Behavioural Ecology Research Group

University of Queensland


In Press

Hedley, S. L., J. L. Bannister and R. A. Dunlop. In press. Abundance estimates of Breeding Stock ‘D’ Humpback Whales from aerial and land-based surveys off Shark Bay, Western Australia, 2008. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management; Humpback Whale Special Issue.

Pope, L.C., K. Vernes, A. W. Goldizen and C. N. Johnson. In press. Mating system and local dispersal patterns of an endangered potoroid, the northern bettong, Bettongia tropica. Aust. J. Zool.

Garland, E. C, Noad, M. J., Goldizen, A. W., Lilley, M. S., Rekdahl, M. L., Garrigue, C., Constantine, R., Hauser, N. D., Poole, M. M. and Robbins, J. In press. Quantifying humpback whale song sequences to understand the dynamics of song exchange at the ocean basin scale. J. Acoustical Soc. Amer. DOI: 10.1121/1.4770232.

Rekdahl, M, R. Dunlop, M. Noad and A. Goldizen. In press. Temporal stability and change in the social call repertoire of migrating humpback whales. J. Acoustical Soc. Amer. (accepted 17 Jan. 2013).


Rapson, S. A., A. W. Goldizen and J. M. Seddon. 2013. Gene flow in mongooses endemic to Namibia’s granite inselbergs despite past climatic fluctuations and isolating landscape features. J. Mammal. (accepted 10 August 2012, to appear in February 2013 issue).

Dwyer, R. G., E. C. Best and A. W. Goldizen. 2013. Digiroo2: An application programming interface for generating null models of social contact based on individuals' space use. R package version 0.5:


Kingsley, L., A. Goldizen and D. O. Fisher. 2012. Establishment of endangered species populations on a private nature refuge: what can we learn from reintroductions of the bridled nailtail wallaby? Oryx. 46:240-248

Carter, A. J., R. Heinsohn, A. W. Goldizen and P. Biro. 2012. Boldness and trappability in Namibian rock agamas. Anim. Behav. 83:1051-1058.

Madden, J. R., C. Dingle, J. Isden, J. Sparfeld, A. W. Goldizen and J. A. Endler. 2012. Cultivating a sexual display? Male spotted bowerbirds propagate fruit for use as decorations. Curr. Biol. 22:R264-265.

Macqueen, P., J. M. Seddon and A. W. Goldizen. 2012. Effects of historical forest contraction on the phylogeographic structure of the Australo-Papuan populations of the red-legged pademelon (Macropodidae: Thylogale stigmatica). Austral Ecol. 37:479-490.

Pavlacky, D. C. Jr., H. P. Possingham, A. J. Lowe, P. J. Prentice, D. J. Green and A. W. Goldizen. 2012. Anthropogenic landscape change promotes asymmetric dispersal and limits regional patch occupancy in a spatially structured bird population. J. Anim. Ecol. 81:940-952.

Carter, K. D., J. P. Hereward, J.K. Carter, A. W. Goldizen and J. M. Seddon. 2012. Development of 11 microsatellite markers for Giraffa camelopardalis through 454 pyrosequencing, with primer options for an additional 458 microsatellites. Cons. Gens. Res. 4:943-945, DOI 10.1007/s12686-012-9679-5.

Carter, A. J., A. W. Goldizen and R. Heinsohn. 2012. Personality and plasticity: Temporal behavioural reaction norms in a lizard, the Namibian rock agama. Anim. Behav. 84:471-477.

Rapson, S. A., A. W. Goldizen and J. M. Seddon. 2012. Species boundaries and possible hybridization between the black mongoose (Galerella nigrata) and the slender mongoose (Galerella sanguinea). Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 65:831-839.

Rieucau, G., P. Blanchard, J. G.A. Martin, F-R. Favreau, A.W. Goldizen and O. Pays. 2012. Investigating differences in vigilance tactic use within and between the sexes in eastern grey kangaroos. PLoS One 7(9): e44801. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0044801.

