Professor Rob Freckleton - Publications
Mapping the drivers of parasitic weed abundance at a national scale : a new approach applied to Striga asiatica in the mid‐west of Madagascar. Weed Research. View this article in WRRO
Evolution of generalist resistance to herbicide mixtures reveals a trade-off in resistance management. Nature Communications, 11(1).
Climate and mating systems as drivers of global diversity of parental care in frogs. Global Ecology and Biogeography.
C4 photosynthesis and the economic spectra of leaf and root traits independently influence growth rates in grasses. Journal of Ecology. View this article in WRRO
Comparing life histories across taxonomic groups in multiple dimensions : how mammal-like are insects?. The American Naturalist, 195(1), 70-81. View this article in WRRO
The costs of human-induced evolution in an agricultural system. Nature Sustainability, 3(1), 63-71. View this article in WRRO
Ten years of
Methods in Ecology and Evolution. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 11(1), 4-5.
The circular nature of recurrent life cycle events: a test comparing tropical and temperate phenology. Journal of Ecology, 108(2), 393-404.
Drivers of large‐scale geographical variation in sexual systems of woody plants. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 29(3), 546-557.
European mushroom assemblages are darker in cold climates. Nature Communications, 10(1). View this article in WRRO
Phylogeny and ecological processes influence grass coexistence at different spatial scales within the steppe biome. Oecologia. View this article in WRRO
Response to Comment on “Global pattern of nest predation is disrupted by climate change in shorebirds”. Science, 364(6445), eaaw9893-eaaw9893.
Phylogenetic and Trait-Based Prediction of Extinction Risk for Data-Deficient Amphibians. Current Biology, 29, 1557-1563. View this article in WRRO
Estimating the farm-level economic costs of spring cropping to manage Alopecurus myosuroides (black-grass) in UK agriculture. The Journal of Agricultural Science, 157(04), 318-332.
Testing the ability of Unmanned Aerial Systems and machine learning to map weeds at subfield scales: a test with the weed Alopecurus myosuroides (Huds).. Pest Management Science. View this article in WRRO
Parental care and the evolution of terrestriality in frogs.. Proceedings of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences, 286(1900). View this article in WRRO
Comparative Analysis of Experimental Data. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. View this article in WRRO
Evolutionary epidemiology predicts the emergence of glyphosate resistance in a major agricultural weed. New Phytologist. View this article in WRRO
Testing mechanisms of compensatory fitness of dioecy in a cosexual world. Journal of Vegetation Science, 30(3), 413-426.
Global pattern of nest predation is disrupted by climate change in shorebirds. Science, 362(6415), 680-683. View this article in WRRO
The role of breeding system in community dynamics: Growth and mortality in forests of different successional stages. Ecology and Evolution, 8(15), 7285-7296.
Funder Restrictions on Application Numbers Lead to Chaos. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 33(8), 565-568. View this article in WRRO
Sex-biased breeding dispersal is predicted by social environment in birds. Ecology and Evolution, 8(13), 6483-6491. View this article in WRRO
Abiotic and biotic determinants of coarse woody productivity in temperate mixed forests. Science of The Total Environment, 630, 422-431.
The factors driving evolved herbicide resistance at a national scale. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 2, 529-536. View this article in WRRO
Evaluating the potential of Unmanned Aerial Systems for mapping weeds at field scales: a case study with Alopecurus myosuroides. Weed Research, 58(1), 35-45. View this article in WRRO
Accessibility, reusability, reliability: Improving the standards for publishing code in Methods in Ecology and Evolution. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 9(1), 4-6.
Defining and delivering resilient ecological networks: Nature conservation in England. Journal of Applied Ecology, 55(6), 2537-2543.
A critical review of integrated grass weed management in Ireland. Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research, 57(1), 15-28. View this article in WRRO
How to quantify competitive ability. Journal of Ecology, 106(5), 1902-1909.
