UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Professor Jim Briskie

Biological Sciences

Fields of Research

  • Behavioural ecology
  • Biology of birds
  • Sexual selection & evolution

Researcher Summary

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.

Subject Area: Disciplines

Research Groups

Editorial Work

  • Editorial work for scientific journals , Assistant Editor ( 2006 - 2014)
  • Editorial work for scientific journals , Assistant Editor ( 2006 - 2012)

Review and Refereeing

  • Proceedings of the Royal Society; Animal Behavior; Auk; New Zealand Journal of Zoology; Ibis; Condor; Canadian Journal of Zoology; Journal of Avian Biology; Behavioural Ecology ( 1985 - 2012)

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

  • 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 (Journal Article)
  • Khwaja N., Preston SAJ., Hatchwell BJ., Briskie JV., Winney IS. and Savage JL. (2017) Flexibility but no coordination of visits in provisioning riflemen. Animal Behaviour 125 25 - 31. (Journal Article)
  • 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 Schulte BA; Goodwin TE; Ferkin MH (Ed.), Chemical Signals in Vertebrates: 511 - 525. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. (Chapter)
  • 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. (Chapter)
  • 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 (Journal Article)
  • 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. (Journal Article)
  • MacFarlane AET., Kelly D. and Briskie JV. (2016) Introduced blackbirds and song thrushes: useful substitutes for lost mid-sized native frugivores, or weed vectors? New Zealand Journal of Ecology 40(1): 80 - 87. (Journal Article)
  • Nelson NJ., Romign RL., Dumont T., Reardon JT., Monks JM., Hitchmough RA., Empson R. and Briskie JV. (2016) Lizard conservation in mainland sanctuaries. In Chapple DG (Ed.), New Zealand Lizards: 321 - 339. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. (Chapter)
  • Preston SAJ., Briskie JV. and Hatchwell BJ. (2016) Adult helpers increase the recruitment of closely related offspring in the cooperatively breeding rifleman. Behavioral Ecology 27(6): 1617 - 1626. (Journal Article)
  • Stanbury M. and Briskie JV. (2015) I smell a rat: Can New Zealand birds recognize the odor of an invasive mammalian predator? Current Zoology 61(1): 34 - 41. (Journal Article)
  • Woltmann S. (2015) The Birds of Costa Rica: A Field Guide, Second Edition RichardGarrigues and RobertDean. 2014. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY. xiii + 425 pages, hundreds of color plates. ISBN 9780801479885. $29.95 (Paperback). Journal of Field Ornithology 86(3): 277 - 278. (Other)
  • Briskie JV., Shorey L. and Massaro M. (2014) Nest-boxes increase fledging success in the declining rifleman Acanthisitta chloris, New Zealand. Conservation Evidence 11 12 - 15. (Journal Article)
  • Congdon NM. and Briskie JV. (2014) Changes in the life history traits of Song Thrushes Turdus philomelos introduced to New Zealand. Bird Study 61(2): 143 - 151. (Journal Article)
  • Deppe L., McGregor KF., Tomasetto F., Briskie JV. and Scofield RP. (2014) Distribution and predictability of foraging areas in breeding Chatham albatrosses Thalassarche eremita in relation to environmental characteristics. Marine Ecology - Progress Series 498 287 - 301. (Journal Article)
  • Mackinven K. and Briskie JV. (2014) Differential wear of feathers in the polymorphic New Zealand Fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa) - a selective advantage of melanism? Emu 114(2): 154 - 159. (Journal Article)
  • Osinubi ST., Vugeh Y., Briskie JV., Ottosson U., Brown JA. and Chapman HM. (2014) Association with riparian fragments by Yellow-breasted Boubou Laniarius atroflavus indicates need for wider-scale forest matrix conservation. Malimbus 36(1): 47 - 57. (Journal Article)
  • Aidala Z., Chong N., Anderson MG., Ortiz-Catedral L., Jamieson IG., Briskie JV., Cassey P., Gill BJ. and Hauber ME. (2013) Phylogenetic relationships of the genus Mohoua, endemic hosts of New Zealand's obligate brood parasitic Long-tailed Cuckoo (Eudynamys taitensis). Journal fur Ornithologie 154(4): 1127 - 1133. (Journal Article)