Garland, E. C., M. S. Lilley, A. W. Goldizen, M. L. Rekdahl, C. Garrigue and M. J. Noad. 2012. Improved versions of the Levenshtein distance method for comparing sequence information in animals' vocalisations: tests using humpback whale song. Behav. 149:1413-1441.

Puan, C. L., G. S. Baxter, A. W. Goldizen, M. Zakaria and M. N. Hafidzi. 2012. Barn owl predatory behavior and response to prey abundance: towards an ecologically-based agricultural practice. Ornis Mongolica 1:63-66.

Carter, K. C., J. M. Seddon, C. H. Frère, J. K, Carter, A. W. Goldizen. 2012. Fission-fusion dynamics in wild giraffes may be driven by kinship, spatial overlap and individual social preferences. Anim. Behav.


King, W.J., M.E. Wilson, T. Allen, M. Festa-Bianchet and G. Coulson. 2011. A capture technique for free-ranging eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) habituated to humans. Austral. Mammal. 33:47-31.

Fisher, D.O. and Blomberg, S.P. 2011. Inferring extinction from mammal sighting records threats, and biological traits: which species are most likely to be rediscovered? Conservation Biology doi: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2011.01797.x.

Fisher, D. O. 2011. Cost, effort and outcome of mammal rediscovery: neglect of small species. Biol. Cons. 144:1712-1718.

Fisher, D. O. 2011. Trajectories from extinction: where are missing mammals rediscovered. Global Ecol. Biogeog. 20:415-425.

Fisher, D. O. and S. P. Blomberg. 2011. Correlates of rediscovery and the detectability of extinction in mammals. Proc. R. Soc. B 278:1090-1097.

Fisher, D. O., S. Nuske, S. Green, J. M. Seddon and B. McDonald. 2011. The evolution of sociality in small, carnivorous mammals: the lek hypothesis revisited. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 65:593-605.

Fisher, D. O. 2011. Costs of reproduction and terminal investment by females in a semelparous mammal. PLoS One 6:e15226.

Waugh, C. A., W. M. Houston, M. J. Noad and S. B. Nash. 2011. Cytochrome P450 isozyme protein verified in the skin of southern hemisphere humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae): Implications for biochemical biomarker assessment. Mar. Poll. Bull. 62:758-761.

Clague, G. E., K. L, Cheney, A. W. Goldizen, M. I. McCormick, P. A. Waldie, A. S. Grutter. 2011. Long-term cleaner fish presence affects growth of a coral reef fish. Biol. Letters 7:863-865.

Puan, C. L, A. W. Goldizen, M. Zakaria, M. N. Hafidzi and G. S. Baxter. 2011. Understanding of relationships between ground cover and rat abundances: an integrative approach for management of the oil palm agroecosystem. Crop Protection 30:1263-1268.

Waldie, P. A., S. P. Blomberg, K. L. Cheney, A. W. Goldizen and A. S. Grutter. 2011. Long-term effects of the cleaner fish Labroides dimidiatus on a coral reef fish community. PLoS ONE 6(6):e21201-1-e21201-7

Garland, E. C., A. W. Goldizen, M. L. Rekdahl, R. Constantine, C. Garrigue, N. Daeschler, Hauser, M. M. Poole, J. Robbins and M. J. Noad. 2011. Dynamic horizontal cultural transmission of humpback whale song at the ocean basin scale. Curr. Biol. 21:687-691.

Macqueen, P., A. W. Goldizen, J. J. Austin and J M. Seddon. 2011. Phylogeography of the pademelons (Macropodidae: Thylogale) in New Guinea reflects both geological and climatic events during the Plio-Pleistocene. J. Biogeog. 38:1732-1747.

Fitzgibbon, S. I., R. S. Wilson and A. W. Goldizen. 2011. The behavioural ecology and population dynamics of a cryptic ground-dwelling mammal in an urban Australian landscape. Austr. Ecol. 36:722-732.

