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Reconciling ecogeographical rules: rainfall and temperature predict global colour variation in the largest bird radiation.

Delhey K, Dale J, Valcu M, Kempenaers B.

Ecol Lett. 2019 Feb 18. doi: 10.1111/ele.13233. [Epub ahead of print]


Life history shapes variation in egg composition in the blue tit Cyanistes caeruleus.

Valcu CM, Scheltema RA, Schweiggert RM, Valcu M, Teltscher K, Walther DM, Carle R, Kempenaers B.

Commun Biol. 2019 Jan 4;2:6. doi: 10.1038/s42003-018-0247-8. eCollection 2019.


Meta-analysis challenges a textbook example of status signalling and demonstrates publication bias.

Sánchez-Tójar A, Nakagawa S, Sánchez-Fortún M, Martin DA, Ramani S, Girndt A, Bókony V, Kempenaers B, Liker A, Westneat DF, Burke T, Schroeder J.

Elife. 2018 Nov 13;7. pii: e37385. doi: 10.7554/eLife.37385.


Complete brood failure in an altricial bird is almost always associated with the sudden and permanent disappearance of a parent.

Santema P, Kempenaers B.

J Anim Ecol. 2018 Sep;87(5):1239-1250. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12848. Epub 2018 Jun 12.


Interference competition pressure predicts the number of avian predators that shifted their timing of activity.

Pei Y, Valcu M, Kempenaers B.

Proc Biol Sci. 2018 Jun 13;285(1880). pii: 20180744. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2018.0744.


Evolution of genomic variation in the burrowing owl in response to recent colonization of urban areas.

Mueller JC, Kuhl H, Boerno S, Tella JL, Carrete M, Kempenaers B.

Proc Biol Sci. 2018 May 16;285(1878). pii: 20180206. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2018.0206.


Inheritance patterns of plumage coloration in common buzzards Buteo buteo do not support a one-locus two-allele model.

Kappers EF, de Vries C, Alberda A, Forstmeier W, Both C, Kempenaers B.

Biol Lett. 2018 Apr;14(4). pii: 20180007. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2018.0007.


Irreproducible text-book "knowledge": The effects of color bands on zebra finch fitness.

Wang D, Forstmeier W, Ihle M, Khadraoui M, Jerónimo S, Martin K, Kempenaers B.

Evolution. 2018 Apr;72(4):961-976. doi: 10.1111/evo.13459. Epub 2018 Mar 25.


Linking the fine-scale social environment to mating decisions: a future direction for the study of extra-pair paternity.

Maldonado-Chaparro AA, Montiglio PO, Forstmeier W, Kempenaers B, Farine DR.

Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc. 2018 Aug;93(3):1558-1577. doi: 10.1111/brv.12408. Epub 2018 Mar 13.


Variation in fine-scale genetic structure and local dispersal patterns between peripheral populations of a South American passerine bird.

Botero-Delgadillo E, Quirici V, Poblete Y, Cuevas É, Kuhn S, Girg A, Teltscher K, Poulin E, Kempenaers B, Vásquez RA.

Ecol Evol. 2017 Sep 8;7(20):8363-8378. doi: 10.1002/ece3.3342. eCollection 2017 Oct.


A sex-chromosome inversion causes strong overdominance for sperm traits that affect siring success.

Knief U, Forstmeier W, Pei Y, Ihle M, Wang D, Martin K, Opatová P, Albrechtová J, Wittig M, Franke A, Albrecht T, Kempenaers B.

Nat Ecol Evol. 2017 Aug;1(8):1177-1184. doi: 10.1038/s41559-017-0236-1. Epub 2017 Jul 17.


Flexible parental care: Uniparental incubation in biparentally incubating shorebirds.

Bulla M, Prüter H, Vitnerová H, Tijsen W, Sládeček M, Alves JA, Gilg O, Kempenaers B.

Sci Rep. 2017 Oct 16;7(1):12851. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-13005-y.


Sleep research goes wild: new methods and approaches to investigate the ecology, evolution and functions of sleep.

Rattenborg NC, de la Iglesia HO, Kempenaers B, Lesku JA, Meerlo P, Scriba MF.

Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2017 Nov 19;372(1734). pii: 20160251. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2016.0251. Review.


