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Dr Malcolm Burgess

Dr Malcolm Burgess

Honorary Research Fellow

 Washington Singer 

 

Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK

Overview

Malcolm Burgess is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour, College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Qualifications

PhD, Conservation Biology, June 2008
‘Spatial patterns and population dynamics of a reintroduced Mauritius kestrel (Falco punctatus) population’.
University of Reading, Centre for Agri-environmental Research, UK

MSc, Biological Science Research, August 2002
‘Beech fruiting and the growth of an introduced population of the Edible dormouse (Glis glis) in England’.
Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

Career

RSPB Conservation Scientist (2011 – present) woodland bird research and conservation and agri-environment scheme evaluation.

Consultant conducting research, analysis and monitoring for the RSPB, Natural England, Fera and various conservation organisations (2009 – present).

Research posts; avian biodiversity hotspots (2003-2004) and breeding phenology in wild birds (2008), Imperial College at Silwood Park.

Field biologist; Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (1996-2000) and University of Bristol (2000).

Research

Research interests

General areas of interest:

  • Conservation biology
  • Population dynamics
  • Adaptation to climatic change
  • Ornithology

Current research:

My main research centres on studies of woodland birds, utilizing data from historical nest-box monitoring (from 1955) and various on-going field studies. This includes very detailed breeding and life-history data for the largest population of pied flycatchers in southern England. Pied flycatchers are a widely used and ideal model system, a system particularly well suited to studying the impacts of climatic change on migratory birds. My research is focused on identifying temporal trends and individual responses to climatic conditions, particularly through natal dispersal and migration behaviour and its reproductive and life-history consequences. In 2010 I set up the Southwest Pied Flycatcher Monitoring Network (www.piedfly.net), a citizen science project which brings together many regional long running nest-box datasets and supports and guides continual monitoring to enable this information to be used in science and conservation.

I collaborate with a network of European researchers who use pied flycatchers as a model system to investigate:

Colour variation and population genetics

I collaborate with Toni Laaksonen’s group (University of Turku, Finland) focusing on sexual selection and reproductive consequences of plumage variations and in assessing the population genetic structure of UK and other European populations of pied flycatchers. Feathers and data on plumage characteristics are used to examine the evolutionary reasons for maintaining the wide colour variation that the pied flycatcher exhibits across Europe, and its reproductive consequences. Pied flycatcher plumage is highly variable both within and among populations but the evolutionary reasons for the persistence of this variation are not currently understood.

Migration behaviour

I lead on a project with Chris Hewson (British Trust for Ornithology) using new technology to determine migration timing, routes, strategies, stopover locations and sub-Saharan wintering locations of UK breeding pied flycatchers. We hope to gain insights into how, where and when pied flycatchers migrate through Europe and Africa as a fundamental gap in our knowledge is quantifying timing of spring migration and arrival date to breeding grounds by individual birds, the influence of climate on this, and potential carry-over effects from wintering locations and migratory stop-over sites.

I also contribute to research led by Christiaan Both (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) investigating dispersal behaviour and adaptation to climatic change. In particular this work examines the potential role of long-distance latitudinal dispersal through stable isotope analysis, population genetics, and studies of plumage characteristics. Long distance movements that are responsive to climatic conditions on breeding grounds could be crucial for adaptation to climate change, because genes for earlier migration could be introduced into different populations giving new potential for natural selection.

Spatial variation in responses to climate warming

In collaboration with Albert Phillimore (University of Edinburgh), James Pearce-Higgins and Dave Leech (British Trust for Ornithology) and Ken Smith I work on several related projects investigating phenological mismatch.

Some animals can potentially adapt to climatic change by altering timing of spring migration, emergence or the onset of breeding. In some species this has been shown to cause a mismatch between predator and prey, when phenological changes differ between species. Mismatch particularly affects species of habitats such as woodlands, which have a very short and seasonal food peak. Mismatch affects long-distance migratory birds because of their complex annual cycle and is thought to contribute to the 40 % decline in UK Pied flycatcher populations observed since 1990. At the UK scale we are investigating spatial variation in tree phenology, caterpillar availability (prey) and bird (predator) breeding parameters in relation to climate and its population consequences.

