydrate diets on aging and lifespan. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 73(6), 1237-1252. [More Information]
  • Machovsky-Capuska, G., Senior, A., Simpson, S., Raubenheimer, D. (2016). The Multidimensional Nutritional Niche. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 31(5), 355-365. [More Information]
  • Lamatsch, D., Adolfsson, S., Senior, A., Christiansen, G., Pichler, M., Ozaki, Y., Smeds, L., Schartl, M., Nakagawa, S. (2015). A Transcriptome Derived Female-Specific Marker from the Invasive Western Mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis). PloS One, 10(2), 1-16. [More Information]
  • Senior, A., Nakagawa, S., Lihoreau, M., Simpson, S., Raubenheimer, D. (2015). An Overlooked Consequence of Dietary Mixing: A Varied Diet Reduces Interindividual Variance in Fitness. The American Naturalist, 186(5), 649-659. [More Information]
  • Jarvie, S., Senior, A., Adolph, S., Seddon, P., Cree, A. (2015). Captive rearing affects growth but not survival in translocated juvenile tuatara. Journal of Zoology, 297(3), 184-193. [More Information]
  • Senior, A., Lokman, P., Gloss, G., Nakagawa, S. (2015). Ecological and evolutionary applications for environmental sex reversal of fish. The Quarterly Review of Biology, 90(1), 23-44. [More Information]
  • Senior, A., Charleston, M., Lihoreau, M., Buhl, J., Raubenheimer, D., Simpson, S. (2015). Evolving nutritional strategies in the presence of competition: A geometric agent-based model. PLoS Computational Biology, 11(3), 1-24. [More Information]
  • Nakagawa, S., Poulin, R., Mengersen, K., Reinhold, K., Engqvist, L., Lagisz, M., Senior, A. (2015). Meta-analysis of variation: Ecological and evolutionary applications and beyond. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 6, 143-152. [More Information]
  • Grueber, C., Knafler, G., King, T., Senior, A., Grosser, S., Robertson, B., Weston, K., Brekke, P., Harris, C., Jamieson, I. (2015). Toll-like receptor diversity in 10 threatened bird species: relationship with microsatellite heterozygosity. Conservation Genetics, 16, 595-611. [More Information]
  • Kamiya, T., O'Dwyer, K., Westerdahl, H., Senior, A., Nakagawa, S. (2014). A quantitative review of MHC-based mating preference: the role of diversity and dissimilarity. Molecular Ecology, 23(21), 5151-5163. [More Information]
  • Schadewinkel, R., Senior, A., Wilson, D., Jamieson, I. (2014). Effects on South Island robins (Petroica australis) from pest control using aerially applied 1080 poison. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 38(2), 315-321.
  • Lim, J., Senior, A., Nakagawa, S. (2014). Heterogeneity in individual quality and reproductive trade-offs within species. Evolution, 68(8), 2306-2318. [More Information]
  • Senior, A., Nakagawa, S., Grimm, V. (2014). The Evolutionary Consequences of Disrupted Male Mating Signals: An Agent-Based Modelling Exploration of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in the Guppy. PloS One, 9(7), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Senior, A., Nakagawa, S. (2013). A comparative analysis of chemically induced sex reversal in teleosts: challenging conventional suppositions. Fish and Fisheries, 14(1), 60-76. [More Information]
  • Senior, A., Krkosek, M., Nakagawa, S. (2013). The practicality of Trojan sex chromosomes as a biological control: an agent based model of two highly invasive Gambusia species. Biological Invasions, 15(8), 1765-1782. [More Information]
  • Senior, A., Nat Lim, J., Nakagawa, S. (2012). The fitness consequences of environmental sex reversal in fish: a quantitative review. Biological Reviews, 87(4), 900-911. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Senior, A., Nakagawa, S., Grimm, V. (2013). Exploring the Evolutionary Consequences of chemically disrupted sexual selection using an agent based model. 8th Biannual Meeting of the Australasian Evolution Society (AES) 2013, Geelong, Australia: Australasian Evolution Society.
  • Senior, A., Krkosek, M., Nakagawa, S. (2012). Could ecological feedback put the brakes on runaway-sexual-conflict induced evolutionary suicide. 14th International Society Behavioural Ecology Congress, Lund, Sweden.
  • Senior, A., Nakagawa, S. (2011). Induced sex-reversal in fish; an evolutionary perspective. 7th Biannual Meeting of the Australasian Evolution Society (AES) 2011, Townsville, Australia.

