Position/s

Professor in Animal Behaviour
School of Biological Sciences

Key responsibilities

  • Scientific Director: Flinders Research Centre for Climate Adaptation and Animal Behaviour
  • Course Coordinator: Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour)
  • Head: BirdLab

Teaching interests

My teaching expertise is in animal behaviour, evolutionary ecology, and conservation. All are areas of active research for which I am Chief Investigator on national and international projects. In my teaching, I use case studies from cutting-edge and current research so that undergraduate students get a feel for "science in action". The genuine enthusiasm that I feel for the process of scientific discovery fuels my teaching. My teaching approaches are underscored by the following basic beliefs: (1) learning outcomes need to be differentially based on the level of study, (2) assessment needs to reflect learning outcomes, (3) students need support to achieve learning outcomes, (4) teaching needs to be responsive to students while also being explicit about the expected learning outcomes, (5) topics should foster the learning of generic skills that are applicable to a broad range of situations, and (6) understanding processes is as important as understanding concepts and methods. 

Topic Coordinator:

  • BIOL1711  Introduction to Animal Behaviour
  • BIOL2721  Foundations of Animal Behaviour

Research expertise

  • Animal behaviour
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Ecology
  • Evolutionary biology

Research interests

My research addresses the mechanism and function of prenatal learning. Specifically, I test how birds learn in the egg and why mothers teach embryos in eggs. When I am not in Australia studying communication in eggs, I study host-parasite coevolution on the Galapagos Islands. Darwin's finches are evolving to deal with the impacts of a lethal parasitic fly whose larvae consume the chicks alive. After 15 years, the newly introduced parasite appears unbeatable and most finch nestlings die. Many Darwin's finch species are declining but some are hybridising to survive. Our research focuses on the evolution of host-parasite behaviour and life history traits. 

Supervisory interests

  • Animal behaviour
  • Biodiversity conservation

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : Behavioural Ecology (7) ;