Recent publications

Ouwehand, J, Ahola, M, Ausems, A, Bridge, E, Burgess, M, Hahn, S, Hewson, S, Klaassen, R, Laaksonen, T, Lampe, H, Velmala, W and Both, C. (2015) Light-level geolocators reveal migratory connectivity in European populations of pied flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca Journal of Avian Biology on-line early

Sim, I, Green, M, Rebecca, G and Burgess, M (2015) Geolocators reveal new insights into ring ouzel migration routes and wintering areas. Bird Study on-line early

Whytock R, Davis D, Whytock R, Burgess M, Minderman J, Mallord J (2015) Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix nest provisioning rates are correlated with seasonal caterpillar availability in British Oak Quercus woodlands. Bird Study 62: 339-347

Laaksonen, T, Sirkiä, P, Calhim, S, Brommer, J, Leskinen, P, Primmer, C, Adamik, P, Artemyev, A, Belskii, E, Both, C, Bureš, S, Burgess, M, Doligez, B, Forsman, J, Grinkov, V, Hoffmann, D, Ivankina, E, Král, M, Krams, I, Lampe, H, Moreno, J, Mägi, M, Nord, A, Potti, J, Ravussin, P-A and Sokolov, L. (2015) Sympatric divergence and clinal variation in multiple coloration traits of Ficedula flycatchers. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28:779-790

Sirkiä P, Adamik P, Artem'ev A, Belskii E, Both C, Bures S, Burgess M, Bushuev A, Forsman J, Grinkov V, Hoffmann D, Jarvinen A, Kral M, Krams I, Lampe H, Moreno J, Magi M, Nord A, Potti J, Ravussin P, Sokolov L, Laaksonen T (2015) Fecundity selection on multiple male colouration traits does not vary along large geographical cline of trait means in a passerine bird. Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society 114:808-827

Burgess M, Bellamy P, Gillings S, Noble D, Grice P, Conway G (2015) The impact of changing habitat availability on population trends of woodland birds associated with early successional plantation woodland. Bird Study 62:39-55

Burgess M, Bright J, Morris A, Field R, Grice P, Cooke A, Peach W (2015) Influence of agri-environment scheme options on territory settlement by Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) and Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra). J Ornithol 156:153-163

Burgess, M (2014) Restoring abandoned coppice for birds: few effects of conservation management on occupancy, fecundity and productivity of hole nesting birds. Forest Ecology & Management 330: 205-217

Burgess, M, Woolcock, D, Hales, R, Waite, R and Hales, A (2012) Captive husbandry and socialisation of the Red-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax). Zoo Biology 31: 725-735

Wenzel, M, Webster, L, Blanco, G, Burgess, M, Kerbiriou, C, Segelbacher, G, Piertney S and Reid, J. (2012) Pronounced genetic structure and low genetic diversity in European red-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) populations. Conservation Genetics 13: 1213-1230

Lehtonen, P., Laaksonen, T,Artemyev, A, Belskii, E., Berg, P., Both, C., Buggiotti, L., Bureš, S., Burgess, M., Bushuev, A., Krams, I., Moreno, I., Mägi, M., Nord, A., Potti, J., Ravussin, P., Sirkiä, P., Sætre, G., Winkel, W. and Primmer, C. (2012) Candidate genes for color and vision exhibit signals of selection across the pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) breeding range. Heredity 108: 431-440

Burgess, M, Woolcock, D, Hales, R and Hales, A (2011) A pilot release of captive-bred red-billed choughs into Cornwall, UK. In: Pritpal S, editor. Global Reintroduction Perspectives: IUCN. 135-140

Smith, K, Smith, L, Charman, E, Briggs, K, Burgess, M, Dennis, A, Harding, M, Isherwood, C, Isherwood, I and Mallord, J (2011) Large scale variation in the temporal patterns of the frass fall of defoliating caterpillars in Oak woodlands in Britain: implications for nesting woodland birds. Bird Study 58: 506-511

Burgess, M.D., Nicoll, M.A.C., Jones, C.G. and Norris, K. (2011) Multiple environmental gradients affect spatial variation in demography of a tropical bird population. Journal of Applied Ecology 80: 688-695

Awa, T., Burgess, M.D. and Norris, K. (2009) Investigating the practicality of using radio tracking to determine home range and movements of Picathartidae. Ostrich 80:145-151

Burgess, M.D., Black, R., Nicoll, M.A.C., Jones, C.G. and Norris, K. (2009) The use of agricultural, open and forest habitats by juvenile Mauritius kestrels Falco punctatus. Ibis 151: 63-76

Burgess, M.D., Nicoll, M.A.C., Jones, C.G. and Norris, K. (2008) Reduced dispersal reduces the strength of density-dependence in a tropical bird population. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, 275: 1209-1216

Hadfield, J.D., Burgess, M.D., Lord, M., Philimore, A.B., Clegg, S.M. and Owens, I.P.F. (2006) Direct versus indirect sexual selection: genetic basis of colour, size and recruitment in a wild bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, 273: 1347-1353

