B C Sheldon

Summary

Affiliation: University of Oxford
Country: UK

Publications

  1. pmc Relating paternity to paternal care
    Ben C Sheldon
    EGI, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, OX1 3PS, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 357:341-50. 2002
  2. ncbi request reprint Natural selection and inheritance of breeding time and clutch size in the collared flycatcher
    B C Sheldon
    Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PS, United Kingdom
    Evolution 57:406-20. 2003
  3. ncbi request reprint Sire coloration influences offspring survival under predation risk in the moorfrog
    B C Sheldon
    Department of Zoology, Edward Grey Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
    J Evol Biol 16:1288-95. 2003
  4. doi request reprint Heterozygosity is unrelated to adult fitness measures in a large, noninbred population of great tits (Parus major)
    J R Chapman
    Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
    J Evol Biol 24:1715-26. 2011
  5. doi request reprint Avian haematozoan parasites and their associations with mosquitoes across Southwest Pacific Islands
    F Ishtiaq
    Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK
    Mol Ecol 17:4545-55. 2008
  6. pmc Age-specific reproduction in a long-lived species: the combined effects of senescence and individual quality
    R H McCleery
    Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 275:963-70. 2008
  7. doi request reprint Fecundity selection on ornamental plumage colour differs between ages and sexes and varies over small spatial scales
    T H Parker
    Department of Zoology, Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
    J Evol Biol 24:1584-97. 2011
  8. ncbi request reprint Data depth, data completeness, and their influence on quantitative genetic estimation in two contrasting bird populations
    J L Quinn
    Department of Zoology, Edward Grey Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
    J Evol Biol 19:994-1002. 2006
  9. doi request reprint The ecology and age structure of a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus outbreak in wild mute swans
    O G Pybus
    Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford, OX1 3PS
    Parasitology 139:1914-23. 2012
  10. ncbi request reprint Inbreeding depression along a life-history continuum in the great tit
    M Szulkin
    Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
    J Evol Biol 20:1531-43. 2007

