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  • Bertram, A., Dias, P.J., Lukehurst, S., Kennington, W.J., Fairclough, D., Norriss, J. & Jackson, G. (2015). Isolation and characterisation of 16 polymorphic microsatellite loci for bight redfish, Centroberyx gerrardi (Actinopterygii : Berycidae), and cross-amplification in two other Centroberyx species. Australian Journal of Zoology 63: 275-278.
  • Buzatto, B.A., Roberts, J.D., & Simmons, L.W. (2015). Sperm competition and the evolution of precopulatory weapons: Increasing male density promotes sperm competition and reduces selection on arm strength in a chorusing frog. Evolution 69: 2613-2624.
  • Buzatto, B.A., Buoro, M., Hazel, W.N. & Tomkins, J.L. (2015). Investigating the genetic architecture of conditional strategies using the environmental threshold model. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 282: 20152075.
  • Buzatto, B.A., Kotiaho, J.S., Tomkins, J.L. & Simmons, L.W. (2015). Intralocus tactical conflict: genetic correlations between fighters and sneakers of the dung beetle Onthophagus taurus. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28: 730-738.
  • Devigili, A., Evans, J.P., Di Nisio, A. & Pilastro, A. (2015). Multivariate selection drives concordant patterns of pre- and postcopulatory sexual selection in a livebearing fish. Nature Commun. 6: 8291
  • Dougherty, L.R. & Shuker, D.M. (2015) Natural breakage of the very long intromittent organ of the seed bug Lygaeus simulans (Heteroptera: Lygaeidae). European Journal of Entomology 112: 818-823.
  • Dougherty, L.R., Rahman, I.A., Burdfield-Steel, E.R, Greenway, E.V. & Shuker, D.M. (2015) Experimental reduction of intromittent organ length reduces male reproductive success in a bug. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 282: 201507824.
  • Dougherty, L.R. & Shuker, D.M. (2015). Mate choice and mating decisions: A response to comments on Dougherty & Shuker. Behavioral Ecology 26: 326-327.
  • Dougherty, L.R. & Shuker, D.M. (2015). The effect of experimental design on the measurement of mate choice: a meta-analysis. Behavioral Ecology, 26: 311-319.
  • Dietz, L, Arango, C.P., Dömel, J.S., Halanych, K.M., Harder, A.M., Held, C., Mahon, A.R., Mayer, C., Melzer, R.R., Rouse, G.W., Weis, A., Wilson, N.G., Leese, F. (2015). Regional differentiation and extensive hybridization between mitochondrial clades of the Southern Ocean giant sea spider Colossendeis megalonyx. Royal Society Open Science 2: 140424.
  • Edwards, E., Mitchell, N. & Ridley, A.R. (2015). The impact of high temperature on foraging behaviour and body condition in cooperatively breeding Western Australian Magpies. Ostrich Special Edition 86, 137-144.
  • Evans J.P., Rahman, M.M. & Gasparini, C. (2015). Genotype-by-environment interactions underlie the expression of pre- and postcopulatory sexually selected traits in guppies. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28: 959.
  • Firman, R.C. & Simmons, L.W. (2015). Gametic interactions promote inbreeding avoidance in house mice. Ecology Letters 18: 937-943.
  • Firman, R.C., Garcia-Gonzalez, F., Thyer, E., Wheeler, S., Yamin, Z., Yuan, M. & Simmons, L.W. (2015). Evolutionary change in testes tissue composition among experimental populations of house mice. Evolution, 69, 848-855.
  • Firman, R.C., Young, F.J., Rowe, D.C., Duong, H.T., and Gasparini, C. (2015). Sexual rest and post- meiotic sperm ageing in house mice. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28: 1373-1382.
  • Gagliano, M. (2015). In a green frame of mind: perspectives on the behavioural ecology and cognitive nature of plants. AoB Plants 7: plu075.
  • Gagliano, M. & Grimonprez, M. (2015). Breaking the silence - language and the making of meaning in plants. Ecopsychology 7: 143-152.
  • Gagliano, M., Depczynski, M. & Siebeck, U. (2015). Facing the environment: onset and development of UV markings in young fish. Scientific Reports 5: 13193.
  • Garcia-Gonzalez, F. and Dowling, D.K. (2015). Transgenerational effects of sexual interactions and sexual conflict: non-sires boost the fecundity of females in the following generation. Biology Letters 11: 20150067.
