Where are the beachmasters? Unexpectedly weak polygyny among southern elephant seals on a South Shetland Island

Nichols, H. J., Fuchs, B., Paijmans, A. J., Lewis, G., Bonin, C. A., Goebel, M. E., & Hoffman, J. I. (2022). Where are the beachmasters? Unexpectedly weak polygyny among southern elephant seals on a South Shetland Island. Journal of Zoology, vol. 316, pp. 104– 117. https://doi.org/10.1111/jzo.12936 Elephant seals are a textbook example of a polygynous species. In fact, enormous male southern elephant seals (“the beachmasters”) fighting over their... Continue Reading →

Age-specific sensitivity of sperm length and testes size to developmental temperature in the bruchid beetle

Vasudeva, R., Deeming, D.C. and Eady, P.E. (2021). Age-specific sensitivity of sperm length and testes size to developmental temperature in the bruchid beetle. Journal of Zoology, vol. 314, pp. 285- 295. https://doi.org/10.1111/jzo.12884 Our work published in the Journal of Zoology describes the sensitive developmental stages (duration) that affect the phenotypic expression of sperm and testes when... Continue Reading →

Winner of the 2020 Journal of Zoology ‘Paper of the Year’ award: Sleeping Eurasian oystercatchers adjust their vigilance in response to the behaviour of neighbours, human disturbance and environmental conditions

We congratulate the winners of the 2020 Journal of Zoology 'Paper of the Year' award Meaghan McBlain, Katherine Jones and Graeme Shannon, at Bangor University, UK, with their paper entitled: Sleeping Eurasian oystercatchers adjust their vigilance in response to the behaviour of neighbours, human disturbance and environmental conditions This impressive study related field recordings of... Continue Reading →

Co-occurrence of high densities of brown hyena and spotted hyena in central Tuli, Botswana

Vissia, S., Wadhwa, R. and van Langevelde, F. (2021). Co-occurrence of high densities of brown hyena and spotted hyena in central Tuli, Botswana. Journal of Zoology, vol. 314, pp. 143-150. https://doi.org/10.1111/jzo.12873 Central Tuli in South-East Botswana is a beautiful and unique area which hosts a rich carnivore guild from large carnivores such as lion, leopard, brown... Continue Reading →

Remote, non-invasive photogrammetry for measuring physical traits in wildlife

Smith, A.F., Bongi, P. and Ciuti, S. (2021). Remote, non-invasive photogrammetry for measuring physical traits in wildlife. Journal of Zoology, vol. 313, pp. 250-262. https://doi.org/10.1111/jzo.12858 Is it possible to measure the morphological traits of large mammals without capture or culling? Absolutely! “Photogrammetry” allows the extraction of real-world measurements from photographs, and is frequently applied in aerial... Continue Reading →

The Backstory Behind: Cautious clams? Energetic state modifies risk assessment in giant clams

Hayes, H.G., Hollander, E.N.R., Vydro, S.A., Williams, D.M. and Blumstein, D.T. (2021). Cautious clams? Energetic state modifies risk assessment in giant clams. Journal of Zoology, vol. 313, pp. 208-215. https://doi.org/10.1111/jzo.12853 This project was the result of an intensive University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) undergraduate research course called the Field and Marine Biology Quarter taught, in... Continue Reading →

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