Prof Kate Buchanan

STAFF PROFILE

Position

ARC Future Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Life & Env. Sciences

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, University of London, 1997

Contact

kate.buchanan@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 71321

Biography

I gained my B.Sc. Zoology from the University of Glasgow in 1989 and my Ph.D. from Royal Holloway University of London in 1997, working with Prof Clive Catchpole. After 2 postdocs at University of Stirling I held a Personal Research Fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 at Cardiff University. I was a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer there from 2003 - early 2008 when I moved across the globe to take up a position at Deakin University, based at the Geelong campus. In 2014 I was awarded a Future Fellowship (2015-2018) from the Australian Research Council.

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Research interests

My research interests lie in the evolution of signalling behaviour in birds. Having conudcted my PhD work on bird song this remains my principle area of interest. However, I have active research projects examining the evolution of a range of other signals including colour and colour perception. Currently I have active involvment in the following research projects : 1) the condition-dependence of song learning in zebra finches, 2) the factors controlling reproductive readiness in opportunistically breeding birds 3) the evolution of invasive starlings 4) the impact of nest pathogens on the immunocompetence of wild zebra finches 5) signalling and health in wild rosella parrots 6) egg hormones and maternal effects.

Teaching interests

I teach into and coordinate the second year unit SLE224 (Animal Behaviour) and the third year unit SLE397 (Sensory Neurobiology and Behaviour). I have interests in animal behaviour and the evolution of signalling behaviour. Honours students are welcome to contact me regarding projects on animal behaviour, physiological stress, bird song, endocrine control of behaviour, mate choice and sexual selection in birds or humans.

Units taught

SLE224 Animal Behaviour

SLE397 Sensory Neurobiology and Behaviour

Knowledge areas

  1. Evolution of signals in birds
  2. Neural control of acoustic signalling and perception in birds
  3. Assessing endocrine levels in birds
  4. Endocrine control of begging behaviour
  5. Avian neurobiology

Media appearances

I have had a variety of media interactions. The international press (BBC Radio, UK Press, NY Times) covered my PhD and postdoctoral research on song evolution and honest signalling in the sedge warbler. In 2008 ABC Radio National's Science Show ran a feature on my research into the effects of endocrine distupters on song production in starlings. This followed from considerable international interest in this issue (NY Times, Fox news, BBC, ABC radio).

Research groups

Centre for Integrative Ecology

Sensory Ecology

Projects

1. Effects of early life stress on avian behaviour and sexual signalling. Under funding from the ARC through their Future Fellowship scheme I am testing the transgenerational effects of early life stress in birds. This project integrates experimental manipulations of condition with tests of neural development, behaviour and key physiological traits. This project combines assessment of epigentic effects which underly the evolution of  sexual signals.

2. Physiological control of opportunistic breeding in the zebra finch. Using both captive and wild zebra finches in collaboration with Assoc Prof Simon Griffith (Macquarie University) I am testing the mechanisms controlling opportunistic breeding in the model species for much avian lab work, the zebra finch. This project tests the impact of environmental factors on the decision to breed and the overall investment.

3. Physiological stress and endocrine disruption. My work in the UK has demonstrated the ecological relevance of endocrine distrupting chemicals for wild birds. These chemcials have a range of potential effects on breeding and non-breeding birds, through a range of untested routes. Combining both wild and captive studies I seek to quantify the main routes of impact in Australia.

Publications

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2016

Sex steroid profiles and pair-maintenance behavior of captive wild-caught zebra finches (taeniopygia guttata)

Nora Prior, Kang Nian Yap, Hans H. Adomat, Mark C. Mainwaring, H. Bobby Fokidis, Emma S. Guns, Prof Kate Buchanan, Dr Simon Griffith, Kiran K. Soma

(2016), Vol. 202, pp. 35-44, Journal of comparative physiology A, Berlin, Germany, C1

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Tests of ecogeographical relationships in a non-native species: what rules avian morphology?

