Research in the group focuses on behavioural, physiological and evolutionary ecology of wild birds.

We use an integrative approach to understand costs and benefits of attributes of animals, combining observations with experiments and comparative studies. One of the main research themes concerns the mechanisms that govern trade-offs between key life-history components: how do animals balance investment in the pursuit of mating opportunities, parental care and their own health. 

Currently, our main field project involves a long-term study of purple-crowned fairy-wrens, Malurus coronatus,  in the Kimberley region of north-west Australia.
A group of purple-crowned fairy-wrens jointly defending their territory (c) Michelle Hall

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"It isn't easy being blue: the cost of colour in fairy-wrens" was published today to accompany Alex's first paper in Royal Society Proceedings B

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Science Stories Video "Follow the birds"! See Anne and Alex and the superb fairy-wrens in action

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