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

Bourne, A.R.McKechnie, A.E., Cunningham, S.J., Ridley, A.R., Woodborne, S.M. and Karasov, W.H. 2019. Non‐invasive measurement of metabolic rates in wild, free‐living birds using doubly labelled water. Functional Ecology 33(1): 162-174. IF: 5.037

Caravaggi, A., Cuthbert, R.J., Ryan, P.G., Cooper, J. and Bond, A.L., 2018. The impacts of introduced House Mice on the breeding success of nesting seabirds on Gough Island. Ibis 161: 648-661. doi: 10.1111/ibi.12664 IF: 1.994

Carstens, K.F., Kassanjee, R., Little, R.M., Ryan, P.G., and Hockey, P.A.R. 2019. Natal dispersal in the Southern Ground Hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateri. Ostrich 90(2): 119-127. IF: 0.443

Cerda-Cuéllar, M., Moré, E., Ayats, T., Aguilera, M., Muñoz-González, S., Antilles, N., Ryan, P.G. and González-Solís, J. 2018. Do humans spread zoonotic enteric bacteria in Antarctica? Science of the Total Environment 654: 190-196. IF: 5.589

de Swardt, D.H., Lee, A., Butler, H.J.B. and Oschadleus, H.D. 2019. Biometrics and diet of two closely related birds: Karoo Prinia (Prinia maculosa) and Drakensberg Prinia (Prinia hypoxantha). Indago 34(2): 125-133. No IF

Flood, R.L. 2019. Bulwer’s Petrels with whitish or pale underbody. Dutch Birding 41: 183–185. No IF

Flood, R.L., and Gutiérrez, R. 2019. The status of Cory’s Shearwater in the western Mediterranean Sea. Dutch Birding 41: 159–165. No IF

Jeal, C., Perold, V., Ralston-Paton, S. and Ryan, P.G. 2019. Impacts of a concentrated solar power trough facility on birds and other wildlife in South Africa. Ostrich 90(2): 129-137. IF: 0.443

Jones, C.W., Risi, M.M., Cleeland, J. and Ryan, P.G. 2019. First evidence of mouse attacks on adult albatrosses and petrels breeding on sub-Antarctic Marion and Gough Islands. Polar Biology 42(3): 619-623. IF: 2.002

Kemp, R. and McKechnie, A.E., 2019. Thermal physiology of a range-restricted desert lark. Journal of Comparative Physiology B 189(1): 131-141. IF: 2.341

Lee, A.T., Reeves, B. and Wright, D.R. 2019. Hottentot Buttonquail Turnix hottentottus: Endangered or just overlooked?. Bird Conservation International 29(1): 136-143. IF:  1.725

Little, R.M. and Navarro, R.A. 2019. Implications of geographical range changes and resultant sympatry for three Accipiter hawks on the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. Ostrich 90(2): 139-142. IF: 0.443

Loiseau, C., Melo, M., Lee, Y., Pereira, H., Hanemaaijer, M.J., Lanzaro, G.C. and Cornel, A.J. 2019. High endemism of mosquitoes on São Tomé and Príncipe Islands: evaluating the general dynamic model in a worldwide island comparison. Insect Conservation and Diversity 12(1): 69-79. IF: 2.313

Mandiwana-Neudani, T.G., Little, R.M., Crowe, T.M. and Bowie, R.C.K. 2019. Taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography of African spurfowls Galliformes, Phasianidae, Phasianinae, Coturnicini: Pternistis spp. Ostrich 90(2): 145-172. IF: 0.443

Pekor, A., Miller, J.R., Flyman, M.V., Kasiki, S., Kesch, M.K., Miller, S.M., Uiseb, K., Van der Merve, V. and Lindsey, P.A. 2019. Fencing Africa's protected areas: Costs, benefits, and management issues. Biological Conservation 229: 67-75. IF: 4.451

Potgieter, L.J., Gaertner, M., O'Farrell, P.J. and Richardson, D.M. 2019. Perceptions of impact: invasive alien plants in the urban environment. Journal of Environmental Management 229:76-87. IF: 4.865

