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Dr Michael Anderson PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow - Evolutionary Ecology

Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: +64 9 4140800 x 41598
    Location: 4.13, 4
    Campus: Albany

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2010)
  • Master of Science - University of Auckland (2004)
  • Bachelor of Science - University of Auckland (2001)

Prizes and Awards

  • International Society for Behavioural Ecology travel award for US$1200 to attend conference. - (2010)
  • Travel Grant €160 to attend the International Ethology Conference in Rennes, France, from the International Ethology Society. - (2009)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

My research focuses on behavioural and evolutionary ecology. I have sought to use model research systems to address in depth questions about evolution. I have specialised in avian systems, using brood parasites to address many of my research questions. I also have interest in physiology, conservation biology, and developmental biology.

Thematics

Resource Development and Management

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Animal Behaviour (060801): Animal Developmental and Reproductive Biology (060803): Animal Physiological Ecology (060806): Behavioural Ecology (060201): Biological Sciences (060000): Ecology (060200): Ethology and Sociobiology (060304): Evolutionary Biology (060300): Host-Parasite Interactions (060307): Life Histories (060308): Zoology (060800)

Keywords

  • Ornithology
  • Conservation
  • Brood parasitism
  • New Zealand birds
  • Avian husbandry

Research Outputs

Journal

Hill, S., Pawley, M., Anderson, MG., & Ji, W. (2017). Higher song complexity and intruder pressure at dawn in a vocally complex songbird. Emu: Austral Ornithology. , 1-11
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M., Ji, W., Pawley, M.
Hill, SD., Brunton, DH., Anderson, MG., & Ji, W. (2017). Fighting talk: Complex song elicits more aggressive responses in a vocally complex songbird. Ibis.
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M., Brunton, D., Ji, W.
Hill, SD., Amiot, C., Anderson, MG., & Ji, W. (2017). It's complicated: the association between songbird extrapair paternity and within-song complexity. Animal Behaviour. 130, 187-197
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M., Ji, W.
Fidler, AE., Aidala, Z., Anderson, MG., Ortiz-Catedral, L., & Hauber, ME. (2016). Pseudogenisation of the Short-wavelength Sensitive 1 (SWS1) Opsin Gene in Two New Zealand Endemic Passerine Species: The Yellowhead (Mohoua ochrocephala) and Brown Creeper (M. novaeseelandiae). Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 128(1), 159-163
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M., Ortiz Catedral, L.
Hauber, ME., Samaš, P., Anderson, MG., Rutila, J., Low, J., Cassey, P., . . . Grim, T. (2014). Life-history theory predicts host behavioural responses to experimental brood parasitism. Ethology Ecology and Evolution. 26(4), 349-364
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M.
Hauber, ME., Samaš, P., Anderson, MG., Rutila, J., Low, J., Cassey, P., . . . Grim, T. (2013). Life-history theory predicts host behavioural responses to experimental brood parasitism. Ethology Ecology and Evolution.
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M.
Aidala, Z., Chong, N., Anderson, MG., & Hauber, ME. (2012). Predicted visual sensitivity for short-wavelength light in the brood parasitic cuckoos of New Zealand. Chinese Birds. 3(4), 295-301
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M.
Seabrook-Davison, MNH., & Anderson, MG. (2013). Observation of food presentation behaviour between individual shining cuckoos (Chrysococcyx lucidus) in New Zealand. Notornis. 60(3), 249-251
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M.
Aidala, Z., Chong, N., Anderson, MG., Ortiz-Catedral, L., Jamieson, IG., Briskie, JV., . . . Hauber, ME. (2013). Phylogenetic relationships of the genus Mohoua, endemic hosts of New Zealand's obligate brood parasitic Long-tailed Cuckoo (Eudynamys taitensis). Journal of Ornithology. 154(4), 1127-1133
