Jim Briskie

ProfessorJim Briskie

Behavioural Ecology
Julius von Haast 345


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

  • Clark BL., Carneiro APB., Pearmain EJ., Rouyer MM., Clay TA., Cowger W., Phillips RA., Manica A., Hazin C. and Eriksen M. (2023) Global assessment of marine plastic exposure risk for oceanic birds. Nature communications 14(1): 3665. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-023-38900-z.
  • Khwaja N., Preston SAJ., Hatchwell BJ. and Briskie JV. (2023) Recruitment, survival and breeding success in a declining rifleman population. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 47(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.20417/nzjecol.47.3507.
  • Basham E., Briskie J. and Martin P. (2022) Variation in foraging strategies of New Zealand albatross species within a dominance hierarchy. New Zealand Journal of Zoology http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03014223.2022.2137534.
  • Bennet DG., Horton TW., Goldstien SJ., Rowe L. and Briskie JV. (2022) At-sea foraging behaviour in Hutton’s shearwater (Puffinus huttoni) as revealed by stable isotope analysis. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 46(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.20417/NZJECOL.46.5.
  • Custer JM., White R., Taylor H., Schmidlin K., Fontenele RS., Stainton D., Kraberger S., Briskie JV. and Varsani A. (2022) Diverse single-stranded DNA viruses identified in New Zealand (Aotearoa) South Island robin (Petroica australis) fecal samples. Virology 565: 38-51. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.virol.2021.10.004.