Jim Briskie

ProfessorJim Briskie

Behavioural Ecology
Julius von Haast 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

  • Khwaja N., Briskie JV. and Hatchwell BJ. (2019) Individuality, kin similarity and experimental playback of contact calls in cooperatively breeding riflemen. New Zealand Journal of Zoology http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03014223.2019.1587477.
  • Khwaja N., Preston SAJ., Briskie JV. and Hatchwell BJ. (2018) Testing the predictions of sex allocation hypotheses in dimorphic, cooperatively breeding riflemen. Ecology and Evolution 8(7): 3693-3701. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3934.
  • Nelson NJ., Briskie JV., Constantine R., Monks J., Wallis GP., Watts C. and Wotton DM. (2018) The winners: species that have benefited from 30 years of conservation action. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03036758.2018.1518249.
  • Osinubi S., McGraw K., Ottosson U., Brown J., Briskie J. and Chapman H. (2018) Carotenoid-based plumage pigmentation and concentration as a function of sex and habitat type in the Yellow-breasted Boubou Laniarius atroflavus. Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology 89(3): 259-264.
  • 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.