Prof Andy Bennett

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Chair In Life And Environmental Sciences

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Life & Env. Sciences

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Contact

andy.bennett@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 72049

Biography

Half my university career has been in Australia (University of Adelaide, then Deakin Universty) and half in the UK (University of Oxford, then University of Bristol).

I was lucky to grow up in the Adelaide Hills where nectar feeding birds, parrots and eucalypt forests intrigued me -- almost endlessly. After a B.Sc. in Zoology at University Adelaide, I was fortunate to do honours Zoology with David Paton.  I was awarded an 1851 Science Research Scholarship to Oxford Zoology where I did my D.Phil. on the ecology of avian spatial memory with John Krebs FRS. It was a terrific experience and lovely place to be, particularly as I met there my partner, Kate Buchanan.  Apart from animal behaviour, my main research interest had become ultraviolet vision in birds.  After a Weiner-Anspach fellowship at University of Oxford and the Free University of Brussels with Martin Speight, and a brief stint as Australian Reseach Council postdoc in the Department of Pure Mathematics at University of Adelaide with Christine O'Keefe, working on geometic models of spatial memory, in 1994 I moved to University of Bristol's School of Biological Sciences to work on ultraviolet vision funded by the UK's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).  There I was offered a lectureship and then became a Reader in Sensory and Behavioural Ecology.  During my 13 years in that excellent department, avian sensory ecology, particularly bird colour vision, coloration and sexual selection were my main areas of research.  I had continuous funding from BBSRC, and won a Leverhulme Fellowship which allowed me in 2005-6 to establish, with Matt Berg and Raoul Ribot our research program on the Platycercus elegans rosella species complex of south eastern Australia. 

In 2008, I returned to Australia to be Head of the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at Deakin University, andI established the Centre for Integrative Ecology.  Based in Geelong, I have been able to expand my research program on parrots into several new areas (e.g. disease, genomics) and I have also been able to commence a new research program on waterbird navigation, focusing on behavioural, ecological and sensory responses to pluses of aridity and flooding.  Funded by industry and the Australian Research Council these form my core research foci over the last 8 years.  Recently (2017, 2012) I've also had sabbaticals in the Oxford Zoology department, which, with it's foci on animal behaviour, ecology, disease and navigation is a really stimulating place to be.

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Biography summary

Deakin University (2008-present) as Professor of Life and Environmental Sciences, and Head, School of Life and Environmental Sciences (2008-2011)

University of Bristol (1994-2007) as Reader in Sensory and Behavioural Ecology (frm 2002), Lecturer (from 1998), BBSRC postdoc (from 1994).

University of Oxford & Free University of Brussels (1992-93) on a Research Fellowship

University of Oxford (1986-1992), for a D.Phil. in Zoology

University of Adelaide (1982-1985), for B.Sc. (Honours, 1st Class) in Zoology

Research interests

My research spans behaviour, evolution, disease and genetics and takes an integrative approach.

As model systems, I often use birds (particularly parrots, waterbirds).

I lead two main research programs.  One investigates the maintenance of variation in a species complex (the parrot, Platycercus elegans) and spans the role of disease, genomic, acoustic, visual, and olfactory processes.   The other investigates how nomadic waterbirds locate ephemeral water resources in inland Australia, and involves spatial tracking (e.g. of banded stilts, black swans and black duck) and modelling of climatic and physiological influences on navigation success.

Current research foci include:

Disease: What are the transmission dynamics and fitness costs of Beak and Feather Disease Virus (BFDV) and psittacossi in P.elegans and parrots more broadly?  What are the roles of genetic diversity and host stress in disease emergence?  Does odour reveal disease status?  How can knowledge be translated to improve outcomes for endangered species? 

Navigation: How do nomadic birds find ephemeral water bodies in inland Australia?  What cues allow them to accurately and efficently navigate across vast distances?  How do they prepare themselves physiologically?  How does climate influence bird navigation?

Vision and Coloration: What maintains plumage colour variation in the Platycercus elegans species complex?  What is the phenotypic plasticity of avian colour vision?  Is there within-species variability in colour vision?

Extreme heat: How do heatwaves influence behaviour and reproductive success of hollow nesting and other bird species?

My research involves fieldwork in Victoria, SA, WA, NSW and sometimes even darkest Queensland.  In the lab, my research group conducts behavioural, molecular, cellular, chemical, and physiological investigations and assays of disease status.  We also test visual performance of birds using microspectrophotometry (MSP), electroretinography (ERG) and other techniques. 

