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Publications

2017

  • Liisa Hämäläinen​, Hannah M. Rowland, Johanna Mappes, Rose Thorogood. Can video playback provide social information for foraging blue tits? PeerJ, 2017. doi: 10.7717/peerj.3062
  • Adam M. Siepielski1, Michael B. Morrissey, Mathieu Buoro, Stephanie M. Carlson, Christina M. Caruso, Sonya M. Clegg, Tim Coulson, Joseph DiBattista, Kiyoko M. Gotanda, et al ... Precipitation drives global variation in natural selection. Science, 2017. doi: 10.1126/science.aag2773
  • Gabriel A Jamie. Signals, cues and the nature of mimicry. Proc. R. Soc. B 284 (1849), 20162080. link: http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/284/1849/20162080 
  • Rose Thorogood, Rebecca M Kilner, Justin L Rasmussen. Grey Gerygone hosts are not egg rejecters, but Shining Bronze-Cuckoos lay cryptic eggs. The Auk  doi: 10.1642/AUK-16-128.1

2016

  • Jeffery K Tomberlin, Tawni L Crippen, Guoyao Wu, Ashleigh S Griffin, Thomas K Wood, Rebecca M Kilner. Indole: An evolutionarily conserved influencer of behavior across kingdoms. BioEssays doi: 10.1002/bies.201600203
  • NE Langmore, LD Bailey, RG Heinsohn, AF Russell, RM Kilner. Egg size investment in superb fairy-wrens: helper effects are modulated by climate. Proc. R. Soc. B 283 (1843), 20161875. link: http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/283/1843/20161875
  • Marjorie C Sorensen, Graham D Fairhurst, Susanne Jenni-Eiermann, Jason Newton, Elizabeth Yohannes, Claire N Spottiswoode. Seasonal rainfall at long-term migratory staging sites is associated with altered carry-over effects in a Palearctic-African migratory bird. BioMed Central. doi: 10.1186/s12898-016-0096-6
  • J Troscianko, J Wilson‐Aggarwal, CN Spottiswoode, M Stevens. Nest covering in plovers: How modifying the visual environment influences egg camouflage. Ecology and Evolution 6 (20), 7536-7545. doi: 10.1002/ece3.2494
  • CN Spottiswoode, LDC Fishpool, JL Bayliss. Birds and biogeography of Mount Mecula in Mozambique’s Niassa National Reserve. Ostrich 87 (3), 281-284. doi: 10.2989/00306525.2016.1206041
  • Guillaume Péron, Res Altwegg, Gabriel A Jamie, Claire N Spottiswoode. Coupled range dynamics of brood parasites and their hosts responding to climate and vegetation changes. Journal of Animal Ecology 85 (5), 1191-1199. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12546
  • O De Gasperin, RM Kilner. Interspecific Interactions and the Scope for Parent-Offspring Conflict: High Mite Density Temporarily Changes the Trade-Off between Offspring Size and Number in the Burying Beetle, Nicrophorus vespilloides. PloS one 11 (3), e0150969. doi:/10.1371/journal.pone.0150969
  • RM Kilner. An empiricists’ guide to sexual conflict over parental investment: a comment on Paquet and Smiseth. Behavioral Ecology, arw011. doi: /10.1093/beheco/arw011
  • KJ MacLeod, P Brekke, JG Ewen, R Thorogood. Minutes matter: brief hatching asynchrony adversely affects late-hatched hihi nestlings, but not life beyond the nest. Animal Behaviour 119, 111-118. doi: /10.1016/j.anbehav.2016.07.002
  • A Duarte, SC Cotter, CE Reavey, RJS Ward, O De Gasperin, RM Kilner. Social immunity of the family: parental contributions to a public good modulated by brood size. Evolutionary ecology 30 (1), 123-135. doi: /10.1007/s10682-015-9806-3
