Scientific Publications

Current Year

Bold authors = Fitz CoE staff and Research Assocates  / Bold & underlined authors = Fitz CoE post-docs & students (current & graduated)

Final Journal Published Papers

Online Published Papers

Bester, M.N., Dilley, B.J., Davies, D. and Glass, T. 2020. Sub-Antarctic fur seals depredate northern rockhopper penguins at Nightingale Island. Tristan da Cunha. Polar Biology: 1-3. IF: 2.002

Bliard, L., Paquet, M., Robert, A., Dufour, P., Renoult, J.P., Grégoire, A., Crochet, P.A., Covas, R. and Doutrelant, C., 2020. Examining the link between relaxed predation and bird coloration on islands. Biology Letters 16(4). IF: 3.323

Bolopo, D., Roncalli, G., Canestrari, D. and Baglione, V. 2020. Cheating cheaters: Social monogamy but genetic polygamy in a brood parasite. Ardeola 67: 39-56. IF: 1.974

Bond, A.L., McClelland, G.T.W., Cuthbert, R.J., Glass, T., Repetto, J. and Ryan, P.G. 2020. No change in Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross (Thalassarche chlororhynchos) egg size over 160 years. Emu - Austral Ornithology. IF: 1.351

Bourne, A.R., Cunningham, S.J., Spottiswoode, C.N. and Ridley, A.R. 2020. Compensatory breeding in years following drought in a desert-dwelling cooperative breeder. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 8. IF: 2.416

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Brink, C.W., Krüger, S. and Amar, A. 2020. Potential release sites and strategies for a Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus reintroduction in South Africa. Ostrich. IF: 0.443

Brink, C.W., Santangeli, A., Amar, A., Wolter, K., Tate, G., Krüger, S., Tucker A.S. and Thomson, R.L. 2020. Perceptions of vulture supplementary feeding site managers and potential hidden risks to avian scavengers. Conservation Science and Practice.

Brink, C.W., Santangeli, A., Amar, A., Wolter, K., Tate, G., Krüger, S., Tucker, A.S. and Thomson, R.L. 2020. Quantifying the spatial distribution and trends of supplementary feeding sites in South Africa and their potential contribution to vulture energetic requirements. Animal Conservation. IF: 3.048

Carneiro, A.P., Pearmain, E.J., Oppel, S., Clay, T.A., Phillips, R.A., Bonnet‐Lebrun, A.S., Wanless, R.M., Abraham, E., Richard, Y., Rice, J., Handley, J., Davies, T.E., Dilley, B.J., Ryan, P.G., Small, C., Arata, J., Arnould, J.P.Y., Bell, E., Bugoni, L., Campioni, L., Catry, P., Cleeland, J., Deppe, L., Elliott, G., Freeman, A., González-Solís, J., Granadeiro, J.P., Grémillet, D., Landers, T.J., Makhado, A., Nel, D., Nicholls, D.G., Rexer-Huber, K., Robertson, C.J.R., Sagar, P.M., Scofield, P., Stahl, J.C., Stanworth, A., Stevens, K.L., Trathan, P.N., Thompson, D.R., Torres, L., Walker, K., Waugh, S.M., Weimerskirch, H. and Dias, M.P. 2020. A framework for mapping the distribution of seabirds by integrating tracking, demography and phenology. Journal of Applied Ecology.  IF: 5.782

Chamberlain, D., Reynolds, C., Amar, A., Henry, D., Caprio, E. and Batáry, P. 2020. Wealth, water and wildlife: landscape aridity intensifies the urban luxury effect. Global Ecology and Biogeography.

