Dr Jonathan Green

Research Interests

I am interested in the evolution of social behaviour and my research focuses on the following questions:

  1. How do animals in social groups gather information about one another and how is this information used to make strategic (i.e. fitness-maximising) decisions in a social context?
  2. What are the social and ecological conditions under which cooperative breeding evolves?
  3. How are conflicts over reproduction within cooperatively-breeding groups resolved?

My current research explores the evolution of cooperation and individual helping decisions in long-tailed tits (with Ben Hatchwell at the University of Sheffield) and the factors shaping maternal investment in communally-breeding house mice (with Jane Hurst at the University of Liverpool). Away from cooperative breeding, I am also investigating how information gathering mediates competition among females in harem-breeding fish. 

Selected Publications

Green JP, Freckleton RP & Hatchwell BJ. 2016. Variation in helper effort among cooperatively breeding bird species is consistent with Hamilton's Rule. Nature Communications, 7, 12663. 

Green JP*, Holmes AM*, Davidson AJ, Paterson S, Stockley P, Beynon RJ & Hurst JL. 2015. The genetic basis of kin recognition in a cooperatively breeding mammal. Current Biology, 25, 2631-2641. *Joint first authors 

Green JP*, Foster RA*, Wilkins L, Osorio D & Hartley SE. 2015. Leaf colour as a signal of chemical defence to insect herbivores in wild cabbage (Brassica oleracea). PLoS ONE, 10, e0136884. *Joint first authors 

Green JP, Cant MA & Field J. 2014. Using social parasitism to test reproductive skew models in a primitively eusocial wasp.Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 281, 20141206. 

Green JP, Leadbeater EA, Carruthers JM, Rosser N, Lucas ER & Field J. 2013. Clypeal patterning in the paper wasp Polistes dominulus: no evidence of adaptive value in the wild. Behavioral Ecology, 24, 623-633. 

Green JP & Field J. 2011. Interpopulation variation in status signalling in the paper wasp Polistes dominulus. Animal Behaviour, 81, 205-209.

Leadbeater EA, Carruthers JM, Green JP, Rosser N & Field J. 2011. Nest inheritance is the missing source of direct fitness in a primitively eusocial insect. Science, 333, 874-876. 

Leadbeater EA, Carruthers JM, Green JP, van Heusden J & Field J. 2010. Unrelated helpers in a primitively eusocial wasp: is helping tailored towards direct fitness? PLoS One, 5, e11997.

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