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Prof James Dale PhD - Cornell University

Associate Professor

Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 41125
    Location: 3, 20
    Campus: Albany

Qualifications

  • PhD - Cornell Univeristy (2001)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Our group seeks to address major questions in evolutionary ecology. These range from: How do global patterns of biodiversity and species life history traits inform us about evolutionary processes? What accounts for the diversity of sexual size dimorphism across different species? What is the function of bright coloration in animals? And how do hormonal and genetic mechanisms of colour development relate to their evolutionary function?

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Animal Behaviour (060801): Behavioural Ecology (060201): Biogeography and Phylogeography (060302): Biological Adaptation (060303): Biological Sciences (060000): Ecology (060200): Evolutionary Biology (060300): Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205): Phylogeny and Comparative Analysis (060309): Terrestrial Ecology (060208): Zoology (060800)

Keywords

Zoology

Evolutionary Ecology

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 5
Team Member 0 1

Current Projects

Project Title: Evolutionary drivers of ornamental coloration in male and female birds

Date Range: 2016 - 2019

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Journal

Dey, CJ., & Dale, J. (2017). Hot under the collar. Nature Ecology and Evolution. 1(2)
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Wells, SJ., Ji, W., Gleeson, D., Jones, B., & Dale, J. (2017). Population social structure facilitates indirect fitness benefits from extra-pair mating. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 5(MAR)
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J., Ji, W., Jones, M.
Tibbetts, EA., Mullen, SP., & Dale, J. (2017). Signal function drives phenotypic and genetic diversity: The effects of signalling individual identity, quality or behavioural strategy. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 372(1724)
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Dey, CJ., Quinn, JS., King, A., Hiscox, J., & Dale, J. (2017). A bare-part ornament is a stronger predictor of dominance than plumage ornamentation in the cooperatively breeding Australian Swamphen. Auk. 134(2), 317-329
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Webb, W., Brunton, DH., Aguirre, JDAVID., Thomas, D., Valcu, M., & Dale, J. (2016). Female song occurs in songbirds with more elaborate female coloration and reduced sexual dichromatism. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 4, 1-8
[Journal article]Authored by: Brunton, D., Dale, J.
Baling, M., Stuart-Fox, D., Brunton, DH., & Dale, J. (2016). Habitat suitability for conservation translocation: The importance of considering camouflage in cryptic species. Biological Conservation. 203, 298-305
[Journal article]Authored by: Brunton, D., Dale, J.
Wells, SJ., Safran, RJ., & Dale, J. (2016). Piecing together female extra-pair mate choice: females really do prefer more ornamented males. MOLECULAR ECOLOGY. 25(15), 3521-3524
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Brunton, DH., Webb, WH., Aguirre, JD., Thomas, DT., Valcu, M., & Dale, J. (2016). Female song occurs in songbirds with more elaborate female coloration and reduced sexual dichromatism. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 4, 1-8 Retrieved from http://journal.frontiersin.org/journal/ecology-and-evolution
[Journal article]Authored by: Aguirre, J., Dale, J.
Dale, J. (2016). Quality signals may be common in species with social recognition: a comment on Sheehan and Bergman. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY. 27(1), 15-16
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Dale, J., Dey, CJ., Delhey, K., Kempenaers, B., & Valcu, M. (2015). The effects of life history and sexual selection on male and female plumage colouration. Nature. 527(7578), 367-370
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Wells, SJ., Ji, W., Dale, J., Jones, B., & Gleeson, D. (2015). Male size predicts extrapair paternity in a socially monogamous bird with extreme sexual size dimorphism. Behavioral Ecology. 26(1), 200-206
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J., Ji, W., Jones, M.
Dey, CJ., Valcu, M., Kempenaers, B., & Dale, J. (2015). Carotenoid-based bill coloration functions as a social, not sexual, signal in songbirds (Aves: Passeriformes). Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 28(1), 250-258
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Valcu, M., Dale, J., Griesser, M., Nakagawa, S., & Kempenaers, B. (2014). Global gradients of avian longevity support the classic evolutionary theory of ageing. Ecography. 37(10), 930-938
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Dey, CJ., Dale, J., & Quinn, JS. (2014). Manipulating the appearance of a badge of status causes changes in true badge expression.. Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society. 281(1775), 20132680
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Laucht, S., & Dale, J. (2012). Correlations of condition, testosterone, and age with multiple ornaments in male house sparrows: Patterns and implications. Condor. 114(4), 865-873
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Laucht, S., & Dale, J. (2012). Development of Badges of Status in Captive Male House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) in Relation to the Relative Ornamentation of Flock-Mates. Ethology. 118(7), 644-653
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Laucht, S., & Dale, J. (2012). Correlations of condition, testosterone and age with multiple ornaments in male house sparrows: Patterns and implications. Condor. 114(4), 865-873 Retrieved from http://www.bioone.org/