  • Anderson MG., Gill BJ., Briskie JV., Brunton DH. and Hauber ME. (2013) Latitudinal differences in the breeding phenology of Grey Warblers covary with the prevalence of parasitism by Shining Bronze-Cuckoos. Emu 113(2): 187 - 191. (Journal Article)
  • Heber S. and Briskie JV. (2013) Survival of South Island robins (Petroica australis) after a reciprocal translocation to reduce inbreeding depression. Notornis 60(1): 117 - 119. (Journal Article)
  • Heber S., Varsani A., Kuhn S., Girg A., Kempenaers B. and Briskie J. (2013) The genetic rescue of two bottlenecked south island robin populations using translocations of inbred donors. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 280(1752). (Journal Article)
  • Massaro M., Sainudiin R., Merton D., Briskie JV., Poole AM. and Hale ML. (2013) Human-Assisted Spread of a Maladaptive Behavior in a Critically Endangered Bird. PLoS ONE 8(12): 7. (Journal Article)
  • Massaro M., Stanbury M. and Briskie JV. (2013) Nest site selection by the endangered black robin increases vulnerability to predation by an invasive bird. Animal Conservation 16(4): 404 - 411. (Journal Article)
  • Preston SAJ., Briskie JV., Burke T. and Hatchwell BJ. (2013) Genetic analysis reveals diverse kin-directed routes to helping in the rifleman Acanthisitta chloris. Molecular Ecology 22(19): 5027 - 5039. (Journal Article)
  • Osinubi ST; Briskie J; Ottosson U; Brown JA; Chapman HM (2012) Characterising calls of the yellow-breasted Boubou (Laniarus atroflavus) and potential habitat effects. Arusha, Tanzania: 13th Pan African Ornithological Conference, 14 21 Jan 2012 (Conference Contribution - Other)
  • Cash W. and Briskie JV. (2012) Abnormally long bill in a South Island saddleback (Philesturnus carunculatus). Notornis 59(1-2): 88 - 89. (Journal Article)
  • Heber S., Briskie JV. and Apiolaza LA. (2012) A Test of the 'Genetic Rescue' Technique Using Bottlenecked Donor Populations of Drosophila melanogaster. PLoS ONE 7(8): 8. (Journal Article)
  • Barnett CA. and Briskie JV. (2011) Strategic Regulation of Body Mass and Singing Behavior in New Zealand Robins. Ethology 117(1): 28 - 36. (Journal Article)
  • Briskie JV. (2011) The effect of earthquake aftershocks on the dawn chorus of an Eurasian blackbird (Turdus merula). Notornis 58(3-4): 175 - 176. (Journal Article)
  • Briskie JV. (2011) The effect of earthquake aftershocks on the dawn chorus of an Eurasian blackbird (Turdus merula). Notornis and Southern Bird 58(3&4): 175 - 176. (Journal Article)
  • Starling-Windhof A., Massaro M. and Briskie JV. (2011) Differential effects of exotic predator-control on nest success of native and introduced birds in New Zealand. Biological Invasions 13(4): 1021 - 1028. (Journal Article)
  • Barnett CA. and Briskie JV. (2010) Silvereyes Zosterops lateralis increase incubation attentiveness in response to increased food availability. Ibis 152(1): 169 - 172. (Journal Article)
  • Congdon NM. and Briskie JV. (2010) Effect of population bottlenecks on the egg morphology of introduced birds in New Zealand. Ibis 152(1): 136 - 144. (Journal Article)
  • Heber S. and Briskie JV. (2010) Population Bottlenecks and Increased Hatching Failure in Endangered Birds. Conservation Biology 24(6): 1674 - 1678. (Journal Article)
  • Ranjard L., Anderson MG., Rayner MJ., Payne RB., McLean I., Briskie JV., Ross HA., Brunton DH., Woolley SMN. and Hauber ME. (2010) Bioacoustic distances between the begging calls of brood parasites and their host species: A comparison of metrics and techniques. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 64(11): 1915 - 1926. (Journal Article)
  • Rivers JW., Briskie JV. and Rothstein SI. (2010) Have brood parasitic cowbird nestlings caused the evolution of more intense begging by host nestlings? Animal Behaviour 80(3): E1 - E5. (Journal Article)
  • Briskie JV. (2009) Smith's longspur (Calcarius pictus). In Poole A (Ed.), The Birds of North America Online (2nd ed.) Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology. (Chapter)
  • Hale KA. and Briskie JV. (2009) Rapid recovery of an island population of the threatened South Island Saddleback Philesturnus c. carunculatus after a pathogen outbreak. Bird Conservation International 19(3): 239 - 253. (Journal Article)
