David B. McDonald, Ph.D.

Dept. Zoology & Physiology
  Dept. 3166,
Univ. of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 80721

Tel: (307) 760-9360
Office: BioSci 415
E-Mail: dbmcd (at) uwyo.edu

E-Mail me   dbmcd "at" uwyo.edu

NEW! Slow-motion clips of display of Golden-winged Manakins

See Long-tailed Manakin dance clip

Birding and natural history in Ecuador. Travel to the slopes of the Andes in Ecuador? Student courses, and non-student citizen trips
    (birding, but also natural history)
    open for January 2019 and onward.
    Groups of 10-12 citizens or students. On the January 2018 trip we saw over 200 species of birds in 9 days.
      Birding Ecuador is the best! Getting to know a place like the Tandayapa valley above Mindo well is even better.

See Ecuador page for more details on trips

See lab. page for more details on projects

Summary of research interests:

Selected Publications: (most have download links for PDFs; for some, click on underlined author list to see abstracts)
                  Click here for full publication list

McDonald, D.B., and E.A. Hobson. 2017. Edge weight variance: population genetic metrics for social network analysis. Animal Behaviour 136: 239-250. Download PDF

Barocas A., Golden, H.N., Harrington. M., McDonald, D.B., Ben-David, M. 2016. Coastal latrine sites as social information hubs and drivers of river otter fission-fusion dynamics. Animal Behaviour 120: 103-114.

Shizuka, D., and D.B. McDonald. 2015. The network motif architecture of dominnce hierarchies. J. Roy. Soc. Interfac 12: 20150080. Download PDF

Edelman, A.J., and D.B. McDonald. 2014. Structure of cooperation at long-tailed manakin leks. Anim. Behav. 97: 125-133. Download PDF

McDonald, D.B. 2014. Studying lifelong male-male partnerships in a tropical bird. Pages 99-120 In Animal Behavior: How and Why Animals Do the Things They Do, Vol. 3 (K. Yasukawa, editor). Praeger, Santa Barbara, CA.

Pinter-Wollman, N., E.A. Hobson, J.E. Smith, A.J. Edelman, D. Shizuka, S. de Silva, J.S. Waters, S.D. Prager, T. Sasaki, G. Wittemyer, J. Fewell and D.B. McDonald. 2013. The dynamics of animal social networks: analytical, conceptual, and theoretical advances. Behav. Ecol. 25: 242-255. Download PDF

Parchman, T.L., Z. Gompert, M.J. Braun, R.T. Brumfield, D.B. McDonald, J.A.C. Uy, G. Zhang, E.D. Jarvis, B.A. Schlinger, and C.A. Buerkle. 2013. The genomic consequences of adaptive divergence and reproductive isolation between species of manakins. Mol. Ecol. 22: 3304-3317. Download PDF

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.
          Download PDF 

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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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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