  • KJ MacLeod, P Brekke, W Tong, JG Ewen, R Thorogood. Do mothers bias offspring sex ratios in carotenoid-rich environments? doi: /10.1093/beheco/arw141
  • WJ Palmer, A Duarte, M Schrader, JP Day, R Kilner, FM Jiggins. A gene associated with social immunity in the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides. Proc. R. Soc. B 283 (1823), 20152733. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2733
  • R Thorogood, NB Davies. Combining personal with social information facilitates host defences and explains why cuckoos should be secretive. Scientific reports. doi:  10.1038/srep19872
  • JK Wilson-Aggarwal, JT Troscianko, M Stevens, CN Spottiswoode. Escape distance in ground-nesting birds differs with individual level of camouflage. The American Naturalist 188 (2), 231-239. doi: 10.1086/687254
  • Ornela De Gasperin, Ana Duarte, Jolyon Troscianko & Rebecca M. Kilner. Fitness costs associated with building and maintaining the burying beetle’s carrion nest. Scientific reports 6. doi: 10.1038/srep35293
  • CN Spottiswoode, KS Begg, CM Begg. Reciprocal signaling in honeyguide-human mutualism. Science 353 (6297), 387-389. doi: 10.1126/science.aaf4885
  • Nigel J Collar, Lincoln DC Fishpool, Josep Hoyo, John D Pilgrim, Nathalie Seddon, Claire N Spottiswoode, Joseph A Tobias. Toward a scoring system for species delimitation: a response to Remsen. Journal of Field Ornithology. doi: 10.1111/jofo.12141
  • Marjorie C Sorensen, Muhammad Asghar, Staffan Bensch, Graham D Fairhurst, Susanne Jenni‐Eiermann, Claire N Spottiswoode. A rare study from the wintering grounds provides insight into the costs of malaria infection for migratory birds. Journal of Avian Biology. pdf: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jav.00870/pdf
  • J Troscianko, J Wilson-Aggarwal, D Griffiths, CN Spottiswoode, M Stevens. Relative advantages of dichromatic and trichromatic color vision in camouflage breaking. Oxford University Press. link: http://hdl.handle.net/10871/24747
  • Ana Duarte, Martin Welch, Josef Wagner, Rebecca M Kilner. Privatization of a breeding resource by the burying beetle /Nicrophorus vespilloides/ is associated with shifts in bacterial communities. bioRxiv, 065326. doi: 10.1101/065326
  • MC Sorensen, S Jenni-Eiermann, CN Spottiswoode. Why do migratory birds sing on their tropical wintering grounds? The American Naturalist 187, E65-E76. doi: 10.1086/684681
  • Davies, Nick. 2015. Cuckoo - Cheating by Nature. Bloomsbury. link: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/cuckoo-9781408856567/
  • J Troscianko, J Wilson-Aggarwal, M Stevens, CN Spottiswoode. Camouflage predicts survival in ground-nesting birds. Scientific reports 6. doi: 10.1038/srep19966
  • Schrader, M., Crosby, R. M., Hesketh, A. R., Jarrett, B. J. M. and Kilner, R. M. A limit on the extent to which increased egg size can compensate for a poor postnatal environment revealed experimentally in the burying beetle, Nicrophorus vespilloides. Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1002/ece3.1876
  • Davies, Nick. Games Animals Play. Darwin College Lectures 2016. https://sms.cam.ac.uk/collection/2155471

