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Savannah Sparrow Ecology and Evolution

Savannah Sparrow EcologyLong-term Population Databases
The Bowdoin Scientific Station maintains longitudinal studies of the life histories and morphometrics of Savannah Sparrows, Tree Swallows, and Leach's Storm-Petrels nesting on Kent Island, New Brunswick.

Wheelwright, N.T., and C. Teplitsky. 2017. Divorce in Savannah sparrows: causes, consequences and lack of inheritance. The American Naturalist (in press).

Woodworth, B.K., N.T. Wheelwright, A.E.M. Newman, M. Schaub, and D.R. Norris. Local density regulates migratory songbird reproductive success through effects on double-brooding and nest predationEcology (in press).

Woodworth, B.K., A.E.M. Newman, S.P. Turbek, B.C. Dossman, K.A. Hobson, L.I. Wassenaar, G.W. Mitchell, N.T. Wheelwright, and D.R. Norris. 2017. Winter temperatures limit population growth rate of a migratory songbirdNature Communications DOI 10.1038/NCOMMS14812.

Woodworth, B.K., A.E.M. Newman, S.P. Turbek, B.C. Dossman, K.A. Hobson, L.I. Wassenaar, G.W. Mitchell, N.T. Wheelwright, and D.R. Norris.2016. Differential migration and the link between winter latitude, timing of migration, and breeding in a songbirdOecologia 181: 413-422.

Wheelwright, N.T., L. F. Keller, and E. Postma. 2014. The effect of trait type and strength of selection on heritability and evolvability in an island bird populationEvolution 68: 3325–3336.

Teplitsky, C., M. Tarka, A.P. Møller, S. Nakagawa, J. Balbontín, T.A. Burke, C. Doutrelant, A. Gregoire, B. Hansson, D. Hasselquist, L. Gustafsson, F. de Lope, A. Marzl, J.A. Mills, N.T. Wheelwright, J.W. Yarrall, and A. Charmantier. 2014. Assessing multivariate constraints to evolution across ten long-term avian studiesPLoS One 9 (3) e90444. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0090444 (15 p.). 

Williams, H., I. Levin, D. R. Norris, A. Newman, and N.T. Wheelwright. 2013. Three decades of cultural evolution in Savannah sparrow songs. (PDF) Animal Behaviour 85: 213-223.

Wheelwright, N.T. E. S. Graff, and D. R. Norris. 2012. Relative consistency in size, shape, and coloration of Savannah Sparrow eggs within and between breeding seasons.(PDF) Condor 114(2):412–420

Mitchell, G. W., N. T. Wheelwright, C. G. Guglielmo, and D. R. Norris. 2012. Short- and long-term costs of reproduction in a migratory songbird. (PDF)  Ibis 154, 325–337

Mitchell, G. W., C. G. Guglielmo, N. T. Wheelwright, C. R. Freeman-Gallant, and D. R. Norris. 2011. Early life events carry over to influence pre-migratory condition in a free-living songbird. (PDF) PLoS ONE  6(12) 1-10.

Butler, M.W., J. Garvin, N.T. Wheelwright, and C.R. Freeman-Gallant. 
2009. Ambient temperature, but not paternity, is associated with immune response in Savannah Sparrows (Passerculus sandwichensis). Auk 126: 536-542.pdf

Cohen, A., R.A. Mauck, N.T. Wheelwright, C.E. Huntington, and K. McGraw. 
2009. Complexity in relationships between antioxidants and individual life-history parameters in a songbird and a seabird. Oikos 118: 1854-1861.pdf

Wheelwright, N.T., M.B. Swett, I.I. Levin, D.E. Kroodsma, C.R. Freeman-Gallant, and H. Williams. 2008. The influence of different tutor types on song learning in a natural bird population. Animal Behaviour 75(4), pp. 1479-1493. pdf

Wheelwright, N.T., and J.D. Rising. Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis). 2008. The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. (revision and expansion of 1993 monograph)

Freeman-Gallant, C.R., N.T. Wheelwright, K.E. Meiklejohn, and S.V. Sollecito. 2006. Genetic similarity, extra-pair paternity and offspring quality in Savannah Sparrows. Behavioral Ecology 17: 952-958. pdf

Wheelwright, N.T., C.R. Freeman-Gallant, and R.A. Mauck. 2006. Asymmetrical incest avoidance in the choice of social and genetic mates. Animal Behaviour 71: 631-639. pdf

Freeman-Gallant, C.R., N.T. Wheelwright, K.E. Meiklejohn, S.L. States, and S.V. Sollecito. 2005. Little effect of extra-pair paternity on the opportunity for sexual selection in Savannah Sparrows Passerculus sandwichensis. Evolution 59: 422-430. pdf

Wheelwright, N.T., and J.C. Beagley. 2005. Proficient incubation by inexperienced Savannah Sparrows Passerculus sandwichensis. Ibis 147: 67-76. pdf

Wheelwright, N.T., K.A. Tice, and C.R. Freeman-Gallant. 2003. Post-fledging parental care in Savannah Sparrows: sex, size and survival. Animal Behaviour 65: 435-443. pdf

Wheelwright, N.T., and R. Seabury. 2003. Fifty-fifty offspring sex ratios in Savannah Sparrows. Auk 120: 171-179.pdf

Freeman-Gallant, C.R., M. Meguerdichian, N. T. Wheelwright, and S.V. Sollecito. 2003. Social pairing and female mating fidelity predicted by restriction fragment length polymorphism similarity at the major histocompatibility complex in a songbird. Molecular Ecology 12: 3077-3083.pdf

Wheelwright, N.T., and J.J. Templeton. 2003. Development of foraging skills and the transition to independence in juvenile Savannah Sparrows. Condor 105: 279-287. pdf

Wheelwright, N.T., and R.A. Mauck. 1998. Philopatry, natal dispersal and inbreeding avoidance in Savannah Sparrows. Ecology 79: 755-767. pdf

Wheelwright, N.T., J.J. Lawler, and J.H. Weinstein. 1997. Nest-site selection in Savannah Sparrows: using gulls as scarecrows? Animal Behaviour 53: 197-208. pdf

Wheelwright, N.T., and C. Schultz. 1994. Age and reproduction in Savannah Sparrows and Tree Swallows. Journal of Animal Ecology 63: 686-702. pdf

Wheelwright, N.T., G.C. Trussell, J.P. Devine, and R. Anderson. 1994. Sexual dimorphism and sex ratio in juvenile Savannah Sparrows (Passerculus sandwichensis). Journal of Field Ornithology 65: 520-529. pdf

Wheelwright, N.T., and J.D. Rising. 1993. Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis). In The Birds of North America, No. 45 (A. Poole and F. Gill, Eds.). Philadelphia: The Academy of Natural Sciences; Washington, D.C.: The American Ornithologists' Union. 28p.

Wheelwright, N.T., C. Schultz, and P.J. Hodum. 1992. Polygyny and male parental care in Savannah sparrows: effects on female fitness. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 31: 279-289. pdf