Other papers

Other papers involving work performed in the Molecular Ecology Laboratory either by group members or visitors.


The Molecular Ecology Laboratory was based in the Department of Biology, University of Leicester from 1991 to 1998 and moved to the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield in May 1998.

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1. Leon Thies, Pavel Tomkovich, Natalie dos Remedios, Terje Lislevand, Pavel Pinchuk, Johan Wallander, Juliana Dänhardt, Böðvar Þórisson, Donald Blomqvist, and Clemens Küpper (2018) Population and Subspecies Differentiation in a High Latitude Breeding Wader, the Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula. Ardea 106, 163- 176 (10.5253/arde.v106i2.a8)


2. Ihle MWinney IS, Krystalli A, Croucher M (2017) Striving for transparent and credible research: practical guidelines for behavioral ecologists. Behavioral Ecology 28, 348-354. (10.1093/beheco/arx003)


3. Mourocq E et al (2016) Life span and reproductive cpst explain interspecific variation in the optimal onset of reproduction. Evolution 70, 296–313. (10.1111/evo.12853)


4. Dos Remedios N, Székely T, Küpper C, Lee PLM, Kosztolányi A (2015) Ontogenic differences in sexual size dimorphism across four plover populations. Ibis 157, 590-600.
5. Meilink WRM, Arntzen JW, van Delft JJCW, Wielstra B (2015) Genetic pollution of a threatened native crested newt species through hybridization with an invasive congener in the Netherlands. Biological Conservation 184, 145-153. (10.1016/j.biocon.2015.01.022)
6. Simons MJP (2015) Questioning causal involvement of telomeres in aging. Ageing Research Reviews 24, 191-196. (10.1016/j.arr.2015.08.002)


7. Simons MJP, Stulp G, Nakagawa S (2014) A statistical approach to distinguish telomere elongation from error in longitudinal datasets. Biogerontology 15, 99-103.


8. Frantz AC, Heddergott M, Lang J, Schulze C, Ansorge H, Runge M, Braune S, Michler FU, Wittstatt U, Hoffmann L (2013) Limited mitochondrial DNA diversity is indicative of a small number of founders of the German raccoon (Procyon lotor) population. European Journal of Wildlife Research 59, 665-674.
9. Karlsson M, Westerdahl H (2013) Characteristics of MHC class I genes in house sparrows passer domesticus as revealed by long cDNA transcripts and amplicon sequencing. Journal of Molecular Evolution 77, 8-21.
10. Santos ESA, Jamieson IG, Santos LLS, Nakagawa S (2013) Low genetic and morphological differentiation between an introduced population of dunnocks in New Zealand and an ancestral population in England. Biological Invasions 15, 185-197.
11. Schroeder J et al (2013) Fewer invited talks by women in evolutionary biology because women decline to speak more often than men. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26, 2063-69.


12. Cleasby IRNakagawa S (2012) The influence of male age on within-pair and extra-pair paternity in passerines. Ibis 154, 318-324.
13. Edwards HWinney I, Schroeder J, Dugdale HL (2012) Do rapid assays predict repeatability in labile (behavioural) traits? A reply to Biro. Animal Behaviour 85, e1-e3.
14. Hansson B, Tarka M, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ (2012) Hybridization but no evidence for backcrossing and introgression in a sympatric population of great reed warblers and clamorous reed warblers. PLoS ONE 7, e31667.
15. Nakagawa S, Lagisz M, Hector KL, Spencer HG (2012) Comparative and meta-analytic insights into life extension via dietary restriction. Aging Cell 11, 401-409.


16. Cleasby IR, Nakagawa S (2011) Neglected biological patterns in the residuals; a behavioural ecologist’s guide to cooperating with heteroscedasticity. Behavioural Ecological Sociobiology 65, 2361-2372.
17. Schroeder J, Nakagawa S, Hinsch M (2011) Behavioural Ecology is not an endangered discipline. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 26, 320-321.


