Daniel T Blumstein

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Affiliation: University of California
Country: USA

Publications

  1. pmc Early play may predict later dominance relationships in yellow-bellied marmots (Marmota flaviventris)
    Daniel T Blumstein
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, 621 Young Drive South, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 280:20130485. 2013
  2. pmc Yellow-bellied marmots: insights from an emergent view of sociality
    Daniel T Blumstein
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 368:20120349. 2013
  3. pmc Ontogenetic variation of heritability and maternal effects in yellow-bellied marmot alarm calls
    Daniel T Blumstein
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, 621 Young Drive South, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 280:20130176. 2013
  4. pmc The sound of arousal in music is context-dependent
    Daniel T Blumstein
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, 621 Young Drive South, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    Biol Lett 8:744-7. 2012
  5. pmc Scared and less noisy: glucocorticoids are associated with alarm call entropy
    Daniel T Blumstein
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
    Biol Lett 8:189-92. 2012
  6. pmc The potential to encode sex, age, and individual identity in the alarm calls of three species of Marmotinae
    Vera A Matrosova
    Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Faculty of Biology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Vorobievy Gory, 12 1, Moscow 119991, Russia
    Naturwissenschaften 98:181-92. 2011
  7. pmc Do film soundtracks contain nonlinear analogues to influence emotion?
    Daniel T Blumstein
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, 90095 1606, USA
    Biol Lett 6:751-4. 2010
  8. doi request reprint Heritability of anti-predatory traits: vigilance and locomotor performance in marmots
    D T Blumstein
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    J Evol Biol 23:879-87. 2010
  9. pmc A test of the social cohesion hypothesis: interactive female marmots remain at home
    Daniel T Blumstein
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, 621 Young Drive South, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 276:3007-12. 2009
  10. pmc Is sociality associated with high longevity in North American birds?
    D T Blumstein
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, 621 Young Drive South, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    Biol Lett 4:146-8. 2008

