Name Dr David Harper Position Senior Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology




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Name Dr David Harper

Position Senior Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology

Lab Group Nicholas Bayly (DPhil Student)

Phone +44 (0)1273 872 756

Office BIOLS, 5B15

Email david@sussex.ac.uk

Homepage
Research focus 1

Short title Evolutionary ecology of birds

I am interested in how organisms are adapted to their ecological conditions. My current work concentrates on four topics.  First, why are some animal signals costly to make but others are not? Second, what features of the ecology of previously common birds, such as Corn Buntings Miliaria calandra, have made them vulnerable to changes in the modern countryside? Third, why do birds vary so much in the timing and length of their dawn and dusk choruses? Finally, what factors influence the fuelling rate of birds facing energetic challenges such as cold weather or migration?
Research focus 2

Short title Feather mites


Feather mites are tiny arachnids living on, in or under the feathers of birds. Those living on the flight feathers are sometimes regarded as parasites, but could be commensal scavengers with no impact on their host, or even mutualists which remove pathogens. Mite loads vary dramatically between and within bird species. My research aims to explain this variation and to explore the impact of these mites on their hosts.

Teaching
Field Biology Certificate (lecturer)

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/Units/CCE/

Evolution1 (course organiser)

http://www.biols.susx.ac.uk/ugteach/course/evol1.htm

Evolution2 (course organiser)

http://www.biols.susx.ac.uk/ugteach/course/evol2.htm

Ecology Field Course (course organiser)

http://www.biols.susx.ac.uk/ugteach/course/ecolfcse.htm

Current Topics in Biology (seminar leader)

http://www.biols.susx.ac.uk/ugteach/course/ctbiol.htm

Systematics (course organiser)

http://www.biols.susx.ac.uk/ugteach/course/syst.htm

Methods in Ecology & Conservation (lecturer)

http://www.biols.susx.ac.uk/ugteach/course/mec.htm

Animal Social Behaviour (lecturer)

http://www.biols.susx.ac.uk/ugteach/course/animsocbehav.htm

Conservation in Practice (seminar leader)

http://www.biols.susx.ac.uk/ugteach/course/conprac.htm

Final Year Project (supervisor)

http://www.biols.susx.ac.uk/ugteach/course/fyproject.htm

Selected publications:


Brickle NW, Harper DGC (2002) Agricultural intensification and the timing of breeding of Corn Buntings Miliaria calandra. Bird Study 49: 219-228.
Brickle NW, Harper DGC, Aebischer NJ, Cockayne SJ (2000) Effects of agricultural intensification on the breeding success of corn buntings Miliaria calandra. Journal of Applied Ecology 37: 742-755.
Gosler AG, Harper DGC (2000) Assessing the heritability of body condition in birds: a challenge exemplified by the Great Tit Parus major L. (Aves) Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 71: 103-117.
Harper DGC (1999) Feather mites, pectoral muscle condition, wing length and plumage coloration of passerines. Animal Behaviour 58: 553-562.
Maynard Smith J, Harper DGC (1995) Animal signals: models and terminology. Journal of Theoretical Biology 177: 305-311.
Thomas RJ, Szekely T, Cuthill IC, Harper DGC, Newson SE, Frayling TD, Wallis, PD (2002) Eye size in birds and the timing of song at dawn. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London B. 269: 831-837.

Complete publication list:


