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Population Ecology at Southampton University


C. Patrick Doncaster
Professor in Ecology
School of Biological Sciences
B85, Life Sciences Building
University of Southampton
Southampton SO17 1BJ

Email: cpd[at]

Phone: +44 (0)2380 594352


1995- . . . . Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Reader / Professor in Ecology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Southampton

1994-1995 Chercher Associé, Institut d'Écologie, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris

1990-1994 Research Assistant, Department of Zoology, Oxford

1985-1990 Poste Rouge / Ingénier de Recherche, CNRS Centre d'Études Biologiques, France

1980-1985 D.Phil. in Zoology, University of Oxford

1977-1980 BSc in Environmental Sciences (1st-class), University of East Anglia


Research by my group includes theory and fieldwork on the movements of individuals within and between local populations, and their adaptations to crowded environments. We study forest biodiversity and the interactions between humans and predators and their shared prey, acoustic ecology and applications of open-source conservation technology, early warning signals of tipping points in living systems under anthropogenic stress, and mechanisms for climate-change mitigation. We use and develop robust methods of evidence-based analysis.


Current and recent postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers include:

- Cristina Argudín, PhD on conservation of felids in a changing climate (funded by CONACyT)

- Connor Butler, PhD on conservation of anurans in montain forests of Peninsular Malaysia (funded by NERC-SPITFIRE DTP; co-supervisor Dr Kelvin Peh)

- Connor Bamford, PhD on patterns of marine predator habitat use in the South Atlantic (funded by NERC-SPITFIRE DTP; co-supervised at the British Antarctic Survey with Dr Phil Trathan, Dr Jenifer Jackson and Dr Iain Staniland)

- Andy Hill, PhD on open-source hardware for environmental monitoring (funded by EPSRC; co-supervision with Professor Alex Rogers and Dr Jake Snaddon)

- Peter Prince, PhD on open-source software for environmental monitoring (funded by NERC-SPITFIRE DTP; co-supervision with Professor Alex Rogers and Dr Jake Snaddon)

- Evelyn Piña Covarrubias, PhD 2019 on interactions of large felids with their prey and humans in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico and Belize (funded by CONACyT; co-supervision with Professor Felix Eigenbrod)

- Alice Ball, PhD 2019 on anthropogenic impacts on jaguar movement in wildlife corridors (funded by EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Complex Systems Simulation; co-supervisor Dr James Dyke)

- Becks Spake, PhD 2016 on biodiversity of fungi in the New Forest (funded by BBSRC). Spake et al. (2015 Conserv. Biol.) winner of 2nd prize in the 2016 Conservation Biology Rising Star Award

- Angela Watkins, PhD 2015 on applications of complexity science to conservation (funded by EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Complex Systems Simulation; co-supervisor Dr Jason Noble). Watkins et al. (2015 Ecol. Model.) winner of 2nd prize in the 2016 Best Young Researcher Award from the International Society for Ecological Modelling

- Louise Fairless, PhD 2013 on ecophysiology of bats (funded by the School of Biological Sciences and the Kerkut trust; co-supervision with Professor Phil Newland, Professor Felix Eigenbrod, Dr Lex Kraaijeveld)

- Débora Borges, PhD 2013 on sustainable exploitation of limpets in the Azores (funded by Portuguese FCT Scholarship; co-supervisor Professor Steve Hawkins)

- Tania Gilbert, PhD 2012 on captive breeding of scimitar-horned oryx (funded by Marwell Zoo)

- Vasthi Alonso, PhD 2012 on mathematical models of fragmented ecosystems (funded by Conacyt; co-supervision with Professor Tim Sluckin)

- Susanna Sherwin, PhD 2011 on multidrug tolerance in bacterial biofilms (funded by BBSRC Doctoral Training Account; co-supervision with Dr Jeremy Webb)

- Dr Martin Skov, NERC post-doctoral researcher 2006-2009 on consumer responses to habitat depletion: food-refuge interactions in periwinkles

- Becci Foster, PhD 2009 on jaguar-human conflict in Belize (funded by NERC)