Ryan, P.G. and Dilley, B.J., 2019. Intertidal foraging by Tristan Thrushes. Ostrich 90(2): 179–181. IF: 0.443

Szymkowiak, J. and Thomson, R.L. 2019. Nest predator avoidance during habitat selection of a songbird varies with mast peaks and troughs. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 73 (7): 91. IF: 2.103

van Dyk, M., Noakes, M.J. and McKechnie, A.E. 2019. Interactions between humidity and evaporative heat dissipation in a passerine bird. Journal of Comparative Physiology B 189(2): 299-308. IF: 2.431

Visser, E., Perold, V., Ralston-Paton, S., Cardenal, A.C. and Ryan, P.G. 2019. Assessing the impacts of a utility-scale photovoltaic solar energy facility in birds in the Northern Cape, South Africa. Renewable Energy 133: 1285-1294. 10.1016/j.renene.2018.08.106 IF: 5.439

Online Published Papers

Abbas, H.A., Bond, W.J. and Midgley, J.J. 2019. The worst drought in 50 years in a South African savannah: Limited impact on vegetation. African Journal of Ecology. IF: 0.893

Adekola, O.E., Odewumi, O.S. and Agbelusi, E.A. 2019. Avian pests of cereal crops in rainforest and savanna agro-ecological zones, Ondo State, Nigeria. Journal of Research in Forestry, Wildlife and Environment 11(1): 11-23. No IF

Afan I., Navarro J., Grémillet D., Coll M. and Forero M.G. 2019. Maiden voyage into death: are fisheries affecting seabird juvenile survival during the first days at sea? Royal Society Open Science 6: 181151. IF: 2.515

Amar, A., Reynolds, C., Van Velden, J. and Briggs, C.W. 2019. Clinal variation in morph frequency in Swainson’s hawk across North America: no support for Gloger’s ecogeographical rule. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. IF 2.203

Amélineau, F., Grémillet, D., Harding, A.M., Walkusz, W., Choquet, R. and Fort, J. 2019. Arctic climate change and pollution impact little auk foraging and fitness across a decade. Scientific reports 9(1): 1014. IF: 4.011

Atkins, A., Little, R.M., Redpath, S.M. and Amar, A. 2019. Impact of increased predation risk on vigilance behaviour in a gregarious waterfowl, the Egyptian goose Alopochen aegyptiaca. Journal of Avian Biology. IF: 2.232

Balbi, S., Selomane, O., Sitas, N., Blanchard, R., Kotzee, I., O’Farrell, P. and Villa, F. 2019. Human dependence on natural resources in rapidly urbanising South African regions. Environmental Research Letters 14: 044008. IF: 6.192

Bengtsson, J., Bullock, J.M., Egoh, B., Everson, C., Everson, T., O'Connor, T., O'Farrell, P.J., Smith, H.G. and Lindborg, R. 2019. Grasslands - more important for ecosystem services than you might think. Ecosphere 10(2): e02582. 10.1002/ecs2.2582  IF: 2.746

Bester, M.N. and Ryan, P.G. 2019. Early pupping of a sub-Antarctic fur seal at Inaccessible Island, Tristan da Cunha. Polar Biology: 1-4. IF: 2.002

Bolopo, D., Lowney, A.M. and Thomson, R.L. 2019. Helpers improve fledgling body condition in bigger broods of cooperatively breeding African pygmy falcon. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 73:16. IF: 2.103

Campbell, K., Steinfurth, A., Underhill, L., Coetzee, J., Dyer, B., Ludynia, K., Makhado, A., Merkle, D., Rademan, J., Upfold, L. and Sherley, R., 2019. Local forage fish abundance influences foraging effort and offspring condition in an endangered marine predator. Journal of Applied Ecology. DOI: IF: 5.782

Carstens, K.F., Kassanjee, R., Little, R.M., Ryan, P.G. and Hockey, P.A.R. 2019. The effects of weather, group size and type of nest on the timing of egg‑laying in the Southern Ground‑hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateri. Journal of Ornithology IF: 1.954

