Dr Deborah Dawson



Reprints are available for all publications, via email. Contact d.a.dawson@sheffield.ac.uk



Dawson Pell FSE, Hatchwell BJ, Ortega-Segalerva A, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Senar JC (2020) Microsatellite characterisation and sex-typing in two invasive parakeet species, the monk parakeet Myiopsitta monachus and ring-necked parakeet Psittacula krameria. Molecular Biology Reports, 47, 1543–1550.

Langley E, Adams G, Beardsworth C, Dawson DA, Laker P, van Horik J, Whiteside M, Wilson A, Madden J (2020) Heritability and covariance among learning and inhibitory control traits. Behavioral Ecology. In press.

Lieber L, Hall G, Hall J, Berrow S, Johnston E, Gubili C, Sarginson J, Francis M, Dufy C, Wintner SP, Doherty PD, Godley BJ, Hawkes LA, Witt MJ, Henderson SM, de Sabata E, Shivji MS, Dawson DA, Sims DW, Jones CS, Noble LR (2020) Spatio-temporal genetic tagging of a cosmopolitan planktivorous shark provides insight to gene flow, temporal variation and site-specific re-encounters. Nature Scientific Reports, 10, Article number 1661.

Sales NG, McKenzie MB, Drake J, Harper LR, Broweet SS, Coscia I, Wangensteen OS. Baillie C, Bryce E, Dawson DA, Ochu E, Nahfling B, Lawson Handley L, Mariani S, Lambin X, Sutherland C, McDevitt (2020) Fishing for mammals: landscape-level monitoring of terrestrial and semi-aquatic communities using eDNA from lotic ecosystems. Journal of Applied Ecology. In Press.



141. Bhattacharyya S, Dawson DA, Hipperson H, Ishtiaq F (2019) A diet rich in C3 plants reveals the sensitivity of an alpine mammal to climate change. Molecular Ecology, 28, 250–265.

140. Marjamäki PH, Dugdale HL, Dawson DA, McDonald RA, Delahay R, Burke T, Wilson AJ (2019) Individual variation and the source-sink group dynamics of extra-group paternity in a social mammal. Behavioural Ecology, 30, 301–312.

139. Santos TL, Fernandes C, Henley MD, Dawson DA, Mumby HS (2019) Conservation Genetic Assessment of Savannah Elephants (Loxodonta africana) in the Greater Kruger Biosphere, South Africa. Genes, 10(10), 779. 



138. Ball AD, van Dijk RE, Lloyd P, Pogány A, Dawson DA, Dorus S, Bowie RCK, Burke T, Székely T (2017) Levels of extra-pair paternity are associated with parental care in penduline tits (Remizidae). Ibis, 159, 449–455.

137. Booth Jones KA, Nicoll MAC, Raisin C, Dawson DA, Hipperson H, Horsburgh GJ, Groombridge JJ, Ismar SMH, Sweet P, Jones CG, Tatayah, V, Ruhomaun K, Norris K (2017) Widespread gene flow between oceans in a pelagic seabird species complex. Molecular Ecology, 26, 5716–5728.

136. Dalton N, Horsburgh GJ, Dawson DA (2017) The characterisation of microsatellite markers reveals tetraploidy in the Greater Water Parsnip, Sium latifolium (Apiaceae). BMC Research Notes, 10, 204. [Open Access]

135. Garrett LJH, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Reynolds SJ (2017) A multiplex marker set for microsatellite typing and sexing of sooty terns Onychoprion fuscatus. BMC Research Notes, 10, 756. [Open Access]

134. Mátics R, Hoffmann G, Farkas S, Dawson D, Frantz A, Varga D, Mátics E, Klein Á (2017) Demographic decline and detection of genetic bottleneck in a population of Barn Owl Tyto alba in Hungary. Journal of Ornithology, 158, 811–821.
133. Mira O, Sánchez-Prieto CB, Dawson DA,  Burke T, Tinaut A, Martinez JG (2017) Parnassius apollo nevadensis: identification of recent population structure and source-sink dynamics. Conservation Genetics, 18, 837–851.

132. Moura RF, Dawson DA, Nogueira DM (2017) The use of microsatellite markers in Neotropical studies of wild birds: a literature review. Annals of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, 89, 145–154.

131. Parsons PJ, Couchoux C, Horsburgh GJ, Dawson DA, Field J (2017) Identification of 24 new microsatellite loci in the sweat bee Lasioglossum malachurum (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). BMC Research Notes, 10, 753. [Open Access]



130. Bi G, dos Remedios N, Dawson DA, Kingma SA, Schroeder J, Dugdale HL (2016) A multiplex set for microsatellite typing and sexing of the European bee-eater (Merops apiaster). European Journal of Wildlife Research, 62, 501–509.