  • Garcia-Gonzalez, F., Yasui, Y. & Evans, J.P. (2015). Risk-spreading by mating multiply is plausible and requires empirical attention. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 282: 20150866.
  • Garcia-Gonzalez, F., Yasui, Y. & Evans, J.P. (2015) Mating portfolios: bet-hedging, sexual selection and female multiple mating. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 282: 20141525.
  • Gasparini, C., Congiu, L. & Pilastro, A. (2015). MHC similarity and sexual selection: different doesn't always mean attractive. Molecular Ecology 24: 4286-4295.
  • Greenway, E.V., Dougherty, L.R. & Shuker, D.M. (2015) Mating failure. Current Biology 25: R534-R536. Guildea, C., Hitchen, Y., Duffy, R., Dias, P.J., Ledger, J.M., Snow, M. & Kennington, W.J. (2015). Introgression threatens the survival of the critically endangered freshwater crayfish Cherax tenuimanus (Decapoda : Parastacidae) in the wild. PLoS One 10: e0121075.
  • Harvey, M.S., Lopes, P.C., Goldsmith, G.R., Halajian, A., Hillyer, M.J., Huey, J.A. (2015). A novel symbiotic relationship between sociable weaver birds (Philetairus socius) and a new cheliferid pseudoscorpion (Pseudoscorpiones: Cheliferidae) in southern Africa. Invertebrate Systematics 29: 444-456.
  • Healy, S.D., Morgan, K.V. & Bailey, I.E. (2015). Nest construction behaviour. In D.C. Deeming & S.J. Reynolds (Eds.) Nests, eggs, and incubation: new ideas about avian reproduction. pp. 16-28, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Hero, J., Roberts, J.D., Hoskin, C., Lowe, K., Narayan, E., & Bishop, P. (2015). Austral Amphibians – Gondwanan relicts in peril, Chpt 21, pp.440-466, in, Austral Ark: The State of Wildlife in Australia and New Zealand, A Stow, N Maclean & GI Holwell (eds), Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-1-107-03354-2.
  • Humphries, D.J., Finch, F.M., Bell, M.B.V. & Ridley, A.R. (2015). Calling where it counts: subordinate pied babblers target the audience of their vocal advertisements. PLoS One 10: e0130795
  • Kelley, J.L. & Merilaita, S.M. (2015). Testing the role of background matching and self-shadow concealment in explaining countershading colouration in wild-caught rainbowfish. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 114: 915-928.
  • Kekäläinen, J., Larma, I., Lindon, M. & Evans, J.P. (2015). Lectin staining and flow cytometry reveals female-induced sperm acrosome reaction and surface carbohydrate reorganization. Scientific Reports 5: 15321.
  • Kekäläinen, J., Soler, C., Veentaus, S. & Huuskonen, H. (2015). Male investments in high quality sperm improve fertilization success, but may have negative impact on offspring fitness in whitefish. PloS One 10: e0137005.
  • Keynan, O., Ridley, A.R. & Lotem, A. (2015). Social foraging strategies and acquisition of a novel foraging skill in a cooperative breeder. Behavioral Ecology 26, 207-214. King, S.L. (2015) You talkin’ to me? Interactive playback is a powerful yet underused tool in animal communication research. Biology Letters 11: 20150403.
  • King, S.L., Schick, R.S., Donovan, C.D., Booth, C.G., Burgman, M., Thomas, L., & Harwood, J. (2015). An interim framework for assessing the population consequences of disturbance. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 6: 1150–1158.
  • King S.L. & Janik V.M. (2015). Come dine with me: food associated social signalling in wild bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Animal Cognition 18: 969-74.
  • Kortet, R., Sirkka, I., Lai, Y.T., Vainikka, A. & Kekäläinen, J. (2015). Personality differences in two minnow populations that differ in their parasitism and predation risk. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 3: 9.
  • Krug, P.J., Vendetti, J.E., Ellingson, R.E., Trowbridge, C.D., Hirano, Y.M., Trathen, D.Y., Rodriguez, A.K., Swennen, C., Wilson, N.G. & Valdes, A.A. (2015). Species selection favors dispersive life histories in sea slugs, but higher per-offspring investment drives shifts to short-lived larvae. Systematic Biology 64: 983-999.
