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

  • Low migratory connectivity is common in long-distance migrant birds 

    Finch, Tom; Butler, Simon J.; Franco, Aldina M. A.; Cresswell, Will (2017-05) - Journal article
    1. Estimating how much long-distance migrant populations spread out and mix during the non-breeding season (migratory connectivity) is essential for understanding and predicting population dynamics in the face of global ...
  • 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 ...

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