Puan, Chong Leong, Anne W. Goldizen, Mohamed Zakaria, Mohd N. Hafidzi and Greg S. Baxter. 2011. Relationships among rat numbers, abundance of oil palm fruit and damage levels to fruit in an oil palm plantation. Integrative Zoology 6:130-139.

Puan, C. L., A. W. Goldizen, M. Zakaria, M. N. Hafidzi, and G. S. Baxter. 2011. Absence of differential predation on rats by Malaysian Barn Owls in oil palm plantations. J. Raptor Res. 45:71-78.

Lachish, S., K. J. Miller, A. Storfer, A. W. Goldizen and M. E. Jones. 2011. Evidence that disease-induced population decline changes genetic structure and alters dispersal patterns in the Tasmanian devil. Heredity 106:172-182.

Murray, J. V., S. Low Choy, C. A. McAlpine, H. P. Possingham and A. W. Goldizen. 2011. Evaluating model transferability for a threatened species to adjacent areas: implications for rock-wallaby conservation. Austral Ecol. 36:76-89.


Macqueen, P., J. M. Seddon, J. J. Austin, S. Hamilton and A. W. Goldizen. 2010. Phylogenetics of the pademelons (Macropodidae: Thylogale) and historical biogeography of the Australo-Papuan region. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 57:1134-1148.

Paplinska, J. Z., R. Bencini, D. O. Fisher, G. R. Newell, A. W. Goldizen, S. L. Hazlitt, D. P. Sigg, G. R. Finlayson, A. J. Munn, B. K. Chambers and D. A. Taggart. 2010. In: Macropods: the Biology of Kangaroos, Wallabies and Rat-kangaroos, ed. by G. Coulson and M. Eldridge. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Victoria. pp. 65-76.

Hazlitt, S.L., Eldridge, M.D.B. and Goldizen, A.W. 2010. Strong matrilineal structuring in the brush-tailed rock-wallaby (Petrogale penicillata). In: Macropods: the Biology of Kangaroos, Wallabies and Rat-kangaroos, ed. by G. Coulson and M. Eldridge. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Victoria. pp. 87-95.

Favreau, F-R., A. W. Goldizen and O. Pays. 2010. Interactions among social monitoring, anti-predator vigilance and group size in eastern grey kangaroos. Proc. R. Soc. B 277:2089-2095.

Carter, A. J., A. W. Goldizen and S. A. Tromp. 2010. Agamas exhibit behavioral syndromes: bolder males bask and feed more but may suffer higher predation. Behav. Ecol. 21:655-661.

Barnes T. S., A. W. Goldizen, J. M. Morton and G. T. Coleman. 2010. Parasites of the brush-tailed rock-wallaby (Petrogale penicillata). J. Wildl. Diseases 46:218-228.

Dunlop, R.A., D. H. Cato and M. J. Noad. 2010. Your attention please: increasing ambient noise levels elicits a change in communication behaviour in humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 277:2521-2529.


Favreau, F-R., P. J. Jarman, A. W. Goldizen, A-L. Dubot, S. Sourice and O. Pays. 2009. Vigilance in a solitary marsupial, the common wombat Vombatus ursinus. Austr. J. Zool. 57:363-371.

Carter, A. J., O. Pays and A. W. Goldizen. 2009. Individual variation in the relationship between vigilance and group size in eastern grey kangaroos. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 64:237-245.

Macqueen, P., A. W. Goldizen and J. M. Seddon. 2009. Response of a southern temperate marsupial, the Tasmanian pademelon (Thylogale billardierii), to historical and contemporary forest fragmentation. Mol. Ecol. 18:3291-3306.

Murray, J. V., A. W. Goldizen, A. W., R. A. O’Leary, C. A. McAlpine, H. P. Possingham and S. Low Choy. 2009. How useful is expert opinion for predicting the distribution of a species within and beyond the region of expertise? A case study using brush-tailed rock-wallabies Petrogale penicillata. J. Appl. Ecol. 46:842-851.

Pavlacky, D. C. Jr., A. W. Goldizen, P. J. Prentice, J. A. Nicholls and A. J. Lowe. 2009. A landscape genetics approach for quantifying the relative influence of historic and contemporary habitat heterogeneity on the genetic connectivity of a rainforest bird. Mol. Ecol. 18:2945-2960.