Selection on a behaviour-related gene during the first stages of the biological invasion pathway.

Mueller JC, Edelaar P, Baños-Villalba A, Carrete M, Potti J, Blas J, Tella JL, Kempenaers B.

Mol Ecol. 2017 Nov;26(21):6110-6121. doi: 10.1111/mec.14353. Epub 2017 Oct 10.


No mutual mate choice for quality in zebra finches: Time to question a widely held assumption.

Wang D, Forstmeier W, Kempenaers B.

Evolution. 2017 Nov;71(11):2661-2676. doi: 10.1111/evo.13341. Epub 2017 Oct 30.


Singing from North to South: Latitudinal variation in timing of dawn singing under natural and artificial light conditions.

Da Silva A, Kempenaers B.

J Anim Ecol. 2017 Oct;86(6):1286-1297. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12739. Epub 2017 Sep 18.


Experimental illumination of a forest: no effects of lights of different colours on the onset of the dawn chorus in songbirds.

Da Silva A, de Jong M, van Grunsven RH, Visser ME, Kempenaers B, Spoelstra K.

R Soc Open Sci. 2017 Jan 11;4(1):160638. doi: 10.1098/rsos.160638. eCollection 2017 Jan.


Testing the phenotype-linked fertility hypothesis in the presence and absence of inbreeding.

Forstmeier W, Ihle M, Opatová P, Martin K, Knief U, Albrechtová J, Albrecht T, Kempenaers B.

J Evol Biol. 2017 May;30(5):968-976. doi: 10.1111/jeb.13062. Epub 2017 Apr 5.


Association mapping of morphological traits in wild and captive zebra finches: reliable within, but not between populations.

Knief U, Schielzeth H, Backström N, Hemmrich-Stanisak G, Wittig M, Franke A, Griffith SC, Ellegren H, Kempenaers B, Forstmeier W.

Mol Ecol. 2017 Mar;26(5):1285-1305. doi: 10.1111/mec.14009. Epub 2017 Feb 6.


Breeding site sampling across the Arctic by individual males of a polygynous shorebird.

Kempenaers B, Valcu M.

Nature. 2017 Jan 26;541(7638):528-531. doi: 10.1038/nature20813. Epub 2017 Jan 9.


Unexpected diversity in socially synchronized rhythms of shorebirds.

Bulla M, Valcu M, Dokter AM, Dondua AG, Kosztolányi A, Rutten AL, Helm B, Sandercock BK, Casler B, Ens BJ, Spiegel CS, Hassell CJ, Küpper C, Minton C, Burgas D, Lank DB, Payer DC, Loktionov EY, Nol E, Kwon E, Smith F, Gates HR, Vitnerová H, Prüter H, Johnson JA, St Clair JJ, Lamarre JF, Rausch J, Reneerkens J, Conklin JR, Burger J, Liebezeit J, Bêty J, Coleman JT, Figuerola J, Hooijmeijer JC, Alves JA, Smith JA, Weidinger K, Koivula K, Gosbell K, Exo KM, Niles L, Koloski L, McKinnon L, Praus L, Klaassen M, Giroux MA, Sládeček M, Boldenow ML, Goldstein MI, Šálek M, Senner N, Rönkä N, Lecomte N, Gilg O, Vincze O, Johnson OW, Smith PA, Woodard PF, Tomkovich PS, Battley PF, Bentzen R, Lanctot RB, Porter R, Saalfeld ST, Freeman S, Brown SC, Yezerinac S, Székely T, Montalvo T, Piersma T, Loverti V, Pakanen VM, Tijsen W, Kempenaers B.

Nature. 2016 Dec 1;540(7631):109-113. doi: 10.1038/nature20563. Epub 2016 Nov 23.


Meiotic recombination shapes precision of pedigree- and marker-based estimates of inbreeding.

Knief U, Kempenaers B, Forstmeier W.

Heredity (Edinb). 2017 Mar;118(3):239-248. doi: 10.1038/hdy.2016.95. Epub 2016 Nov 2.


Fitness consequences of polymorphic inversions in the zebra finch genome.

Knief U, Hemmrich-Stanisak G, Wittig M, Franke A, Griffith SC, Kempenaers B, Forstmeier W.

