Dr Jeff Graves

Dr Jeff Graves
Honorary Senior Lecturer


Research interests: Behavioural Ecology and Molecular Ecology

Paternity and maternity in the communal nesting system of the ostrich, and paternity in monogamous species of birds. Molecular markers to look at the the effects of male mating strategies on gene flow in freshwater fish species. Phylogeny and population structure of Goodeid fish. Male mating success in bush crickets.

Research Group:

Visiting Professor Constatino Macias (University of Mexico)

Research Students:

Ms P Celis
Ms E Pariser
Ms V Islas

Funded collaborations:

NERC, BBSRC, British Council, Research Council of Norway, Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento de Ciencia e Tecnologia de Brazil,

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Research Overview:

Behavioural Ecology and Molecular Ecology

The use of molecular markers for measuring parentage and population structure and molecular phylogenies



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Variations in age- and sex-specific survival rates help explain population trend in a discrete marine mammal population Monica Arso Civil, Barbara Cheney, Valentina Islas-Villanueva, Jefferson Alden Graves, Vincent Janik, Paul M Thompson, Philip Steven Hammond
Ecology and Evolution 2019 vol. 9 pp. 533-544
Killer whales (Orcinus orca) in Iceland show weak genetic structure among diverse isotopic signatures and observed movement patterns Filipa Isabel Pereira Samarra, Sonia Christina Marques Pascoal, Jefferson Alden Graves, Patrick James Miller
Ecology and Evolution 2018 vol. 8 pp. 11900-11913
Phylogenetic relationships in southern African Bryde's whales inferred from mitochondrial DNA Philip Steven Hammond, Vic G Cockcroft, Peter B Best, Meredith Thornton, Jefferson Alden Graves
Conservation Genetics 2018 vol. 19 pp. 1349-1365
Genetic population structure of harbour seals in the United Kingdom and neighbouring waters Morten Tange Olsen, Valentina Islas, Jefferson Alden Graves, Aubrie Onoufriou, Cecile Vincent, Sophie Brasseur, Anne Kristine Frie, Ailsa Jane Hall
Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 2017 vol. 27 pp. 839-845
Vigor and skill in the acrobatic mating displays of a Neotropical songbird Lilian Manica, Regina Macedo, Jefferson Alden Graves, Jeffey Podos
Behavioral Ecology 2017 vol. 28 pp. 164-173
Females of a polymorphic seabird dislike foreign-looking males Isabel Lopez-Rull, Natalia Lifshitz, Constantino Macías Garcia, Jefferson Alden Graves, Roxana Torres
Animal Behaviour 2016 vol. 113 pp. 31-38
Multimodal flight display of a neotropical songbird predicts social pairing but not extrapair mating success Lilian T. Manica, Jefferson Alden Graves, Jeffrey Podos, Regina H. Macedo
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 2016 vol. 70 pp. 2039-2052
Shift of grey seal subspecies boundaries in response to climate, culling and conservation Katharina Fietz, Anders Galatius, Jonas Teilmann, Rune Dietz, Anne Kristine Frie, Anastasia Klimova, Per J. Palsboll, Lasse F. Jensen, Jefferson Alden Graves, Joseph I. Hoffman, Morten Tange Olsen
Molecular Ecology 2016 vol. 25 pp. 4097-4112
One species or two? Vicariance, lineage divergence and low mtDNA diversity in geographically isolated populations of South Asian river dolphin Gillian Tracey Braulik, R Barnett, Valentina Islas Villanueva, A.R. Hoelzel, Jefferson Alden Graves
Journal of Mammalian Evolution 2015 vol. 22 pp. 111-120
Control control control Katharina Fietz, Jefferson Alden Graves, Morten Tange Olsen
PLoS ONE 2013 vol. 8
Male attractiveness regulates daughter fecundity non-genetically via maternal investment Lucy Gilbert, Jefferson Alden Graves
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 2012 vol. 279 pp. 523-528
Mind the gap: the ratio of yolk androgens and antioxidants varies between sons and daughters dependent on paternal attractiveness Lucy Gilbert, Neil Hazon, K.E. Arnold, Jefferson Alden Graves
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 2012 vol. 66 pp. 519-527
Variation in sexual dimorphism and assortative mating do not predict genetic divergence in the sexually dimorphic Goodeid fish Girardinichthys multiradiatus C. Macias Garcia, C. Gonzalez Zuarth, Jefferson Alden Graves, Michael Gordon Ritchie
