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(Listed are publications from 2012 onwards; for earlier publications see personal websites).

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Sprau, P. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2017. An approach to distinguish between plasticity and non-random distributions of behavioural types along urban gradients in a wild passerine bird. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, In Press.

Santostefano F., Wilson A.J., Niemelä P.T., Dingemanse N.J. 2017. Indirect genetic effects: a key component of the genetic architecture of behaviour. Scientific Reports, In Press.

Serrano-Davies E., Araya-Ajoy Y.G., Dingemanse N.J., Sanz J.J. 2017. Personality-related differences in response to habitat in Mediterranean blue tits. Ethology, In Press.



Allegue H., Araya-Ajoy Y.G., Dingemanse N.J., Dochtermann N.A., Garamszegi L.Z., Nakagawa S., Réale D., Schielzeth H. & Westneat D.F. 2017. Statistical Quantification of Individiual Differences (SQuID): an educational and statistical tool for understanding multilevel phenotypic data in linear mixed models. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 8, 257-267.

Araya-Ajoy, Y.G. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2017. Repeatability, heritability, and age-dependence of seasonal plasticity in aggressiveness in a wild passerine bird. Journal of Animal Ecology, 86, 227-238.

Class B., Dingemanse N.J., Y.G. A.A., Brommer J.E. 2017. A statistical methodology for estimating assortative mating for phenotypic traits that are labile or measured with error. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12837.

Dingemanse, N.J. 2017. The role of personality research in contemporary behavioral ecology: a comment on Beekman and Jordan. Behavioral Ecology, 28, 624-625.

Ghislandi, P.G., Beyer, M., Velado, P., Tuni, C. 2017. Silk wrapping of nuptial gifts aids cheating behavior in male spiders. Behavioral Ecology, DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arx028.

Han C.S. & Dingemanse, N.J.2017. Protein deprivation decreases male survival and the intensity of sexual antagonism in Southern field crickets Gryllus bimaculatus, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, DOI: 10.1111/jeb.13052.

Han C.S. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2017. You are what you eat: diet shapes body composition, personality, and behavioural stability. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 17, 8.

Kelleher S.R., Silla A.J., Dingemanse N.J. , Byrne P. Body size predicts between-individual differences in exploration behaviour in the southern corroboree frog. Animal Behaviour, 129, 161-170.

Mathot, K.J., Olsen, A.-L., Mutzel, A., Araya-Ajoy, Y.G., Nicolaus, M., Westneat, D, Wright, J., Kempenaers, B., Dingemanse, N.J. 2017. Provisioning tactics of great tits in response to long-term brood manipulations differ across years. Behavioral Ecology, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.406fd/2.

Niemelä, P.T., Dingemanse, N.J. 2017. Individual versus pseudo-repeatability in behaviour: lessons from translocation experiments in a wild insect. Journal of Animal Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12688.

Niemelä, P.T. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2017. Trustworthiness of online beer ratings as a source of social information. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 71, 24.

Sprau, P., Mouchet, A., Dingemanse, N.J. 2017. Multi-dimensional environmental predictors of variation in avian forest and city life-histories. Behavioral Ecology, 28, 59-68.

Stuber E., Dingemanse N.J., Mueller J. 2017. Temperature affects frequency but not rhythmicity of nocturnal awakenings in free-living great tits. Animal Behaviour, 135-141.

Tuni, C., Weber, S., Bilde T., Uhl G. 2017. Male spiders reduce pre- and post-mating sexual investment in response to sperm competition risk. Behavioral Ecology. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/beheco/arx061.

Vincze E., Seress G., Lagisz M., Nakagawa S., Dingemanse N.J., Sprau P. Does urbanization affect predation of bird nests? A meta-analysis. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 5, 29.



Abbey-Lee, R., Kaiser, A., Mouchet, A., Dingemanse, N.J. 2016. Immediate and carry-over effects of perceived predation risk on communication behavior in wild birds. Behavioral Ecology, 27, 708-716.

Abbey-Lee, R., Mathot, K.M., Dingemanse, N.J. 2016. Behavioral and morphological responses to perceived predation risk: a field experiment in passerines. Behavioral Ecology, 27, 857-864.

Araya-Ajoy Y.G., Dingemanse N.J. & Kempenaers, B. 2016. Timing of extra-pair fertilizations: trade-offs or pair synchrony spill-overs? Behavioral Ecology, 27, 377-384 .