Publications

  • Kleindorfer, S.M. and Mitchell, J.G. (2009). Biological networks: rainforests, coral reefs, and the Galapagos islands. In Paul R Kleindorfer and Yoram (Jerry) Wind, ed. The network challenge : strategy, profit, and risk in an interlinked world. New Jersey, USA: Wharton School Publishing, pp. 85-104.
  • Zanollo, V., Griggio, M., Robertson, G. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2011). Male mate choice for spotty females. Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour. Adelaide, South Australia. Apr 2011.
  • O'Connor, J., Robertson, G. and Kleindorfer, S. (2011). Begging behaviour predicts food provisioning in parasitised Darwin's finch chicks. In Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour. Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour. Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour. Adelaide.
  • 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.
  • Crowhurst, C., Zanollo, V., Robertson, G. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2011). White flank spots signal feeding dominance in Diamond Firetail females. Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour. Adelaide, South Australia. Apr 2011.
  • Kleindorfer, S.M. (2011). Blurred Species Boundaries in Darwin's Tree Finches: Unraveling the Processes of Speciation. Bloomington, ID, USAAnimal Behavior Conference. Bloomington, Indiana, USA. Jul 2011.
  • Kleindorfer, S.M. (2011). From egg to mate choice: song discrimination drives parasite rejection and speciation. Evolutionary Biology Seminar Series. University of Vienna, Austria. Nov 2011.
  • Kleindorfer, S.M. (2011). Speciation before our eyes? The case of Darwin's tree finches. Australasian Ornithology Conference. James Cooke University, QLD. Sep 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.
  • O'Connor, J., Robertson, G.J. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2010). Behavioural predictors of non-random survival in parasitised nestlings: a case study using Darwin's finches. In International Society for Behavioural Ecology. International Society for Behavioural Ecology. Perth.
  • O'Connor, J., Robertson, G.J. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2010). Invasive Bloodsucking Maggots Threaten Darwin's finches in the Galapagos Islands. In International Ornithological Congress. International Ornithological Congress. Brazil.
  • O'Connor, J., Dudaniec, R. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2010). Parasite infestation in Galapagos birds: contrasting two elevational habitats. In ARC/NHMRC Research Network for Parasitology. ARC/NHMRC Research Network for Parasitology. Sydney.
  • 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.
  • Schlotfeldt, B.E., Donnellan, S.C., Bertozzi, T. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2008). Adaptive divergence and gene flow in island and mainland populations of the Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) in South Australia. In Genetics Society of AustralAsia 55th Annual Meeting Adelaide, Australia 7-10 July 2008 Information and Abstracts. Genetics Society of AustralAsia Inc.. GSA 2008. Adelaide, South Australia. Jul 2008, pp. 21-21.
    [Web Link]
  • 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]
  • O'Connor, J., Robertson, G.J. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2008). Darwin's finches vs bloodsucking maggots: a co-evolutionary dead end? In Ecological Society of Australia. Ecological Society of Australia. Sydney.
  • Schlotfeldt, B.E., Donnellan, S.C., Bertozzi, T. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2008). Adaptive divergence and gene flow in island and mainland populations of the Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) in South Australia. In Flinders Rearch Centre for Coastal and Catchment Environments & Flinders Bioknowledge Postgraduate Research Conference : Program and Abstracts. Fr3ce Postgraduate Research Conference. Flinders University, South Australia. Jun 2008, pp. 29-29.
    [Web Link]
  • 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.
  • Dudaniec, R., Kleindorfer, S.M. and Gardner, M.G. (2007). Molecular analysis and control of an introduced deadly fly (Philornis downsi) parasitising darwin's finches. In 2007 ASP and ARC/NHMRC Research Network for Parasitology Annual Conference. 2007 ASP and ARC/NHMRC Research Network for Parasitology Annual Conference. Canberra, ACT. 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. 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. 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.
  • Christensen, R., Kleindorfer, S.M. and Robertson, G.J. (2007). Assortative pairing on bill morphology in Darwin's small tree finch, Camarhynchus parvulus: potential for divergent evolution? In Australasian Evolution Society 5th Conference. Australasian Evolution Society 5th Conference. Sydney, NSW. Jun 2007.
