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2015

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Acker, P., Grégoire, A., Rat, M., Spottiswoode, C.N., van Dijk, R.E., Paquet, M., Kaden, J.C., Pradel, R., Hatchwell, B.J., Covas, R. & Doutrelant, C. 2015. Disruptive viability selection on a black plumage trait associated with dominance. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 28:2027-2041. IP. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jeb.12717 IF 3.804

Baylis, A.M.M., Orben, R.A., Pistorius, P., Brickle, P., Staniland, I. & Ratcliffe, N. 2015. Winter foraging site fidelity of king penguins breeding at the Falkland Islands. Marine Biology 162:99-110. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00227-014-2561-0. IF 2.569

Bray, T.C. & Hockey, P.A.R. 2015. Population genetics and demographic inferences in a recovering shorebird, the African Black Oystercatcher Haematopus moquini. Ibis 157:171-176. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ibi.12209. IF 1.861

Brown, R.M, Techow, N.M.S.M, Wood, A.G. & Phillips, R.A. 2015. Hybridization and back-crossing in Giant Petrels (Macronectes giganteus and M. halli) at Bird Island, South Georgia, and a summary of hybridization in seabirds. PLoS ONE 10: e0121688. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0121688 IF 4.015

Cáceres, A., Melo, M., Barlow, J., Cardoso, P., Maiato, F. & Mills, M.S.L. 2015. Threatened birds of the Angolan Central Escarpment: distribution and response to habitat change at Kumbira Forest. Oryx 49:727-734. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0030605313001415. IF 1.914

Caves, E.M., Stevens, M., Iversen, E.S. &  Spottiswoode, C.N. 2015. Hosts of avian brood parasites have evolved egg signatures with elevated information content. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 282: 20150598. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2015.0598. IF 5.808

Cerfonteyn, M. and Ryan, P.G. 2015. Have burrowing petrels recovered on Marion Island two decades after cats were eradicated?: evidence from sub-Antarctic skua prey remains. Antarctic Science (2015): 1-7. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0954102015000474 IF 1.639

Cook, T.R., Bonnet, X., Fauvel, T., Shine, R. & Brishoux, F. 2015. Foraging behaviour and energy budgets of sea snakes: insights from implanted data loggers. Journal of Zoology 298:82-93. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jzo.12286 IF 2.108

Cressey, E.R., Measey, G.J. & Tolley, K.A. 2015. Fading out of view: the enigmatic decline of Rose’s mountain toad Capensibufo rosei. Oryx 49:521-528 http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0030605313001051
IF 1.914

Cumming, G.S., Abolnik, C. Caron, A. Gaidet, N., Grewar, J., Hellard, E., Henry, D.A.W. & Reynolds, C. 2015. A social-ecological approach to landscape epidemiology: geographic variation and avian influenza. Landscape Ecology 30:963-985. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10980-015-0182-8 IF 4.044

Cumming, G.S., Allen, C.R., Ban, N.C., Biggs, D., Biggs, H.C., Cumming, D.H.M., De Vos, A., Epstein, G., Etienne, M., Maciejewski, K., Mathevet, R., Moore, C.A., Nenadovic, M. & Schoon, M. 2015. Understanding protected area resilience: a multi-scale, social-ecological approach. Ecological Applications 25:299-319. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/13-2113.1 IF 4.126

Cunningham, S.J., Martin, R.O. & Hockey, P.A.R. 2015. Can behaviour buffer the impacts of climate change on an arid zone bird? Ostrich 86:119-126. http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/00306525.2015.1016469 IF 0.431

Dalton, D.L., Linden, B., Wimberger, K., Nupen, L.J., Tordiffe, A.S.W., Taylor, P.J., Madisha, M.T. & Kotze, A. 2015. New Insights into Samango Monkey Speciation in South Africa. Plos One 10(3): e0117003 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0117003 IF 4.015

Davies, D., Dilley, B.J., Bond, A.L., Cuthbert, R.J. and Ryan, P.G. 2015. Trends and tactics of mouse predation on Tristan Albatross Diomedea dabbenena chicks at Gough Island, South Atlantic Ocean. Avian Conservation and Ecology 10(1): 5. http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ACE-00738-100105 IF 0.381

Dean, W.R.J., Milton, S.J., Forsyth, H.P. & Tissiman, D.R. 2015. Fluctuations in bird numbers on sewage treatment ponds in an arid environment, South Africa. Ostrich 86:145-153. http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/00306525.2015.1029559 IF 0.431

De Vos, A., Cumming, G.S., Moore, C.A., Maciejewski, K. and Duckworth, G. 2015. Understanding the role of ecotourism attributes for the economic sustainability of protected areas. Ecosphere. IF 2.69

