UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Professor Jim Briskie

Biological Sciences

Fields of Research

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

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. 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.

Subject Area: Disciplines

Research Groups

Student Supervision

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    Completed
  • PhD - Allen S: 2004-PhD/DMA/EdD-Allen, Sophy (2008)
  • PhD - Atkinson K: 2001-PhD/DMA/EdD-Atkinson, Kathryn (2004)
  • PhD - Azzani L: 2011-PhD/DMA/EdD-Azzani, Laura (2015)
  • PhD - Boren L: 2002-PhD/DMA/EdD-Boren, Laura (2005)
  • PhD - Brockerhoff A: 1999-PhD/DMA/EdD-Brockerhoff, Annette (2002)
  • PhD - Cate J: 2009-PhD/DMA/EdD-Cate, Jenipher (2012)
  • PhD - Congdon N: 2006-PhD/DMA/EdD-Congdon, Nicola (2010)
  • PhD - Debruyne C: 2004-PhD/DMA/EdD-Debruyne, Christine (2008)
  • PhD - Deppe L: 2009-PhD/DMA/EdD-Deppe, Lorna (2012)
  • PhD - Hale K: 2003-PhD/DMA/EdD-Hale, Katrina (2007)
  • PhD - Heber S: 2008-PhD/DMA/EdD-Heber, Sol (2012)
  • PhD - Irving P: 2003-PhD/DMA/EdD-Irving, Patrice (2010)
  • PhD - Morley C: 1997-PhD/DMA/EdD-Morley, Craig (1999)
  • PhD - Muller W: 2005-PhD/DMA/EdD-Muller, Wiebke (2010)
  • PhD - Osinubi T: 2008-PhD/DMA/EdD-Osinubi, Temidayo (2012)
  • PhD - Rasmussen J: 2010-PhD/DMA/EdD-Rasmussen, Justin (2013)
  • PhD - Sagnol O: 2010-PhD/DMA/EdD-Sagnol, Ophelie (2013)
  • PhD - Thierry A: 2011-PhD/DMA/EdD-Thierry, Aude (2014)
  • PhD - Todd A: 2000-PhD/DMA/EdD-Todd, Amanda (2003)
  • PhD - Whitehead A: 2006-PhD/DMA/EdD-Whitehead, Amy (2009)
  • PhD - Wyman T: 2010-PhD/DMA/EdD-Wyman, Tarryn (2013)
  • Masters - Barnett C: 1999-Masters Thesis-Barnett, Craig (2001)
  • Masters - Burford M: 2009-Masters Thesis-Burford, Miles (2011)
  • Masters - Burrows B: 2004-Masters Thesis-Burrows, Ben (2006)
  • Masters - Byrne A: 1998-Masters Thesis-Byrne, Amanda (1999)
  • Masters - Dowell S: 2003-Masters Thesis-Dowell, Sacha (2005)
  • Masters - Dumont T: 2010-Masters Thesis-Dumont, Terra (2015)
  • Masters - Ertel C: 2006-Masters Thesis-Ertel, Catherine (2008)
  • Masters - Fluen T: 2006-Masters Thesis-Fluen, Thomas (2008)
  • Masters - Iles J: 2010-Masters Thesis-Iles, Jenifer (2012)
  • Masters - Johnston R: 1998-Masters Thesis-Johnston, Rachel (1999)
  • Masters - MacFarlane A: 2010-Masters Thesis-MacFarlane, Archie (2012)
  • Masters - Mackintosh M: 2001-Masters Thesis-Mackintosh, Myles (2003)
  • Masters - Mangen L: 2002-Masters Thesis-Mangen, Lina (2003)
  • Masters - Moss K: 1998-Masters Thesis-Moss, Kirsten (1999)
  • Masters - Peterson A: Short and long term effects of aerial 1080 on forest birds (2013)
  • Masters - Stanbury M: 2008-Masters Thesis-Stanbury, Mailee (2010)
  • Masters - Starling A: 2004-Masters Thesis-Starling, Amanda (2006)
  • Masters - Taylor J: 2010-Masters Thesis-Taylor, Jan (2012)
  • Masters - Tibble K: 2009-Masters Thesis-Tibble, Kieran (2011)
  • Masters - Weston K: 2007-Masters Thesis-Weston, Kerry (2009)
  • Masters - White R: 2012-Masters Thesis-White, Robyn (2013)
  • Honours - Brindle C: 1999-Honours-Brindle, Chelsea (1999)
  • Honours - Congdon N: The effects of population bottleneck severity on the egg morphology of introduced bird species in New Zealand (2005)
  • Honours - Lloyd-Jones D: Wattle function and territoriality in the South Island saddleback (Philesturnus carunculatus) (2014)
  • Honours - Russ A: 2002-Honours-Russ, Aaron (2002)
  • Honours - Whyte B: 2002-Honours-Whyte, Belinda (2002)