- Pippa Wood, PhD 2007 on sustainable conservation for shorebirds (funded by English Nature, ABPmer, Beaulieu Estate)

- Bart Harmsen, PhD 2007 on conservation of jaguars in Belize (funded by NERC)

- Rich Young, PhD 2006 on ecology of dispersal in hedgehogs (funded by CSL)

- Dr Laura Guichón, UNESCO-L'Oréal Fellowship 2004-2005 on invasion dynamics of the Red-Bellied Beautiful Squirrel; named as one of the outstanding women of 2004 by Clarín

- Nikki Tagg, PhD 2004 on coexistence of reproductive modes (funded by NERC, MBA)

- Andrew Davey, PhD 2003 on competitive interactions in stream fish communities (funded by FSBI)

- Sarah Benge, PhD 2002 on nutrient selection in fallow and roe deer

- Graeme Pound, PhD 2001 on maintenance of sexual reproduction (funded by EPSRC)

- Matt Henderson, PhD 2001 on population genetic structure of hedgehogs (funded by BBSRC)

- Will Betz, MPhil 2001 on conservation of tree kangaroos

- Adam Kent, PhD 2000 on influences of recruitment on population persistence (funded by University of Southampton)


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Statistics for Biologists

*   Lexicon of statistics

*   Means and variances

*  Confidence intervals and R code for plotting them

*   Terminology of analysis of variance

*   Examples of analysis of variance and covariance

*   Orthogonal contrasts for balanced analysis of variance

*   Statistical power for balanced analysis of variance

*   R for analysis of variance and covariance


Population Ecology and Evolution

*   Lexicon of evolutionary genetics

*   Lexicon of reproductive modes

*   Model for population growth

*   Timeline of human evolution and cultural development


Conservation Biology

*   Organisations and conventions on environmental issues

*   Logical framework for valuing natural capital

*   How can we as individuals contribute to stopping biodiversity loss?



*   Southampton University home page

*   Biological sciences

*   Graduate School of Biological Sciences

*   Undergraduate programmes in Biological Sciences





*   Datasets and programs for study designs with Analysis of Variance

*   R codes for study designs with Analysis of Variance

*   Programs for statistical analysis

*   Programs for analysing interaction from radio-tracking data







Wang, R., Dearing, J.A., Doncaster, C.P., Yang, X., Zhang, E., Langdon, P.G., Yang, H., Dong, X., Hu, Z., Xu, M., Zhao, Y. and Shen, J. (2019) Network parameters quantify loss of assemblage structure in human-impacted lake ecosystems. Global Change Biology, 25: 3871-3882.

Davidson, Z., Dupuis-Desormeaux, M., Dheer, A., Pratt, L., Preston, E., Gilicho, S., Mwololo, M., Chege, G., MacDonald, S.E. and Doncaster, C.P. (2019) Borrowing from Peter to pay Paul: managing threatened predators of endangered and declining prey species. PeerJ, 7: e7916.

Hill, A.P., Davies, A., Prince, P., Snaddon, J.L., Doncaster, C.P. and Rogers, A. (2019) Leveraging conservation action with open-source hardware. Conservation Letters, 12: e12661.

Hill, A.P., Prince, P., Snaddon, J.L., Doncaster, C.P. and Rogers, A. (2019) AudioMoth: A low-cost acoustic device for monitoring biodiversity and the environment. HardwareX, 6: e00073.

Prince, P., Hill, A.P., Piña Covarrubias, E., Doncaster, C.P., Snaddon, J.L. and Rogers, A. (2019) Deploying acoustic detection algorithms on low-cost, open-source acoustic sensors for environmental monitoring. Sensors, 19: 553.

Spake, R., Yanou, S. Yamaura, Y. Kawamura, K., Kitayama, K. and Doncaster, C.P. (2019) Meta-analysis of management effects on biodiversity in plantation and secondary forests of Japan. Conservation Science and Practice, 1: e14.