I collaborate with the wonderful PhD students and research fellows indicated below -- particularly Matt Berg and Raoul Ribot on most projects -- plus Ken Walder (Deakin Medical School), Soren Alexanderson (Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases), Scott Edwards (Harvard), Kate Buchanan, John Endler and Marcel Klaassen (Centre for Integrative Ecology), Lee-Ann Rollins (UNSW), David Hunt & Wayne Davies (UWA), Leo Joseph (CSIRO), Steve Donnellan & Steve Cooper (U. Adelaide),  Ellis Loew (Cornell) and Alex Roulin (U. Lausanne).

Units taught

I teach on the following units:

  • Ecology and Environment (SLE103);
  • Animal Behaviour (SLE224);
  • Evolution (SLE370);
  • Sensory Neurobiology and Behaviour (SLE397);
  • Human and Animal Navigation (SLE371) [Unit co-ordinator]
     

Professional activities

Fellow, International Ornithological Union, 2014-

Associate Editor of Austral Ecology, 2009-

Associate Editor of Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B (Biological Sciences), 2006-2010

Editor of American Naturalist 2005-7 (for special issue on avian coloration and colour vision).

Immediate past-President, Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASSAB), 2014-2016

Convenor-General, Australian bid for International Ornithological Congress in 2022

International Conference Organising Committees  (Behaviour 2015; ICN2018; ISBE2020)

National conference Organizing Committees: AOC2017 (chair, joint), ASSAB2015; ASSAB2012 (chair)

Expert Panel Membership:

a) Orange Bellied Parrot Veterinary Technical Reference Group, 2015-

b) Ecosystem Science Council Long Term Research Working Group, 2016-

c) Government Project Review Group, and Implementation Committee, Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research (VCCCAR), 2011-14

 

Membership of societies including:

Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASSAB)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Ecological Society of Australia (ESA)

Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB)

Applied Vision Association (AVA)

Birdlife Australia

Research groups

Postdoctoral fellows
Dr Mathew Berg:  Maintenance of variability in the Platycercus elegans species complex

Dr Raoul Ribot:  Movement ecology of arid zone waterbirds

PhD students

Hanne Martens: Beak and feather disease virus in Platycercus elegans and other parrots (ARC Linkage)

Helena Stokes: Chlamydia psittaci in Platycercus elegans and other parrots (ARC Linkage)

Fanny-Linn Hovring Kraft  Trans-generational effects of stress on song learning and cognition

Berta Blanch Lazaro  Disease ecology, genomics and immunology of beak and feather disease virus in crimson rosellas (ARC Discovery)

Candice Lachenicht  Disease ecology and genomics in parrots (ARC Discovery)

Graduated in 2018:

Reece Pedler Reece Pedler:  Banded Stilt movement and breeding ecology in arid Australia

Graduated in 2015:

Justin Eastwood:  The ecology and evolution of beak and feather disease virus in Platycercus elegans

Milla Mihailova:  Olfactory signalling in an avian species complex: the crimson rosella

John McEvoy:  Movement ecology of nomadic arid zone waterfowl

Gemma Cole:  Evolution of mating signals in guppies

Honours students

Jacinta Wehbe (2016) Beak and feather disease virus in Platycercus elegans

Sarah Micallef (2013-14)  Handedness in Platycercus elegans

complex

Jade Russell (2013-14)  Chlamydia psittaci infection in the Platycercus elegans species complex

Lisa Ohlson (2013)  Dieback and pollination ecology in Epacris impressa

Victoria Bywater (2013)  Nocturnal behaviour of waterbirds

Emily Black (2013)  Nocturnal behaviour of waterbirds

Bircan Dogan (2012-13)  Brood sex ratios in hybrid Platycercus elegans

Erika Roper (2012-13)  Ecology of piping calls in Platycercus elegans

Wendy Ha (2011)  Avian influenza in waterbirds

Publications

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2018

Olfactory eavesdropping: the odour of feathers is detectable to mammalian predators and competitors

M Mihailova, M Berg, K buchanan, A bennett

(2018), Vol. 124, pp. 14-24, Ethology, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal

Nest box design for a changing climate: the value of improved insulation

E Larson, J Eastwood, K Buchanan, A Bennett, M Berg

(2018), Vol. 19, pp. 39-48, Ecological management and restoration, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal

Pair fidelity in long-lived parrots: genetic and behavioural evidence from the Crimson Rosella ( Platycercus elegans )