Dijk, R.E., Covas, R., Doutrelant, C., Spottiswoode, C.N. and Hatchwell, B.J. 2015. Fine-scale genetic structure reflects sex-specific dispersal strategies in a population of sociable weavers (Philetarius socius). Molecular Ecology 24: 4296-4311. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.13308 IF 6.543

Dilley, B.J., Davies, D., Bond, A.L. & Ryan, P.G. 2015. Effects of mouse predation on burrowing petrel chicks at Gough Island. Antarctic Science (2015). http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0954102015000279 IF 1.639

Dilley, B.J., Schoombie, S., Schoombie, J. & Ryan, P.G. 2015. Scalping’ of albatross fledglings by introduced mice spreads rapidly at Marion Island. Antarctic Science (2015): 1-8. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0954102015000486 IF 1.639

Edwards, M.K., Mitchell, N.J. & Ridley, A.R. 2015. The impact of high temperatures on foraging behaviour and body condition in the Western Australian Magpie Cracticus tibicen dorsalis. Ostrich 86:137-144. http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/00306525.2015.1034219 IF 0.431

England, K.J.H., Jackson, C. & Hockey, P.A.R. 2015. A novel methodology for the rapid assessment of waterbird vulnerability to disturbance Ostrich 86:75-85. http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/00306525.2015.1030793 IF 0.431

Espinaze, M., Hellard, E. & Cumming, G. 2015. Analysis of large new South African data set using two host specificity indices shows generalism in both adult and larval ticks of mammals. Parasitology 143:366-373.. IF 2.729

Evans, S.W., Monadjem, A., Roxburgh, L, McKechnie, A.E., Baker, E.M., Kizungu, R.B., Little, I.T., Matsvimbo, F., Mulwa, R., Mwizabi, D, Nalwanga, D, Ndang'ang'a, K. & Combrink, L. 2015. Current conservation status of the blue swallow Hirundo atrocaerulea Sundevall 1850 in Africa. Ostrich (2015):1-17 http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/00306525.2015.1047808 IF 0.431

Feeney, W.E., Tronscianko, J., Langmore, N.E. & Spottiswoode, C.N. 2015. Evidence for aggressive mimicry in an adult brood parasitic bird,and generalized defences in its host. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 282: 20150795. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2015.0795 . IF 5.808

Flower, T.P., Ashton, B.J., Zöttl, E., Olinger, R.M. and Hockey, P.A.R. 2015. Dual parasitism of Fork-tailed Drongos by African and Jacobin Cuckoos. Ostrich 86: 189-191. http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/00306525.2015.1029032 IF 0.431

Fuchs, J. & Bowie, R.C.K. 2015. Concordant genetic structure in two species of woodpecker distributed across the primary West African biogeographic barriers. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 88:66-74. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2015.03.011 IF3.989

Gaglio, D., Cook, T.R. & Sherley, R.B., 2015. Egg morphology of swift terns in South Africa. Ostrich 86:1-3. http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/00306525.1046964 IF 0.431

Gaglio, D., Sherley, R.B. & Cook, T.R. 2015. Insects in the diet of the Greater Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii bergii in southern Africa. Marine Ornithology 43 131-132.

Gray, M.M., Parmenter, M., Hogan, C., Ford, I., Cuthbert, R.J., Ryan, P.G., Broman, K.W. & Payseur, B.A. 2015. Genetics of rapid and extreme size evolution in island mice. Genetics 201:213-228 http://dx.doi.org/10.1534/genetics.115.177790 IF 5.96

Grecian, W.J., McGill, R.A.R., Phillips, R.A., Ryan, P.G. & Furness, R.W. 2015. Quantifying variation in δ13C and δ15N isotopes within and between feathers and individuals; is one sample enough? Marine Biology 162:733-741. doi: 10.1007/s00227-015-2618-8 IF 2.569

Grémillet, D., Fort, J., Amélineau, F., Zakhavova, E., Le Bot, T., Sala, E. & Gavrilo, M. 2015. Arctic warming: nonlinear impacts of sea-ice and glacier melt on seabird foraging. Global Change Biology 21:1116-1123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gcb.12811. IF 6.91

Grémillet, D., Péron, C., Kato, A., Amélineau, F., Ropert-Coudert, Y., Ryan, P.G. & Pichegru, L. 2015. Starving seabirds: unprofitable foraging and its fitness consequences in Cape gannets competing with fisheries in the Benguela upwelling ecosystem. Marine Biology 163:35 IP IF 2.569

Grémillet, D., Peron, C., Provost, P. & Lescroel, A. 2015. Adult and juvenile European seabirds at risk from marine plundering off West Africa. Biological Conservation 182:143-147. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2014.12.001. IF 4.036

Handley, J.M., Baylis, A.M.M., Brickle, P. & Pistorius, P. 2015. Temporal variation in the diet of Gentoo penguins at the Falkland Islands. Polar Biology 39:283-296. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00300-015-1781-1 IF 2.027

Handley, J.M. & Pistorius, P. 2015. Kleptoparasitism in foraging gentoo penguins Pygoscelis papua. Polar Biology 39:391-395. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00300-015-1772-2 IF 2.027

Hellard, E. 2015. Parasite-parasite interactions in the wild: how to detect them? Trends in Parasitology 31:640-652. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pt.2015.07.005.