129. Dawson DA, dos Remedios N, Horsburgh GJ (2016) A new marker based on the avian spindlin gene that is able to sex most birds, including species problematic to sex with CHD markers. Zoo Biology, 35, 533–545. [Open Access]

128. Engler JO, Secondi J, Dawson DA, Elle O, Hochkirch A (2016) Range expansion and retraction along a moving contact zone has no effect on the genetic diversity of two passerine birds. Ecography, 39, 884–893.



127. Dawson DA, Bird S, Horsburgh GJ, Ball AD (2015) Autosomal and Z-linked microsatellite markers enhanced for cross-species utility and assessed in a range of birds, including species of conservation concern. Conservation Genetics Resources, 7, 881–886. [Open Access].

126. Dawson DA, Brekke P, dos Remedios N, Horsburgh GJ (2015) A marker suitable for sex-typing birds from degraded samples. Conservation Genetics Resources, 7, 337–343. [Open Access].

125. Dawson DA, Kleven O, dos Remedios N, Horsburgh GJ, Kroglund RT, Santos T, Hewitt CRA (2015) A multiplex microsatellite set for non-invasive genotyping and sexing of the osprey (Pandion haliaetus). Conservation Genetics Resources, 7, 887–894. [Open Access].

124. Heathcote RJP, Dawson DA, Uller T (2015) Characterisation of nine European wall lizard (Podarcis muralis) microsatellite loci of utility across sub-species. Conservation Genetics Resources, 7, 85–87.

123. Jumpa S, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Walton C (2015) Conserved microsatellite markers of high cross-species utility for flying, ground and tree squirrels. Conservation Genetics Resources, 7, 599–603 [Open Access].

122. Kim KW, Zhang H, Horsburgh GJ, Bird S, Dawson DA, Griffith SC, Burke T (2015)  Four-way development of microsatellite markers for the Gouldian finch (Erythrura gouldiae). Conservation Genetics Resources, 7, 889–907.

121. Lieber L, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Noble LR, Jones CS (2015) Microsatellite loci for basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) monitoring and conservation. Conservation Genetics Resources, 7, 917–944.

120. Mortega KG, Horsburgh GJ, Illera JC, Dawson DA (2015) Characterization of microsatellite markers for Saxicola species. Conservation Genetics Resources, 7, 271–278.

119. Williams RC, Dawson DA, Horsbugh GJ, Sinclair W (2015) Isolation and characterisation of microsatellite loci for the ancient cephalopod, Nautilus pompilius. Conservation Genetics Resources, 7, 107–111.

118. Williams RC, Jackson BC, Duvaux L, Dawson DA, Burke T, Sinclair W (2015) The genetic structure of Nautilus pompilius populations surrounding Australia and the Philippines. Molecular Ecology, 24, 3316–3328.



117. Buckland S, Cole NC, Groombridge JJ, Küpper C, Burke T, Dawson DA, Gallagher LE, Harris S (2014) High risks of losing genetic diversity in an endemic Mauritian gecko: Implications for conservation. PLoS ONE, 9 (6), e93387.

116. Engler JO, Secondi J, Dawson DA, Roderus D, Elle O, Hochkirch A (2014) Cross-species utility of 22 microsatellite markers in the Melodious Warbler (Hippolais polyglotta). Avian Biology Research, 7, 91–98.

115. Martín-Gálvez D, Molina-Morales M, Dawson DA, Parejo D, Martínez JG, Avilés JM (2014) Characterization of 28 microsatellite loci in the European roller Coracias garrulus (Coracidae, AVES). European Journal of Wildlife Research, 60, 843–850.

114. Mira Ó, Martínez JG, Dawson DA, Tinaut A, Sánchez-Prieto C (2014) Twenty new microsatellite loci for population structure and parentage studies of Parnassius apollo nevadensis (Lepidoptera; Papilionidae). Journal of Insect Conservation, 18, 771–779.

113. Molina-Morales M, Martínez JG, Martín-Gálvez D, Dawson DA, Burke T, Avilés JM (2014) Cuckoo hosts shift from accepting to rejecting parasitic eggs across their lifetime. Evolution, 68, 3020–3029.

112. Mori A, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Giunchi D, Baldaccini NE, Baratti M (2014) Characterisation of microsatellite markers in the stone curlew Burhinus oedicnemus. Conservation Genetics Resources, 6, 751–754.

111. Razgour O, Rebelo H, Puechmaille SJ, Juste J, Ibáñez C, Kiefer A, Burke T, Dawson DA, Jones G (2014) Scale-dependent effects of landscape variables on gene flow and population structure in bats. Diversity and Distributions, 20, 1173–1185.

110. Spurgin LG, Illera JC, Jorgensen TH, Dawson DA, Richardson DS (2014) Genetic and phenotypic divergence in an island bird: isolation by distance, by colonisation or by adaptation? Molecular Ecology, 23, 1028–1039.

109. van Dijk RE, Kaden JC, Argüelles-Ticó A, Dawson DA, Burke T, Hatchwell BJ (2014) Cooperative investment in public goods is kin-directed in communal nests of social birds. Ecology Letters, 17, 1141–1148.



