Cooperative breeding occurs where more than two individuals combine to rear a single brood of young. It is extraordinarily prevalent in the Australian avifauna, for both phylogenetic and ecological reasons, and we are conducting a number of studies to understand this prevalence. Current work focuses on superb fairy-wrens and woodswallows, though we have worked with kookaburras, bee-eaters, kingfishers, thornbills, choughs and parrots.
Honorary Associate Professor
E&E Special Seminar: The structure of phenotypic variation: questions arising from analysis of repeatedly-expressed traits
Biological variation is organized hierarchically; it exists among taxa, among populations, among genotypes or individuals, and within genotypes or
Can’t see the ‘hood for the trees: the comparative method and phylogenetic and ecological variation in cooperative breeding in birds
In recent years a number of high profile publications have used phylogenetically explicit comparative methods to attempt to explain the distributio