Position/s

Admin Officer/Exec Assistant to the Dean
School of Biological Sciences

Full Academic Status
School of Biological Sciences

Postdoctoral Fellow - Penguin Ecologist
School of Biological Sciences

Qualifications

PhD Biological Sciences (Flinders University)

D.E.A (equivalent Master) in Animal Behaviour (University of Paris XIII)

Maitrise (equivalent Honours) in Biology of Populations and Ecosystems (University of Paris XI)

Honours, awards and grants

CONFERENCE AWARDS
Best Student Paper Award 2011
- 3rd Symposium on Acoustic Communication by Animals, Ithaca, U.S.A.
People's Choice Award 2008 - Postgraduate Research Conference Flinders University, Australia

GRANTS
Adelaide & MLR NRM Board 2013
Lirabenda Endowment Fund Research Grants 2012
National Geographic Society/ Waitt Grants Program 2011
Australian Geographic Sponsorship 2011
Sir Mark Mitchell Foundation Grant 2007- 2008 - 2010
Education Grant Australian Acoustical Society 2010
Holsworth Wildlife Research Grant 2007- 2008
Elaine Martin Travel Grant 2008
Nature Foundation SA Grant 2006
BSSA Student Field Research Grant 2006
Flinders University Student Travel Grant 2005

Research interests

My current research mainly focuses on embryonic learning and conservation. My Ph.D research has involved nest predation and its influence on the behaviour (e.g. nest concealment, nest defence) of a cooperative bird species, as well as communication among the individuals about danger. My postdoctoral research now focuses on prenatal learning with the aims to identify the neural substrates involved in embryonic leanring, as well as how and when embryonic learning impact vocal production and acoustic discrimination after birth. My second postdoctoral project investigates the reasons behind populations decline of little penguin in South Australia, with a focus on predation, reproductive success, and population genetics. 