108. Alfadala S, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Behnke JM, Bajer A, Mohallal EME, Zalat S, Slate J (2013) Large-scale isolation of Eastern spiny mouse Acomys dimidiatus microsatellite loci through GS-FLX 454 titanium sequencing. Conservation Genetics Resources, 5, 519–524.

107. Bristol RM, Tucker R, Dawson DA, Horsburgh G, Prys-Jones RP, Frantz AC, Krupa A, Shah NJ, Burke T, Groombridge JJ (2013) Comparison of historical bottleneck effects and genetic consequences of reintroductions in a critically endangered island passerine. Molecular Ecology, 22, 4644–4662.

106. Buckland S, Horsburgh GJ, Dawson DA, Cole NC, Krupa AP, Gallagher LE, Henshaw SM, Groombridge JJ, Harris S (2013) Isolation and characterisation of Mauritius lowland day gecko Phelsuma guimbeaui microsatellite loci. Conservation Genetics Resources, 5, 1013–1018.

105. Dawson DA, Ball AD, Spurgin LG, Martín-Gálvez D, Stewart IRK, Horsburgh GJ, Potter J, Molina-Morales M, Bicknell AWJ, Preston SAJ, Ekblom R, Slate J, Burke T (2013) High-utility conserved avian microsatellite markers enable parentage and population studies across a wide range of species. BMC Genomics, 14, 176.

104. Holland LP, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Stevens JR (2013) Isolation and characterization of 11 microsatellite loci from the ubiquitous temperate octocoral Alcyonium digitatum (Linnaeus, 1758). Conservation Genetics Resources, 5, 767–770.

103. Holland LP, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Krupa AP, Stevens JR (2013) Isolation and characterization of fourteen microsatellite loci from the endangered octocoral Eunicella verrucosa (Pallas 1766). Conservation Genetics Resources, 5, 825–829. 

102. Kleven O, Dawson DA, Gjershaug JO, Horsburgh GJ, Jacobsen K-O, Wabakken P (2013) Isolation, characterization and predicted genome locations of Eurasian eagle-owl (Bubo bubo) microsatellite loci. Conservation Genetics Resources, 5, 723–727.

101. Martins FMS, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Timmons S, Jones DN (2013) Microsatellite loci characterised in a megapode, the Australian brush-turkey Alectura lathamiConservation Genetics Resources, 5, 1179–1184.

100. Mills CA, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Godley BJ, Hodgson DJ (2013) Isolation and characterisation of hazel dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) microsatellite loci. Conservation Genetics Resources, 5, 687–692.

99. Molina-Morales M, Martınez JG, Martín-Gálvez D, Dawson DA, Ruiz JR, Burke T, Avile JM (2013) Evidence of long-term structured cuckoo parasitism on individual magpie hosts. Journal of Animal Ecology, 82, 389–398.

98. Preston SAJ, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Hatchwell BJ (2013) Characterisation of microsatellite loci in the rifleman (Acanthisitta chloris, Acanthisittidae, AVES) and their predicted genome locations. Conservation Genetics Resources, 5, 555–560.

97. Razgour O, Juste J, Ibáñez C, Kiefer A, Rebelo H, Puechmaille SJ, Arlettaz R, Burke T, Dawson DA, Beaumont M, Jones G (2013) The shaping of genetic variation in edge-of-range populations under past and future climate change. Ecology Letters, 16, 1258–1266.

96. Tollington S, Jones CG, Greenwood A, Tatayah V, Raisin C, Burke T, Dawson DA, Groombridge JJ (2013)  Long-term, fine-scale temporal patterns of genetic diversity in the restored Mauritius parakeet reveal genetic impacts of management and associated demographic effects on reintroduction programmes. Biological Conservation, 161, 28–38.



95. Barratt CD, Horsburgh GJ, Dawson DA, Gower DJ, Wilkinson M, Loader SP, Jehle R (2012) Characterisation of nine polymorphic microsatellite loci in the ceacilian amphibian Boulengerula uluguruensis (Gymnophiona), and their cross-species amplification in three congeneric species. Conservation Genetics Resources, 4, 225–229.

94. Brekke P, Wang J, Bennett PM, Cassey P, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Ewen JG (2012) Post-copulatory mechanisms of inbreeding avoidance in the island endemic hihi (Notiomystis cincta). Behavioural Ecology, 23, 278–284.

93. Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Krupa AP, Stewart IRK, Skjelseth S, Jensen H, Ball AD, Spurgin LG, Mannarelli M-E, Nakagawa S, Schroeder S, Vangestel C, Hinten GN, Burke T (2012) Microsatellite resources for Passeridae species: a predicted microsatellite map of the house sparrow Passer domesticus. Molecular Ecology Resources, 12, 501–523.

92. Farrell LL, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Burke T, Lank DL (2012) Isolation, characterisation and predicted genome locations of ruff (Philomachus pugnax, AVES) microsatellite loci. Conservation Genetics Resources, 4, 763–771.