Carter, A. J., S. L. Macdonald, V. Thomson and A. W. Goldizen. 2009. Structured association patterns and their energetic benefits in female eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus). Anim. Behav. 77:839-846.

Pays, O., M. Goulard, S. P. Blomberg, A. W. Goldizen, E. Sirot and P. J. Jarman. 2009. The effect of social facilitation on vigilance in the eastern grey kangaroo, Macropus giganteus. Behav. Ecol. 20:469-477.

Klose, S., J. Welbergen, A. Goldizen and E. Kalko. 2009. Spatio-temporal vigilance architecture of an Australian flying-fox colony. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 63:371-380.

Pays, O., A-L. Dubot , P. J. Jarman, P. Loisel and A. W. Goldizen. 2009. Vigilance and its complex synchrony in the red-necked pademelon, Thylogale thetis. Behavior Ecology 20:22-29.


Smith, J. N., A. W. Goldizen, R. A. Dunlop and N. J. Noad. 2008. Songs of male humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) are involved in intersexual interactions. Animal Behaviour. 76:467-477.

Barnes, T. S., J. Li, G. T. Coleman, and D. P. McManus. 2008. Development and evaluation of immunoblot-based serodiagnostic tests for hydatid infection in macropodids. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 44:1036-1040.

Barnes, T. S., A. W. Goldizen, J. M. Morton and J. T. Coleman. 2008. Cystic echinococcosis in a wild population of the brush-tailed rock-wallaby, a threatened macropodid. Parasitology 135:715-723.

Barnes, T. S., A. W. Goldizen and G. T. Coleman. 2008. Hematology and serum biochemistry of the brush-tailed rock-wallaby (Petrogale penicillata). Journal of Wildlife Diseases 44:295-303.

Macqueen, P. E., J. A. Nicholls, S. L. Hazlitt and A. W. Goldizen. 2008. Gene flow among native bush rat, Rattus fuscipes (Rodentia: Muridae) populations in the fragmented subtropical forests of southeast Queensland. Austral Ecology 33:585-593.

Murray, J. V., S. Low Choy, C. A. McAlpine, H. P. Possingham and A. W. Goldizen. 2008. The importance of ecological scale for wildlife conservation: a case study of the brush-tailed rock-wallaby (Petrogale penicillata). Biol. Cons. 141:7-22.

Hedley, S. L., J. L.Bannister and R. A. Dunlop. 2008. Group IV Humpback Whales: Abundance estimates from aerial and land-based surveys off Shark Bay, Western Australia, 2008. Paper to the International Whaling Commission SC/61/SH23 (unpublished).

Dunlop R.A. and A. Mellor. 2008. Acoustic recordings of sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) along the North Antrim coast, Northern Ireland. Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 108B (3), 135-141.

Dunlop, R.A., D. H. Cato and M. J. Noad. 2008. The use of acoustic communication signals in migrating humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Marine Mammal Science 24(3), 613-629.

Noad, M.J., R. A. Dunlop, D. Paton and D. Cato. 2008. An update of the east Australia humpback whale population (E1) rate of increase. Paper to the International Whaling Commission. SC/60/SH31 (unpublished).


Fitzgibbon, S. I., D. A. Putland and A. W. Goldizen. 2007. The importance of functional connectivity in the conservation of a ground-dwelling mammal in an urban Australian landscape. Landscape Ecol. 22:1513-1525.

Wojcieszek, J. L., J. A. Nicholls and A. W. Goldizen. 2007. Stealing by satin bowerbirds: who steals from whom, and why? Behav. Ecol. 18:689-695.

Bravery, B. D. and A. W. Goldizen. 2007. Male satin bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) compensate for sexual signal loss by enhancing multiple display features. Naturwissenschaften 94:473-476.

Barnes, T. S., Hinds, L. A., Jenkins, D. J. and Coleman, G. T. 2007a. Precocious development of hydatid cysts in a macropodid host. International Journal for Parasitology, 37:1379-1389.

