Gabriel A. Jamie Steven M. Van Belleghem Benedict G. Hogan Silky Hamama Collins Moya Jolyon Troscianko Mary Caswell Stoddard Rebecca M. Kilner Claire N. Spottiswoode.  Multimodal mimicry of hosts in a radiation of parasitic finches. Evolution.

Iliana Medina, Rebecca M Kilner, Naomi E Langmore. From micro- to macro-evolution: brood parasitism as a driver of phenotypic diversity in birds  Current Zoology

Syuan‐Jyun Sun Andrew M. Catherall Sonia Pascoal Benjamin J. M. Jarrett Sara E. Miller Michael J. Sheehan Rebecca M. Kilner. Rapid local adaptation linked with phenotypic plasticity. Evolution letters..

Darren Rebar, Nathan W. Bailey, Benjamin J. M. Jarrett, and Rebecca M. Kilner. An evolutionary switch from sibling rivalry to sibling cooperation, caused by a sustained loss of parental care.   Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


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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