91. Hansson B, Tarka M, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ (2012) Hybridization but no evidence for backcrossing and introgressing in a sympatric population of great reed warblers and clamorous reed warblers. PLoS One, 7, e31667.

90. Jan C, Dawson DA, Altringham JD, Burke T, Butlin R (2012) Development of conserved microsatellite markers of high cross-species utility in bat species (Vespertilionidae, Chiroptera, Mammalia). Molecular Ecology Resources, 12, 532–548.

89. Salmona J, Salamolard M, Fouillot D, Ghestemme T, Larose J, Centon J-F, Sousa V, Dawson DA, Thebaud C, Chikhi L (2012) Signature of a pre-human population decline in the critically endangered Reunion Island endemic forest bird Coracina newtoni. PLoS One, 7, e43524.

88. Schroeder J, Burke T, Mannarelli M-E, Dawson DA, Nakagawa S (2012) Maternal effects and heritability of annual productivity.  Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 25, 149–156.

87. Smith JA, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Reynolds SJ (2012) Characterization of blue tit Cyanistes caeruleus microsatellite loci, and assessment of sequence homology among species to predict cross-species utility and chromosome locations. Conservation Genetics Resources, 4, 605–612.

86. Vangestel C, Mergeay J, Dawson DA, Callens T, Vandomme V, Lens L (2012) Genetic diversity and population structure in contemporary house sparrow populations along an urbanization gradient. Heredity109, 163–172.



85. Annavi G, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Greig C, Dugdale HL, Newman C, MacDonald DW, Burke T (2011) Characterisation of twenty-one European badger (Meles meles) microsatellite loci facilitates the discrimination of second-order relatives. Conservation Genetics Resources, 3, 515-518.

84. Bicknell AWJ, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Knight ME, Bilton DT, Votier SC (2011) Characterisation and predicted genome locations of Leach's storm-petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) microsatellite loci (Procellariidae, Aves). Conservation Genetics Resources, 3, 711–716.

83. Martín-Gálvez D, Peralta-Sanchez JM, Dawson DA, Martin-Platero AM, Martinez-Bueno M, Burke T, Soler JJ (2011) DNA sampling from eggshell swabbing is widely applicable for wild bird populations as demonstrated in 23 species. Molecular Ecology Resources, 11, 481–493.

82. Phillips RA, McGill RAR, Dawson DA, Bearhop S (2011) Sexual segregations in distribution, diet and trophic level of seabirds: insights from stable isotope analysis. Marine Biology, 158, 2199–2208.

81. Vangestel C, Mergeay J, Dawson DA, Vandomme V, Lens L (2011) Developmental stability covaries with genome-wide and single-locus heterozygosity in house sparrows. PLoS ONE, 6, Article number e21569.

80. Vangestel C, Mergeay J, Dawson DA, Vandomme V, Lens L (2011) Spatial heterogeneity in genetic relatedness among house sparrows along an urban gradient as revealed by individual-based analysis. Molecular Ecology, 20, 4643–4653.

79. Whiteside HM, Dawson DA, Soulsbury CD, Harris S (2011) Mother knows best: dominant females determine offspring dispersal in red foxes (Vulpes vulpes). PLoS ONE, 6,  Article number e22145.



78. Ball AD, Stapley J, Dawson DA, Birkhead TR, Burke T, Slate J (2010) A comparison of SNPs and microsatellites as linkage mapping markers: lessons from the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata). BMC Genomics, 11, 218.

77. Bourke BP, Frantz AC, Lavers CP, Davison A, Dawson DA, Burke TA (2010) Genetic signatures of population change in the British golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos). Conservation Genetics, 11, 1837–1846.

76. High-utility paper
Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Küpper C, Stewart IRK, Ball AD, Durrant KL, Hansson B, Bacon I, Bird S, Klein Á, Lee J-W, Martín-Gálvez D, Simeoni M, Smith G, Spurgin LG, Burke T (2010) New methods to identify conserved microsatellite loci and develop primer sets of high utility – as demonstrated for birds. Molecular Ecology Resources, 10, 475–494.

Four supplementry tables associated with the above reference can be accessed via the right hand links.

75. Dos Remedios N, Lee PLM, Szekely T, Dawson DA, Küpper C (2010) Molecular sex-typing in shorebirds: a review of an essential method for research in evolution, ecology and conservation. Wader Study Group Bulletin, 117, 109–118.

74. Durrant KL, Dawson DA, Burke T, Birkhead TR (2010) The unusual sperm morphology of the Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) is not due to the phenotypic result of genetic reduction. The Auk, 127, 832–840.

73. Hansson B, Ljungqvist M, Dawson DA, Mueller JC, Olano-Marin J, Ellegren H, Nilsson J-Å (2010) Avian genome evolution: insights from a linkage map of the blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus). Heredity, 104, 67–78.