Barnes, T. S., Morton, J. M. and Coleman, G. T. 2007b. Clustering of hydatid infection in macropodids. International Journal for Parasitology, 37:943–952.

Dunlop, R.A., M. J. Noad, D. H. Cato and D. Stokes. 2007. The social vocalization repertoire of east Australian migrating humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 122:2893-2905.


Sigg, D. P. 2006. Reduced genetic diversity and significant genetic differentiation after translocation: comparison of remnant and translocated populations of the bridled nailtail wallaby (Onychogalea fraenata). Cons. Gen. 7:577-589.

Matson, T. K., D. A. Putland, P. J. Jarman, J. le Roux and A. W. Goldizen. 2007. The influences of parturition and home range use of female black-faced impalas (Aepyceros melampus petersi). J. Zool. (Lond). 271:318-327.

Putland, D. A., J. A. Nicholls, M. Noad and A. W. Goldizen. 2006. Imitating the neighbours: vocal dialect matching in a mimic-model system. Biology Letters 2:367-370.

Wojcieszek, J. L, J. A. Nicholls, N. J. Marshall and A. W. Goldizen. 2006. The theft of bower decorations among male satin bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus): why are some decorations more popular than others. Emu 106:175-180.

Hazlitt, S. L, D. P. Sigg, M. D. B. Eldridge and A. W. Goldizen. 2006. Restricted mating dispersal and strong breeding group structure in a mid-sized marsupial mammal. Mol. Ecol. 15:2997-3007.

Hazlitt, S. L., A. W. Goldizen and M. D. B. Eldridge. 2006. Significant patterns of population genetic structure and limited gene flow in a threatened macropod marsupial despite continuous habitat in southeast Queensland, Australia. Cons. Gen. 7:675-689.

Bravery, B. D., J. A. Nicholls and A. W. Goldizen. 2006. Patterns of painting in satin bowerbirds and males' responses to changes in their paint. J. Avian Biol. 7:77-83.

Matson, T. K., A. W. Goldizen, P. J. Jarman and A. R. Pople. 2006. Dispersal and seasonal distributions of black-faced impala in the Etosha National Park, Namibia. J. Afr. Ecol. 44:247-255.

Nicholls, J. A., J. J. Austin, C. Moritz and A. W. Goldizen. 2006. Genetic population structure and call variation in a passerine bird, the satin bowerbird Ptilorhynchus violaceus. Evolution 60:1279-1290.

Nicholls, J. A. and A. W. Goldizen. 2006. Habitat type and density influence vocal signal design in satin bowerbirds. J. Anim. Ecol. 75:549-558.

Sigg, D. P. and A. W. Goldizen. 2006. Male reproductive strategies and female choice in the solitary, promiscuous bridled nailtail wallaby (Onychogalea fraenata). J. Mammal. 87:461-469.

Wynd, N. M, D. P. Sigg, A. R. Pople, S. L. Hazlitt and A. W. Goldizen. 2006. Factors affecting female reproductive success and the survival of pouch young in the threatened brush-tailed rock-wallaby. Aust. J. Zool. 54:61-70.


Arnold, K. E., I. P. F. Owens and A. W. Goldizen. 2005. Division of labour within cooperatively breeding groups. Behaviour 142:1577-1590.

Robson, T. E., A. W. Goldizen and D. J. Green. 2005. The multiple signals assessed by female satin bowerbirds: could they be used to narrow down females' choices of mates? Biol. Lett. 1:1264-267.

Tack, E.J., D. A. Putland, T. E. Robson and A. W. Goldizen. 2005. Geographic variation in vocalisations of Satin Bowerbirds, Ptilonorhynchus violaceus, in southeast Queensland. Emu 105:27-31.

Sigg, D. P., A. W. Goldizen and A. R. Pople. 2005. The importance of mating system in translocation programs: reproductive success of released male bridled nailtail wallabies. Biol. Cons. 123:289-300.