Publications

  • Colombelli-Negrel, D., Robertson, G. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2011). Vocal cues reveal intruder nestlings: Evidence for an acoustical host-parasite arms race that starts inside the egg. Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour. Adelaide, South Australia. Apr 2011.
  • O'Connor, J., Colombelli-Negrel, D., Dudaniec, R., Robertson, G. and Kleindorfer, S. (2011). Blurred species boundaries in Darwin's tree finches: using song and morphology to interpret gene flow patterns. In Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour. Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour. Australiasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour. Adelaide.
  • O'Connor, J., Colombelli-Negrel, D., Robertson, G. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2011). Blurred species boundaries in Darwin's tree finches: using song and morphology to interpret gene flow patterns. Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour. Adelaide, South Australia. Apr 2011.
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D., Robertson, G.J. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2009). A unique alarm song that warns of danger and varies between singers. In ASSAB. ASSAB.
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D., Robertson, G.J. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2008). A unique alarm song that identifies the singer during high-risk encounters with predators. In International Congress of Behavioural Ecology. International Congress of Behavioural Ecology.
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D., Robertson, G.J. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2008). Adaptive plasticity in the behaviour and alarm calls of superb fairy-wrens in response to predators. In Flinders Postgraduate conference. Flinders Postgraduate conference.
    [Web Link]
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2007). First identification of nest predators of the Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) In ASSAB 2007. Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour 2007 Conference. Canberra, ACT. Apr 2007, pp. 16-16.
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2007). Superb Fairy Wren: does nest concealment matter? In FR3cE Postgraduate Research Conference. Flinders Research Centre For Coastal and Catchment Environments and Flinders Bioknowledge Postgraduate Research Conference. Bedford Park, SA. Jul 2007.
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D., Robertson, G.J. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2007). Do superb Fairy-wren alarm calls indicate level of risk? In Australasian Ornithological Conference 2007 - program and abstracts. Online: Birds Australia. Fourth Biennial Australasian Ornithological Conference 2007. Perth, WA. Dec 2007, pp. 75-75.
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D. (2006). Do high haemoglobin levels lead to a higher nesting success, and more blood parasites? In FR3cE & Bioknowledge Inaugural Postgraduate Research Conference Program. FR3cE & Bioknowledge Inaugural Postgraduate Research Conference. Bedford Park, SA. Jul 2006.
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2006). Blood parasites (Haemoproteus sp.) and haemoglobin level in the Superb Fairy-wren, Malurus cyaneus: An observational study. In ASSAB 2006 Conference Program. Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour Conference 2006. Sydney, NSW. Apr 2006.
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2006). Nest concealment and nest defence behaviour in the Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) In Program and abstracts of the Australasian Ornithology Conference 2005. Online: Birds Australia. Third Biennial Australasian Ornithology Conference 2005. Blenheim, New Zealand. Jan 2005, pp. 120-120.
  • Kleindorfer, S., Evans, C. and Colombelli-Negrel, D. (2014). Females that experience threat are better teachers. Biology Letters,
  • Kleindorfer, S., Hoi, H., Evans, C., Mahr, K., Robertson, G., Hauber, M., et al. (2014). The cost of teaching embryos in superb fairy-wrens. Behavioral Ecology,
  • Kleindorfer, S.M., Evans, C., Colombelli-Negrel, D., Robertson, G., Griggio, M. and Hoi, H. (2013). Host response to cuckoo song is predicted by the future risk of brood parasitism. Frontiers in Zoology, 10 pp. 30-39.
    [10.1186/1742-9994-10-30] [Web Link]
  • Kleindorfer, S.M., Evans, C., Mihailova, M., Colombelli-Negrel, D., Hoi, H., Griggio, M., et al. (2013). When subspecies matter: resident Superb Fairy-wrens (Malurus cyaneus) distinguish the sex and subspecies of intruder birds. Emu, 113(3) pp. 259-269.
    [10.1071/MU12066]
  • van de Pol, M., Brouwer, L., Brooker, L., Brooker, M., Colombelli-Negrel, D., Hall, M., et al. (2013). Problems in using large-scale oceanic climate indices to compare climatic sensitivities across populations and species. Ecography, 36(3) pp. 249-255.
    [10.1111/j.1600-0587.2012.00143.x]
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D., Hauber, M., Robertson, G., Sulloway, F., Hoi, H., Griggio, M., et al. (2012). Embryonic learning of vocal passwords in superb fairy-wrens reveals intruder cuckoo nestlings. Current Biology, 22(22) pp. 2155-2160.
    [10.1016/j.cub.2012.09.025] [Scopus]
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D., Robertson, G.J. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2011). Risky revelations: Superb Fairy-wrens Malurus cyaneus respond more strongly to their mate's alarm song. Journal of Ornithology, 152(1) pp. 127-135.
    [10.1007/s10336-010-0557-1] [10.1007/s10336-010-0557-1] [Scopus]
