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Environmental temperatures shape thermal physiology as well as diversification and genome-wide substitution rates in lizards (2019)
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García-Porta, J., Irisarri, I., Kirchner, M., Rodriguez, A., Kirchhof, S., Brown, J. L., …Wollenberg Valero, K. C. (2019). Environmental temperatures shape thermal physiology as well as diversification and genome-wide substitution rates in lizards. Nature communications, 10, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-11943-x

Climatic conditions changing over time and space shape the evolution of organisms at multiple levels, including temperate lizards in the family Lacertidae. Here we reconstruct a dated phylogenetic tree of 262 lacertid species based on a supermatrix... Read More

Environmental DNA (eDNA) metabarcoding of pond water as a tool to survey conservation and management priority mammals (2019)
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Harper, L. R., Lawson Handley, L., Carpenter, A. I., Murray-Dickson, G., Di Muri, C., Macgregor, C. J., …Hänfling, B. (2019). Environmental DNA (eDNA) metabarcoding of pond water as a tool to survey conservation and management priority mammals. Biological Conservation, 238(October 2019), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2019.108225

Environmental DNA (eDNA) metabarcoding can identify terrestrial taxa utilising aquatic habitats alongside aquatic communities, but terrestrial species' eDNA dynamics are understudied. We evaluated eDNA metabarcoding for monitoring semi-aquatic and... Read More

Computerized stimuli for studying oddity effects (2019)
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Morrell, L., Dobbinson, K., & Skarratt, P. (in press). Computerized stimuli for studying oddity effects. Behavioral ecology,

Visually hunting predators must overcome the challenges that prey groups present. One such challenge is the confusion effect where an overburdened visual system means predators are unable to successfully target prey. A strategy to overcome confusion... Read More

Iterated assessment and feedback improves student outcomes (2019)
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Morrell, L. J. (in press). Iterated assessment and feedback improves student outcomes. Studies in higher education, https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2019.1643301

Feedback is critically important to student learning, but reduced frequency of assignments combined with isolated or stand-alone tasks reduces the opportunity for students to engage with feedback and use it effectively to enhance their learning. Here... Read More

Modelling current and potential distributions of mammal species using presence-only data: a case study on British deer (2019)
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Croft, S., Ward, A. I., Aegerter, J. N., & Smith, G. C. (2019). Modelling current and potential distributions of mammal species using presence-only data: a case study on British deer. Ecology and Evolution, 9(15), 8724-8735. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.5424

Aim: Decisions on wildlife conservation, management and epidemiological risk are best based on robust evidence. The continual improvement of species distribution modelling, such that it can be relied upon in decision-making is important. Here we se... Read More

Small body size increases the regional differentiation of populations of tropical mantellid frogs (A nura: M antellidae) (2012)
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Pabijan, M., Wollenberg, K., & Vences, M. (2012). Small body size increases the regional differentiation of populations of tropical mantellid frogs (A nura: M antellidae). Journal of evolutionary biology, 25(11), 2310-2324. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1420-9101.2012.02613

The processes affecting species diversification may also exert an influence on patterns of genetic variability within species. We evaluated the contributions of five variables potentially influencing clade diversification (body size, reproductive mod... Read More

Why colour in subterranean vertebrates? Exploring the evolution of colour patterns in caecilian amphibians (2009)
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Wollenberg, K. C., & Measey, G. J. (2009). Why colour in subterranean vertebrates? Exploring the evolution of colour patterns in caecilian amphibians. Journal of evolutionary biology, 22(5), 1046-1056. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1420-9101.2009.01717.x

The proximate functions of animal skin colour are difficult to assign as they can result from natural selection, sexual selection or neutral evolution under genetic drift. Most often colour patterns are thought to signal visual stimuli; so, their pre... Read More