2015

  • De Gasperin, O. & Kilner, R. M. 2015. Interspecific interactions change the outcome of sexual conflict over pre-hatching parental investment in the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides. Ecology and Evolution. doi:10.1002/ece3.1795
  • Kilner, R. M., Boncoraglio, G., Henshaw, J. M., Jarrett, B.J.M., de Gasperin, O. & Kokko, H. 2015. Parental effects alter the adaptive value of an adult behavioural trait. eLife doi: 10.7554/eLife.07340
  • De Gasperin, O. & Kilner, R. M. 2015. Friend or foe: interspecific interactions and conflicts of interest within the family. Ecological Entomology doi: 10.1111/een.12259
  • De Gasperin, O., Duarte, A. L. & Kilner, R. M. 2015. Interspecific interactions explain variation in the duration of paternal care in the burying beetle. Animal Behaviour 109:199-207. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.08.014
  • MSL Mills, C Cohen, J Francis, CN Spottiswoode. A survey for the Critically Endangered Liben Lark Heteromirafra archeri in Somaliland, north-western Somalia. Ostrich 86 (3), 291-294. doi: 10.2989/00306525.2015.1049670
  • M Paquet, C Doutrelant, BJ Hatchwell, CN Spottiswoode, R Covas. Antagonistic effect of helpers on breeding male and female survival in a cooperatively breeding bird. Journal of Animal Ecology 84 (5), 1354-1362. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12377
  • RE Dijk, R Covas, C Doutrelant, CN Spottiswoode, BJ Hatchwell. Fine‐scale genetic structure reflects sex‐specific dispersal strategies in a population of sociable weavers (Philetairus socius). Molecular ecology 24 (16), 4296-4311. doi: 10.1111/mec.13308
  • Attisano, A. & Kilner, R. M. 2015. Parental effects and flight behaviour in the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides. Animal Behaviour 108: 91-100. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.07.020
  • EM Caves, M Stevens, ES Iversen, CN Spottiswoode. Hosts of avian brood parasites have evolved egg signatures with elevated information content. Proc. R. Soc. B 282 (1810), 20150598. doi:
  • Schrader, M., Jarrett, B. J. M., & Kilner , R. M. 2015 Using experimental evolution to study adaptations for life within the family. American Naturalist 185: 610-619, doi:10.1086/680500
  • WE Feeney, J Troscianko, NE Langmore, CN Spottiswoode. Evidence for aggressive mimicry in an adult brood parasitic bird, and generalized defences in its host. Proc. R. Soc. B 282 (1810), 20150795. doi: /
  • Schrader, M., B. J. M. Jarrett, and R. M. Kilner. 2015. Parental care masks a density-dependent shift from cooperation to competition in burying beetle broods. Evolution 69: 1077-1084, doi:10.1111/evo.12615
  • W Tong, NPC Horrocks, CN Spottiswoode. The sight of an adult brood parasite near the nest is an insufficient cue for a honeyguide host to reject foreign eggs. Ibis 157 (3), 626-630. doi: /10.1111/ibi.12254
  • W. J. P. Palmer, A. Duarte, M. Schrader, J. P. Day, R. M. Kilner, F. Jiggins: a gene for social immunity in the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides? biorxiv.org, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/020644
  • Davies, Nick. Cuckoos and their victims: an evolutionary arms race. Croonian lecture of the Royal Society.

2014

  • GA Jamie, GS Wijeyeratne. Similarity between the calls of juvenile Jacobin Cuckoo (Clamator jacobinus) and its Sri Lankan host the Yellow-billed Babbler (Turdoides affinis). Forktail. link: pdf
  • Leila K Walker, Rose Thorogood, Filiz Karadas, David Raubenheimer, Rebecca M Kilner, John G Ewen. Foraging for carotenoids: do colorful male hihi target carotenoid-rich foods in the wild? Behavioral Ecology. doi: /10.1093/beheco/aru076
  • R Altwegg, C Doutrelant, MD Anderson, CN Spottiswoode, R Covas. Climate, social factors and research disturbance influence population dynamics in a declining sociable weaver metapopulation. Oecologia. doi: /10.1007/s00442-013-2768-7

