Selected Publications

Below is a list of key publications from the group. For a full list, please visit the Google Scholar links on the right.


  • Cooney C, Tobias, JA, Weir J, Botero C, Seddon N (2017) Sexual selection, speciation, and constraints on geographical range overlap in birds. Ecology Letters. In press.
  • Waldron A, Giardin C, Miller DC, Seddon N (2017) Agroforestry can enhance food security while meeting other Sustainable Development Goals. Tropical Conservation Science. In press.
  • Bath E, Seddon N, Tobias JA, Goodwin S, Wigby S (2017) Sperm and sex peptide stimulate aggression in female Drosophila. Nature Ecology Evolution. In press.
  • Mason NA, Burns KJ, Tobias JA, Claramunt S, Seddon N, Derryberry EP (2017) Song evolution, speciation and vocal learning in passerine birds. Evolution 271:  786-796.


  • Seddon N, Mace GM, Naeem S, Tobias JA, Pigot AL, Cavanagh RD, Mouillot D, Vause J, Walpole M (2016) Biodiversity in the Anthropocene: prospects and policy. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Special Feature 283 (1844), 20162094.
  • Bregman TP, Lees AC, MacGregor HEA, et al. (2016) Using avian functional traits to assess the impact of land-cover change on ecosystem processes linked to resilience in tropical forests, Proceedings of the Royal Society B-biological Sciences, Vol:283, ISSN:0962-8452.
  • AL Pigot, T Bregman, C Sheard, B Daly, RS Etienne, JA Tobias (2016) Quantifying species contributions to ecosystem processes: a global assessment of functional trait and phylogenetic metrics across avian seed-dispersal networks Proc. R. Soc. B 283:  20161597
  • Tobias JA, Meade A, Cotton AJ, Nakagawa S, Seddon N (2016) Territoriality, social bonds and the evolution of communal signalling in birds. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 4, 74
  • Seddon N, Hou-Jones X, Pye T, Reid H, Roe D, Mountain D, Raza Rizvi A (2016). Ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation: a win-win formula for sustainable development in a warming world? IIED Briefing
  • Seddon N, Reid H, Barrow E, Hicks C, Hou-Jones X, Kapos V, Raza Rivi A, Roe D (2016) Ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation: strengthening the evidence and informing policy. Research overview and overarching questions.Ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation: strengthening the evidence and informing policy. Research overview and overarching questions,  IIED Report.
  • Collar NJ, Fishpool LDC, del Hoyo J, et al., 2016, Toward a scoring system for species delimitation: a response to Remsen. Journal of Field Ornithology, Vol:87, ISSN:0273-8570, Pages:104-110
  • Pigot AL, Trisos CH, Tobias JA, 2016, Functional traits reveal the expansion and packing of ecological niche space underlying an elevational diversity gradient in passerine birds, Proceedings of the Royal Society B-biological Sciences, Vol:283, ISSN:0962-8452
  • Cooney CR, Seddon N, Tobias JA, 2016, Widespread correlations between climatic niche evolution and species diversification in birds., J Anim Ecol
  • Pigot AL, Tobias JA, Jetz W (2016) Energetic Constraints on Species Coexistence in Birds, Plos Biology, Vol:14, ISSN:1545-7885


  • Bregman, TP, Seddon N, Lees AC, Darski B, Aleixo A, Bonsall MB, Tobias JA (2015) Species interactions regulate the collapse of biodiversity and ecosystem function in fragmented tropical forests. Ecology 96: 2692-2704 | Read paper
  • Tobias, JA Biodiversity: Hidden impacts of logging Nature 523 (7559), 163-164 | Read paper
  • Pigot, A.L., Tobias, J.A. 2015. Dispersal and the transition to sympatry in vertebrates. Proc Roy Soc B. 282 | Read paper
  • Matthews, T.J., Sheard, C., Cottee‐Jones, H.E.W., Bregman, T.P., Tobias, J.A., Whittaker, R.J. (2015) Ecological traits reveal functional nestedness of bird communities in habitat islands: a global survey. Functional Ecology 124: 817–826. | Read paper
  • Bath, E., Wigby, S., Vincent, C., Tobias, J.A., Seddon, N. (2015) Condition, not eyespan, predicts contest outcome in female stalk-eyed flies, Teleopsis dalmanni. Ecology and Evolution 5: 1826–1836 | Read paper


