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

  • Holdaway RN., Sagar PM. and Briskie JV. (2021) Individual long-distance migrant Chrysococcyx cuckoos repeat carbon and nitrogen stable isotope ratios after moulting in non-breeding range on successive migrations. Notornis 68(1): 65-71.
  • Martin PR. and Briskie JV. (2021) Dominance interactions among New Zealand albatrosses and petrels at ecotourist boats. Notornis 68(1): 51-64.
  • Bennet DG., Horton TW., Goldstien SJ., Rowe L. and Briskie JV. (2020) Seasonal and annual variation in the diving behaviour of Hutton's shearwater (Puffinus huttoni). New Zealand Journal of Zoology 47(4): 300-323. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03014223.2020.1767660.
  • de la Higuera I., Kasun GW., Torrance EL., Pratt AA., Maluenda A., Colombet J., Bisseux M., Ravet V., Dayaram A. and Stainton D. (2020) Unveiling crucivirus diversity by mining metagenomic data. mBio 11(5): 1-17. http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/mBio.01410-20.
  • Macfarlane AET., Khwaja N. and Briskie JV. (2020) A case of alloparental care in the South Island Robin (Petroica australis): Accidental adoption or kin selection? Wilson Journal of Ornithology 132(4): 1048-1053. http://dx.doi.org/10.1676/1559-4491-132.4.1048.