Orme, C.D.L., Davies, R.G., Burgess, M., Eigenbrod, F., Pickup, N., Olsen, V.A., Webster, A.J., Ding, T-S., Rasmussen, P.C., Ridgely, R.S., Stattersfield, A.J., Bennett, P.M., Blackburn, T.M., Gaston, K.J. and Owens, I.P.F. (2005) Global hotspots of species richness are not congruent with endemism or threat. Nature 436: 1016-1019

Burgess, M., Morris, P. and Bright, P. (2003) Population Dynamics of the Edible dormouse (Glis glis) in England. Acta Zoologica Hungaria 49: 27-31

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Broughton RK, Chetcuti J, Burgess MD, Gerard FF, Pywell RF (2021). A regional-scale study of associations between farmland birds and linear woody networks of hedgerows and trees. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment, 310
Culina A, Adriaensen F, Bailey LD, Burgess MD, Charmantier A, Cole EF, Eeva T, Matthysen E, Nater CR, Sheldon BC, et al (2021). Connecting the data landscape of long-term ecological studies: the SPI-Birds data hub. Journal of Animal Ecology, 90(9), 2147-2160. Abstract.
Bell F, Bearhop S, Briedis M, El Harouchi M, Bell SC, Castello J, Burgess M (2021). Geolocators reveal variation and sex‐specific differences in the migratory strategies of a long‐distance migrant. Ibis
Nicolau PG, Burgess MD, Marques TA, Baillie SR, Moran NJ, Leech DI, Johnston A (2021). Latitudinal variation in arrival and breeding phenology of the pied flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca using large-scale citizen science data. Journal of Avian Biology, 52(2). Abstract.
Warmuth VM, Burgess MD, Laaksonen T, Manica A, Mägi M, Nord A, Primmer CR, Sætre G-P, Winkel W, Ellegren H, et al (2021). Major population splits coincide with episodes of rapid climate change in a forest-dependent bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 288(1962).
Kärkkäinen T, Laaksonen T, Burgess M, Cantarero A, Martínez-Padilla J, Potti J, Moreno J, Thomson RL, Tilgar V, Stier A, et al (2021). Population differences in the length and early-life dynamics of telomeres among European pied flycatchers. Mol Ecol Abstract.  Author URL.
Samplonius JM, Atkinson A, Hassall C, Keogan K, Thackeray SJ, Assmann JJ, Burgess MD, Johansson J, Macphie KH, Pearce-Higgins JW, et al (2021). Strengthening the evidence base for temperature-mediated phenological asynchrony and its impacts. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 5(2), 155-164. Abstract.
Burgess MD, Eaton MA, Gregory RD (2020). A review of spatial patterns across species ranges to aid the targeting of conservation interventions. Biological Conservation, 251 Abstract.
Shutt JD, Nicholls JA, Trivedi UH, Burgess MD, Stone GN, Hadfield JD, Phillimore AB (2020). Gradients in richness and turnover of a forest passerine's diet prior to breeding: a mixed model approach applied to faecal metabarcoding data. Molecular Ecology, 29(6), 1199-1213. Abstract.
Burgess MD, Finch T, Border JA, Castello J, Conway G, Ketcher M, Lawrence M, Orsman CJ, Mateos J, Proud A, et al (2020). Weak migratory connectivity, loop migration and multiple non‐breeding site use in British breeding Whinchats Saxicola rubetra. Ibis, 162(4), 1292-1302.
Burgess M, Gregory R, Wilson J, Gillings S, Evans A, Chisholm K, Southern A, Eaton M (2019). A new framework of spatial targeting for single-species conservation planning. Landscape Ecology, 34(12), 2765-2778.
Shutt JD, Burgess MD, Phillimore AB (2019). A spatial perspective on the phenological distribution of the spring woodland caterpillar peak. American Naturalist, 194(5), E109-E121. Abstract.
Jiguet F, Burgess M, Thorup K, Conway G, Matos JLA, Barber L, Black J, Burton N, Castelló J, Clewley G, et al (2019). Desert crossing strategies of migrant songbirds vary between and within species. Scientific Reports, 9(1).
Blackburn E, Burgess M, Freeman B, Risely A, Izang A, Ivande S, Hewson C, Cresswell W (2019). Light stalks increase the precision and accuracy of non-breeding locations calculated from geolocator tags: a field test from a long-distance migrant. Bird Study, 66(3), 1-13.
Shutt JD, Cabello IB, Keogan K, Leech DI, Samplonius JM, Whittle L, Burgess MD, Phillimore AB (2019). The environmental predictors of spatiotemporal variation in the breeding phenology of a passerine bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286(1908). Abstract.