  • Lai, Y.T., Taskinen, J., Kekäläinen, J. & Kortet, R. (2015). Infection ecology of Philometra ovata (Nematoda: Philometridae) in a wild European minnow (Phoxinus phoxinus) population in Finland. Parasitology 142: 926-937.
  • Larsdotter Mellström, H. & Wiklund, C. (2015). Different mating expenditure in response to sperm competition risk between generations in the bivoltine butterfly Pieris napi. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 69: 1067-1074.
  • Leivers, S., Simmons, L.W. & Rhodes, G. (2015). Men's sexual faithfulness judgments may contain a kernel of truth. PLoS One 10: e0134007.
  • Lostrom, S., Evans, J.P., Grierson, P., Collin, S.P., Davies, P.M. & Kelley, J.L. (2015). Linking stream ecology with morphological variability in a native freshwater fish from semi-arid Australia. Ecology and Evolution 5: 3272-3287.
  • Lüpold, S, Simmons, L.W., Tomkins, J.L. & Fitzpatrick, J.L. (2015). No evidence for a trade-off between sperm length and male premating weaponry. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28: 2187-2195.
  • McCullough, E.L., Ledger, K.J., O’Brien, D.M., and Emlen, D.J. (2015). Variation in the allometry of exaggerated rhinoceros beetle horns. Animal Behaviour 109: 133-140.
  • McCullough, E.L., Ledger, K.J., and Moore, T.Y. (2015). Variation in cross-sectional horn shape within and among rhinoceros beetle species. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 115: 810-817.
  • Moir, M.L., Hitchen, Y., Gardner, M.G., Coates, D.J. & Kennington, W.J. (2015). Isolation and characterization of 14 polymorphic microsatellite loci for the plant-lice Trioza barrettae (Hemiptera : Triozidae). Australian Journal of Zoology 63: 201-203.
  • Muniz, D.G., Guimarães, P.R., Buzatto, B.A. & Machado, G. (2015). A sexual network approach to sperm competition in a species with alternative mating tactics. Behavioral Ecology 26: 121-129.
  • Nansen, C., Ribeiro, L.P., Dadour, I., Roberts, J.D. (2015) Detection of Temporal Changes in Insect Body Reflectance in Response to Killing Agents. PLoS One 10: e0124866.
  • Nelson-Flower, M.J. & Ridley, A.R. (2015). No cost of male-male competition despite paternity loss in a cooperatively breeding bird. Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology 69: 1997-2004.
  • Nistelberger, H.M., Byrne, M., Coates, D. & Roberts, J.D. (2015). Genetic drift drives evolution in the bird-pollinated, terrestrial island endemic Grevillea georgeana (Proteaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 178: 155-168.
  • Nistelberger, H.M., Byrne, M., Coates, D. & Roberts, J.D. (2015). Phylogeography and population differentiation in terrestrial island populations of Banksia arborea (Proteaceae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 114: 860–872.
  • Pelizzon, A. & Gagliano, M. (2015). The sentience of plants: animal rights and rights of nature intersecting? Australian Animal Protection Law Journal 11: 5-13.
  • Pettit, N.E., Naiman, R.J., Fry, J.M., Roberts, J.D., Close, P.G., Pusey, B.J., Woodall, G.S., MacGregor, C.J., Speldewinde, P.C., Stewart, B., Dobbs, R.J., Paterson, H.L., Cook, P., Toussaint, S., Comer, S. & Davies, P.M. (2015). Environmental change: prospects for conservation and agriculture in a southwest Australia biodiversity hotspot. Ecology and Society 20: 10.
  • Rahman, M.M., Gasparini, C., Turchini, G.M., & Evans, J.P. (2015). Testing the interactive effects of carotenoids and polyunsaturated fatty acids on ejaculate traits in the guppy Poecilia reticulata (Pisces: Poeciliidae). Journal of fish biology 86: 1638-1643.
  • Reid, A. & Wilson, N.G. (2015). Octopuses of the Kermadec Islands: discovery and description of a new member of the Octopus ‘vulgaris’-complex (O. jollyorum, sp. nov.) and the first description of a male Callistoctopus kermadecensis (Berry, 1914). In: Trnski, T and Schlumpf, H (eds) Kermadec Biodiscovery Expedition 2011. Bulletin of the Auckland Museum 20: 349-368.
