The Centre for Biological Diversity (CBD) is a new initiative building on St Andrews' strengths in fundamental and applied research into the origins and maintenance of biodiversity. The CBD has strong collaborative links with researchers found across the University in the Schools of Biology, Psychology, Geography & GeoSciences, Mathematics and Management.

For more information please visit the Centre for Biological Diversity home page.

Recent Submissions

  • Sexual selection and assortative mating : an experimental test 

    Debelle, A.; Ritchie, Michael Gordon; Snook, R. R. (2016-07-11) - Journal article
    Mate choice and mate competition can both influence the evolution of sexual isolation between populations. Assortative mating may arise if traits and preferences diverge in step, and, alternatively, mate competition may ...
  • Discovery of species-wide tool use in the Hawaiian crow 

    Rutz, Christian; Klump, Barbara Christina; Komarczyk, Lisa; Leighton, Rosanna; Kramer, Joshua; Wischnewski, Saskia; Sugasawa, Shoko; Morrissey, Michael Blair; James, Richard; St Clair, James; Switzer, Richard A.; Masuda, Bryce M. (2016-09-15) - Journal article
    Only a handful of bird species are known to use foraging tools in the wild1. Amongst them, the New Caledonian crow (Corvus moneduloides) stands out with its sophisticated tool-making skills2, 3. Despite considerable ...
  • Best practices for virtual participation in meetings : experiences from synthesis centers 

    Hampton, Stephanie E.; Halpern, Benjamin S.; Winter, Marten; Balch, Jennifer K.; Parker, John N.; Baron, Jill S.; Palmer, Margaret; Schildhauer, Mark P.; Bishop, Pamela; Meagher, Thomas R.; Specht, Alison (2017-01-03) - Journal article
  • Estimates of local biodiversity change over time stand up to scrutiny 

    Vellend, Mark; Dornelas, Maria; Baeten, Lander; Beauséjour, Robin; Brown, Carissa D.; De Frenne, Pieter; Elmendorf, Sarah C.; Gotelli, Nicholas J.; Moyes, Faye; Myers-Smith, Isla H.; Magurran, Anne E.; McGill, Brian J.; Shimadzu, Hideyasu; Sievers, Caya (2017-02) - Journal article
    We present new data and analyses revealing fundamental flaws in a critique of two recent meta-analyses of local-scale temporal biodiversity change. First, the conclusion that short-term time series lead to biased estimates ...
  • Inducing cold-sensitivity in the frigophilic fly Drosophila montana by RNAi 

    Vigoder, Felipe M.; Parker, Darren James; Cook, Nicola; Tournière, Océane; Sneddon, Tanya; Ritchie, Michael Gordon (2016-11-10) - Journal article
    Cold acclimation is a critical physiological adaptation for coping with seasonal cold. By increasing their cold tolerance individuals can remain active for longer at the onset of winter and can recover more quickly from a ...

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