Current Zoology 2012 vol. 58 pp. 440-452
The Auk 2011 vol. 128 pp. 475-486
A comparative study of song form and duetting in neotropical Thryothorus wrens Nigel Ian Mann, Kimberly A. Dingess, F. Keith Barker, Jefferson Alden Graves, Peter James Bramwell Slater
Behaviour 2009 vol. 146 pp. 1-43
Microsatellite and mtDNA analysis of the population structure of grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) from three breeding areas in the Baltic Sea Jefferson Alden Graves, Alice Helyar, Martin Biuw, Mart Juessi, Ivar Juessi, Olle Karlsson
Conservation Genetics 2009 vol. 10 pp. 59-68
A fine scale study finds limited evidence of kin clustering in a grey seal colony V. F. Poland, Patrick Pomeroy, S.D. Twiss, Jefferson Alden Graves
Marine Mammal Science 2008 vol. 24 pp. 371-387
Intra-specific brood parasitism revealed by DNA micro-satellite analyses in a sub-oscine bird, the vermilion flycatcher Alejandro A. Rios-Chelen, Jefferson Alden Graves, Roxana Torres, Miguel Serrano-Pinto, Liliana D'Alba, Constantino Macías Garcia
Revista Chilena de Historia Natural 2008 vol. 81 pp. 21-31
Thirteen polymorphic microsatellite DNA loci from whiptails of the genus Aspidoscelis (Teiidae: Squamata) and related cnemidophorine lizards. NG Crawford, J Zaldívar-Rae, C Hagen, A Schable, ER Rosenblum, Jefferson Alden Graves, TW Reeder, Michael Gordon Ritchie, TC Glenn
Molecular Ecology Resources 2008 vol. 8 pp. 219-223
Within-year differences in reproductive investment in laboratory zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata), an opportunistically breeding bird Kathryn Williamson, Lucy Gilbert, Alison N. Rutstein, Emma C. Pariser, Jefferson Alden Graves
Naturwissenschaften 2008 vol. 95 pp. 1143-1148
Comparison of genetic diversity at microsatellite loci in near-extinct and non-endangered species of Mexican goodeine fishes and prediction of cross-amplification within the family R. M. Hamill, S. A. Webb, C. Macias Garcia, Jefferson Alden Graves, Anne Magurran, Michael Gordon Ritchie
Journal of Fish Biology 2007 vol. 70 pp. 16-32
Extra-pair paternity and song characteristics in the willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) D Gil, Peter James Bramwell Slater, Jefferson Alden Graves
Journal of Avian Biology 2007 vol. 38 pp. 291-297
Reproduction of blue-black grassquits in central Brazil DBV Carvalho, RH Macedo, Jefferson Alden Graves
Brazilian Journal of Biology 2007 vol. 67 pp. 275-281
Sex and differentiation: population genetic divergence and sexual dimorphism in Mexican goodeid fish Michael Gordon Ritchie, R. M. Hamill, Jefferson Alden Graves, Anne Magurran, S. A. Webb, C. Macias Garcia
Journal of Evolutionary Biology 2007 vol. 20 pp. 2048-2055
The impact of climatic variation on the opportunity for sexual selection SD Twiss, CJ Thomas, VF Poland, Jefferson Alden Graves, Patrick Pomeroy
Biology Letters 2007 vol. 3 pp. 12-15
Yolk androgens and embryo sex: maternal effects or confounding factors? L Gilbert, E Bulmer, K E Arnold, Jefferson Alden Graves
Hormones and Behavior 2007 vol. 51 pp. 231-238
Breeding strategies of a socially monogamous neotropical passerine: extra-pair fertilizations, behavior and morphology. CBV Carvalho, RH Macedo, Jefferson Alden Graves
Condor 2006 vol. 108 pp. 579-590
Females increase egg quality for attractive males. KA Williamson, PF Surai, Jefferson Alden Graves
Functional Ecology 2006 vol. 20 pp. 354-359
Finding fathers - spatio-temporal analysis of paternity assignment in grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) SD Twiss, Jefferson Alden Graves, VF Poland, Patrick Pomeroy
Molecular Ecology 2006 vol. 15 pp. 1939-1953
Maternal effects due to male attractiveness affect offspring development in the zebra finch. L Gilbert, KA Williamson, Neil Hazon, Jefferson Alden Graves
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences 2006 vol. 273 pp. 1765-1771
Molecular data delineate four genera of "Thryothorus" wrens N I Mann, F K Barker, Jefferson Alden Graves, K A Dingess-Mann, Peter James Bramwell Slater
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 2006 vol. 40 pp. 750-759