72. Harrison XA, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Tregenza T, Bearhop S (2010) Isolation, characterisation and predicted genome locations of Light-bellied Brent goose (Branta bernicla hrota) microsatellite loci (Anatidae, AVES). Conservation Genetics Resources, 2, 365–371.

71. Harrison XA, Tregenza T, Inger R, Colhoun K, Dawson DA, Gudmundsson GA, Hodgson DJ, Horsburgh GJ, McElwaine G, Bearhop S (2010) Cultural inheritance drives site fidelity and migratory connectivity in a long distance migrant. Molecular Ecology, 19, 5484–5496.

70. Jan CMI, Frith K, Glover AM, Butlin RK, Scott CD, Greenaway F, Ruedi M, Frantz AC, Dawson DA, Altringham JD (2010) Myotis alcathoe in the UK. Acta Chiropterologica, 12, 471–483.

69. Küpper C, Kosztolányi A, Augustin J, Dawson DA, Burke T, Székely (2010) Heterozygosity-fitness correlations of conserved microsatellite markers in Kentish plovers Charadrius alexandrines. Molecular Ecology, 19, 5172–5185.

68. Lifjeld JT, Marthinsen G, Myklebust M, Dawson DA, Johnsen A (2010) A wild Marsh Warbler × Sedge Warbler hybrid (Acrocephalus palustris × A. schoenobaenus) in Norway documented with molecular markers. Journal of Avian Biology, 151, 513–517.

67. Olano-Marin J, Dawson DA, Girg A, Hansson B, Ljungqvist M, Kempenaers B, Mueller JC (2010) A genome-wide set of 106 microsatellite markers for the blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus). Molecular Ecology Resources, 10, 516–532.

66. Pillay K, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Perrin MR, Burke T, Taylor TD (2010) Twenty-two polymorphic microsatellite loci aimed at detecting illegal trade in the Cape parrot Poicephalus robustus (Psittacidae, AVES). Molecular Ecology Resources, 10, 142–149.

65. Salmona J, Dawson DA, Fouillot D, Ghestemme T, Thebaud C, Chikhi L, Salamolard M (2010) The utility of existing passerine microsatellite markers for genetic studies in endangered species: as demonstrated for a critically endangered forest bird endemic to Réunion Island, the Réunion cuckooshrike (Coracina newtoni). Conservation Genetics Resources, 2, 361–364.



64. Ahmed S, Hart T, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Trathan PN, Rogers AD (2009) Isolation and characterization of macaroni penguin Eudyptes chrysolophus microsatellite loci and their utility in other penguin species. Molecular Ecology Resources, 9, 1530-1535.

63. Bataille A, Horsburgh GJ, Dawson DA, Cunningham AA, Goodman SJ (2009) Microsatellite markers characterized in the mosquito Aedes taeniorhynchus (Diptera, Culicidae), a disease vector and major pest on the American coast and the Galápagos Islands. Infection, Genetics and Evolution, 9, 971-975.

62. Brekke P, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Ewen J (2009) Characterization of microsatellite loci in the hihi (Stitchbird) Notiomystis cincta (Notiomystidae (Meliphagidae), AVES).  Molecular Ecology Resources, 9, 1255-1258.

61. Craul M, Dawson DA, Radespiel U, Zimmermann E, Bruford MW (2009) Isolation of sixteen autosomal loci and a sex-linked polymorphic microsatellite locus from the Milne-Edwards' sportive lemur (Lepilemur edwardsi).  Molecular Ecology Resources, 9, 333-335.

60. Evans KL, Gaston KJ, Frantz AC, Simeoni M, Sharp SP, McGowan A, Dawson DA, Walasz K, Partecke J, Burke T, Hatchwell BJ (2009). Independent colonisation of multiple urban centres by a formerly forest bird species. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, 276, 2403-2410.

59. Groombrigde JJ, Dawson DA, Burke T, Prys-Jones R, Brooke M, Shah N (2009) Evaluating the demographic history of the Seychelles ketrel (Falco araea): genetic evidence for a recovery from a poulation bottleneck following minimal conservation management. Biological Conservation, 142, 2250-2257.

58. Johanet A, Picard D, Garner TWJ, Dawson DA, Morales-Hojas R, Jehle R, Peltier D, Lemaire C (2009) Characterization of microsatellite loci in two closely related Lissotriton newt species. Conservation Genetics, 18, 54-63.

57. Klein A, Horsburgh GJ, Küpper C, Major A, Lee PLM, Hoffmann G, Mátics R, Dawson DA (2009) Microsatellite markers characterized in the barn owl (Tyto alba) and of high utility in other owls (Strigiformes: AVES). Molecular Ecology Resources, 9, 1512-1519.

56. Lee J-W, Jang B-S, Dawson DA, Burke T, Hatchwell BJ (2009) Fine-scale genetic structure and its consequence in breeding aggregation of a passerine bird. Molecular Ecology, 18, 2728-2739.

