Key Papers in Ornithology and the Ornithologists Who Wrote Them
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Ornithologist's Name
Recommended Key Paper
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Arhat Abzhanov
Abzhanov et al. The calmodulin pathway and evolution of elongated beak morphology in Darwin's finches.2006. Nature 442:563–567
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Steve Beissinger
Beissinger, S. R., and M. I. Westphal. 1998. On the Use of Demographic Models of Population Viability in Endangered Species Management. The Journal of Wildlife Management 62:821.
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Craig Benkman
Benkman. 1988. On the advantages of crossed mandibles: an experimental approach. Ibis. 130: 288- 293.
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Peter Berhtold
Bertold et al. 1992. Rapid microevolution of migratory behaviour in a wild bird species. Nature 360, 668–670
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Tim BirkheadBirkhead, T., A Møller 1993 Female control of paternity Trends in Ecology & Evolution
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Patty Brennan
Brennan, C.J. Clark, R.O. Prum. 2009. Explosive eversion and functional morphology of the duck penis support sexual conflict in waterfowl genitalia. Proc. Roy. Soc. B 277:
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Charles Brown
Brown, C. R., Brown, M. B., & Rannala, B. (1995). Ectoparasites reduce long-term survival of their avian host. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B, 262(1365), 313-319.
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Nancy Burley
Burley, N. 1986. Sexual selection for aesthetic traits in species with biparental care. The American Naturalist 127: 415 - 445.
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Lynn Carpenter
Carpenter, F. L., and R. E. Macmillen. 1976. Threshold Model of Feeding Territoriality and Test with a Hawaiian Honeycreeper. Science 194:639–642.
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Rachel CarsonCarson, R. (1962). Silent Spring. The New Yorker.
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Joel Cracraft
Cracraft, J. 2001. Avian evolution, Gondwana biogeography and the Cretaceous–Tertiary mass extinction event. Proc. R. Soc. B 268:459–469.
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Humphrey Crick
Crick, H. Q. P., C. Dudley, D. E. Glue, and D. L. Thomson. 1997. UK birds are laying eggs earlier. Nature 388:526–526; Crick, H. Q. P., and T. H. SPARKS. 1999. Climate change related to egg-laying trends. Nature 399:423–423.
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Nick Davies
Davies,N. B., M. De L. Brooke, A. Kacelnik. 1996. Recognition errors and probability of parasitism determine whether reed warblers should accept or reject mimetic cuckoo eggs. Proc Roy Soc
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John KrebsDawkins, R, JR Krebs 1979 Arms races between and within species Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B,
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Jared Diamond
Diamond, J. M. 1969. Avifaunal equilibria and species turnover rates on Channel Islands of California 64:57–&.
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Janis Dickenson
Dickinson, J. L., Koenig, W. D., & Pitelka, F. A. (1996). Fitness consequences of helping behavior in the western bluebird. Behavioral Ecology, 7(2), 168-177.
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Renee Duckworth
Duckworth, R. A., & Badyaev, A. V. (2007). Coupling of dispersal and aggression facilitates the rapid range expansion of a passerine bird. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104(38), 15017-15022.
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Scott Edwards
Edwards, S. V., Wakeland, E. K., & Potts, W. K. (1995). Contrasting histories of avian and mammalian Mhc genes revealed by class II B sequences from songbirds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 92(26), 12200-12204.
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Bruno Ens
Ens, BJ, UN Safriel, MP Harris. 1993. Divorce in the long-lived and monogamous oystercatcher, Haematopus ostralegus: incompatibility or choosing the better option? Animal Behaviour
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Jenny Gill
Gill, JA et al. 2001. Why behavioural responses may not reflect the population consequences of human disturbance. Biological Conservation 97, 265-268
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Patty Gowaty
Gowaty, PA, AA Karlin 1984 Multiple maternity and paternity in single broods of apparently monogamous eastern bluebirds (Sialia sialis)Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
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B. Rosemary Grant
Grant, P. R., & Grant, B. R. (1995). Predicting microevolutionary responses to directional selection on heritable variation. Evolution, 49(2), 241-251.
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Joseph GrinnellGrinnell, J. 1917. The niche-relationship of the California thrasher. The Auk 34:427–433.
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JBS HaldaneHaldane, JBS. 1926. On Being the Right Size. Harpers, p. 424-427.
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Marlene Zuk
Hamilton, W. D., & Zuk, M. (1982). Heritable true fitness and bright birds: a role for parasites?. Science, 218(4570), 384-387.
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Helen Hays
Hays, H., and R. W. Risebrough. 1972. Pollutant Concentrations in Abnormal Young Terns from Long Island Sound. The Auk 89:19–35.
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Richard (Dick) Hutto
Hutto, R. L. 1995. Composition of bird communities following stand-replacement fires in northern Rocky Mountain (USA) conifer forests. Conservation Biology 9:1041–1058.
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Fran James
James, F. C. 1970. Geographic Size Variation in Birds and Its Relationship to Climate. Ecology 51:365–390.
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Ned Johnson
Johnson, N. K., and C. Cicero. 2004. NEW MITOCHONDRIAL DNA DATA AFFIRM THE IMPORTANCE OF PLEISTOCENE SPECIATION IN NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS. Evolution 58:1122–1130.
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Henri Wiemerskirch
Jouventin and Wiemerskirch.1990 Satellite tracking of wandering albatrosses. Nature 343 (6260), 746
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Ellen Ketterson
Ketterson, E. D., Nolan Jr, V., Wolf, L., & Ziegenfus, C. (1992). Testosterone and avian life histories: effects of experimentally elevated testosterone on behavior and correlates of fitness in the dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis). The American Naturalist, 140(6), 980-999.