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 26(10): 2660-2673. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.14063. (Journal Articles)
  • 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. (Journal Articles)
  • 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. (Chapters)
  • 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. (Journal Articles)
  • 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. (Journal Articles)
  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-41674-8_12. (Chapters)
  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/beheco/arw087. (Journal Articles)
  • Briskie JV. (2015) The Book of Eggs: A Life-Size Guide to the Eggs of Six Hundred of the World's Bird Species. Journal of Field Ornithology 86(3): 280-282. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jofo.12108. [Book Review]. (Other)
  • MacFarlane AET., Kelly D. and Briskie JV. (2015) Introduced blackbirds and song thrushes: Useful substitutes for lost mid-sized native frugivores, or weed vectors? New Zealand Journal of Ecology 40(1) (Journal Articles)
  • 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 Articles)
  • Deppe L., McGregory KR., 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps10624. (Journal Articles)
  • Mackinven K. and Briskie JV. (2014) Differential feather wear in the polymorphic New Zealand fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa - a selective advantage of melanism? Emu 114: 154-159. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MU13047. (Journal Articles)
  • 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 Articles)
  • 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 of Ornithology 154(4): 1127-1133. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10336-013-0978-8. (Journal Articles)
  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MU12086. (Journal Articles)
  • 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 Articles)
  • 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) 20122228 http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2012.2228. (Journal Articles)
  • 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) e79066: 7. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0079066. (Journal Articles)
  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/acv.12007. (Journal Articles)
  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.12448. (Journal Articles)
  • Cash W. and Briskie JV. (2012) Abnormally long bill in a South Island saddleback (Philesturnus carunculatus). Notornis 59(1-2): 88-89. (Journal Articles)
  • 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) e43113 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0043113. (Journal Articles)
  • Osinubi ST., Briskie J., Ottosson U., Brown JA. and 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 Oct 2012 (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • 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 Articles)
  • 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. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 64(11): 1915-1926. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00265-010-1065-2. (Journal Articles)
  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2010.02.016. (Journal Articles)
  • Starling-Windhof A., Massaro M. and Briskie JV. (2010) Differential effects of exotic predator-control on nest success of native and introduced birds in New Zealand. Biological Invasions 13(4): 1021-1028. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10530-010-9886-5. (Journal Articles)
  • 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. (Chapters)
  • 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: 239-253. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0959270909008193. (Journal Articles)
  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.04577.x. (Journal Articles)
  • 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) e2331 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0002331. (Journal Articles)
  • Tarof S. and Briskie JV. (2008) Least flycatcher (Empidonax minimus). In Poole A (Ed.), The Birds of North America Online (2nd ed.) Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology. http://dx.doi.org/10.2173/bna.99. (Chapters)
  • 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: 273-281. (Journal Articles)
  • Barnett CA. and Briskie JV. (2007) Energetic state and the performance of dawn chorus in silvereyes (Zosterops lateralis). Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 61: 579-587. (Journal Articles)
  • Briskie JV. (2007) Direct observations of shining cuckoos (Chrysococcyx lucidus) parasitising and depredating grey warbler (Gerygone igata) nests. Notornis 54: 15-19. (Journal Articles)
  • 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. (Chapters)
  • Hale KA. and Briskie JV. (2007) Challenges to understanding the consequences of population bottlenecks for the conservation of endangered wildlife. Animal Conservation 10: 19-21. (Journal Articles)
  • Hale KA. and Briskie JV. (2007) Response of introduced European birds in New Zealand to experimental brood parasitism. Journal of Avian Biology 38: 198-204. (Journal Articles)
  • 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. (Chapters)
  • 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 Articles)
  • 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 Articles)
  • Briskie JV. and Mackintosh M. (2004) Hatching failure increases with severity of population bottlenecks in birds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 101(2): 558-561. (Journal Articles)