Araya-Ajoy, Y.G., Kuhn, S., Mathot, K.J., Mouchet, A., Mutzel, A., Nicolaus, M., Wijmenga, J., Kempenaers, B., Dingemanse, N.J. 2016. Sources of (co)variation in the alternative siring routes available to male great tits (Parus major). Evolution, 70, 2308-2321.

Berger-Tal R., Berner-Aharon N., Aharon S. Tuni C. & Lubin Y. 2016. Good reasons to leave home: proximate dispersal cues in a social spider. Journal of Animal Ecology, 85, 1035-1042.

Han C.S. & Jablonski P.G. 2016. Predators induce conditions for size-dependent alternative reproductive tactics in a water strider male. Animal Behaviour, 111, 271-279.

Han C.S., Santostefano, F. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2016. Do social partners affect same-sex behaviour in male water striders? Animal Behaviour, 116, 53-59.

Han, C.S., Jaeger, H. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2016. Individuality in nutritional preferences: a multi-level approach in field crickets. Scientific Reports, 6, 29071.

Mathot, K.J., Abbey-Lee, R.N., Kempenaers, B., Dingemanse, N.J. 2016. Do great tits (Parus major) suppress basal metabolic rate in response to increased perceived predation danger? A field experiment. Physiology & Behaviour, 164, 400-406.

Mils, JA. et al. 2016. Solutions for archiving data in long-term studies: A Reply to Whitlock et al. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 31, 85-87.

Moiron, M., Mathot, K.J. & Dingemanse N.J. 2016. A multi-level approach to quantify speed-accuracy trade-offs in great tits (Parus major). Behavioral Ecology, 27, 1539-1546.

Nicolaus, M., Piault, R., Ubels, R., Tinbergen, J.M. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2016. The correlation between colouration and exploration behaviour varies across hierarchical levels in a wild passerine bird. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 29, 1780-1792.

Nicolaus, M., Tinbergen, J.M., Ubels, R., Both, C. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2016. Density fluctuations represent a key process maintaining personality variation in a wild passerine bird. Ecology Letters, 19, 478-486.

Santostefano, F., Wilson,A.J., Araya-Ajoy, Y.G. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2016. Interacting with the enemy: indirect effects of personality on conspecific aggression in field crickets. Behavioral Ecology, 24, 1235-1246.

Stuber, E.F., Baumgarter, C., Dingemanse, N.J., Kempenaers, B. & Mueller, J.C. 2016. Genetic correlates of individual differences in sleep behaviour in free-living great tits (Parus major). G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, 6, 599-607.

Tuni C., Perdigón Ferreira J., Fritz Y., Munoz Meneses A. & Gasparini C. 2016. Impaired sperm quality and delayed mating but no costs for offspring fitness in field crickets winning a fight. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 29, 1643-1647.top 


Araya-Ajoy Y.G., Mathot, K.M., & Dingemanse N.J. 2015. An approach to estimate short-term, long-term and reaction norm repeatability. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 6, 1462–1473.

Berger-Tal R., Lubin Y., Settepani V., Mejer M., Bilde T. & Tuni C. 2015. Evidence for loss of nepotism in the evolution of permanent sociality. Scientific Reports 5, 13284.

Dingemanse, N.J. & Araya-Ajoy, Y.G. 2015. Interacting personalities: behavioural ecology meets quantitative genetics. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 30, 88-97.

Ghislandi P., Bilde T. & Tuni C. 2015. Extreme male mating behaviours: anecdotes in a nuptial feeding spider. Arachnology 16: 273-275.

Hall, M.L., van Asten, T.T., Katsis, A.C., Dingemanse, N.J. Magrath, M.J.L. & Mulder R.A. 2015. Animal personality and pace-of-life syndromes: do fast-exploring fairy-wrens die young? Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 3, 28.

Han, C.S. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2015. Effect of diet on the structure of animal personality. Frontiers in Zoology 12(Suppl 1), S5.

Han C.S., Jablonski P.G. & Brooks R.C. 2015. Intimidating courtship and sex-related differences in predation risk lead to sex-specific behavioural syndromes in a water strider. Animal Behaviour. 109,177-185.

Han C.S. & Brooks R.C. 2015. Same-sex sexual behaviour as a by-product of reproductive strategy under scramble male-male competition. Animal Behaviour. 108, 193-197.

Mathot, K.J. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2015. Energetics and behaviour: reply to Careau and Garland. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 30, 367-368.

Mathot, K.J. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2015. Studies linking energetics and behaviour: unrequited needs and new directions. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 30, 199-206.