Cook, T.R., Martin, R., Roberts, J., Häkkinen, H., Botha, P., Meyer, C., Sparks, E., Underhill, L.G., Ryan, P.G. and Sherley, R.B. 2020. Parenting in a warming world: thermoregulatory responses to heat stress in an endangered seabird. Conservation Physiology 8(1).  IF: 3.634

Crowe, T.M., Mandiwana-Neudani, T.G., Donsker, D.B., Bowie, R.C.K. and Little, R.M. 2020. Resolving nomenclatural ‘confusion’ vis-à-vis Latham’s Francolin (Francolinus/Peliperdix/Afrocolinus lathami) and the ‘Red-tailed’ francolins (Francolinus/Ortygornis/Peliperdix spp.). Ostrich. IF: 0.443

Dean, W.R.J., 2020. François Levaillant: Explorer and biologist. South African Journal of Science 116 (1/2). IF: 1.351

Dilley, B.J., Hedding, D.W., Schoombie, S. and Ryan, P.G. 2020. A survey of Great-winged Petrels Pterodroma macroptera breeding at sub-Antarctic Marion Island and a revised global population estimate. Ostrich. IF: 0.443

Grémillet, D., Gallien, F., El Ksabi, N. and Courbin, N. 2020. Sentinels of coastal ecosystems: the spatial ecology of European shags breeding in Normandy. Marine Biology 167(4). IF: 2.134

Henry, D.A., Lee, A.T. and Altwegg, R. 2020. Can time‐to‐detection models with fewer survey replicates provide a robust alternative to traditional site‐occupancy models?. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. IF: 7.099

Hindell, M.A., Reisinger, R.R., Ropert-Coudert, Y. et al. 2020. Tracking of marine predators to protect Southern Ocean ecosystems. Nature. IF: 43.070

Ibáñez-Álamo, J.D., Jimeno, B., Gil, D., Thomson, R.L., Aguirre, J.I., Díez-Fernández, A., Faivre, B., Tieleman, B.I. and Figuerola, J. 2020. Physiological stress does not increase with urbanization in European blackbirds: evidence from hormonal, immunological and cellular indicators. Science of The Total Environment IF: 5.589

Jones, C.W., Phillips, R.A., Grecian, W.J. and Ryan, P.G. 2020. Ecological segregation of two superabundant, morphologically similar, sister seabird taxa breeding in sympatry. Marine Biology 167: 45.  IF: 2.134

Joubert, M., Raubenheimer, H., Siegfried, R. 2020. Remembering Rein Arndt, 1929–2020. South African Journal of Science 116(5/6). IF: 1.351

Kemp, L.V., Kotze, A., Jansen, R., Dalton, D.L., Grobler, P. and Little, R.M. 2020. Review of trial reintroductions of the long-lived, cooperative breeding Southern Ground-hornbill. Bird Conservation International. IF: 1.725

Lee, A.T.K. 2020. Best student article published in Ostrich in 2019: hold onto your saddle, Bill, for the story behind a close race. Ostrich 91:1: iii-v. IF: 0.443

Lee, A.T.K. and Nel, H. 2020. BirdLasser: The influence of a mobile app on a citizen science project. African Zoology. IF: 0.962

Lee, A.T.K. and Wright, D.R. 2020. Patterns of bird species richness at two sampling scales in the Karoo biome of South Africa. Journal of Arid Environments 174. IF: 1.825

Lee, A.T.K., Barnard, P., Fraser, M., Lennard, C., Smit, B. and Oschadleus, H.D. 2020. Body mass and condition of a fynbos bird community: investigating impacts of time, weather and raptor abundance from long-term citizen- science datasets. Ostrich. IF: 0.443

Leepile, L.B.L., Maude, G., Hancock, P., Reading, R.P., Bridges, B., Hartley, R. and Amar, A. 2020. Changes in nesting numbers and breeding success of African White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus in north-central Botswana. Bird Conservation International. IF: 1.725

Lowney, A.M., Flower, T.P. and Thomson, R.L. 2020. Kalahari skinks eavesdrop on sociable weavers to manage predation by pygmy falcons and expand their realized niche. Behavioral Ecology. IF: 2.695

Lund, J., Bolopo, D., Thomson, R.L., Elliott, D.L., Arnot, L.F., Kemp, R., Lowney, A.M. and McKechnie, A.E. 2020. Winter thermoregulation in free-ranging pygmy falcons in the Kalahari Desert. Journal of Ornithology. IF: 0.565