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Publications36

  1. pmc Early play may predict later dominance relationships in yellow-bellied marmots (Marmota flaviventris)
    Daniel T Blumstein
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, 621 Young Drive South, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 280:20130485. 2013
    ..While play may have multiple functions, one of them may be to establish later dominance relationships in a minimally costly way...
  2. pmc Yellow-bellied marmots: insights from an emergent view of sociality
    Daniel T Blumstein
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 368:20120349. 2013
    ..Together, this integrative relationship-centred view expands on the traditional ecological model of sociality and offers a framework that can be applied to other systems...
  3. pmc Ontogenetic variation of heritability and maternal effects in yellow-bellied marmot alarm calls
    Daniel T Blumstein
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, 621 Young Drive South, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 280:20130176. 2013
    ..In older animals, the substantial genetic basis of alarm call structure suggests that calls could be used to assess kinship and, paradoxically, might also suggest a role of learning in call structure...
  4. pmc The sound of arousal in music is context-dependent
    Daniel T Blumstein
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, 621 Young Drive South, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    Biol Lett 8:744-7. 2012
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  5. pmc Scared and less noisy: glucocorticoids are associated with alarm call entropy
    Daniel T Blumstein
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
    Biol Lett 8:189-92. 2012
    ..This study suggests that, like some other species, calls emitted from highly aroused individuals are less noisy. Glucocorticoids thus play an important, yet underappreciated role, in alarm call production...
  6. pmc The potential to encode sex, age, and individual identity in the alarm calls of three species of Marmotinae
    Vera A Matrosova
    Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Faculty of Biology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Vorobievy Gory, 12 1, Moscow 119991, Russia
    Naturwissenschaften 98:181-92. 2011
    ..In each species, variation that allows identification of the caller's identity was greater than variation allowing identification of age or sex. We discuss these results in relation to each species' biology and sociality...
  7. pmc Do film soundtracks contain nonlinear analogues to influence emotion?
    Daniel T Blumstein
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, 90095 1606, USA
    Biol Lett 6:751-4. 2010
    ..Adventure films had more male screams than expected. Together, our results suggest that film-makers manipulate sounds to create nonlinear analogues in order to manipulate our emotional responses...
  8. doi request reprint Heritability of anti-predatory traits: vigilance and locomotor performance in marmots
    D T Blumstein
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    J Evol Biol 23:879-87. 2010
    ..Both strategies seem to be equally successful, and this 'locomotor ability-wariness' syndrome may therefore allow slow animals to compensate behaviourally for their impaired locomotor ability...
  9. pmc A test of the social cohesion hypothesis: interactive female marmots remain at home
    Daniel T Blumstein
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, 621 Young Drive South, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 276:3007-12. 2009
    ..This is the first strong support for the social cohesion hypothesis and suggests that the specific nature of social relationships, not simply the number of affiliative relationships, may influence the propensity to disperse...
  10. pmc Is sociality associated with high longevity in North American birds?
    D T Blumstein
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, 621 Young Drive South, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    Biol Lett 4:146-8. 2008
    ..Thus, sociality itself is not associated with high longevity. Rather, longevity is correlated with increased body size, survival rate and age of first reproduction...
  11. pmc Feeling the heat: ground squirrels heat their tails to discourage rattlesnake attack
    Daniel T Blumstein
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 104:14177-8. 2007
  12. ncbi request reprint How does the presence of predators influence the persistence of antipredator behavior?
    Daniel T Blumstein
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, 621 Young Drive South, Los Angeles, 90095 1606, USA
    J Theor Biol 239:460-8. 2006
    ..The loss of all predators relaxed selection on predator recognition abilities. The loss of specific predators had complex effects on recognition abilities. Persistence is largely influenced by escape costs...
  13. pmc The loss of anti-predator behaviour following isolation on islands
    Daniel T Blumstein
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, 621 Young Drive South, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 272:1663-8. 2005
    ..Together, these results demonstrate that anti-predator behaviour may indeed be lost or modified when animals are isolated on islands, but it is premature to assume that all such behaviour is affected...
  14. pmc Faecal glucocorticoid metabolites and alarm calling in free-living yellow-bellied marmots
    Daniel T Blumstein
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, 621 Young Drive South, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    Biol Lett 2:29-32. 2006
    ..Marmots are sensitive to variation in the reliability of callers. The present finding provides one possible mechanism underlying caller variation: physiological arousal influences the propensity to emit alarm calls...
  15. ncbi request reprint Darwinian decision making: putting the adaptive into adaptive management
    Daniel T Blumstein
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 621 Young Drive South, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    Conserv Biol 21:552-3. 2007
  16. pmc The failure of environmental education (and how we can fix it)
    Daniel T Blumstein
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    PLoS Biol 5:e120. 2007
  17. pmc Reliability and the adaptive utility of discrimination among alarm callers
    Daniel T Blumstein
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 621 Young Drive South, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    Proc Biol Sci 271:1851-7. 2004
    ..Marmots' assessment of reliability acts by influencing the time allocated to individual assessment and thus the time not allocated to other activities...
  18. doi request reprint Quantifying personality in the terrestrial hermit crab: different measures, different inferences
    Noelle M Watanabe
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    Behav Processes 91:133-40. 2012
    ..These results suggest that more attention must be placed on how we infer personalities from standardized methods, and that we must be careful to not force our data to fit our frameworks...