Allen AJ, Harper DGC (2000) Foraging Blue Tits Parus caeruleus may trade-off calorific value of food items and distance from cover. Bird Study 47: 232-234.
Brickle NW, Harper DGC (1999) Diet of nestling Corn Buntings Miliaria calandra in southern England examined by compositional analysis. Bird Study 46: 319-329.
Brickle NW, Harper DGC (2000) Habitat use by Corn Buntings Miliaria calandra in winter and summer. In Aebischer NJ, Evans AD., Grice PV, Vickery JA (eds) Ecology and Conservation of Lowland Farmland Birds. British Ornithologists' Union, Tring, p:156-164.
Brickle NW, Harper DGC (2002) Agricultural intensification and the timing of breeding of Corn Buntings Miliaria calandra. Bird Study 49: 219-228.
Brickle NW, Harper DGC, Aebischer NJ, Cockayne SJ (2000) Effects of agricultural intensification on the breeding success of corn buntings Miliaria calandra. Journal of Applied Ecology 37: 742-755.
Fennessy G, Harper DGC (2002) European Robin Erithacus rubecula. In Wernham C, Baillie SR (eds) The Migration Atlas of Birds in Britain and Ireland. Poyser, London, p 345-349.
Gosler AG, Harper DGC (2000) Assessing the heritability of body condition in birds: a challenge exemplified by the Great Tit Parus major L. (Aves) Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 71: 103-117.
Harper DGC (1982) Competitive foraging in Mallards - ideal free ducks. Animal Behaviour 30: 575-584.
Harper DGC (1984) Moult interruption in passerines resident in Britain. Ringing & Migration 5: 101-104.
Harper DGC (1985) Pairing strategies and mate choice in female Robins Erithacus rubecula. Animal Behaviour 33: 862-875.
Harper DGC (1985) Interactions between adult Robins and chicks belonging to other pairs. Animal Behaviour 33: 876-884.
Harper DGC (1985) How do male Robins Erithacus rubecula discover that their chicks have hatched. Ibis 127: 262-266.
Harper DGC (1985) Brood division in Robins. Animal Behaviour: 33: 466-480.
Harper DGC (1985) Kingfisher capturing dragonfly on perch. British Birds 78: 665.
Harper DGC (1985) Bathing behaviour of Kingfishers. British Birds 78: 666.
Harper DGC (1986) Communal roosting by Robins Erithacus rubecula. Bird Study 33: 223-226.
Harper DGC (1986) Models of harem formation. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 1: 141.
Harper DGC (1986) Robin. In Lack P (ed) The Atlas of Wintering Birds in Britain and Ireland. Poyser, Calton, p 312-313.
Harper DGC (1986) Two male Blackcaps at one nest. British Birds 79: 136.
Harper DGC (1986) Abnormal duration of parental care by male Blackbird. British Birds 79: 249.
Harper DGC (1986) Bigyny by male Treecreeper British Birds 79: 250.
Harper DGC (1988) Robin Erithacus rubecula Movements; Behaviour; Voice. In Cramp S (ed) Birds of the Western Palearctic, Volume V. Oxford University Press, Oxford, p 598-612
Harper DGC (1988) Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti Movements. In Cramp S (ed) Birds of the Western Palearctic, Volume V. Oxford University Press, Oxford, p 822-824
Harper DGC (1988) Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens Movements. In Cramp S (ed) Birds of the Western Palearctic, Volume V. Oxford University Press, Oxford, p 860-861
Harper DGC (1988) Hume’s Wheatear Oenanthe alboniger Movements. In Cramp S (ed) Birds of the Western Palearctic, Volume V. Oxford University Press, Oxford, p 873
Harper DGC (1988) Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucura  Movements. In Cramp S (ed) Birds of the Western Palearctic, Volume V. Oxford University Press, Oxford, p 886
Harper DGC (1988) Blue Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis  Movements. In Cramp S (ed) Birds of the Western Palearctic, Volume V. Oxford University Press, Oxford, p 886.
Harper DGC (1989) Individual territories in the European Robin. Acta XIX Congressus Internationalis Ornithologici, 2: 2355-2363.
Harper DGC (1991) Communication. In Krebs JR, Davies NB (eds) Behavioural Ecology. Blackwell, Oxford, p.374-397
Harper DGC (1991) Two male Kestrels at same nest. British Birds 84: 221-222.
Harper DGC (1991) Wren excavating nest. British Birds 84: 344.
Harper DGC (1992) ‘Third bird’ copulating at Carrion Crow nest. British Birds 85: 88.
Harper DGC (1993) Robin. In Gibbons DW, Reid JB, Chapman RA (eds) The New Atlas of Breeding Birds in Britain and Ireland: 1988-1991. Poyser, London, p 298-299.
Harper DGC (1993) Mistle Thrush. In Gibbons DW, Reid JB, Chapman RA (eds) The New Atlas of Breeding Birds in Britain and Ireland: 1988-1991. Poyser, London, p 322-323.
Harper DGC (1993) Corn Bunting. In Gibbons DW, Reid JB, Chapman RA (eds) The New Atlas of Breeding Birds in Britain and Ireland: 1988-1991. Poyser, London, p 438-439
Harper DGC (1994) Ethics of artificially inducing landfall by migrants. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 9: 263-263.
Harper DGC (1994) Some comments on the repeatability of measurements. Ringing & Migration 15: 84-90.
Harper DGC (1995) Studies of Western Palearctic Birds. 149. Corn Bunting. British Birds 88: 401-422.
Harper DGC (1997) Those Ruddy Ducks again. British Birds 90: 325-327.
Harper DGC (1999) Feather mites, pectoral muscle condition, wing length and plumage coloration of passerines. Animal Behaviour 58: 553-562.
Harper DGC (2000) Sexing Blue Tits Parus caeruleus during the winter, with comments on reporting sexing criteria. Ringing & Migration 20: 111-123.
Harper DGC, Eley, CC (1996) Summer feeding of garden birds. British Birds 89: 239-240.
Harper DGC, Hellmich,J (1988) Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius  Movements. In Cramp S (ed) Birds of the Western Palearctic, Volume V. Oxford University Press, Oxford, p 905-906
Harper DGC, Randall, DP (2001) Mites on birds. Trends Ecology & Evolution 16 19.
Marples NM, Roper TJ, Harper DGC (1998) Responses of wild birds

to novel prey: evidence of dietary conservatism. Oikos 83: 161-



165.
Maynard Smith J, Harper DGC (1988) The evolution of aggression - can selection generate variability. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, London B 319: 557-570.
Maynard Smith J, Harper DGC (1995) Animal signals: models and terminology. Journal of Theoretical Biology 177: 305-311.
McGregor PK, Walford VR, Harper DGC (1988) Song inheritance and mating in a songbird with local dialects. Bioacoustics 1: 107-129.
Thomas RJ, Szekely T, Cuthill IC, Harper DGC, Newson SE, Frayling TD, Wallis, PD (2002) Eye size in birds and the timing of song at dawn. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London B. 269: 831-837.

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