Professor Jane Reid

Professor Jane Reid

Personal Chair

Professor Jane Reid
Professor Jane Reid

Contact Details

work +44 (0)1224 274224
The University of Aberdeen School of Biological Sciences, Zoology Building, University of Aberdeen, Tillydrone Avenue, Aberdeen AB24 2TZ



Awarded an ERC Starting Grant (2013-2018)


Awarded the Zoological Society of London's Scientific Medal (2013) 


Awarded the Marsh Award for Ornithology (2013)


Awarded the University of Aberdeen Principal's Prize for Public Engagement with Research (2013)


I did my degree in Natural Sciences (Zoology) at the University of Cambridge, and then a PhD in behavioural ecology at the University of Glasgow.  I spent two years on a Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of British Columbia, followed by a Junior Research Fellowship at Jesus College, Cambridge.  I joined the University of Aberdeen as a Royal Society University Research Fellow in 2006, and was awarded a personal research Chair in Population & Evolutionary Ecology in 2014.

My academic career in ecology is balanced by my experience and enthusiasm as a field naturalist; I have worked at bird observatories and on numerous field projects in the UK and elsewhere.  I'm committed to using a combination of fieldwork, rigorous analyses of long-term data and modelling to gain an integrated understanding of the structure, and population and evolutionary dynamics, of natural populations. I actively translate my research into public understanding and population management policy.


Research Interests

My overall research aims are to understand how variation in individual life-histories arises as a function of ecological, environmental and genetic variation, and to understand the consequences of this life-history variation for the structure and dynamics of natural populations.  This work is key to understanding, predicting and managing population responses to environmental variation and change.

I investigate these issues by integrating approaches and questions drawn from population ecology, evolutionary ecology and behavioural ecology. I use field experiments and long-term data from individual-based studies of wild bird populations, coupled with sophisticated statistical analyses and simulation modelling.

Current projects focus on:

1) Evolutionary ecology of extra-pair reproduction and inbreeding, using an amazing long-term dataset on song sparrows coupled with quantitative genetic and simulation modelling.

2) Links between environmental and genetic variation and temporal and spatial variation in life-history in red-billed choughs, and application to conservation policy.

3) Population and evolutionary dynamics of partial migration, by quantifying covariation across migration, dispersal, survival and reproduction in partially-migratory European shags.

4) Long-term changes in migration timing and the composition of migratory bird assemblages, using another amazing long-term dataset from Fair Isle Bird Observatory.

For further details of projects see below.

For full details of publications see the 'Further Info' tab.


Current research group:

Dr Brad Duthie (ERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow) - Evolutionary theory of inbreeding

Dr Greta Bocedi (ERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow) - Evolutionary theory of polyandry

Dr Matthew Wolak (ERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow) - Quantitative genetic analysis of inbreeding

Dr Ryan Germain (ERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow) - Polyandry and population relatedness structure

Dr Aline Lee (Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow) - Population consequences of nonbreeders

Dr Will Miles (Postdoctoral Research Fellow) - Migration ecology

Amanda Trask (PhD student) - Conservation genetics in choughs

Jenny Sturgeon (PhD student) - Winter movements and migration in sub-adult shags

Louise Christensen (PhD student) - Oxidative stress and life-history in Soay sheep

Svenja Kroeger (PhD student) - Age-dependent and age-independent life-history variation in yellow-bellied marmots

Current Research

I'm currently working on four main research projects. For details of publications see the 'Further Info' tab.

Project 1: Evolutionary ecology of extra-pair reproduction and inbreeding in song sparrows, collaborating with Peter Arcese (University of British Columbia) & Lukas Keller (Universität Zürich).

Understanding the nature, causes and consequences of reproductive strategies among population members is key to understanding fundamental evolutionary and ecological processes that shape natural populations. I'm using a long-term study of a wild population of song sparrows on Mandarte Island, British Columbia, Canada, alongside individual-based simulation modelling, to investigate the causes and consequences of polyandry (extra-pair reproduction) and inbreeding as individual reproductive strategies.


A song sparrow and Mandarte

The detailed long-term study of this population means that complete pedigree (family tree) data exist for all sparrows alive on Mandarte back to 1975, based on the observed social mating system.  Using these data, I investigated the physiological and life-history causes and consequences of inbreeding. I showed that measures of immune reponse decrease dramatically with increasing inbreeding, as does male song repertoire size (a secondary sexual trait, Reid et al. Proc. R. Soc. B 2003, 2005, 2007). I showed that parent and offspring inbreeding coefficients are correlated, and therefore that females expressing directional mating preferences for males with larger song repertoires would on average produce relatively outbred offspring, providing an unexpected benefit of mate choice (Reid et al. Am. Nat. 2006; Proc. R. Soc. B 2007).

However, despite their social monogamy, song sparrows are genetically polygynandrous with frequent extra-pair reproduction. My PhD student Rebecca Sardell genotyped all sparrows on Mandarte since 1993, and assigned all offspring to their true genetic parents. This analyses revealed that 28% of offspring were sired by a male other than their mother's social mate (Sardell et al. Mol. Ecol. 2010). Now we have a shiny new pedigree that incorporates 28% of paternal links corrected for extrapair paternity. Thanks to Pirmin Nietlisbach, the corrected pedigree is now complete up to 2015, and really is nearly perfect...

Rebecca Sardell sampling a song sparrow chick - who was this one's father? And the new song sparrow pedigree.

The comprehensive pedigree data allow us to answer many fascinating questions regarding the magnitude of inbreeding depression and variance in fitness, and the quantitative genetic basis and consequences of polyandry, extra-pair reproduction and inbreeding.

Contrary to expectation, Rebecca found that extra-pair offspring tend to be less fit than their within-pair half-sibs.  More specifically, a polyandrous female's daughters that were sired by extra-pair males tend to be less fit than daughters that were sired by the females social mate, while the opposite is true for sons (Sardell et al. Proc. R. Soc. B 2011; Am. Nat. 2012).

My postdoc Christophe Lebigre tested the hypothesis that extra-pair reproduction increases the variance in male fitness.  Again contrary to widespread prediction, the increase in variance was relatively small (Lebigre et al. Evolution 2012).

I used quantitative genetic 'animal model' analyses to show that the proportion of a female's offspring that is sired by an extra-pair male is heritable, while a male's extra-pair reproductive success shows substantial inbreeding depression (Reid et al. Proc. R. Soc. B 2011; Am. Nat. 2011).  Furthermore, and again opposite to expectation, I showed that polyandrous females have offspring of lower additive genetic value for survival by mating with an extra-pair male than by mating with their socially paired mate (Reid & Sardell Proc. R. Soc. B 2012)! Recent quantitative genetic analyses showed that there are also male genetic effects on the probability of extra-pair paternity (Reid et al. Evolution 2014).

More recently, I have been focussing again on the evolutionary ecology of inbreeding. Matthew Wolak used a heroic quantitative genetic analysis to show the the degree to which song sparrows pair with relatives is heritable (Wolak & Reid Am. Nat. 2016). I integrated information on relatedness and reproductive success to show that the occurrence of strong inbreeding depression does not necessarily lead to selection against inbreeding (Reid et al. Evolution 2015). I then drew together the worlds of inbreeding and extra-pair reproduction, and calculated the degree to which parents are actually related to the brood of offspring that they rear. These analyses revealed substantial variation in relatedness among nuclear families, not least because males are commonly related to extra-pair offspring that they didn't sire but could rear (Reid et al. Evolution 2016).

Meanwhile, my postdocs Brad Duthie and Greta Bocedi have used genetically explicit individual-based models to explore the evolutionary dynamics of inbreeding and polyandry. In a nutshell, these models show that, in systems with biparental reproduction, the conditions that drive evolution of inbreeding avoidance (or preference) are likely to be more restricted than is commonly assumed (Duthie et al. Evolution 2016; Am. Nat. 2016). However, sperm competition that results from polyandry might drive feedback loops that further increase polyandry (Bocedi & Reid Am. Nat. 2016), especially when there is inbreeding and hence inbreeding depression in male gametic traits.


Project 2: Environmental and genetic effects on demography and population dynamics, applied to conservation policy for red-billed choughs, in collaboration with Prof P. Monaghan (University of Glasgow), Eric Bignal & Sue Bignal (Scottish Chough Study Group) & Davy McCracken (Scotland's Rural College).

Since 1980, the Scottish Chough Study Group has monitored the breeding success and survival of individually colour-ringed choughs on the Scottish island of Islay, generating a really fantastic long-term demographic dataset. We're using these data to quantify temporal and spatial variation in individual life-histories, identify environmental causes of demographic variation and understand the spatial and temporal dynamics of this population. We are also now incorporating genetic considerations, and specifically inbreeding (surprise!) and genetic drift, into population models. We are working with Scottish Natural Heritage and other stakeholders to apply this rigorous population ecology to conservation strategy for choughs in Scotland.


Choughs being ringed and observed on Islay, and featured in Journal of Animal Ecology

My Honours student Marius Wenzel genotyped choughs from several European populations to establish the degree of genetic differentiation among populations. His results show strong genetic structuring across the species' current range, and show that the choughs that recently recolonised Cornwall most probably originated in Ireland (Wenzel et al. Cons. Gen. 2012)! Marius won the Charles Darwin Award (from the Zoological Society of London) for the best Zoology Honours thesis in the UK - well done Marius!

My PhD student Amanda Trask (funded by NERC and Scottish Natural Heritage) followed up on the genetic theme, and used a combination of demographic and molecular genetic data to show that the occurrence of blindness in chough nestlings most probably represents the phenotypic expression of a single-locus lethal recessive allele, manifested under inbreeding. Moreover this allele is likely to be relatively widespread in the population, and possibly maintained by overdominance (Trask et al. J. Anim. Ecol. 2016, featured as the journal's 'In Focus' paper).

Amanda has now used state-of-the-art demographic analyses to estimate the effective size of Islay's chough population, and found that it is critically small...


Project 3: Demographic and population dynamic consequences of partial migration in shags, collaborating with Francis Daunt & Sarah Wanless (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology)

A key aim in population ecology is to understand how life-history variation, and hence population demography and dynamics, arises as a consequence of the environmental conditions that individuals experience both currently and previously. Many wild animals migrate among different locations between seasons, and it is widely hypothesised that environments experienced in one season or location might affect an individual's reproduction or survival in subsequent seasons or locations. Yet few field studies have been able to track large numbers of individual population members across different seasonal locations, thereby allowing individual variation in reproductive success to be related to individual variation in winter location.

A breeding colony of shags on the Isle of May, Firth of Forth, has been studied in detail since 1998 by CEH. Almost all adults are individually marked with field-readable rings, and their breeding success and survival are documented. We have recently discovered that it is possible to locate a substantial proportion of these individuals in winter, and that there is remarkable variation in winter location; some individuals remain on the Isle of May while others move several hundred kilometres around the Scottish coast. This has sparked more intensive winter fieldwork, and an excuse to spend my weekends wandering along random bits of Scottish coastline.  Fraserburgh is definitely my favourite place!

Isle of May shags wintering at Peterhead and Fraserbrugh. If you've seen one please let us know! - photos by Ed Duthie & Ruud Altenburg

With the huge help and enthusiasm of numerous bird ringing groups and volunteer observers, since 2009, we have now ringed ~13,500 shags everywhere from the Farne islands (in north-east England) to Shetland. We have amassed ~42,000 winter resightings of these individuals along the UK east coast. With just a couple more years of data (honest!), these data should allow us to quantify all key components of demographic (co)variation spanning females and males of all ages.


Project 4: Long-term dynamics of migration timing, collaborating with Fair Isle Bird Observatory Trust.

Fair Isle, and its bird observatory, has long been one of my favourite places - if you haven't visited yet you really should!

Fair Isle Bird Observatory has been recording species and numbers of migrant birds for decades. We have recently had all the data digitised, and the first analyses of the long-term data are already revealing some unexpected and fascinating changes in migration timing over the last 60 years.


Research Grants

2013-2018 European Research Council Starting Grant. ‘Co-evolutionary quantitative genetics of polyandry and inbreeding in the wild: new theory and test’.

2014-2015 NERC Urgency Research Grant. 'Impact of extreme weather on meta-population processes in European shags'. Co-Investigator, with Dr Francis Daunt (CEH).

2006-2013 Royal Society University Research Fellowship. 'Individual variation in a population context'.

2008-2011 Philip Leverhulme Prize for Zoology.

2010 Royal Society Kavli International Workshop. 'Sexual selection and kin selection in structured populations'.

2006-2009 NERC Knowledge Transfer Grant (co-funded by Scottish Natural Heritage and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds). 'Turning population ecology into conservation strategy: population structure, dynamics and conservation of red-billed choughs' with Prof P. Monaghan and the Scottish Chough Study Group.

2003-2006 Junior Research Fellowship, Jesus College, Cambridge.

2005 Phyllis & Eileen Gibbs Travelling Fellowship (Newnham College, Cambridge) 'Humoral immunity and inbreeding in song sparrows'.

2001-2003 Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of British Columbia, Canada.

2001-2003 Britsh Ecological Society Early Career Project Grant. 'Inbreeding and immunity in song sparrows'.


Teaching Responsibilities

I contribute to undergraduate and MSc courses in behavioural ecology, population ecology and wildlife management.

Further Info

Recent publications

Germain, R., Arcese, P., Reid, J.M. (2018) The consequences of polyandry for sibship structures, distributions of relationships and relatedness, and potential for inbreeding in a wild population. American Naturalist, in press.

Duthie, A.B., Bocedi, G., Germain, R., Reid, J.M. (2017) Evolution of pre-copulatory and post-copulatory strategies of inbreeding avoidance and associated polyandry. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, in press.

Bocedi, G., Reid, J.M. (2017) Feed-backs among inbreeding, inbreeding depression in sperm traits and sperm competition can drive evolution of costly polyandry. Evolution, online.

Trask, A.E., Bignal, E., McCracken, D.I., Piertney, S.B., Reid, J.M. (2017) Estimating demographic contributions to effective population size in an age-structured wild population experiencing environmental and demographic stochasticity. Journal of Animal Ecology, online.

Grist, H., Daunt, F., Wanless, S., Burthe, S.J., Newell, M.A., Harris, M.P., Reid, J.M. (2017) Reproductive performance of resident and migrant males, females and pairs in a partially migratory bird. Journal of Animal Ecology, online.

Nietlisbach, P., Keller, L.F., Camenisch, G., Guillaume, F., Arcese, P., Reid, J.M., Postma, E. (2017) Pedigree-based inbreeding coefficient explains more variation in fitness than heterozygosity at 160 microsatellites in a wild bird population. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, online.

Wolak, M.E., Reid, J.M. (2017) Accounting for genetic differences among unknown parents in microevolutionary studies: How to include genetic groups in quantitative genetic animal models. Journal of Animal Ecology, 86, 7-20.

Lee, A.M., Reid, J.M., Beissinger, S.R. (2017) Modelling effects of nonbreeders on population growth estimates. Journal of Animal Ecology, 86, 75-87.

Miles, W.T.S., Bolton, M., Davis, P., Dennis, R., Broad, R., Robertson, I., Riddiford, N.J., Harvey, P.V., Riddington, R., Shaw, D.N., Parnaby, D., Reid, J.M. (2017) Quantifying full phenological event distributions reveals simultaneous advances, stationarity and delays in spring and autumn migration timing in long-distance migratory birds. Global Change Biology, online.

Duthie, A.B., Lee, A.M., Reid, J.M. (2016) Inbreeding parents should invest more resources in fewer offspring. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 283, 20161845.

Christensen, L.L., Selman, C., Blount, J.D., Pilkington, J.G., Watt, K.A., Pemberton, J.M., Reid, J.M.ª, Nussey, D.H.ª (2016) Marker-dependent associations among oxidative stress, growth and survival during early life in a wild mammal. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 283, 20161407. ªEqual author contributions.

Duthie, A.B., Reid, J.M. (2016) Evolution of inbreeding avoidance and inbreeding preference through mate choice among interacting relatives. American Naturalist, 188, 651-667.

Germain, R., Wolak, M.E., Arcese, P., Losdat, S., Reid, J.M. (2016) Direct and indirect genetic and fine-scale environmental effects on breeding date in song sparrows. Journal of Animal Ecology, 85, 1613-1624.

Duthie, A.B., Bocedi, G., Reid, J.M. (2016) When does female multiple mating evolve to adjust inbreeding? Effects of inbreeding depression, direct costs, mating constraints, and polyandry as a threshold trait. Evolution, 70, 1927-1943.

Reid, J.M., Bocedi, G., Nietlisbach, P., Duthie, A.B., Wolak, M.E., Gow, E.A., Arcese, P. (2016) Variation in parent-offspring kinship in systems with inbreeding and extra-pair reproduction: metrics and empirical estimates in song sparrows. Evolution, 70, 1512-1529.

Trask, A*., Bignal, E., McCracken, D.I., Monaghan, P., Piertney, S.B., Reid, J.M. (2016) Evidence of the phenotypic expression of a lethal recessive allele under inbreeding in a wild population of conservation concern. Journal of Animal Ecology, 85, 879-891. 'In Focus' paper. *Highly commended, Elton prize.

Wolak, M.E., Reid, J.M. (2016) Is inbreeding heritable? Sex-specific genetic effects on the degree of biparental inbreeding in song sparrow (Melospiza melodia). American Naturalist, 187, 334-350.

Bocedi, G., Reid, J.M. (2016) Evolution of polyandry by co-evolutionary feedback with male sperm allocation: decreasing sperm viability and increasing sperm limitation. American Naturalist, 187, 334-350.

Losdat, S., Arcese, P., Sampson, L., Villar, N., Reid, J.M. (2015) Additive genetic variance and effects of inbreeding, sex and age on heterophil to lymphocyte ratio in song sparrows. Functional Ecology, 30, 1185-1195.

Reid, J.M., Arcese, P., Bocedi, G., Duthie, A.B., Wolak, M.E., Keller, L.F. (2015) Resolving the conundrum of inbreeding depression but no inbreeding avoidance: estimating sex-specific selection on inbreeding by song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Evolution, 69, 2846-2861.

Reid, J.M., Duthie, A.B., Wolak, M.E., Arcese, P. (2015) Demographic mechanisms of inbreeding adjustment through extra-pair reproduction. Journal of Animal Ecology, 84, 1029-1040.

Reid, J.M., Arcese, P., Keller, L.F., Germain, R.R., Duthie, A.D., Losdat, S., Wolak, M.E., Nietlisbach, P. (2015) Quantifying inbreeding avoidance through extra-pair reproduction. Evolution, 69, 59-74.

Bocedi, G, Reid, J.M. (2015) Evolution of female multiple mating: a quantitative model of the ‘sexually-selected sperm’ hypothesis. Evolution, 69, 39-58.

Losdat, S., Arcese, P., Reid, J.M. (2015) Double decomposition: decomposing the variance in subcomponents of male extra-pair reproductive success. Journal of Animal Ecology, 84, 1384-1395.

Duthie, A.B., Reid, J.M. (2015) What happens after inbreeding avoidance? Inbreeding by rejected relatives and the inclusive fitness benefit of inbreeding avoidance. PLoS One, 10, e0125140.

Christensen, L.L., Selman, C., Blount, J.D., Pilkington, J.G., Watt, K.A., Pemberton, J.M., Reid, J.M.ª, Nussey, D.H.ª (2015) Plasma markers of oxidative stress are uncorrelated in a wild mammal. Ecology & Evolution, in press. ªEqual author contributions.

Brickhill, D., Evans, P.G.H., Reid, J.M. (2015) Spatio-temporal variation in European starling reproductive success at multiple small spatial scales. Ecology & Evolution5, 3364-3377.

Miles, W., Mavor, R., Riddiford, N., Harvey, P.V., Riddington, R., Shaw, D., Parnaby, D., Reid, J.M. (2015) Decline in an Atlantic Puffin population: evaluation of magnitude and mechanisms. PLoS One 10, e0131527.

Reid, J.M. (2015) What can we really say about relatedness and extra-pair paternity? Behavioral Ecology, 26, 969-974. (Invited commentary).

Reid, J.M., Arcese, P., Keller, L.F., Losdat, S. (2014) Female and male genetic effects on offspring paternity: additive genetic (co)variances in female extra-pair reproduction and male paternity success in song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Evolution, 68, 2357–2370.

Reid, J.M.ª, Keller, L.F.ª, Marr, A.B., Nietlisbach, P., Sardell, R.J., Arcese, P. (2014) Pedigree error due to extra-pair reproduction substantially biases estimates of inbreeding depression. Evolution, 68, 802-815. ªEqual author contributions.

Reid, J.M., Arcese, P., Losdat, S. (2014)  Genetic covariance between components of male reproductive success: within-pair versus extra-pair paternity in song sparrows. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 27, 2046–2056.

Grist, H., Daunt, F., Wanless, S., Nelson, E.J., Harris, M.P., Newell, M., Reid, J.M. (2014) Site fidelity and individual variation in winter location in partially migratory European shags. PLoS One9, e98562.

Losdat, S., Cheng, S.M., Reid, J.M. (2014) Inbreeding depression in male gametic performance. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 27, 992-1011.

Reid, J.M. (2014) Quantitative genetic approaches to understanding sexual selection and mating system evolution in the wild. In Quantitative Genetics in the Wild. Oxford University Press.

Reid, J.M., Pemberton, J.M., Szulkin, M. (2013) Recombination and inbreeding strategy in sexually reproducing animals. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 28, 684-685.

Barlow, E.J., Daunt, F., Wanless, S. & Reid, J.M. (2013) Comprehensive estimation of within- and among-population dispersal rate, distance and direction in European shags (Phalacrocorax aristotelis). Ibis, 155, 762-778.

Lebigre, C., Arcese, P., Sardell, R.J., Keller, L.F. & Reid, J.M.  (2013) Decomposing the variance in male reproductive success: age-specific variances and covariances through multiple reproductive routes. Journal of Animal Ecology82, 872-883.

Szulkin, M.ª, Stopher, K.V., Pemberton, J. & Reid, J.M.ª (2013) Inbreeding avoidance, tolerance and preference in animals? Trends in Ecology & Evolution28, 205-211. ªEqual author contributions.

Sutherland, W.J., Freckleton, R.P., Godfray, H.C.J., Reid, J.M., & 30 others (2013) Identification of 100 fundamental ecological questions. Journal of Ecology 101, 58-67.

Sim, I.M.W., Ludwig, C.S., Grant, M.C., Loughrey, J.L., Rebecca, G.W. & Reid, J.M. (2013) Post-fledging survival, movements and dispersal of Ring Ouzels. Auk 130, 69-77.

Reid, J.M. (2012) Predicting evolutionary responses to selection on polyandry in the wild: additive genetic covariances with female extra-pair reproduction. Proceedings of the Royal Society B279, 4652-4660.

Sardell, R.J., Arcese, P. & Reid, J.M. (2012)Offspring fitness varies with parental extra-pair status in song sparrows, Melospiza melodia. Proceedings of the Royal Society B279, 4078-4086.

Wenzel, M.A., Webster, L.M.I., Blanco, G., Burgess, M.D., Kerbiriou, C., Segelbacher, G., Piertney, S.B. & Reid, J.M. (2012)  Pronounced genetic structure and low genetic diversity in European red-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) populations. Conservation Genetics 13, 1213-1230.

Lebigre, C., Arcese, P., Sardell, R.J., Keller, L.F. & Reid, J.M. (2012) Extra-pair paternity and the variance in male fitness in song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Evolution66, 3111-3129.

Sardell, R.J., Keller, L.F., Arcese, P. & Reid, J.M. (2012) Indirect benefits of extra-pair reproduction: lifetime reproductive success of within-pair and extra-pair offspring in song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). American Naturalist 179, 779-793Featured in Nature Research Highlights

Reid, J.M. & Sardell, R.J. (2012) Indirect selection on female extra-pair reproduction?  Comparing the additive genetic value of extra-pair versus within-pair offspring. Proceedings of the Royal Society B279, 1700-1708.

Sardell, R.J., Keller, L.F., Arcese, P. & Reid, J.M. (2011) Sex-specific differential survival of extra-pair and within-pair young in song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Proceedings of the Royal Society B278, 3251-3259.

Reid, J.M., Bignal, E., Bignal, S., Bogdanova, M.I., Monaghan, P. & McCracken, D.I. (2011) Diagnosing the timing of demographic bottlenecks: sub-adult survival in red-billed choughs.  Journal of Applied Ecology 48, 797-805.

Reid, J.M., Arcese, P., Sardell, R.J. & Keller, L.F. (2011) Additive genetic variance, heritability and inbreeding depression in male extra-pair reproductive success. American Naturalist 177, 177-187.

Reid, J.M., Arcese, P., Sardell, R.J. & Keller, L.F. (2011) Heritability of female extra-pair paternity rate in song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278, 1114-1120.

Sim, I.M.W., Rebecca, G.W., Ludwig, S., Grant, M.C. & Reid, J.M. (2011) Characterising demographic variation and contributions to population growth rate in a declining population. Journal of Animal Ecology80, 159-170. Recommended by Faculty of 1000.

Postma, E., Heinrich, F., Koller, U., Sardell, R.J., Reid, J.M., Arcese, P. & Keller, L.F. (2011) Disentangling the effect of genes, the environment and chance on sex ratio variation in a wild bird population. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278, 2996-3002. 

Sardell, R.J., Keller, L.F., Arcese, P., Bucher, T. & Reid, J.M. (2010) Comprehensive paternity assignment: genotype, spatial location and social status in song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Molecular Ecology19, 4352-4364.

Taylor, S.S., Sardell, R.J., Reid, J.M., Bucher, T., Taylor, N.G., Arcese, P. & Keller, L.F. (2010) Inbreeding coefficient and heterozygosity-fitness correlations in unhatched and hatched song sparrow nestmates. Molecular Ecology 19, 4454-4461.

Minderman, J., Reid, J.M., Hughes, M., Denny, M.J.H., Hogg, S., Evans, P.G.H. & Whittingham, M.J. (2010) Animal personality traits in an ecological context: exploration behaviour and home range size in wild starlings Sturnus vulgaris. Behavioral Ecology 21, 1321-1329.

Reid, J.M., Bignal, E., Bignal, S., McCracken, D.I., Bogdanova, M.I. & Monaghan, P. (2010) Parent age, lifespan and offspring survival: structured variation in life-history in a wild population. Journal of Animal Ecology 79, 851-862.

Reid, J.M. & Keller, L.F. (2010) Correlated inbreeding among relatives: occurrence, magnitude and implications. Evolution 64, 973-985.

Cornulier, T., Elston, D.A., Arcese, P., Benton, T.G., Douglas, D.J.T., Lambin, X., Reid, J.M., Robinson, R.A. & Sutherland, W.J. (2009) Estimating annual breeding frequency from censused breeding dates: using mixture models to disaggregate overlapping distributions. Ecology Letters 12, 1184-1193.

Minderman, J., Reid, J.M., Evans, P.G.H. & Whittingham, M.J. (2009) Personality traits in wild starlings: exploration behaviour and environmental sensitivity. Behavioral Ecology20,830-837.

Fromhage, L., Kokko, H. & Reid, J.M. (2009) Evolution of mate choice for genome-wide heterozygosity. Evolution 63, 684-694.

Reid, J.M., Arcese, P. & Keller, L.F. (2008) Individual phenotype, kinship and the occurrence of inbreeding in song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Evolution62, 887-899.

Reid, J.M., Bignal, E., Bignal, S., McCracken, D.I., Bogdanova, M.I. & Monaghan, P. (2008) Investigating patterns and processes of demographic variation: environmental correlates of pre-breeding survival in red-billed choughs (Pyrrhocorrax pyrrhocorax). Journal of Animal Ecology77, 777-789.

Keller, L.F.ª, Reid, J.M.ª& Arcese, P. (2008) Testing evolutionary models of senescence in a natural population: age and inbreeding effects on fitness components in song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Proceedings of the Royal Society B275, 597-604. ªEqual author contributions.

Reid, J.M. (2007) Secondary sexual ornamentation and non-additive genetic benefits of female mate choice. Proceedings of the Royal Society B274, 1395-1402. Featured in Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 23, 1-3.

Reid, J.M., Arcese, P., Keller, L.F., Elliott, K.H., Sampson, L. & Hasselquist, D. (2007) Inbreeding effects on immune response in free-living song sparrows (Melospiza melodia).  Proceedings of the Royal Society B274, 697-706.

Reid, J.M., Arcese, P., Keller, L.F. & Hasselquist, D. (2006) Long-term maternal effect on offspring immune response in song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Biology Letters 2, 573-576.

Marr, A.B., Arcese, P. Hochachka, W.M., Reid, J.M. & Keller, L.F. (2006) Interactive effects of environmental stress and inbreeding on reproductive traits in a wild bird population. Journal of Animal Ecology75, 1406-1425.

Reid, J.M., Arcese, P. & Keller, L.F. (2006) Intrinsic parent-offspring correlation in inbreeding level in a song sparrow (Melospiza melodia) population open to immigration. American Naturalist168, 1-13. Featured in Current Biology 16, 810-812.

Reid, J.M., Bignal, E.M., Bignal, S., McCracken, D.I. & Monaghan, P. (2006) Spatial variation in demography and population growth rate: the importance of natal location. Journal of Animal Ecology 75, 1201-1211.

Reid, J.M., Arcese, P., Cassidy, A.L.E.V., Hiebert, S.M, Smith, J.N.M., Stoddard, P.K., Marr, A.B. & Keller, L.F. (2005) Fitness correlates of song repertoire size in free-living song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). American Naturalist 165, 299-310. Featured in Current Biology 15, 334-336.

Reid, J.M., Arcese, P., Cassidy, A.L.E.V., Marr, A.B., Smith, J.N.M. & Keller, L.F. (2005) Hamilton & Zuk meet heterozygosity? Song repertoire size signals inbreeding and immunity in song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Proceedings of the Royal Society B272, 481-487.

Reid, J.M., Bignal, E.M., Bignal, S., McCracken, D.I. & Monaghan, P. (2004) Identifying the life-history determinants of population growth rate: a case study of red-billed choughs (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax).  Journal of Animal Ecology 73, 777-788.

Reid, J.M., Arcese, P., Cassidy, A.L.E.V., Hiebert, S.M. Marr, A.B., Smith, J.N.M., Stoddard, P.K. & Keller, L.F. (2004) Song repertoire size predicts initial mating success in male song sparrows Melospiza melodia. Animal Behaviour 68, 1055-1063.

Cresswell, W., Holt, S., Reid, J.M., Whitfield, D.P., Mellanby, R.J., Norton, D. & Waldron, S.(2004)The energetic costs of egg heating constrain incubation attendance but do not determine daily energy expenditure in the pectoral sandpiper.  Behavioral Ecology 15, 498-507.

Hilton, G.M., Hansell, M.H., Ruxton, G.D., Reid, J.M. & Monaghan, P. (2004) Using artificial nests to test importance of nesting material and nest shelter for incubation energetic. Auk 121, 777-787.

Reid, J.M.,Arcese, P. & Keller, L.F. (2003) Inbreeding depresses immune response in song sparrows (Melospiza melodia): direct and inter-generational effects. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 270, 2151-2157.

Reid, J.M., Bignal, E.M., Bignal, S., McCracken, D.I. & Monaghan, P. (2003) Age-specific reproductive performance in the red-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax): patterns and processes in a natural population. Journal of Animal Ecology 72, 765-776. Awarded the journal’s Elton Prize.

Reid, J.M., Bignal, E.M., Bignal, S., McCracken, D.I. & Monaghan, P. (2003) Environmental variability, life-history covariation and cohort effects in the red-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax).  Journal of Animal Ecology 72, 36-46.

Cresswell, W., Holt, S., Reid, J.M., Whitfield, D.P. & Mellanby, R.J. (2003)Do energetic demands constrain incubation scheduling in a biparental species? Behavioral Ecology 14, 97-102.

Reid, J.M., Cresswell, W., Holt, S., Mellanby, R.J., Whitfield, D.P. & Ruxton G.D. (2002) Heat loss and nest scrape design in pectoral sandpipers.  Functional Ecology 16, 305-312.

Reid, J.M., Monaghan, P. & Ruxton, G.D. (2002)Males matter: the occurrence and consequences of male incubation in starlings.  Behavioural Ecology & Sociobiology 51, 255-261.

Reid, J.M., Ruxton, G.D.  Monaghan, P. & Hilton, G.M. (2002)The energetic consequences of clutch temperature and clutch size for a uniparental intermittent incubator.  Auk 119, 54-61.

Reid, J.M., Monaghan, P. & Ruxton, G.D. (2000) Resource allocation between reproductive phases: the importance of thermal conditions in determining the costs of incubation.  Proceedings of the Royal Society B 267, 37-41.

Reid, J.M., Monaghan, P. & Ruxton, G.D. (2000) The consequences of clutch size for incubation conditions and hatching success in starlings. Functional Ecology 14, 560-565.

Reid, J.M., Monaghan, P. & Ruxton, G.D. (1999) Effect of clutch cooling rate on starling incubation strategy. Animal Behaviour 58, 1161-1167.

update | about Staff Pages