2017

  • Lihoreau, M., Charleston, M., Senior, A., Clissold, F., Raubenheimer, D., Simpson, S., Buhl, J. (2017). Collective foraging in spatially complex nutritional environments. Royal Society of London. Philosophical Transactions B. Biological Sciences, 372(1727), Art. 20160238-1-Art. 20160238-11. [More Information]
  • Senior, A., Nakagawa, S., Raubenheimer, D., Simpson, S., Noble, D. (2017). Dietary restriction increases variability in longevity. Biology Letters, 13(3), Art. 20170057/1-Art. 20170057/4. [More Information]
  • Wong, A., Wang, Q., Morimoto, J., Senior, A., Lihoreau, M., Neely, G., Simpson, S., Ponton, F. (2017). Gut Microbiota Modifies Olfactory-Guided Microbial Preferences and Foraging Decisions in Drosophila. Current Biology, in press.
  • Nakagawa, S., Noble, D., Senior, A., Lagisz, M. (2017). Meta-evaluation of meta-analysis: Ten appraisal questions for biologists. BMC Biology, 15(1), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Campbell, G., Senior, A., Bell-Anderson, K. (2017). Metabolic Effects of High Glycaemic Index Diets: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Feeding Studies in Mice and Rats. Nutrients, 9(7), Art. 646-20 pages. [More Information]

2016

  • Senior, A., Lihoreau, M., Charleston, M., Buhl, J., Raubenheimer, D., Simpson, S. (2016). Adaptive collective foraging in groups with conflicting nutritional needs. Royal Society Open Science, 3(4), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Senior, A., Lim, J., Adolfsson, S., Lamatsch, D., Nagakawa, S. (2016). Condition and reproductive investment in the western mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis): little evidence for condition-dependent sex-biased investment. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 119(2), 430-435. [More Information]
  • Cogger, V., Mohamad, M., Solon-Biet, S., Senior, A., Warren, A., O'Reilly, J., Tung, B., Svistounov, D., McMahon, A., Fraser, R., Raubenheimer, D., Holmes, A., Simpson, S., Le Couteur, D. (2016). Dietary Macronutrients and the Aging Liver Sinusoidal Endothelial Cell. American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology, 310(9), H1064-H1070. [More Information]
  • Machovsky-Capuska, G., Senior, A., Zantis, S., Barna, K., Cowieson, A., Panyda, S., Pavard, C., Shiels, M., Raubenheimer, D. (2016). Dietary protein selection in a free-ranging urban population of common myna birds. Behavioral Ecology, 27(1), 219-227. [More Information]
  • Besson, A., Lagisz, M., Senior, A., Hector, K., Nagakawa, S. (2016). Effect of maternal diet on offspring coping styles in rodents: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Biological Reviews, 91(4), 1065-1080. [More Information]
  • Vanderpham, J., Nakagawa, S., Senior, A., Closs, G. (2016). Habitat-related specialization of lateral-line system morphology in a habitat-generalist and a habitat-specialist New Zealand eleotrid. Journal of Fish Biology, 88(4), 1631-1641. [More Information]
  • Senior, A., Grueber, C., Kamiya, T., Lagisz, M., O'Dwyer, K., Santos, E., Nakagawa, S. (2016). Heterogeneity in ecological and evolutionary meta-analyses: its magnitude and implications. Ecology, 97(12), 3293-3299. [More Information]
  • Jones, P., Senior, A., Allibone, R., Closs, G. (2016). Life-history variation in a species complex of nonmigratory galaxiids. Ecology of Freshwater Fish, 25(2), 174-189. [More Information]
  • Senior, A., Grueber, C., Machovsky-Capuska, G., Simpson, S., Raubenheimer, D. (2016). Macronutritional consequences of food generalism in an invasive mammal, the wild boar. Mammalian Biology, 81(5), 523-526. [More Information]
  • Geoghegan, J., Senior, A., Holmes, E. (2016). Pathogen population bottlenecks and adaptive landscapes: overcoming the barriers to disease emergence. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 283(1837), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Machovsky-Capuska, G., Senior, A., Benn, E., Tait, A., Schuckard, R., Stockin, K., Cook, W., Ogle, M., Barna, K., Melville, D., Wright, B., Raubenheimer, D., et al (2016). Sex-specific macronutrient foraging strategies in a highly successful marine predator: the Australasian gannet. Marine Biology, 163(4), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Senior, A., Lihoreau, M., Buhl, J., Raubenheimer, D., Simpson, S. (2016). Social Network Analysis and Nutritional Behavior: An Integrated Modelling Approach. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1-10. [More Information]
  • Senior, A., Johnson, S., Nakagawa, S. (2016). Sperm traits of masculinized fish relative to wild-type males: a systematic review and meta-analyses. Fish and Fisheries, 17(1), 143-164. [More Information]
  • Le Couteur, D., Solon-Biet, S., Cogger, V., Mitchell, S., Senior, A., de Cabo, R., Raubenheimer, D., Simpson, S. (2016). The impact of low-protein high-carbohydrate diets on aging and lifespan. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 73(6), 1237-1252. [More Information]
  • Machovsky-Capuska, G., Senior, A., Simpson, S., Raubenheimer, D. (2016). The Multidimensional Nutritional Niche. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 31(5), 355-365. [More Information]