Measuring the effectiveness of management interventions at regional scales by integrating ecological monitoring and modelling. Pest Management Science. View this article in WRRO
Sex Allocation Patterns across Cooperatively Breeding Birds Do Not Support Predictions of the Repayment Hypothesis. American Naturalist, 190(4), 547-556. View this article in WRRO
Climate change mitigation: potential benefits and pitfalls of enhanced rock weathering in tropical agriculture.. Biol Lett, 13(4).
Complex Relationships between Competing Guilds along Large-Scale Environmental Gradients. American Naturalist, 189(4), 407-421. View this article in WRRO
Small-scale and regional spatial dynamics of an annual plant with contrasting sexual systems. Journal of Ecology. View this article in WRRO
Trait Evolution in Adaptive Radiations: Modeling and Measuring Interspecific Competition on Phylogenies. The American Naturalist, 189(2), 121-137. View this article in WRRO
Thermally buffered microhabitats recovery in tropical secondary forests following land abandonment. Biological Conservation, 201, 385-395. View this article in WRRO
Variation in helper effort among cooperatively breeding bird species is consistent with Hamilton’s Rule. Nature Communications, 7. View this article in WRRO
Special feature: 5th anniversary of Methods in Ecology and Evolution. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 7(6), 634-635.
Uncovering the spatio-temporal drivers of species trait variances: a case study of Magnoliaceae in China. Journal of Biogeography, 43(6), 1179-1191.
A cautionary note on the use of Ornstein Uhlenbeck models in macroevolutionary studies. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 118(1), 64-77. View this article in WRRO
C4 photosynthesis boosts growth by altering physiology, allocation and size. Nature Plants, 2(5). View this article in WRRO
A Synthesis is Emerging between Biodiversity–Ecosystem Function and Ecological Resilience Research: Reply to Mori. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 31(2), 89-92.
The evolution of parental cooperation in birds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(44), 13603-13608. View this article in WRRO
Biodiversity and Resilience of Ecosystem Functions. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 30(11), 673-684.
Weed Research- our aims and editorial policies. Weed Research, 55(5), 437-440.
Sex differences in parental care: Gametic investment, sexual selection, and social environment. Evolution, 69(11), 2862-2875.
Towards a general framework for predicting threat status of data-deficient species from phylogenetic, spatial and environmental information. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 370(1662), 20140016-20140016. View this article in WRRO
Phylogenetic constraints and trait correlates of flowering phenology in the angiosperm flora of China. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 24(8), 928-938.
Identifying the effect of density dependence, agricultural practices and climate variables on the long-term dynamics of weed populations. Weed Research, 54(6), 556-564.
Agricultural Weed Research: A Critique and Two Proposals. Weed Science, 62(4), 672-678.
Sex-biased survival predicts adult sex ratio variation in wild birds.. Proc Biol Sci, 281(1788), 20140342.
Divorce and infidelity are associated with skewed adult sex ratios in birds.. Curr Biol, 24(8), 880-884. View this article in WRRO
Pathogens and insect herbivores drive rainforest plant diversity and composition.. Nature, 506(7486), 85-88.
Links between plant species' spatial and temporal responses to a warming climate.. Proc Biol Sci, 281(1779), 20133017.
Dynamic species distribution models from categorical survey data. Journal of Animal Ecology, 82(6), 1215-1226.
Why care? Inferring the evolution of complex social behaviour.. J Evol Biol, 26(7), 1381-1391.
Comment on "Bateman in Nature: Predation on Offspring Reduces the Potential for Sexual Selection". Science, 340(6132), 549-549.
Comment on "Bateman in nature: predation on offspring reduces the potential for sexual selection".. Science, 340(6132), 549.
Spatial and temporal variability in positive and negative plant-bryophyte interactions along a latitudinal gradient. Journal of Ecology, 101(2), 465-474.
Testing the roles of competition, facilitation and stochasticity on community structure in a species-rich assemblage. Journal of Ecology.
