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TL Johnson, MRE Symonds, MA Elgar (2017b) Anticipatory flexibility: larval population density in moths determines male investment in antennae, wings and tests. Proceedings of the Royal Society B in press

LK HodgkinMRE Symonds, MA Elgar (2017) Leadership through knowledge and experience in a social sawfly. Animal Behaviour in press

TL Johnson, MRE Symonds, MA Elgar (2017a) Sexual selection on receptor organ traits: younger females attract males with longer antennae. The Science of Nature 104: 44

J Ryeland, MRE Symonds, MA Weston (2017) Measurement techniques for curved shorebirds bills: a comparison of high-tech and low-tech methods. Wader Study 124: 49-54

J Ryeland, MA Weston, MRE Symonds (2017) Bill size mediates behavioural thermoregulation in birds. Functional Ecology 31: 885-893

GJ Tattersall, B Arnaout, MRE Symonds (2017) The evolution of the avian bill as a thermoregulatory organ. Biological Reviews 92: 1630-1656

MRE Symonds (2017) Statistical Methods in Biology: Design and Analysis of Experiments and Regression; by S,J. Welham, S.A. Gezan, S,J. Clark & A. Mead [book review]. Quarterly Review of Biology 92: 175-176


JL Gardner, MRE Symonds, L Joseph, K Ikin, J Stein, LEB Kruuk (2016) Spatial variation in avian bill size is associated with humidity in summer among Australian passerines. Climate Change Responses 3: 11

MRE Symonds, MA Weston, WFD Van Dongen, A Lill, RW Robinson, P-J Guay (2016) Time since urbanisation but not encephalisation is associated with increased tolerance of human proximity in birds. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 4: 117.

KR Ashman, KB McNamara, MRE Symonds (2016) Experimental evolution reveals that population density does not affect moth signalling behaviour and antennal morphology. Evolutionary Ecology 30: 1009-1021

APA Cardilini, KL Buchanan, CDH Sherman, P Cassey, MRE Symonds (2016) Tests of ecogeographical relationships in a non-native species: what rules avian morphology? Oecologia 181: 783-793

MRE Symonds, CW Gitau-Clarke (2016) The evolution of aggregation pheromone diversity in bark beetles. Advances in Insect Physiology 50: 195-234


DJE Campbell-Tennant, JL Gardner, MR Kearney, MRE Symonds (2015) Climate-related spatial and temporal variation in bill morphology over the past century in Australian parrots. Journal of Biogeography 42: 1163-1175

KDL Umbers, MRE Symonds, H Kokko (2015) The mothematics of female pheromone signalling: strategies for ageing virgins. American Naturalist 185: 417-432

OM Grace, S Buerki, MRE Symonds, F Forest, AE Van Wyk, GF Smith, RR Klopper, CS Bjora, S Neale, S Demissew, MSJ Simmonds, N Rønsted (2015) Evolutionary history and leaf succulence as explanations for medicinal use in aloes and the global popularity of Aloe veraBMC Evolutionary Biology 15: 29

BP Shiel, CDH Sherman, MA Elgar, TL Johnson, MRE Symonds (2015) Investment in sensory structures, testis size and wing coloration in males of a diurnal moth species: trade-offs or correlated growth? Ecology and Evolution 5: 1061-1068


TM Jones, KV Fanson, R Lanfear, MRE Symonds, M Higgie (2014) Gender differences in conference presentations: a consequence of self-selection? PeerJ 2: e627

LK Hodgkin, MRE Symonds, MA Elgar (2014) Leaders benefit followers in the collective movement of a social sawfly. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 281: 20141700

MRE Symonds, SP Blomberg (2014) A primer on phylogenetic generalised least squares (PGLS). In: Modern Phylogenetic Comparative Methods and Their Application in Evolutionary Biology: Concepts and Practice (ed. LZ Garamszegi), Chapter 5, pp.105-130. Springer, Berlin.

MRE Symonds  (2014) Lecturing and other face-to-face teaching – too much or too little? An assessment based on student feedback and fail rates. Higher Education Research and Development 33: 1221-1231.

MRE Symonds, MA Weston, RW Robinson, P-J Guay (2014) Comparative analysis of classic brain component sizes in relation to flightiness in birds. PLoS ONE 9: e91960


MRE Symonds, MA Elgar (2013) The evolution of body size, antennal size and host use in parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea): a phylogenetic comparative analysis. PLoS ONE 8: e78297

P-J Guay, RDA Lorenz, RW Robinson, MRE Symonds, MA Weston (2013) Distance from water, sex and approach direction influence flight distances among habituated black swans. Ethology 119: 552-558

TS Jessop, R Woodford, MRE Symonds (2013) Macrostress: do large-scale ecological patterns exist in the glucocorticoid stress response of vertebrates? Functional Ecology 27: 120-130

P-J Guay, MA Weston, MRE Symonds, HK Glover (2013) Brains and bravery: Little evidence of a relationship between brain size and flightiness in shorebirds. Austral Ecology 28: 516-522

I-P Chen, MRE Symonds, J Melville, D Stuart-Fox (2013) Factors shaping the evolution of colour patterns in Australian agamid lizards (Agamidae): a comparative study. Biological Journal of the LInnean Society 109: 101-112