2013

  • Rowland, H.M., Ruxton, G. D., Skelhorn, J. Bitter taste enhances predatory biases against aggregations of prey with warning coloration. Behavioral Ecology 24: 942-948
  • Spottiswoode, C.N. 2013 Perspectives: How cooperation defeats cheats. Science 342: 1452-1453.
  • McGhee, K.E., Pintor, L.M., & Bell, A.M. Reciprocal behavioral plasticity and behavioral types in predator-prey interactions. American Naturalist 182: 704-717
  • Thorogood, R. & Davies, N.B. Reed warbler hosts fine-tune their defences to track three decades of cuckoo decline. Evolution [pdf: 10.1111/evo.12213]
  • Altwegg, R., Doutrelant, C., Anderson, M.D., Spottiswoode, C.N. & Covas, R. Climate, social factors and research disturbance influence population dynamics in declining sociable weaver metapopulation. Oecologia doi:10.1007/s00442-013-2768-7.
  • Spottiswoode, C.N. A brood parasite selects for its own eggs traits. Biology Letters 9: 20130573.
  • Stevens, M.*, Troscianko, J.* & Spottiswoode, C.N. Repeated targeting of the same hosts by a brood parasite compromises host egg rejection. Nature Communications 4: 2475.
  • Walker, L.K., Stevens, M.*, Karadas, F., Kilner, R.M. & Ewen, J.G. A window on the past: male ornamental plumage reveals the quality of their early-life environment. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 280: 1756.
  • McGhee, K.E., & Travis, J. Heritable variation underlies behavioural types in the mating context in male bluefin killifish. Animal Behaviour 86: 513-518.
  • Stoddard M.C.* & Kilner, R.M. The past, present and future of 'cuckoos versus reed warblers'. Animal Behaviour.
  • Cotter, S.C.*, Littlefair, J.E., Grantham, P.J., & Kilner, R.M. A direct physiological trade‐off between personal and social immunity. Journal of Animal Ecology.
  • Thorogood, R. & Davies, N.B. Hawk mimicry and the evolution of polymorphic cuckoos. Chinese Birds 4: 39-50.
  • Bayliss, J., Timberlake, J., Alves, T., Branch, B., Bruessow, C., Collins, S., Congdon, C., de Sousa, C., Dowsett, R., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Fishpool, L., Harris, T., Giogiardis, S., Liggitt, B., Monadjem, A., Patel, H., Ribeiro, D., Spottiswoode, C.N., Taylor, P., Wilcocks, S., Ribeiro, D., and Smith, P. The discovery, biodiversity, and conservation of Mabu forest – the largest mid-altitude rainforest in southern Africa. Oryx.
  • Briscoe, A.D., Macias-Muños A., Kozak, K.M., Walters, J.R., Yuan, F., Jamie, G.A., Martin, S.H., Jacquin-Joly, E. & Jiggins, C.D. Female behaviour drives expression and evolution of gustatory receptors in butterflies. PLoS Genetics, 9: e1003620.
  • Walker, L.K., Armstrong, D.P., Brekke, P., Chauvenet, A.L.M., Kilner, R.M., & Ewen, J.G. Giving hihi a helping hand: assessment of alternative rearing diets in food supplemented populations of an endangered bird. Animal Conservation 16: 538-545.
  • Stevens, M.*, Troscianko, J.*, Marshall, K.L.A., Finlay, S. 2013. What is camouflage through distractive markings? A reply to Merilaita et al. (2013). Behavioral Ecology 24: e1272-e1273.
  • Schrader, M., Fuller, R.C., & Travis, J.. Differences in offspring size predict the direction of isolation asymmetry between populations of a placental fish. Biology Letters 9: 20130327.
  • Apodaca, J.J., Trexler, J.C., Jue, N., Schrader, M., & Travis, J. Large-scale natural disturbance alters genetic population structure of the Sailfin Molly, Poecilia latipinna. American Naturalist 181:254-263.
  • Spottiswoode, C.N., Olsson, U., Mills, M.S.L., Cohen, C., Francis, J.E., Dagne, A., Toye, N., Hoddinott, D., Wood, C., Donald, P.F., Collar, N.J. & Alström, P. 2013 Rediscovery of a long-lost lark reveals the conspecificity of endangered Heteromirafra populations in the Horn of Africa. Journal of Ornithology 154: 813-825.
  • Corfield, J.R., Birkhead, T.R., Spottiswoode, C.N., Iwaniuk, A.N., Boogert, N.J., Gutiérrez-Ibáñez, C., Overington, S.E., Wylie, D.R. & Lefebvre, L. 2013 Brain size and morphology of the brood-parasitic and cerophagous honeyguides (Aves: Piciformes). Brain, Behaviour and Evolution 81: 170-186.
  • van Dijk, R.E., Eising, C.M., Merrill, R.M., Karadas, F., Hatchwell B.J. & Spottiswoode, C.N. 2013 Maternal effects in the highly communal sociable weaver may exacerbate brood reduction and prepare offspring for a competitive social environment. Oecologia 171: 379-389.