McClure, C.J., Westrip, J.R., Johnson, J.A., Schulwitz, S.E., Virani, M.Z., Davies, R., Symes, A., Wheatley, H., Thorstrom, R., Amar, A., Buij, R., Jones, V.R., Williams, N.P., Buechley, E.R. and Butcharte, S.H.M. 2020. Raptor conservation priorities must incorporate evolution, ecology, and economics, in addition to island endemism. Biological Conservation. IF: 4.451

Miller, S.M., Moeller, C.H., Harper, C.K. and Bloomer, P. 2020. Anthropogenic movement results in hybridisation in impala in southern Africa. Conservation Genetics. IF: 2.283

Muller, R., Amar, A., Sumasgutner, P., McPherson, S.C. and Downs, C.T. 2020. Urbanization is associated with increased breeding rate, but decreased breeding success, in an urban population of near-threatened African Crowned Eagles. The Condor. IF: 2.804

Nwaogu, C.J., Cresswell, W. and Tieleman, B.I. 2020. Geographic variation in baseline innate immune function does not follow variation in aridity along a tropical environmental gradient. Scientific Reports 10(1). IF: 4.011

Osborne, A., Jones, C.W., Risi, M.M., Green, D.B., Dilley, B.J. and Cooper, J. 2020. Cases of foreign egg adoption by Brown Skuas Stercorarius antarcticus on Marion and Gough Islands. Polar Biology. IF: 2.002

Oswald, K.N., Diener, E.F., Diener, J.P., Cunningham, S.J., Smit, B. and Lee, A.T.K. 2020. Increasing temperatures increase the risk of reproductive failure in a near threatened alpine ground‐nesting bird, the Cape Rockjumper Chaetops frenatus. Ibis. IF: 1.994

Pan, H., Cole, T.L., Bi, X., Fang, M., Zhou, C., Yang, Z., Ksepka, D.T., Hart, T., Bouzat, J.L., Argilla, L.S., Bertelsen, M.F., Boersma, P.D., Bost, C.A., Cherel, Y., Dann, P., Fiddaman, S.R., Howard, P., Labuschagne, K., Mattern, T., Miller, G., Parker, P., Phillips, R.A., Quillfeldt, P., Ryan, P.G., Taylor, H., Thompson, D.R., Young, M.J., Ellegaard, M.R., Gilbert, M.T.P., Sinding, M.H.S., Pacheco, G., Shepherd, L.D., Tennyson, A.J.D., Grosser, S., Kay, E., Nupen, L.J., Ellenberg, U., Houston, D.M., Reeve, A.H., Johnson, K., Masello, J.F., Stracke, T., McKinlay, B., Garc´ıa Borboroglu, P., Zhang, D.X. and Zhang, G. 2020. Correction to: High-coverage genomes to elucidate the evolution of penguins. GigaScience 9. IF: 4.688

Pattinson, N.B., Thompson, M.L., Griego, M., Russell, G., Mitchell, N.J., Martin, R.O., Wolf, B.O., Smit, B., Cunningham, S.J., McKechnie, A.E. and Hockey, P.A. 2020. Heat dissipation behaviour of birds in seasonally hot, arid‐zones: are there global patterns? Journal of Avian Biology.  IF: 2.232

Provencher, J.F., Liboiron, M., Borrelle, S.B., Bond, A.L., Rochman, C., Lavers, J.L., Avery-Gomm, S., Yamashita, R., Ryan, P.G., Lusher, A.L., Hammer, S., Bradshaw, H., Kahn, J. and Mallory, M.L. 2020. A Horizon Scan of research priorities to inform policies aimed at reducing the harm of plastic pollution to biota. Science of The Total Environment. IF: 5.589

Requena, S., Oppel, S., Bond, A.L., Hall, J., Cleeland, J., Crawford, R.J.M., Davies, D., Dilley, B.J., Glass, T., Makhado, A. and Ratcliffe, N., Reid, T.A., Ronconi, R.A, Schofield, A., Steinfurth, A., Wege, M., Bester, M. and Ryan, P.G. 2020. Marine hotspots of activity inform protection of a threatened community of pelagic species in a large oceanic jurisdiction. Animal Conservation. IF: 3.048