Carstens, K.F., Kassanjee, R., Little, R.M., Ryan, P.G. and Hockey, P.A. 2019. Breeding success and population growth of Southern Ground Hornbills Bucorvus leadbeateri in an area supplemented with nest-boxes. Bird Conservation International 1-17.  IF: 1.725

Cole, T.L., Ksepka, D.T., Mitchell, K.J., Tennyson, A.J., Thomas, D.B., Pan, H., Zhang, G., Rawlence, N.J., Wood, J.R., Bover, P.,  Bouzat, J.L., Cooper, A., Fiddaman, R., Hart, T., Miller, G., Ryan, P.G., Shepherd, L.D., Wilmshurst, J.M. and Waters, J.M. 2019. Mitogenomes uncover extinct penguin taxa and reveal island formation as a key driver of speciation. Molecular Biology and Evolution 36 (4), April: 784–797. IF: 14.797

Conradie, S.R,  Woodborne, S.M., Cunningham, S.J. and McKechnie, A.E. 2019. Chronic, sublethal effects of high temperatures will cause severe declines in southern African arid-zone birds during the 21st century. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) June 24. IF: 9.580

Crawford, R. J. M., Sydeman, W. J., Thompson, S. A., Sherley, R. B. and Makhado, A. B. 2019. Food habits of an endangered seabird indicate recent poor forage fish availability off western South Africa.  ICES Journal of Marine Science. doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsz081 IF: 3.367

De Vos, A. and Cumming, G.S. 2019. The contribution of land tenure diversity to the spatial resilience of protected area networks. People and Nature DOI: 10.1002/pan3.29 No IF

Dean, W.R.J. and Milton, S.J. 2019. The dispersal and spread of invasive alien Myrtillocactus geometrizans in the southern Karoo, South Africa. South African Journal of Botany 121: 210-215. IF: 1.504

Dean, W.R.J., Seymour, C.L. , Joseph, G.S. and Foord, S.H. 2019. A Review of the Impacts of Roads on Wildlife in Semi-Arid Regions. Diversity 11(5). doi:10.3390/d11050081. No IF

Ezenwa, I.M., Nwani, C., Ottosson, U. and Martin, R.O., 2019. Opportunities to boost protection of the grey parrot in Nigeria. Oryx 53(2): 212-213. IF: 2.801

Flood, R.L., de Lima, R.F., Melo, M., Verbelen, P. and Wagstaff, W.H. 2019. What is known about the enigmatic Gulf of Guinea band-rumped storm petrels Hydrobates cf. castro? Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club 139(2): 173-186.  No IF

Garcia-Heras, M-S., Arroyo, B., Mougeot, F., Bildstein, K., Therrien, J-F. and Simmons, R.E. 2019. Migratory patterns and settlement areas revealed by remote sensing in an endangered intra-African migrant, the Black Harrier (Circus maurus). PLoS ONE 14(1): e0210756. IF: 2.776

Gerson, A.R., McKechnie, A.E., Smit, B., Whitfield, M.C., Smith, E.K., Talbot, W.A., McWhorter, T.J. and Wolf, B.O. 2019. The functional significance of facultative hyperthermia varies with body size and phylogeny in birds. Functional Ecology DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.13274 IF: 5.037

Grecian, J., Williams, H., Votier, S., Bearhop, S., Cleasby, I., Grémillet, D., Hamer, K., Le Nuz, M., Lescroël, A., Newton, J., Patrick, S., Phillips, R.A., Wakefield, E.D. and Bodey, T.W. 2019. Individual spatial consistency and dietary flexibility in the migratory behaviour of northern gannets wintering in the Northeast Atlantic. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 7: 214. IF: 2.686

Grémillet, D., Collet, J., Weimerskirch, H., Courbin, N., Ryan, P.G. and Pichegru, L. 2019. Radar detectors carried by Cape  gannets reveal surprisingly few fishing vessel encounters. PLoS ONE 14(2): e0210328. IF: 2.776