Adam Cardilini, Prof Kate Buchanan, Dr Craig Sherman, Dr Phillip Cassey, Dr Matthew Symonds

(2016), Vol. 181, pp. 783-793, Oecologia, Berlin, Gemany, C1

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2015

Cover, not caging, influences chronic physiological stress in a ground-nesting bird

Laurie X. L. Tan, Prof Kate Buchanan, Dr Grainne Maguire, Dr Mike Weston

(2015), Vol. 46, pp. 482-488, Journal of avian biology, Chichester, Eng., C1

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A quantum leap in avian biology

Dr Leo Joseph, Prof Kate Buchanan

(2015), Vol. 115, pp. 1-5, Emu, Moonee Ponds, Vic, C1

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Tough decisions: Reproductive timing and output vary with individuals' physiology, behavior and past success in a social opportunistic breeder

Dr Mylene Mariette, Prof Kate Buchanan, Prof Bill Buttemer, Dr Vincent Careau

(2015), Vol. 76, pp. 23-33, Hormones and behavior, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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

Miss Eliza Larson, Mr Justin Eastwood, Prof Kate Buchanan, Prof Andy Bennett, Dr Mathew Berg

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

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2014

Early-developmental stress, repeatability, and canalization in a suite of physiological and behavioral traits in female zebra finches

Dr Vincent Careau, Prof Bill Buttemer, Prof Kate Buchanan

(2014), Vol. 54, pp. 539-554, Integrative and comparative biology, Oxford, England, C1

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Developmental stress can uncouple relationships between physiology and behaviour

Dr Vincent Careau, Prof Bill Buttemer, Prof Kate Buchanan

(2014), Vol. 10, pp. 1-4, Biology letters, London, Eng., C1

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

Ms Milla Mihailova, Dr Mathew Berg, Prof Kate Buchanan, Prof Andrew Bennett

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

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2013

Condition dependence, developmental plasticity, and cognition: implications for ecology and evolution

Prof Kate Buchanan, Jennifer L Grindstaff, Vladimir V. Pravosudov

(2013), Vol. 28, pp. 290-296, Trends in ecology and evolution, Berlin, Germany, C1

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

Dr Raoul Ribot, Dr Mathew Berg, Prof Kate Buchanan, Prof Andy Bennett

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

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

Mr Joseph Woodgate, Prof Kate Buchanan, Prof Andy Bennett, Clive Catchpole, Roswitha Brighton, Stefan Leitner

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

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

Dr Ben Knott, A/Prof Wayne Iwan Lee Davies, Livia S. Carvalho, Dr Mathew Berg, Prof Kate Buchanan, James K. Bowmaker, Prof Andy Bennett, David M. Hunt

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

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2012

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

Jennifer E. Evans, Emma L. Smith, Prof Andy Bennett, Innes C. Cuthill, Prof Kate Buchanan

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

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

Mr Joseph Woodgate, Mylene M. Mariette, Prof Andy Bennett, Simon C. Griffith, Prof Kate Buchanan

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

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The role of testosterone in bib size determination in the male house sparrow Passer domesticus, is age dependent

Mark L Roberts, Prof Kate Buchanan, Arthur R. Goldsmith, Matthew R Evans

(2012), Vol. 43, pp. 264-272, Journal of avian biology, Malden, Mass., C1

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Genes and song : genetic and social connections in fragmented habitat in a woodland bird with limited dispersal

Alexandra Pavlova, J. Nevil Amos, Maria I. Goretskaia, Irina R. Beme, Prof Kate Buchanan, Naoko Takeuchi, Dr Jim Radford, Dr Paul Sunnucks

(2012), Vol. 93, pp. 1717-1727, Ecology, Ithaca, N. Y., C1

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2011

Correlated response to selection of testosterone levels and immunocompetence in lines selected for avian personality