Genome Biol. 2016 Sep 29;17(1):199.


Sources of (co)variation in alternative siring routes available to male great tits (Parus major).

Araya-Ajoy YG, Kuhn S, Mathot KJ, Mouchet A, Mutzel A, Nicolaus M, Wijmenga JJ, Kempenaers B, Dingemanse NJ.

Evolution. 2016 Oct;70(10):2308-2321. doi: 10.1111/evo.13024. Epub 2016 Aug 21.


Do great tits (Parus major) suppress basal metabolic rate in response to increased perceived predation danger? A field experiment.

Mathot KJ, Abbey-Lee RN, Kempenaers B, Dingemanse NJ.

Physiol Behav. 2016 Oct 1;164(Pt A):400-6. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2016.06.029. Epub 2016 Jun 21.


Inbreeding depression of sperm traits in the zebra finch Taeniopygia guttata.

Opatová P, Ihle M, Albrechtová J, Tomášek O, Kempenaers B, Forstmeier W, Albrecht T.

Ecol Evol. 2015 Dec 29;6(1):295-304. doi: 10.1002/ece3.1868. eCollection 2016 Jan.


Genetic Correlates of Individual Differences in Sleep Behavior of Free-Living Great Tits (Parus major).

Stuber EF, Baumgartner C, Dingemanse NJ, Kempenaers B, Mueller JC.

G3 (Bethesda). 2016 Jan 6;6(3):599-607. doi: 10.1534/g3.115.024216.


The effects of life history and sexual selection on male and female plumage colouration.

Dale J, Dey CJ, Delhey K, Kempenaers B, Valcu M.

Nature. 2015 Nov 19;527(7578):367-70. doi: 10.1038/nature15509. Epub 2015 Nov 4.


Fitness Benefits of Mate Choice for Compatibility in a Socially Monogamous Species.

Ihle M, Kempenaers B, Forstmeier W.

PLoS Biol. 2015 Sep 14;13(9):e1002248. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002248. eCollection 2015.


Characterization of the genome and transcriptome of the blue tit Cyanistes caeruleus: polymorphisms, sex-biased expression and selection signals.

Mueller JC, Kuhl H, Timmermann B, Kempenaers B.

Mol Ecol Resour. 2016 Mar;16(2):549-61. doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.12450. Epub 2015 Aug 10.


A prezygotic transmission distorter acting equally in female and male zebra finches Taeniopygia guttata.

Knief U, Schielzeth H, Ellegren H, Kempenaers B, Forstmeier W.

Mol Ecol. 2015 Aug;24(15):3846-59. doi: 10.1111/mec.13281. Epub 2015 Jul 17.


Effects of nocturnal illumination on life-history decisions and fitness in two wild songbird species.

de Jong M, Ouyang JQ, Da Silva A, van Grunsven RH, Kempenaers B, Visser ME, Spoelstra K.

Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2015 May 5;370(1667). pii: 20140128. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2014.0128.


Light pollution alters the phenology of dawn and dusk singing in common European songbirds.

Da Silva A, Valcu M, Kempenaers B.

Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2015 May 5;370(1667). pii: 20140126. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2014.0126.


Biparental incubation-scheduling: no experimental evidence for major energetic constraints.

Bulla M, Cresswell W, Rutten AL, Valcu M, Kempenaers B.

Behav Ecol. 2015 Jan-Feb;26(1):30-37. Epub 2014 Sep 3.


Quantifying realized inbreeding in wild and captive animal populations.

Knief U, Hemmrich-Stanisak G, Wittig M, Franke A, Griffith SC, Kempenaers B, Forstmeier W.

Heredity (Edinb). 2015 Apr;114(4):397-403. doi: 10.1038/hdy.2014.116. Epub 2015 Jan 14.


Does coping style predict optimization? An experimental test in a wild passerine bird.

Nicolaus M, Mathot KJ, Araya-Ajoy YG, Mutzel A, Wijmenga JJ, Kempenaers B, Dingemanse NJ.

Proc Biol Sci. 2015 Jan 22;282(1799):20142405. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2405.


Carotenoid-based bill coloration functions as a social, not sexual, signal in songbirds (Aves: Passeriformes).

