Dr Gabriel Jamie

Gabriel Jamie


Dr Gabriel Jamie

BA(Hons) (Cambridge), PhD (Cambridge)


Activities and research interests

Gabriel Jamie became interested in science as a child through watching birds, first in Cape Town and then in the United Kingdom. This has resulted in a life-long avian obsession that has led him to fieldwork on birds in many places around the world. As a teenager he worked on projects studying migratory birds in the Danube Delta of Romania and on Antikythira in Greece. While doing an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, Gabriel spent summers working as a research assistant studying bird communities in Peru with scientists from Oxford University and Conservation International. After graduating, Gabriel went on to do a PhD with Prof.Claire Spottiswoode at University of Cambridge conducting fieldwork in Zambia to study mimicry and speciation in the brood-parasitic Vidua finches (indigobirds and whydahs). Gabriel is currently a BBSRC-funded post-doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge where he continues to study brood-parasitic birds in Africa. Gabriel's current work focuses on the interactions between the brood-parasitic Cuckoo Finch (Anomalospiza imberbis) and its Tawny-flanked Prinia (Prinia subflava) hosts. Prinias have evolved incredibly diverse eggs which vary dramatically in colour and pattern between individuals. Gabriel is currently investigating the genetic basis of this diversity and the consequences of this genetic architecture for the co-evolutionary trajectories in the ongoing arms race between prinias and their Cuckoo Finch parasites.

Gabriel is involved in ornithological expeditionary work and the conservation of African birds and is a Research Associate at the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology at the University of Cape Town. In November 2016, Gabriel was part of an expedition to the Njesi Plateau in northern Mozambique with researchers from BINCO. Together with Sam Jones, they discovered new populations of the highly endangered Mozambican Tailorbird (Artisornis sousae) and Dapplethroat (Modulatrix orostruthus) as well as finding two species previously unrecorded from Mozambique

Peer-reviewed Publications

Jamie, G.A.* and Meier, J.I.*. 2020. The persistence of polymorphisms across species radiations. Trends in Ecology & Evolution *Joint first authors

Jamie, G.A., Van Belleghem, S., Hogan, B., Hamama, S., Moya, C., Troscianko, J., Stoddard, M.C., Kilner, R.M. and Spottiswoode, C.N. 2020. Multimodal mimicry of hosts in a radiation of parasitic finches. Evolution

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 *Joint first authors

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.

Jamie, G.A. and Kilner, R.M. 2017. Begging call mimicry by brood parasite nestlings: adaptation, manipulation and development in Avian Brood Parasitism edited by Manuel Soler, Springer Publishing Company

Jamie, G.A. 2017. Signals, cues and the nature of mimicry. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284 (1849), 2016208.

Péron, G., Altwegg, R., Jamie, G.A. and Spottiswoode, C.N. 2016. Coupled range dynamics of brood parasites and their hosts responding to climate and vegetation changes. Journal of Animal Ecology doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12546.

Briscoe, A.D., Macias-Muñoz, A., Kozak, K.M., Walters, J.R., Yuan, F., Jamie, G.A., Martin, S.H., Dasmahapatra, K.K., Ferguson, L.C., Mallet, J., Jacquin-Joly, E. and Jiggins, C.D. 2013. Female behaviour drives expression and evolution of gustatory receptors in butterflies. PLOS Genetics 9: e1003620.

Nichols, H.L., Jordan, N., Jamie, G.A., Cant, M. and Hoffman, J.I. 2012. Fine-scale spatiotemporal patterns of genetic variation reflect budding dispersal coupled with strong natal philopatry in a cooperatively breeding mammal. Molecular Ecology 21: 5348-5362.

Lawson, A.J., Hindley, G.F., Forshew, T., Tatevossian, R.G., Jamie, G.A., Kelly, G.P., Neale, G.A., Ma, J.G., Jones, T.A., Ellison, D.W. and Sheer, D. 2011. RAF gene fusion breakpoints in pediatric brain tumors are characterized by significant enrichment of sequence microhomology. Genome Research 21: 505–514.

Other publications

Bryan, K.M. and Jamie, G.A. 2019 Little Bee-eater Merops pusillus feeding two Greater Honeyguide Indicator indicator fledglings in Botswana. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 26: 101-102

Jones, S. E. I. and Jamie, G. A. 2017. Avifauna of the Njesi Plateau, Niassa, Mozambique in The Njesi Plateau Expedition Report, Biodiversity Express Survey 6.1 by Jones, S. E. I. & Clause, J. & Geeraert, L., Jamie, G.A. & Sumbane, E. & van Berkel, T. & Jocqué, M.

Jamie, G.A.  2016 Locust Finches (Paludipasser locustella) breeding in Choma District, Zambia. The Wattled Crane 46(4): 3–6.

Jamie, G.A. and de Silva Wijeyeratne, G. 2014. Similarity of the calls of juvenile Pied Cuckoo Clamator jacobinus and its Sri Lankan host species, Yellow-billed Babbler Turdoides affinisForktail 30: 133-134.

Jamie, G.A. and de Silva Wijeyeratne, G. 2016. Mimicry of Sri Lanka Crested Drongo Dicrurus lophorinus by Fork-tailed Drongo Cuckoo Surniculus dicruroidesBirdingASIA 25: 82–83.

Jamie, G.A., Moya, C. and Hamusikili, L. 2016. Incubation and nest-defence behaviour of Streaky-breasted Flufftail Sarothrura boehmi in Zambia. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 23: 82–85.

Sevillano Rios, S., Jamie, G.A., Vidos, J.Q., Slongo, H. 2013. Black Bushbird in Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, Peru - the most southerly record and a first for the Department of Puno. Cotinga.

Sevillano Rios, S. and Jamie, G.A. 2012. Avian mist-netting report from Cerro Cuchilla, Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, Peru. RAP Working Papers.

Jamie, G.A. 2008. An Eastern Savi’s Warbler in Romania. Dartford Ringing Journal.

Jamie, G.A. 2007. A Romanian Bird Diary. Dartford Ringing Journal.