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2010). Video nest monitoring reveals sex differences in prey size delivery and predation risk in superb fairy-wrens, Malurus cyaneus. Journal of Ornithology, 151 pp. 507-512.
    [10.1007/s10336-009-0480-5] [10.1007/s10336-009-0480-5] [Scopus]
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D., Robertson, G.J. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2010). Nestling presence affects the anti-predator response of adult superb fairy-wrens (Malurus cyaneus) Acta Ethologica, 13(2) pp. 69-74.
    [10.1007/s10211-010-0072-7] [10.1007/s10211-010-0072-7] [Scopus]
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D., Robertson, G.J., Sulloway, F. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2010). Extended parental care of fledglings: Parent birds adjust anti-predator response according to predator type and distance. Behaviour, 147 pp. 853-870.
    [10.1163/000579510X495771] [10.1163/000579510X495771] [Scopus]
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2009). Nest height, nest concealment, and predator type predict nest predation in superb fairy-wrens (Malurus cyaneus) Ecological Research, 24(4) pp. 921-928.
    [10.1007/s11284-008-0569-y] [10.1007/s11284-008-0569-y] [Scopus]
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D., Robertson, G.J. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2009). A new audio-visual technique for effectively monitoring nest predation and the behaviour of nesting birds. Emu, 109(1) pp. 83-88.
    [10.1071/MU08048] [10.1071/MU08048] [Scopus]
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D., Schlotfeldt, B.E. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2009). High levels of extra-pair paternity in Superb Fairy-wrens in South Australia despite low frequency of auxiliary males. Emu, 109(4) pp. 300-304.
    [10.1071/MU09035] [10.1071/MU09035] [Scopus]
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2008). In superb fairy wrens (Malurus cyaneus), nuptial males have more blood parasites and higher haemoglobin concentration than eclipsed males. Australian Journal of Zoology, 56(2) pp. 117-121.
    [10.1071/ZO07072] [10.1071/ZO07072] [Scopus]
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D. and Gouat, P. (2006). Male and female mound-building mice, Mus spicilegus, discriminate dietary and individual odours of conspecifics. Animal Behaviour, 72(3) pp. 577-583.
    [10.1016/j.anbehav.2005.11.015] [10.1016/j.anbehav.2005.11.015] [Scopus]
  • van de Pol, M., Brouwer, L., Brooker, L., Brooker, M., Colombelli-Negrel, D., Hall, M., et al. (2013). Problems in using large-scale oceanic climate indices to compare climatic sensitivities across populations and species. Ecography, 36(3) pp. 249-255.
    [10.1111/j.1600-0587.2012.00143.x]
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D., Hauber, M., Robertson, G., Sulloway, F., Hoi, H., Griggio, M., et al. (2012). Embryonic learning of vocal passwords in superb fairy-wrens reveals intruder cuckoo nestlings. Current Biology, 22(22) pp. 2155-2160.
    [10.1016/j.cub.2012.09.025] [Scopus]
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D., Robertson, G.J. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2011). Risky revelations: Superb Fairy-wrens Malurus cyaneus respond more strongly to their mate's alarm song. Journal of Ornithology, 152(1) pp. 127-135.
    [10.1007/s10336-010-0557-1] [10.1007/s10336-010-0557-1] [Scopus]
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2010). Video nest monitoring reveals sex differences in prey size delivery and predation risk in superb fairy-wrens, Malurus cyaneus. Journal of Ornithology, 151 pp. 507-512.
    [10.1007/s10336-009-0480-5] [10.1007/s10336-009-0480-5] [Scopus]
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D., Robertson, G.J. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2010). Nestling presence affects the anti-predator response of adult superb fairy-wrens (Malurus cyaneus) Acta Ethologica, 13(2) pp. 69-74.
    [10.1007/s10211-010-0072-7] [10.1007/s10211-010-0072-7] [Scopus]
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D., Robertson, G.J., Sulloway, F. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2010). Extended parental care of fledglings: Parent birds adjust anti-predator response according to predator type and distance. Behaviour, 147 pp. 853-870.
    [10.1163/000579510X495771] [10.1163/000579510X495771] [Scopus]
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2009). Nest height, nest concealment, and predator type predict nest predation in superb fairy-wrens (Malurus cyaneus) Ecological Research, 24(4) pp. 921-928.
    [10.1007/s11284-008-0569-y] [10.1007/s11284-008-0569-y] [Scopus]
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D., Robertson, G.J. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2009). A new audio-visual technique for effectively monitoring nest predation and the behaviour of nesting birds. Emu, 109(1) pp. 83-88.
    [10.1071/MU08048] [10.1071/MU08048] [Scopus]
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D., Schlotfeldt, B.E. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2009). High levels of extra-pair paternity in Superb Fairy-wrens in South Australia despite low frequency of auxiliary males. Emu, 109(4) pp. 300-304.
    [10.1071/MU09035] [10.1071/MU09035] [Scopus]
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2008). In superb fairy wrens (Malurus cyaneus), nuptial males have more blood parasites and higher haemoglobin concentration than eclipsed males. Australian Journal of Zoology, 56(2) pp. 117-121.
    [10.1071/ZO07072] [10.1071/ZO07072] [Scopus]

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Interests

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Birds
  • Conservation

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