Mechanisms driving an unusual latitudinal diversity gradient for grasses. Global Ecology and Biogeography.
Empirical test of an agricultural landscape model: The importance of farmer preference for risk aversion and crop complexity. SAGE Open, 3(2), 1-16.
What do we need to know to enhance the environmental sustainability of agricultural production? A prioritisation of knowledge needs for the UK food system. Sustainability (Switzerland), 5(7), 3095-3115.
Testing for enemy-mediated density-dependence in the mortality of seedlings: Field experiments with five Neotropical tree species. Oikos.
Interspecific differences in stochastic population dynamics explains variation in Taylor's temporal power law. Oikos.
The evolution of sex roles in birds is related to adult sex ratio.. Nat Commun, 4, 1587.
Identification of 100 fundamental ecological questions. Journal of Ecology, 101(1), 58-67.
Fast likelihood calculations for comparative analyses. METHODS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, 3(5), 940-947.
Unraveling the life history of successful invaders.. Science, 337(6094), 580-583.
Consequences of changing rainfall for fungal pathogen-induced mortality in tropical tree seedlings.. Ecol Evol, 2(7), 1408-1413. View this article in WRRO
Phylogenetic niche conservatism in C4 grasses.. Oecologia, 170(3), 835-845.
An objective, niche-based approach to indicator species selection. METHODS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, 3(2), 317-326.
Megacycles of atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration correlate with fossil plant genome size.. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 367(1588), 556-564.
MOTMOT: models of trait macroevolution on trees. METHODS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, 3(1), 145-151.
Environmental factors determining the phylogenetic structure of C4 grass communities. JOURNAL OF BIOGEOGRAPHY, 39(2), 232-246.
Making predictive ecology more relevant to policy makers and practitioners.. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 367(1586), 322-330.
Assessing the role of competition and stress: A critique of importance indices and the development of a new approach. Journal of Ecology, 100(3), 577-585.
Changes in the large-scale distribution of plants: Extinction, colonisation and the effects of climate. Journal of Ecology, 100(2), 519-529.
Phylogenetic conservatism of environmental niches in mammals.. Proc Biol Sci, 278(1716), 2384-2391. View this article in WRRO
Problems formalising the concept of importance in ecology.. Trends Ecol Evol, 26(10), 498-499.
Comparative methods as a statistical fix: the dangers of ignoring an evolutionary model.. Am Nat, 178(1), E10-E17.
From meso- to macroscale population dynamics: a new density-structured approach. METHODS ECOL EVOL, 2(3), 289-302.
Understanding geographical patterns of grass species richness - The global and local context. S AFR J BOT, 77(2), 565-566.
GrassPortal: An online ecological and evolutionary data facility for the grasses. S AFR J BOT, 77(2), 566-566.
Characterizing abundance-occupancy relationships: There is no artefact. Global Ecology and Biogeography.
Problems formalising the concept of importance in ecology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution.
Dealing with collinearity in behavioural and ecological data: Model averaging and the problems of measurement error. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 65(1), 91-101.
Model averaging, missing data and multiple imputation: A case study for behavioural ecology. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 65(1), 103-116.
Density-structured models for plant population dynamics.. Am Nat, 177(1), 1-17.
Rarity, life history and scaling of the dynamics in time and space of British birds.. J Anim Ecol, 80(1), 215-224.
Phylogenetic comparative approaches for studying niche conservatism.. J Evol Biol, 23(12), 2529-2539.
Who cares? Quantifying the evolution of division of parental effort. METHODS ECOL EVOL, 1(3), 221-230.
Testing the Janzen-Connell mechanism: pathogens cause overcompensating density dependence in a tropical tree.. Ecol Lett, 13(10), 1262-1269.
Can phylogenetics identify C(4) origins and reversals?. Trends Ecol Evol, 25(7), 403-409.
Understanding the role of species dynamics in abundance-occupancy relationships. J ECOL, 98(3), 645-658.