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Laucht, S., & Dale, J. (2012). Development of Badges of Status in Captive Male House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) in Relation to the Relative Ornamentation of Flock-Mates. Ethology.
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Valcu, M., Dale, J., & Kempenaers, B. (2012). rangeMapper: a platform for the study of macroecology of life-history traits. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 21(9), 945-951 Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1466-8238.2011.00739.x/abstract
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Walsh, N., Dale, J., McGraw, KJ., Pointer, MA., & Mundy, NI. (2011). Candidate genes for carotenoid coloration in vertebrates and their expression profiles in the carotenoid-containing plumage and bill of a wild bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 279(1726), 58-66
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Valcu, M., Dale, J., & Kempenaers, B. (2012). RangeMapper: A platform for the study of macroecology of life-history traits. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 21(9), 945-951
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Tibbetts, EA., Skaldina, O., Zhao, V., Toth, AL., Skaldin, M., Beani, L., . . . Dale, J. (2011). Geographic variation in the status signals of Polistes dominulus Paper Wasps. PLoS One. 6(12), 1-8 Retrieved from http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi/10.1371/journal.pone.0028173
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Tibbetts, EA., Skaldina, O., Zhao, V., Toth, AL., Skaldin, M., Beani, L., . . . Dale, J. (2011). Geographic variation in the status signals of Polistes dominulus paper wasps. PLoS ONE. 6(12)
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Valcu, M, ., & Dale, J, . (2011). rangeMapper Package Vignette. : The Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN)
[Internet publication]Authored by: Dale, J.
Dale, JR. (2011). Package 'rangeMapper' Reference Manual. : The Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN)
[Internet publication]Authored by: Dale, J.
Breithaupt, A., Kalthoff, D., Dale, J., Bairlein, F., Beer, M., & Teifke, JPP. (2011). Neurotropism in blackcaps (sylvia atricapilla) and red-billed Queleas (Quelea Quelea) after highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 infection. Veterinary Pathology. 48(5), 924-932
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Mutzel, A., Kempenaers, B., Laucht, S., Dingemanse, NJ., & Dale, J. (2011). Circulating testosterone levels do not affect exploration in house sparrows: Observational and experimental tests. Animal Behaviour. 81(4), 731-739
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Laucht, S., Dale, J., Mutzel, A., & Kempenaers, B. (2011). Individual variation in plasma testosterone levels and its relation to badge size in House Sparrows Passer domesticus: It's a night-and-day difference. General and Comparative Endocrinology. 170(3), 501-508
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Ritschard, M., Laucht, S., Dale, J., & Brumm, H. (2011). Enhanced testosterone levels affect singing motivation but not song structure and amplitude in Bengalese finches. Physiology and Behavior. 102(1), 30-35
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Hipfner, JM., Hobson, KA., Dale, J., & McGraw, KJ. (2010). Stable isotopes link diet to avian yolk carotenoid allocation: A comparative study of five auk species (Charadriiformes: Alcidae). Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. 83(3), 481-489
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Laucht, S., Kempenaers, B., & Dale, J. (2010). Bill color, not badge size, indicates testosterone-related information in house sparrows. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 64(9), 1461-1471
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Hipfner, JM., Dale, J., & McGraw, KJ. (2010). Yolk carotenoids and stable isotopes reveal links among environment, foraging behavior and seabird breeding success. Oecologia. 163(2), 351-360
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Dale, J. (2009). Book review: Sex, size and gender roles: Evolutionary studies of sexual size dimorphism, edited by Fairbairn, D. J., Blackenthorn, W.U., and Szekely, T. (2007). Animal Behaviour. 77(6), 1559-1560 Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003347209001432
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Tibbetts, EA., Sheehan, MJ., & Dale, J. (2008). A testable definition of individual recognition. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 23(7), 356
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Love, OP., Salvante, KG., Dale, J., & Williams, TD. (2008). Sex-specific variability in the immune system across life-history stages. American Naturalist. 172(3)
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Tibbetts, EA., & Dale, J. (2007). Individual recognition: it is good to be different. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 22(10), 529-537
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Dale, J., Dunn, PO., Figuerola, J., Lislevand, T., Székely, T., & Whittingham, LA. (2007). Sexual selection explains Rensch's rule of allometry for sexual size dimorphism. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 274(1628), 2971-2979
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.
Walsh, N., Dale, J., McGraw, KJ., Pointer, MA., & Mundy, NI.Candidate genes for carotenoid coloration in vertebrates and their expression profiles in the carotenoid-containing plumage and bill of a wild bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Biological Sciences.
[Journal article]Authored by: Dale, J.