Justin Eastwood, Mathew Berg, Raoul Ribot, Helena Stokes, Johanne Martens, Katherine Buchanan, Ken Walder, Andrew Bennett

(2018), Vol. 118, pp. 369-374, Emu: Austral ornithology, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

Nest microclimate predicts bill growth in the Adelaide rosella (Aves: Psittaculidae)

Eliza Larson, Justin Eastwood, Sarah Micallef, Jacinta Wehbe, Andrew Bennett, Mathew Berg

(2018), Vol. 124, pp. 339-349, Biological journal of the Linnean Society, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal
2017

Intraspecific geographic variation in rod and cone visual pigment sensitivity of a parrot, Platycercus elegans

B Knott, M Berg, R Ribot, J Endler, A Bennett

(2017), Vol. 7, pp. 1-8, Scientific reports, London, Eng., C1

journal

Host heterozygosity and genotype rarity affect viral dynamics in an avian subspecies complex

J Eastwood, R Ribot, L Rollins, K Buchanan, K Walder, A Bennett, M Berg

(2017), Vol. 7, pp. 1-11, Scientific reports, London, Eng., C1

journal

Long-distance flights and high-risk breeding by nomadic waterbirds on desert salt lakes

R Pedler, R Ribot, A Bennett

(2017), Vol. 32, pp. 216-228, Conservation biology, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal

Heavy rainfall triggers increased nocturnal flight in desert populations of the Pacific black duck (Anas superciliosa)

J McEvoy, R Ribot, J Wingfield, A Bennett

(2017), Vol. 7, pp. 1-9, Scientific reports, London, Eng., C1

journal
2016

Long incubation bouts and biparental incubation in the nomadic Banded Stilt

R Pedler, M Weston, A Bennett

(2016), Vol. 116, pp. 75-80, Emu, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal

If waterbirds are nocturnal are we conserving the right habitats?

V Austin, R Ribot, A Bennett

(2016), Vol. 116, pp. 423-427, Emu : Austral ornithology, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal
2015

Spectral sensitivity of cone photoreceptors and opsin expression in two colour-divergent lineages of the lizard Ctenophorus decresii

M Yewers, C McLean, A Moussalli, D Stuart-Fox, A Bennett, B Knott

(2015), Vol. 218, pp. 1556-1563, Journal of experimental biology, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal

Prevalence of beak and feather disease virus in wild Platycercus elegans: comparison of three tissue types using a probe-based real-time qPCR test

J Eastwood, M Berg, B Spolding, K Buchanan, A Bennett, K Walder

(2015), Vol. 63, pp. 1-8, Australian journal of zoology, Clayton, Vic., C1

journal

An integrative framework for the appraisal of coloration in nature

D Kemp, M Herberstein, L Fleishman, J Endler, A Bennett, A Dyer, N Hart, J Marshall, M Whiting

(2015), Vol. 185, pp. 705-724, American naturalist, Chicago, Ill., C1

journal

How does nest box temperature affect nestling growth rate and breeding success in a parrot?

E Larson, J Eastwood, K Buchanan, A Bennett, M Berg

(2015), Vol. 115, pp. 247-255, Emu, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal

Proximate cues to phases of movement in a highly dispersive waterfowl, anas superciliosa

J McEvoy, D Roshier, R Ribot, A Bennett

(2015), Vol. 3, pp. 1-13, Movement ecology, London, Eng., C1

journal
2014

Phylogenetic analysis of beak and feather disease virus across a host ring-species complex

J Eastwood, M Berg, R Ribot, S Raidal, K Buchanan, K Walder, A Bennett

(2014), Vol. 111, pp. 14153-14158, Proceedings of the national scademy of sciences of the USA, Washington, DC, C1

journal

Odour-based discrimination of subspecies, species and sexes in an avian species complex, the crimson rosella

M Mihailova, M Berg, K Buchanan, A Bennett

(2014), Vol. 95, pp. 155-164, Animal Behaviour, Camden, London, C1

journal

The potential for indirect effects between co-flowering plants via shared pollinators depends on resource abundance, accessibility and relatedness

L Carvalheiro, J Biesmeijer, G Benadi, J Fründ, M Stang, I Bartomeus, C Kaiser-Bunbury, M Baude, S Gomes, V Merckx, K Baldock, A Bennett, R Boada, R Bommarco, R Cartar, N Chacoff, J Dänhardt, L Dicks, C Dormann, J Ekroos, K Henson, A Holzschuh, R Junker, M Lopezaraiza-Mikel, J Memmott, A Montero-Castaño, I Nelson, T Petanidou, E Power, M Rundlöf, H Smith, J Stout, K Temitope, T Tscharntke, T Tscheulin, M Vilà, W Kunin