Reynolds, C., Venter, N., Cowie, B.W., Marlin, D., Mayonde, S., Tocco, C. and Byrne, M.J., 2020. Mapping the socio-ecological impacts of invasive plants in South Africa: Are poorer households with high ecosystem service use most at risk? Ecosystem Services 42: 101075.  IF: 5.572

Ripple, W.J., Wolf, C., Newsome, T.M., Barnard, P., Moomaw, W.R., Maas, B. and Law, B.E. 2020. The climate emergency, forests, and transformative change. BioScience. IF: 6.591

Ropert-Coudert, Y. et al. 2020. The retrospective analysis of Antarctic tracking data project. Scientific Data. 7(1). IF: 5.311

Ryan, P.G. 2020. The transport and fate of marine plastics in South Africa and adjacent oceans. South African Journal of Science 116 (5/6). IF: 1.351

Ryan, P.G. 2020. Using photographs to record plastic in seabird nests. Marine Pollution Bulletin 156. IF: 3.782

Ryan, P.G. and Schofield, A. 2020. Low densities of macroplastic debris in the Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve. Marine Pollution Bulletin.

Ryan, P.G., Pichegru, L., Perold, V. and Moloney, C.L. 2020. Monitoring marine plastics – will we know if we are making a difference? South African Journal of Science 116 (5/6). IF: 1.351

Ryan, P.G., Suaria, G., Perold, V., Pierucci, A., Bornman, T.G. and Aliani, S. 2020. Sampling microfibres at the sea surface: The effects of mesh size, sample volume and water depth. Environmental Pollution. 258. IF: 5.714

Santangeli, A., Pakanen, V.M., Bridgeford, P., Boorman, M., Kolberg, H. and Sanz-Aguilar, A. 2020. The relative contribution of camera trap technology and citizen science for estimating survival of an endangered African vulture. Biological Conservation 246. IF: 4.451

Scherer, L., Svenning, J.C., Huang, J., Seymour, C., Sandel, B., Mueller, N., Kummu, M., Bekunda, M., Bruelheide, H., Hochman, Z., Siebert, S., Rueda, O. and van Bodegom, P.M. 2020. Global priorities of environmental issues to combat food insecurity and biodiversity loss. Science of The Total Environment. IF: 5.589

Suaria, G., Achtypi, A., Perold, V., Lee, J.R., Pierucci, A., Bornman, T.G. and Ryan, P.G. 2020. Microfibers in oceanic surface waters: a global characterization. Science Advances 6 (23) IF: 12.804

Suaria, G., Perold, V., Lee, J.R., Lebouard, F., Aliani, S. and Ryan, P.G. 2020. Floating macro- and microplastics around the Southern Ocean: results from the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition. Environment International 136. IF: 7.943

Sumasgutner, P., Jenkins, A., Amar, A., Altwegg, R. 2020. Nest boxes buffer the effects of climate on breeding performance in an African urban raptor. PLoS One 15 (6) IF: 2.776

Tavares, D.C., Moura, J.F., Acevedo-Trejos, E., Crawford, R.J., Makhado, A., Lavers, J.L., Witteveen, M., Ryan, P.G. and Merico, A. 2020. Confidence intervals and sample size for estimating the prevalence of plastic debris in seabird nests. Environmental Pollution. IF: 5.714

Tolvanen, J., Morosinotto, C., Forsman, J.T. and Thomson, R.L. 2020. Information collected during the post-breeding season guides future breeding decisions in a migratory bird. Oecologia. IF: 2.915