Holmes, N.D., Spatz, D.R., Oppel, S., Tershy, B., Croll, D.A., Keitt, B., Genovesi, P., Burfield, I.J., Will, D.J., Bond, A.L. and Wegmann, A., Aguirre-Munoz, A., Raine, A.F., Knapp, C.R., Hung, C-H., Wingate, D., Hagen, E., Mendez-Sanchez, F., Rocamora, G., Yuan, H-W., Fric, J., Millet, J., Russell, J., Liske-Clark, J., Vidal, E., Jourdan, H., Campbell, K., Springer, K., Swinnerton, K., Gibbons-Decherong, L., Langrand, O., Brooke, M de L., McMinn, M., Bunbury, N., Oliveira, N., Sposimo, P., Geraldes, P., McClelland, P., Hodum, P., Ryan, P.G., Borroto-Paez, R., Pierce, R., Griffiths, R., Fisher, R.N., Wanless, R., Pasachnik, S.A., Cranwell, S., Micol, T. and Butchart, S.H.M. 2019. Globally important islands where eradicating invasive mammals will benefit highly threatened vertebrates. PloS ONE 14(3): e0212128. IF: 2.776

Jeal, C., Perold, V., Seymour, C.L., Ralston-Paton, S. and Ryan, P.G. 2019. Utility-scale solar energy facilities – Effects on invertebrates in an arid environment. Journal of arid environments. IF: 1.825

Jenkins, A.R., Van Zyl, A.J., Magunje, I., Matsvimbo, F., Rodrigues, L., Robinson, L., Sebele, L., Tiran, D. and Smit-Robinson, H. 2019. Status of the Taita Falcon (Falco fasciinucha) and Other Cliff-Nesting Raptors in Batoka Gorge, Zimbabwe. Journal of Raptor Research 53(1): 46-55. IF: 1.167

Jepsen, E.M., Ganswindt, A., Ngcamphalala, C.A., Bourne, A.R., Ridley, A.R. and McKechnie, A.E. Non-invasive monitoring of physiological stress in an afrotropical arid-zone passerine bird, the southern pied babbler. General and Comparative Endocrinology 276: 60-68 IF: 2.445

Joseph, G.S., Muluvhahothe, M.M., Seymour, C.L., Munyai, T.C., Bishop, T.R. and Foord, S.H. 2019. Stability of Afromontane ant diversity decreases across an elevation gradient. Global Ecology and Conservation e00596. IF: 2.751

Kappes, P.J., Bond, A.L., Russell, J.C. and Wanless, R.M. 2019. Diagnosing and responding to causes of failure to eradicate invasive rodents. Biological Invasions: 1-8. IF: 2.897

Lee, A.T.K. 2019. Best student research paper published in Ostrich 2018. Ostrich 90(1): iii-v. DOI: IF: 0.443

Lescroël, A., Ballard, G., Massaro, M., Dugger, K., Jennings, S., Pollard, A., Porzig, E., Schmidt, A., Varsani, A., Grémillet, D. and Ainley, D. 2019. Evidence of age-related improvement in the foraging efficiency of Adélie penguins. Scientific Reports 9(1): 3375. IF: 4.011

Lombard, A.T., Dorrington, R.A., Ortega-Cisneros, K., Penry, G.S., Pichegru, L., Reed, J.R., Smit, K.P., Vermeulen, E.A., Witteveen, M., Sink, K.J. and Ginsburg, T. 2019. Key challenges in advancing an ecosystem-based approach to marine spatial planning under economic growth imperatives. Frontiers in Marine Science 6: 146. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00146 IF: 3.086

McClelland, S.C., Jamie, G.A., Waters, K., Caldas, L., Spottiswoode, C.N. and Portugal, S.J. 2019. Convergent evolution of reduced eggshell conductance in avian brood parasites. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 374(1769): 20180194. IF: 6.139

Martin, R.O., Senni, C., D'cruze, N. and Bruschi, N. 2019. Tricks of the trade—legal trade used to conceal Endangered African grey parrots on commercial flights. Oryx 53(2): 213-213. IF: 2.801

Murgatroyd, M., Redpath, S.M., Murphy, S.G., Douglas, D.J., Saunders, R. and Amar, A. 2019. Patterns of satellite tagged hen harrier disappearances suggest widespread illegal killing on British grouse moors. Nature communications, 10(1): 1094. IF: 11.878