  19. doi request reprint Fecal glucocorticoid metabolites in wild yellow-bellied marmots: experimental validation, individual differences and ecological correlates
    Jennifer E Smith
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, 621 Charles E Young Drive South, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    Gen Comp Endocrinol 178:417-26. 2012
    ..Taken together, this study provides a foundation for understanding the evolution of hormonal traits and has important welfare and conservation implications for field biologists...
  20. doi request reprint Stimulus concordance and risk-assessment in hermit crabs (Coenobita clypeatus): implications for attention
    Kelsea M Ryan
    Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1563, United States
    Behav Processes 91:26-9. 2012
    ..We suggest that a distal relationship between the eliciting stimulus and an unrelated signal may produce greater distraction. This marks the first reported experimental evidence of this relationship in an invertebrate species...
  21. doi request reprint Auditory stimulation dishabituates anti-predator escape behavior in hermit crabs (Coenobita clypeatus)
    W David Stahlman
    Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, United States
    Behav Processes 88:7-11. 2011
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  22. pmc Masculinized female yellow-bellied marmots initiate more social interactions
    Raquel Monclús
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
    Biol Lett 8:208-10. 2012
    ..Further support comes from previous findings showing that masculinized females were more likely to disperse. Our study stresses the importance of considering litter sex composition as a fitness modulator...
  23. doi request reprint Social group size predicts the evolution of individuality
    Kimberly A Pollard
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
    Curr Biol 21:413-7. 2011
    ..Our results suggest that social group size may promote the evolution of individual signatures and that the sociality-individuality relationship may be a general phenomenon in nature...
  24. pmc Heritable victimization and the benefits of agonistic relationships
    Amanda J Lea
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 107:21587-92. 2010
    ..Our study highlights the importance of studying agonistic as well as affiliative relationships to understand fully the connections between sociality and fitness...
  25. pmc Anthropogenic noise affects risk assessment and attention: the distracted prey hypothesis
    Alvin Aaden Yim Hol Chan
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    Biol Lett 6:458-61. 2010
    ..Anthropogenic sounds may thus distract prey and make them more vulnerable to predation...
  26. pmc Evolving communicative complexity: insights from rodents and beyond
    Kimberly A Pollard
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 367:1869-78. 2012
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  27. doi request reprint Older mothers follow conservative strategies under predator pressure: the adaptive role of maternal glucocorticoids in yellow-bellied marmots
    Raquel Monclús
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, 621 Charles E Young Drive South, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    Horm Behav 60:660-5. 2011
    ..These age-related effects may permit females to make adaptive decisions that increase their pups' fitness according to their current situation...
  28. doi request reprint Multimodal communication and spatial binding in pied currawongs (Strepera graculina)
    Sarah R Lombardo
    Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    Anim Cogn 11:675-82. 2008
    ..Our study was novel in its attempt to assess cognitive processes involved in the integration of spatially disparate bimodal signaling events in free-living birds...
  29. doi request reprint Litter sex composition affects life-history traits in yellow-bellied marmots
    Raquel Monclús
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, 621 Charles E Young Drive South, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    J Anim Ecol 81:80-6. 2012
    ..This finding highlights the importance of studying these maternal effects, and they enhance our concern over the widespread use of endocrine disrupting compounds...
  30. pmc Does habituation to humans influence predator discrimination in Gunther's dik-diks (Madoqua guentheri)?
    Andrea Coleman
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, 621 Young Drive South, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1606, USA
    Biol Lett 4:250-2. 2008
    ..Our results demonstrate that humans may influence predation hazard assessment, but we should not generally assume that human-habituated animals will be especially vulnerable to predators...
  31. pmc Character displacement of song and morphology in African tinkerbirds
    Alexander N G Kirschel
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 106:8256-61. 2009
    ....
  32. ncbi request reprint Energetics of hibernating yellow-bellied marmots (Marmota flaviventris)
    Kenneth B Armitage
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045 7534, USA
    Comp Biochem Physiol A Mol Integr Physiol 134:101-14. 2003
    ..Torpidity results in average energy savings during winter of 83.3% of the costs of maintaining euthermy. Energy savings are greater than those reported for Marmota marmota and M. monax...
  33. ncbi request reprint Effects of patch quality and network structure on patch occupancy dynamics of a yellow-bellied marmot metapopulation
    Arpat Ozgul
    Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611 0430, USA
    J Anim Ecol 75:191-202. 2006
    ....
  34. ncbi request reprint Spatiotemporal variation in reproductive parameters of yellow-bellied marmots
    Arpat Ozgul
    Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, 110 Newins Ziegler Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
    Oecologia 154:95-106. 2007
    ..However, the annual fluctuation in litter size, abetted by the breeding probabilities, accounted for most of the temporal variation in lambda...
  35. ncbi request reprint Spatiotemporal variation in survival rates: implications for population dynamics of yellow-bellied marmots
    Arpat Ozgul
    Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611 0430, USA
    Ecology 87:1027-37. 2006
    ....
  36. pmc Rodent sociality and parasite diversity
    Frédéric Bordes
    Institut des Sciences de l Evolution, CNRS UM2, CC065, Université de Montpellier 2, 34095 Montpellier, France
    Biol Lett 3:692-4. 2007
    ..Our finding may also result from beneficial outcomes of social living that include behavioural defences, like allogrooming, and the increased avoidance of parasites through dilution effects...

Research Grants1

  1. JWatcher-event recorder and behavioral analysis program
    DANIEL BLUMSTEIN; Fiscal Year: 2004
    ..While we will continue to freely-distribute the software, on-going support and routine updates will be supported by the sales of a detailed users manual, which will include laboratory exercises suitable for teaching. ..