N Rønsted, MRE Symonds, T Birkholm, SB Christensen, AW Meerow, M Molander, P Mølgaard, G Petersen, R Rasmussen, J Van Staden, GI Stafford, AK Jäger (2012) Can phylogeny predict chemical diversity and potential medicinal activity in plants? A case study of Amaryllidaceae. BMC Evolutionary Biology 12: 182

I-P Chen, D Stuart-Fox, AF Hugall, MRE Symonds (2012) Sexual selection and the evolution of complex color patterns in dragon lizards, Evolution 66: 3605-3614

MRE Symonds, TL Johnson, MA Elgar (2012) Pheromone production, male abundance, body size and the evolution of elaborate antennae in moths. Ecology and Evolution 2: 227-246

MRE Symonds, MJL Magrath, TM Latty (2012) Reproductive consequences of male arrival order in the bark beetle Ips grandicollis. Journal of Insect Behavior 25: 401-407


MRE Symonds, A Moussalli (2011) A brief guide to model selection, multimodel inference and model averaging in behavioural ecology using Akaike’s Information Criterion, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 65: 13-21

E Van Wilgenburg*, MRE Symonds* (*joint first authors), MA Elgar (2011) Evolution of cuticular hydrocarbon diversity in ants. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 1188-1198.

MA Bassett, JB Baumgartner, MA Hallett, Y Hassan, MRE Symonds (2011) Effects of humidity on the response of the bark beetle Ips grandicollis (Eichhoff) (Coleoptera:Curculionidae:Scolytinae) to synthetic aggregation pheromone. Australian Journal of Entomology 50: 48-51.


MRE Symonds, GJ Tattersall (2010) Geographical variation in bill size across bird species provides evidence for Allen’s rule, American Naturalist 176: 188-197.

LK Hodgkin, MA Elgar, MRE Symonds (2010) Positive and negative effects of phoretic mite species on the reproductive output of an invasive bark beetle. Australian Journal of Zoology 58 (2010), 198-204.


MRE Symonds, A Moussalli, MA Elgar (2009) The mode of evolution of sex pheromones in an ecological diverse genus of flies. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 97: 594-603.

TM Latty, MJL Magrath, MRE Symonds (2009) Harem size and oviposition behaviour in a polygynous bark beetle. Ecological Entomology 34 (2009), 562-568.

LZ Garamszegi, S Calhim, N Dochtermann, G Hegyi, PL Hurd, C Jorgensen, N Kutsukake, MJ Lajeunesse, KA Pollard, H Schielzeth, MRE Symonds, S Nakagawa (2009) Changing philosophies and tools for statistical inference in behavioral ecology. Behavioral Ecology 20: 1363-1375.


MRE Symonds, MA Elgar (2008) The evolution of pheromone diversity. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 23: 220-228.

MRE Symonds, CN Johnson (2008) Species richness and evenness in Australian birds. American Naturalist 171: 480-490.


MRE Symonds, CN Johnson (2006) Range size-abundance relationships in Australian passerines. Global Ecology and Biogeography 15: 143-152.

MRE Symonds, NJ Gemmell, TL Braisher, KL Gorringe, MA Elgar (2006) Gender differences in publication output: towards an unbiased metric of research performance. PLoS ONE 2: e127.

MRE Symonds, CN Johnson (2006) Determinants of local abundance in a major radiation of Australian passerines (Aves: Meliphagoidea). Journal of Biogeography 33: 794-802.

MRE Symonds, L Christidis, CN Johnson (2006) Latitudinal gradients in abundance, and the causes of rarity in the tropics: a test using Australian honeyeaters (Aves: Meliphagidae). Oecologia 149: 406-417.


MRE Symonds (2005) Phylogeny and life histories of the ‘Insectivora’: controversies and consequences. Biological Reviews 80: 93-128.

TL Braisher, MRE Symonds, NJ Gemmell (2005) Publication success in Nature and Science is not gender dependent. BioEssays 27: 858-859.

MRE Symonds, B Wertheim (2005) The mode of evolution of aggregation pheromones in Drosophila species. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 18: 1253-1263.


MRE Symonds, MA Elgar (2004) The mode of pheromone evolution: evidence from bark beetles. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 271: 839-846.

MRE Symonds, MA Elgar (2004) Species overlap, speciation and the evolution of aggregation pheromones in bark beetles. Ecology Letters 7: 202-212.

MRE Symonds (2004) Nature and Science know best. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 19: 564.

GS Gage, M de L Brooke, MRE Symonds, DL Wege (2004) Ecological correlates of the threat of extinction in Neotropical bird species. Animal Conservation 7: 161-168.

BT Bjorkman-Chiswell, MM Kulinski, RL Muscat, KL Nguyen, BA Norton, MRE Symonds, GE Westhorpe, MA Elgar (2004) Web-building spiders attract prey by storing decaying matter. Naturwissenschaften 91: 245-248


MRE Symonds (2002) The effects of topological inaccuracy in evolutionary trees on the phylogenetic comparative method of independent contrasts. Systematic Biology 51: 541-553.

MRE Symonds, MA Elgar (2002) Phylogeny affects estimation of metabolic scaling in mammals. Evolution 56: 2330-2333.


MRE Symonds (1999) Life histories of the Insectivora: the role of phylogeny, metabolism and sex differences. Journal of Zoology 249: 315-337.

MRE Symonds (1999) Insectivore life histories: further evidence against an optimum body size for mammals. Functional Ecology 13: 508-513.


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