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Recent publications


  • Kuijper, B and Johnstone, RA (2018) Maternal effects and parent–offspring conflict. Evolution, 72: 220-233.


  • Croft, DP, Johnstone, RA, Ellis, S, Nattrass, S, Franks, DW, Brent, LJN, Mazzi, S, Balcomb, KC, Ford, JKB and Cant, MA (2017). Reproductive Conflict and the Evolution of Menopause in Killer Whales. Current Biology  27: 298–304.
  • Kuijper, B, and Johnstone, RA (2017). How Sex-Biased Dispersal Affects Sexual Conflict over Care. The American Naturalist  189: 501–514.
  • Savage, JL, Browning, LE, Manica, A, Russell, AF and Johnstone, RA (2017). Turn-taking in cooperative offspring provisioning: by-product of individual provisioning behaviour or active response rule? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 71: 162.
  • Thompson, FJ, Cant, MA, Marshall, HH, Vitikainen, EIK, Sanderson, JL, Nichols, HJ, Gilchrist, JS, Bell, MBV, Young, AJ, Hodge, SJ, and Johnstone, RA (2017). Explaining negative kin discrimination in a cooperative mammal society. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114: 5207–5212.
  • Wells, JCK, and Johnstone, RA (2017). Modeling Developmental Plasticity in Human Growth: Buffering the Past or Predicting the Future? In ‘The Arc of Life’. pp. 21–39 (Springer New York).
  • Wells, JCK, Nesse, RM, Sear, R, Johnstone, RA & Stearns, SC (2017) Evolutionary public health: introducing the concept. The Lancet 390: 500–509.


  • Bogaardt, L and Johnstone, RA (2016). Amplifiers and the origin of animal signals. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 283: 20160324.
  • Crane, JMS, Savage, JL and Russell, AF (2016). Diversity and function of vocalisations in the cooperative chestnut-crowned babbler. Emu 116: 241–253.
  • Johnstone, RA and Rodrigues, AMM (2016). Cooperation and the common good. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 371, 20150086.
  • Kuijper, B and Johnstone, RA (2016). Parental effects and the evolution of phenotypic memory. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 29, 265–276.
  • Nakayama, S, Harcourt, JL, Johnstone, RA and Manica, A (2016). Who directs group movement ? Leader effort versus follower preference in stickleback fish of different personality. Biology Letters 12: 20160207
  • Vitikainen, EIK, Cant, MA, Sanderson, JL, Mitchell, C, Nichols, HJ, Marshall, HH, Thompson, FJ, Gilchrist, JS, Hodge, SJ, Johnstone, RA and Blount, JD (2016). Evidence of Oxidative Shielding of Offspring in a Wild Mammal. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 4, 1–10.


  • Engesser, S, Crane, JMS., Savage, JL, Russell, AF, and Townsend, SW (2015). Experimental Evidence for Phonemic Contrasts in a Nonhuman Vocal System. PLOS Biology 13: e1002171.
  • Jolles, JW, Fleetwood-Wilson, A, Nakayama, S, Stumpe, MC, Johnstone, RA, Manica, A. The role of social attraction and its link with boldness in the collective movements of three-spined sticklebacks (2015) Animal Behaviour, 99, pp. 147-153.
  • Nomano, FY, Browning, LE, Savage, JL, Rollins, LA, Griffith, SC, and Russell, AF. (2015). Unrelated helpers neither signal contributions nor suffer retribution in chestnut-crowed babblers. Behavioral Ecology 26: 986–995.
  • Savage, JL, Russell, A. F., and Johnstone, RA (2015). Maternal allocation in cooperative breeders: should mothers match or compensate for expected helper contributions? Animal Behaviour 102: 189–197.


  • Cant, MA, Nichols, HJ, Johnstone, RA and Hodge, SJ (2014) Policing of reproduction by hidden threats in a cooperative mammal. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America  111: 326–330.
  • Johnstone, RA and Kuijper, B. (2014) Kin competition and the evolution of sex differences in development time and body size. American Naturalist 183: 537–546.
  • Johnstone, RA, Manica, A., Fayet, AL, Stoddard, MC, Rodriguez-Gironés, MA and Hinde, CA (2014) Reciprocity and conditional cooperation between great tit parents. Behavioral Ecology 25: 216–222.
  • Jolles, JW, Fleetwood-Wilson, A, Nakayama, S, Stumpe, MC, Johnstone, RA, Manica, A (2014) The role of previous social experience on risk-taking and leadership in three-spined sticklebacks. Behavioral Ecology, 25: 1395-1401
  • Kuijper, B, Johnstone, RA and Townley, S. (2014) The evolution of multivariate maternal effects. PLoS computational biology 10: e1003550.
  • Rodrigues, A. M. M., and Johnstone, RA (2014). Evolution of positive and negative density-dependent dispersal. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281, 20141226.
  • Thompson, FJ, Donaldson, L, Johnstone, RA, Field, J, and Cant, MA (2014) Dominant aggression as a deterrent signal in paper wasps. Behavioral Ecology, 25: 706-715.