Dey CJ, Valcu M, Kempenaers B, Dale J.

J Evol Biol. 2015 Jan;28(1):250-8. doi: 10.1111/jeb.12560. Epub 2015 Jan 6.


Spatial patterns of extra-pair paternity: beyond paternity gains and losses.

Schlicht L, Valcu M, Kempenaers B.

J Anim Ecol. 2015 Mar;84(2):518-31. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12293. Epub 2014 Oct 23.


Female extra-pair mating: adaptation or genetic constraint?

Forstmeier W, Nakagawa S, Griffith SC, Kempenaers B.

Trends Ecol Evol. 2014 Aug;29(8):456-64. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2014.05.005. Epub 2014 Jun 6. Review.


Behaviour-related DRD4 polymorphisms in invasive bird populations.

Mueller JC, Edelaar P, Carrete M, Serrano D, Potti J, Blas J, Dingemanse NJ, Kempenaers B, Tella JL.

Mol Ecol. 2014 Jun;23(11):2876-85. doi: 10.1111/mec.12763. Epub 2014 May 17.


Female mating preferences and offspring survival: testing hypotheses on the genetic basis of mate choice in a wild lekking bird.

Sardell RJ, Kempenaers B, Duval EH.

Mol Ecol. 2014 Feb;23(4):933-46. doi: 10.1111/mec.12652.


Biparental incubation patterns in a high-Arctic breeding shorebird: how do pairs divide their duties?

Bulla M, Valcu M, Rutten AL, Kempenaers B.

Behav Ecol. 2014 Jan;25(1):152-164. Epub 2013 Oct 29.


Parental provisioning behaviour plays a key role in linking personality with reproductive success.

Mutzel A, Dingemanse NJ, Araya-Ajoy YG, Kempenaers B.

Proc Biol Sci. 2013 Jun 19;280(1764):20131019. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.1019. Print 2013 Aug 7.


When the sun never sets: diverse activity rhythms under continuous daylight in free-living arctic-breeding birds.

Steiger SS, Valcu M, Spoelstra K, Helm B, Wikelski M, Kempenaers B.

Proc Biol Sci. 2013 Jun 19;280(1764):20131016. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.1016. Print 2013 Aug 7.


Basal metabolic rate can evolve independently of morphological and behavioural traits.

Mathot KJ, Martin K, Kempenaers B, Forstmeier W.

Heredity (Edinb). 2013 Sep;111(3):175-81. doi: 10.1038/hdy.2013.35. Epub 2013 May 1.


Effects of social and extra-pair mating on sexual selection in blue tits (cyanistes caeruleus).

Schlicht E, Kempenaers B.

Evolution. 2013 May;67(5):1420-34. doi: 10.1111/evo.12073. Epub 2013 Mar 21.


Haplotype structure, adaptive history and associations with exploratory behaviour of the DRD4 gene region in four great tit (Parus major) populations.

Mueller JC, Korsten P, Hermannstaedter C, Feulner T, Dingemanse NJ, Matthysen E, van Oers K, van Overveld T, Patrick SC, Quinn JL, Riemenschneider M, Tinbergen JM, Kempenaers B.

Mol Ecol. 2013 May;22(10):2797-809. doi: 10.1111/mec.12282. Epub 2013 Mar 18.


The genetic rescue of two bottlenecked South Island robin populations using translocations of inbred donors.

Heber S, Varsani A, Kuhn S, Girg A, Kempenaers B, Briskie J.

Proc Biol Sci. 2012 Dec 12;280(1752):20122228. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.2228. Print 2013 Feb 7.


Experimental evidence for adaptive personalities in a wild passerine bird.

Nicolaus M, Tinbergen JM, Bouwman KM, Michler SP, Ubels R, Both C, Kempenaers B, Dingemanse NJ.

Proc Biol Sci. 2012 Dec 22;279(1749):4885-92. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.1936. Epub 2012 Oct 24.


MHC class I variation in a natural blue tit population (Cyanistes caeruleus).

Wutzler R, Foerster K, Kempenaers B.

Genetica. 2012 Sep;140(7-9):349-64. doi: 10.1007/s10709-012-9679-0. Epub 2012 Oct 17.


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