Associate Professor Shinichi Nakagawa
PhD
Role: 
Deputy Director, Research and ARC Future Fellow
Field of Research: 
Evolution, ecology, genetics, behaviour, research synthesis
Contact details:
Phone: 
+61 2 9385 9138
Shinichi

Research & Current Projects

RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research interests are very diverse but usually fall into three categories: 1) Animal Behaviour, 2) Evolutionary Biology and 3) Applied Statistics. My main model organisms have primarily been birds (sparrows, dunnocks  and penguins), but I have also worked with earthworms, amphipods, frogs and fish (to be honest, I prefer eating, rather than studying, the last model system). Currently, my main experimental model is zebrafish in collaboration with Dr Dan Hesselson at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

CURRENT PROJECTS

  • Transgenerational inheritance of enviornmentally induced phenotype in zebrafish,
  • Meta-analysis on trans-generational effects of maternal dietary manipulations,
  • Ontogenetic effects on 'Greater Male Variability' in human intelligence,
  • Maternal and ontogenetic effects on personality, cognition and metabolism in lizard.
  • Robust inference and reproducibility in ecology and evolution

Staff

Malgorzata Lagisz (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Joel Pick (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Daniel Noble (DECRA Fellow)

Research Students

Current

Rose O'Dea (PhD candidate) – Transgenerational effects in zebrafish
Carlos Esteban Lara (PhD candidate) – Fitness consequences of monogamy and polyandry in dunnocks (Prunella modularis)
Benedikt Holtmann (PhD candidate)  - Personality in dunnocks (Prunella modularis)

Past

Yu-Hsun Hsu (PhD, 2014) – The causes and consequences of extra-pair mating in house sparrows (Passer domesticus)
Eduardo Santos (PhD, 2012) – Mating system. Parental care and the behavioural ecology of dunnocks
Alistair Senior (PhD, 2013) – The individual and population-level consequences of chemically induced sex reversal in fish
Jiahui Nat Lim (Masters, 2013) – Maternal sex allocation and trade-offs in offspring investment
Mike J. Hitchcock (Masters, 2012) – Evaluating the side effects of feed-restriction and compensatory growth in fish
Morgan J. McLean (Masters, 2011) – Testing the predictions of inter-sexual selection theory, using anurans as a model system
Katie L. Hector (Masters, 2011) – Multi-level analysis of compensatory growth

Teaching

Guest lecture in BIOS3011 (Animal behaviour)

Publications

Only year 2015 shown, for the full publication list please see: http://www.i-deel.org/publications.html

Samia, D. S. M., Nakagawa, S., Nomura, F., Rangel, T. F. & Blumstein, D. (2015) Increased tolerance to humans among disturbed wildlife. Nature Communications. 6: 8877 [Link]

Kohn, Y. Y., Symonds, J. E., Kleffmann, T., Nakagawa, S., Lagisz, M. & Lokman, P. M. (2015) Proteomic analysis of early-stage embryos: implications for egg quality in hapuku (Polyprion oxygeneios). Fish Physiology and Biochemistry. 41: 1403-1417 [Link]

Nakagawa, S. & Parker, T. H. (2015) Replicating research in ecology and evolution: feasibility, incentives, and the cost-benefit conundrum. BMC Biology. 13: 88 [Link]

Senior, A. M., Nakagawa, S., Lihoreau, M., Simpson, S. & Raubenheimer, D. (2015) An overlooked consequence of dietary mixing: a varied diet reduces inter-individual variance in fitness. American Naturalist. 186: 649-659 [Link] [Comments]

Santos, E. S. A., Santos, L. L. S., Lagisz, M. & Nakagawa, S. (2015) Conflict and cooperation over sex: the consequences of social and genetic polyandry for reproductive success in dunnocks.  Journal of Animal Ecology. 84: 1509-1519 [Link]

​Mills, J. A., Teplitsky, C. & 61 other authors including Nakagawa, S. (2015) Archiving primary data: solutions for long-term studies. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 30:581-589 [Link]

Simons, M. J. P., Winney, I., Nakagawa, S., Burke, T. & Schroeder, J. (2015) Limited catching bias in a wild population of birds with near-complete census information. Ecology and Evolution. 5: 3500-3506 [Link]