Piña Covarrubias, E., Hill, A.P., Prince, P., Snaddon, J.L., Rogers, A. and Doncaster, C.P. (2019) Optimization of sensor deployment for acoustic detection and localization in terrestrial environments. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, 5: 180-192. Contextual videoblog.

Harmsen, B.J., Sanchez, E., Figueroa, O.A., Gutierrez, S.M., Doncaster, C.P. and Foster, R.J. (2019) Ecology of a versatile canid in the Neotropics: gray foxes (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) in Belize, Central America. Mammal Research, 64: 319-332.

Hill, A.P., Prince, P., Piña Covarrubias, E., Doncaster, C.P., Snaddon, J.L. and Rogers, A. (2018) AudioMoth: Evaluation of a smart open acoustic device for monitoring biodiversity and the environment. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 9: 1199-1211.

Green, S.E., Davidson, Z., Kaaria, T. and Doncaster, C.P. (2018) Do wildlife corridors link or extend habitat? Insights from elephant use of a Kenyan wildlife corridor. African Journal of Ecology, 56: 860-871.

Doncaster, C.P. and Spake, R. (2018) Correction for bias in meta-analysis of little-replicated studies. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 9: 634-644.

Harmsen, B.J., Wooldridge, R.L., Gutierrez, S.M., Doncaster, C.P. and Foster, R.J. (2018) Spatial and temporal interactions of free-ranging pacas (Cuniculus paca). Mammal Research, 63: 161-172.

Doncaster, C.P. and Ezard, T.H.G. (2017) Key steps to avoiding artistry with significance tests. PeerJ Preprints, 5: e3394v1.

Gutierrez, S.M., Harmsen, B.J., Doncaster, C.P., Kay, E. and Foster, R.J. (2017) Ranging behavior and habitat selection of pacas (Cuniculus paca) in central Belize. Journal of Mammalogy, 98: 542-550.

Spake, R. and Doncaster, C.P. (2017) Use of meta-analysis in forest biodiversity research: key challenges and considerations. Forest Ecology and Management, 400: 429-437.

Borges, C.D.G., Hawkins, S.J., Crowe, T.P. and Doncaster, C.P. (2016) The influence of simulated exploitation on Patella vulgata populations: protandric sex change is size-dependent. Ecology and Evolution, 6: 514-531.

Doncaster, C.P., Tavoni, A. and Dyke, J.G. (2017) Using adaptation insurance to incentivize climate-change mitigation. Ecological Economics, 135: 246-258.

Spake, R., van der Linde, S., Newton, A.C., Suz, L.M., Bidartondo, M.I. and Doncaster, C.P. (2016) Similar biodiversity of ectomycorrhizal fungi in set-aside plantations and ancient old-growth broadleaved forests. Biological Conservation, 194: 71-79.

Doncaster, C.P., Chávez, V.A., Viguier, C., Wang, R., Zhang, E., Dong, X, Dearing, J.A., Langdon, P.G. and Dyke, J.G. (2016) Early warning of critical transitions in biodiversity from compositional disorder. Ecology, 97: 3079-3090.

Spake, R., Barsoum, N., Newton, A.C. and Doncaster, C.P. (2016) Drivers of the composition and diversity of carabid functional traits in UK coniferous plantations. Forest Ecology and Management, 359: 300-308.

Power, D.A., Watson, R.A., Szathmary, E., Mills, R., Powers, S.T., Doncaster, C.P. and Czapp, B. (2015) What can ecosystems learn? Expanding evolutionary ecology with learning theory. Biology Direct, 10: 69.

Foster, R.J., Harmsen, B.J., Macdonald, D.W., Collins, J., Urbina, Y., Garcia, R. and Doncaster, C.P. (2016) Wild meat: a shared resource amongst people and predators. Oryx,50: 63-75.

Hawkins, S.J., Bohn, K. and Doncaster, C.P. (2015) Ecosystems: the rocky road to regime-shift indicators. Current Biology, 25: R666-R668.

