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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Free to access until 31 March Personality and Innate Immune Defences in a wild bird: evidence for the pace-of-life hypothesisLINK to the PDF

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Nataly's first paper was featured on the ARC News page! Check it out…… & the paper here.

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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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