Hellard, E., Pontier, D., Siberchicot, A., Sauvage, F. & Fouchet, D. 2015. Unknown age in health disorders: a method to account for its cumulative effect and an application to feline viruses interactions. Epidemics 11:48-55. http://dx.doi/10.1016/j.epidem.2015.02.004 IF2.750

Heystek, A., Pauw, A. & Barnard, P. 2015. Proteaceae nectar sources for nectarivorous birds at landscape level. South African Journal of Botany 98:179-180. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sajb.2015.03.047 IF 1.676

Hobday, A.J., Bell, J.D., Cook, T.R., Gasalla, M.A. & Wang, K.C. 2015. Reconciling conflicts in pelagic fisheries under climate change. Deep-Sea Research II 113:291-300. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2014.10.024. IF 2.763

Iba´n˜ez-A´ lamo, J.D., Magrath, R.D., Oteyza, J.C., Chalfoun, A.D., Haff, T.M., Schmidt, K.A., Thomson, R.I. & Martin, T.E. 2015. Nest predation research: recent findings and future perspectives. Journal of Ornithology 156(sup 1): S247-S262. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10336-015-1207-4 IF 1.766

Jones, C.W., Risi, M.M., Kuntz, W., Ryan, P.G., Steinfurth, A. & Bond, A.L. 2015. Bill deformities in penguins (Spheniscidae): a global review. Marine Ornithology 43: 207-209.

Joseph., G.S., Makumbe, M., Seymour, C.L., Cumming, G.S., Mahlangu, Z. & Cumming, D.H.M. 2015. Termite mounds mitigate against 50 years of herbivore-induced reduction of functional diversity of savannah woody plants. Landscape Ecology 30:2161-2174.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10980-015-0238-9 IF 4.044

Katzenberger, J., Tate, G., Koeslag, A. & Amar, A. 2015. Black Sparrowhawk brooding behavior in relation to chick age and weather variation in the recently colonized Cape Peninsula, South Africa. Journal of Ornithology 156: 903-913. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10336-015-1199-0. IF 1.766

Krüger, S.C., Reid, T. & Amar, A. 2015. Differential range use between age classes of Southern African Bearded Vultures Gypaetus barbatus. Plos One 9:e114920. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0114920 IF 4.015

Krüger, S.C., Simmons, R.E. & Amar, A. 2015. Anthropogenic activities influence the abandonment of Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) territories in southern Africa. Condor 117:94-107. http://dx.doi.org/10.1650/CONDOR-14-121.1 IF 1.393

Krüger, S.C., Wesche, P.L. & Jansen van Vuuren, B. 2015. Reduced genetic diversity in Bearded Vultures Gypaetus barbatus in Southern Africa. Ibis 157:162-166. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ibi.12200. IF 1.861

Labuschagne, C., Nupen, L., Kotze, A., Grobler, P.J. & Dalton, D.L. 2015. Assessment of microsatellite and SNP markers for parentage assignment in ex situ African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) populations. Ecology and Evolution 5(19):4389-4399. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.1600 IF 1.658

Lardy, S., Allainé, D., Bonenfant, C. & Cohas, A. Sex-specific determinants of fitness in a social mammal. Ecology 96: 2947-2959. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/15-0425.1 IF 6.421

Le Galliard, J.F., Paquet, M. & Mugabo, M. 2015. An experimental test of density-dependent selection on temperament traits of activity, boldness and sociability. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28:1144-1155. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jeb.12641 IF 3.804

Lee, A.T.K. & Barnard, P. 2015.  Endemic birds of the Fynbos biome: a conservation assessment and impacts of climate change. Bird International Conservation 26:52-68. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0959270914000537 IF 1.441

Lee, A.T.K. & Barnard P. 2015. Spatial and temporal patterns of insect-order activity in the fynbos, South Africa. Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies 3:95-102.