  • Briskie JV. (2003) Egg rejection and host specificity in New Zealand cuckoos. The Condor 105(4): 719-727. (Journal Articles)
  • Briskie JV. (2003) Frequency of egg rejection by potential hosts of the New Zealand Cuckoos. Condor 105(4): 719-727. (Journal Articles)
  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1474-919X.2003.00156.x. (Journal Articles)
  • Rivers JR. and Briskie JV. (2003) Lack of sperm production and sperm storage by arctic-nesting shorebirds during spring migration. Ibis 145(1): 61-66. (Journal Articles)
  • 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 Articles)
  • Briskie JV. (1999) Song variation and the structure of local song dialects in the polygynandrous Smith's Longspur.. Canadian Journal of Zoology 77: 1587-1594. (Journal Articles)
  • Briskie JV., Martin PR. and Martin TE. (1999) Nest predation and the evolution of nestling begging calls. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B 266: 2153-2219. (Journal Articles)
  • Johnson DDP. and Briskie JV. (1999) Sperm competition and sperm length in shorebirds. The Condor 101: 848-854. (Journal Articles)
  • 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 Articles)
  • Briskie JV. (1998) Avian genitalia. The Auk 115(4): 826-828. (Journal Articles)
  • Briskie JV. (1998) Why kissing is for the birds. Nature Australia 26(3): 24-29. (Journal Articles)
  • Briskie JV., Montgomerie R., Poldmaa T. and Boag PT. (1998) Paternity and paternal care in the polygynandrous Smith's longspur. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 43: 181-190. (Journal Articles)
  • 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 Articles)
  • Briskie JV. and Montgomerie R. (1997) Sexual selection and the intromittent organ of birds. Journal of Avian Biology 28(1): 73-86. (Journal Articles)
  • Briskie JV., Montgomerie R. and Birkhead TR. (1997) The evolution of sperm size in birds. Evolution 51(3): 937-945. (Journal Articles)
  • Briskie JV. (1996) Lack of sperm storage by female migrants and the significance of copulations en route. Condor 98(2): 414-417. (Journal Articles)
  • Briskie JV. (1996) Spatiotemporal patterns of sperm storage and last-male sperm precedence in birds. Functional Ecology 10(3): 375-383. (Journal Articles)
  • Briskie JV. (1995) Nesting biology of the Yellow Warbler at the northern limit of its range. Journal of Field Ornithology 66(4): 531-543. (Journal Articles)
  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF00167797. (Journal Articles)
  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.1994.0144. (Journal Articles)
  • Kempenaers B., Plompen W. and Briskie JV. (1994) Patterns of sperm storage in two species of tits. Ardea -Wageningen- 82(1): 185-192. (Journal Articles)
  • Birkhead TR., Briskie JV. and Møller AP. (1993) Male sperm reserves and copulation frequency in birds. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 32(2): 85-93. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF00164040. (Journal Articles)
  • Briskie JV. (1993) Anatomical adaptations to sperm competition in Smith's longspurs and other polygynandrous passerines. Auk 110(4): 875-888. (Journal Articles)
  • Briskie JV. and Birkhead TR. (1993) A review of the methods used to study the anatomy of avian sperm storage. Ornis Scandinavica 24(4): 323-329. http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3676795. (Journal Articles)
  • Briskie JV. and Montgomerie R. (1993) Patterns of sperm storage in relation to sperm competition in passerine birds. Condor 95(2): 442-454. http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1369366. (Journal Articles)
  • Briskie JV. (1992) Copulation patterns and sperm competition in the polygynandrous Smith's longspur. Auk 109(3): 563-575. (Journal Articles)
  • 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 Articles)
  • Briskie JV., Sealy SG. and Hobson KA. (1992) Behavioural defenses against avian brood parasitism in sympatric and allopatric host populations. Evolution 46(2): 334-340. (Journal Articles)
  • Briskie JV. and Sealy SG. (1990) Evolution of short incubation period in the parasitic cowbirds, Molothrus spp.. Auk 107(4): 789-794. (Journal Articles)
  • Briskie JV. and Sealy SG. (1990) Variation in size and shape of least flycatcher eggs. Journal of Field Ornithology 61(2): 180-191. (Journal Articles)
  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF00164066. (Journal Articles)
  • Briskie JV. and Sealy SG. (1989) Determination of clutch size in the least flycatcher. Auk 106(2): 269-278. (Journal Articles)
  • 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 Articles)
  • Sealy SG., Hobson KA. and Briskie JV. (1989) Responses of yellow warblers to experimental intraspecific brood parasitism. Journal of Field Ornithology 60(2): 224-229. (Journal Articles)
  • Briskie JV. and Sealy SG. (1988) Nest re-use and egg burial in the least flycatcher, Empidonax minimus. Canadian Field-Naturalist 102(4): 729-731. (Journal Articles)
  • Briskie JV. and Sealy SG. (1987) Polygyny and double-brooding in the least flycatcher. Wilson Bulletin -Morgantown then Columbus- Ornithological Bulletin- 99(3): 492-494. (Journal Articles)
  • Briskie JV. and Sealy SG. (1987) Responses of least flycatchers to experimental interspecific and intraspecific brood parasitism. Condor 89(4): 899-901. http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1368538. (Journal Articles)
  • Sealy SG., Briskie JV. and Biermann GC. (1986) Deaths of female passerine birds on their nests while incubating. Journal of Field Ornithology 57(4): 315-317. (Journal Articles)