Kees van Oers, Prof Kate Buchanan, Tanja E. Thomas, Pieter J. Drent

(2011), Vol. 81, pp. 1055-1061, Animal behaviour, Oxford, U. K., C1

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The developmental stress hypothesis: A special case of the evolution of condition-dependent sexual traits

Prof Kate Buchanan

(2011), Vol. 22, pp. 12-13, Behavioral Ecology, United States, C1

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Pollutants affect development in nestling starlings Sturnus vulgaris

Shai Markman, Carsten T Muller, David Pascoe, Alistair Dawson, Prof Kate Buchanan

(2011), Vol. 48, pp. 391-397, Journal of applied ecology, Oxford, U. K., C1

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

Mr Joseph Woodgate, Stefan Leitner, Clive Catchpole, Dr Mathew Berg, Prof Andy Bennett, Prof Kate Buchanan

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

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

Dr Raoul Ribot, Dr Mathew Berg, Prof Kate Buchanan, Prof Andy Bennett

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

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2010

Does testosterone determine dominance in the house sparrow Passer domesticus? An experimental test

Prof Kate Buchanan, Matthew R Evans, Mark L Roberts, L Rowe, Arthur R. Goldsmith

(2010), Vol. 41, pp. 445-451, Journal of avian biology, Copenhagen, Denmark, C1

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Developmental stress and female mate choice behaviour in the zebra finch

Mr Joseph Woodgate, Prof Andy Bennett, Stefan Leitner, Clive Catchpole, Prof Kate Buchanan

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

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The Zebra Finch: a synthesis revised

Prof Kate Buchanan, Simon C. Griffith, Sarah R. Pryke

(2010), Vol. 110, pp. i-ii, Emu, Melbourne, Vic., C1

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Maternal effects in the Zebra Finch : a model mother reviewed

Simon C. Griffith, Prof Kate Buchanan

(2010), Vol. 110, pp. 251-267, Emu, Melbourne, Vic., C1

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Testosterone manipulation post-castration does not alter cloacal gland growth differences in male quail selected for divergent plasma corticosterone stress response

J.M Busso, Daniel G. Satterlee, Mark L Roberts, Prof Kate Buchanan, Matthew R Evans, Raul H. Marin

(2010), Vol. 89, pp. 2691-2698, Poultry science, Champaign, Ill., C1

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Avian retinal oil droplets : dietary manipulation of colour vision?

Dr Ben Knott, Dr Mathew Berg, Eric R. Morgan, Prof Kate Buchanan, James K. Bowmaker, Prof Andy Bennett

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

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2009

Prenatal environmental effects match offspring begging to parental provisioning

Camilla A Hinde, Prof Kate Buchanan, Rebecca M. Kilner

(2009), Vol. 276, pp. 2787-2794, Royal Society of London. Proceedings. Biological Sciences, London, England, C1

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The effects of testosterone on immune function in quail selected for divergent plasma corticosterone response

Mark L Roberts, Prof Kate Buchanan, Matthew R Evans, Raul H. Marin, Daniel G. Satterlee

(2009), Vol. 212, pp. 3125-3131, The Journal of Experimental Biology, Cambridge, England, C1

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Detection of endocrine disrupting chemicals in aerial invertebrates at sewage treatment works

Kirsty J. Park, Carsten T Muller, Shai Markman, Olivia Swinscow-Hall, David Pascoe, Prof Kate Buchanan

(2009), Vol. 77, pp. 1459-1464, Chemosphere, Oxford, England, C1

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

Dr Raoul Ribot, Dr Mathew Berg, Prof Kate Buchanan, Jan Komdeur, Dr Leo Joseph, Prof Andy Bennett

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

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2008

Pollutants increase song complexity and the volume of the brain area HVC in a songbird

Shai Markman, Stefan Leitner, Clive Catchpole, Sara Barnsley, Carsten T Muller, David Pascoe, Prof Kate Buchanan

