Dr Mathew Berg

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Research Fellow In Avian Sensory Ecology

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Life & Env. Sciences

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Groningen, 2007

Contact

mathew.berg@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 71365

Biography summary

• BSc (Hons), University of Melbourne, Australia (1994-1998)
• PhD, University of Groningen, The Netherlands (1999-2004)
• Jessup Fellow, Academy of Natural Sciences Philadelphia, USA (2004)
• Research Associate, University of Bristol, UK (2004-2007)
• Research Fellow, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University (2008 ongoing)

Knowledge areas

Disease ecology and evolution

Animal behaviour, communication, and sensory ecology

Biogeography and molecular ecology

Avian ecology

Publications

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2015

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

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

Mr Justin Eastwood, Dr Mathew Berg, Ms Briana Spolding, Prof Kate Buchanan, Prof Andy Bennett, Prof Ken Walder

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

journal
2014

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 Andy Bennett

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

journal

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

Mr Justin Eastwood, Dr Mathew Berg, Dr Raoul Ribot, A/Prof Shane Raidal, Prof Kate Buchanan, Prof Ken Walder, Prof Andy Bennett

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

journal
2013

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

journal

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

journal
2012

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

Dr Ben Knott, James K. Bowmaker, Dr Mathew Berg, Prof Andy Bennett

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

journal

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

Dr Raoul Ribot, Prof Kate Buchanan, Prof John Endler, Dr Leo Joseph, Prof Andy Bennett, Dr Mathew Berg

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

journal
2011

Ultraviolet-sensitive vision in long-lived birds

Livia S. Carvalho, Dr Ben Knott, Dr Mathew Berg, Prof Andy Bennett, David M. 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

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

journal

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

journal
2010

The evolution of plumage colouration in parrots : a review

Dr Mathew Berg, Prof Andy Bennett

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

journal

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

journal
2009

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

journal
2008

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

Dr Leo Joseph, Gaynor Dolman, Stephen Donnellan, Kathleen M. Saint, Dr Mathew Berg, Prof Andy Bennett

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

journal

A simple, inexpensive trap for capturing parrots and other cavity nesting birds

Dr Mathew Berg, Dr Raoul Ribot

(2008), Vol. 32, pp. 78-79, Corella, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1

journal
2007

Is extrapair mating random? On the probability distribution of extrapair young in avian broods

Jon E Brommer, Peter Korsten, Karen M Bouwman, Dr Mathew Berg, Jan Komdeur

(2007), Vol. 18, pp. 895-904, Behavioral Ecology, Cary, N.C., C1-1

journal
2006

The functional significance of multiple nest-building in the Australian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus australis

Dr Mathew Berg, Nienke H Beintema, Justin A Welbergen, Jan Komdeur

(2006), Vol. 148, pp. 395-404, Ibis : the international journal of avian science, Oxford, England, C1-1

journal
2005

Singing as a handicap : the effects of food availability and weather on song output in the Australian reed warbler Acrocephalus australis

Dr Mathew Berg, Nienke H Beintema, Justin A Welbergen, Jan Komdeur

(2005), Vol. 36, pp. 102-109, Journal of avian biology, Copenhagen, Denmark, C1-1

journal
2004

Trade-offs between paternal feeding, extra-pair mating effort and territory defence.

Dr Mathew Berg, Jan Komdeur

(2004), pp. -, ISBE 2004 : Proceedings of the 10th Biennial Congress of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology 2004, Jyväskylä, Finland, E1-1

conference
2003

Experimental evidence for the influence of food availability on incubation attendance and hatching asynchrony in the Australian reed warbler Acrocephalus australis

Cas Eikenaar, Dr Mathew Berg, Jan Komdeur

(2003), Vol. 34, pp. 419-427, Journal of avian biology, Copenhagen, Denmark, C1-1

journal

Breeding ecology and bias in offspring sex ratio in little grassbirds (Megalurus gramineus)

Rebecca R McIntosh, Romke Kats, Dr Mathew Berg, Michael, F Jobling, Jan Komdeur

(2003), Vol. 51, pp. 505-514, Australian journal of zoology, Collingwood, Vic., C1-1

journal

Breeding behaviour and ecology of the sexually size-dimorphic brown songlark, Cinclorhamphus cruralis

Michael J. L. Magrath, Lyanne Brouwer, Arnoud van Petersen, Dr Mathew Berg, Jan Komdeur

(2003), Vol. 51, pp. 429-441, Australian journal of zoology, Collingwood, Vic., C1-1

journal

Grants

Industry and Other Funding

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

Do birds use odour signals for mate choice? A first test using crimson rosellas

Dr Mathew Berg, Ms Milla Mihailova

  • 2011: $5,000

Testing odour recognition at crimson rosella nests

Prof Andy Bennett, Ms Milla Mihailova, Dr Mathew Berg

  • 2011: $1,500

Heat stress and breeding success in parrots

Prof Andy Bennett, Dr Mathew Berg, Mr Justin Eastwood

  • 2011: $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

Psittacosis in wild Australian parrots: Investigating strains and seasonal patterns

Prof Andy Bennett, Dr Mathew Berg, Miss Helena Stokes

  • 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

  • 2016: $5,900

Other Funding Sources

Ian Potter Foundation travel grant - 25th International Ornithological Congress

Dr Mathew Berg

  • 2010: $2,100

Olfactory signalling in a species complex: the crimson rosella

Prof Andy Bennett, Ms Milla Mihailova, Dr Mathew Berg

  • 2014: $800

Conference - Variation of behavioural assymetries in the Crimson rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Dr Mathew Berg, Ms Sarah Anne Micallef

  • 2014: $704

Evolution of song in Acrocephalus warblers: evidence from historic and contemporary populations

Dr Mathew Berg, Miss Sarah Beebe, Prof Kate Buchanan

  • 2014: $640

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

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

Supervisions

Data will be available in 2017