  • Christensen, R. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2007). Song variation in Darwin's Tree Finches. In Abstracts of the Fourth Biennial Australasian Ornithological Conference 2007. Birds Australia. Australasian Ornithological Conference 2007. Perth, WA. Dec 2007, pp. 37-37.
    [Web Link]
  • Christensen, R. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2007). Size does matter: Assortative pairing in Darwin's small tree finch, Camarhynchus parvulus. In Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour 2007 Conference. ASSAB. Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour 2007 Conference. Canberra, ACT. Apr 2007.
  • Christensen, R. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2007). Predictable variation in foraging behaviour based on bill morphology in Darwin's Tree Finches (Camarhynchus spp.) In XI Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology. European Society for Evolutionary Biology. XI Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology. Uppsala, Sweden. Aug 2007, pp. 170-170.
    [Web Link]
  • Christensen, R. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2007). Assortative pairing and divergent evolution in Darwin's small tree finch, Camarhynchus parvulus. In Evolution 2007: Joint meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution, American Society of Naturalists, and Society of Systematic Biology. Evolution 2007: Joint meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution, American Society of Naturalists, and Society of Systematic Biology. Christchurch, New Zealand. Jun 2007.
  • Dudaniec, R., Kleindorfer, S.M. and Gardner, M.G. (2007). The use of microsatellites to inform future management of a deadly fly parasitising Darwin's finches, Galapagos Islands. In Wildlife Health: Can we manage it? Wildlife Disease Association. Wildlife Health: Can we manage it? 56th Annual Wildlife Disease Association Conference. Estes Park, USA. Aug 2007.
  • Schlotfeldt, B.E. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2007). Food availability may explain adaptive shifts in island birds. In Evolution 2007 Annual Meetings. Evolution 2007 Annual Meetings. Christchurch, New Zealand. Jun 2007.
  • Schlotfeldt, B.E. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2007). Explaining adaptive shifts in island birds: morphological, behavioural, and prey availability evidence from an insectivorous bird. In ASSAB 2007. Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour Conference 2007. Canberra, ACT. Apr 2007, pp. 28-28.
  • Schlotfeldt, B.E. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2007). Ecomorphology and food availability may explain adaptive shifts in island birds. In Australasian Evolution Society 5th Conference. Australasian Evolution Society 5th Conference. Sydney, NSW. Jun 2007.
  • Schlotfeldt, B.E. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2007). Does food availability explain adaptive shifts in island birds? In Programs and abstracts of the fourth biennial Australasian Ornithological Conference. Online: Birds Australia. Fourth biennial Australasian Ornithological Conference. Perth, WA. Dec 2007, pp. 119-119.
  • Oorebeek, M. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2007). The distribution and costs of avian ticks in South Australia. In Parasites, Conservation and Evolutionary Ecology: Connecting some disparate threads. Parasites, Conservation and Evolutionary Ecology: Connecting some disparate threads. Jun 2007.
  • Oorebeek, M. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2007). Prevalence and fitness costs of 'Ixodes hirsti' in Australian birds. In Programs and abstracts of the 56th Annual Wildlife Disease Association conference. Online56th Annual Wildlife Disease Association Conference. Estes Park, CO, USA. Aug 2007, pp. 99-99.
  • Oorebeek, M. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2007). Are avian ticks harmful to their host? In Program and abstracts of the Australasian Ornithological Conference. Online: Birds Australia. Fourth biennial Australasian Ornithological Conference. Perth, WA. Dec 2007, pp. 85-85.
  • Lambert, S. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2007). Nest predation and nest defence in New Holland Honeyeaters. In Australasian Ornithological Conference 2007. Birds Australia. Australasian Ornithological Conference 2007. Perth, WA. Dec 2007, pp. 156-156.
    [Web Link]
  • Lambert, S. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2007). How to keep your genes flowing: nest defence in New Holland Honeyeaters, Phylodonyris novaehollandiae. In Program and abstracts of ASSAB 2007. Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour 2007 Conference. Canberra, ACT. Dec 2007, pp. 31-31.
  • Kleindorfer, S.M., Brown, G.P. and Myers, S. (2007). A Test of the Island Rule in New Holland Honeyeaters (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) on Kangaroo Island: Evidence for Pattern and Process. In Australasian Ornithological Conference 2007. Australasian Ornithological Conference 2007. Perth, WA. Dec 2007, pp. 140-140.
    [Web Link]
