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Amanda Ridley

Dr Amanda Ridley

Future Fellow
Biological Sciences, School of

Contact details
Address
School of Biological Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M092)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 3740
Email
amanda.ridley@uwa.edu.au
Personal homepage
http://www.babbler-research.com

Future Fellow
Evolutionary Biology, Centre for

Contact details
Address
Centre for Evolutionary Biology
The University of Western Australia (M092)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 3740
Email
amanda.ridley@uwa.edu.au
Personal homepage
www.babbler-research.com
Qualifications
PhD Camb.
Biography
2004 PhD Behavioural Ecology, Cambridge University, UK
1999 BSC (Hons) Animal Ecology, Lincoln University, New Zealand

After finishing my PhD, I was awarded a postdoctoral position at Newnham College, Cambridge University. During this time I set up the Pied Babbler Research Project in the Kalahari desert. In 2005 I took a postdoctoral position at the University of Cape Town, and then moved to a research position at Macquarie University, Sydney, in 2009. I moved to UWA in 2012 as an ARC Future Fellow.
Key research
My main interests lie in the field of behavioural ecology. I am particularly interested in the evolution and dynamics of cooperative breeding behaviour. My research involves understanding the causes of helping behaviour, and the costs and consequences of such behaviour. I have an increasing interest in long-term population dynamics, host-brood parasite interactions in cooperative systems, and the complexity of interspecific interactions. I also work at the interface between behavioural ecology and conservation biology - using behavioural information to provide more informed conservation decisions.
Publications
To see my complete publication list, visit my webpage: www.babbler-research.com

Recent publications:

Element repetition rates encode functionally distinct information in pied babbler ‘clucks’ and ‘purrs’
S Engesser, AR Ridley, SW Townsend
Animal Cognition 20 (5), 953-960
2017

Component, group and demographic Allee effects in a cooperatively breeding bird species, the Arabian babbler (Turdoides squamiceps)
O Keynan, AR Ridley
Oecologia 182 (1), 153-161
2016

Nepotism and subordinate tenure in a cooperative breeder
MJ Nelson-Flower, AR Ridley
Biology letters 12 (8), 20160365
2016

The effects of temperature on offspring provisioning in a cooperative breeder
EM Wiley, AR Ridley
Animal Behaviour 117, 187-195
2016

Vocal cues to identity: pied babblers produce individually distinct but not stable loud calls
DJ Humphries, FM Finch, MBV Bell, AR Ridley
Ethology 122 (7), 609-619
2016

Meaningful call combinations and compositional processing in the southern pied babbler
S Engesser, AR Ridley, SW Townsend
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113 (21), 5976-5981
2016

Task‐Dependent Differences in Learning by Subordinate and Dominant Wild Arabian Babblers
O Keynan, AR Ridley, A Lotem
Ethology 122 (5), 399-410
2016

Group size and associative learning in the Australian magpie (Cracticus tibicen dorsalis)
MO Mirville, JL Kelley, AR Ridley
Behavioral ecology and sociobiology 70 (3), 417-427
2016

Southern pied babblers: the dynamics of conflict and cooperation in a group living society
AR Ridley
Cooperative breeding: studies of ecology, evolution and behaviour (Book: Cambridge University Press)
2016

Male-male competition is not costly to dominant males in a cooperatively breeding bird
MJ Nelson-Flower, AR Ridley
Behavioral ecology and sociobiology 69 (12), 1997-2004
2015

Is information from both quality signaling and social recognition really redundant? A comment on Sheehan and Bergman
AR Ridley, DJ Humphries, EM Wiley
Behavioral Ecology 27 (1), 14-15
2015

Calling where it counts: subordinate pied babblers target the audience of their vocal advertisements
DJ Humphries, FM Finch, MBV Bell, AR Ridley
PloS one 10 (7), e01307952015

The impact of high temperatures on foraging behaviour and body condition in the Western Australian Magpie Cracticus tibicen dorsalis
EK Edwards, NJ Mitchell, AR Ridley
Ostrich 86 (1-2), 137-144
2015

The benefits of an evolutionary framework for the investigation of teaching behaviour: Emphasis should be taken off humans as a benchmark
AR Ridley, BJ Ashton
Behavioral and Brain Sciences 38
2015

Future research
My Future Fellowship research involves investigating the long-term population dynamics of two wild, cooperatively breeding bird species. I will use these populations to investigate critical group size effects (i.e. the demographic and behavioural changes that occur when groups become too big or too small).

The research funded by an ARC Discovery grant will investigate group dynamics in the cooperatively breeding Western Australian magpie. A specific aim of this research is to understand how group-living affects the development and expression of cognitive behaviour, and what the consequences of variation in cognitive ability are.
Funding received
2011 ARC Future Fellowship 'Group dynamics, critical group size effects and population regulation in cooperative breeders'

2014 ARC Discovery Grant 'The benefits of sociality: understanding the relationship between cognition, cooperation and fitness'
Previous positions
2009-2012 Lecturer, Macquarie University
2005-2009 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Cape Town
2004-2005 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cambridge University
Teaching
Wildlife Conservation & Management ANIM3353
Behavioural Ecology ANIM3365
Animal Populations ANIM3361
Level 4/5 Research Project Coordinator, School of Biological Sciences
Current external positions
Adjunct, Macquarie University
Adjunct, University of Cape Town
Useful links
Researchgate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Amanda_Ridley?ev=hdr_xprf

Google scholar profile:
https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?hl=en&user=t4Zhc4cAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate&cstart=40&pagesize=20
Current projects
Sexual selection in a cooperatively breeding bird with no sexual dimorphism (Pied Babbler Research Project)

Kin recognition behaviour in cooperative species (Pied Babbler Research Project)

Social learning behaviour and the benefits of group size (Arabian babbler Project)

Long-term population dynamics, population regulation and critical group size effects in cooperative breeders (Pied and Arabian Babbler Project)

How should we measure help? How measures of helping behaviour influence conclusions on the causes of cooperation (Pied Babbler Research Project)

The effect of extreme climate events on parental reproductive investment decisions (Pied and Arabian Babbler Research Project)

The relationship between sociality and cognitive ability (Western Magpie Research Project)

The fragile dynamic between intra-group cooperation and conflict (Western Magpie Research Project)
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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