Book

Dale, JR. (2006). Intraspecific variation in coloration. In GE. Hill, & KJ. McGraw (Eds.) Bird Coloration Function and Evolution volume 2. (pp. 36 - 86). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Dale, J.

Creative Work

Valcu, M., Dale, J., & Kempenaers, B. (2012). rangeMapper: A platform for the study of macroecology of life-history traits.
[Software / Code]Authored by: Dale, J.

Conference

Pearman, W., Breckell, G., Dale, J., Silander, O., & Freed, NE. (2017, August). New tools for diet analysis: nanopore sequencing of unamplified genomic DNA from stomach contents to detect with high resolution what rats are eating. Presented at Queenstown Research Week. Queenstown, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dale, J., Freed, N., Silander, O.
Dey, CJ., Valcu, M., & Dale, JR. (2017, June). Body size, predation risk and ornamentation in birds.. Presented at 54th Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society. University of Toronto, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dale, J.
Edirisinghe, H., Leschen, R., Dale, J., & Wignall, AE. (2017, April). Phenotypic variation in ladybirds (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Presented at The 66th Entomological Society of New Zealand Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dale, J., Wignall, A.
Dale, JR.(2015, December). The function of colorful plumage: it is not just about quality signaling. .
[Conference]Authored by: Dale, J.
Wells, S., Ji, W., Dale, JR., Jones, B., & Gleeson, D.(2014, July). Male size predicts extra-pair paternity in a socially monogamous bird with extreme sexual size dimorphism. .
[Conference]Authored by: Dale, J., Ji, W.
Wells, S., Ji, W., Dale, J., & Gleeson, D.(2012, November). Love thy neighbour: mating systems and cuckoldry in the Tui (Prosthemandera novaesslandiae). . (pp. 121 - 121). Retreived from http://newzealandecology.org/sites/default/files/NZES%202012%20Conference%20Book%20(Jan).pdf
[Conference]Authored by: Dale, J., Ji, W.
Laucht, S., & Dale, J. (2011, August). Dynamics in testosterone, bill coloration, and badge size in male House Sparrows, Passer domesticus.. Presented at 12th International Behavioral Ecology Congress. Ithaca, New York, USA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dale, J.
Amiot, C., Dale, J., Brunton, D., & Ji, W. (2011, August). Auckland urban woodland quality by comparsion of urban and non-urban ecosystems. Presented at New Zealand Ecology Conference. Rotorua, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dale, J.
Laucht, S., Kempenaers, B., Mutzel, A., & Dale, J. (2010, September). While you were sleeping: circadian variation and its relationship to male ornamentation in house sparrows, Passer domesticus.. Presented at 13th International Behavioral Ecology Congress. Perth, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dale, J.
Dale, J., & Valcu, M. (2010, October). rangeMapper: A package for easy generation of biodiversity (species richness) or life-history traits maps using species geographical ranges.. Presented at 1st Meeting of the Northern Computational Biology Initiative. Massey University (Albany), New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dale, J.
Dale, J., & Valcu, M. (2010, September). rangeMapper: A package for easy generation of biodiversity (species richness) or life-history traits maps using species geographical ranges.. Presented at 13th International Behavioral Ecology Congress. Perth, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dale, J.
Dale, J., & Kempenaers, B. (2010). Extra-pair paternity in the world's most synchronized bird: the red-billed quelea. . Perth, Australia
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Dale, J.
Dale, J., & Kempenaers, B.(2010, September 26). Extra-pair paternity in the world’s most synchronized bird: the red-billed quelea. , 13th International Behavioural Ecology Congress
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Dale, J.
Dale J, ., & Valcu, M, .(2010, September 26). rangeMapper: A package for easy generation of biodiversity (species richness) or life-history traits maps using species geographical ranges. , 13th International Behavioural Ecology Congress
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Dale, J.
Laucht, S., Kempenaers, B, ., & Dale, J. (2009). Circadian variation of testosterone levels and its impact on male ornaments in House Sparrows, Passer domesticus.. Poster session presented at the meeting of Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, Summer Conference 2009. St. Johns College, Oxford, England
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Dale, J.
Dale, J., & Eising, C. (2008, August). A test of assortative mating for a sexually dimorphic colour polymorphism.. Presented at 12th International Behavioral Ecology Congress. Ithaca, New York, USA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dale, J.
Dale, J., Emlen, ST., & Montgomerie, R. (2008). Properties of egg coloration: Use for recognition versus camouflage. Poster session presented at the meeting of 14th International Ornithological Congress. Hamburg, Germany
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Dale, J.
Tibbetts, EA., & Dale, J. (2006). Why are quality signals testosterone-dependent?. . 11th International Behavioral Ecology Congress
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Dale, J.
Dale, J., McGraw, KJ., & Williams, TD. (2006, July). Social control of bill colouration in the zebra finch.. Presented at 11th International Behavioral Ecology Congress. Tours, France.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dale, J.
Dale, J., Emlen, ST., & Montgomerie, R.(2006, August 13). Properties of egg coloration: Use for recognition vs camouflage. In Journal of Ornithology Vol. 147 (pp. 153 - 153). , 24th International Ornithological Congress
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Dale, J.

