Publications

Forthcoming  

Higginson AD (submitted) Competition for nest sites causes global variation in declines of birds and bees. Ecol Lett 

 
 
McNamara JM, Higginson AD, Houston AI (submitted) Ancestral starvation-predation trade-offs pre-dispose humans to obesity-related mortality. Biol Lett

 
 Higginson AD, McNamara JM, Houston AI  (submitted) Fitness and fatness: A behavioural ecology perspective on models of obesity. Int J Obesity

 
 2014  
 Higginson AD, McNamara JM, Houston AI (in press) The starvation-predation trade-off shapes the strategic use of protein for energy during fasting. J Theoret Biol 
   
 Fawcett TW, Fallenstein B, Higginson AD,  Houston AI, Mallpress DEW, Trimmer PC, McNamara JM (2014) The evolution of decision rules in complex environments. Trends Cogn Sci   
 2012

 Higginson AD, Fawcett TW, Trimmer PC, McNamara JM, Houston AI  (2012) Generalized optimal risk allocation: foraging and anti-predator behavior in a fluctuating environment. Am Nat 180:589-603.

 
 Fawcett TW, Higginson AD (2012) Reply to Chitnis and Smith, Fernandes, Gibbons, and Kane: Communicating theory effectively requires more explanation, not fewer equations.  Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 109:E3058-3059
 
 Fawcett TW, Higginson AD (2012) Heavy use of equations impedes communication among biologists. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 109:11735-11739
Press Release,
F1000, PNAS, Nature, Science, Scientific American, TES, Der Spiegel, International Business Times, Le Monde, ABC News, Corriere Della Sera, La Repubblica, NRC, La Razon, To Vima, RIA.
 
   
 Daly D, Higginson AD, Dong C, Ruxton GD,  Speed MP  (2012) Density-dependent investment in costly antipredator defences: an explanation for the weak survival benefit of group living. Ecol Lett 15: 576-583. 
 Higginson AD, Speed MP, Ruxton GD (2012) Effects of anti-predator defence through toxin sequestration on use of alternative food microhabitats by small herbivores. J Theoret Biol 300: 368-375.

 
 Higginson AD, de Wert L, Rowland HM, Ruxton GD, Speed MP (2012) Masquerade is associated with polyphagy and larval overwintering in the Lepidoptera. Biol J Linn Soc 106: 90-103.

 
  Higginson AD, McNamara JM, Houston AI (2012) The starvation-predation trade-off predicts trends in body size, muscularity and adiposity between and within taxa. Am Nat 179:338-350.

 
 Houston AI, Trimmer PC, Fawcett TW, Higginson AD, Marshall JAR, McNamara JM  (2012) Is optimism optimal? Functional causes of apparent behavioural biases. BehavProc 89: 128-136.
 
2011
 
Houston AI, Higginson AD, McNamara JM (2011) Optimal foraging for multiple nutrients in an unpredictable environment. Ecol Lett 14:1101-1107

 
Higginson AD, Barnard CJ, Tofilski A, Medina LM, Ratnieks FL (2011) Experimental wing damage affects foraging effort and foraging distance in  honeybees Apis mellifera. Psyche 419793,  doi:10.1155/2011/419793

 
  Higginson AD, Delf J, Ruxton GD, Speed MP (2011) Growth and reproductive costs of larval defence in the aposematic lepidopteran Pieris brassicae. J Anim Ecol 80:384-392.    
 2010
 

Higginson AD & Ruxton GD (2010) Adaptive changes in size and age at metamorphosis can qualitatively vary with predator type and available defensive responses. Ecology 91:2756-2768

 

Higginson AD, Ruxton GD, Skelhorn J (2010) The impact of flower-dwelling predators on host plant reproductive success Oecologia 164:411-421.

 
 

Higginson AD & Ruxton GD (2010) Optimal defensive coloration strategies during the growth period of prey. Evolution 64:53-67.

 
 

Broom M, Higginson AD, Ruxton GD (2010) Optimal investment across different aspects of anti-predator defences. J Theoret Biol 263: 579-586.

 
 2009    
  Higginson AD & Ruxton GD (2009) Dynamic models allowing for flexibility in complex life histories accurately predict timing of metamorphosis and antipredator strategies of prey. Funct Ecol 23:1103-1113.

 
  Higginson AD, Ruxton GD (2009) Dynamic state-dependent modelling predicts optimal usage patterns of responsive defences. Oecologia 160:399-410.

 
  Higginson AD, Reader T (2009) Environmental heterogeneity, genotype-by-environment interactions and the reliability of sexual traits as indicators of mate quality. Proc Roy Soc Lond B 276:1153-1159.  
  2004-2008
 
  Higginson AD, Gilbert FS, Reader T, Barnard CJ (2007) Experimental removal of coloured accessory bracts reduces honeybee (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Apis mellifera L.) visitation rates to individual inflorescences of Lavandula stoechas L. Entomol Generalis 29:165-178.

 
  Reader T, Higginson AD, Gilbert FS, Barnard CJ (2006) The effects of predation risk from crab spiders on bee foraging behavior. BehavEcol 17:933-939

 
  Higginson AD, Gilbert FS, Barnard CJ (2006) Morphological correlates of nectar production used by honeybees. Ecol Entomol 31:269-276

 
  Higginson AD, Gilbert FS (2004) Paying for nectar with wingbeats: A new model of honeybee foraging. Proc Roy Soc Lond B 271: 2595-2603

 
  Higginson AD, Barnard CJ (2004) Accumulating wing damage affects foraging decisions in honeybees (Apis mellifera L.). Ecol Entomol 29:52-59  

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