Dept. Zoology &
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Summary of research interests:
See Long-tailed Manakin dance clip
Opportunities in Animal Behavior and Behavioral Ecology
Graduate work on social networks in birds?
Should have strong quantitative skills (or aptitude/interest) and a strong interest in social behavior.
I'd prefer someone with a strong quantitative bent. Likely fieldwork on manakins in Brazil or Ecuador, or on chickadees in Canada.
See lab. page for more details on projects
Birds of Wyoming by Doug Faulkner (Ben Roberts, publisher) is now in bookstores.
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Behavioral ecology, social networks (manakins, dominance from a network perspective), sexual
previously, genetic markers, evolutionary demography, phylogeography of montane and alpine animals.
Taxa: manakins (Aves, Pipridae, manakins), suckers (native fish), Wyoming pocket gopher (Thomomys clusius), Oreohelix snails,
Leucosticte rosy-finches, owls, black-footed ferrets, bears.
Network diagram and graphics layout by Elizabeth Rahel.
Dancing manakins from a painting by Julie Zickefoose http://www.juliezickefoose.com/index.php;
original owned by Stéphanie Doucet of University of Windsor
Selected Publications: (most have download links for PDFs; for some, click on underlined author list to see abstracts)
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McDonald, D.B., and D. Shizuka. 2013. Comparative transitive and temporal orderliness in dominance networks. Behav. Ecol. 24: 511-520.
Email me for R scripts used in network analyses of dominance data. Download PDF
Shizuka, D., and D.B. McDonald. 2012. A social network perspective on measurements of dominance hierarchies. Anim. Behav. 83: 925-934. Download PDF
McDonald, D.B. 2010. A spatial dance to the music of time in the leks of long-tailed manakins. Pp. 55-81 In Adv. Study of Behav. Vol. 42 (Regina Macedo, ed.). Burlington: Academic Press. ISBN: 978-0-12-380894-3 Download PDF of the Intro only (first three pages) email me to request a PDF of the entire chapter
McDonald, D.B. 2010. Behavioral ecology: social networks for dullards. Curr. Biol. 20: R856-R857. [Dispatch on a network paper by Oh and Badyaev]. Download PDF
McDonald, D.B. 2009. Young-boy networks without kin clusters in a lek-mating manakin. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 63: 1029-1034. Download PDF (special issue on social networks). DOI 10.1007/s00265-009-0722-9.
McDonald, D.B., T.L. Parchman, M.R. Bower, W.A. Hubert, and F.J. Rahel. 2008. An introduced and a native vertebrate hybridize to form a genetic bridge to a second native species. Proc. Natl. Sci. USA. 105: 10842-10847. Download PDF (covered in the 26-Jul-08 issue of New Scientist)
Ryder, T.B., D.B. McDonald, J.G. Blake, P.G. Parker, and B.A. Loiselle. 2008. Social networks in the lek-mating wire-tailed manakin (Pipra filicauda). Proc. R. Soc. B 275: 1367-1374. Download PDF
Grenier, M.B., D.B. McDonald, and S.W. Buskirk. 2007.
Rapid population growth of a critically endangered carnivore. Science 317: 799.
Download PDF New Scientist overview
McDonald, D.B. 2007. Predicting fate from early connectivity in a social network. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 104: 10910-10914.
Doucet, S.M., D.B. McDonald, M.S. Foster, and R.P. Clay. 2007. Plumage development and molt in Long-tailed Manakins,
Chiroxiphia linearis: variation according to sex and age. Auk 124: 29-43.
Download PDF Download jpeg of cover painting Link to Stephanie Doucet's home page (University of Windsor, Canada)
Trainer, J.M., D.B. McDonald, and W.A. Learn. 2002. The development of coordinated singing in cooperatively displaying long-tailed manakins. Behavioral Ecology 13: 65-69. Download PDF
McDonald, D.B., R.P. Clay, R.T. Brumfield, and M.J. Braun. 2001. Sexual selection on plumage and behavior in an avian hybrid zone: experimental tests of male-male interactions. Evolution 55: 1443-1451. Download PDF
McDonald, D.B., W.K. Potts, J.W. Fitzpatrick, and G.E. Woolfenden. 1999. Contrasting genetic structures in sister species of North American scrub-jays. Proc. Royal Soc. London B. 266: 1117-1125. Download PDF
McDonald, D.B. 1999. Sartorial simplicity is knot what it seems. Nature 398: 455. Download PDF
McDonald, D.B., J.W. Fitzpatrick, and G.E. Woolfenden. 1996. Actuarial senescence and demographic heterogeneity in the Florida scrub-jay. Ecology 77: 2373-2381. Download PDF
Trainer, J.M., and D.B. McDonald. 1995. Singing performance, frequency matching and courtship success of long-tailed manakins (Chiroxiphia linearis). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 37: 249-254. Download PDF
McDonald, D.B., and W.K. Potts. 1994. Cooperative display and relatedness among males in a lek-mating bird. Science 266: 1030-1032. Download PDF
McDonald, D.B. 1993. Delayed plumage maturation and orderly queues for status: a manakin mannequin experiment. Ethol. 94: 31-45. Download PDF
McDonald, D.B. 1993. Demographic consequences of sexual selection in the long-tailed manakin. Behav. Ecol. 4: 297-309. Download PDF
McDonald, D.B. 1989. Correlates of male mating success in a lekking bird with male-male cooperation. Anim. Behav. 37: 1007-1022. Download PDF (scanned)
McDonald, D.B. 1989. Cooperation under sexual selection: age-graded changes in a lekking bird. Am. Nat. 134: 709-730. Download PDF
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Download a Word doc listing a smattering of population genetic analysis programs available on the web (from my Genetic Markers course)
WebSoftware.doc (includes instructions on how to install Structure 2.2 on Intel Macs, as well as the proper format for an AFLP input file [the manual is impenetrable])
Teaching pages (not really public, but since surfers seem to find them anyway......)
Population Ecology ZOO 4400/5400 (partially updated 2013)
Interested in social network models, but don't know where to start? Email me, and I can send you a glossary of terms and references. Or see the book by Darren Croft, Dick James, and Jens Krause published by Princeton.
McD's weird taste in music I-- some you may not (should not?) know
McD's weird taste in music II -- some you should know
McD's weird taste in music III -- sentimental favorites
McD's weird tastes -- Some acceptable (to me) words
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