Mzumara, T.I., Martin, R.O., Tripathi, H., Phiri, C. and Amar, A. 2019. Distribution of a habitat specialist: Mopane woodland structure determines occurrence of Near Threatened Lilian’s Lovebird Agapornis lilianae. Bird Conservation International pp.1-10. doi:10.1017/S0959270918000370 IF: 1.725

Naude, V.N., Smyth, L.K., Weideman, E.A., Krochuk, B.A. and Amar, A. 2019. Using web-sourced photography to explore the diet of a declining African raptor, the Martial Eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus). The Condor 121:1-9. IF: 2.804

Pakanen, V.M., Blomqvist, D., Breiehagen, T., Flodin, L.Å., Hildén, O., Lank, D.B., Larsson, M., Lislevand, T., Nuotio, K., Olsson, P., Ottvall, R., Pauliny, A., Pehlak, H., Ronka, A., Ronka, N., Schamel, D., Soikkeli, M., Thomson, R.L., Thorup, O., Tomkovich, P., Tracy, D., Koivula, K. 2019. Low Frequencies of Supernormal Clutches in the Southern Dunlin and the Temminck's Stint. Ardea 107(1): 61-74. IF: 1.125

Reynolds, S.J., Ibáñez-Álamo, J.D., Sumasgutner, P. and Mainwaring, M.C., 2019. Urbanisation and nest building in birds: a review of threats and opportunities. Journal of Ornithology: 1-20. IF: 1.954

Rink, A.N., Altwegg, R., Edwards, S., Bowie, R.C. and Colville, J.F. 2019. Contest dynamics and assessment strategies in combatant monkey beetles (Scarabaeidae: Hopliini). Behavioral Ecology arz008. 10.1093/beheco/arz008 IF: 2.695

Robert, A., Lengagne, T., Melo, M., Gardette, V., Julien, S., Covas, R., Gomez, D. and Doutrelant, C., The theory of island biogeography and soundscapes: Species diversity and the organization of acoustic communities. Journal of Biogeography https:/ IF: 3.884

Rodríguez, A., Arcos, J.M., Bretagnolle, V., Dias, M.P., Holmes, N.D., Louzao, M., Provencher, J., Raine, A.F., Ramírez, F., Rodríguez, B., Ronconi, R.A., Taylor, R.S., Bonnaud, E., Borrelle, S.B., Cortes, V., Descamps, S., Friesen, V.L., Genovart, M., Hedd, A., Hodum, P., Humphries, G.R.W., Le Corre, M., Lebarbenchon, C., Martin, R., Melvin, E.F., Montevecchi, W.A., Pinet, P., Pollet, I.L., Ramos, R., Russell, J.C., Ryan, P.G., Sanz-Aquilar, A., Spatz, D.R., Travers, M., Votier, S.C., Wanless, R.M., Woehler, E. and Chiaradia, A. 2019. Future directions in conservation research on Petrels and Shearwaters. Frontiers in Marine Science 6:94.  IF:3.086

Ropert-Coudert, Y., Chiaradia, A., Ainley, D., Barbosa, A., Boersma, P.D., Brasso, R., Dewar, M., Ellenberg, U., García-Borboroglu, P., Emmerson, L., Hickcox, R., Jenouvrier, S., Kato, A., McIntosh, RR., Lewis, P., Ramírez, F., Ruoppolo, V., Ryan, P.G., Seddon, P.J., Sherley, R.B., Vanstreels, R.E.T., Waller, L.J., Woehler, E.J. and Trathan, P.N. 2019. Happy feet in a hostile world? The future of penguins depends on proactive management of current and expected threats. Frontiers in Marine Science 6:248. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00248 IF: 3.086

Rose, S., Oschadleus, H.D. and Paijmans, D., 2019. How far and how old: Longevity and displacement records from the South African Bird Ringing Scheme for Ardeidae, Threskiornithidae and Ciconiidae. Bothalia, 49(1). IF: 1.340

Seymour, C.L., Milton, S.J., Altwegg, R., Joseph, G.S. and Dean, W.R.J. 2019. Addition of Nitrogen Increases Variability of Vegetation Cover in an Arid System with Unpredictable Rainfall. Ecosystems: 1-13. IF: 4.555