55. Lucas ER, Horsburgh GJ, Dawson DA, Field J (2009) Characterization of microsatellite loci isolated from the wasp Microstigmus nigrophthalmus (Hymenoptera). Molecular Ecology Resources, 9, 1492-1497.

54. Martin-Galvez D, Dawson DA, Horburgh GJ, Burke T (2009) Isolation, characterization and chromosome locations of polymorphic black-billed magpie Pica pica (Corvidae, AVES) microsatellite loci. Molecular Ecology Resources, 9, 1506-1512.

53. Meares K, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Glenn TC, Jones KL, Braun MJ, Perrin MR, Taylor TD (2009) Microsatellite loci characterized in three African crane species (Gruidae, AVES). Molecular Ecology Resources, 9, 308-311.

52. Phillips RA, Bearhop S, Mcgill RAR, Dawson DA (2009) Stable isotopes reveal individual variation in migration strategies and habitat preferences in a suite of seabirds during the nonbreeding period. Oecologia, 160, 795-806.

51. Raisin C, Dawson DA, Greenwood AG, Jones CG, Groombridge J (2009) Characterization of Mauritius parakeet (Psittacula eques) microsatellite loci and their cross-utility in other parrots (Psittacidae, AVES). Molecular Ecology Resources, 9, 1231-1235.

50. Simeoni M, Dawson DA, Gentle L, Coiffait L, Wolff K, Evans KL, Gaston K, Hatchwell BJ (2009) Characterization of 38 microsatellite loci in the blackbird Turdus merula (Turdidae, AVES). Molecular Ecology Resources, 9, 1520-1526.



49. Bretman AJ, Dawson DA,Horsburgh GJ, Tregenza T (2008) Characterization of new Gryllus bimaculatus microsatellite loci reveals 27 polymorphic loci for both of two cricket species, Gryllus bimaculatus and Gryllus campestris. Molecular Ecology Notes, 8, 1015-1019.

48. Brownlow RJ, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Bell JJ, Fish J (2008) Hidden genotype inconsistences in invertebrates: a method for genotype assessment in heterozygote-deficient species as demonstrated in the common mudsnail (Hydrobia ulvae). BMC Genetics, 9, 55

47. Dawnay N, Ogden R, Thorpe RS, Pope LC, Dawson DA, McEwing R (2008) A forensic STR profiling system for the Eurasian badger: A framework for developing profiling systems for wildlife species. International Journal of Legal Medicine. Forensic Science International: Genetics, 2, 47-53.

46. Douaud M, Fève K, Gerus M, Fillon V, Bardes S, Gourichon D, Dawson DA, Hanotte O, Burke T, Vignoles F, Morisson M, Tixier-Boichard M, Vignal A, Pitel F (2008) Addition of the microchromosome GGA25 to the chicken genome sequence assembly through radiation hybrid and genetic mapping. BMC Genomics, 9, 129.

45. Huck M, Frantz AC, Dawson DA, Burke T, Roper (2008) Low genetic variability, female biased dispersal and high movement rates in an urban population of Eurasian badgers (Meles meles). Journal of Animal Ecology, 77, 905–915.

44. Küpper C, Burke T, Szekely T, Dawson DA (2008) Enhanced cross-species utility of conserved microsatellite markers in shorebirds. BMC Genomics, 9, 502

43. Meares K, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Glenn TC, Jones KL, Braun MJ, Perrin MR, Taylor TD (2008) Microsatellite loci characterized in three African crane species (Gruidae, AVES). Molecular Ecology Resources, 9, 1363-1367.

42. Struebig MJ, Horsburgh GJ, Pandhal J, Triggs A, Zubaid A, Kingston T, Dawson DA, Rossiter SJ (2008) Isolation and characterization microsatellite loci in the papillose woolly bat Kerivoula papillosa (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae). Conservation Genetics, 9, 751-756.



41. Ahmed S, Dawson DA, Compton SG, Gilmartin PM (2007) Characterisation of microsatellite loci in the African fig, Ficus sycomorus L (Moraceae). Molecular Ecology Notes, 7, 1175-1177.

Dawson DA (2007) Genomic analysis of passerine birds using conserved microsatellite loci. PhD Thesis, University of Sheffield, UK.

40. Dawson DA, Åkesson M, Burke T, Pemberton JM, Slate J, Hansson B (2007) Gene order and recombination in homologous regions of the chicken and a passerine bird. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 24, 1537-1552.

39. Griffith SC, Dawson DA, Jensen H, Ockendon N, Greig C, Neumann K, Burke T (2007) Fourteen polymorphic microsatellite loci characterised in the house sparrow Passer domesticus (AVES: Passeridae). Molecular Ecology Notes, 7, 333-336.

38. Küpper C, Horsburgh GJ, Dawson DA, Ffrench-Constant R, Szekely T, Burke T (2007) Characterisation of 36 polymorphic microsatellite loci in the Kentish plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) including two sex-linked loci and their amplification in four other Charadrius species. Molecular Ecology Notes, 7, 35-39.