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M., Ortiz Catedral, L.
Anderson, MG., Gill, BJ., Briskie, JV., Brunton, DH., & Hauber, ME. (2013). Latitudinal differences in the breeding phenology of Grey Warblers covary with the relationship to the prevalence of parasitism by Shining Bronze-Cuckoos. Emu. 113(2), 187-191
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M., Brunton, D.
Aidala, Z., Huynen, L., Brennan, PLR., Musser, J., Fidler, A., Chong, N., . . . Hauber, ME. (2012). Erratum to Ultraviolet visual sensitivity in three avian lineages: Paleognaths, parrots, and passerines (J Comp Physiol A, (2012), 198, (495-510), 10.1007/s00359-012-0724-3). Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology. 198(11), 847
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M.
Petrella, V., Martinez, E., Anderson, MG., & Stockin, KA. (2012). Whistle characteristics of common dolphins (Delphinus sp.) in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand. Marine Mammal Science. 28(3), 479-496
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M., Stockin, K.
Aidala, Z., Huynen, L., Brennan, PLR., Musser, J., Fidler, A., Chong, N., . . . Hauber, ME. (2012). Ultraviolet visual sensitivity in three avian lineages: Paleognaths, parrots, and passerines. Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology. 198(7), 495-510
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M.
Geltsch, N., Hauber, ME., Anderson, MG., Bán, M., & Moskát, C. (2012). Competition with a host nestling for parental provisioning imposes recoverable costs on parasitic cuckoo chick's growth. Behavioural Processes. 90(3), 378-383
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M.
Ranjard, L., Anderson, MG., Rayner, MJ., Payne, RB., McLean, I., Briskie, JV., . . . Hauber, ME. (2010). Bioacoustic distances between the begging calls of brood parasites and their host species: A comparison of metrics and techniques. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 64(11), 1915-1926
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M., Brunton, D.
Anderson, MG., Brunton, DH., & Hauber, ME. (2010). Species specificity of grey warbler begging solicitation and alarm calls revealed by nestling responses to playbacks. Animal Behaviour. 79(2), 401-409
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M., Brunton, D.
Anderson, MG., Brunton, DH., & Hauber, ME. (2010). Reliable information content and ontogenetic shift in begging calls of grey warbler nestlings. Ethology. 116(4), 357-365
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M., Brunton, D.
Anderson, MG., Moskát, C., Bán, M., Grim, T., Cassey, P., & Hauber, ME. (2009). Egg eviction imposes a recoverable cost of virulence in chicks of a brood parasite. PLoS ONE. 4(11)
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M.
Anderson, MG., Ross, HA., Brunton, DH., & Hauber, ME. (2009). Begging call matching between a specialist brood parasite and its host: A comparative approach to detect coevolution. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 98(1), 208-216
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M., Brunton, D.
Seabrook-Davison, MNH., Anderson, MG., & Brunton, DH. (2008). First observation of pre-copulatory behaviour and copulation in shining cuckoos (Chrysococcyx I. lucidus) in New Zealand. Notornis. 55(4), 220-221
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M., Brunton, D.
Anderson, MG., & Hauber, ME. (2007). Review: The cuckoos: Bird families of the world. The Quarterly Review of Biology. 82(2), 156-156
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M.
Hunt, GR., Abdelkrim, J., Anderson, MG., Holzhaider, JC., Marshall, AJ., Gemmell, NJ., . . . Gray, RD. (2007). Innovative pandanus-tool folding by New Caledonian crows. Australian Journal of Zoology. 55(5), 291-298
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M.
Anderson, MG., & Hauber, ME. (2007). A recognition-free mechanism for reliable rejection of brood parasites. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 22(6), 283-286
[Journal article]Authored by: Anderson, M.