2012

  • Blount, J., Rowland, H. M., Drijfhout, F., Endler, J., Inger, R., Sloggett, J., Hurst, G., Hodgson, D., Speed, M. P. (2012) How the ladybird got its spots: effects of resource limitation on the honesty of aposematic signals. Functional Ecology 26: 334-342
  • Ihalainen, E., Rowland, H. M., Speed, M. P., Ruxton, G. D., Mappes, J. M. (2012) Prey community structure affects how predators select for Mullerian mimicry. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 279: 2099-2105
  • Higginson, A. D., de Wert, L., Rowland, H. M., Speed, M. P., Ruxton, G. D. (2012) Masquerade is associated with polyphagy and larval overwintering in the Lepidoptera. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 106: 90-103
  • Thorogood, R. & Davies, N.B. Cuckoos combat socially transmitted defences of reed warbler hosts with a plumage polymorphism, Science 337, 578-580. [see here for pdf]
  • Stevens, M.*, Marshall, K.L.A, Troscianko, J.*, Finlay, S., Burnand, D. & Chadwick, S.L. Revealed by conspicuousness: distractive markings reduce camouflage. Behavioral Ecology 24: 213-222.
  • Spottiswoode, C.N.Kilner, R.M. Davies, N.B. Brood Parasitism. in: Royle, N.J., Smiseth, P.T. & Kölliker, M. (Eds) The Evolution of Parental Care. Oxford University Press.
  • Stoddard M.C.*, A. Fayet, R.M. Kilner, and C. Hinde*. Egg speckling patterns do not advertise offspring quality or influence male provisioning in great tits. PLoS ONE 7: e40211.
  • Davies, N.B., Krebs, J.R. & West, S.A. An Introduction to Behavioural Ecology, Fourth edition.Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Boncoraglio, G.* & Kilner, R.M. Female burying beetles benefit from male desertion: sexual conflict and counter-adaptation over parental investment. PLoS One 7: e31713.
  • Spottiswoode, C.N. & Stevens, M.* Host-parasite arms races and rapid changes in bird egg appearance. American Naturalist 179: 633-648
  • Spottiswoode, C.N. & Koorevaar, J. A stab in the dark: chick killing by brood parasitic honeyguides.Biology Letters 8: 241-244.
  • Langmore, N.E. & Spottiswoode, C.N. Host manipulation through visual trickery in avian brood parasites. in: Hughes, D.P., Brodeur, J. & Thomas, F. (Eds) Host Manipulation By Parasites. Oxford University Press.
  • Cuthbert, R.J., Brooke, M. de L., & Torr, N. Overcoming hermit crab interference during rodent baiting operations: a case study from Henderson Island, South Pacific. Wildlife Research 39: 70-77.
  • Brooke, M. de L., Flower, T.P.*, Campbell, E.M., Mainwaring, M.C., Davies, S. & Welbergen, J.A.* Rainfall-related population growth and sex ratio change in the Critically Endangered Raso lark Alauda razae. Animal Conservation 15: 466-471
  • Roche, D.P., McGhee, K.E., & Bell, A.M. Maternal predator-exposure has life-long consequences for offspring learning in threespined stickleback. Biology Letters 8: 932-935. [Featured in Nature 490(8)]
  • McGhee, K.E., Pintor, L.M., Suhr, E.L., & Bell, A.M. Maternal exposure to predation risk decreases offspring antipredator behaviour and survival in threespined stickleback. Functional Ecology 26: 932-940.
  • Heath, K.D., & McGhee, K.E. Coevolutionary constraints? The environment alters tripartite interaction traits in a legume. PLoS ONE 7: e41567.
  • Schrader, M., Apodaca, J.J., Macrae, P., & Travis, J. Population density does not influence male gonadal investment in the Least killifish, Heterandria formosa. Ecology and Evolution, 2: 2935-2942.
  • Schrader, M. & Travis, J. Embryonic IGF2 expression is not associated with offspring size among populations of a placental fish. PLoS ONE 7: e45463.
  • Schrader, M. & Travis, J. Assessing the effects of population density and predation regime on the evolution of offspring size in populations of a placental fish. Ecology and Evolution 2: 1480-1490.
  • Schrader, M. & Travis, J. Variation in offspring size with birth order in placental fish: a role for asymmetrical sibling competition? Evolution 66: 272-279.
  • Donald, P.F., Gedeon, K., Collar, N.J., Spottiswoode, C.N., Wondafrash, M. & Buchanan, G.M. The restricted range of the Ethiopian Bush-crow Zavattariornis stresemanni is a consequence of high reliance on modified habitats within narrow climatic limits. Journal of Ornithology DOI 10.1007/s10336-012-0832-4