37. Meglécz E, Anderson SJ, Bourguet D, Butcher R, Caldas A, Cassel-Lundhagen A, Coeur d'Acier A, Dawson DA, Faure N, Fauvelot C, Franck P, Harper G, Keyghobadi N, Kluetsch C, Muthulakshmi M, Nagaraju J, Patt A, Péténian F, Silvain J-F, Wilcock HR (2007) Microsatellie flanking region similarities among different loci within insect species. Insect Molecular Biology, 16, 175-185.

36. Simeoni M, Dawson DA, Ross DJ, Chaline N, Burke T, Hatchwell BJ (2007) Characterisation of 20 microsatelite loci in the long-tailed tit Aegithalos caudatus (Aegithalidae, AVES). Molecular Ecology Notes, 7, 1319-1322.

35. Tingay RE, Dawson DA, Pandhal J, Clarke ML, David VA, Hailer F, Culver M (2007) Isolation of 22 new Haliaeetus microsatellite loci and their characterisation in the critically endangered Madagascar fish eagle Haliaeetus vociferoides and three other Haliaeetus eagle species. Molecular Ecology Notes, 7, 711-715.



34. Anderson SJ, Dawson DA, Freeland JR (2006) Isolation and characteristaion of highly polymorphic microsatellite loci for the garden tiger moth Arctia caja Lepidoptera: Arctiidae). Molecular Ecology Notes, 6, 104-106.

33. Bearhop S, Phillips RA, McGill R, Cherel Y, Dawson DA, Croxall JP (2006) Stable isotops indicate sex-specific and long-term individuals foraging specialisation in diving seabirds. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 311, 157-164.

32. Bourke BP, Dawson DA (2006) Fifteen microsatellite loci characterised in the golden eagle Aquila chrysaetos (Accipitridae: AVES). Molecular Ecology Notes, 6, 1047-1050.

31. Dawson DA, Burke T, Hansson B, Pandhal J, Hale MC, Hinten GN, Slate J (2006) A predicted microsatellite map of the passerine genome based on chicken- passerine sequence similarity. Molecular Ecology, 15, 1299-1320.

30. Johnson PCD, Webster LMI, Adam A, Buckland R, Dawson DA, Keller LF (2006) Abundant variation in microsatellites of the parasitic nematode, Trichostrongylus tenuis and linkage to a tandem repeat. Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology, 148, 210-218.

29. Rossiter SJ, Ransome RD, Faulkes CG, Dawson DA, Jones G (2006) Long-term paternity skew and the opportunity for selection in a mammal with reversed sexual size dimorphism. Molecular Ecology, 15, 3035-3043.



28. Carpenter PJ, Pope LC, Greig C, Dawson DA, Rogers LM, Erven K, Wilson GJ, Delahay RJ, Cheeseman CL, Burke T (2005) Mating system of the Eurasian badger, Meles meles, in a high density population. Molecular Ecology, 14, 273-284.

27. Dawson DA, Chittock J, Jehle R, Whitlock A, Nogueira D, Pellat J, Birkhead T, Burke T (2005) Identification of 13 polymorphic loci in the zebra finch Taeniopygia guttata (Passeridae, AVES). Molecular Ecology Notes, 5, 298-301.

26. Dawson DA, Hunter FM, Pandhal J, Buckland R, Parham A, Jones IL, Bradshaw M, Jehle R, Burke T (2005) Assessment of 17 new whiskered auklet (Aethia pygmaea) microsatellite loci in 42 seabirds identifies 5-15 polymorphic markers for each of nine Alcinae species. Molecular Ecology Notes, 5, 289-297.

25. Gunn MR, Dawson DA, Leviston A, Hartnup K, Davis CS, Strobeck C, Slate J, Coltman DW (2005) Isolation of 18 polymorphic microsatellite loci from the North American red squirrel, Tamiascirus ludsonicus (Sciuridae, Rodentia) and their cross-utility in other species. Molecular Ecology Notes, 5, 650-653.



24. Dawson DA, Rossiter SJ, Jones G, Faulkes CG (2004) Microsatellite loci for the greater horsehoe bat Rhinolophus ferrumequinum (Rhinolophidae, CHIROPTERA) and their cross-utility in other 17 other bat species. Molecular Ecology Notes, 4, 96-100.



23. Berg PR, Dawson DA, Pandhal J, Kirdendall LR, Burke T (2003) Isolation of microsatellite loci from two inbreeding bark beetle species (Coccotrypes). Molecular Ecology Notes, 3, 270-273.

22. Carpenter PJ, Dawson DA, Greig C, Parham A, Cheeseman CL, Burke T (2003) Isolation of 39 polymorphic microsatellite loci and the development of a fluorescent marker set for the Eurasian badger (Meles meles) (Carnivora: Mustelidae). Molecular Ecology Notes, 3, 610-615.

21. Dawson DA, Bretman AJ, Tregenza T (2003) Microsatellite loci for the field cricket, Gryllus bimaculatus and their cross-utility in other species of Orthoptera. Molecular Ecology Notes, 3, 191-195.

