Dr Gabriel Jamie

Publications

Papers

  • Jamie, G.A., Hamama, S., Moya, C., Kilner, R.M. & Spottiswoode, C.N. 2021 The limits of host colonisation and speciation in a radiation of parasitic finches. Behavioral Ecology 32: 529-538. Read on journal website [Open Access]

  •  Jamie, G.A., Van Belleghem, S., Hogan, B., Hamama, S., Moya, C., Troscianko, J., Stoddard, M.C., Kilner, R.M. & Spottiswoode, C.N. 2020 Multimodal mimicry of hosts in a radiation of parasitic finches. Evolution 74: 2526-2538 Read on journal website [Open Access]  Read a Digest piece on this research by Bosque et al. [Open Access]

  • Jamie, G.A. & J. I. Meier. 2020. The persistence of polymorphisms across species radiations. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 35: 795-808 Read on journal website
  • Jones, S.E.*, Jamie, G.A.*, Sumbane, M. & Jocque, M. 2020 The avifauna, conservation and biogeography of the Njesi Highlands in northern Mozambique, with a review of the country’s Afromontane birdlife. Ostrich 91: 45-56 Read on journal website
  • McClelland, S.C., Jamie, G.A., Waters, K., Caldas, L., Spottiswoode, C.N. & Portugal, S.J. 2019 Convergent evolution of reduced eggshell conductance in avian brood parasites. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B374: 20180194. 70. Read on journal website [Open Access]
  • Jamie, G.A. 2017 Signals, cues and the nature of mimicry. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 284: 20162080. Read on journal website
  • Péron, G., Altwegg, R., Jamie, G.A. & Spottiswoode, C.N. 2016 Coupled range dynamics of brood parasites and their hosts responding to climate and vegetation changes. Journal of Animal Ecology 85: 1191–1199. Read on journal website
  • Jamie, G.A. & de Silva Wijeyeratne, G. 2014 Similarity of the calls of juvenile Pied Cuckoo Clamator jacobinus and its Sri Lankan host species, Yellow-billed Babbler Turdoides affinis. Forktail 30: 133-134
  • Briscoe, A.D., Macias-Muñoz, A., Kozak, K.M., Walters, J.R., Yuan, F., Jamie, G.A., Martin, S.H., Dasmahapatra, K.K., Ferguson, L.C., Mallet, J., Jacquin-Joly, E., & Jiggins, C.D. 2013 Female behaviour drives expression and evolution of gustatory receptors in butterflies. PLOS Genetics 9: e1003620. Read on journal website [Open access]
  • Nichols, H.L., Jordan, N., Jamie, G.A., Cant, M. & Hoffman, J.I. 2012 Fine-scale spatiotemporal patterns of genetic variation reflect budding dispersal coupled with strong natal philopatry in a cooperatively breeding mammal. Molecular Ecology 21: 5348-5362. Read on journal website
  • Lawson, A.J., Hindley, G.F., Forshew, T., Tatevossian, R.G., Jamie, G.A., Kelly, G.P., Neale, G.A., Ma, J.G., Jones, T.A., Ellison, D.W. & Sheer, D. 2011 RAF gene fusion breakpoints in pediatric brain tumors are characterized by significant enrichment of sequence microhomology. Genome Research 21: 505–514. Read on journal website [Open Access]

Book chapters

  • Jamie, G.A. & Kilner, R.M. 2017 Begging call mimicry by brood parasite nestlings: adaptation, manipulation and development. In: Avian Brood Parasitism edited by Manuel Soler, Springer Publishing Company