(2014), Vol. 17, pp. 1389-1399, Ecology letters, Chichester, England, C1

journal

Extreme nomadism in desert waterbirds: flights of the banded stilt

R Pedler, R Ribot, A Bennett

(2014), Vol. 10, pp. 1-5, Biology letters, London, Eng., C1

journal
2013

Environmental and genetic control of brain and song structure in the zebra finch

J Woodgate, K Buchanan, A Bennett, C Catchpole, R Brighton, S Leitner

(2013), Vol. 68, pp. 230-240, Evolution, London, England, C1

journal

Is there variation in the response to contact call playbacks across the hybrid zone of the parrot Platycercus elegans?

R Ribot, M Berg, K Buchanan, A Bennett

(2013), Vol. 44, pp. 399-407, Journal of avian biology, London, England, C1-1

journal

How parrots see their colours : novelty in the visual pigments of Platycercus elegans

B Knott, W Davies, L Carvalho, M Berg, K Buchanan, J Bowmaker, A Bennett, D Hunt

(2013), Vol. 216, pp. 4454-4461, Journal of experimental biology, Cambridge, England, C1

journal
2012

Short-term physiological and behavioural effects of high- versus low-frequency fluorescent light on captive birds

J Evans, E Smith, A Bennett, I Cuthill, K Buchanan

(2012), Vol. 83, pp. 25-33, Animal behaviour, Oxford, U. K., C1

journal

Absorbance of retinal oil droplets of the budgerigar : sex, spatial and plumage morph-related variation

B Knott, J Bowmaker, M Berg, A Bennett

(2012), Vol. 198, pp. 43-51, Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal

Male song structure predicts reproductive success in a wild zebra finch population

J Woodgate, M Mariette, A Bennett, S Griffith, K Buchanan

(2012), Vol. 83, pp. 773-781, Animal behaviour, Oxford, England, C1

journal

Learned vocal variation is associated with abrupt cryptic genetic change in a parrot species complex

R Ribot, K Buchanan, J Endler, L Joseph, A Bennett, M Berg

(2012), Vol. 7, pp. 1-9, PLoS One, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal
2011

Ultraviolet-sensitive vision in long-lived birds

L Carvalho, B Knott, M Berg, A Bennett, D Hunt

(2011), Vol. 278, pp. 107-114, Royal Society of London. Proceedings B. Biological Sciences, London, England, C1

journal

Developmental stressors that impair song learning in males do not appear to affect female preferences for song complexity in the zebra finch

J Woodgate, S Leitner, C Catchpole, M Berg, A Bennett, K Buchanan

(2011), Vol. 22, pp. 566-573, Behavioral ecology, Cary, N.C., C1

journal

Fruitful use of bioacoustic alarm stimuli as a deterrent for Crimson Rosellas (Platycercus elegans)

R Ribot, M Berg, K Buchanan, A Bennett

(2011), Vol. 111, pp. 360-367, Emu, Collingwood, Vic., C1

journal
2010

Avian retinal oil droplets : dietary manipulation of colour vision?

B Knott, M Berg, E Morgan, K Buchanan, J Bowmaker, A Bennett

(2010), Vol. 277, pp. 953-962, Proceedings of the Royal Society B-biological sciences, London, England, C1

journal

The evolution of plumage colouration in parrots : a review

M Berg, A Bennett

(2010), Vol. 110, pp. 10-20, Emu : austral ornithology, Collingwood, Vic., C1

journal

Developmental stress and female mate choice behaviour in the zebra finch

J Woodgate, A Bennett, S Leitner, C Catchpole, K Buchanan

(2010), Vol. 79, pp. 1381-1390, Animal behaviour, London, England, C1

journal
2009

Does the ring species concept predict vocal variation in the crimson rosella, Platycercus elegans, complex?

R Ribot, M Berg, K Buchanan, J Komdeur, L Joseph, A Bennett

(2009), Vol. 77, pp. 581-593, Animal behaviour, London, England, C1

journal
2008

Where and when does a ring start and end? Testing the ring-species hypothesis in a species complex of Australian parrots

L Joseph, G Dolman, S Donnellan, K Saint, M Berg, A Bennett

(2008), Vol. 275, pp. 2431-2440, Proceedings of the Royal Society B-biological sciences, London, England, C1-1

journal
2007

Physiological, morphological and behavioural effects of selecting zebra finches for divergent levels of corticosterone

M Roberts, K Buchanan, D Hasselquist, A Bennett, M Evans

(2007), Vol. 210, pp. 4368-4378, Journal of experimental biology, Cambridge England, C1-1

journal

Mate choice in zebra finches: does corticosterone play a role?