Detail Information

Publications55

  1. pmc Relating paternity to paternal care
    Ben C Sheldon
    EGI, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, OX1 3PS, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 357:341-50. 2002
    ..My conclusion is that although there are some cases where the models have qualitative support, we are a long way from understanding whether paternal care is commonly adjusted in relation to certainty of paternity...
  2. ncbi request reprint Natural selection and inheritance of breeding time and clutch size in the collared flycatcher
    B C Sheldon
    Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PS, United Kingdom
    Evolution 57:406-20. 2003
    ..We discuss some of the difficulties associated with understanding the evolution of laying date and clutch size in natural populations...
  3. ncbi request reprint Sire coloration influences offspring survival under predation risk in the moorfrog
    B C Sheldon
    Department of Zoology, Edward Grey Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
    J Evol Biol 16:1288-95. 2003
    ..Variable selection caused by contextual dependence may have important consequences for the evolution of female choice rules, and for the maintenance of genetic variation for both male trait and female preference...
  4. doi request reprint Heterozygosity is unrelated to adult fitness measures in a large, noninbred population of great tits (Parus major)
    J R Chapman
    Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
    J Evol Biol 24:1715-26. 2011
    ..Overall, these results emphasize the fact that the often-reported strong HFCs detected in small, inbred populations do not reflect a general phenomenon of increasing individual reproductive fitness with increasing heterozygosity...
  5. doi request reprint Avian haematozoan parasites and their associations with mosquitoes across Southwest Pacific Islands
    F Ishtiaq
    Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK
    Mol Ecol 17:4545-55. 2008
    ..Nonetheless, our results raise the possibility of a new transmission pathway and highlight extensive invertebrate host shifts in an insular mosquito-parasite system...
  6. pmc Age-specific reproduction in a long-lived species: the combined effects of senescence and individual quality
    R H McCleery
    Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 275:963-70. 2008
    ..Our results underline the need to take individual differences into account when testing hypotheses about life histories in wild populations...
  7. doi request reprint Fecundity selection on ornamental plumage colour differs between ages and sexes and varies over small spatial scales
    T H Parker
    Department of Zoology, Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
    J Evol Biol 24:1584-97. 2011
    ..Overall, fecundity selection on plumage colour in blue tits appeared rare and inconsistent among sexes and age classes...
  8. ncbi request reprint Data depth, data completeness, and their influence on quantitative genetic estimation in two contrasting bird populations
    J L Quinn
    Department of Zoology, Edward Grey Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
    J Evol Biol 19:994-1002. 2006
    ....
  9. doi request reprint The ecology and age structure of a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus outbreak in wild mute swans
    O G Pybus
    Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford, OX1 3PS
    Parasitology 139:1914-23. 2012
    ..Our study population may represent a valuable resource for investigating the natural ecology and epidemiology of avian influenza...
  10. ncbi request reprint Inbreeding depression along a life-history continuum in the great tit
    M Szulkin
    Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
    J Evol Biol 20:1531-43. 2007
    ..Our data show that inbreeding depression acts independently at each life-history stage in this population, and hence suggest that estimates of the fitness costs of inbreeding must focus on the entire life cycle...
  11. doi request reprint Locus-specific protocol for nine different innate immune genes (antimicrobial peptides: β-defensins) across passerine bird species reveals within-species coding variation and a case of trans-species polymorphisms
    O Hellgren
    Department of Zoology, Edward Grey Institute, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK
    Mol Ecol Resour 11:686-92. 2011
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  12. pmc Long-term familiarity promotes joining in neighbour nest defence
    A M Grabowska-Zhang
    Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK
    Biol Lett 8:544-6. 2012
    ..This is the first evidence of a relationship between familiarity and joining in nest defence. Such direct benefits of familiarity may have important implications in the evolution of sociality...
  13. doi request reprint Chronic malaria infections increase family inequalities and reduce parental fitness: experimental evidence from a wild bird population
    S C L Knowles
    Department of Zoology, Edward Grey Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
    J Evol Biol 23:557-69. 2010
    ..Overall, these results demonstrate that chronic avian malaria infections, far from being benign, can have significant effects on host fitness and may thus constitute an important selection pressure in wild bird populations...
  14. ncbi request reprint A quantitative review of heterozygosity-fitness correlations in animal populations
    J R Chapman
    Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK
    Mol Ecol 18:2746-65. 2009
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  15. ncbi request reprint Correlations between ultraviolet coloration, overwinter survival and offspring sex ratio in the blue tit
    S C Griffith
    Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK
    J Evol Biol 16:1045-54. 2003
    ..However, careful experimental work is required to provide tests of the assumptions of these models, and should be a priority for future work...
  16. ncbi request reprint Individual personalities predict social behaviour in wild networks of great tits (Parus major)
    L M Aplin
    Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology, University of Oxford, Oxford, OX1 3PS, UK Research School of Biology, Australian National University, Acton, 0200, Australia
    Ecol Lett 16:1365-72. 2013
    ..This has implications not only for the causes of social network structure but also for the strength and direction of selection on personality in natural populations. ..
  17. ncbi request reprint An experimental test of the causes of small-scale phenotypic differentiation in a population of great tits
    B J Shapiro
    Department of Zoology, Edward Grey Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
    J Evol Biol 19:176-83. 2006
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  18. ncbi request reprint Components of variance underlying fitness in a natural population of the great tit Parus major
    R H McCleery
    Department of Zoology, Edward Grey Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PS, United Kingdom