Valente, L., Phillimore, A.B., Melo, M., Warren, B.H., Clegg, S.M., Havenstein, K., Tiedemann, R., Illera, J.C., Thébaud, C., Aschenbach, T. and Etienne, R.S. 2020. A simple dynamic model explains the diversity of island birds worldwide. Nature 579: 92-96. IF: 43.070

van de Ven, T.M.F.N., McKechnie, A.E., Er, S. and Cunningham, S.J. 2020. High temperatures are associated with substantial reductions in breeding success and offspring quality in an arid-zone bird. Oecologia. IF: 2.915

van Sebille, E., Aliani, S., Law, K.L., Maximenko, N., Alsina, J.M., Bagaev, A., Bergmann, M., Chapron, B., Chubarenko, I., Cózar, A.,  Delandmeter, P., Egger, M., Fox-Kemper, B., Garaba, S.P., Goddijn-Murphy, L., Hardesty, B.D., Hoffman, M.J., Isobe, A., Jongedijk, C.E., Kaandorp, M.L.A., Khatmullina, L., Koelmans, A.A., Kukulka, T., Laufkötter, C., Lebreton, L., Lobelle, D., Maes, C., Martinez-Vicente, V., Maqueda, M.A.M., Poulain-Zarcos, M., Rodriguez, E., Ryan, P.G., Shanks, A.L., Shim, W.J., Suaria, G., Thiel, M., von den Bremer, T.S. and Wichmann, D. 2020. The physical oceanography of the transport of floating marine debris. Environmental Research Letters 15(2). IF: 6.192

Venter, O., Pillay, D. and Prayag, K. 2020. Water filtration by burrowing sandprawns provides novel insights on endobenthic engineering and solutions for eutrophication. Scientific Reports 10.  IF: 4.011

Weideman, E.A., Perold, V. and Ryan, P.G. 2020. Limited long-distance transport of plastic pollution by the Orange-Vaal river system, South Africa. Science of The Total Environment. IF: 5.589

Weideman, E.A., Perold, V., Arnold, G. and Ryan, P.G. 2020. Quantifying changes in litter loads in urban stormwater run-off from Cape Town, South Africa, over the last two decades. Science of The Total Environment. IF: 5.589

Wogan, G.O., Voelker, G., Oatley, G. and Bowie, R.C. 2020. Biome stability predicts population structure of a southern African aridland bird species. Ecology and Evolution. IF: 2.415


Final Journal Published Papers

Arena, G., Dean, W.R.J. and Milton, S.J. 2020. Ant communities in two habitats in succulent Karoo shrubland. African Entomology 28 (1): 202-209. IF: 0.536

Boyce, A.J., Mouton, J.C., Lloyd, P., Wolf, B.O. and Martin, T.E. 2020. Metabolic rate is negatively linked to adult survival but does not explain latitudinal differences in songbirds. Ecology Letters 23(4): 642-652. IF: 8.699

Flood, R.L. Olsen, K., Senfeld, T., Shannon, T.J. and Collinson, J.M. 2020. Audubon’s Shearwater collected in Skagerrak, Denmark, in September 1912. Dutch Birding 42 (3): 147-156. No IF

Jones, S.E., Jamie, G.A., Sumbane, M. and Jocque, M. 2020. The avifauna, conservation and biogeography of the Njesi Highlands in northern Mozambique, with a review of the country’s Afromontane birdlife. Ostrich 91:45-56. IF: 0.443

Kattge, J. and Joseph, G.S. (and 727 other authors). 2020. TRY plant trait database–enhanced coverage and open access. Global change biology 26: 119–188. IF: 8.880

Mondreti, R., Davidar, P., Ryan, P.G., Thiebot, J.B. and Gremillet, D. 2020. Seabird and cetacean occurrence in the Bay of Bengal associated with marine productivity and commercial fishing effort. Marine Ornithology 48: 91-101. IF: 0.537

Ryan, P.G., Dilley, B.J., Davies, D., Glass, T. and Abadi, F., 2020. Short-term movement patterns, population estimates and breeding biology of an island endemic bird, the Tristan Thrush. Revista Brasileira de Ornitologia-Brazilian Journal of Ornithology 27(4): 245-252. IF: 0.565

Slater, S.J., Dwyer, J.F. and Murgatroyd, M. 2020. Conservation Letter: Raptors and overhead electrical systems. Journal of Raptor Research 54(2): 198-203. IF: 1.167