M Roberts, K Buchanan, A Bennett, M Evans

(2007), Vol. 74, pp. 921-929, Animal behaviour, London, England, C1-1

journal

Avian color vision and coloration : multidisciplinary evolutionary biology

A Bennett, M Thery

(2007), Vol. 169, American naturalist, Chicago, Ill., C1-1

journal

Host intra-clutch variation, cuckoo egg matching and egg rejection by great reed warblers

M Cherry, A Bennett, C Moskat

(2007), Vol. 94, pp. 441-447, Naturwissenschaften, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

journal

Do cuckoos choose nests of great reed warblers on the basis of host egg appearance?

M Cherry, A Bennett, C Moskat

(2007), Vol. 20, pp. 1218-1222, Journal of evolutionary biology, Oxford, England, C1-1

journal

Iridescent structurally based coloration of eyespots correlates with mating success in the peacock

A Loyau, D Gomez, B Moureau, M Thery, N Hart, M Saint Jalme, A Bennett, G Sorci

(2007), Vol. 18, pp. 1123-1131, Behavioral ecology, Oxford, England, C1-1

journal
2006

The effect of flicker from fluorescent lights on mate choice in captive birds

J Evans, I Cuthill, A Bennett

(2006), Vol. 72, pp. 393-400, Animal behaviour, London, England, C1-1

journal
2004

Does the flicker frequency of fluorescent lighting affect the welfare of captive European starlings?

V Greenwood, E Smith, A Goldsmith, I Cuthill, L Crisp, M Walter-Swan, A Bennett

(2004), Vol. 86, pp. 145-159, Applied animal behaviour science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal
2003

The role of ultraviolet-A reflectance and ultraviolet-A-induced fluorescence in budgerigar mate choice

S Pearn, A Bennett, I Cuthill

(2003), Vol. 109, pp. 961-970, Ethology, Weinheim, Germany, C1-1

journal

The role of ultraviolet-A reflectance and ultraviolet-A induced fluorescence in the appearance of budgerigar plumage: insights from spectrofluorometry and reflectance spectrophotometry

S Pearn, A Bennett, I Cuthill

(2003), Vol. 270, pp. 859-865, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London series B-biological sciences, London, England, C1-1

journal
2002

Do European starlings prefer light environments containing UV?

V Greenwood, E Smith, I Cuthill, A Bennett, A Goldsmith, R Griffiths

(2002), Vol. 64, pp. 923-928, Animal behaviour, London, England, C1-1

journal

Context-dependent visual preferences in starlings and blue tits: mate choice and light environment

S Maddocks, A Bennett, S Hunt, I Cuthill

(2002), Vol. 63, pp. 69-75, Animal behaviour, London, England, C1-1

journal

Ultraviolet vision and mate choice in the guppy (Poecilia reticulata)

E Smith, J Partridge, K Parsons, E White, I Cuthill, A Bennett, S Church

(2002), Vol. 13, pp. 11-19, Behavioral ecology, Oxford, England, C1-1

journal

Ultraviolet colour perception in European starlings and Japanese quail

E Smith, V Greenwood, A Bennett

(2002), Vol. 205, pp. 3299-3306, Journal of experimental biology, Cambridge, England, C1-1

journal
2001

Egg colour matching in an African cuckoo, as revealed by ultraviolet-visible reflectance spectrophotometry

M Cherry, A Bennett

(2001), Vol. 268, pp. 565-571, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London series B-biological sciences, London, England, C1-1

journal

Is the ultraviolet waveband a special communication channel in avian mate choice?

S Hunt, I Cuthill, A Bennett, S Church, J Partridge

(2001), Vol. 204, pp. 2499-2507, Journal of experimental biology, Cambridge, England, C1-1

journal

Ultraviolet vision, fluorescence and mate choice in a parrot, the budgerigar Melopsittacus undulatus

S Pearn, A Bennett, I Cuthill

(2001), Vol. 268, pp. 2273-2279, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London series B-biological sciences, London, England, C1-1

journal
2000

Ultraviolet vision in birds

I Cuthill, J Partridge, A Bennett, S Church, N Hart, S Hunt

(2000), pp. 159-214, Advances in the study of behavior, vol. 29, London, England, B1-1

chapter

Visual pigments, cone oil droplets and ocular media in four species of estrildid finch

N Hart, J Partridge, A Bennett, I Cuthill

(2000), Vol. 186, pp. 681-694, Journal of comparative physiology a-sensory neural and behavioral physiology, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

journal

Visual pigments, oil droplets, ocular media and cone photoreceptor distribution in two species of passerine bird: the blue tit (Parus caeruleus L.) and the blackbird (Turdus merula L.)