Mathot, K.J. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2015. Personality and Plasticity. In: Integrative Organismal Biology (Ed. by Martin, L.B., Ghalambor, C.K. & Woods, H.A.) Willey Scientific, pp. 55-69.

Mathot, K.J., Nicolaus, M., Araya-Ajoy, Y.G., Dingemanse, N.J. & Kempenaers, B. 2015. Does metabolic rate predict risk-taking behaviour: a field experiment in a wild passerine bird. Functional Ecology 29, 239-249.

Mestre L., Rodríguez-Teijeiro J.D. & Tuni C. 2015. Females of the cellar spider discriminate against previous mates. Ethology 121: 994-1001.

Mils, JA. et al. Archiving primary data: solutions for long-term studies. 2015. Trends Ecol. Evol. 30, 581-589.

Niemelä, P., Lattenkamp, E.Z. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2015. Personality-related survival and sampling bias in wild cricket nymphs. Behavioral Ecology, 26, 936-946.

Sih, A., Mathot, K.J., Moirón, M., Montiglio, P.O., Wolf, M. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2015. Animal personality and state-behaviour feedbacks: a review and guide for empiricists. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 30, 50-60.

Stuber, E.F., Mathot, K.J., Kempenaers, B., Dingemanse, N.J., Mueller, J.C. 2015. Sex-specific association between sleep and basal metabolic rate in great tits. Animal Behaviour, 109, 15-22.

Stuber, E.F., Dingemanse N.J., Kempenaers, B., Mueller, J.C. 2015. Sources of intraspecific variation in sleep behaviour of wild great tits (Parus major). Animal Behaviour, 106, 201-221.

Westneat, D.F., Wright, J. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2015. The biology hidden inside residual within-individual phenotypic variation. Biological Reviews, 90, 729-743. top


Araya-Ajoy, J.G. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2014. Characterizing behavioural 'characters': an evolutionary framework. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, 281, 20132645

Baugh, A.T., van Oers, K., Dingemanse, N.J. & Hau, E. 2014. Baseline and stress-induced glucocorticoid concentrations are not repeatable but covary within individual great tits (Parus major). General and Comparative Endocrinology, 208, 154-163.

Dingemanse, N.J. & Dochtermann, N.A. 2014. Individual Behaviour: Behavioural Ecology meets Quantitative Genetics. In: Quantitative Genetics in the Wild (Ed. by Charmantier, A., Garant, D. & Kruuk, L.E.B.) Oxford University Press, pp. 54-67.

Mueller, J.C., Edelaar, P., Carrete, M., Serrano, D., Potti, J., Blas, J., Dingemanse, N.J., Kempenaers, B. & Tella, J.L. 2014. Behaviour-related DRD4 polymorphisms in invasive bird populations. Molecular Ecology, 23, 2876-2885.

Nicolaus, M., Mathot, K.J., Araya-Ajoy, Y.G., Mutzel, A., Wijmenga, J.J., Kempenaers, B. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2014. Does coping style predict optimization: an experimental test in a wild passerine bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, 282, 20142405.

Niemelä, P.T. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2014. Artificial environments and the study of ‘adaptive’ personalities. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 29, 245-247.

Stuber, E.F., Grobis, M.M., Abbey-Lee, R., Kempenaers, B., Mueller, J.C. & Dingemanse, N.J.2014 Perceived predation risk affects sleep behaviour in free-living great tits, Parus major. Animal Behaviour, 98, 157-165. top


Dingemanse, N.J. & Dochtermann, N.A. 2013. Quantifying individual variation in behaviour: mixed-effect modelling approaches. Journal of Animal Ecology, 82, 39-54.

Dingemanse, N.J. & Wolf, M. 2013. Between-individual differences in behavioural plasticity: causes and consequences. Animal Behaviour, 85, 1031-1039.

Dingemanse, N.J. & Réale, D. 2013. What is the evidence for natural selection maintaining animal personality variation? In: Animal Personalities: Behaviour, Physiology, and Evolution (Ed. by Carere, C. & Maestripieri, D.) Chicago: Chicago University Press.

Dochtermann, N.A. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2013. Behavioral syndromes as evolutionary constraints. Behavioral Ecology, 24, 806-811.