The origins of C4 grasslands: integrating evolutionary and ecosystem science.. Science, 328(5978), 587-591.
Methods in Ecology and Evolution. METHODS ECOL EVOL, 1(1), 1-2.
Constant final yield. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, 41, 173-192.
Dealing with collinearity in behavioural and ecological data: model averaging and the problems of measurement error. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 1-11.
Model averaging, missing data and multiple imputation: a case study for behavioural ecology. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 1-14.
Niches versus neutrality: uncovering the drivers of diversity in a species-rich community.. Ecol Lett, 12(10), 1079-1090.
Critical parameters for predicting population fluctuations of some British passerines.. J Anim Ecol, 78(5), 1063-1075.
The seven deadly sins of comparative analysis.. J Evol Biol, 22(7), 1367-1375.
Predictive models of weed population dynamics. WEED RES, 49(3), 225-232.
Ecological selection pressures for C4 photosynthesis in the grasses.. Proc Biol Sci, 276(1663), 1753-1760. View this article in WRRO
Seed mass, abundance and breeding system among tropical forest species: do dioecious species exhibit compensatory reproduction or abundances?. J ECOL, 97(3), 555-566.
Measuring the importance of competition in plant communities. J ECOL, 97(3), 379-384.
Integrating socio-economics and ecology: a taxonomy of quantitative methods and a review of their use in agro-ecology. J APPL ECOL, 46(2), 269-277.
Are parental care trade-offs in shorebirds driven by parental investment or sexual selection?. J Evol Biol, 22(4), 672-682.
Habitat associations of British breeding farmland birds. BIRD STUDY, 56, 43-52.
Space versus phylogeny: disentangling phylogenetic and spatial signals in comparative data.. Proc Biol Sci, 276(1654), 21-30.
Missing inaction: the dangers of ignoring missing data.. Trends Ecol Evol, 23(11), 592-596.
Environment, migratory tendency, phylogeny and basal metabolic rate in birds.. PLoS One, 3(9), e3261. View this article in WRRO
Modelling the effects of management on population dynamics: some lessons from annual weeds. J APPL ECOL, 45(4), 1050-1058.
Relating traits to diversification: a simple test.. Am Nat, 172(1), 102-115.
Does double-blind review benefit female authors?. Trends Ecol Evol, 23(7), 351-353.
Future novel threats and opportunities facing UK biodiversity identified by horizon scanning. J APPL ECOL, 45(3), 821-833.
Parental conflict in birds: comparative analyses of offspring development, ecology and mating opportunities.. Proc Biol Sci, 275(1632), 301-307.
What use is an infertile sperm? A comparative study of sperm-heteromorphic Drosophila.. Evolution, 62(2), 374-385.
The role of ecological theory in microbial ecology.. Nat Rev Microbiol, 5(5), 384-392.
Introducing Population Ecology: Key Concepts And Current Research Directions. Ecology, 88(4), 1070-1072.
Biogeographical basis of recent phenotypic divergence among birds: a global study of subspecies richness.. Evolution, 61(4), 942-957.
Phylogenetic evidence for deleterious mutation load in RNA viruses and its contribution to viral evolution.. Mol Biol Evol, 24(3), 845-852.
Only half right: species with female-biased sexual size dimorphism consistently break Rensch's rule.. PLoS One, 2(9), e897. View this article in WRRO
Abundance-occupancy dynamics in a human dominated environment: linking interspecific and intraspecific trends in British farmland and woodland birds.. J Anim Ecol, 76(1), 123-134.
Should conservation strategies consider spatial generality? Farmland birds show regional not national patterns of habitat association.. Ecol Lett, 10(1), 25-35.
Pathogens, density dependence and the coexistence of tropical trees.. Proc Biol Sci, 273(1604), 2909-2916.
Detecting non-Brownian trait evolution in adaptive radiations.. PLoS Biol, 4(11), e373. View this article in WRRO
Why do we still use stepwise modelling in ecology and behaviour?. J Anim Ecol, 75(5), 1182-1189.