Spake, R., Ezard, T.H.G., Martin, P.A., Newton, A.C. and Doncaster, C.P. (2015) A meta-analysis of functional group responses to forest recovery outside of the tropics. Conservation Biology, 29: 1695-1703.

Watkins, A., Noble, J., Foster, R.J., Harmsen, B.J. and Doncaster, C.P. (2015) A spatially explicit agent-based model of the interactions between jaguar populations and their habitats. Ecological Modelling, 306: 268-277.

Macdonald, D.W., Doncaster, P., Newdick M., Hofer, H., Mathews, F. and Johnson, P.J. (2015) Foxes in the landscape: ecology and sociality. In:  Wildlife Conservation on Farmland. Conflict in the Countryside (Eds D.W. Macdonald and R.E. Feber). Oxford University Press.

Dearing, J.A., Wang, R., Zhang, K., Dyke, J.G., Haberl, H., Hossain, M.S., Langdon, P.G., Lenton, T.M., Raworth, K., Brown, S., Carstensen, J., Cole, M.J., Cornell, S.E., Dawson, T.P., Doncaster, C.P., Eigenbrod, F., Flörke, M., Jeffers, E., Mackay, A.W., Nykvist, B. and Poppy, G.M. (2014) Safe and just operating spaces for regional social-ecological systems. Global Environmental Change, 28: 227-238.

Borges, C.D.G., Hawkins, S.J., Doncaster, C.P. and Crowe, T.P. (2015) Effects of simulated human exploitation of a key grazer, Patella vulgata, on rocky shore assemblages. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 533: 163-176.

Doncaster, C.P., Davey, A.J.H. & Dixon, P.M. (2014) Prospective evaluation of designs for analysis of variance without knowledge of effect sizes. Environmental and Ecological Statistics, 21: 239-261.

Borges, C.D.G., Doncaster, C.P., Maclean, M. and Hawkins, S.J. (2015) Broad-scale patterns of sex ratios in Patella spp.: a comparison of range edge and central range populations in the British Isles and Portugal. Journal of the Marine Biological Association, 95: 1141-1153.

Doncaster, C.P., Jackson, A. & Watson, R.A. (2013) Competitive environments sustain costly altruism with negligible assortment of interactions. Scientific Reports, 3: 2836.

Trewby, I.D., Young, R., McDonald, R.A., Wilson, G.J., Davison, J., Walker, N., Robertson, A., Doncaster, C.P. & Delahay, R.J. (2014) Impacts of removing badgers on localised counts of hedgehogs. PLoS ONE 9(4): e95477.

Doncaster, C.P., Jackson, A. & Watson, R.A. (2013) Manipulated into giving: when parasitism drives apparent or incidental altruism. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 280: 20130108.

Rowe, R.L., Goulson, D., Doncaster, C.P., Clarke, D.J., Taylor, G. & Hanley, M.E. (2013) Evaluating ecosystem processes in willow short rotation coppice bioenergy plantations. Global Change Biology Bioenergy, 5: 257-266.

Alonso Chávez, V., Doncaster, C.P., Dearing, J.A., Wang, R., Huang, J.-L. & Dyke, J.G. (2013) Detecting regime shifts in artificial ecosystems. Pp. 625-632 in: Advances in Artificial Life, ECAL 2013: Proceedings of the Twelfth European Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (Eds. Liò, P., Miglino, O., Nicosia, G., Nolfi, S. & Pavone, M.). MIT Press, ISBN 978-0-262- 31709-2.

Santos, M.M., Juáres, M.A., Rombolá, E.F., García, M.L., Coria, N.R. & Doncaster, C.P. (2012) Over-representation of bird prey in pellets of South Polar Skuas. Journal of Ornithology, 153: 979-983.

Skov, M.W., Hawkins, S.J., Volkelt-Igoe, M., Pike, J., Thompson, R.C. & Doncaster, C.P. (2011) Patchiness in resource distribution mitigates habitat loss: insights from high-shore grazers. Ecosphere, 2: art60.

Harmsen, B.J., Foster, R.J., Silver, S.C., Ostro, L.E.T. & Doncaster, C.P. (2011) Jaguar and puma activity patterns in relation to their main prey. Mammalian Biology, 76: 320-324.