Mueller, J.C., Korsten, P., Hermannstädter, C., Feulner, T., Dingemanse, N.J., Matthysen, E., van Oers, K., Overveld, T., Patrick, S.C., Quinn, J.L., Riemenschneider, M., Tinbergen, J.M. & Kempenaers, B. 2013. Haplotype structure, adaptive history and associations with exploratory behaviour of the DRD4 region in four great tit (Parus major) populations. Molecular Ecology, 22, 2797-2809.

Mutzel, A., Dingemanse, N.J., Araya-Ajoy, Y.G. & Kempenaers, B. 2013. Parental provisioning behaviour plays a key role in linking personality with reproductive success. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 280, 20131019.

Mutzel, A., Blom, M.P.K., Spagopouloua, F., Wright, J., Dingemanse, N.J. & Kempenaers, B. 2013. Temporal trade-offs between nestling provisioning and defence against nest predators in blue tits. Animal Behaviour, 85, 1459-1469.

Nicolaus, M., Brommer, J.E., Ubels, R., Tinbergen, J.M. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2013. Exploring patterns of variation in clutch size-density reaction norms in a wild passerine bird. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 26, 2031-2043.

Niemelä, P., Dingemanse, N.J., Alioravainen, N., Vainikka, A. & Kortet, R. 2013. Personality pace-of-life hypothesis: testing genetic associations among personality and life-history. Behavioral Ecology, 24, 935-941.

Stuber, E.F., Araya-Ajoy, J.G., Mathot, KJ., Nicolaus, M., Wijmenga, J.J., Mueller, J.C. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2013. Slow explorers take less risk: a problem of sampling bias in ecological studies. Behavioral Ecology, 24, 1092-1098.

Wilson, A.D.M., Krause, S., Dingemanse, N.J. & Krause, J. 2013. Network position: a key component in the characterization of social personality types. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 67, 163-173.



Carrete, M., Edelaar, P., Blas, J., Serrano, D., Potti, J., Dingemanse, N.J. & Tella, J.L. 2012. Don't neglect pre-establishment individual selection in deliberate introductions. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 27, 67-68.

Dall, S.R.X., Gosling, S.D., Brown, G.D., Dingemanse, N.J., Erev, I., Kocher, M., Schultz, L., Todd, P.M., Weissing, F.J. & Wolf, M. 2012. Variation in Decision Making. In: Evolution and the Mechanisms of Decision Making (Ed. by Hammerstein, P. & Stevens, J.R.) Cambridge: MA: MIT Press.

Dingemanse, N.J., Barber, I., Wright, J. & Brommer, J.E. 2012. Quantitative genetics of behavioural reaction norms: genetic correlations between personality and behavioural plasticity vary across stickleback populations. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 25, 485-496.

Dingemanse, N.J., Bouwman, K.M., van de Pol, M., van Overveld, T., Patrick, S.C., Matthysen, E. & Quinn, J.L. 2012. Variation in personality and behavioural plasticity across four populations of the great tit Parus major. Journal of Animal Ecology, 81, 116-126.

Dingemanse, N.J., Dochtermann, N.A. & Nakagawa, S. 2012. Defining behavioural syndromes and the role of "syndrome deviation" to study its evolution. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 66, 1543-1548.

Dingemanse, N.J. & Wolf, M. 2012. Biological Analogs of Personality. In: Evolving the Mechanisms of Decision Making: Toward a Darwinian Decision Theory (Ed. by Hammerstein, P. & Stevens, J.R.) Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Mathot, KJ., Wright, J., Kempenaers, B. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2012. Adaptive strategies for managing uncertainty may explain personality-related differences in behavioural plasticity. Oikos, 121, 1009-1020.

Nicolaus, M., Tinbergen, J.M., Bouwman, K.M., Michler, S.P.M., Ubels, R., Both, C., Kempenaers, B. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2012. Experimental evidence for adaptive personalities in a wild passerine bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, 279, 4885-4892.

Réale, D. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2012. Animal personality. Encyclopedia of Life Sciences.

Sprenger, D.S., Dingemanse, N.J., Dochtermann, N.A., Theobald, J. & Walker, S.P.W. 2012. Aggressive females become aggressive males in a sex-changing reef fish. Ecology Letters, 15, 986-992.

Von Beeren, C., Hashim, R. & Witte, V. 2012. The social integration of a myrmecophilous spider does not depend exclusively on chemical mimicry. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 38, 262-271.

Von Beeren, C., Pohl, S. & Witte, V. 2012. On the Use of Adaptive Resemblance Terms in Chemical Ecology. Psyche: A Journal of Entomology, 2012, 1–7.