Dr Rupert Marshall PhD
- BR24310 - Zoo Science
- BR30220 - Advanced Animal Behaviour
- BR32300 - Dissertation
- BR32330 - Dissertation
- BR32710 - Animal Behaviour Field Course
Bird Song: evolution & function: Much of my research centres around avian communication. Why do birds sing? What response does song elicit in other birds? How & why do songs change over time? I am particularly interested in how signals adapt & change in response to both environmental & sexual selection pressures.
Urban behavioural adaptations: I am investigating how & why animals adapt their behavioural strategies in response to this background noise. For example, some birds sing at a higher pitch in noisy cities than they do in quieter rural areas. I am researching how these behavioural differences emerge, the role that learning plays in reinforcing these differences & the implications these changes have for conservation & biodiversity. This work includes the Nestbox Survey, involving regular monitoring of nearly 200 nest boxes in University woodlands by a team of student volunteers.
Social adaptation: the evolution of song dialects: Animals may adapt their behaviours for a variety of reasons including the need to fit in with their neighbours. For example, songs of corn buntings form a pattern of local dialects. I am investigating the role of social adaptation & dialects in signalling systems & the implications for these systems of changes to farming practice & population decline.
Social learning: information transfer within groups: Animals often learn new behaviours from other individuals, so knowing who to trust & when to act alone are important decisions. Using the University's aquarium facilities I am studying social learning in Guppies to investigate how animals decide who to learn from, as well as how they learn & how much they can learn from one another. This work also explores leadership, personality, rational choice & cooperation among individuals & groups.
If you are interested in working with me as a PhD student or postdoctoral fellow, please contact me.
Degradation of rural and urban great tit song: testing transmission efficiency. PLoS One 6 (12) e28242 Cadair2011.
Colony kin structure and host-parasite relatedness in the barnacle goose. Molecular Ecology 18 (23) pp. 4955-4963. Cadair2009.
Nest parasitism in the barnacle goose: evidence from protein fingerprinting and microsatellites. Animal Behaviour 78 (1) pp. 167-174. Cadair2009.
Song and female choice for extrapair copulations in the sedge warbler, Acrocephalus schoenobaenus. Animal Behaviour 73 (4) pp. 629-635. Cadair2007.
One small point. Nature 444 (7118) pp. 422. Cadair2006.