Other

Valcu, M., Dale, JR., & Maspons, J. (2017). rangeMapper: A Platform for the Study of Macro-Ecology of Life History Traits. The Comprehensive R Archive Network
[Other]Authored by: Dale, J.
Valcu, M., & Dale, J. (2011). Package 'rangeMapper' Reference Manual. The Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN)
[Other]Authored by: Dale, J.
Valcu, M., & Dale, J. (2011). rangeMapper Package Vignette. The Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN)
[Other]Authored by: Dale, J.
Dale, J. (2009, May). It's good to be different: visually based signaling in red-billed quelea.. Presented at Laramie, Wyoming, USA. : University of Wyoming.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dale, J.
Dale, J. (2007, April). Africa's feathered locust: red-billed queleas breeding in Zimbabwe.. Presented at Chiredzi, Zimbabwe. : Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dale, J.
Dale, J. (2007, November). Carotenoid based signals of quality: where's the cost?. Presented at Berlin, Germany. : Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dale, J.
Dale, J. (2007, December). An integrative approach to understanding multiple ornaments: lessons from Africa's feathered locust. Presented at Albany, New Zealand. : Massey University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dale, J.
Dale, J. (2007, December). An integrative approach to understanding multiple ornaments: lessons from Africa's feathered locust. Presented at Dunnedin, New Zealand. : University of Otago.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dale, J.
Dale, J. (2006, January). Carotenoid based signals of quality: where's the cost?. Presented at Cape Town, South Africa. : Percy Fitzpatrick Institute for African Ornithology, University of Cape Town.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Dale, J.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 0
CoSupervisor 3 1

Teaching

199.101 Biology of Animals

199.330 Ornithology

246.101 Science and Sustainability

194.245 Animal Form and Function

232.707 Conservation Biology

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Marleen Baling - PhD
    Functional significance of highly variable colouration in the shore sink (Oligosoma smith)

CoSupervisor of:

  • Heshani Edirisinghe - PhD
    Biology and behaviour of New Zealand ladybirds
  • Wesley Webb - PhD
    Cultural evolution of song diversity in New Zealand bellbird (Anthornis melanura)
  • Christophe Amiot - PhD
    Impact of human colonisation history on New Zealand Avian diversity

Completed Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2015 - Sarah Jane Wells - PhD
    Evolutionary consequences and fitness correlates of extra-pair mating in the tui, Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae

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