  • Kleindorfer, S.M. and Mitchell, J.G. (2007). Biological network: rainforests, coral reefs and the Galapagos islands. In Network-based strategies and competencies. Network-based Strategies and Competencies. Philadelphia, USA. Nov 2007.
  • Kleindorfer, S.M. (2007). Variation in the deadly effects of a parasitic fly in Darwin's finches, Galapagos Islands. In Seminar for the Study of Evolution. Seminar for the Study of Evolution, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie. Paris, France. Mar 2007.
  • Kleindorfer, S.M. (2007). Southern hemisphere perspectives on life history evolution. In Konrad Lorenz Institute for Ethology Seminar Meeting. Konrad Lorenz Institute for Ethology Seminar Meeting, March. Vienna, Austria.
  • Galligan, T. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2007). Adaptive divergence and assortative pairing in Darwin's finches: implications for speciation scenarios and rates of evolution. In Program and abstracts of the Australasian Ornithological Conference 2007. Online: Birds Australia. Fourth binennial Australasian Ornithological Conference 2007. Perth, WA. Dec 2007, pp. 49-49.
  • Oorebeek, M. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2006). Avian ticks (Ixodes sp.) in South Australia: a study on their distribution and fitness costs. In Abstracts and program of the Australasian Ornithological Conference 2005. Online: Birds Australia. Australasian Ornithological Conference 2005. Blenheim, New Zealand. Jan 2005, pp. 126-126.
  • Oorebeek, M. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2006). Avian ticks (Ixodes sp.) in South Australia: What are their impacts on birds? In ASSAB 2006 Conference Program. Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour Conference 2006. Sydney, NSW. Apr 2006.
    [Web Link]
  • McGuire, A. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2006). Do Diamond Firetails have a preference for nests adorned with flowers? In ASSAB 2006 Conference Program. Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour Conference 2006. Sydney, NSW. Apr 2006.
    [Web Link]
  • Lambert, S. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2006). Nest concealment and human visitation: effects on nest predation. In ASSAB 2006 Conference Program. Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour Conference 2006. Sydney, NSW. Apr 2006.
    [Web Link]
  • Kleindorfer, S.M. and Dudaniec, R. (2006). Impacts of the introduced ectoparasitic fly Philornis downsi on Darwin's finches in the Galapagos Islands. In Program of Ecology Across the Tasman 2006. OnlineEcology Across the Tasman 2006. Wellington, New Zealand. Aug 2006, pp. 38-39.
  • Kleindorfer, S.M. (2006). Tourism and being eaten alive. In STEM 2006. STEM 2006.
  • Schlotfeldt, B.E. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2006). Mainland-island differences and sexual dimorphism in the morphology and foraging ecology of the Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) In Program and abstracts of the Australasian Ornithological Conference 2005. OnlineAustralasian OrnithologicalConference 2005. Blenheim, New Zealand. Jan 2005, pp. 104-104.
  • Kleindorfer, S.M. (2006). Galapagos' deadly fly: update. In Ecotourism Australia's 2006 International Conference program. OnlineEcotourism Australia's 2006 International Conference. Townsville, QLD. Oct 2006.
  • Galligan, T. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2006). The functional significance of the false cup nest in Yellow-rumped Thornbills, Acanthiza chrysorrhoa. In ASSAB 2006 Conference Program. Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour Conference 2006. Sydney, NSW. Apr 2006.
    [Web Link]
  • Davidson, S. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2006). Nest concealment, human visitation, and predation in New Holland Honeyeaters (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) in South Australia. In Program and abstracts of the Australasian Ornithological Conference 2005. Online: Birds Australia. Australasian Ornithological Conference 2005. Blenheim, New Zealand. Jan 2005, pp. 69-69.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Oorebeek, M. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2006). Avian ticks in South Australia: what do we know? In 2006 ASP & ARC/NHMRC Research Network for Parasitology Annual Conference - Programme and Abstracts. 2006 ASP & ARC/NHMRC Research Network for Parasitology Annual Conference. Gold Coast, QLD. Jul 2006.
  • Kleindorfer, S.M. (2006). High fitness costs in Darwin's finches caused by the introduced parasitic fly Philornis downsi: an experimental study. In Australasian Ornithology Conference 2005 program and abstracts. Online: Birds Australia. Third annual Australasian Ornithology Conference 2005. Blenheim, New Zealand. Jan 2005, pp. 82-82.
  • Colombelli-Negrel, D., Hauber, M. and Kleindorfer, S. (2014). Prenatal learning in an Australian songbird: habituation and individual discrimination in superb fairy-wren embryos. Proceedings of the Royal Society Biological Sciences,