N Hart, J Partridge, I Cuthill, A Bennett

(2000), Vol. 186, pp. 375-387, Journal of comparative physiology a-sensory neural and behavioral physiology, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

journal

Avian colour vision and avian video playback experiments

I Cuthill, N Hart, J Partridge, A Bennett, S Hunt, S Church

(2000), Vol. 3, pp. 29-37, Acta ethologica, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

journal
1999

Plumage reflectance and the objective assessment of avian sexual dichromatism

I Cuthill, A Bennett, J Partridge, E Maier

(1999), Vol. 153, pp. 183-200, American Naturalist, Chicago, Ill., C1-1

journal

Preferences for ultraviolet partners in the blue tit

S Hunt, I Cuthill, A Bennett, R Griffiths

(1999), Vol. 58, pp. 809-815, Animal behaviour, London, England, C1-1

journal

Strategic concealment of sexual identity in an estrildid finch

N Langmore, A Bennett

(1999), Vol. 266, pp. 543-550, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London series B-biological sciences, London, England, C1-1

journal
1998

Does lepidopteran larval crypsis extend into the ultraviolet?

S Church, A Bennett, I Cuthill, S Hunt, N Hart, J Partridge

(1998), Vol. 85, pp. 189-192, Naturwissenschaften, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

journal

Ultraviolet cues affect the foraging behaviour of blue tits

S Church, A Bennett, I Cuthill, J Partridge

(1998), Vol. 265, pp. 1509-1514, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London series B-biological sciences, London, England, C1-1

journal

Blue tits are ultraviolet tits

S Hunt, A Bennett, I Cuthill, R Griffiths

(1998), Vol. 265, pp. 451-455, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London series B-biological sciences, London, England, C1-1

journal

Tetrachromacy, oil droplets and bird plumage colours

M Vorobyev, D Osorio, A Bennett, N Marshall, I Cuthill

(1998), Vol. 183, pp. 621-633, Journal of comparative physiology a-neuroethology sensory neural and behavioral physiology, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

journal
1997

Ultraviolet plumage colors predict mate preferences in starlings

A Bennett, I Cuthill, J Partridge, K Lunau

(1997), Vol. 94, pp. 8618-8621, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Washington, D.C., C1-1

journal

Ultraviolet vision and band-colour preferences in female zebra finches, Taeniopygia guttata

S Hunt, I Cuthill, J Swaddle, A Bennett

(1997), Vol. 54, pp. 1383-1392, Animal behaviour, London, England, C1-1

journal
1996

Do animals have cognitive maps?

A Bennett

(1996), Vol. 199, pp. 219-224, Journal of experimental biology, Cambridge, England, C1-1

journal

Ultraviolet vision and mate choice in zebra finches

A Bennett, I Cuthill, J Partridge, E Maier

(1996), Vol. 380, pp. 433-435, Nature, London, England, C1-1

journal

Ant-derived formic acid can be toxic for birds

A Bennett, M Lloyd, I Cuthill

(1996), Vol. 7, pp. 189-190, Chemoecology, Basel, Switzerland, C1-1

journal
1994

Ultraviolet vision in birds: what is its function?

A Bennett, I Cuthill

(1994), Vol. 34, pp. 1471-1478, Vision research, Oxford, England, C1-1

journal

Sexual selection and the mismeasure of color

A Bennett, I Cuthill, K Norris

(1994), Vol. 144, pp. 848-860, American naturalist, Chicago, Ill., C1-1

journal

Storage of stones by Jays Garrulus glandarius

N Clayton, D Griffiths, A Bennett

(1994), Vol. 136, pp. 331-334, Ibis, Oxford, England, C1-1

journal
1993

Spatial memory in a food storing corvid I. Near tall landmarks are primarily used

