Dr Christa Beckmann



Honorary Fellow


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Life & Env. Sciences


Off-Campus (Home)


+61 3 522 72880

Research interests

Wildlife Conservation

Human-wildlife Conflict Ecology

Invasive Species

Life History Theory

Animal Behaviour

Teaching interests

Wildlife and Conservation Ecology

Animal Behaviour

Independent Research Projects

Units taught

SLE314 Research Project

SLE224 Animal Behaviour

SLE354 Disease Ecology


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Obesity paradox in cancer: is bigger really better?

B Ujvari, C Jacqueline, D Misse, V Amar, J Fitzpatrick, G Jennings, C Beckmann, S Rome, P Biro, R Gatenby, J Brown, L Almeida, F Thomas

(2019), Vol. 12, pp. 1092-1095, Evolutionary applications, Chichester, Eng., C1


Cancer is not (only) a senescence problem

F Thomas, F Vavre, T Tissot, M Vittecoq, M Giraudeau, F Bernex, D Misse, F Renaud, N Raven, C Beckmann, R Hamede, P Biro, B Ujvari

(2018), Vol. 4, pp. 169-172, Trends in cancer, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Metabolic scope as a proximate constraint on individual behavioral variation: effects on personality, plasticity, and predictability

P Biro, T Garland, C Beckmann, B Ujvari, F Thomas, J Post

(2018), Vol. 192, pp. 142-154, American naturalist, Chicago, Ill., C1


Curvilinear telomere length dynamics in a squamate reptile

B Ujvari, P Biro, J Charters, G Brown, K Heasman, C Beckmann, T Madsen

(2017), Vol. 31, pp. 753-759, Functional ecology, London, Eng., C1


Cancer: a disease at the crossroads of trade-offs

C Jacqueline, P Biro, C Beckmann, A Moller, F Renaud, G Sorci, A Tasiemski, B Ujvari, F Thomas

(2017), Vol. 10, pp. 215-225, Evolutionary applications: evolutionary approaches to environmental, biomedical and socio-economic issues, London, Eng., C1


Cancer prevalence and etiology in wild and captive animals

T Madsen, A Arnal, M Vittecoq, F Bernex, J Abadie, S Labrut, D Garcia, D Faugere, K Lemberger, C Beckmann, B Roche, F Thomas, B Ujvari

(2017), pp. 11-11, Ecology and evolution of cancer, London, Eng., B1


Changes in diet associated with cancer: an evolutionary perspective

F Thomas, S Rome, F Mery, E Dawson, J Montagne, P Biro, C Beckmann, F Renaud, R Poulin, M Raymond, B Ujvari

(2017), Vol. 10, pp. 651-657, Evolutionary applications, London, Eng., C1


Avian nest abandonment prior to laying-a strategy to minimize predation risk?

M Flegeltaub, P Biro, C Beckmann

(2017), Vol. 158, pp. 1091-1098, Journal of ornithology, Berlin, Germany, C1


The importance of cancer cells for animal evolutionary ecology

F Thomas, C Jacqueline, T Tissot, M Henard, S Blanchet, G Loot, E Dawson, F Mery, F Renaud, J Montagne, C Beckmann, P Biro, R Hamede, B Ujvari

(2017), Vol. 1, pp. 1592-1595, Nature ecology and evolution, London, Eng., C1


Avian influenza infection dynamics under variable climatic conditions, viral prevalence is rainfall driven in waterfowl from temperate, south-east Australia

M Ferenczi, C Beckmann, S Warner, R Loyn, K O'Riley, X Wang, M Klaassen

(2016), Vol. 47, pp. 1-12, Veterinary research, London, Eng., C1


Placement of re-nests following predation: are birds managing risk?

C Beckmann, P McDonald

(2016), Vol. 116, pp. 9-13, Emu: austral ornithology, Clayton, Vic., C1


Cancer and life-history traits: lessons from host-parasite interactions

B Ujvari, C Beckmann, P Biro, A Arnal, A Tasiemski, F Massol, M Salzet, F Mery, C Boidin-Wichlacz, D Misse, F Renaud, M Vittecoq, T Tissot, B Roche, R Poulin, F Thomas

(2016), Vol. 143, pp. 533-541, Parasitology, Cambridge, Eng., C1


High atmospheric temperatures and 'ambient incubation' drive embryonic development and lead to earlier hatching in a passerine bird.

S Griffith, M Mainwaring, E Sorato, C Beckmann

(2016), Vol. 3, pp. 1-14, Royal society open science, London, Eng., C1


Testing hypotheses about the function of repeated nest abandonment as a life history strategy in a passerine bird

C Beckmann, K Martin

(2016), Vol. 158, pp. 335-342, IBIS: the international journal of avian science, London, Eng., C1


Individual boldness traits influenced by temperature in male Siamese fighting fish.

