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Dr Christa Beckmann



Honorary Fellow


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Life & Env Sciences


Off-Campus (Home)

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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Understanding the unexplained: The magnitude and correlates of individual differences in residual variance

D Mitchell, C Beckmann, P Biro

(2021), Vol. 11, pp. 7201-7210, Ecology and Evolution, England, C1

journal article

Genetic structure and gene flow in the Flame Robin (Petroica phoenicea)

C Beckmann, R Major, G Frankham, S Thomas, P Biro, B Ujvari, L Neaves

(2021), Vol. 121, pp. 160-165, Emu, C1

journal article

Autumn lipid reserves, overwinter lipid depletion, and high winter mortality of rainbow trout in experimental lakes

P Biro, J Post, C Beckmann

(2021), Vol. 78, pp. 738-743, Canadian journal of fisheries and aquatic sciences, Ottawa, Ont., C1

journal article

Spontaneous activity rates and resting metabolism: support for the allocation model of energy management at the among-individual level

P Biro, F Thomas, B Ujvari, B Adriaenssens, C Beckmann

(2020), Vol. 126, pp. 32-39, Ethology, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Rare and unique adaptations to cancer in domesticated species: an untapped resource?

Frédéric Thomas, Mathieu Giraudeau, Nolwenn Dheilly, Flora Gouzerh, Justine Boutry, Christa Beckmann, Peter Biro, Rodrigo Hamede, Jerome Abadie, Sophie Labrut, Margaux Bieuville, Dorothée Misse, Georgina Bramwell, Aaron Schultz, Guillaume Le Loc’H, Orsolya Vincze, Benjamin Roche, François Renaud, Tracey Russell, Beata Ujvari

(2020), Vol. 13, pp. 1605-1614, Evolutionary applications, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Temporal autocorrelation: A neglected factor in the study of behavioral repeatability and plasticity

D Mitchell, A Dujon, C Beckmann, P Biro

(2020), Vol. 31, pp. 222-231, Behavioral Ecology, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

Can energetic capacity help explain why physical activity reduces cancer risk?

P Biro, F Thomas, B Ujvari, C Beckmann

(2020), Vol. 6, pp. 829-837, Trends in cancer, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

book chapter

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

Widespread convergence in toxin resistance by predictable molecular evolution

B Ujvari, N Casewell, K Sunagar, K Arbuckle, W Wüster, 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

journal article

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

journal article

On the validity of a single (boldness) assay in personality research

C Beckmann, P Biro

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

journal article

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, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal article

Do drivers intentionally target wildlife on roads?

C Beckmann, R Shine

(2012), Vol. 37, pp. 629-632, Austral ecology, Richmond, Vic., C1-1

journal article

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, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

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, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

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

journal article

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, Royal society of London. Proceedings B. Biological sciences, London, England, C1-1

journal article

Impact of invasive cane toads on Australian birds

C Beckmann, R Shine

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

journal article

An intraspecific killing in adult Pacific reef egrets (Egretta sacra)

C Beckmann

(2008), Vol. 120, pp. 422-424, Wilson journal of ornithology, Albion, Mich., C1-1

journal article

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, Oxford, England, C1-1

journal article

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, Ottawa, Ont., C1-1

journal article

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

journal article

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