Smit, B., Woodborne, S., Wolf, B.O. and McKechnie, A.E. 2019. Differences in the use of surface water resources by desert birds are revealed using isotopic tracers. The Auk: Ornithological Advances 136(1): 1-13. IF: 2.659 

Spottiswoode, C.N. and Busch, R. 2019. Vive la difference! Self/non-self recognition and the evolution of signatures of identity in arms races with parasites. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 374(1769): 20180206. IF: 6.139

Stoddard, M.C., Hogan, B.G., Stevens, M. and Spottiswoode, C.N.  2019. Higher-level pattern features provide additional information to birds when recognizing and rejecting parasitic eggs. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 374(1769): 20180197. IF: 6.139

Thorogood, R., Spottiswoode, C.N., Portugal, S.J. and Gloag, R., 2019. The coevolutionary biology of brood parasitism: a call for integration. Philosphical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 374: 20180190. IF: 6.139

Torney, C.J., Lloyd‐Jones, D.J., Chevallier, M., Moyer, D.C., Maliti, H.T., Mwita, M., Kohi, E.M. and Hopcraft, G.C. 2019. A comparison of deep learning and citizen science techniques for counting wildlife in aerial survey images. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 10.1111/2041-210X.13165 IF: 7.099

Traisnel, G. and Pichegru, L. 2019. Boldness at the nest predicts foraging and diving behaviour of female but not male African penguins. Animal Behaviour 150: 113-125. 10.1016/j.anbehav.2019.02.003 IF: 2.675

Traisnel, G. and Pichegru, L., 2019. Success comes with consistency in hard times: foraging repeatability relates to sex and breeding output in African penguins. Marine Ecology Progress Series 608: 279-289. IF: 2.359

Tripathi, H.G., Mzumara, T.I., Martin, R.O., Parr, C.L., Phiri, C. and Ryan, C.M. 2019. Dissimilar effects of human and elephant disturbance on woodland structure and functional bird diversity in the mopane woodlands of Zambia. Landscape Ecology 34(2): 357-371. IF: 4.349

Tucker, M.A., Alexandrou, O., Bierregaard  Jr, R.O., Bildstein, K.L., Böhning‐Gaese, K., Bracis, C., Brzorad, J.N., Buechley, E.R., Cabot, D., Calabrese, J.M. and Carrapato, C., Chiaradia, A., Davenport, L.C., Davidson, S.C., Desholm, M., DeSorbo, C.R., Domenech, R., Enggist, P., Fagan, W.F., Farwig, N., Fiedler, W., Fleming, C.H., Franke, A., Fryxell, J.M., Garcia-Ripolles, C., Grémillet, D., Griffin, L.R., Harel, R., Kane, A., Kays, R., Kleyheeg, E., Lacy, A.E., LaPoint, S., Liminana, R., Lopez-Lopez, P., Maccarone, A.D., Mellone, U., Mojica, E.K., Nathan, R., Newman, S.H., Noonan, M.J., Oppel, S., Prostor, M., Rees, E.C., Ropert-Coudert, Y., Rosner, S., Sapir, N., Schabo, D., Schmidt, M., Schulz, H., Shariati, M., Shreading, A., Silva, J.P., Skov, H., Spiegel, O., Takekawa, J.Y., Teitelbaum, C.S., van Toor, M.L., Urios, V., Vidal-Mateo, J., Wang, Q., Watts, B.D., Wikelski, M., Wolter, K., Zydelis, R. and Mueller, T. 2019. Large birds travel farther in homogeneous environments. Global Ecology and Biogeography 1–12. IF: 5.667

Villar Couto, C.M., Cumming. G.S., Lacorte, G.A., Congrains, C., Izbicki, R., Braga, E.M., Rocha, C.D., Moralez-Silva. E., Henry, D.A.W, Manu, S.A., Abalaka, J., Regalla, A., da Silva, A.S., Diop, M.S. and Del Lama, S.N. 2019. Avian haemosporidians in the cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis) from central-western and southern Africa: High diversity and prevalence. PLoS ONE 14 (2): e0212425. IF: 2.776