Amezquita A, Lima AP, Jehle R, Castellanos L, Ramos O, Crawford AJ, Gasser H, Hoedl W, (2009) Calls, colours, shape, and genes: a multi-trait approach to the study of geographic variation in the Amazonian frog Allobates femoralisBiological journal of the Linnean Society98: 826-838.

Davey M,Woodward F, Quick WP (2009) Intraspecfic variation in cold-temperature metabolic phenotypes of Arabidopsis lyrata ssp. petraea. Metabolomics 5, 138-149.


Hinten G, Hale M, Gratten J, Mossman JA, Lowder BV, Mann MK, Slate J (2007) SNP-SCALE: SNP scoring by colour and length exclusion. Molecular Ecology Notes7, 377-388.


Whitlock A, Sztatecsny M, Jehle R (2006) AFLPs: genetic markers for paternity studies in newts (triturus vulgaris). Amphibia-Reptilia 27, 126-129.


Arntzen JW, Goudie I, Halley J, Jehle R (2005) Cost comparison of marking techniques in long-term population studies: PIT-tags versus pattern maps. Amphibia-Reptilia25, 305-315.

Senior P, Butlin RK, Altringham JD (2005) Sex and segregation in temperate bats. Proc Biol Sci272, 2467-73.


Hay JM, Evans PR, Ward RM, Hamer KC (2003). Low nutritional condition as a consequence of high dominance status in the coal tit, Parus ater. Ibis146, 103-107.

Komdeur J, Piersma T, et al. (2004) Why Seychelles warblers fail to recolonize nearby islands: unwilling or unable to fly there? Ibis 146, 298-302.

Nakagawa S (2004). Is Avian sex determination unique? Clues from a warbler and from chickens. Trends in Genetics20, 479-480.

Schabetsberger R, Jehle R, Maletzky A, Pesta J, Sztatecsny M (2004) Delineation of terrestrial reserves for amphibians: Post-breeding migrations of Italian crested newts (Triturus carnifex) at high altitude. Biological Conservation117, 95-104.

Sztatecsny M, Jehle R, Schmidt B, Arntzen JW (2004) The abundance of premetamorphic newts (Triturus cristatus, T. marmoratus) as a function of habitat determinants: an a priori model selection approach. Herpetological Journal14, 89-97.

Van de Crommenacker J, Richardson DS, Groothuis TGG,
Eising CM, Dekker AL, Komdeur J (2004) Testosterone, cuckoldry risk and extra-pair opportunities in the Seychelles warbler. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B271, 1023-1031.


Jehle R & Faber H (2003) (i>Triturus -European newts. In: Handbook of European Amphibians and Reptiles, Urodeles, Volume II, Pp. 15-23. Grossenbacher K. & B Thiesmeier (Eds.) Aula, Germany (in German).

Jehle R & Faber H (2003) Triturus Rafinesque 1815 – European Newts. In (Grossenbacher K. & B Thiesmeier, Eds.) Handbook of European Reptiles and Amphibians, Urodeles IIA,Pp 411-420. Aula, Germany. (in German)


Jehle R & Arntzen JW (2002) Review: Microsatellite markers in amphibian conservation genetics, Herpetological Journal12, 1-9.

Rocamora G, Richardson DS (2002) Genetic and morphological differentiation between the two remnant populations of Seychelles White-eye Zosterops modestus. Ibis (in press)

Stanback M, Richardson DS, Boix C, Mendelsohn J (2002). Female dependence and expensive male parental care result in genetic monogamy in Monteiro's hornbill, Tockus monteiri. Animal Behaviour (in press)

Sztatecsny M, Jehle R, Schmidt B & Arntzen JW (submitted). The abundance of praemetamorphic newts (Triturus cristatus, T. marmoratus) as a function of habitat determinants: an a priori model selection approach.