20. Dawson DA, Burland TM, Douglas A, LeComber SC, Bradshaw M (2003) Isolation of microsatellite loci in the freshwater fish, the bitterling Rhodeus sericeus (Teleostei: Cyprinidae). Molecular Ecology Notes, 3, 199-202.

19. Evans LM, Dawson DA, Wall R, Burke T, Stevens J (2003) Isolation of Psoroptes scab mite microsatellite markers (Acari:Psoroptidae). Molecular Ecology Notes, 3, 420-424.

18. Wilhelm K, Dawson DA, Gentle LK, Horsfield GF, Schlötterer C, Greig C, East M, Hofer H, Tautz D, Burke T (2003) Characterisation of spotted hyena, Crocuta crocuta microsatellite loci. Molecular Ecology Notes, 3, 360-362.



17. Dawson DA & Wilcock HR (2002) Isolation and characterisation of eight polymorphic microsatellite loci in the net-spinning caddisfly, Polycentropus flavomaculatus (Polycentropodidae). Molecular Ecology Notes, 2, 514-517.

16. Jump AS, Dawson DA, James CM, Woodward FI, Burke T (2002) Isolation of polymorphic microsatellites in the stemless thistle (Cirsium acaule) and their utility in other /Cirsium/ species. Molecular Ecology Notes, 2, 589-592.

15. Krupa AP, Jehle R, Dawson DA, Gentle LK, Gibbs M, Arntzen JW, Burke T (2002) Microsatellite loci in the crested newt (Triturus cristatus), and their utility in other newt taxa. Conservation Genetics, 3, 87-89.

14. Phillips RA, Dawson DA, Ross DJ (2002) Mating patterns and reversed size dimorphism in Southern skuas (Stercorarius skua lonnbergi). Auk, 119, 858-863.



13. Dawson DA, Darby S, Hunter FM, Krupa AP, Jones IL, Burke T (2001) A critique of CHD-based molecular sexing protocols illustrated by a Z-chromosome polymorphism detected in auklets. Molecular Ecology Notes, 1, 201-204.



12. Dawson DA, Hanotte O, Greig C, Stewart IRK, Burke T (2000) Polymorphic microsatellites in the blue tit Parus caeruleus and their cross-species utility in 20 songbird families. Molecular Ecology, 9, 1941-1944.

11. Richardson DS, Jury FL, Dawson DA, Salguiero P, Komdeur J, Burke T. (2000) Fifty Seychelles warbler (Acrocephalus sechellensis) microsatellite loci polymorphic in Sylviidae species and their cross-species amplification in other passerine birds. Molecular Ecology, 9, 2226-2231.



10. Griffith SC, Stewart IRK, Dawson DA, Owens IPF, Burke T (1999) Contrasting levels of extra-pair paternity in mainland and island populations of the house sparrow (Passer domesticus): is there an ‘island effect’? Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 68, 303-316.

9. McConnell SKJ, Dawson DA, Wardle A, Burke T (1999) The isolation and mapping of 19 tetranucleotide microsatellite markers in the chicken. Animal Genetics, 30, 183-189.

8. Morisson M, Plisson-Petit F, Dawson DA, Pitel F, Fillon V, Gellin J, Burke T, Vignal A (1999) 33 novel characterised chicken microsatellite loci: 20 new locations on reference maps. Animal Genetics, 30, 391-393.

7. Wardle A, Dawson DA, Gibbs M, Parham A, Burke T (1999) Further development of chicken microsatellite loci: 21 markers mapped. Animal Genetics, 30, 238-241.



6. Dawson DA, McConnell S, Wardle A, Gibbs M, Burke T (1998) Characterizaton and mapping of fifteen novel chicken microsatellite loci. Animal Genetics, 29, 159-160.

5. Martinez JG, Burke T, Dawson DA, Soler JJ, Møller AP (1998) Microsatellite typing reveals mating patterns in the brood parasitic great spotted cuckoo (Clamator glandarius). Molecular Ecology, 7, 289-298.



4. Double MC, Dawson DA, Burke T, Cockburn A (1997) Finding the fathers in the least faithful bird: a microsatellite-based genotyping system for the superb fairy-wren Malurus cyaneus. Molecular Ecology, 6, 691-693.

3. Gibbs M., Dawson DA, McCamley C, Wardle AF, Armour JAL, Burke T (1997). Chicken microsatellite markers isolated from libraries enriched for simple tandem repeats. Animal Genetics, 28, 401-417.

2. Hanotte O, Pugh A, Maücher C, Dawson DA, Burke T (1997) Nine novel chicken microsatellite loci and their utility in other Galliformes. Animal Genetics, 28, 311-313.



1. Gibbs M, Dawson DA, McCamley C, Burke T (1995) Ten novel chicken dinucleotide repeat polymorphisms. Animal Genetics, 26, 443-444.