Centre for the Integrative Study of Animal Behaviour
My research interests include vision-based decision making, cognition and communication. I have studied mimicry and vision-based predatory behaviour in jumping spiders with Professor Robert Jackson at the University of Canterbury and am currently an ARC-funded postdoctoral fellow at at the Centre for the Integrative Study of Animal Behaviour at Macquarie University, where I have been working on predator assessment by agamid lizards. Currently I am studying the use of honest signalling and signal variation in sebright chickens..
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Nelson, X. J., Jackson, R. R., Li, D., Barrion, A. T. & Edwards, G. B. 2006. Innate aversion to ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and ant mimics: experimental findings from mantises. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 88: 23-32. Abstract pdf
Nelson, X. J. & Jackson, R. R. 2006. Compound mimicry and trading predators by the males of sexually dimorphic Batesian mimics. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London (B), 273: 367-372. Abstract pdf
Jackson, R. R., Nelson, X. J. & Sune, G. O. 2005. A spider that feeds indirectly on vertebrate blood by choosing female mosquitoes as prey. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (USA), 102: 15155–15160. Abstract pdf
Nelson, X. J., Jackson, R. R. & Sune, G. O. 2005. Use of Anopheles-specific prey-capture behavior by the small juveniles of Evarcha culicivora, a mosquito-eating jumping spider. Journal of Arachnology, 33: 541-548. Abstract pdf
Nelson, X. J., Jackson, R. R., Pollard, S. D., Edwards, G. B. & Barrion, A. T. 2004. Predation by ants on jumping spiders (Araneae: Salticidae) in the Philippines. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 31: 45-56. Abstract pdf