The identification of 100 ecological questions of high policy relevance in the UK. J APPL ECOL, 43(4), 617-627.
Ecology predicts large-scale patterns of phylogenetic diversification in birds.. Am Nat, 168(2), 220-229.
Comparative analyses of the influence of developmental mode on phenotypic diversification rates in shorebirds.. Proc Biol Sci, 273(1594), 1619-1624.
Census error and the detection of density dependence.. J Anim Ecol, 75(4), 837-851.
Plant pathogens drive density-dependent seedling mortality in a tropical tree.. Ecol Lett, 9(5), 569-574.
Phenotypic plasticity in the scaling of avian basal metabolic rate.. Proc Biol Sci, 273(1589), 931-937.
UNUSUAL SPERM MORPHOLOGY IN THE EURASIAN BULLFINCH (PYRRHULA PYRRHULA). The Auk, 123(2), 383-383.
Distributions of habitat suitability and the abundance-occupancy relationship.. Am Nat, 167(2), 260-275.
Erratum: Large-scale population dynamics, abundance-occupancy relationships and the scaling from local to regional population size (Journal of Animal Ecology (2005) 74, (353-364) DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2005.00931.x). Journal of Animal Ecology, 75(1), 314.
Special profile: Making better biogeographical predictions of species' distributions. Journal of Applied Ecology, 43(3), 385.
Large-scale population dynamics, abundance-occupancy relationships and the scaling from local to regional population size (vol 74, pg 353, 2005). J ANIM ECOL, 75(1), 314-314.
Ecology. Population dynamics: growing to extremes.. Science, 309(5734), 567-568.
Habitat selection by yellowhammers Emberiza citrinella on lowland farmland at two spatial scales: implications for conservation management. J APPL ECOL, 42(2), 270-280.
Large-scale population dynamics, abundance-occupancy relationships and the scaling from local to regional population size. J ANIM ECOL, 74(2), 353-364.
The changing face of applied ecology. J APPL ECOL, 42(1), 1-3.
Laws of Population Ecology. Ecology, 86(1), 271-272.
Sexual selection explains Rensch's rule of size dimorphism in shorebirds.. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 101(33), 12224-12227.
Seeing the jungle for the trees. Journal of Biogeography, 31(8), 1377-1377.
The problems of prediction and scale in applied ecology: the example of fire as a management tool. J APPL ECOL, 41(4), 599-603.
The Future of GM Crops. Science, 304(5673), 959c-963c.
The future of GM crops - Response. SCIENCE, 304(5673), 960-961.
Coral reef cascades and the indirect effects of predator removal by exploitation. ECOL LETT, 7(5), 410-416.
Amelioration of biodiversity impacts of genetically modified crops: predicting transient versus long-term effects.. Proc Biol Sci, 271(1536), 325-331.
Erratum: Demographic threats to the sustainability of Brazil nut exploitation (Science (December 19) (2112)). Science, 303(5661), 1138.
The Future of GM Crops  (multiple letters). Science, 304(5673).
Demographic threats to the sustainability of Brazil nut exploitation.. Science, 302(5653), 2112-2114.
Predicting the response of farmland bird populations to changing food supplies. J APPL ECOL, 40(6), 970-983.
Ecology. Deciding the future of GM crops in Europe.. Science, 302(5647), 994-996.
Predicting the impacts of harvesting using structured population models: the importance of density-dependence and timing of harvest for a tropical palm tree. J APPL ECOL, 40(5), 846-858.
Bergmann's rule and body size in mammals.. Am Nat, 161(5), 821-825.
Are all plant populations metapopulations?. J ECOL, 91(2), 321-324.
Relative testis size and sperm morphometry across mammals: no evidence for an association between sperm competition and sperm length.. Proc Biol Sci, 270(1515), 625-632.
Honesty and cheating in cleaning symbioses: evolutionarily stable strategies defined by variable pay-offs.. Proc Biol Sci, 270(1512), 299-305.