Watkins, A., Noble, J. & Doncaster, C.P. (2011) An agent-based model of jaguar movement through conservation corridors. Pp. 846-853 in: Advances in Artificial Life, ECAL 2011: Proceedings of the Eleventh European Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (Eds. Lenaerts, T., Giacobini, M., Bersini, H., Bourgine, P., Dorigo, M. & Doursat, R.). MIT Press, ISBN 978-0-262-29714-1.

Harmsen, B.J., Foster, R.J. & Doncaster, C.P. (2011) Heterogeneous capture rates in low density populations and consequences for capture-recapture analysis of camera-trap data. Population Ecology, 53: 253-259.

Doncaster, C.P. (2009) Ecological equivalence: a realistic assumption for niche theory as a testable alternative to neutral theory. PLoS ONE, 4(10): e7460.

Rowe R.L., Hanley, M.E., Goulson, D., Clarke, D.J., Doncaster, C.P. & Taylor, G. (2011) Potential benefits of commercial willow Short Rotation Coppice (SRC) for farm-scale plant and invertebrate communities in the agri-environment. Biomass and Bioenergy, 35: 325-336. j.biombioe.2010.08.046.

Davey, A.J.H., Doncaster, C.P. & Jones, O.D. (2009) Distinguishing between interference and exploitation competition for shelter in a mobile fish population. Environmental Modeling & Assessment, 14: 555-562.

Harmsen, B.J., Foster, R.J., Silver, S.C., Ostro, L.E.T. & Doncaster, C.P. (2010) The ecology of jaguars in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Belize. Chapter 18, pp. 403-416 in: Macdonald, D.W. & Loveridge, A. (Eds) The biology and Conservation of Wild Felids. Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Doncaster, C.P. (2008) Non-linear density dependence in time series is not evidence of non-logistic growth. Theoretical Population Biology, 73: 483-489.

Harmsen, B.J., Foster, R.J., Gutierrez, S.M., Marin, S.Y. & Doncaster, C.P. (2010) Scrape-marking behavior of jaguars (Panthera onca) and pumas (Puma concolor). Journal of Mammalogy, 91: 1225-1234.

Seymour, R.M. & Doncaster, C.P. (2007) Density dependence triggers runaway selection of reduced senescence. PLoS Computational Biology, 3(12): e256.

Foster, R.J., Harmsen, B.J. & Doncaster, C.P. (2010) Sample-size effects on diet analysis from scats of jaguars and pumas. Mammalia, 74: 317-321.

Doncaster, C.P. & Davey, A.J.H. (2007) Analysis of Variance and Covariance: How to Choose and Construct Models for the Life Sciences. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 302 pp. ISBN-13: 9780521684477. Website:

Foster, R.J., Harmsen, B.J. & Doncaster, C.P. (2010) Habitat use by sympatric jaguars and pumas across a gradient of human disturbance. Biotropica, 42: 724-731.

Akçakaya, H.R., Mills, G. & Doncaster, C.P. (2007) The role of metapopulations in conservation. Pp 64-84 in: Key Topics in Conservation Biology (Eds D. W. Macdonald & K. Service). Blackwell Publishing, Oxford 328 pp. ISBN: 1405122498.

Skov, M.W., Volkelt-Igoe, M., Hawkins, S.J., Jesus, B., Thompson, R.C. & Doncaster, C.P. (2010) Past and present grazing boosts the photo-autotrophic biomass of biofilms. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 401: 101-111.

Doncaster, C.P. (2006) Comment on "on the regulation of populations of mammals, birds, fish, and insects" III. Science, 311: 1100.

Foster, R.J., Harmsen, B.J., Valdes, B., Pomilla, C. & Doncaster, C.P. (2010) Food habits of sympatric jaguars and pumas across a gradient of human disturbance. Journal of Zoology (London), 280: 309-318.