  • Reniers, J., Brendonck, L., Roberts, J.D., Verlinden, W. & Van Schoenwinkel, B. (2015). Environmental harshness shapes life history variation in an Australian frog species - a skeletochronological approach. Oecologia 178: 931–941.
  • Ridley, A.R. Humphries, D.J. & Wiley, E.J. (2015). Do signals of quality make recognition redundant? A comment on Sheehan & Bergman. Behavioral Ecology 27: 14-15.
  • Ridley, A.R. & Ashton, B.J. (2015). The benefits of an evolutionary framework for teaching behaviour, and why the emphasis should be taken off humans as a benchmark (Invited commentary). Behavioral & Brain Sciences 38: e59.
  • Rix, M.G., Edwards, D.L., Byrne, M., Harvey, M.S., Joseph, L. & Roberts, J.D. (2015). Biogeography and speciation of terrestrial fauna in the south-western Australian biodiversity hotspot. Biological Reviews 90: 762-793.
  • Rouse, G.W., Wilson, N.G., Worsaae, K. & Vrijenhoek, R.C. (2015). A dwarf male reversal in bone-eating worms. Current Biology 25: 236-241.
  • Simmons, L.W. (2015). Sexual signaling by females: do unmated females increase their signaling effort? Biology Letters 11: 20150298
  • Stiller, J., Wilson, N.G. & Rouse, G.W. (2015). A spectacular new species of seadragon (Syngnathidae). Royal Society Open Science 2: 140458
  • Tedeschi, J.N., Kennington, W.J., Berry, O., Whiting, S., Meekan, M. & Mitchell, N.J. (2015). Increased expression of Hsp70 and Hsp90 mRNA as biomarkers of thermal stress in loggerhead turtle embryos (Caretta Caretta). Journal of Thermal Biology 47: 42-50.
  • Thomas, L., Kennington, W.J., Stat, M., Wilkinson, S.P., Kool, J.T. & Kendrick, G.A. (2015). Isolation by resistance across a complex coral reef seascape. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 282: 20151217.
  • Thomas, M.L. & Simmons, L.W. (2015). No Coolidge effect in the Australian field cricket Teleogryllus oceanicus. Austral Entomology 54: 433-437.
  • Travers, L.M., Garcia-Gonzalez, F., & Simmons, L.W. (2015). Live fast die young life history in females: evolutionary trade-off between early life mating and lifespan in female Drosophila melanogaster. Scientific Reports 5: 15469.
  • Umbers, K.D.L. & Mappes, J. (2015). Postattack deimatic display in the mountain katydid, Acripeza reticulata. Animal Behaviour 100: 68-73.
  • Umbers, K.D.L., Lehtonen, J. & Mappes, J. (2015). Deimatic displays. Current Biology 25: R58-R59.
  • Umbers, K.D.L., Symonds, M.R.E. & Kokko, H. (2015). The mothematics of female pheromone signaling: strategies for aging virgins. American Naturalist 185: 417-432.
  • Umbers, K.D.L., Byatt, L.J., Hill, N.J., Bartolini, R.J., Hose, G.C., Herberstein, M.E. & Power, M.L. (2015). Prevalence and molecular identification of nematode and dipteran parasites in an Australian alpine grasshopper (Kosciuscola tristis). PLoS One 10: e0121685.
  • White, T.E., Dalrymple, R.L., Noble, D.W.A., O'Hanlon, J.C., Zurek, D.B. & Umbers, K.D.L. (2015). Reproducible research in the study of biological coloration. Animal Behaviour 106: 51-57.
  • Wilson, C.J. & Tomkins, J.L. (2015). Female Callosobruchus maculatus can maximize long-term fitness through polyandry. Behavioral Ecology 26: 502-509.
  • Wilson, N.G. & Burghardt, I. (2015). Here be dragons- phylogeography of Pteraeolidia ianthina (Angas, 1864) reveals multiple species of photosynthetic nudibranchs (Aeolidina: Nudibranchia). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 175: 119-133.
  • Zapata, F., Wilson, N.G., Howison, M., Andrande, S.C.S., Jörger, K.M, Schrödl, M., Goetz, F.E., Giribet, G. & Dunn, C.W. (2015). Phylogenomic analyses of deep gastropod relationships reject Orthogastropoda. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 281: 20141739.


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