M Forsatkar, M Nematollahi, P Biro, C Beckmann

(2016), Vol. 165, pp. 267-272, Physiology and behavior, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Towards powerful experimental and statistical approaches to study intraindividual variability in labile traits

D Mitchell, B Fanson, C Beckmann, P Biro

(2016), Vol. 3, pp. 1-10, Royal society open science, London, Eng., C1


Do the numbers and locations of road-killed anuran carcasses accurately reflect impacts of vehicular traffic?

C Beckmann, R Shine

(2015), Vol. 79, pp. 92-101, Journal of wildlife management, Weinheim, Germany, C1


Noisy neighbours at the frog pond: effects of invasive cane toads on the calling behaviour of native Australian frogs

I Bleach, C Beckmann, C Both, G Brown, R Shine

(2015), Vol. 69, pp. 675-683, Behavioral ecology and sociobiology, Weinheim, Germany, C1


Hierarchical analysis of avian re-nesting behavior: mean, across-individual, and intra-individual responses

C Beckmann, P Biro, K Martin

(2015), Vol. 69, pp. 1631-1638, Behavioral ecology and sociobiology, New York, N.Y., C1


Widespread convergence in toxin resistance by predictable molecular evolution

B Ujvari, N Casewell, K Sunagar, K Arbuckle, W Wster, N Lo, D O'Meally, C Beckmann, G King, E Deplazes, T Madsen

(2015), Vol. 112, pp. 11911-11916, National Academy of Sciences. Proceedings, Washington, D.C., C1


Effects of an invasive species on refuge-site selection by native fauna : the impact of cane toads on native frogs in the Australian tropics

I Bleach, C Beckmann, G Brown, R Shine

(2013), Vol. 39, pp. 50-59, Austral ecology, Melbourne, Vic., C1


On the Validity of a Single (Boldness) Assay in Personality Research

C Beckmann, P Biro

(2013), Vol. 119, pp. 937-947, Ethology, C1


How many of Australia's ground-nesting birds are likely to be at risk from the invasive Cane Toad (Rhinella marina)?

C Beckmann, R Shine

(2012), Vol. 112, pp. 83-89, Emu, C1-1


Do drivers intentionally target wildlife on roads?

C Beckmann, R Shine

(2012), Vol. 37, pp. 629-632, Austral Ecology, C1-1


Responses of Australian wading birds to a novel toxic prey type, the invasive cane toad Rhinella marina

C Beckmann, M Crossland, R Shine

(2011), Vol. 13, pp. 2925-2934, Biological Invasions, C1-1


Toad's tongue for breakfast: Exploitation of a novel prey type, the invasive cane toad, by scavenging raptors in tropical Australia

C Beckmann, R Shine

(2011), Vol. 13, pp. 1447-1455, Biological Invasions, C1-1


The power of myth : the (non) impact of invasive cane toads (Bufo marinus) on domestic chickens (Gallus gallus)

C Beckmann, R Shine

(2010), Vol. 50, pp. 847-851, Animal production science, Collingwood, Vic., C1-1


Small within-day increases in temperature affects boldness and alters personality in coral reef fish

P Biro, C Beckmann, J Stamps

(2010), Vol. 277, pp. 71-77, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, C1-1


Impact of invasive cane toads on Australian birds

C Beckmann, R Shine

(2009), Vol. 23, pp. 1544-1549, Conservation biology, Boston, Mass., C1-1


An intraspecific killing in adult Pacific Reef Egrets (Egretta sacra)

C Beckmann

(2008), Vol. 120, pp. 422-424, Wilson Journal of Ornithology, C1-1


Early microhabitat use by age 0 year brook charr Salvelinus fontinalis in lakes

P Biro, C Beckmann, M Ridgway

(2008), Vol. 73, pp. 226-240, Journal of Fish Biology, C1-1


Asymmetric impact of piscivorous birds on size-structured fish populations

C Beckmann, P Biro, J Post

(2006), Vol. 84, pp. 1584-1593, Canadian Journal of Zoology, C1-1


Influence of nest box design on box choice by mountain bluebirds and tree swallows

M Pearman, C Beckmann

(2006), Vol. 64, pp. 186-190, Blue jay, Regina, Canada, C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Funding Sources

Avian influenza virus dynamics in a waterbird community in Australia

Prof Marcel Klaassen, Ms Marta Ferenczi, Dr Christa Beckmann

  • 2014: $800

What is the function of female song?

Dr Christa Beckmann, Miss Meagan Thornton

  • 2016: $1,000

Does the use of spider silk as nest material result in higher avian egg predation rates in the grey fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa)?

Dr Christa Beckmann, Ms Michelle Green

  • 2016: $909

Does the use of spider web as nest material result in higher nest predation rates in the Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa)

Dr Christa Beckmann

  • 2017: $333


Associate Supervisor

Marta Ferenczi

Thesis entitled: Avian influenza virus dynamics in Australian wild birds

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