Lee, A.T.K., Barnard, P. & Hockey, P.A.R. 2015. Population metrics for Fynbos birds, South Africa: densities, detection- and capture rates from a Mediterranean type ecosystem. Ostrich 86:179-187. http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/00306525.2015.1021287 IF 0.431

Little, R.M. 2015. Introduction: Special issue in memory of Philip Anthony Richard Hockey. Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology 86(1&2): iii-iv. http://dx.doi/10.2989/00306525.2015.1046726 IF 0.431

Little, I.T., Hockey, P.A.R. & Jansen, R. 2015. Predation drives nesting success in grassland passerines: fire and grazing management for avian conservation. Ostrich 86: 97-111. http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/00306525.2015.1005557 IF 0.431

Little, I.T., Hockey, P.A.R. & Jansen, R. 2015. Assessing biodiversity integrity for the conservation of grazed and burnt grassland systems: avian field metabolic rates as a rapid assessment tool. Biodiversity & Conservation 24:1443-1471. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10531-015-0868-x IF 2.065

Little, I.T., Hockey, P.A.R. & Jansen, R. 2015. Impacts of fire and grazing management on South Africa’s moist highland grasslands: a case study of the Steenkampsberg Plateau, Mpumalanga, South Africa. Bothalia 45(1). http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/abc.v45i1.1786 IF 0.444

Loewenthal, D., Paijmans, D.M., Haupt, P.W. & Hockey, P.A.R. 2015. Trends in African Black Oystercatchers Haematopus moquini populations between the early 1980s and early 2000s, with consideration of the influence of protected habitats and food availability. Ostrich 86:9-21. http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/00306525.2015.1029030 IF 0.431

Loewenthal, D., Paijmans, D.M. & Hockey, P.A.R. 2015. How do African Black Oystercatchers Haematopus moquini recruit into high-density populations? Ostrich 86:1-8. http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/00306525.2015.1016466 IF 0.431

Loewenthal, D., Paijmans, D.M. & Hockey, P.A.R. 2015. Year-round territoriality in long-lived birds: rethinking the concept of carrying capacity. Ostrich 86:23-34. http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/00306525.2015.1016467 IF 0.431

Maciejewski, K. & Cumming, G.S. 2015. The relevance of socioeconomic interactions for the resilience of protected area networks. Ecological Society of America 6(9): 1 – 14. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES15-00022.1 IF 3.889

Maciejewski, K. & Cumming, G.S. 2015. Multi-scale network analysis shows scale-dependency of significance of individual protected areas for connectivity. Landscape Ecology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10980-015-0285-2. IF 4.044

Maciejewski, K., De Vos, A., Cumming, G.S., Moore, C.A. & Biggs, D. 2015. Cross-scale feedbacks and scale mismatches as influences on cultural services and the resilience of protected areas. Ecological Applications 25:11-23. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/13-2240.1. IF 4.126

Madden, C.F., Arroyo, B. & Amar, A. 2015. A review of the impacts of corvids on bird productivity and abundance. Ibis 157:1-16. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ibi.12223. IF 1.861

Maron, M., McAlpine, C.A., Watson, J.E.M., Maxwell, S. & Barnard, P. 2015. Climate-induced resource bottlenecks exacerbate species vulnerability: a review. Diversity & Distributions 21:731-743. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ddi.12339 IF 5.629

Martin, R.O., Cunningham, S.J. & Hockey, P.A.R. 2015. Elevated temperatures drive fine-scale patterns of habitat use in a savannah bird community. Ostrich 86:127-135. http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/00306525.2015.1029031 IF 0.431

Martin, T.E., Oteyza, J.C., Boyce, A.J. & Ton, R. 2015. Adult mortality probability and nest predation rates explain parental effort in warming eggs with consequences for embryonic development time. American Naturalist 186:223-236 http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/681986   IF 5.204

Martin, T.E., Oteyza, J.C., Mitchell, A.E., Potticary, A.L. & Lloyd, P. 2015. Postnatal growth rates covary weakly with embryonic development rates and do not explain adult mortality probability among songbirds on four continents. American Naturalist 185(3): 380-389. http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.ks62j. IF 5.204

Massie, P.P., McIntyre, T., Ryan, P.G., Bester, M.N., Bornemann, H. & Ansorge, I.J. 2015. The role of eddies in the diving behavior of female southern elephant seals. Polar Biology 39:297-307. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00300-015-1782-0 IF 2.027

McInnes, A.M., Khoosal, A., Murrell, B., Merkle, D, Lacerda, M., and Nyengera, R. 2015. Recreational fish-finders – an inexpensive alternative to scientific echo-sounders for unravelling the links between marine top predators and their prey. PLoS ONE 10(11):e0140936. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371.hiyrbak,ibe,0140936 IF 4.015

McKechnie, A.E. 2015. Global variation in avian metabolic rates and the slow pace life of tropical birds. Functional Ecology 29:297-298. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.12350 IF 5.371

McKechnie, A.E., Noakes, M.J. & Smit, B. 2015. Global patterns of seasonal acclimatization in avian resting metabolic rates. Journal of Ornithology 156 (Supp1): S367-S376. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10336-015-1186-5  IF 1.766

