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

  • Approximate maximum likelihood estimation for population genetic inference 

    Bertl, Johanna; Ewing, Gregory; Kosiol, Carolin; Futschik, Andreas (2017-11-02) - Journal article
    In many population genetic problems, parameter estimation is obstructed by an intractable likelihood function. Therefore, approximate estimation methods have been developed, and with growing computational power, sampling-based ...
  • Preliminary observations of tool-processing behaviour in Hawaiian crows Corvus hawaiiensis 

    Klump, Barbara C.; Masuda, Bryce M.; St Clair, James J. H.; Rutz, Christian (2018-10-21) - Journal article
    Very few animal species habitually make and use foraging tools. We recently discovered that the Hawaiian crow is a highly skilled, natural tool user. Most captive adults in our experiment spontaneously used sticks to access ...
  • Inclusive fitness for in-laws 

    Dyble, Mark; Gardner, Andy; Vinicius, Lucio; Migliano, Andrea (2018-10) - Journal article
    Cooperation among kin is common across the natural world and can be explained in terms of inclusive fitness theory, which holds that individuals can derive indirect fitness benefits from aiding genetically related individuals. ...
  • The challenge of habitat modelling for threatened low density species using heterogeneous data : the case of Cuvier’s beaked whales in the Mediterranean 

    Cañadas, A.; Aguilar de Soto, N.; Aissi, M.; Arcangeli, A.; Azzolin, M.; B-Nagy, A.; Bearzi, G.; Campana, I.; Chicote, C.; Cotte, C.; Crosti, R.; David, L.; Di Natale, A.; Fortuna, C.; Frantzis, A.; Garcia, P.; Gazo, M.; Gutierrez-Xarxa, R.; Holcer, D.; Laran, S.; Lauriano, G.; Lewis, T.; Moulins, A.; Mussi, B.; Notarbartolo di Sciara, G.; Panigada, S.; Pastor, X.; Politi, E.; Pulcini, M.; Raga, J.A.; Rendell, L.; Rosso, M.; Tepsich, P.; Tomás, J.; Tringali, M.; Roger, Th. (2018-02) - Journal article
    The Mediterranean population of Cuvieŕs beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris), a deep-diving cetacean, is genetically distinct from the Atlantic, and subject to a number of conservation threats, in particular underwater noise. ...
  • Simulating shifts in taxonomic and functional β-diversity of ray-finned fishes : probing the Mariana disaster 

    Trindade-Santos, Isaac; Eduardo, Anderson Aires; Moyes, Faye; Martinez, Pablo Ariel; Magurran, Anne E.; Gouveia, Sidney F. (2018-10-17) - Journal article
    Environmental catastrophes may precipitate local species extinctions, hence altering community composition (i.e., β-diversity) at the regional scale. Assessments of the impacts of such disturbance may be hindered by the ...

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