  • Trisos, C.H., Petchey, O.L., Tobias, J.A. 2014. Unravelling the interplay of community assembly processes acting on multiple niche axes across spatial scales. American Naturalist | Read paper
  • Edwards, D.P., Tobias, J.A., Sheil, D., Meijaard, E., Laurance, W.F. 2014. Maintaining ecosystem function and services in logged tropical forests. Trends Ecol. Evol. 29: 511–520. | Read paper
  • Tobias, J.A., Cornwallis, C.K., Derryberry, E.P., Claramunt, S., Brumfield, R.T., Seddon, N. 2014. Species coexistence and the dynamics of phenotypic evolution in adaptive radiation.Nature (published online 22 December 2013). | Read paper | Press release | Quanta
  • Tobias, J.A., Planque, R., Cram, D., Seddon, N. 2014. Species interactions and the structure of complex communication networks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (published online 6 Jan 2014). | Read paper
  • Touchton J.M., Seddon, N., Tobias, J.A. 2014. Captive rearing experiments confirm song development without learning in a tracheophone suboscine bird. PloS one 9 (4), e95746.


  • Pigot, A., Tobias, J.A. 2013. Species interactions constrain geographic range expansion over evolutionary time. Ecology Letters 63: 330–338 | Read paper | Press release
  • Wilkins, M., Seddon, N., Saffran, R. J. 2013. Evolutionary divergence in acoustic signals: causes and consequences. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 28:156–166. Read paper | Front cover
  • Seddon, N., C. A. Botero, J. A. Tobias, P. O. Dunn, H. E. A. MacGregor, D. R. Rubenstein, J. A. C. Uy, J. T. Weir, L. A. Whittingham, and R. J. Safran. 2013. Sexual selection accelerates signal evolution during speciation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 280: 20131065 . Read paper


  • Tobias, J.A., Montgomerie, R., Lyon, B. 2012. The evolution of female ornaments and weaponry: sexual selection, social selection and ecological competition. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. B. 367: 2274-2293 | Read paper
  • Salisbury, C., Seddon, N., Cooney, C., Tobias, J.A. 2012. The latitudinal gradient in dispersal constraints: ecological specialisation drives diversification in tropical birds. Ecology Letters 15: 847-855. | Read paper
  • Jankowski, J. E., Graham, C. H., Parra, J. L., Robinson, S. K., Seddon, N., Touchton, J. M., Tobias, J. A. 2012. The role of competition in structuring tropical bird communities. Ornitologia Neotropical 23: 115-124. | Read paper
  • Tobias, J. A., Brawn, J. D., Brumfield, R.T., Derryberry, E.P., Kirschel, A. N. G., Seddon, N. 2012. The importance of suboscine birds as study systems in ecology and evolution. Ornitologia Neotropical 23: 261-274. | Read paper
  • Derryberry, E.P., Seddon, N., Claramunt, S., Tobias, J.A., Baker, A., Aleixo, A., Brumfield, R.T. 2012. Correlated evolution of beak morphology and song in the Neotropical woodcreeper radiation. Evolution 66: 2784–2797 | Read paper


  • Tobias, J.A., Gamarra-Toledo, V., Garcia-Olaechea, D., Pulgarin, P.C., Seddon, N. 2011. Year-round resource defence and the evolution of male and female song in suboscine birds: social armaments are mutual ornaments. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 2118-2138. | Read paper


  • Hoffmann, M. and 163 others including J.A. Tobias 2010. The impact of conservation on the status of the world’s vertebrates. Science Read PaperNature News | Guardian | Wall St Journal | LA Times
  • Tobias, J.A., Aben, J., Brumfield, R.T., Derryberry, E., Halfwerk, W., Slabbekoorn, H. & Seddon, N. 2010. Song divergence by sensory drive in Amazonian birds. Evolution 64: 2820–2839. | Read PaperFront cover
  • Seddon, N., Tobias, J.A. 2010. Character displacement from the receiver’s perspective: species and mate-recognition despite convergent signals in suboscine birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277: 2475-2483. | Read Paper



  • Seddon, N., Merrill, R. M., Tobias, J.A. 2008. Sexually selected traits predict patterns of species richness in a diverse clade of suboscine birds. American Naturalist 171: 620-631. | Read Paper
  • Tobias, J.A., Bates, J.M., Hackett, S., & Seddon, N. 2008. Comment on “The Latitudinal Gradient in Recent Speciation and Extinction Rates of Birds and Mammals”.��Science 319: 901c. | Read Paper


  • Seddon, N. 2005. Ecological adaptation and species recognition drives vocal evolution in Neotropical suboscine birds. Evolution 59: 200-215. | Read Paper