Meineri, E., Deville, A.-S., Grémillet, D., Gauthier-Clerc, M. & Béchet, A. 2015. Combining correlative and mechanistic habitat suitability models to improve ecological compensation. Biological Reviews 90:314-329. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/brv.12111. IF 9.79

Milewski, A.V. & Mills, A.J. 2015. Why was the Highveld treeless? Looking laterally to the Pampas for global edaphic principles beyond biogeographical accidents. South African Journal of Botany 101:98-106. IF 1.676

Mills, M.S.L., Cohen, C., Francis, J. & Spottiswoode, C.N. 2015. A survey for the critically endangered Liben Lark Heteromirafra archeri in Somaliland, north-western Somalia. Ostrich 86(3): 291-294. http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/00306525.2015.1049670 IF 0.431

Milne, R., Cunningham, S.J., Lee, A.T.K. & Smit, B. 2015. The role of thermal physiology in recent declines of birds in a biodiversity hotspot. Conservation Physiology 3:1-17. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/conphys/cov048

Monti, F., Duriez, O., Arnal, V., Dominic, J-M., Sforzi, A., Fusani, L., Grémillet, D. & Montgelard, C. 2015. Being cosmopolitan: evolutionary history and phylogeography of a specialized raptor, the Osprey Pandion haliaetus. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15(255): 1-15. http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12862-015-0535-6

Moodley, Y., Masello, J., Gopi, M., Cole, T., Thali, M., Alderman, R., Cuthbert, R., Marin, M., Massaro, M., Navarro, J., Phillips, R., Ryan, P.G., Suazo, C., Cherel, Y., Weimerskirch, H. & Quillfeldt, P. 2015. Evolutionary factors affecting the cross-species utility of newly developed microsatellite markers in seabirds. Molecular Ecology Resources doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.12372

Moore, C., Grewar, J. and Cumming, G.S. 2015. Quantifying network resilience: comparison before and after a major perturbation shows strengths and limitations of network metrics. Journal of Applied Ecology http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.12486 IF 5.864

Mougeot, F., Lendvai, Á., Martínez-Padilla, J., Pérez-Rodríguez, L., Giraudeau, M., Casa, F., Moore, I.T. and Redpath, S. 2015. Parasites, mate attractiveness and female feather corticosterone levels in a socially monogamous bird. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 70: 277-283. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00265-015-2048-0 IF 3.006

Mullers, R.H.E. & Amar, A. 2015. Shoebill Balaeniceps rex foraging behaviour in the Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia. Ostrich 86:113-118. http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/00306525. IF 0.431

Mullers, R.H.E. & Amar, A. 2015. Parental nesting behavior, chick growth and breeding success of Shoebills (Balaeniceps rex) in the Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia. Waterbirds 38:1-9 http://dx.doi.org/10.1675/063.038.0102 IF 0.717

Navarro, R.A., Mullers, R.H.E., Meijer, H.A.J. & Underhill, L.G. 2015. Energy expenditure of free-ranging chicks of Cape gannet Morus capensis. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. doi:10.1086/681671

Ndhlovu, T., Milton, S.J., and Esler, K.J. 2015. Effect of Prosopis (mesquite) invasion and clearing on vegetation cover in semi-arid Nama Karoo rangeland, South Africa. African Journal of Range & Forage Science:1-9. http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/10220119.2015.1036460 IF 0.505

Nelson-Flower, M.J. & Ridley, A.R. 2015. Male-male competition is not costly to dominant males in a cooperatively breeding bird. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00265-015-2011-0 IF 3.006

Oatley, G., Simmons, R.E. & Fuchs, J. 2015. A molecular phylogeny of harriers (Circus, Accipitridae) indicate the role of long distance dispersal and migration in diversification. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 85:150-160. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2015.01.013 IF 3.989

Paijmans, D.M., Loewenthal D., Ryan, P.G. & Hockey, P.A.R. 2015. Temporal and spatial differences in three-egg clutch frequency of the African Black Oystercatcher. Ostrich 86:35-41. http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/00306525.2015.1029997 IF 0.431

Pakanen,V-M., Ronka, N.R., Thomson, R.L. & Koivula, K. 2015. No strong effects of leg-flagged geolocators on return rates or reproduction of a small long-distance migratory shorebird. Ornis Fennica 92: 101-111  IF 0.872

Palmer, C.G., Biggs, R. & Cumming, G. 2015. Applied research for enhancing human well-being and environmental stewardship: using complexity thinking in Southern Africa. Ecology & Society 20:53. http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-07087-200153 IF 3.889

Paquet, M., Covas, R. & Doutrelant, C. 2015 A cross-fostering experiment reveals that prenatal environment affects begging behavior in a cooperative breeder. Animal Behaviour 102:251-258 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.01.034 IF 3.499