  • Martin TE. and Briskie JV. (2009) Predation on Dependent Offspring A Review of the Consequences for Mean Expression and Phenotypic Plasticity in Avian Life History Traits. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1168 201 - 217. (Journal Article)
  • Massaro M., Starling-Windhof A., Briskie JV. and Martin TE. (2008) Introduced Mammalian Predators Induce Behavioural Changes in Parental Care in an Endemic New Zealand Bird. PLoS ONE 3(6): 7. (Journal Article)
  • Atkinson K. and Briskie JV. (2007) Frequency distribution and environmental correlates of plumage polymorphism in the grey fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 34(4): 273 - 281. (Journal Article)
  • Barnett CA. and Briskie JV. (2007) Energetic state and the performance of dawn chorus in silvereyes (Zosterops lateralis). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 61(4): 579 - 587. (Journal Article)
  • Briskie JV. (2007) Direct observations of shining cuckoos (Chrysococcyx lucidus) parasitising and depredating grey warbler (Gerygone igata) nests. Notornis 54(1): 15 - 19. (Journal Article)
  • Briskie JV. and Montgomerie R. (2007) Testis Size, Sperm Size and Sperm Competition. In Jamieson BGM (Ed.), Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Birds. Vol 6A of Series: Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny: 513 - 551. Enfield: Science Publishers. (Chapter)
  • Hale K. and Briskie JV. (2007) Response of introduced European birds in New Zealand to experimental brood parasitism. Journal of Avian Biology 38(2): 198 - 204. (Journal Article)
  • Hale K. and Briskie JV. (2007) Response of introduced European birds in New Zealand to experimental brood parasitism. Journal of Avian Biology 38(2): 198 - 204. (Journal Article)
  • Hale KA. and Briskie JV. (2007) Challenges to understanding the consequences of population bottlenecks for the conservation of endangered wildlife. Animal Conservation 10(1): 19 - 21. (Journal Article)
  • Hale KA. and Briskie JV. (2007) Decreased immunocompetence in a severely bottlenecked population of an endemic New Zealand bird. Animal Conservation 10(1): 2 - 10. (Journal Article)
  • Montgomerie R. and Briskie J. (2007) Anatomy and Evolution of Copulatory Structures. In Jamieson BGM (Ed.), Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Birds: 115 - 148. Enfield: Science Publishers. (Chapter)
  • Briskie JV. (2006) Introduced birds as model systems for the conservation of endangered native birds. Auk 123(4): 949 - 957. (Journal Article)
  • Jamieson IG., Wallis GP. and Briskie JV. (2006) Inbreeding and endangered species management: Is New Zealand out of step with the rest of the world? Conservation Biology 20(1): 38 - 47. (Journal Article)
  • Jamieson IG., Wallis GP. and Briskie JV. (2006) Inbreeding and endangered species management: Is New Zealand out of step with the rest of the world? Conservation Biology 20(1): 38 - 47. (Journal Article)
  • Mackintosh MA. and Briskie JV. (2005) High levels of hatching failure in an insular population of the South Island robin: a consequence of food limitation? Biological Conservation 122(3): 409 - 416. (Journal Article)
  • Whyte BI., Didham RK. and Briskie JV. (2005) The effects of forest edge and nest height on nest predation in two differing New Zealand forest habitats. New Zealand Natural Sciences 30 19 - 34. (Journal Article)
  • Briskie JV. and Mackintosh M. (2004) Hatching failure increases with severity of population bottlenecks in birds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States 101(2): 558 - 561. (Journal Article)
  • Briskie JV. (2003) Egg rejection and host specificity in New Zealand cuckoos. The Condor 105(4): 719 - 727. (Journal Article)
  • Briskie JV. (2003) Frequency of egg rejection by potential hosts of the New Zealand Cuckoos. Condor 105(4): 719 - 727. (Journal Article)
  • Kearvall JC. and Briskie JV. (2003) Similarity of chatter calls between orange-fronted parakeet and yellow-crowned parakeet. Ibis 145(2): 333 - 336. (Journal Article)
  • Kearvell JC. and Briskie JV. (2003) Similarity of chatter calls between Orange-fronted Parakeet Cyanoramphus malherbi and Yellow-crowned Parakeet C-auriceps. Ibis 145(2): 333 - 336. (Journal Article)
  • Rivers JW. and Briskie JV. (2003) Lack of sperm production and sperm storage by arctic-nesting shorebirds during spring migration. Ibis 145(1): 61 - 66. (Journal Article)
