Dept. Zoology &
Office: BioSci 415
E-Mail: dbmcd (at) uwyo.edu
Summary of research interests:
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
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), Black-and-chestnut Eagles, 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.
Banded Golden-winged Manakin, Masius chrysopterus, on his display log at our field site in Ecuador. Beleza!
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 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.
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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