Mittell, E. A., Nakagawa, S. & Hadfield, J. D.  (2015) Are molecular markers useful predictors of adaptive potential? Ecology Letters. 18: 772-778 [Link]

Nakagawa, S., Schroeder, J. & Burke, T. (2015) Sugar-free extrapair mating: a comment on Arct et al.Behavioral Ecology. 26: 971-972 [Link]

Grimaldi, W. W., Seddon, P. J., Lyver, P. O’B.  Nakagawa, S. & Tompkins, D. M. (2015) Infectious disease of Antarctic penguins: current status and future threats. Polar Biology. 38: 591-606 [Link]

Hinks, A. E., Cole, E. F., Daniels, K. J., Wilkin, T. A., Nakagawa, S. & Sheldon, B. C. (2015) Scale-dependent phenological synchrony between songbirds and their caterpillar food source. American Naturalist. 186: 84-97 [Link]

Moore, F., Tomkins, S., Nakagawa, S. & Lara, C. E. (2015) Accidental or intentional eggshell breakage? A report of intriguing observations in dunnocks (Prunella modularis). Notornis. 62: 99-101 [Link] [see also]

Winney, I., Nakagawa, S., Hsu, Y.-H., Burke, T. & Schroeder, J. (2015) Troubleshooting the potential pitfalls of cross-fostering. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 6: 584-592 [Link]

Miyazaki, M. & Nakagawa, S. (2015) Geographical variation in male calls and the effect on female response in little penguins. Acta Ethologica. 18: 227-234 [Link]

Senior, A. M., Lokman, P. M., Closs, G. P. & Nakagawa, S. (2015) Ecological and evolutionary applications for environmental sex reversal of fish. Quarterly Review of Biology. 90: 23-44 [Link]

Hsu, Y.-H., Schroeder, J., Winney, I., Burke, T. & Nakagawa, S. (2015) Are extra-pair males different from cuckolded males? A case study and a meta-analytic examination. Molecular Ecology. 24: 1558-1571 [Link]

Schroeder, J., Nakagawa, S., Rees M., Manarelli, M.-E. & Burke, T. (2015) Reduced fitness in progeny from old parents in a wild population  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). 112: 4021-4025 [Link]
 
Johnson, S. L., Dunleavy, J., Gemmell, N. J. & Nakagawa, S. (2015) Consistent age-dependent declines in human semen quality: a systematic review and meta- analysis. Ageing Research Reviews. 19: 22-33 [Link] [media1] [media2] [media3] [media4] [media5]

Lamatsch, D. K., Adolfsson, S., Senior, A. M., Pichler, Christiansen, S.,  M. Ozaki, Y., Schartl, M. & Nakagawa, S. (2015) A transcriptome derived sex-specific marker in the invasive Western mosquitofish Gambusia affinis. PLoS One. 10: e0118214 [Link]

Nakagawa, S., Poulin, R. Mengersen, K., Reinhold, K., Engqvist, L., Lagisz, M. & Senior, A. M. (2015) Meta-analysis of variation: ecological and evolutionary applications and beyond. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 6: 143-152 [Link]

Cleasby, I. R., Nakagawa, S. & Schielzeth, H. (2015) Quantifying the predictability of behaviour: statistical approaches for the study of between-individual variation in the within-individual variance. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 6: 27-37 [Link]

Karlsson, M., Schroeder J., Nakagawa, S., Smith, H., Burke T. & Westerdahl, H. (2015) House sparrow (Passer domesticus) survival is not associated with MHC-I diversity, but possibly with specific MHC-I alleles. Journal of Avian Biology. 146: 167-174 [Link]

Nakagawa, S. (2015) Missing data: mechanisms, methods and messages In: Ecological Statistics: contemporary theory and application (eds. Fox, G. A., Negrete-Yankelevich, S. & Sosa, V. J.). Oxford University Press, Oxford. pp. 81-105 [Link]

Gurevitch J. & Nakagawa, S. (2015) Research synthesis methods in ecology In: Ecological Statistics: contemporary theory and application (eds. Fox, G. A., Negrete-Yankelevich, S. & Sosa, V. J.). Oxford University Press, Oxford. pp. 201-228 [Link]