Jonathan Green

Dr Jonathan Green

Junior Research Fellow
Biological Sciences
BSc Bristol, DPhil Sussex

I studied for a BSc in Zoology at the University of Bristol, before undertaking a DPhil in evolutionary biology at the University of Sussex. I then spent three years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Universities of Liverpool and Sheffield. I currently hold a lectureship in Animal Diversity in the Department of Zoology at Oxford and a stipendiary lectureship in New College.  


In addition to tutorials, I lecture in behavioural ecology and run practical classes on comparative anatomy and insect ecology.

Research Interests

My research focuses on the evolution and diversity of social behaviour. I am particularly interested in how animals gather and use information about one another to make optimal (fitness-maximising) decisions in various contexts, including cooperation, conflict resolution and mate choice. My current research explores sex differences in mechanisms and costs of assessment in animal contests, using behavioural experiments on fish and insects, and the evolution of quality signalling and individual recognition in birds, using comparative methods.

Selected publications

Kenny, E, Birkhead T & Green JP (2017) Allopreening in birds is associated with parental cooperation over offspring care and stable pair bonds across years. Behavioral Ecology, 28, 1142-1148.
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.
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. Behavioural Ecology, 24, 623-633.
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.

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