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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. and Doutrelant, C. 2015. Disruptive viability selection on a black plumage trait associated with dominance. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 28: 2027-2041. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jeb.12717  IF 3.804

Baylis, A.M.M., Orben, R.A., Pistorius, P., Brickle, P., Staniland, I. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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 28(1): 51-57. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0954102015000474  IF 1.639

Cook, T.R., Bonnet, X., Fauvel, T., Shine, R. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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 7(2): e01207. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.1207  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. and Ryan, P.G. 2015. Effects of mouse predation on burrowing petrel chicks at Gough Island. Antarctic Science 27(6): 543-553. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0954102015000279  IF 1.639

Edwards, M.K., Mitchell, N.J. and 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. and 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. and 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. http://hdl.handle.net/2263/51410  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. and Combrink, L. 2015. Current conservation status of the blue swallow Hirundo atrocaerulea Sundevall 1850 in Africa. Ostrich 86(3): 195-211 http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/00306525.2015.1047808  IF 0.431

Feeney, W.E., Tronscianko, J., Langmore, N.E. and 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. and 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  IF 3.989

Gaglio, D., Cook, T.R. and Sherley, R.B., 2015. Egg morphology of swift terns in South Africa. Ostrich 86(3): 287-289. http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/00306525.2015.1046964 IF 0.431

Gaglio, D., Sherley, R.B. and 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. and 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. and Furness, R.W. 2015. Quantifying variation in δ13C and δ15N isotopes within and between feathers and individuals; is one sample enough? Marine Biology 162(4): 733-741. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00227-015-2618-8  IF 2.569

Grémillet, D., Fort, J., Amélineau, F., Zakhavova, E., Le Bot, T., Sala, E. and 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. and 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00227-015-2798-2  IF 2.569

Grémillet, D., Peron, C., Provost, P. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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  IF 2.750

Heystek, A., Pauw, A. and 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. and 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

Ibáñez-Álamo, J.D., Magrath, R.D., Oteyza, J.C., Chalfoun, A.D., Haff, T.M., Schmidt, K.A., Thomson, R.I. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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

Lauron, E.J., Loiseau, C., Bowie, R.C., Spicer, G.S., Smith, T.B., Melo, M. and Sehgal, R.N. 2015. Coevolutionary patterns and diversification of avian malaria parasites in African sunbirds (Family Nectariniidae). Parasitology 142: 635-647 IF 2.729

Lardy, S., Allainé, D., Bonenfant, C. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. https://doi.org/10.2989/00306525.2015.1046726  IF 0.431

Little, I.T., Hockey, P.A.R. and 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. and 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 and Conservation 24: 1443-1471. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10531-015-0868-x  IF 2.065

Little, I.T., Hockey, P.A.R. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and Cumming, G.S. 2015. Multi-scale network analysis shows scale-dependency of significance of individual protected areas for connectivity. Landscape Ecology 31(4): 761-774. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10980-015-0285-2  IF 4.044

Maciejewski, K., De Vos, A., Cumming, G.S., Moore, C.A. and 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. and 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. and Barnard, P. 2015. Climate-induced resource bottlenecks exacerbate species vulnerability: a review. Diversity and Distributions 21: 731-743. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ddi.12339  IF 5.629

Martin, R.O., Cunningham, S.J. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and Quillfeldt, P. 2015. Evolutionary factors affecting the cross-species utility of newly developed microsatellite markers in seabirds. Molecular Ecology Resources 15(5): 1046-1058. http://dx.doi.org/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 53(3): 636-645. 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. and 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. and 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. and Underhill, L.G. 2015. Energy expenditure of free-ranging chicks of Cape gannet Morus capensis. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 88(4): 406-415. http://dx.doi.org/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 and Forage Science 33(1): 11-19. http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/10220119.2015.1036460  IF 0.505

Nelson-Flower, M.J. and Ridley, A.R. 2015. Male-male competition is not costly to dominant males in a cooperatively breeding bird. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 69(12): 1997-2004. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00265-015-2011-0  IF 3.006

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

Paquet, M., Covas, R. and 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.and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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 17(4) 333-343. 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. and Pistorius, P.A. 2015. Protection and provisioning: the role of parental behaviour in terms of chick growth and survival in a pelagic seabird. Marine Ecology Progress Series 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. ABC Bulletin 22(2): 204-208.

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

Ryan, P.G. 2015. How quickly do albatrosses and petrels digest plastic particles? Environmental Pollution 207: 438-440. 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. and Bond, A. 2015. Blue Petrels breeding on Gough Island. Ostrich 86: 193-194. http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/00306525.2015.1005558  IF 0.431

Seymour, C., Simmons, R.E, Joseph, G. and 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. and 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 26(1) 69-86. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0959270914000458 

Shaw, J.M., van der Merwe, R., van der Merwe, E. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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(3): 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. 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(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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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. http://dx.doi.org/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. and 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. and 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. and 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. and 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.  and 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 and C. Grilo.  London: John Wiley and 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. and 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 and M. Picker. Struik Nature, Cape Town. Pp. 46-63. (ISBN 978 1 77584)

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