2015

  • Lamatsch, D., Adolfsson, S., Senior, A., Christiansen, G., Pichler, M., Ozaki, Y., Smeds, L., Schartl, M., Nakagawa, S. (2015). A Transcriptome Derived Female-Specific Marker from the Invasive Western Mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis). PloS One, 10(2), 1-16. [More Information]
  • Senior, A., Nakagawa, S., Lihoreau, M., Simpson, S., Raubenheimer, D. (2015). An Overlooked Consequence of Dietary Mixing: A Varied Diet Reduces Interindividual Variance in Fitness. The American Naturalist, 186(5), 649-659. [More Information]
  • Jarvie, S., Senior, A., Adolph, S., Seddon, P., Cree, A. (2015). Captive rearing affects growth but not survival in translocated juvenile tuatara. Journal of Zoology, 297(3), 184-193. [More Information]
  • Senior, A., Lokman, P., Gloss, G., Nakagawa, S. (2015). Ecological and evolutionary applications for environmental sex reversal of fish. The Quarterly Review of Biology, 90(1), 23-44. [More Information]
  • Senior, A., Charleston, M., Lihoreau, M., Buhl, J., Raubenheimer, D., Simpson, S. (2015). Evolving nutritional strategies in the presence of competition: A geometric agent-based model. PLoS Computational Biology, 11(3), 1-24. [More Information]
  • Nakagawa, S., Poulin, R., Mengersen, K., Reinhold, K., Engqvist, L., Lagisz, M., Senior, A. (2015). Meta-analysis of variation: Ecological and evolutionary applications and beyond. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 6, 143-152. [More Information]
  • Grueber, C., Knafler, G., King, T., Senior, A., Grosser, S., Robertson, B., Weston, K., Brekke, P., Harris, C., Jamieson, I. (2015). Toll-like receptor diversity in 10 threatened bird species: relationship with microsatellite heterozygosity. Conservation Genetics, 16, 595-611. [More Information]

2014

  • Kamiya, T., O'Dwyer, K., Westerdahl, H., Senior, A., Nakagawa, S. (2014). A quantitative review of MHC-based mating preference: the role of diversity and dissimilarity. Molecular Ecology, 23(21), 5151-5163. [More Information]
  • Schadewinkel, R., Senior, A., Wilson, D., Jamieson, I. (2014). Effects on South Island robins (Petroica australis) from pest control using aerially applied 1080 poison. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 38(2), 315-321.
  • Lim, J., Senior, A., Nakagawa, S. (2014). Heterogeneity in individual quality and reproductive trade-offs within species. Evolution, 68(8), 2306-2318. [More Information]
  • Senior, A., Nakagawa, S., Grimm, V. (2014). The Evolutionary Consequences of Disrupted Male Mating Signals: An Agent-Based Modelling Exploration of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in the Guppy. PloS One, 9(7), 1-9. [More Information]

2013

  • Senior, A., Nakagawa, S. (2013). A comparative analysis of chemically induced sex reversal in teleosts: challenging conventional suppositions. Fish and Fisheries, 14(1), 60-76. [More Information]
  • Senior, A., Nakagawa, S., Grimm, V. (2013). Exploring the Evolutionary Consequences of chemically disrupted sexual selection using an agent based model. 8th Biannual Meeting of the Australasian Evolution Society (AES) 2013, Geelong, Australia: Australasian Evolution Society.
  • Senior, A., Krkosek, M., Nakagawa, S. (2013). The practicality of Trojan sex chromosomes as a biological control: an agent based model of two highly invasive Gambusia species. Biological Invasions, 15(8), 1765-1782. [More Information]

2012

  • Senior, A., Krkosek, M., Nakagawa, S. (2012). Could ecological feedback put the brakes on runaway-sexual-conflict induced evolutionary suicide. 14th International Society Behavioural Ecology Congress, Lund, Sweden.
  • Senior, A., Nat Lim, J., Nakagawa, S. (2012). The fitness consequences of environmental sex reversal in fish: a quantitative review. Biological Reviews, 87(4), 900-911. [More Information]

2011

  • Senior, A., Nakagawa, S. (2011). Induced sex-reversal in fish; an evolutionary perspective. 7th Biannual Meeting of the Australasian Evolution Society (AES) 2011, Townsville, Australia.

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