Paquet, M., Doutrelant, C., Hatchwell, B.J., Spottiswoode, C.N.& Covas, R. 2015. Antagonistic effect of helpers on breeding male and female survival in a cooperatively breeding bird. Journal of Animal Ecology 84:1354-1362. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2656.12377 IF 5.435

Pettex, E., Barrett, R.T., Lorentsen, S.-H., Bonadonna, B., Pichegru, L., Pons, J.-B. & Grémillet, D. 2015. Contrasting population trends at seabirds colonies: is food limitation a factor in Norway?  Journal of Ornithology 156:397-406.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10336-014-1137-6. IF 1.766

Pistorius, P.A., Hindell, M.A., Tremblay, Y. & Rishworth, G.M. 2015. Weathering a dynamic seascape: influences of wind and rain on a seabird’s year-round activity budgets. PLoS One 10(11): e0142623. http://dx/doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0142623. IF 4.015

Ponchon, A., Chambert, T., Lobato, E., Tveraa, T., Grémillet, D. and Boulinier, T. 2015. Breeding failure induces large scale prospecting movements in the Black-legged Kittiwake. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 473: 138-145. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2015.08.013 IF 2.54

Ponchon, A., Garnier, R., Grémillet, D. & Boulinier, T. 2015. Predicting population responses to environmental change: the importance of considering informed dispersal strategies in spatially structured population models. Diversity and Distributions 21:88-100. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ddi.12273. IF 5.629

Portier, S., Carpenter, A., Gremillet, D., Leroy, B. & Lescroel, A. 2015. Individual repeatability of foraging behaviour in a marine predator, the great cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo. Animal Behaviour 103:83-90. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.02.008 IF 3.499

Rat, M., van Dijk, D.E., Covas, R. & Doutrelant, C. 2015. Dominance hierarchies and associated signalling in a cooperative passerine. Behavioral Ecology Sociobiology 69:437-448. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00265-014-1856-y IF 3.049

Regnard, G.L., Boyes, R.S., Martin, R.O., Hitzeroth, I.J. & Rybicki, E.P. 2015. Beak and feather disease virus: correlation between viral load and clinical signs in wild Cape parrots (Poicepahlus robustus) in South Africa. Archives of Virology 160:339-344. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00705-014-2225-x. IF 2.282

Reid, T., Krüger, S., Whitfield, D.P. & Amar, A. 2015. Using spatial analyses of bearded vulture movements in southern Africa to inform wind turbine placement. Journal of Applied Ecology 52: 881-892. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.12468
IF 5.864

Reynolds, C. and Cumming, G.S. 2015. The role of waterbirds in the dispersal of freshwater cladocera and bryozoa in southern Africa. African Zoology 50: 307-311. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15627020.2015.1108164 IF 0.929

Reynolds, C. and Cumming, G.S. 2015. Defining functional groups using dietary data: quantitative comparison suggests functional classification for seed-dispersing waterfowl. Basic and Applied Ecology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.baae.2015.12.006 IF 2.94

Reynolds, C., Miranda, N.A.F. and Cumming, G. 2015. The role of waterbirds in the dispersal of aquatic alien and invasive species. Diversity and Distributions 21: 744-754. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ddi.12334 IF 5.629

Rishworth, G.M. & Pistorius, P.A. 2015. Protection and provisioning: the role of parental behaviour in terms of chick growth and survival in a pelagic seabird. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 530:153-162 http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps11317
IF 3.17

Roberson, L., Winker, H., Attwood, C., De Vos, L., Sanguinetti, C. and Götz, A. 2015. First survey of fishes in the Betty’s Bay marine protected area along South Africa’s temperate south-west coast. African Journal of Marine Science 37: 543-556. http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/1814232X.2015.1110045 IF 1.57

Rollinson, D.P. 2015. Rare seabird sightings off north and west Madagascar, January-February 2014. Bull ABC 22(2):204-208.

Ryan, P.G. 2015. First record of Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes for Tristan da Cunha, South Atlantic. Bull African Bird Club. 22: 84-85.

Ryan, P.G. 2015. How quickly do albatrosses and petrels digest plastic particles? Environmental Pollution 1-3. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2015.08.005

Ryan, P.G. 2015. Does size and buoyancy affect the long-distance transport of floating debris? Environmental Research Letters 10(8). http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/10/8/084019 IF 4.617

Ryan, P.G., Dilley, B.J., Jones, C. & Bond, A. 2015. Blue Petrels breeding on Gough Island. Ostrich 86:193-194. doi: 10.2989/00306525.2015.1005558 IF 0.431

Seymour, C., Simmons, R.E, Joseph, G. & Slingsbury, J.G. 2015. On bird functional diversity: species richness and functional differentiation show contrasting responses to rainfall and vegetation structure in an arid landscape. Ecosystems 18:971-984. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10021-015-9875-8 IF 4.405

Shaw, J.M., Jenkins, A.R., Allan, D.G. & Ryan, P.G. 2015. Population size and trends of Ludwig’s Bustard Neotis ludwigii and other large terrestrial birds in the Karoo, South Africa. Bird Conservation International doi: 10.1017/S0959270914000458.

