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

  • Bennet D., Horton T., Goldstien S., Rowe L. and Briskie J. (2019) Flying south: Foraging locations of the Hutton's shearwater (Puffinus huttoni) revealed by Time‐Depth Recorders and GPS tracking. Ecology and Evolution 9(14): 7914-7927. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.5171.
  • Briskie J. (2019) Gamete sharing by "cloacal kissing". In Choe JC (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior (2nd ed.): 505-512. Amsterdam: Academic Press. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-809633-8.90126-2.
  • 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 46(4): 334-347. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03014223.2019.1587477.
  • Khwaja N., Massaro M., Martin TE. and Briskie JV. (2019) Do Parents Synchronise Nest Visits as an Antipredator Adaptation in Birds of New Zealand and Tasmania? Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 7 http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2019.00389.
  • Nelson NJ., Briskie JV., Constantine R., Monks J., Wallis GP., Watts C. and Wotton DM. (2019) The winners: species that have benefited from 30 years of conservation action. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 49(3): 281-300. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03036758.2018.1518249.