Arnold KE, Griffith SC, Goldizen AW (2001) Sex-biased hatching sequence in the cooperatively breeding noisy miner. Journal of Avian Biology32, 219-223.

Dowling DK, Richardson DS, Komdeur, J. (2001). No effects of a feather mite on life-history components and grooming behaviour in the Seychelles warbler, Acrocephalus sechellensis. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology50, 257-262.

Dowling DK, Richardson DS, Komdeur J. (2001). Causes of feather mite load variation in the Seychelles warbler (Acrocephalus sechellensis). Journal of Avian Biology,32, 364-369.

Eising CM, Komdeur J, Buys, J Reemer M, Richardson DS (2001) Islands in a desert: breeding ecology of the African reed warbler Acrocephalus baeticus in Namibia. Ibis 143 (3): 482-493.

Weeks P, Griffith SC (2001) Sex ratios of red-billed oxpecker groups. Ostrich72, 212-214.


Brooke M de L, Imber MJ, Rowe G (2000). Occurrence of two surface-breeding species of Pterodroma on Round Island, Indian Ocean. Ibis 142: 154-158.

Buchanan KL, Catchpole CK (2000) Extra-pair paternity in the socially-monogamous sedge warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus) as revealed by multilocus DNA fingerprinting. Ibis142, 12-20.

Double M, Cockburn A (2000) Pre-dawn infidelity: females control extra-pair mating in superb fairy-wrens. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B267, No.1442, 465-470.

Griffith SC (2000) A trade-off between reproduction and a condition-dependent sexually selected ornament in the house sparrow, Passer domesticus. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London, Series B267, 1115-1120.

Griffith SC (2000) High fidelity on islands: a comparative study of extra-pair paternity in passerine birds. Behavioral Ecology11, 265-273.

Hartley IR, Royle NJ, Shepherd M (2000) Growth rates of nestling Corn Buntings Miliaria calandra in relation to their sex. Ibis142, 4.

Jehle R, Arntzen JW (2000). Post-breeding migrations of newts with contrasting ecological requirements. Journal of Zoology251, 297-306.

Minvielle F, Coville J-L, Krupa A, Monvoisin J-L, Maeda Y, Okamoto S (2000) Genetic similarity and relationships of DNA fingerprints with performance and with heterosis in Japanese quail lines from two origins and under reciprocal recurrent or within-line selection for early egg production. Genetics Selection Evolution 32, 289-302.

Rocamora G, Richardson DS (2000). How different are the white-eye populations of Conception and Mahé? Seychelles white-eye recovery programme. Results from Phase 1. G Rocamora and J François. Mahe, Report for the Ministry of Environment Transport/ IUCN/Dutch Trust Fund.

Veen T, Blaakmeer K, Richardson DS and Komdeur K. (2000). Experimental evidence for innate predator recognition in the Seychelles warbler. Proceedings of the Royal Society London. Series B267, 2253-2258.


Richardson DS, Bolen GM (1999) A nesting association between semi- colonial Bullock´s orioles and yellow-billed magpies: evidence for the predator protection hypothesis. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology46, 373-380.

Stanback M, Boix C, Richardson DS, Birkhead T, Fletcher B, Mendelsohn J (1999) Sperm storage, pair bondage, and genetic monogamy in hornbills. In: Proceedings of the 22nd International Ornithological Congress, Durban, RSA, August 1998. (Adams N, Slotow R, eds.), pp. 2657-2665. Birdlife South Africa, Johannesburg.


Griffith SC, Stewart IRK (1998) Genetic confirmation of non-identical embryonic twins in the house sparrow Passer domesticus. Journal of Avian Biology29, 207-208.

Komdeur J, Blaakmeer K, Richardson D (1998) Monitoring and studying the Seychelles warbler, Acrocephalus sechellensis. Rare and threatened species, sites and habitats monitoring programme in Seychelles: Final Report Project G1. Ministry of Environment/BirdLife International/European Union.