Tagg, N., Innes, D.J. & Doncaster, C.P. (2005) Outcomes of reciprocal invasions between genetically diverse and genetically uniform populations of Daphnia obtusa (Kurz). Oecologia, 143: 527-536.

Harmsen, B.J., Foster, R.J., Silver, S.C., Ostro, L.E.T. & Doncaster, C.P. (2010) Differential use of trails by forest mammals and the implications for camera trap studies, a case study from Belize, Central America. Biotropica, 42: 126-133.

Tagg, N., Doncaster, C.P. & Innes, D.J. (2005) Resource competition between genetically varied and genetically uniform populations of Daphnia pulex (Leydig): does sexual reproduction confer a short-term ecological advantage? Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 85: 111-123.

Harmsen, B.J., Foster, R.J., Silver, S.C., Ostro, L.E.T. & Doncaster, C.P. (2009) Spatial and temporal interactions of two sympatric cats in a neotropical forest: the jaguar (Panthera onca) and the puma (Puma concolor). Journal of Mammalogy, 90: 612-620.

Kent, A., Jensen, S.P. & Doncaster, C.P. (2005) Model of microtine cycles caused by lethal toxins in non-preferred food plants. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 234: 593-604.

Wood, P.J., Hudson, M.D. & Doncaster, C.P. (2009) Impact of egg harvesting on breeding success of black-headed gulls, Larus ridibundus. Acta Oecologica, 35: 83-93.

Schley, D., Doncaster, C.P. & Sluckin, T. (2004) Population models of sperm-dependent parthenogenesis. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 229: 559-572.

Guichón, M.L. & Doncaster, C.P. (2008) Invasion dynamics of an introduced squirrel in Argentina. Ecography, 31: 211-220.

Pound, G.E., Cox, S.J. & Doncaster, C.P. (2004) The accumulation of deleterious mutations within the frozen niche variation hypothesis. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 17: 651-662.

Driezen, K., Adriaensen, F., Rondinini, C., Doncaster, C. P. & Matthysen, E. (2007) Evaluating least-cost model predictions with empirical dispersal data: a case-study using radiotracking data of hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus). Ecological Modelling, 209: 314-322.

Doncaster, C.P. (2003) Evolution of indefinite generation lengths. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 80: 269-280.

Young, R. P., Davison, J., Trewby, I. D., Wilson, G. J., Delahay, R. J. & Doncaster, C. P. (2006) Abundance of hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) in relation to the density and distribution of badgers (Meles meles). Journal of Zoology, 269: 349-356.

Doncaster, C.P., Pound, G.E. & Cox, S.J. (2003) Dynamics of regional coexistence for more or less equal competitors. Journal of Animal Ecology, 72: 116-126.

Davey, A.J.H., Turner, G.F., Hawkins, S.J. & Doncaster, C.P. (2006) Mechanisms of density dependence in stream fish: exploitation competition for food reduces growth of adult European bullheads (Cottus gobio). Canadian Journal of Fisheries & Aquatic Science, 63: 597-606.

Kent, A., Doncaster, C.P. & Sluckin, T. (2003) Consequences for predators of rescue and Allee effects on prey. Ecological Modelling, 162: 233-245.

Davey, A.J.H., Hawkins, S.J., Turner, G.F. & Doncaster, C.P. (2005) Size-dependent microhabitat use and intraspecific competition in Cottus gobio. Journal of Fish Biology, 67: 428-443.

Pound, G.E., Doncaster, C.P. & Cox, S.J. (2002) A Lotka-Volterra model of coexistence between a sexual population and multiple asexual clones. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 217: 535-545.

Tricker, P.J., Trewin, H., Kull, O., Clarkson, G.J.J., Eensalu, E., Tallis, M.J., Colella, A., Doncaster, C.P., Sabatti, M. & Taylor, G. (2005) Stomatal conductance and not stomatal density determines the long-term reduction in leaf transpiration of poplar in elevated CO2. Oecologia, 143: 652-660.

Doncaster, C.P. (2001) Healthy wrinkles for population dynamics: unevenly spread resources can support more users. Journal of Animal Ecology, 70: 91-100.