Brlík V, Koleček J, Burgess M, Hahn S, Humple D, Krist M, Ouwehand J, Weiser EL, Adamík P, Alves JA, et al (2019). Weak effects of geolocators on small birds: a meta‐analysis controlled for phylogeny and publication bias. Journal of Animal Ecology, 89(1), 207-220.
Bellamy PE, Burgess MD, Mallord JW, Cristinacce A, Orsman CJ, Davis T, Grice PV, Charman EC (2018). Correction to: Nest predation and the influence of habitat structure on nest predation of Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix, a ground-nesting forest passerine. Journal of Ornithology, 159(3), 883-884.
Samplonius JM, Bartošová L, Burgess MD, Bushuev AV, Eeva T, Ivankina EV, Kerimov AB, Krams I, Laaksonen T, Mägi M, et al (2018). Phenological sensitivity to climate change is higher in resident than in migrant bird populations among European cavity breeders. Global Change Biology, 24(8), 3780-3790. Abstract.
Maziarz M, Piggott C, Burgess M (2018). Predator recognition and differential behavioural responses of adult wood warblers Phylloscopus sibilatrix. Acta Ethologica, 21(1), 13-20. Abstract.  Full text.
Blackburn E, Burgess M, Freeman B, Risely A, Izang A, Ivande S, Hewson C, Cresswell W (2018). Spring migration strategies of Whinchat Saxicola rubetra when successfully crossing potential barriers of the Sahara and the Mediterranean Sea. Ibis, 161(1), 131-146.
Shutt JD, Bolton M, Cabello IB, Burgess MD, Phillimore AB (2018). The effects of woodland habitat and biogeography on blue tit Cyanistes caeruleus territory occupancy and productivity along a 220 km transect. Ecography, 41(12), 1967-1978. Abstract.
Burgess MD, Smith KW, Evans KL, Leech D, Pearce-Higgins JW, Branston CJ, Briggs K, Clark JR, Du Feu CR, Lewthwaite K, et al (2018). Tritrophic phenological match-mismatch in space and time. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 2(6), 970-975. Abstract.
Suggitt AJ, Platts PJ, Barata IM, Bennie JJ, Burgess MD, Bystriakova N, Duffield S, Ewing SR, Gillingham PK, Harper AB, et al (2017). Conducting robust ecological analyses with climate data. Oikos, 126(11), 1533-1541. Abstract.
Blackburn E, Burgess M, Freeman B, Risely A, Izang A, Ivande S, Hewson C, Cresswell W (2017). Low and annually variable migratory connectivity in a long‐distance migrant: Whinchats Saxicola rubetra may show a bet‐hedging strategy. Ibis, 159(4), 902-918.
Bellamy PE, Burgess MD, Mallord JW, Cristinacce A, Orsman CJ, Davis T, Grice PV, Charman EC (2017). Nest predation and the influence of habitat structure on nest predation of Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix, a ground-nesting forest passerine. Journal of Ornithology, 159(2), 493-506.
Bell SC, El Harouchi M, Hewson CM, Burgess MD (2017). No short- or long-term effects of geolocator attachment detected in Pied Flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca. Ibis, 159(4), 734-743. Abstract.
Blackburn E, Burgess M, Freeman B, Risely A, Izang A, Ivande S, Hewson C, Cresswell W (2016). An experimental evaluation of the effects of geolocator design and attachment method on between‐year survival on whinchats Saxicola rubetra. Journal of Avian Biology, 47(4), 530-539.
Ouwehand J, Ahola MP, Ausems ANMA, Bridge ES, Burgess M, Hahn S, Hewson CM, Klaassen RHG, Laaksonen T, Lampe HM, et al (2016). Light-level geolocators reveal migratory connectivity in European populations of pied flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca. Journal of Avian Biology, 47(1), 69-83. Abstract.
Broughton RK, Burgess MD, Dadam D, Hebda G, Bellamy PE, Hinsley SA (2016). Morphology, geographical variation and the subspecies of Marsh Tit Poecile palustris in Britain and central Europe. Bird Study, 63(1), 58-65. Abstract.
BURGESS M, HILLERS A, BANNAH D, MOHAMED S, SWARAY M, TURAY BS, VICKERY J, LINDSELL J (2016). The importance of protected and unprotected areas for colony occupancy and colony size in White-necked Picathartes Picathartes gymnocephalus in and around Gola Rainforest National Park, Sierra Leone. Bird Conservation International, 27(2), 244-255.
Wenzel MA, Webster LMI, Blanco G, Burgess MD, Kerbiriou C, Segelbacher G, Piertney SB, Reid JM (2015). Erratum to Pronounced genetic structure and low genetic diversity in European red-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) populations[Conserv Genet, 13, 1213, 1230, (2012), DOI:10.1007/s10592-012-0366-6]. Conservation Genetics, 16(4), 1011-1012.
Sirkiä PM, Adamík P, Artemyev AV, Belskii E, Both C, Bureš S, Burgess M, Bushuev AV, Forsman JT, Grinkov V, et al (2015). Fecundity selection does not vary along a large geographical cline of trait means in a passerine bird. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 114(4), 808-827. Abstract.
Burgess MD, Bright JA, Morris AJ, Field RH, Grice PV, Cooke AI, Peach W (2015). Influence of agri-environment scheme options on territory settlement by Yellowhammer (Emberiza citronella) and Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra). Journal of Ornithology, 156(1), 153-163.
Laaksonen T, Sirkiä PM, Calhim S, Brommer JE, Leskinen PK, Primmer CR, Adamík P, Artemyev AV, Belskii E, Both C, et al (2015). Sympatric divergence and clinal variation in multiple coloration traits of Ficedula flycatchers. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 28(4), 779-790. Abstract.
Burgess MD, Bellamy PE, Gillings S, Noble DG, Grice PV, Conway GJ (2015). The impact of changing habitat availability on population trends of woodland birds associated with early successional plantation woodland. Bird Study, 62(1), 39-55.
Whytock RC, Davis D, Whytock RT, Burgess MD, Minderman J, Mallord JW (2015). Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix nest provisioning rates are correlated with seasonal caterpillar availability in British Oak Quercus woodlands. Bird Study, 62(3), 339-347.
Burgess M (2014). Restoring abandoned coppice for birds: Few effects of conservation management on occupancy, fecundity and productivity of hole nesting birds. Forest Ecology and Management, 330, 205-217. Abstract.
Lehtonen PK, Laaksonen T, Artemyev AV, Belskii E, Berg PR, Both C, Buggiotti L, Bureš S, Burgess MD, Bushuev AV, et al (2012). Candidate genes for colour and vision exhibit signals of selection across the pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) breeding range. Heredity, 108(4), 431-440. Abstract.
Burgess MD, Woolcock D, Hales RB, Waite R, Hales AJ (2012). Captive Husbandry and Socialization of the Red-Billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax). Zoo Biology, 31(6), 725-735. Abstract.
Wenzel MA, Webster LMI, Blanco G, Burgess MD, Kerbiriou C, Segelbacher G, Piertney SB, Reid JM (2012). Pronounced genetic structure and low genetic diversity in European red-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) populations. Conservation Genetics, 13(5), 1213-1230. Abstract.
Smith KW, Smith L, Charman E, Briggs K, Burgess M, Dennis C, Harding M, Isherwood C, Isherwood I, Mallord J, et al (2011). Large-scale variation in the temporal patterns of the frass fall of defoliating caterpillars in oak woodlands in Britain: implications for nesting woodland birds. BIRD STUDY, 58(4), 506-511. Author URL.
Burgess MD, Nicoll MAC, Jones CG, Norris K (2011). Multiple environmental gradients affect spatial variation in the productivity of a tropical bird population. Journal of Animal Ecology, 80(3), 688-695.
Awa T, Burgess MD, Norris K (2009). Investigating the practicality of using radio tracking to determine home range and movements of Picathartidae. Ostrich, 80(3), 145-151.
BURGESS MD, BLACK RA, NICOLL MAC, JONES CG, NORRIS K (2009). The use of agricultural, open and forest habitats by juvenile Mauritius Kestrels Falco punctatus. Ibis, 151(1), 63-76.
Burgess MD, Nicoll MAC, Jones CG, Norris K (2008). Restricted dispersal reduces the strength of spatial density dependence in a tropical bird population. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 275(1639), 1209-1216.
Hadfield JD, Burgess MD, Lord A, Phillimore AB, Clegg SM, Owens IPF (2006). Direct versus indirect sexual selection: genetic basis of colour, size and recruitment in a wild bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 273(1592), 1347-1353.
Orme CDL, Davies RG, Burgess M, Eigenbrod F, Pickup N, Olson VA, Webster AJ, Ding TS, Rasmussen PC, Ridgely RS, et al (2005). Global hotspots of species richness are not congruent with endemism or threat. Nature, 436(7053), 1016-1019. Abstract.

Publications by year


2021

Broughton RK, Chetcuti J, Burgess MD, Gerard FF, Pywell RF (2021). A regional-scale study of associations between farmland birds and linear woody networks of hedgerows and trees. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment, 310
Culina A, Adriaensen F, Bailey LD, Burgess MD, Charmantier A, Cole EF, Eeva T, Matthysen E, Nater CR, Sheldon BC, et al (2021). Connecting the data landscape of long-term ecological studies: the SPI-Birds data hub. Journal of Animal Ecology, 90(9), 2147-2160. Abstract.
Bell F, Bearhop S, Briedis M, El Harouchi M, Bell SC, Castello J, Burgess M (2021). Geolocators reveal variation and sex‐specific differences in the migratory strategies of a long‐distance migrant. Ibis
Nicolau PG, Burgess MD, Marques TA, Baillie SR, Moran NJ, Leech DI, Johnston A (2021). Latitudinal variation in arrival and breeding phenology of the pied flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca using large-scale citizen science data. Journal of Avian Biology, 52(2). Abstract.
Warmuth VM, Burgess MD, Laaksonen T, Manica A, Mägi M, Nord A, Primmer CR, Sætre G-P, Winkel W, Ellegren H, et al (2021). Major population splits coincide with episodes of rapid climate change in a forest-dependent bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 288(1962).
Kärkkäinen T, Laaksonen T, Burgess M, Cantarero A, Martínez-Padilla J, Potti J, Moreno J, Thomson RL, Tilgar V, Stier A, et al (2021). Population differences in the length and early-life dynamics of telomeres among European pied flycatchers.
Kärkkäinen T, Laaksonen T, Burgess M, Cantarero A, Martínez-Padilla J, Potti J, Moreno J, Thomson RL, Tilgar V, Stier A, et al (2021). Population differences in the length and early-life dynamics of telomeres among European pied flycatchers. Mol Ecol Abstract.  Author URL.
Samplonius JM, Atkinson A, Hassall C, Keogan K, Thackeray SJ, Assmann JJ, Burgess MD, Johansson J, Macphie KH, Pearce-Higgins JW, et al (2021). Strengthening the evidence base for temperature-mediated phenological asynchrony and its impacts. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 5(2), 155-164. Abstract.
Shutt JD, Bell SC, Bell F, Castello J, Harouchi ME, Burgess MD (2021). Territory-level temperature influences breeding phenology and reproductive output in three forest passerine birds.

2020

Burgess MD, Eaton MA, Gregory RD (2020). A review of spatial patterns across species ranges to aid the targeting of conservation interventions. Biological Conservation, 251 Abstract.
Bailey LD, van de Pol M, Adriaensen F, Barba E, Bellamy PE, Bouvier J-C, Burgess MD, Charmantier A, Cusimano C, Doligez B, et al (2020). Bird populations most exposed to climate change are less responsive to climatic variation.
Shutt JD, Nicholls JA, Trivedi UH, Burgess MD, Stone GN, Hadfield JD, Phillimore AB (2020). Gradients in richness and turnover of a forest passerine's diet prior to breeding: a mixed model approach applied to faecal metabarcoding data. Molecular Ecology, 29(6), 1199-1213. Abstract.
Samplonius JM, Atkinson A, Hassall C, Keogan K, Thackeray SJ, Assmann JJ, Burgess MD, Johansson J, Macphie KH, Pearce-Higgins J, et al (2020). Strengthening the evidence base for temperature-mediated phenological asynchrony and its impacts.
Burgess MD, Finch T, Border JA, Castello J, Conway G, Ketcher M, Lawrence M, Orsman CJ, Mateos J, Proud A, et al (2020). Weak migratory connectivity, loop migration and multiple non‐breeding site use in British breeding Whinchats Saxicola rubetra. Ibis, 162(4), 1292-1302.

2019

Burgess M, Gregory R, Wilson J, Gillings S, Evans A, Chisholm K, Southern A, Eaton M (2019). A new framework of spatial targeting for single-species conservation planning. Landscape Ecology, 34(12), 2765-2778.
Shutt JD, Burgess MD, Phillimore AB (2019). A spatial perspective on the phenological distribution of the spring woodland caterpillar peak. American Naturalist, 194(5), E109-E121. Abstract.
Jiguet F, Burgess M, Thorup K, Conway G, Matos JLA, Barber L, Black J, Burton N, Castelló J, Clewley G, et al (2019). Desert crossing strategies of migrant songbirds vary between and within species. Scientific Reports, 9(1).
Blackburn E, Burgess M, Freeman B, Risely A, Izang A, Ivande S, Hewson C, Cresswell W (2019). Light stalks increase the precision and accuracy of non-breeding locations calculated from geolocator tags: a field test from a long-distance migrant. Bird Study, 66(3), 1-13.
Shutt JD, Cabello IB, Keogan K, Leech DI, Samplonius JM, Whittle L, Burgess MD, Phillimore AB (2019). The environmental predictors of spatiotemporal variation in the breeding phenology of a passerine bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286(1908). Abstract.
Brlík V, Koleček J, Burgess M, Hahn S, Humple D, Krist M, Ouwehand J, Weiser EL, Adamík P, Alves JA, et al (2019). Weak effects of geolocators on small birds: a meta‐analysis controlled for phylogeny and publication bias. Journal of Animal Ecology, 89(1), 207-220.

2018

Bellamy PE, Burgess MD, Mallord JW, Cristinacce A, Orsman CJ, Davis T, Grice PV, Charman EC (2018). Correction to: Nest predation and the influence of habitat structure on nest predation of Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix, a ground-nesting forest passerine. Journal of Ornithology, 159(3), 883-884.
Samplonius JM, Bartošová L, Burgess MD, Bushuev AV, Eeva T, Ivankina EV, Kerimov AB, Krams I, Laaksonen T, Mägi M, et al (2018). Phenological sensitivity to climate change is higher in resident than in migrant bird populations among European cavity breeders. Global Change Biology, 24(8), 3780-3790. Abstract.
Maziarz M, Piggott C, Burgess M (2018). Predator recognition and differential behavioural responses of adult wood warblers Phylloscopus sibilatrix. Acta Ethologica, 21(1), 13-20. Abstract.  Full text.
Blackburn E, Burgess M, Freeman B, Risely A, Izang A, Ivande S, Hewson C, Cresswell W (2018). Spring migration strategies of Whinchat Saxicola rubetra when successfully crossing potential barriers of the Sahara and the Mediterranean Sea. Ibis, 161(1), 131-146.
Shutt JD, Bolton M, Cabello IB, Burgess MD, Phillimore AB (2018). The effects of woodland habitat and biogeography on blue tit Cyanistes caeruleus territory occupancy and productivity along a 220 km transect. Ecography, 41(12), 1967-1978. Abstract.
Burgess MD, Smith KW, Evans KL, Leech D, Pearce-Higgins JW, Branston CJ, Briggs K, Clark JR, Du Feu CR, Lewthwaite K, et al (2018). Tritrophic phenological match-mismatch in space and time. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 2(6), 970-975. Abstract.

2017

Suggitt AJ, Platts PJ, Barata IM, Bennie JJ, Burgess MD, Bystriakova N, Duffield S, Ewing SR, Gillingham PK, Harper AB, et al (2017). Conducting robust ecological analyses with climate data. Oikos, 126(11), 1533-1541. Abstract.
Blackburn E, Burgess M, Freeman B, Risely A, Izang A, Ivande S, Hewson C, Cresswell W (2017). Low and annually variable migratory connectivity in a long‐distance migrant: Whinchats Saxicola rubetra may show a bet‐hedging strategy. Ibis, 159(4), 902-918.
Bellamy PE, Burgess MD, Mallord JW, Cristinacce A, Orsman CJ, Davis T, Grice PV, Charman EC (2017). Nest predation and the influence of habitat structure on nest predation of Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix, a ground-nesting forest passerine. Journal of Ornithology, 159(2), 493-506.
Bell SC, El Harouchi M, Hewson CM, Burgess MD (2017). No short- or long-term effects of geolocator attachment detected in Pied Flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca. Ibis, 159(4), 734-743. Abstract.

2016

Blackburn E, Burgess M, Freeman B, Risely A, Izang A, Ivande S, Hewson C, Cresswell W (2016). An experimental evaluation of the effects of geolocator design and attachment method on between‐year survival on whinchats Saxicola rubetra. Journal of Avian Biology, 47(4), 530-539.
Ouwehand J, Ahola MP, Ausems ANMA, Bridge ES, Burgess M, Hahn S, Hewson CM, Klaassen RHG, Laaksonen T, Lampe HM, et al (2016). Light-level geolocators reveal migratory connectivity in European populations of pied flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca. Journal of Avian Biology, 47(1), 69-83. Abstract.
Broughton RK, Burgess MD, Dadam D, Hebda G, Bellamy PE, Hinsley SA (2016). Morphology, geographical variation and the subspecies of Marsh Tit Poecile palustris in Britain and central Europe. Bird Study, 63(1), 58-65. Abstract.
BURGESS M, HILLERS A, BANNAH D, MOHAMED S, SWARAY M, TURAY BS, VICKERY J, LINDSELL J (2016). The importance of protected and unprotected areas for colony occupancy and colony size in White-necked Picathartes Picathartes gymnocephalus in and around Gola Rainforest National Park, Sierra Leone. Bird Conservation International, 27(2), 244-255.

2015

Wenzel MA, Webster LMI, Blanco G, Burgess MD, Kerbiriou C, Segelbacher G, Piertney SB, Reid JM (2015). Erratum to Pronounced genetic structure and low genetic diversity in European red-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) populations[Conserv Genet, 13, 1213, 1230, (2012), DOI:10.1007/s10592-012-0366-6]. Conservation Genetics, 16(4), 1011-1012.
Sirkiä PM, Adamík P, Artemyev AV, Belskii E, Both C, Bureš S, Burgess M, Bushuev AV, Forsman JT, Grinkov V, et al (2015). Fecundity selection does not vary along a large geographical cline of trait means in a passerine bird. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 114(4), 808-827. Abstract.
Burgess MD, Bright JA, Morris AJ, Field RH, Grice PV, Cooke AI, Peach W (2015). Influence of agri-environment scheme options on territory settlement by Yellowhammer (Emberiza citronella) and Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra). Journal of Ornithology, 156(1), 153-163.
Laaksonen T, Sirkiä PM, Calhim S, Brommer JE, Leskinen PK, Primmer CR, Adamík P, Artemyev AV, Belskii E, Both C, et al (2015). Sympatric divergence and clinal variation in multiple coloration traits of Ficedula flycatchers. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 28(4), 779-790. Abstract.
Burgess MD, Bellamy PE, Gillings S, Noble DG, Grice PV, Conway GJ (2015). The impact of changing habitat availability on population trends of woodland birds associated with early successional plantation woodland. Bird Study, 62(1), 39-55.
Whytock RC, Davis D, Whytock RT, Burgess MD, Minderman J, Mallord JW (2015). Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix nest provisioning rates are correlated with seasonal caterpillar availability in British Oak Quercus woodlands. Bird Study, 62(3), 339-347.

2014

Burgess M (2014). Restoring abandoned coppice for birds: Few effects of conservation management on occupancy, fecundity and productivity of hole nesting birds. Forest Ecology and Management, 330, 205-217. Abstract.

2012

Lehtonen PK, Laaksonen T, Artemyev AV, Belskii E, Berg PR, Both C, Buggiotti L, Bureš S, Burgess MD, Bushuev AV, et al (2012). Candidate genes for colour and vision exhibit signals of selection across the pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) breeding range. Heredity, 108(4), 431-440. Abstract.
Burgess MD, Woolcock D, Hales RB, Waite R, Hales AJ (2012). Captive Husbandry and Socialization of the Red-Billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax). Zoo Biology, 31(6), 725-735. Abstract.
Wenzel MA, Webster LMI, Blanco G, Burgess MD, Kerbiriou C, Segelbacher G, Piertney SB, Reid JM (2012). Pronounced genetic structure and low genetic diversity in European red-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) populations. Conservation Genetics, 13(5), 1213-1230. Abstract.

2011

Smith KW, Smith L, Charman E, Briggs K, Burgess M, Dennis C, Harding M, Isherwood C, Isherwood I, Mallord J, et al (2011). Large-scale variation in the temporal patterns of the frass fall of defoliating caterpillars in oak woodlands in Britain: implications for nesting woodland birds. BIRD STUDY, 58(4), 506-511. Author URL.
Burgess MD, Nicoll MAC, Jones CG, Norris K (2011). Multiple environmental gradients affect spatial variation in the productivity of a tropical bird population. Journal of Animal Ecology, 80(3), 688-695.

2009

Awa T, Burgess MD, Norris K (2009). Investigating the practicality of using radio tracking to determine home range and movements of Picathartidae. Ostrich, 80(3), 145-151.
BURGESS MD, BLACK RA, NICOLL MAC, JONES CG, NORRIS K (2009). The use of agricultural, open and forest habitats by juvenile Mauritius Kestrels Falco punctatus. Ibis, 151(1), 63-76.

2008

Burgess MD, Nicoll MAC, Jones CG, Norris K (2008). Restricted dispersal reduces the strength of spatial density dependence in a tropical bird population. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 275(1639), 1209-1216.

2006

Hadfield JD, Burgess MD, Lord A, Phillimore AB, Clegg SM, Owens IPF (2006). Direct versus indirect sexual selection: genetic basis of colour, size and recruitment in a wild bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 273(1592), 1347-1353.

2005

Orme CDL, Davies RG, Burgess M, Eigenbrod F, Pickup N, Olson VA, Webster AJ, Ding TS, Rasmussen PC, Ridgely RS, et al (2005). Global hotspots of species richness are not congruent with endemism or threat. Nature, 436(7053), 1016-1019. Abstract.

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