    Am Nat 164:E62-72. 2004
    ..This is the third study using directly measured fitness in a wild population to show the important role of residual variation in determining the pattern of lower heritabilities for traits more closely related to fitness...
  19. ncbi request reprint Coamplification of Leucocytozoon by PCR diagnostic tests for avian malaria: a cautionary note
    C L Cosgrove
    Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK
    J Parasitol 92:1362-5. 2006
    ..We, therefore, advocate the use of a post-PCR diagnostic step, such as RFLP analysis or sequencing, to assess the contribution of Leucocytozoon spp. to overall prevalence...
  20. ncbi request reprint In vitro tests of natural allelic variation of innate immune genes (avian β-defensins) reveal functional differences in microbial inhibition
    O Hellgren
    Department of Zoology, Edward Grey Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
    J Evol Biol 23:2726-30. 2010
    ..Our data demonstrate functional allelic variation in natural defensin genes, and we discuss how differences in efficacy against microbial species might contribute to maintaining this variation...
  21. doi request reprint Senescence rates are determined by ranking on the fast-slow life-history continuum
    Owen R Jones
    Division of Biology and Centre for Population Biology, Imperial College London, Silwood Park Campus, Ascot, Berks SL5 7PY, UK
    Ecol Lett 11:664-73. 2008
    ..Focusing on one aspect of life history - survival or recruitment - can provide reliable information on overall senescence...
  22. ncbi request reprint Sexually antagonistic genetic variation for fitness in red deer
    Katharina Foerster
    Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH9 3JT, UK
    Nature 447:1107-10. 2007
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  23. ncbi request reprint The effects of environmental heterogeneity on multivariate selection on reproductive traits in female great tits
    Dany Garant
    Departement de Biologie, Faculte des Sciences, Universite de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec, J1K 2R1, Canada
    Evolution 61:1546-59. 2007
    ..This study suggests that the fitness landscape for this species is relatively rugged at scales relevant to the life histories of individual birds and their close relatives...
  24. ncbi request reprint Within-population variation in prevalence and lineage distribution of avian malaria in blue tits, Cyanistes caeruleus
    Matthew J Wood
    Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK
    Mol Ecol 16:3263-73. 2007
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  25. ncbi request reprint Edge effects in the great tit: analyses of long-term data with GIS techniques
    Teddy A Wilkin
    Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology, Department of Zoology, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, United Kingdom
    Conserv Biol 21:1207-17. 2007
    ..Therefore these results, which suggest a pervasive effect of edges on reproduction, are of considerable importance to the management and conservation of forest communities...
  26. pmc The environmental dependence of inbreeding depression in a wild bird population
    Marta Szulkin
    Department of Zoology, Edward Grey Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
    PLoS ONE 2:e1027. 2007
    ..However, inbreeding-by-environment (IxE) interactions have rarely been investigated in wild populations...
  27. doi request reprint Stability of genetic variance and covariance for reproductive characters in the face of climate change in a wild bird population
    Dany Garant
    Departement de Biologie, Universite de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada J1K 2R1
    Mol Ecol 17:179-88. 2008
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  28. pmc Dispersal as a means of inbreeding avoidance in a wild bird population
    Marta Szulkin
    Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 275:703-11. 2008
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  29. doi request reprint Seasonal variation in Plasmodium prevalence in a population of blue tits Cyanistes caeruleus
    Catherine L Cosgrove
    Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK
    J Anim Ecol 77:540-8. 2008
    ..Studies of host-parasite interactions should consider seasonal variation whenever possible. We discuss the ecological and evolutionary implications of seasonal variation in disease prevalence...
  30. doi request reprint Adaptive phenotypic plasticity in response to climate change in a wild bird population
    Anne Charmantier
    Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK
    Science 320:800-3. 2008
    ..Phenotypic plasticity can thus play a central role in tracking environmental change; understanding the limits of plasticity is an important goal for future research...
  31. ncbi request reprint Evolution in a changing environment: a case study with great tit fledging mass
    Dany Garant
    Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, United Kingdom
    Am Nat 164:E115-29. 2004
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  32. pmc Severe inbreeding depression in collared flycatchers (Ficedula albicollis)
    Loeske E B Kruuk
    Institute of Cell, Animal and Population Biology, King s Buildings, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH9 3JT, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 269:1581-9. 2002
    ..Our results illustrate how severe inbreeding depression and considerable genetic load may exist in natural populations, but detecting them may require extensive long-term datasets...
  33. pmc Sex chromosome evolution and speciation in Ficedula flycatchers
    Glenn Peter Saetre
    Department of Evolutionary Biology, Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Norbyvagen 18D, SE 752 36 Uppsala, Sweden
    Proc Biol Sci 270:53-9. 2003
    ..These results suggest a major role of sex-chromosome evolution in mediating post- and prezygotic barriers to gene flow and point to a causal link in the development of the two forms of reproductive isolation...
  34. ncbi request reprint Maternal dominance, maternal condition, and offspring sex ratio in ungulate mammals
    Ben C Sheldon
    Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, United Kingdom
    Am Nat 163:40-54. 2004
    ..Overall, our analyses suggest that data from ungulates are consistent with the Trivers-Willard hypothesis but only when appropriate measures are used...
  35. ncbi request reprint Climatic and temporal effects on the expression of secondary sexual characters: genetic and environmental components
    Dany Garant
    Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, United Kingdom
    Evolution 58:634-44. 2004
    ..Our data thus reveal complex patterns of environmental influence on the expression of secondary sexual characters, which may have important implications for understanding selection and evolution of these characters...
  36. ncbi request reprint Evolution driven by differential dispersal within a wild bird population
    Dany Garant
    Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK
    Nature 433:60-5. 2005
    ..Our findings have important implications for questions of the scale of adaptation and speciation, and challenge the usual treatment of dispersal as a force opposing evolutionary differentiation...
  37. ncbi request reprint Natural selection and genetic variation for reproductive reaction norms in a wild bird population
    Jon E Brommer
    Bird Ecology Unit, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, P O Box 65, Viikinkaari 1, FI 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
    Evolution 59:1362-71. 2005
    ..Although these results suggest that phenotypic laying date is influenced by additive genetic factors, as well as by an interaction with the environment, selection on plasticity would not produce an evolutionary response...
  38. ncbi request reprint Cooperative breeders adjust offspring sex ratios to produce helpful helpers
    Ashleigh S Griffin
    Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JT, United Kingdom
    Am Nat 166:628-32. 2005
    ..Variable selection on sex ratio adjustment may thus explain variable empirical findings...
  39. pmc Quantitative genetics of age at reproduction in wild swans: support for antagonistic pleiotropy models of senescence
    Anne Charmantier
    Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, United Kingdom
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 103:6587-92. 2006
    ..These results are consistent with the theory that increased early-life performance comes with faster senescence because of genetic tradeoffs...
  40. ncbi request reprint Constraints in the evolution of sex ratio adjustment
    Stuart A West
    Institute of Cell, Animal, and Population Biology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH9 3JT, UK, Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
    Science 295:1685-8. 2002
    ..More generally, our results show that multiple constraints may determine the precision of adaptation...
  41. ncbi request reprint Density effects on life-history traits in a wild population of the great tit Parus major: analyses of long-term data with GIS techniques
    Teddy A Wilkin
    Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology, Department of Zoology, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK
    J Anim Ecol 75:604-15. 2006
    ..These analyses thus suggest a pervasive and causal role of local population density in explaining individual reproductive processes...
  42. ncbi request reprint Sex ratios: human twins and fraternal effects
    Sarah C L Knowles
    Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK
    Curr Biol 17:R801-4. 2007
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  43. ncbi request reprint Debating sexual selection and mating strategies
    Tommaso Pizzari
    Science 312:689-97; author reply 689-97. 2006
  44. pmc Experimental analysis of sperm competition mechanisms in a wild bird population
    Gábor Michl
    Behavioural Ecology Group, Department of Systematic Zoology and Ecology, Eotvos University, H 1117, Pázmány P sétány 1 C, Budapest, Hungary
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 99:5466-70. 2002
    ..Our results suggest a possible behavioral mechanism for female control of sperm competition...
  45. ncbi request reprint Inbreeding: when parents transmit more than genes
    Marta Szulkin
    Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK
    Curr Biol 16:R810-2. 2006
    ..A new study of song sparrows has revealed a parent-offspring resemblance for inbreeding, resulting from population structuring, with important implications for understanding the genetic causes of phenotypic variation in wild populations...
  46. ncbi request reprint Testing genetic models of mate choice evolution in the wild
    Anne Charmantier
    Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, UK
    Trends Ecol Evol 21:417-9. 2006
    ..These studies suggest that a quantitative genetic approach can illuminate this long-standing problem and that alternative models for the evolution of mate preferences should be tested in wild populations...
  47. ncbi request reprint Evolutionary response to selection on clutch size in a long-term study of the mute swan
    Anne Charmantier
    Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, United Kingdom
    Am Nat 167:453-65. 2006
    ..We hypothesize that these changes result from recent relaxation of food constraints and predation risks experienced by this colony...
  48. ncbi request reprint No evidence for avian malaria infection during the nestling phase in a passerine bird
    Catherine L Cosgrove
    Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK
    J Parasitol 92:1302-4. 2006
    ..was made. Our results suggest either that the nestlings were infected but the disease had not yet reached patency, or that young birds in the nest are not bitten by the insect vectors of the disease...
  49. ncbi request reprint Animal behaviour: Wise fathers
    John D Reynolds
    Nature 422:669-70. 2003
  50. ncbi request reprint Debating sexual selection and mating strategies
    C M Lessells
    Science 312:689-97; author reply 689-97. 2006
  51. ncbi request reprint Sex-ratio adjustment when relatives interact: a test of constraints on adaptation
    Stuart A West
    Institute of Evolutionary Biology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JT, United Kingdom
    Evolution 59:1211-28. 2005
    ..Overall, our analyses suggest that sex-allocation theory needs to consider simultaneously the influence of variable selection pressures and variable constraints when applying general theory to specific cases...
  52. doi request reprint Evolutionary biology: parasite, know thyself
    Sarah C L Knowles
    Edward Grey Institute, Dept of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK
    Curr Biol 18:R655-R657. 2008
    ..A new study of malaria parasites provides striking support for this cornerstone of evolutionary biology, with important implications for both evolutionary and medical biology...
  53. doi request reprint Interspecific patterns of genetic diversity in birds: correlations with extinction risk
    Simon R Evans
    Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PS, United Kingdom
    Conserv Biol 22:1016-25. 2008
    ..Conservation policy will need to minimize further loss of diversity if the chances of saving threatened species are to be maximized...
  54. doi request reprint Genetic basis of fitness differences in natural populations
    Hans Ellegren
    Department of Evolutionary Biology, Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Norbyvagen 18D, SE 752 36 Uppsala, Sweden
    Nature 452:169-75. 2008
    ..In parallel, an emerging understanding of the quantitative genetics of fitness variation in the wild means that we are poised to see a synthesis of ecological and molecular approaches in evolutionary biology...
  55. pmc Age-dependent genetic variance in a life-history trait in the mute swan
    Anne Charmantier
    Department of Zoology, Edward Grey Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK
    Proc Biol Sci 273:225-32. 2006
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