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Walt Koenig
Koenig, W. D., Van Vuren, D., & Hooge, P. N. (1996). Detectability, philopatry, and the distribution of dispersal distances in vertebrates. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 11(12), 514-517.
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Hannah Kokko
Kokko, H 1999. Competition for early arrival in migratory birds. Journal of Animal Ecology 68 (5), 940-950
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David LackLack, D. 1947. The significance of clutch size. Ibis 89: 302-352
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Konrad LorenzLorenz, K., 1937. The companion in the bird's world. Auk 54(3): 245-273.
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Robert McArthur
MacArthur, RH. 1958. Population Ecology of Some Warblers of Northeastern Coniferous Forests. Ecology, 39(4), 599-619.
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Pete Marra
Marra, P. P., Hobson, K. A., & Holmes, R. T. (1998). Linking winter and summer events in a migratory bird by using stable-carbon isotopes. Science, 282(5395), 1884-1886.
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Kathy Martin
Martin, K., K. E. H. Aitken, and K. L. Wiebe. 2004. NEST SITES AND NEST WEBS FOR CAVITY-NESTING COMMUNITIES IN INTERIOR BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA: NEST CHARACTERISTICS AND NICHE PARTITIONING. The Condor 106:5.
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Tom Martin
Martin, T. E., and J. J. Roper. 1988. Nest Predation and Nest-Site Selection of a Western Population of the Hermit Thrush. The Condor 90:51–57.
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Ernst MayrMayr, E. 2015. Speciation Phenomena in Birds. The American Naturalist 74:249–278.
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Pat Monaghan
Monaghan, P, RG Nager. 1997. Why don't birds lay more eggs? Trends in Ecology & Evolution 12, 270-274
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Franke Moore
Moore, F. R., & Yong, W. (1991). Evidence of food-based competition among passerine migrants during stopover. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 28(2), 85-90.
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Ian Newton
Newton, I. 2006. Can conditions experienced during migration limit the population levels of birds? Journal of Ornithology 147:146–166.
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Margaret Morse NiceNice, M. (1957). Nesting Success in Altricial Birds. The Auk,74(3), 305-321. doi:10.2307/4081922
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Bill SutherlandParadais et al. 2002. Patterns of natal and breeding dispersal in birds. J Anim Ecol
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Ted ParkerParker, T. A. 1991. On the Use of Tape Recorders in Avifaunal Surveys. The Auk 108:443–444.
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Chris Perrins
Perrins, C. M., and R. H. McCleery. 1989. Laying Dates and Clutch Size in the Great Tit. The Wilson Bulletin 101:236–253.
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Theunis Piersma
Piersma et al. 1998. A new pressure sensory mechanism for prey detection in birds: the use of principles of seabed dynamics? Proc. Royal Soc. B. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.1998.0445
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Rich Prum
Prum, R. O. 2002. Why Ornithologists Should Care about the Theropod Origin of Birds. The Auk 119:1–17.
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Scott Robinson
Robinson, S. K., Thompson, F. R., Donovan, T. M., Whitehead, D. R., & Faaborg, J. (1995). Regional forest fragmentation and the nesting success of migratory birds. Science, 267(5206), 1987-1990.
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Terry RootRoot, T. L. 1988. Energy constraints on avian distributions and abundances. Ecology 69:330–339.
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John Rotenberry
Rotenberry, J. T. 1985. The role of habitat in avian community composition: physiognomy or floristics? Oecologia 67:213–217.
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Alexander Skutch
Skutch, A. F. 1949. DO TROPICAL BIRDS REAR AS MANY YOUNG AS THEY CAN NOURISH ? Ibis 91:430–455.
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Navjot Sodhi
Sodhi, N. S. 2002. A comparison of bird communities of two fragmented and two continuous southeast Asian rainforests. Biodiversity and Conservation 11:1105–1119.
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Bridget Stutchbury
Stutchbury, B. J., Tarof, S. A., Done, T., Gow, E., Kramer, P. M., Tautin, J., ... & Afanasyev, V. (2009). Tracking long-distance songbird migration by using geolocators. Science, 323(5916), 896-896.
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John Terborgh
Terborgh, J., and J. S. Weske. 1975. The Role of Competition in the Distribution of Andean Birds. Ecology 56:562.
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Niko TinbergenTinbergen. Comparative Studies of the Behaviour of Gulls (Laridae)
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Sarah Wanless
Wanless. Low energy values of fish as a probable cause of a major seabird breeding failure in the North Sea, MEPS
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John A. Wiens
Wiens, J. A. 2008. Habitat fragmentation: island v landscape perspectives on bird conservation. Ibis 137:S97–S104.
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Martin Wikelski
Wikelski, M. C., R. W. Kays, N. J. Kasdin, K. Thorup, J. A. Smith, and G. W. Swenson. 2007. Going wild: what a global small-animal tracking system could do for experimental biologists. Journal of Experimental Biology 210:181–186.
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John Wingfield
Wingfield, J. C., Maney, D. L., Breuner, C. W., Jacobs, J. D., Lynn, S., Ramenofsky, M., & Richardson, R. D. (1998). Ecological bases of hormone—behavior interactions: the “emergency life history stage”. American Zoologist, 38(1), 191-206.
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Bob Zink
Zink, R., & McKitrick, M. (1995). The Debate over Species Concepts and Its Implications for Ornithology. The Auk, 112(3), 701-719.
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Gart ZweersZweers. 2001. The role of cranial kinesis in birds. Comp. Biochem Physiol A. 131(1):197-205.
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