Yolk antioxidants and mate attractiveness in the Zebra Finch K A Williamson, P F Surai, Jefferson Alden Graves
Functional Ecology 2006 vol. 20 pp. 354-359
Development and characterization of microsatellite loci in Mormon crickets (Anabrus simplex, Orthoptera, Tettigoniidae) Nathan William Bailey, Leon Robert Hockham, Jefferson Alden Graves, Michael Gordon Ritchie
Molecular Ecology Notes 2005 vol. 5 pp. 613-615
Patterns of speciation in endemic Mexican Goodeid fish Michael Gordon Ritchie, SA Webb, Jefferson Alden Graves, Anne Magurran, C Macias Garcia
Journal of Evolutionary Biology 2005 vol. 18 pp. 922-929
Sex allocation in response to paternal attractiveness in the zebra finch H E Gorman, K.E. Arnold, Lucy Gilbert, K J Orr, A Adam, R Nager, Jefferson Alden Graves
Behavioral Ecology 2005 vol. 16 pp. 763-769
Sex-biased investment in yolk androgens depends on female quality and laying order in zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) Lucy Gilbert, Neil Hazon, Jefferson Alden Graves
Naturwissenschaften 2005 vol. 92 pp. 178-181
Sex-specific patterns of yolk androgen allocation depend on maternal diet in the zebra finch AN Rutstein, Lucy Gilbert, Peter James Bramwell Slater, Jefferson Alden Graves
Behavioral Ecology 2005 vol. 16 pp. 62-69
Diet quality and resource allocation in the zebra finch AN Rutstein, Peter James Bramwell Slater, Jefferson Alden Graves
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 2004 vol. 271 pp. S286-S289
Kin structure and shoal composition dynamics in the guppy, Poecilia reticulata JL Kelley, Jefferson Alden Graves, Anne Magurran
Oikos 2004 vol. 106 pp. 520-526
Mate attractiveness and primary resource allocation in the zebra finch. AN Rutstein, Lucy Gilbert, Peter James Bramwell Slater, Jefferson Alden Graves
Animal Behaviour 2004 vol. 68 pp. 1087-1094
Molecular phylogeny of the livebearing Goodeidae (Cyprinodontiformes) SA Webb, Jefferson Alden Graves, C Macias-Garcia, Anne Magurran, D ÓFoighil, Michael Gordon Ritchie
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 2004 vol. 30 pp. 527-544
Population genetic differentiation of sea lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) parasitic on Atlantic and Pacific salmonids: analyses of microsatellite DNA variation among wild and farmed hosts Christopher David Todd, AM Walker, Michael Gordon Ritchie, Jefferson Alden Graves, AF Walker
Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2004 vol. 61 pp. 1176-1190
Reproductive partitioning in communally breeding guira cuckoos, Guira guira. RHF Macedo, MO Cariello, Jefferson Alden Graves, H Schwabl
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 2004 vol. 55 pp. 213-222
Sperm competition and the level of polyandry in a bushcricket LR Hockham, Jefferson Alden Graves, Michael Gordon Ritchie
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 2004 vol. 57 pp. 149-154
A molecular genetic analysis of the communal nesting of the ostrich (Struthio camelus) CN Kimwele, Jefferson Alden Graves
Molecular Ecology 2003 vol. 12 pp. 229-236
Isolation and characterization of dinucleotide microsatellite loci in communally breeding guira cuckoos (Aves: Cuculidae) L Muniz, RF Macedo, Jefferson Alden Graves
Molecular Ecology Notes 2003 vol. 3 pp. 209-211
Male led duets in the Moho, Hypergerus atriceps, and Yellow-crowned Gonolek, Laniarius barbarus Peter James Bramwell Slater, D Gil, CR Barlow, Jefferson Alden Graves
Ostrich 2002 vol. 73 pp. 49-51
Sex-specific growth in the European shag, a sexually size dimorphic seabird A Velando, Jefferson Alden Graves, F Freire
Ibis 2002 vol. 144 pp. 9-16
Differential allocation and good genes D Gil, Jefferson Alden Graves
2001 vol. 16

Contact Details:

Dr Jeff Graves
Dyers Brae
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 9TH

tel: 01334 463518/3358
fax: 01334 463600
room: DB10, Lab 114


School of Biology
Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciences
IBANS Behavioural Ecology
Centre for Biological Diversity
Scottish Oceans Institute

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Scottish Oceans Institute
Institiud Chuantan na h-Alba
Gatty Marine Laboratory
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