Guichón, M.L., Doncaster, C.P. & Cassini, M.H. (2003) Population structure of coypus (Myocastor coypus) in their region of origin and comparison with introduced populations. Journal of Zoology (London), 261: 265-272.

Doncaster, C.P. (2001) What determines territory configuration of badgers? Oikos, 93: 497-498.

Kent, A., Hawkins, S. J. & Doncaster, C. P. (2003) Population consequences of mutual attraction between settling and adult barnacles. Journal of Animal Ecology, 72: 941-952.

Doncaster, C.P., Pound, G.E. & Cox, S.J. (2000) The ecological cost of sex. Nature, 404: 281-285.

Rondinini, C. & Doncaster, C.P. (2002) Roads as barriers for hedgehogs. Functional Ecology, 16: 504-509.

Doncaster, C.P. (2000) Extension of ideal free resource use to breeding populations and metapopulations. Oikos, 89: 24-36.

Doncaster, C.P., Rondinini, C. & Johnson, P.C.D. (2001) Field test for environmental correlates of dispersal in hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus). Journal of Animal Ecology, 70: 33-46.

Jensen, S.P. & Doncaster, C.P. (1999) Lethal toxins in non-preferred foods: how plant chemical defences can drive microtine cycles. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 199: 63-85.

Henderson, M., Becher, S.A., Doncaster, C.P. & Maclean, N. (2000) Five new polymorphic microsatellite loci in the European hedgehog Erinaceus europaeus. Molecular Ecology, 9: 1949-1951.

Doncaster, C.P. (1999) A useful phenomenological difference between exploitation and interference in the distribution of ideal free predators. Journal of Animal Ecology, 68: 836-838.

Joyce, K.A., Holland, J.M. & Doncaster, C.P. (1999) Influences of hedgerow intersections and gaps on the movement of carabid beetles. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 89: 523-531.

Doncaster, C.P. & Gustafsson, L. (1999) Density dependence in resource exploitation: empirical test of Levins' metapopulation model. Ecology Letters, 2: 44-51.

Doncaster, C.P. & Macdonald, D.W. (1997) Activity patterns and interactions of red foxes (Vulpes vulpes L.) in Oxford city. Journal of Zoology (London), 241: 73-87.

Doncaster, C.P., Clobert, J., Doligez, B., Gustafsson, L. & Danchin, E. (1997) Balanced dispersal between spatially varying local populations: an alternative to the source-sink model. American Naturalist, 150: 425-445.

Ward, J.F., Macdonald, D.W. & Doncaster, C.P. (1997) Responses of foraging hedgehogs to badger odour. Animal Behaviour, 53: 709-720.

Doncaster, C.P. (1997) Interactions prédateur-proie et ressources non utilisées: éclaircie dans les problèmes de rareté et de persistance. Bulletin de la Société Neuchâteloise des Sciences Naturelles 120: 5-18.

Micol, T., Doncaster, C.P. & Jouventin, P. (1996) Chapters 1 & 2 in: Le Ragondin (Jouventin, P., Micol, T., Verheyden, C. & Guédon, G., eds) pp. 11-41. Acta, Paris.

Doncaster, C.P., Micol, T. & Plesner Jensen, S. (1996) Determining minimum habitat requirements in theory and practice. Oikos, 75: 335-339.

Ward, J.F., Macdonald, D.W., Doncaster, C.P. & Mauget, C. (1996) Physiological responses of the European hedgehog, Erinaceus europaeus, to predator and non-predator odour. Physiology and Behavior, 60: 1469-1472.

Doncaster, C.P. (1994) Factors regulating local variations in abundance: field tests on hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus). Oikos, 69: 182-192.

Doncaster, C.P. & Macdonald, D.W. (1996) Intra-specific variation in movement behaviour of foxes (Vulpes vulpes) - a reply to White, Saunders and Harris. Journal of Animal Ecology, 65: 126-127.

Doncaster, C.P. & Woodroffe, R. (1993) Den site can determine shape and size of badger territories: implications for group-living. Oikos, 66: 88-93 [see also Erratum 66: 560].

