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Dr Aaron Harmer

Research Officer

Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences


Contact details

  • Ph: +64 9 213 6594
    Campus: Oteha Rohe, Albany

Research Expertise

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Animal Behaviour (060801): Animal Structure and Function (060807): Behavioural Ecology (060201): Biological Sciences (060000): Ecology (060200): Evolutionary Biology (060300): Zoology (060800)

Research Outputs


Parker, KA., Lovegrove, TG., Chambers, R., & Harmer, A. (2016). A guide for banding North Island robin (Petroica longipes) nestlings. New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 43(3), 307-310
[Journal article]Authored by: Harmer, A.
Brunton, DH., Roper, MM., & Harmer, AMT. (2016). Female song rate and structure predict reproductive success in a socially monogamous bird. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 4, 1-11 Retrieved from http://journal.frontiersin.org/journal/ecology-and-evolution#
[Journal article]Authored by: Brunton, D., Harmer, A.
Harmer, AMT., Clausen, PD., Wroe, S., & Madin, JS. (2015). Large orb-webs adapted to maximise total biomass not rare, large prey. Scientific Reports. 5
[Journal article]Authored by: Harmer, A.
Harmer, AMT., Kokko, H., Herberstein, ME., & Madin, JS. (2012). Optimal web investment in sub-optimal foraging conditions. Naturwissenschaften. 99(1), 65-70
[Journal article]Authored by: Harmer, A.
Herberstein, ME., Wignall, AE., Nessler, SH., Harmer, AMT., & Schneider, JM. (2012). How effective and persistent are fragmentsof male genitalia as mating plugs?. Behavioral Ecology. 23(5), 1140-1145
[Journal article]Authored by: Harmer, A., Wignall, A.
Harmer, AMT., Blackledge, TA., Madin, JS., & Herberstein, ME. (2011). High-performance spider webs: Integrating biomechanics, ecology and behaviour. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 8(57), 457-471
[Journal article]Authored by: Harmer, A.
Herberstein, ME., Schneider, JM., Harmer, AMT., Gaskett, AC., Robinson, K., Shaddick, K., . . . Elgar, MA. (2011). Sperm storage and copulation duration in a sexually cannibalistic spider. Journal of Ethology. 29(1), 9-15
[Journal article]Authored by: Harmer, A.
Harmer, AMT., & Herberstein, ME. (2010). Functional diversity of ladder-webs: Moth specialization or optimal area use?. Journal of Arachnology. 38(1), 119-122
[Journal article]Authored by: Harmer, A.
Harmer, AMT. (2009). Elongated orb-webs of Australian ladder-web spiders (Araneidae: Telaprocera) and the significance of orb-web elongation. Journal of Ethology. 27(3), 453-460
[Journal article]Authored by: Harmer, A.
Harmer, AMT., & Herberstein, ME. (2009). Taking it to extremes: what drives extreme web elongation in Australian ladder web spiders (Araneidae: Telaprocera maudae)?. Animal Behaviour. 78(2), 499-504
[Journal article]Authored by: Harmer, A.
Harmer, AMT., & Framenau, VW. (2008). Telaprocera (Araneae: Araneidae), a new genus of Australian orb-web spiders with highly elongated webs. Zootaxa. (1956), 59-80
[Journal article]Authored by: Harmer, A.
Mankin, RW., Lemon, M., Harmer, AMT., Evans, CS., & Taylor, PW. (2008). Time-pattern and frequency analyses of sounds produced by irradiated and untreated male Bactrocera tryoni (Diptera: Tephritidae) during mating behavior. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 101(3), 664-674
[Journal article]Authored by: Harmer, A.
Perez-Staples, D., Harmer, AMT., Collins, SR., & Taylor, PW. (2008). Potential for pre-release diet supplements to increase the sexual performance and longevity of male Queensland fruit flies. Agricultural and Forest Entomology. 10(3), 255-262
[Journal article]Authored by: Harmer, A.
Perez-Staples, D., Harmer, AMT., & Taylor, PW. (2007). Sperm storage and utilization in female Queensland fruit flies (Bactrocera tryoni). Physiological Entomology. 32(2), 127-135
[Journal article]Authored by: Harmer, A.
Harmer, AMT., Radhakrishnan, P., & Taylor, PW. (2006). Remating inhibition in female Queensland fruit flies: Effects and correlates of sperm storage. Journal of Insect Physiology. 52(2), 179-186
[Journal article]Authored by: Harmer, A.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 5 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Alison Hunt - PhD
    The influence of personality and cognition on antagonistic interactions
  • Abigail Kuranchie - PhD
    Assessing the role of marginal and degraded habitats in species conservation
  • Mehrnaz Tavasoli - PhD
    Behavioural plasticity in common blackbird (Turdus merula): exploration, responses to novelty, and reproductive success
  • Wesley Webb - PhD
    Cultural evolution of song diversity in New Zealand bellbird (Anthornis melanura)
  • Michelle Roper - PhD
    Song ontogeny of the New Zealand bellbird (Anthornis melanura).

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