(2008), Vol. 3, pp. 1-6, Plos one, San Francisco, Calif., C1-1

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2007

Spatial ability is impaired and mineralcorticoid receptor mRNA expression in zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) selected for acute high corticosterone response to stress

Zo¿¿ G. Hodgson, Simone L. Meddle, Mark L Roberts, Prof Kate Buchanan, Matthew R Evans, Reinhold Metzdorf, Prof Manfred Gahr, Susan D. Healy

(2007), Vol. 274, pp. 239-245, Proceedings of the royal society : B supplement, London, England, C1-1

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Color signals in the Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix) : signal properties and their condition dependency

Heli Siitari, Rauno V Alatalo, Panu Halme, Prof Kate Buchanan, Janne Kilpimaa

(2007), Vol. 169, pp. S81-S92, American naturalist, Chicago, Ill., C1-1

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Is sex-specific mass gain in Cory's shearwaters Calonectris diomedea related to begging and steroid hormone expression?

Petra Quillfeldt, Inga Tr¿¿ger, Kate Griffith, Prof Kate Buchanan, Juan F. Masello

(2007), Vol. 61, pp. 793-800, Behavioral ecology and sociobiology, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

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Song and female choice for extrapair copulations in the sedge warbler, Acrocephalus schoenobaenus

Rupert C Marshall, Prof Kate Buchanan, Clive Catchpole

(2007), Vol. 73, pp. 629-635, Animal behaviour, London, England, C1-1

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Effects of testosterone and corticosterone on immunocompetence in the zebra finch

Mark L Roberts, Prof Kate Buchanan, Dennis Hasselquist, Matthew R Evans

(2007), Vol. 51, pp. 126-134, Hormones and behavior, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Does testosterone mediate the trade-off between nestling begging and growth in the canary (Serinus canaria)?

Prof Kate Buchanan, Arthur R. Goldsmith, Camilla A Hinde, S C Griffith, Rebecca M. Kilner

(2007), Vol. 52, pp. 664-671, Hormones and behavior, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Nestling testosterone controls begging behaviour in the pied flycatcher, Ficedula hypoleuca

N M Goodship, Prof Kate Buchanan

(2007), Vol. 52, pp. 454-460, Hormones and behavior, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Song sharing and repertoire size in the sedge warbler, Acrocephalus schoenobaenus: changes within and between years

Joanne S Nicolson, Prof Kate Buchanan, Rupert C Marshall, Clive Catchpole

(2007), Vol. 74, pp. 1585-1592, Animal behaviour, London, England, C1-1

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

Mark L Roberts, Prof Kate Buchanan, Dennis Hasselquist, Prof Andy Bennett, Matthew R Evans

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

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Endocrine disrupting chemicals accumulate in earthworms exposed to sewage effluent

Shai Markman, Irina A Guschina, Sara Barnsley, Prof Kate Buchanan, David Pascoe, Carsten T Muller

(2007), Vol. 70, pp. 119-125, Chemosphere, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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

Mark L Roberts, Prof Kate Buchanan, Prof Andy Bennett, Matthew R Evans

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

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2006

Nestling testosterone is associated with begging behaviour and fledging success in the pied flycatcher, Ficedula hypoleuca

Nicola M. Goodship, Prof Kate Buchanan

(2006), Vol. 273, pp. 71-76, Proceedings of the royal society : B supplement, London, England, C1-1

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Heritability of corticosterone response and changes in life history traits during selection in the zebra finch

Matthew R Evans, Mark L Roberts, Prof Kate Buchanan, Arthur R. Goldsmith

(2006), Vol. 19, pp. 343-352, Journal of evolutionary biology, Oxford, England, C1-1

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Begging and provisioning of thin-billed prions, Pachyptila belcheri, are related to testosterone and corticosterone

