Behavioural Ecology in Animal Populations


Publications from the group.


Morris AMM, Innocent GT, Cunningham EJA, Croft DP, Athanasiadou S, Hutchings MR, Smith LA, (preprint) Social network structure is robust to parasite induced changes in contact behavior.

Lane, J. V., Jeglinski, J. W., Avery‐gomm, S., Ballstaedt, E., Banyard, A. C., Barychka, T., Brown, I. H., Brugger, B., Burt, T. V., Careen, N., Castenschiold, J. H., Christensen‐dalsgaard, S., Clifford, S., Collins, S. M., Cunningham, E., Danielsen, J., Daunt, F., D’entremont, K. J., Doiron, P., ... Votier, S. C. (2023). High pathogenicity avian influenza (H5N1) in Northern Gannets: Global spread, clinical signs, and demographic consequences. Ibis: International Journal of Avian Science. Advance online publication.

Cunningham, Emma JA, Gamble, Amandine, Hart, Tom, Humphreys, Elizabeth M, Philip, Emma, Tyler, Glen and Wood, Matt J.  (2022) The incursion of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) into North Atlantic seabird populations: an interim report from the 15th International Seabird Group conference. Seabird, 34 67-73,

Morris AMM, Innocent GT, Cunningham EJA, Athanasiadou S, Hutchings MR, Smith LA, (2022) Early signals of parasitism expressed through behaviour but modulated by social context, Animal Behaviour,  Volume 193, 157-179,

Hicks, O, Green, JA, Daunt, F, Cunningham EJA, Newall, M Butler, A, Burthe SJ (2019) Sublethal effects of natural parasitism act through maternal but not paternal; reproductive success in wild populations Ecology, vol. 100 DOI 

Granroth-Wilding, H, Daunt, F, Cunningham EJA, Burthe, S (2017) Between-individual variation in nematode burden among juveniles in a wild host. Parasitology, 144(2), 248-258.  DOI 

Granroth-Wilding, HMV, Burthe, S, Lewis, S, Herborn, KA, Takahashi, E, Daunt, F, Cunningham, EJA  Indirect effects of parasitism:costs of infection to other individuals can be greater than direct benefits borne by the host. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282 (1811) DOI 

Granroth-Wilding, HMV, Burthe, S, Lewis, S, Reed, TE, Herborn, KA, Newell, M, Takahashi, E, Daunt, F, Cunningham, EJA (2014) Parasitism in early life: environmental conditions shape intra-brood variation in responses to infection. Ecology and Evolution 4, (DOI 

Coakley, CM, Staszewski, V. Herborn, KA, Cunningham EJA (2014) Factors affecting the levels of protection transferred from mother to offspring following immune challenge. Frontiers in Zoology 11, 46. DOI 

Burthe,S, Newell MA, Goodman G, Butler A, Bregnballe T, Harris E, Wanless S, Cunningham EJA and Daunt F (2013) Endoscopy as a novel method for assessing endoparasite burdens. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 4, 207-216.  DOI 

Reed, TE, Daunt, F, Kiploks, AJ, Burthe, S, Granroth-Wilding, HMV, Takahashi, EA, Wanless, S Cunningham, EJA (2012) Impact of parasites in early life: Contrasting effects on juvenile growth for different family members. PLOS One 7, e32236. DOI:

Staszewski, V, Reece, SE, O’Donell, AJ, Cunningham, EJA (2012) Drug treatment of malaria infections can reduce levels of protection transferred to offspring via maternal immunity. Proc. Roy. Soc. B. 279, 2487-2496. DOI 

Reed, TE, Daunt, F, Hall, ME, Phillips RA, Wanless, S, Cunningham, EJA (2008) Parasite treatment affects maternal investment in sons. Science 321: 1681-1682. DOI 

Reed, TE, Kruuk, LEB, Wanless, S, Frederiksen, M, Cunningham EJA and Harris MP (2007) Reproductive senescence in a long-lived seabird: rates of decline in late life performance are associated with varying costs of early reproduction. American Naturalist 171, 89-10. DOI

Kolm, N., Stein, R.W., Mooers, A.Ø., Cunningham, E.J.A. (2006) Sexual selection can drive female life histories: A comparative study on Galliform birds. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 20, 627-638. DOI 

Reed, T, Wanless, S, Harris M.P., Frederiksen, M. Kruuk, L.E.B. and Cunningham, E.J.A.(2006) Responding to environmental change: individual plasticity is limited by social constraints. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B 273 (1602), 2713-2719. DOI 

Cunningham E. J. A. and Lewis S. (2005) Parasitism of maternal investment selects for increased clutch size and brood reduction in a host. Behavioral Ecology 17, 126-131. DOI:

Cunningham, E.J.A. (2003) Forced copulation or mate choice: Female preferences and subsequent resistance to copulation. Behavioral Ecology 14, 326-333. DOI 

Cunningham, E.J.A. and Russell, A.F. (2001) Sex differences in avian yolk hormone levels. Nature 412, 498-499. DOI 

Cunningham, E.J.A. and Russell, A.F (2001) Differential allocation and ‘good genes’. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 16, 21.  DOI 

Cunningham, E.J.A. and Russell, A.F. (2000) Egg investment is influenced by male attractiveness in the mallard. Nature 404, 74-76. DOI  

Cunningham, E.J.A. and Cheng, K.M (1999) Biases in sperm use in the mallard: no evidence for selection by females based on sperm genotype. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B 266, 905-910. DOI  

Cunningham, E.J.A. and Birkhead, T.R. (1998) Sex roles and sexual selection. Animal Behaviour 56, 1311-1321.  DOI

Cunningham, E.J.A. and Birkhead, T.R. (1997) Female roles in perspective? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 12, 337-338. DOI: 10.1016/s0169-5347(97)01160-9

Birkhead, T.R., Cunningham, E.J.A. and Cheng, K.M. (1996) The insemination window provides a distorted view of sperm competition in birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B 263, 1187-1192. DOI  

Cunningham, E.J., Tierney, J.F. and Huntingford, F.A. (1994) The effect of the cestode Schistocephalus solidus on the food intake and foraging decisions of the three-spined stickleback Gasterosteus aculaetus. Ethology 79, 65-75. DOI