| Research Opportunities
assistant positions will be advertised from time to time.
are sought mainly for the breeding season (September – March).
Students interested in conducting postgraduate research
on the pied babblers are welcome to make queries regarding
Students & Associates
Honorary Research Associate
Activities and research interests
Assoc. Prof. Amanda Ridley is a behavioural ecologist with a specific interest
in cooperative breeding behaviour. She works on populations in the wild,
primarily involving bird species. Amanda is based at the University of
Western Australia, but remains an Honorary Research Associate at the FitzPatrick Institute. Amanda established and is Principal Investigator of
the Pied Babbler Research Project, a long-term research project that studies
the dynamics of cooperation, including the causes and consequences of
helping behaviour, population dynamics, interspecific interaction and
communication, kin recognition and life-history strategies (for more
www.babbler-research.com). Amanda has also established the Western
Magpie Research Project in Perth, which focusses on the relationship between
cognition and sociality. Her other research activities are on seabird
population dynamics on offshore islands in the Pilbara region, and
population dynamics in the Arabian babbler.
Cooperative Breeding and Sociality in Birds (including the
Pied Babbler Research Project)
Mentor to the following postdoctoral fellows
Dr Martha Nelson-Flower (UCT)
Dr Tom Flower (UCT)
Dr Peter Santema (research assistant at Arabian Babbler study site)
Oded Keynan (Macquarie University): The
effect of group size and composition on individual behaviour, group dynamics
and population regulation in the Arabian Babbler (Turdoides squamiceps)
Benjamin Ashton (University of Western Australia):
The relationship between cognition,
cooperation and fitness in cooperative magpies.
Elizabeth Wiley (University of Western Australia): Population
dynamics and vocal coordination in cooperatively breeding pied babblers.
Melanie Mirville (University of Western Australia): Intergroup interaction
and social dynamics in the Mountain Gorilla
Phillip Allen (University of Western Australia): Foraging range, colony
dynamics and reproductive success of pelagic seabirds in a changing climate
in the Pilbara.
Sabrina Engesser (Zurich University, on panel of co-supervisors to this
student): The evolution of language in a cooperative society.
Mandy Ridley's list of publications: http://www.babbler-research.com/publications.html
Ridley, A.R., Wiley, E.M. & Thompson, A.M. 2014. The ecological
benefits of interceptive eavesdropping. Functional
Thompson, A.M., Ridley, A.R., Hockey, P.A.R., Finch, F.M., Britton,
A. & Raihani, N.J. 2013. The influence of siblings on begging behaviour. Animal
Nelson-Flower, M.J., Hockey, P.A.R., O’Ryan, C., English, S., Thompson,
A.M., Bradley, K., Rose, R. & Ridley, A.R. 2013. Costly reproductive
competition between females in a monogamous cooperatively breeding bird. Proceedings
of the Royal Society of London Series B - Biological Sciences 280,
Thompson, A.M., Raihani, N.J., Hockey, P.A.R., Britton, A., Finch F. &
Ridley, A.R. 2013.
The influence of fledgling location on adult provisioning: a test of the
blackmail hypothesis. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series
B - Biological Sciences 280, 20130558. Link
Ridley, A.R., Nelson-Flower, M.J. & Thompson, A.M. 2013.
Is sentinel behaviour safe? An experimental investigation. Animal
Thompson, A.M. & Ridley, A.R. 2013.
Do fledglings choose wisely? An experimental investigation into social
foraging behaviour. Behavioral
Ecology & Sociobiology 67,
Flower, T.P., Child, M.F. & Ridley, A.R. 2013. The
ecological economics of kleptoparasitism: payoffs from self-foraging versus
kleptoparasitism. Journal of
Animal Ecology 82, 245-255. Link
Ridley, A.R. & van den Heuvel, I.M.
2012. Is there a difference in reproductive performance between cooperative
and non-cooperative species? A southern African comparison. Behaviour 149,
Child, M.F., Flower, T.P. & Ridley, A.R.
2012. Investigating a link between bill morphology, foraging ecology and
kleptoparasitic behaviour in the fork-tailed drongo Dicrurus
Behaviour 84, 1013-1022. Link
du Plessis, K.L., Martin, R.O., Hockey, P.A.R.,
Cunningham, S.J.C. & Ridley, A.R. 2012.
The costs of keeping cool in a warming world: implications of high
temperatures for foraging, thermoregulation and body condition of an
arid-zone bird. Global
Change Biology 18, 3063-3070. Link
Nelson-Flower, M.J., Hockey, P.A.R., O’Ryan,
C. & Ridley, A.R. 2012. Inbreeding
avoidance mechanisms: dispersal dynamics in cooperatively
breeding pied babblers. Journal
of Animal Ecology 81, 875-882. Link
Mzumara, T.I., Hockey, P.A.R. & Ridley, A.R.
2012. Re-assessment of the conservation status of the endangered
yellow-throated apalis, Apalis
flavigularis, of Malawi. Bird
Conservation International 22,
Golabek, K.A., Ridley, A.R. & Radford,
A.N. 2012. Food
availability affects strength of seasonal territorial behaviour in a
cooperatively breeding bird.Animal
Behaviour 83, 613-619. Link
Ridley, A.R. & Thompson, A.M. 2012. The
effect of Jacobin cuckoo parasitism on the body mass and survival of young
in a new host species. Ibis 154,
Ridley, A.R. 2012. Invading together:
the benefits of coalition dispersal in a cooperative bird. Behavioral
Ecology & Sociobiology 66, 77-83. Link
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