Petra Quillfeldt, Juan F. Masello, Ian J. Strange, Prof Kate Buchanan

(2006), Vol. 71, pp. 1359-1369, Animal behaviour, London, England, C1-1

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2005

Stress, resource allocation and mortality

John M McNamara, Prof Kate Buchanan

(2005), Vol. 16, pp. 1008-1017, Behavioral ecology, New York, N.Y., C1-1

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Parasites affect song complexity and neural development in a songbird

Karen A. Spencer, Prof Kate Buchanan, Stefan Leitner, Arthur R. Goldsmith, Clive Catchpole

(2005), Vol. 272, pp. 2037-2043, Proceedings of the royal society : B supplement, London, England, C1-1

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Developmental stress affects the attractiveness of male song and female choice in the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata)

Karen A. Spencer, J. H. Wimpenny, Prof Kate Buchanan, P. G. Lovell, Arthur R. Goldsmith, Clive Catchpole

(2005), Vol. 58, pp. 423-428, Behavioral ecology and sociobiology, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

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Optimal immune responses : immunocompetence revisited

Mark E. Viney, Eleanor M. Riley, Prof Kate Buchanan

(2005), Vol. 20, pp. 665-669, Trends in ecology and evolution, London, England, C1-1

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2004

Developmental stress selectively affects the song control nucleus HVC in the zebra finch brain

Prof Kate Buchanan, Stefan Leitner, Karen A. Spencer, Arthur R. Goldsmith, Clive Catchpole

(2004), Vol. 271, pp. 2381-2386, Proceedings of the royal society : B supplement, London, England, C1-1

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The application of a fuzzy rule based system in an exposition of the antecedents of sedge warbler song flight

M. J. Beynon, Prof Kate Buchanan, Yu-Cheng Tang

(2004), Vol. 21, pp. 1-10, Expert systems, Oxford, England, C1-1

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Object classification under ignorance using CaRBS : the case of the European barn swallow

M. J. Beynon, Prof Kate Buchanan

(2004), Vol. 27, pp. 403-415, Expert systems with applications, Oxford, England, C1-1

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Developmental stress, social rank and song complexity in the European starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Karen A. Spencer, Prof Kate Buchanan, Arthur R. Goldsmith, Clive Catchpole

(2004), Vol. 271, pp. S121-S123, Proceedings of the royal society : B supplement, London, England, C1-1

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Testing the immunocompetence handicap hypothesis : a review of the evidence

Mark L Roberts, Prof Kate Buchanan, Matthew R Evans

(2004), Vol. 68, pp. 227-239, Animal behaviour, London, England, C1-1

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Noninvasive endocrine data for behavioural studies : the importance of validation

Prof Kate Buchanan, Arthur R. Goldsmith

(2004), Vol. 67, pp. 183-185, Animal behaviour, Essex, England, C1-1

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2003

Sexual selection and individual genetic diversity in a songbird

Rupert C Marshall, Prof Kate Buchanan, Clive Catchpole

(2003), Vol. 270, pp. S248-S250, Proceedings of the Royal Society : B, London, England, C1-1

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Song as an honest signal of past developmental stress in the European starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Prof Kate Buchanan, Karen A. Spencer, Arthur R. Goldsmith, Clive Catchpole

(2003), Vol. 270, pp. 1149-1156, Proceedings of the royal society : B supplement, London, England, C1-1

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Testosterone, dominance signalling and immunosuppression in the house sparrow, Passer domesticus

Prof Kate Buchanan, Matthew R Evans, Arthur R. Goldsmith

(2003), Vol. 55, pp. 50-59, Behavioral ecology and sociobiology, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

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An illustration of variable precision rough set theory : The gender classification of the European barn swallow (Hirundo rustica)

M. J. Beynon, Prof Kate Buchanan

(2003), Vol. 65, pp. 835-858, Bulletin of mathematical biology, New York, N.Y., C1-1

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Song as an honest signal of developmental stress in the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata)

K A Spencer, Prof Kate Buchanan, Arthur R. Goldsmith, Clive Catchpole

(2003), Vol. 44, pp. 132-139, Hormones and behavior, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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