  • Briskie JV. and Montgomerie R. (2001) Efficient copulation and the evolutionary loss of the avian intromittent organ. Journal of Avian Biology 32(2): 184 - 187. (Journal Article)
  • Briskie JV. (1999) Song variation and the structure of local song dialects in the polygynandrous Smith's Longspur. Canadian Journal of Zoology 77(10): 1587 - 1594. (Journal Article)
  • Briskie JV., Martin PR. and Martin TE. (1999) Nest predation and the evolution of nestling begging calls. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 266(1434): 2153 - 2159. (Journal Article)
  • Johnson DDP. and Briskie JV. (1999) Sperm competition and sperm length in shorebirds. Condor 101(4): 848 - 854. (Journal Article)
  • Yezerinac SM., Gibbs HL., Briskie JV., Whittam R. and Montgomerie R. (1999) Extrapair paternity in a far northern population of Yellow Warblers Dendroica petechia. Journal of Avian Biology 30(2): 234 - 237. (Journal Article)
  • Briskie JV. (1998) Avian genitalia. Auk 115(4): 826 - 828. (Journal Article)
  • Briskie JV. (1998) Why kissing is for the birds. Nature Australia 26(3): 24 - 29. (Journal Article)
  • Briskie JV., Montgomerie R., Põldmaa T. and Boag PT. (1998) Paternity and paternal care in the polygynandrous Smith's longspur. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 43(3): 181 - 190. (Journal Article)
  • Birkhead TR., Briskie JV., Lifjeld JT. and Slagsvold T. (1997) Breeding-cycle patterns of sperm storage in the pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca). Auk 114(4): 792 - 796. (Journal Article)
  • Briskie JV. and Montgomerie R. (1997) Sexual selection and the intromittent organ of birds. Journal of Avian Biology 28(1): 73 - 86. (Journal Article)
  • Briskie JV., Montgomerie R. and Birkhead TR. (1997) The evolution of sperm size in birds. Evolution; international journal of organic evolution 51(3): 937 - 945. (Journal Article)
  • Briskie JV. (1996) Lack of sperm storage by female migrants and the significance of copulations en route. Condor 98(2): 414 - 417. (Journal Article)
  • Briskie JV. (1996) Spatiotemporal patterns of sperm storage and last-male sperm precedence in birds. Functional Ecology 10(3): 375 - 383. (Journal Article)
  • Moller AP. and Briskie JV. (1995) Extra-pair paternity, sperm competition and the evolution of testis size in birds. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 36(5): 357 - 365. (Journal Article)
  • BRISKIE JV. (1994) Seasonal patterns of sperm storage in the Yellow‐headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus. Ibis 136(3): 323 - 330. (Journal Article)
  • Briskie JV., Naugler CT. and Leech SM. (1994) Begging intensity of nestling birds varies with sibling relatedness. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 258(1351): 73 - 78. (Journal Article)
  • Kempenaers B., Plompen W. and Briskie JV. (1994) Patterns of sperm storage in two species of tits. Ardea 82(1): 185 - 192. (Journal Article)
  • Birkhead TR., Briskie JV. and Møller AP. (1993) Male sperm reserves and copulation frequency in birds. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 32(2): 85 - 93. (Journal Article)
  • Briskie JV. and Montgomerie R. (1992) Sperm size and sperm competition in birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 247(1319): 89 - 95. (Journal Article)
  • Briskie JV., Sealy SG. and Hobson KA. (1992) Behavioural defenses against avian brood parasitism in sympatric and allopatric host populations. Evolution; international journal of organic evolution 46(2): 334 - 340. (Journal Article)
  • Briskie JV., Sealy SG. and Hobson KA. (1990) Differential parasitism of least flycatchers and yellow warblers by the brown-headed cowbird. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 27(6): 403 - 410. (Journal Article)
  • Briskie JV. and Sealy SG. (1989) Changes in Nest Defense against a Brood Parasite over the Breeding Cycle. Ethology 82(1): 61 - 67. (Journal Article)
  • Briskie JV. and Sealy SG. (1989) Nest-failure and the evolution of hatching asynchrony in the least flycatcher. Journal of Animal Ecology 58(2): 653 - 665. (Journal Article)
  • BRISKIE JAMESV. (1900) Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus). In Poole A; Gill F (Ed.). (Chapter)