Other articles

  • Jamie, G. 2021 Big little liars: Parasitism, mimicry and speciation in the indigobirds and whydahs of Africa. African Birdlife 9(2): 34-41. Download PDF
  • Bryan, K.M. & Jamie, G.A. 2019 Little Bee-eater Merops pusillus feeding two Greater Honeyguide Indicator indicator fledglings in Botswana. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 26: 101-102. Download PDF
  • Jones, S. E. I. & Jamie, G.A. 2017 Avifauna of the Njesi Plateau, Niassa, Mozambique in The Njesi Plateau Expedition Report, Biodiversity Express Survey 6.1 by Jones, S. E. I. & Clause, J. & Geeraert, L., Jamie, G. A. & Sumbane, E. & van Berkel, T. & Jocqué, M. Download PDF
  • Jamie, G.A. 2016 Locust Finches (Paludipasser locustella) breeding in Choma District, Southern Province. The Wattled Crane 46(4): 3–6. Download PDF
  • Jamie, G.A. & de Silva Wijeyeratne, G. 2016 Mimicry of Sri Lanka Crested Drongo Dicrurus lophorinus by Fork-tailed Drongo Cuckoo Surniculus dicruroides. BirdingASIA 25: 82–83.
  • Jamie, G.A., Moya, C. & Hamusikili, L. 2016 Incubation and nest-defence behaviour of Streaky-breasted Flufftail Sarothrura boehmi in Zambia. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 23: 82–85.
  • Jamie, G.A. & de Silva Wijeyeratne, G. 2014 Similarity of the calls of juvenile Pied Cuckoo Clamator jacobinus and its Sri Lankan host species, Yellow-billed Babbler Turdoides affinis. Forktail 30: 133-134
  • Sevillano Rios, S., Jamie, G.A., Vidos, J.Q., Slongo, H. 2013 Black Bushbird in Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, Peru – the most southerly record and a first for the Department of Puno. Cotinga
  • Sevillano Rios, S. & Jamie, G.A. 2012 Avian mist-netting report from Cerro Cuchilla, Bahuaja-Sonene National Park. RAP Working Papers.
  • Jamie, G.A. 2008 An Eastern Savi’s Warbler in Romania. Dartford Ringing Journal.
  • Jamie, G.A. 2007 A Romanian Bird Diary. Dartford Ringing Journal.

News

Dr Gabriel Jamie awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

Dr Gabriel Jamie has been awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship based at University of Cambridge. For the fellowship Gabriel will build on his previous work on brood parasitism and the evolution of polymorphisms to understand the incredible diversity of egg...

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New paper published on Weber’s Law and mimicry

Our paper ‘Why and how to apply Weber’s Law to coevolution and mimicry’ has been published in the journal Evolution. This perspectives paper, written by Tanmay Dixit, Eleanor Caves, Claire Spottiswoode, and Nicholas Horrocks, argues that Weber’s Law of proportional processing can lead to otherwise counterintuitive predictions about the evolutionary trajectories of mimicry systems.  Weber’s Law states that when the magnitude of a stimulus is large, it is more difficult to discriminate a change or difference from that stimulus. In other words, relative differences are more salient than absolute differences. We show that Weber’s Law could have implications for mimicry: when stimulus magnitudes are high, it should be more difficult to discriminate a model from a mimic. This leads to testable predictions about evolutionary trajectories of models and mimics. We also present a framework for testing Weber’s Law and its implications for coevolution. 

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New paper on evolution of egg signatures

Our paper “Hosts elevate either within-clutch consistency or between-clutch distinctiveness of egg phenotypes in defence against brood parasites” has just been published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. In this study, led by Eleanor Caves, we asked how host eggs evolve adaptations that allow them better to discriminate their own eggs from parasitic eggs. Theoretically, hosts can generate their own individually-distinctive egg ‘signatures’ by laying eggs that appear similar to one another (consistency) but look very different from other individuals’ eggs (distinctiveness). In this new study, we show that host species of two African brood parasites deploy either consistency or distinctiveness, but not both, as defences, and achieve distinctiveness by combining egg colours and patterns in unpredictable combinations.

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Mairenn Attwood awarded Cambridge teaching prize

Congratulations to Mairenn Attwood for being awarded the Janet Moore Prize for teaching in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge, for her outstanding tutorial supervision of final-year undergraduate students, who praised her breadth and depth of knowledge, enthusiasm, and friendliness.  Mairenn follows in the footsteps of Tanmay Dixit who was awarded the Janet Moore Prize in 2020. Well done both for inspiring the next generation of behavioural ecologists!

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