Petrie M, Doums C, Møller AP (1998) The degree of extra-pair paternity increases with genetic variabiltiy. Proceedings of the National Acadamy of Science, USA95, 9390-9395.

Solovei IV, Joffe BI, Hori T, Thomson P, Mizuno S, Macgregor HC (1998) Unordered arrangement of chromosomes in the nuclei of chicken spermatozoa. Chromosoma 107,184-188.

Stanback M, Boix C, Richardson DS, Birkhead T, Fletcher B, Mendelsohn J (1998) Sperm storage, pair bondage, and genetic monogamy in Hornbills. Adams, N. & Slotow, R. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 22nd International Ornithological Congress. Durban, University of Natal.

Stewart R, Walker E (1998) Confirmation of the distinct appearance of the last laid egg of the house sparrow (Passer domesticus). International studies on sparrows 25, 43-44.


Hartley IR, Shepherd M (1997) The behavioural ecology of breeding corn buntings Miliaria calandra on North Uist. In: The Ecology and Conservation of Corn Buntings. (Ed. by PF Donald & NJ Aebischer), pp. 88-102. Peterborough: JNCC.

Owens IPF and Bennett PM (1997) Variation in mating system among birds: ecological basis revealed by hierarchical comparative analysis of mate desertion. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 264 1103-1110.

Shepherd M., Hartley IR, McGregor PK (1997) Natal philopatry and breeding site fidelity in Corn Buntings on North Uist. In: The Ecology and Conservation of Corn Buntings. (Ed. by PF Donald & NJ Aebischer), pp. 103-114. Peterborough: JNCC.

Stewart IRK, Ringsby TH, Solberg EJ (1997) Absence of haematozoa in passerines from a Norwegian archipelago. Ornis Fennica 74, 201-203.


Brooke M de L, Rowe G (1996) Behavioural and molecular evidence for granting specific status to light and dark morphs of the herald petrel Pterodroma heralidica. Ibis138, 420-432.

Shepherd M, Currie D, Hartley IR (1996) Mate-guarding, territorial intrusions and paternity defence in the polygynous corn bunting Milaria calandra. Journal of Avian Biology 27, 231-237.

Sundberg J, Dixon A (1996) Old, colourful male yellowhammers, Emberiza citrinella, benefit from extra-pair copulations. Animal Behaviour 52, 113-122.


Brooke M de L, Hartley IR (1995) Nesting Henderson reed-warblers (Acrocephalus vaughani taiti) studied by DNA fingerprinting: unrelated coalitions in a stable habitat. The Auk 112, 77-86.

Hartley IR, Shepherd M (1995) A random female settlement model can explain polygyny in the corn bunting. Animal Behaviour 49, 1111-1118.

Hartley IR, Shepherd M, Thompson DBA (1995) Habitat selection and polygyny in breeding corn buntings Miliaria calandra. Ibis 137, 508-514.

Shepherd M, Hartley IR (1995) Polyterritoriality in a population of Corn Buntings on North Uist. Scottish Birds18, 116-117.


Hartley IR, Shepherd M (1994) Female reproductive success, provisioning of nestlings and polygyny in corn buntings. Animal Behaviour48, 717-725.

Hartley IR, Shepherd M (1994) Nesting success in relation to timing of breeding in the corn bunting on North Uist. Ardea,82, 173-184.

Hartley IR, Quicke DLJ (1994) The diet of nestling Corn Buntings on North Uist - insects not grain. Scottish Birds17, 169-170.

Owens IPF, Thompson DBA (1994). Sex differences, sex ratios and sex roles. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B258, 93-99.


Owens IPF, Hartley IR (1991) "Trojan sparrows": Evolutionary consequences of dishonest invasion for the badges-of-status model. American Naturalist138, 1187-1205

Van Pijlen IA, Amos B, Dover GA (1991) Multilocus DNA fingerprinting applied to population studies of the minke whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata. Reports of the International Whaling Commission (Special Issue 13), 245-254.