Shaw, J.M., van der Merwe, R., van der Merwe, E. & Ryan, P.G. 2015. Winter scavenging rates under power lines in the Karoo, South Africa. African Journal of Wildlife Research 45:122-126. IF 1.246

Silva, M.C., Matias, R., Wanless, R.M., Ryan, P.G., Stephenson, B.M., Bolton, M., Ferrand, N. & Coelho, M.M. 2015. Understanding the mechanisms of antitropical divergence in the seabird White-faced Storm-petrel (Procellariiformes: Pelagodroma marina) using a multilocus approach. Molecular Ecology 24:3122–3137 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.13212 IF 6.543

Simmons, R.E., Kolberg, H., Braby, R. & Erni, B. 2015. Declines in migrant shorebird populations from a winter-quarter perspective. Conservation Biology 29:877-887. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cobi.12493 IF 5.427

Smit, B. & McKechnie, A. 2015 .Water and energy fluxes during summer in an arid-zone passerine bird. Ibis 157: 774-786 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ibi.12284 IF 1.861

Thomas, H.L., Hockey, P.A.R. & Cumming, G.S. 2015. Solving the challenges of monitoring mobile populations: insights from studies of waterbirds in southern Africa. Ostrich 86:169-178. http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/00306525.2015.1005720 IF 0.431

Thomson, R.L., Tolvanen, J. & Forsman, J.T. 2015. Cuckoo parasitism in a cavity nesting host: near absent egg-rejection in a northern redstart population under heavy apparent (but low effective) brood parasitism. Journal of Avian Biology 46: 001-008. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jav.00915 IF 1.971

Tong, W., Horrocks, N.P.C. & Spottiswoode, C.N. 2015. Frontline defences against honeyguide parasitism: the sight of an adult brood parasite near the nest is an insufficient cue for a Honeyguide host to reject foreign eggs. Ibis 157:626-630. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ibi.12254 IF 1.861

Tong, W., Horrocks, N.P.C. & Spottiswoode, C.N. 2015. The sight of an adult brood parasite near the nest is an insufficient cue for a honeyguide host to reject foreign eggs. Ibis 157: 626-630 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ibi.12254 IF 1.861

Torres, L.G., Sutton, P.J., Thomspon, D.R., Delord, K., Weimerskirch, H., Sagar, P.M., Sommer, E., Dilley, B.J., Ryan, P.G. & Phillips, R.A. 2015. Poor transferability of species distribution models for a pelagic predator, the Grey Petrel, indicates contrasting habitat preferences across ocean basins. PLoS ONE 10(3);e0120014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.one.0120014 IF 4.015

Vandenabeele, S.P., Shepard, E.L.C., Grémillet, D., Butler, P.J., Martin, G.R. & Wilson, R.P. 2015. Are bio-telemetric devices a drag? Effects of external tags on the diving behaviour of great cormorants. Marine Ecological Progress Series 519:239-249. http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps11058. IF 3 .17

Van de Voorde, S., Witteveen, M. & Brown, M. 2015. Differential reactions to anthropogenic disturbance by two ground-nesting shorebirds. Ostrich 86: 43-52. http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/00306525.2015.1029558 IF 0.431

van Dijk, R.E., Covas, R., Doutrelant, C., Spottiswoode, C.N. & Hatchwell, B.J. 2015. Fine-scale genetic structure reflects sex-specific dispersal strategies in a population of sociable weavers (Philetarius socius). Molecular Ecology 24(16): 4296-4311. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.13308. IF 6.543

Van Dijk, R.E., Robles, R., Groothuis, T.G.G., de Vries, B. & Eising, C.M. 2015. Reproductive effort of both male and female Bar-throated Apalis Apalis thoracica is predicted by ornamentation of self and mate. Ibis 157:731-742. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ibi.12279 IF 1.861

Van Eeden, R.B., Reid, T., Ryan, P.G. & Pichegru, L. 2015. Fine-scale foraging cues for African Penguins in a highly variable marine environment. Marine Ecology Progress Series 543:257-271. http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps11557 IF 3.17

Vas, E., Lescroel, A., Duriez, O., Boguzewski, G. & Grémillet, D. 2015. Approaching birds with drones: first experiments and ethical guidelines.  Biology Letters 11:20140754. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2014.0754. IF 3 .425

Whitehead, T.O., Rollinson, D.P. & Reisinger, R.D. 2015. Pseudostalked barnacles Xenobalanus globicipits attached to killer whales Orcinus orca in South African waters. Marine Biodiversity 45:873-876. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12526-014-0296-2.