A Bennett

(1993), Vol. 173, pp. 193-207, Journal of comparative physiology a-sensory neural and behavioral physiology, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

journal

Mimicry and the eye of the beholder

I Cuthill, A Bennett

(1993), Vol. 253, pp. 203-204, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London series B-biological sciences, London, England, C1-1

journal
1992

'Anting' as food preparation : formic acid is worse on an empty stomach

O Judson, A Bennett

(1992), Vol. 31, pp. 437-439, Behavioral ecology and sociobiology, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Threats of avian pathogens to endangered parrots and human health: developing and utilizing tools for risk reduction

Prof Andy Bennett, A/Prof Shane Raidal, Prof Marcel Klaassen, Prof Kate Buchanan, Prof Ken Walder, Dr Michael Magrath, Dr Yonatan Segal, Prof Martyn Jeggo

ARC Linkage - Projects

  • 2017: $54,016
  • 2016: $105,523
  • 2015: $112,909
  • 2014: $60,397

Genomic diversity, tolerance and ecology of wildlife disease

Prof Andy Bennett, Prof Soren Alexandersen, Prof Scott Edwards

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2018: $133,929

Other Public Sector Funding

Policies and governance to support integrated landscape management in a changing environment.

Prof Andy Bennett, Prof David Lowe, A/Prof Kevin O'Toole

  • 2012: $161,250
  • 2010: $53,750

Threats of avian pathogens to endangered parrots and human health: developing and utilizing tools for risk reduction

Prof Andy Bennett, A/Prof Shane Raidal, Prof Marcel Klaassen, Prof Kate Buchanan, Prof Ken Walder, Dr Michael Magrath, Dr Yonatan Segal, Prof Martyn Jeggo

  • 2017: $25,000
  • 2016: $25,000
  • 2015: $30,000

Review of Water Bird Data

Prof Andy Bennett

  • 2014: $42,000

Waterbird satellite tracking research

Prof Andy Bennett

  • 2018: $35,000

Industry and Other Funding

Industry Research Contract

Prof Andy Bennett

  • 2012: $332,699
  • 2011: $559,888
  • 2010: $538,692
  • 2009: $647,852

Beak and feather disease virus and genetic diversity in a parrot ring species

Dr Mathew Berg, Prof Andy Bennett, Mr Justin Eastwood

  • 2011: $5,000

Climate change effects on stress, infectious disease and breeding success in parrots

Dr Mathew Berg, Prof Andy Bennett, Mr Justin Eastwood

  • 2011: $5,000

Testing odour recognition at crimson rosella nests

Prof Andy Bennett, Dr Mathew Berg, Ms Milla Mihailova

  • 2011: $1,500

Heat stress and breeding success in parrots

Prof Andy Bennett, Dr Mathew Berg, Mr Justin Eastwood

  • 2011: $1,500

Banded stilt movement and ecology in arid South Australia

Prof Andy Bennett

  • 2016: $135,914
  • 2015: $173,224
  • 2014: $211,491
  • 2013: $214,926
  • 2012: $456,705

Host-pathogen coevolution within a sympatric species complex

Prof Andy Bennett, Mr Justin Eastwood

  • 2012: $1,000

Discouraging nestbox inhabitancy of competitive ringtail (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) and brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula)

Prof Andy Bennett, Ms Milla Mihailova

  • 2013: $1,500

Nest site selection, stress & breeding success in rosellas as a response to temperature variation

Prof Andy Bennett, Miss Eliza Rachael Larson, Dr Mathew Berg

  • 2013: $3,000

Climate change, temperature extremes and avian reproduction: an experimental study on rosellas

Prof Andy Bennett, Miss Eliza Rachael Larson, Dr Mathew Berg

  • 2013: $3,000

The potential dererrent properties of crimson rosella (Platycercus elegans) odour towards competitive possums

Dr Mathew Berg, Ms Milla Mihailova, Prof Andy Bennett

  • 2013: $5,000

Climate change, temperature extremes and avian reproduction: an experimental study on Rosellas

Prof Andy Bennett, Dr Mathew Berg, Miss Eliza Rachael Larson

  • 2013: $6,600

PALS 2 Project design, trial and implementation

Prof Andy Bennett

  • 2015: $315,634

Psittacosis in wild Australian parrots: Investigating strains and seasonal patterns

Prof Andy Bennett, Dr Mathew Berg, Miss Helena Stokes

  • 2017: $4,800
  • 2016: $5,800

Beak and Feather Disease Virus in wild avian populations in Australia

Prof Andy Bennett, Dr Mathew Berg, Prof Ken Walder, Ms Johanne (Hanne) Marie Martens

