Jim Briskie

ProfessorJim Briskie

Behavioural Ecology
Biological Sciences 435
Internal Phone: 95138


Research Interests

My research focuses on the role of sexual selection in the evolution of avian reproductive behaviour. I am particularly interested in how sperm competition and female choice have shaped the evolution of mating systems in birds. This involves field studies of mating behaviour, brood parasitism and parental care, as well as lab-based studies of sperm storage by females and sperm production by males. I also have an interest in the conservation of birds and reptiles, especially the consequences of population bottlenecks for the long-term survival of endangered species.

Recent Publications

  • Grueber CE., Sutton JT., Heber S., Briskie JV., Jamieson IG. and Robertson BC. (2017) Reciprocal translocation of small numbers of inbred individuals rescues immunogenetic diversity. Molecular Ecology 26(10): 2660-2673. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.14063.
  • Khwaja N., Preston SA., Hatchwell BJ., Briskie JV., Winney IS. and Savage JL. (2017) Flexibility but no coordinating of visits in provisioning riflemen. Animal Behaviour 125: 25-31. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2016.12.021.
  • Azzani L., Rasmussen JL., Gieseg SP. and Briskie JV. (2016) An experimental test of the effect of diet on preen wax composition in New Zealand silvereyes (Zosterops lateralis). In Shulte BA (Ed.), Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 13: 511-525. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
  • Lawrence C., Paris D., Briskie JV. and Massaro M. (2016) When the neighbourhood goes bad: can endangered black robins adjust nest-site selection in response to the risk of an invasive predator? Animal Conservation http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/acv.12318.
  • Lloyd-Jones DJ. and Briskie JV. (2016) Mutual wattle ornaments in the South Island Saddleback (Philesturnus carunculatus) function as armaments. Ethology 122(1): 61-71. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/eth.12446.