Phylogenetic analysis and comparative data: a test and review of evidence.. Am Nat, 160(6), 712-726.
Chaotic mating systems. TRENDS ECOL EVOL, 17(11), 493-495.
Are weed population dynamics chaotic?. J APPL ECOL, 39(5), 699-707.
Declines in the numbers of amateur and professional taxonomists: implications for conservation. ANIM CONSERV, 5, 245-249.
Large-scale spatial dynamics of plants: metapopulations, regional ensembles and patchy populations. J ECOL, 90(3), 419-434.
On the misuse of residuals in ecology: regression of residuals vs. multiple regression. J ANIM ECOL, 71(3), 542-545.
Evolutionary transitions in parental care and live bearing in vertebrates.. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 357(1419), 269-281.
Do in-hospital waiting lists show self-regulation?. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 95(3), 164.
Do in-hospital waiting lists show self-regulation?. J R Soc Med, 95(3), 164.
Asymmetric competition between plant species. FUNCT ECOL, 15(5), 615-623.
Hospital waiting-lists. Do power laws imply self-regulation?. Nature, 413(6854), 382.
Predicting competition coefficients for plant mixtures: reciprocity, transitivity and correlations with life-history traits. ECOL LETT, 4(4), 348-357.
Nonmanipulative determination of plant community dynamics.. Trends Ecol Evol, 16(6), 301-307.
Population dynamics of Vulpia ciliata: regional, patch and local dynamics. J ECOL, 88(6), 1012-1029.
On detecting and measuring competition in spatially structured plant communities. ECOL LETT, 3(5), 423-432.
Predictions of biodiversity response to genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops.. Science, 289(5484), 1554-1557.
Biological control as a learning process.. Trends Ecol Evol, 15(7), 263-264.
Determinants of the abundance of invasive annual weeds: community structure and non-equilibrium dynamics.. Proc Biol Sci, 267(1448), 1153-1161.
Designs for greenhouse studies of interactions between plants: an analytical perspective. J ECOL, 88(3), 386-391.
Phylogenetic tests of ecological and evolutionary hypotheses: checking for phylogenetic independence. FUNCT ECOL, 14(1), 129-134.
The role of density dependence in the population dynamics of a tropical palm. ECOLOGY, 80(8), 2635-2650.
What is the Allee effect?. OIKOS, 87(1), 185-190.
The population dynamics of Anisantha sterilis in winter wheat: comparative demography and the role of management. J APPL ECOL, 36(4), 455-471.
A Course in Demographic Analysis. Ecology, 80(5), 1784-1785.
The mis-measurement of plant competition. FUNCT ECOL, 13(2), 285-287.
Yield of sugar beet in relation to weather and nutrients. AGR FOREST METEOROL, 93(1), 39-51.
Predicting the determinants of weed abundance: a model for the population dynamics of Chenopodium album in sugar beet. J APPL ECOL, 35(6), 904-920.
How does temporal variability affect predictions of weed population numbers?. J APPL ECOL, 35(2), 340-344.
Measuring and modelling plant neighbour effects - Reply. FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY, 11(4), 534-535.
Measuring plant neighbour effects. FUNCT ECOL, 11(4), 532-534.
Measuring and modelling plant neighbour effects - Response. FUNCT ECOL, 11(4), 536-536.
Quantifying the impact of arbuscular mycorrhiza on plant competition. J ECOL, 85(4), 541-545.
Measuring and modelling plant neighbour effects: A reply to Freckleton and Watkinson. Functional Ecology, 11(4), 534-536.
Applied Population Ecology: A Supply-Demand Approach.. The Journal of Applied Ecology, 33(6), 1588-1588.
commentary: A Darwinian approach to community ecology. Frontiers of Biogeography, 1(2).
Conference proceedings papers
Climate change and weed population dynamics. BCPC CONFERENCE - WEEDS 2001, VOLS 1 AND 2 (pp 83-90)