Micol, T., Doncaster, C.P. & Mackinlay, L.A. (1994) Correlates of local variation in the abundance of hedgehogs Erinaceus europaeus. Journal of Animal Ecology, 63: 851-860.

Doncaster, C.P. & Krebs, J.R. (1993) The wider countryside: principles underlying the responses of mammals to heterogeneous environments. Mammal Review, 23: 113-120.

Weimerskirch, H., Doncaster, C.P. & Cuenot-Chaillet, F. (1994) Pelagic seabirds and the marine environment: foraging patterns of wandering albatrosses in relation to prey availability and distribution. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B, 255: 91-97.

Doncaster, C.P. (1992) Testing the role of intraguild predation in regulating hedgehog populations. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B, 249: 113-117.

Taber, A.B., Doncaster, C.P., Neris, N.N. & Colman, F. (1994) Ranging behaviour and activity patterns of two sympatric peccaries, Catagonus wagneri and Tayassu tajacu in the Paraguayan Chaco. Mammalia, 58: 61-71.

Doncaster, C.P. & Macdonald, D.W. (1992) Optimum group size for defending heterogenous distributions of resources: a model applied to red foxes, Vulpes vulpes, in Oxford city. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 159: 189-198.

Doncaster, C.P. (1993) Influence of predation threat on foraging pattern: the hedgehog's gambit. Revue d'Ecologie (Terre et Vie), 48: 207-213.

Doncaster, C.P. (1990) Non-parametric estimates of interaction from radio-tracking data. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 143: 431-443.

Taber, A.B., Doncaster, C.P., Neris, N.N. & Colman, F. (1993) Ranging behavior and population dynamics of the Chacoan peccary, Catagonus wagneri. Journal of Mammalogy, 74: 443-454.

Doncaster, C.P. (1990) Quelques conseils pour écrire un article scientifique en anglais. Bulletin d'Écologie, 21: 129-133.

Moinard, C., Doncaster, C.P. & Barré, H. (1992) Indirect calorimetry measurements of behavioral thermoregulation in a semi-aquatic rodent, Myocastor coypus. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 70: 907-912.


Doncaster, C.P. & Macdonald, D.W. (1991) Drifting territoriality in the red fox Vulpes vulpes. Journal of Animal Ecology, 60: 423-439.


Doncaster, C.P. & Micol, T. (1990) Response by coypus to catastrophic events of cold and flooding. Holarctic Ecology, 13: 98-104.


Doncaster, C.P., Dickman, C.R. & Macdonald, D.W. (1990) Feeding ecology of red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) in the city of Oxford, England. Journal of Mammalogy, 71: 188-194.


Doncaster, C.P., Dumonteil, E., Barré, H. & Jouventin, P. (1990) Temperature regulation of young coypus (Myocastor coypus) in air and water. American Journal of Physiology (Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative), 259: R1220-R1227.


Dickman, C.R. & Doncaster, C.P. (1989) The ecology of small mammals in urban habitats. II. Demography and dispersal. Journal of Animal Ecology, 58: 119-129.


Doncaster, C.P. & Micol, T. (1989) Annual cycle of a coypu (Myocastor coypus) population: male and female strategies. Journal of Zoology (London), 217: 227-240.


Doncaster, C.P. & Micol, T. (1988) Comparison of three absolute estimates of coypu abundance from cage trapping. Acta Oecologica/ Oecologia Generalis, 9: 89-99.


Dickman, C.R. & Doncaster, C.P. (1987) The ecology of small mammals in urban habitats. I. Populations in a patchy environment. Journal of Animal Ecology, 56: 629-640.


Dickman, C.R. & Doncaster, C.P. (1984) Responses of small mammals to red fox (Vulpes vulpes) odour. Journal of Zoology (London), 204: 521-531.


Doncaster, C.P. (1981) The spatial distribution of ants' nests on Ramsey Island, South Wales. Journal of Animal Ecology, 50: 195-218.








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