Bardeleban, C., R. L. Moore, J. A. Nicholls, J. J. Austin and T. E. Robson. 2005. Isolation of polymorphic tetranucleotide microsatellite markers for the satin bowerbird Ptilonorhynchus violaceus. Mol. Ecol. Notes 5:305-307.

Matson, T. K., A. W. Goldizen and P. J. Jarman. 2005. Microhabitat use by black-faced impala in Ethosha National Park. J. Wildlife Manag. 69:1708-1715.

Matson T. K., A. W. Goldizen and D. A. Putland. 2005. Factors affecting the vigilance and flight behaviour of impala. South African Journal of Wildlife Research 35:1-11.

Becker, J. H. A., and A. S. Grutter. 2005. Client fish ectoparasite loads and cleaner shrimp (Urocaridella sp.) hunger levels affect cleaning behaviour. Animal Behaviour 70:991-996.


Krebs, E. A. and D. A. Putland. 2004. Chic chicks: the evolution of chick ornamentation in rails. Behavioral Ecology 15:946-951.

Maxwell, P. S., T. E. Robson and A. W. Goldizen. 2004. Home range sizes and bower visitation patterns of immature male satin bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus). Emu 104:75-77.

Lachish, S. and A. W. Goldizen. 2004. Responses to neighbours and non-neighbours in the buff-banded rail (Gallirallus philippensis). Aust. J. Zool. 52:369-378.

Hazlitt, S. L., M. D. B. Eldridge and A. W. Goldizen. 2004. Fine-scale spatial genetic correlation analyses reveal strong female philopatry within a brush-tailed rock-wallaby colony in southeast Queensland. Molecular Ecology 13:3621-3632.

Khan, R. N., J. H. A. Becker, A. L. Crowther and I. D. Lawn. 2004. Spatial distribution of symbiotoc shrimps (Periclimenes holthuisi, P. brevicarpalis, Thor amboinensis) on the sea anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 84:201-203.

Matson, T. K., A. W. Goldizen, and P. J. Jarman. 2004. Factors affecting the success of translocations of black-faced impala in Namibia. Biological Conservation 116:359-365.

Becker, J. H. A., and A. S. Grutter. 2004. Cleaner shrimp do clean! Coral Reefs 23:515-520.


Khan, R. N., J. H. A. Becker, A. L. Crowther and I. D. Lawn. 2003. Sea anemone host selection by the symbiotic saddled cleaner shrimp Periclimenes holthuisi. Marine and Freshwater Research 54:653-656.

Goldizen, A. W. 2003. Monogamy and its variations in callitrichids: do these relate to the costs of infant care? In: Monogamy: Mating Strategies and Partnerships in Birds, Humans and Other Mammals, ed. by U. Reichard and C. Boesch. Cambridge University Press.

Carter, K. and A. W. Goldizen. 2003. Habitat choice and vigilance behaviour of brush-tailed rock-wallabies, Petrogale penicillata, within their nocturnal foraging ranges. Wildl. Res. 30:355-364.

Laws, R. J. and A. W. Goldizen. 2003. Nocturnal home ranges and social interactions of the brush-tailed rock wallaby (Petrogale penicillata) at Hurdle Creek, Queensland. Aust. Mammal. 25:169-176.

Grutter, A.S, J.M. Murphy and J.H. Choat. 2003. Cleaner fish drives local fish diversity on coral reefs. Current Biology. 13:64-67.

Nicholls, J.A. 2003. Co-operative breeding in the Mountain Thornbill, Acanthiza katherina. Corella 27: 23.

Wiley, C. J. and A. W. Goldizen. 2003. Testosterone is correlated with courtship but not aggression in the tropical buff-banded rail, Gallirallus philippensis. Hormones and Behavior 43:554-560.

Shirley, A. M., A. W. Goldizen, E. A. Krebs and D. A. Putland. 2003. Effects of habitat characteristics and climate on the distribution and colouration of Dusky Moorhens (Gallinula tenebrosa) in south-east Queensland. Emu 103:81-86.

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