Whitfield, M.C., Smit, B., McKechnie, A.E. & Wolf, B.O. 2015. Avian thermoregulation in the heat: scaling of heat tolerance and evaporative cooling capacity in three southern African arid-zone passerines. Journal of Experimental Biology 218:1705-1714. doi: 10.1242/​jeb.121749 IF 3.335

Witteveen, M., Brown, M., and Ryan, P.G. 2015. Pseudo-egg and exotic egg adoption by Kelp Gulls Larus dominicanus vetula. African Zoology 50(1): 59-61. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15627020.2015.1021172 IF 0.929

Wright, D., Bishop, J.M. & Mathee, CA. 2015. Genetic isolation by distance reveals restricted dispersal across a range of life histories: implications for biodiversity conservation planning across highly variable. Diversity and Distributions 21:698-710/http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1111/ddi.12302. IF 5.629

Young, J.W., Hunt, B.P.V., Cook, T., Llopiz, J., Hazen, E., Pethybridge, H., Ceccarelli, D., Lorrain, A., Olson, R.J., Allain, V., Menkes, C., Patterson, T., Nicol, S., Lehodey, P., Kloser, R., Arrizabalaga, H. & Choy, C.A. 2015. The trophodynamics of marine top predators: current knowledge, recent advances and challenges. Deep-Sea Research Part II 113:170-187. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2014.05.015. IF 2.763

Zarones, L., Sussman, A., Morton, J.M., Plentovich, S., Faegre, S., Aguon, C. Amar, A. and Ha, R.R. 2015. Population status and nest success of the critically endangered Mariana Crow Corvus kubaryi on Rota, Northern Mariana Islands. Bird Conservation International 25:220-233. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S095927091400004 IF 1.441

Zoghby, B.A., Ryan, P.G., Little, R.M., Reid, T. & Hockey, P.A.R. 2015. Seasonal changes in movement and habitat use by Southern Ground-Hornbills in the South African lowveld. Ostrich 86:87-95 http://dx.doi.org/10.2989.00306525.2015.1030794 IF 0.431

Books and book chapters

Boucherie, P., Dufour, V., Rat, M., Doutrelant, C., Mariette, M., Heeb, P. & Bousquet, C. 2015. Application de l’analyse des réseaux sociaux chez les oiseaux. In: Analyse des réseaux sociaux appliquée à l’éthologie et l’écologie, Edited by C. Sueur. Editions Materiologiques, Paris.

Milton, S.J., Dean, W.R.J., Sielecki, L.E.  & van der Ree, R. 2015.The function and management of roadside vegetation . In: Handbook of Road Ecology, edited by R. van der Ree, D.J. Smith & C. Grilo.  London: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Reynolds, C., and Tye, N. 2015. 300 easy-to-see birds in southern Africa. Cape Town: Struik Nature

Ryan, P.G. 2015. A brief history of marine litter research. In: Marine anthropogenic litter. Bergmann, M, Gutow, L. & Klages, M. (eds), Springer International Publishing, Switzerland. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16510-3_1

Ryan, P.G. 2015. Birds. In: Freshwater Life Edited by C. Griffiths, J. Day & M. Picker. Struik Nature, Cape Town. Pp. 46-63. (ISBN 978 1 77584)

Simmons, R.E., Brown, C.J. & Kemper, J. 2015. Birds to Watch in Namibia: Red, rare and endemic species. Ministry of Environment & Tourism and Namibia Nature Foundation, Windhoek.

The Eskom Red Data Book of Birds of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland:
Seven Percy FitzPatrick Centre of Excellence members contributed 11 species assessments In: The Eskom Red Data Book of Birds of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland, Edited by M.R. Taylor, F. Peacock, and R.M. Wanless. BirdLife South Africa, Johannesburg.

Birds to Watch in Namibia: Red Data and Endemic Species:
Two Percy FitzPatrick Centre of Excellence members contributed three species assessments In: Birds to Watch in Namibia: Red, Rare and Endemic Species Edited by R. Simmons, C.J. Brown, and J. Kemper. Ministry of Environment and Tourism & Namibia Nature Foundation, Windhoek

Conflicts in Conservation: navigating towards solutions:
Arjun Amar and Stephen M. Redpath contributed to Chapter Three: The Value of ecological information in conservation conflict in a segment titled: Conflicts in the UK uplands: birds of prey and red grouse In: Conflicts in conservation: navigating towards solutions Edited by Stephen M. Redpath, Ralph J Gutiérrez, Kevin A. Wood, and Juliette C. Young. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 46-48, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139084574