Thesis

Anderson, MG. (2009). Evolutionary interactions of brood parasites and their hosts: recognition, communication and breeding biology. (Doctoral Thesis)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Anderson, M.
Anderson, MG. (2003). Investigations into shorebird community ecology: interrelations between morphology, behaviour, habitat and abiotic factors. (Master's Thesis)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: Anderson, M.

Conference

Anderson, MG., Briskie, JV., Hauber, ME., Gill, B., & Brunton, DH. (2014). Long-distance migration patterns of New Zealand’s endemic Long-tailed Cuckoo (Eudynamys taitensis). Poster session presented at the meeting of 26th International Ornithological Congress. Tokyo, Japan
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Anderson, M., Brunton, D.
Anderson, MG., Lester, L., Thomas, R., & Zanette, L. (2013, July). The importance of host selection: The effect of compensatory growth on Brown-headed Cowbirds (Molothrus ater). Presented at Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Anderson, M.
Anderson, MG., Gill, BJ., Briskie, JV., Brunton, DH., & Hauber, ME. (2010, September). Latitudinal covariation in the breeding phenology of the Grey Warbler (Gerygone igata) counter predictions of life history theory. Presented at International Society for Behavioural Ecology. Perth, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Anderson, M.
Anderson, MG., Brunton, DH., & Hauber, ME. (2009, April). Honest information content of nestling begging calls in the Grey Warbler. Presented at Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour Annual Conference 2009. Albany, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Anderson, M., Brunton, D.
Anderson, MG., Moskát, C., Bán, M., Grim, T., Cassey, P., & Hauber, ME. (2009). Egg eviction imposes a recoverable cost of virulence in chicks of the common cuckoo. Poster session presented at the meeting of 31st International Ethology Conference. Rennes, France
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Anderson, M.
Anderson, MG., Gill, BJ., Brunton, DH., & Hauber, ME. (2008, September). Differences in timing of breeding in the grey warbler with latitude: Implications for its specialist brood parasite, the shining cuckoo. Presented at New Zealand Ecological Society Conference. Auckland New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Anderson, M., Brunton, D.
Hauber, ME., Samas, P., Anderson, MG., Grim, T., & Cassey, P. (2008, August). LIFE-HISTORY THEORY PREDICTS ALTERNATIVE EGG REJECTION STRATEGIES OF INTRODUCED TURDUS THRUSHES IN NEW ZEALAND. Presented at 126th Meeting of the American Ornithologist Union. Portland, Oregon, USA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Anderson, M.
Anderson, MG., Brunton, DH., & Hauber, ME. (2008). Species-specific responses of Grey Warbler nestlings to parental feeding and alarm calls: how to be fed but not heard?. Poster session presented at the meeting of International Society for Behavioural Ecology Congress 2008. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Anderson, M.
Anderson, MG., Gill, BJ., Brunton, DH., & Hauber, ME. (2008, September). Differences in timing of breeding in the Grey Warbler with Latitude: implications for the Shining Cuckoo.. Presented at New Zealand Ecological Society Conference. Unitech, Auckland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Anderson, M.
Anderson, MG., Ross, HA., Brunton, DH., & Hauber, ME. (2007, December). A comparative analysis of the begging calls of New Zealand passerines: where does the shining cuckoo fit in?. Presented at Australasian Ornithological Conference. Perth, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Anderson, M.
Anderson, MG., Brunton, DH., & Hauber, ME. (2007, April). Response of nestlings to parental begging solicitation and alarm calls in a brood parasite host.. Presented at Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour Annual Conference 2007. Australia National University, Canberra, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Anderson, M.
Anderson, MG., Dennis, TE., & Brunton, DH. (2006, April). Making hay while the sun shines: the effect of abiotic factors on the foraging behaviour of non-breeding shorebirds.. Presented at Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour Annual Conference 2006. Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Anderson, M.
Anderson, MG., Dennis, TE., & Brunton, DH. (2005). Causes of sex differences in bill morphology and foraging behaviour of the bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica): implications for shorebird conservation.. . Universidade de Brasília, Brasilia, Brazil
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Anderson, M.
Anderson, MG., Dennis, TE., & Brunton, DH. (2005, March). Sexual dimorphism in bill length of the bar-tailed godwit Limosa lapponica baueri: sex or ecology?. Presented at Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour Annual Conference 2005. Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Anderson, M.

Other

Anderson, MG., & Hauber, ME. (2007). The Cuckoos. Bird Families of the World, Volume 15. By Robert B Payne; molecular genetic analysis of cuckoo phylogeny by Michael D Sorenson and Robert B Payne; color plates by Karen Klitz; illustrated by John Megahan. The Cuckoos. Bird Families of the World, Volume 15. By Robert B Payne; molecular genetic analysis of cuckoo phylogeny by Michael D Sorenson and Robert B Payne; color plates by Karen Klitz; illustrated by John Megahan. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. $189.50. xxii+ 618 p+ 20 pl; ill.; index. ISBN: 0-19-850213-3. 2005.. (pp. 156 - 156). JSTOR
[Other]Authored by: Anderson, M.
Anderson, MG., Ross, H., Brunton, DH., & Hauber, ME.The Grey Warbler and the Shining Cuckoo: coevolutionary combatants?. In Ornithological Society of New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Anderson, M.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 2 0

Teaching

Undergraduate and postgraduate lecturer for Massey University since 2008

    • 119.012: Bridging Biology
    • 199.101: Biology of Animals
    • 246.101: Science and Sustainability
    • 199.205: Ecology and Conservation
    • 199.206: The Fauna of New Zealand
    • 199.312: Behavioural Ecology
    • 232.701: Conservation Biology (MSc course)

Demonstrator and tutor for undergraduate field trips and lab courses at Massey University and the University of Auckland

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Sam Hill - PhD
    Avian song complexity variation: functional and environmental influences
  • Christophe Amiot - PhD
    Impact of human colonisation history on New Zealand Avian diversity

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