  • 2017: $4,800
  • 2016: $5,900

Beak and Feather Disease Virus in wild psittacine populations in Australia

Prof Andy Bennett, Dr Mathew Berg, Prof Ken Walder, Ms Johanne (Hanne) Marie Martens

  • 2017: $1,500

Ecology and evolution of beak and feather disease virus in wild Australian psittacine birds

Prof Andy Bennett, Ms Johanne (Hanne) Marie Martens

  • 2017: $2,475

Investigating environmental transmission of Chlamydia psittaci at parrot nesting and feeding sites

Prof Andy Bennett, Miss Helena Stokes

  • 2018: $1,500

Investigating the effects and transmission patterns of Chlamydia psittaci in wild Australian parrots

Miss Helena Stokes, Prof Andy Bennett, Dr Mathew Berg, Ms Johanne (Hanne) Marie Martens

  • 2018: $3,241

Ecology of Beak and Feather Disease Virus in wild Australian parrots

Prof Andy Bennett, Ms Johanne (Hanne) Marie Martens, Dr Mathew Berg, Prof Ken Walder, A/Prof Shane Raidal, Dr Zoos Victoria Magrath, Miss Helena Stokes

  • 2018: $4,000

Other Funding Sources

Olfactory signalling in a species complex: the crimson rosella

Prof Andy Bennett, Ms Milla Mihailova, Dr Mathew Berg

  • 2014: $800

Assessing behavioural responses to climate change: nest site selection, breeding success and stress in Platycercus elegans

Prof Andy Bennett, Miss Eliza Rachael Larson

  • 2014: $800

The ecology and evolution of beak and feather disease virus in crimson rosellas (platycercus elegans)

Prof Andy Bennett, Mr Justin Eastwood

  • 2014: $1,000

Olfactory signalling in an avian species complex: the crimson rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Prof Andy Bennett, Dr Mathew Berg, Ms Milla Mihailova, Prof Kate Buchanan, Dr Jacqui Adcock

  • 2015: $909

Evidence for pathogen infection influencing age dependent pairing in the crimson rosella (Platycercus elegans) - young and infected males rarely mate

Prof Andy Bennett, Mr Justin Eastwood, Prof Kate Buchanan

  • 2015: $1,000

Ecology and evolution of beak and feather disease virus in Australian parrots

Prof Andy Bennett, Dr Mathew Berg, Ms Johanne (Hanne) Marie Martens

  • 2016: $1,000

Disease ecology in parrots: threats of avian pathogens to parrots and human health, with focus on the crimson rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Prof Andy Bennett, Dr Mathew Berg, Miss Helena Stokes

  • 2016: $909

Ecology and evolution of beak and feather disease virus in wild Australian psittacine birds

Prof Andy Bennett, Ms Johanne (Hanne) Marie Martens

  • 2017: $560

Investigating the effects and transmission patterns of Chlamydia psittaci in wild Australian parrots

Prof Andy Bennett, Miss Helena Stokes

  • 2017: $560

Transgenerational effects of stress on song learning

Prof Kate Buchanan, Miss Fanny-Linn Hovring Kraft, Dr Andrea Crino, Prof Andy Bennett

  • 2018: $1,000

Investigating the effects and transmission patterns of Chlamydia psittaci in wild Australian parrots

Miss Helena Stokes, Prof Andy Bennett, Dr Mathew Berg, Ms Johanne (Hanne) Marie Martens

  • 2018: $966

Ecology of Beak and Feather Disease Virus in wild Australian parrots

Prof Andy Bennett, Ms Johanne (Hanne) Marie Martens, Dr Mathew Berg, Prof Ken Walder, A/Prof Shane Raidal, Dr Zoos Victoria Magrath, Miss Helena Stokes

  • 2018: $1,000

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2018

Reece Pedler

Thesis entitled: Banded Stilt movement and breeding ecology in arid Australia

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2015

Justin Eastwood

Thesis entitled: The Ecology and Evolution of Beak and Feather Disease Virus in Platycercus elegans

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Milla Mihailova

Thesis entitled: Olfactory Signalling in an Avian Species Complex: the Crimson Rosella

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

John McEvoy

Thesis entitled: Movement Ecology of Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) in Arid Australia

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Associate Supervisor
2015

Gemma Cole

Thesis entitled: Estimatig the evolutionary link between food detection and mate choice

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2012

Bibiana Andrea Rojas Zuluaga

Thesis entitled: The apparent paradox of colour variation in aposematic poison frogs

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences