Christine W. Miller , Paul N. Joseph , Rebecca M. Kilner and Zachary Emberts. . A weapons–testes trade-off in males is amplified in female traits. Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Syuan‐Jyun Sun Nicholas P.C. Horrocks Rebecca M. Kilner. Conflict within species determines the value of a mutualism between species. Evolution letters.


Ornela De Gasperin, Ana Duarte, Sinead English, Alfredo Attisano Rebecca M. Kilner. The early‐life environment and individual plasticity in life‐history traits. Ecology and Evolution. doi: /10.1002/ece3.4749

Matthew Schrader Benjamin J. M. Jarrett Rebecca M. Kilner. Parental care and sibling competition independently increase phenotypic variation among burying beetle siblings. Evolution. doi: /10.1111/evo.13607

Benjamin J. M. Jarrett, Emma Evans, Hannah B. Haynes, Miranda R. Leaf, Darren Rebar, Ana Duarte, Matthew Schrader & Rebecca M. Kilner. A sustained change in the supply of parental care causes adaptive evolution of offspring morphology. Nature Communications. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-06513-6

Benjamin J. M. Jarrett, Darren Rebar, Hannah B. Haynes, Miranda R. Leaf, Chay Halliwell, Rachel Kemp, Rebecca M. Kilner. Adaptive evolution of synchronous egg-hatching in compensation for the loss of parental care. Proceedings of the Royal Society B.. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2018.1452

Sonia Pascoal Benjamin J. M. Jarrett Emma Evans Rebecca M. Kilner. Superior stimulation of female fecundity by subordinate males provides a mechanism for telegony. Evolution letters. doi: /10.1002/evl3.45


Ben J M Jarrett Rebecca M Kilner“Why” and “How” behavior evolves: a comment on Bailey et al. Behavioral Ecology. doi:  /10.1093/beheco/arx166

Ana Duarte, Sheena C. Cotter, Ornela De Gasperin, Thomas M. Houslay, Giuseppe Boncoraglio, Martin Welch & Rebecca M. Kilner. No evidence of a cleaning mutualism between burying beetles and their phoretic mites. Scientific reports. doi: doi:10.1038/s41598-017-14201-6

Matthew Schrader, Benjamin J. M. Jarrett, Darren Rebar, Rebecca M. Kilner. Adaptation to a novel family environment involves both apparent and cryptic phenotypic changes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.1295

Ana Duarte, Martin Welch, Chris Swannack, Josef Wagner, Rebecca M Kilner. Strategies for managing rival bacterial communities: lessons from burying beetles. Journal of Animal Ecology July 2017 doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12725

Benjamin J. M. Jarrett, Matthew Schrader, Darren Rebar, Thomas M. Houslay & Rebecca M. Kilner. Cooperative interactions within the family enhance the capacity for evolutionary change in body size. Nature, ecology and evolution, May 2017. doi: 10.1038/s41559-017-0178

Sonia Pascoal, Rebecca M Kilner. Development and application of 14 microsatellite markers in the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides reveals population genetic differentiation at local spatial scales. PeerJ, 2017. doi: 10.7717/peerj.3278

Rose Thorogood, Rebecca M Kilner, Justin L Rasmussen. Grey Gerygone hosts are not egg rejecters, but Shining Bronze-Cuckoos lay cryptic eggs. doi: 10.1642/AUK-16-128.1


Jeffery K Tomberlin, Tawni L Crippen, Guoyao Wu, Ashleigh S Griffin, Thomas K Wood, Rebecca M Kilner. Indole: An evolutionarily conserved influencer of behavior across kingdoms. doi: 10.1002/bies.201600203

Ornela De Gasperin, Ana Duarte, Jolyon Troscianko & Rebecca M. Kilner. Fitness costs associated with building and maintaining the burying beetle’s carrion nest. doi: 10.1038/srep35293

Ana Duarte, Martin Welch, Josef Wagner, Rebecca M Kilner. Privatization of a breeding resource by the burying beetle /Nicrophorus vespilloides/ is associated with shifts in bacterial communities. doi: 10.1101/065326

Ornela De Gasperin, Rebecca M Kilner. Interspecific Interactions and the Scope for Parent-Offspring Conflict: High Mite Density Temporarily Changes the Trade-Off between Offspring Size and Number in the Burying Beetle, Nicrophorus vespilloides. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0150969

R.M. Kilner. 2016. An empiricists’ guide to sexual conflict over parental investment: a comment on Paquet and Smiseth. Behavioral Ecology. doi: 10.1093/beheco/arw011

William J. Palmer, Ana Duarte, Matthew Schrader, Jonathan P. Day, Rebecca Kilner, Francis M. Jiggins. 2016. A gene associated with social immunity in the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides. Proceedings of the Royal Society. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2733

Ana Duarte , Sheena C. Cotter, Catherine E. Reavey, Richard J. S. Ward, Ornela De Gasperin, Rebecca M. Kilner. 2016. Social immunity of the family: parental contributions to a public good modulated by brood size. Evolutionary Ecology. doi:10.1007/s10682-015-9806-3


Schrader, M., Crosby, R. M., Hesketh, A. R., Jarrett, B. J. M. and Kilner, R. M. 2015. A limit on the extent to which increased egg size can compensate for a poor postnatal environment revealed experimentally in the burying beetle, Nicrophorus vespilloides. Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1002/ece3.1876

De Gasperin, O. & Kilner, R. M. 2015. Interspecific interactions change the outcome of sexual conflict over pre-hatching parental investment in the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides. Ecology and Evolution. doi:10.1002/ece3.1795

Kilner, R. M., Boncoraglio, G., Henshaw, J. M., Jarrett, B.J.M., de Gasperin, O. & Kokko, H. 2015. Parental effects alter the adaptive value of an adult behavioural trait. eLife doi: 10.7554/eLife.07340

De Gasperin, O. & Kilner, R. M. 2015. Friend or foe: interspecific interactions and conflicts of interest within the family. Ecological Entomology doi: 10.1111/een.12259

De Gasperin, O., Duarte, A. L. & Kilner, R. M. 2015. Interspecific interactions explain variation in the duration of paternal care in the burying beetle. Animal Behaviour 109:199-207. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.08.014

Attisano, A. & Kilner, R. M. 2015. Parental effects and flight behaviour in the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides. Animal Behaviour 108: 91-100. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.07.020

Schrader, M., Jarrett, B. J. M., & Kilner , R. M. 2015 Using experimental evolution to study adaptations for life within the family. American Naturalist 185: 610-619, doi:10.1086/680500

Schrader, M., B. J. M. Jarrett, and R. M. Kilner. 2015. Parental care masks a density-dependent shift from cooperation to competition in burying beetle broods. Evolution 69: 1077-1084, doi:10.1111/evo.12615

W. J. P. Palmer, A. Duarte, M. Schrader, J. P. Day, R. M. Kilner, F. Jiggins: a gene for social immunity in the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides?, doi:


Cotter, S. C., Littlefair, J. E., Grantham, P. J. and Kilner, R. M. (2013) A direct physiological trade-off between personal and social immunity. J Anim Ecol 82:846-853

Cotter, S. C., Ward, R. S. J., and Kilner R. M. (2011) Age-specific reproductive investment in female burying beetles: independent effects of state and risk of death. Funct Ecol 25:652-660

Cotter, S. C., Topham, E., Price, A. J. P. and Kilner (2010) Fitness costs associated with mounting a social immune response. Ecol Lett 13:1114-1123.

Cotter, S. C. and Kilner R. M. (2010) Personal immunity versus social immunity. Behav Ecol 21:663-668.

Cotter, S.C. and Kilner, R. M. (2010) Sexual division of antibacterial resource defence in breeding burying beetles, Nicrophorus vespilloides J Anim Ecol 79:35-43

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