  • Kleindorfer, S.M., Panazzolo, A. and McGuire, A. (2006). An Ecotourism Trail and the Le Fevre Pensinsula. Faculty of Science and Engineering Teaching Forum.
  • Christensen, R., Kleindorfer, S.M. and Robertson, G.J. (2006). Song is a reliable signal of bill morphology in Darwin's small tree finch, Camarhynchus parvulus, while vocal performance predicts female preference. ASSAB 2006 Conference Program.
    [Web Link]
  • Kleindorfer, S.M. and Peters, K. (2014). Changes in Philornis infestation behavior threaten Darwin's finch survival. Current Zoology, 60 pp. 542-550.
    [Scopus] [Scopus]
  • 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., O'Connor, J.A., Dudaniec, R., Myers, S., Robertson, G. and Sulloway, F. (2014). Species Collapse via Hybridization in Darwin's Tree Finches. American Naturalist, 183(3) pp. 325-341.
  • Kleindorfer, S., Evans, C. and Colombelli-Negrel, D. (2014). Females that experience threat are better teachers. Biology Letters,
  • O'Connor, J.A., Robertson, G. and Kleindorfer, S. (2014). Darwin's Finch Begging Intensity Does Not Honestly Signal Need in Parasitised Nests. Ethology, 120(3) pp. 228-237.
    [10.1111/eth.12196]
  • Zanollo, V., Griggio, M., Robertson, G. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2013). Males with a faster courtship display have more white spots and higher pairing success in the diamond firetail, Stagonopleura guttata. Ethology, 119(4) pp. 344-352.
    [10.1111/eth.12071]
  • Zanollo, V., Griggio, M., Myers, S.A., Robertson, G., Stangoulis, J.C.R., Guild, G., et al. (2013). Maternal investment in Diamond Firetails Stagonopleura guttata: female spot numbers predict egg volume and yolk lutein content. ACTA ORNITHOLOGICA, 48(2) pp. 253-261.
    [10.3161/000164513X678892]
  • 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]
  • Sulloway, F. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2013). Adaptive Divergence in Darwin's Small Ground Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa): Divergent Selection along a Cline. Biological Journal of The Linnean Society, 110 pp. 45-59.
    [10.1111/bij.12108]
  • Zanollo, V.B., Griggio, M., Robertson, G.J. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2012). The number and coloration of white flank spots predict the strength of a cutaneous immune response in female Diamond Firetails, Stagonopleura guttata. Journal of Ornithology, 153(4) pp. 1233-1244.
    [10.1007/s10336-012-0855-x]
  • Myers, S.A., Donnellan, S. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2012). Rainfall can explain adaptive phenotypic variation with high gene flow in the New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) Ecology and Evolution, 2(10) pp. 2397-2412.
    [10.1002/ece3.352]
  • Myers, S., Paton, D. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2012). Sex determination by morphology in New Holland Honeyeaters, Phylidonyris novaehollandiae: contrasting two popular techniques across regions. South Australian Ornithologist, 38(1/2) pp. 1-11.
    [Scopus] [Scopus]
  • Galligan, T.H., Donnellan, S.C., Sulloway, F.J., Fitch, A.J., Bertozzi, T. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2012). Panmixia supports divergence with gene flow in Darwin's small ground finch, Geospiza fuliginosa, on Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands. Molecular Ecology, 21(9) pp. 2106-2115.
    [10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05511.x]
  • Galligan, T., Donnellan, S.C., Sulloway, F.J., Fitch, A.J., Bertozzi, T. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2012). Panmixia supports divergence with gene flow in Darwin's small ground finch, Geospiza fuliginosa, on Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands. Molecular Ecology, 21(9) pp. 2106-2115.
    [10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05511.x]
  • Dvorak, M., Fessl, B., Nemeth, E., Kleindorfer, S.M. and Tebbich, S. (2012). Distribution and abundance of Darwin's finches and other land birds on Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos: evidence for declining populations. Oryx, 46(1) pp. 78-86.
    [10.1017/S0030605311000597] [Scopus]
  • Crowhurst, C., Zanollo, V., Griggio, M., Robertson, G. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2012). White Flank Spots Signal Feeding Dominance in Female Diamond Firetails, Stagonopleura guttata. Journal of Ethology, 118(1) pp. 63-75.
    [10.1111/j.1439-0310.2011.01986.x] [Scopus]
  • 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]
  • Zanollo, V., Griggio, M., Robertson, G. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2012). The number and coloration of white flank spots predict the strength of a cutaneous immune response in female Diamond Firetails, Stagonopleura guttata. Journal of Ornithology, 153(4) pp. 1233-1244.
    [10.1007/s10336-012-0855-x]
  • 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]
  • Dudaniec, R., Schlotfeldt, B., Bertozzi, T., Donnellan, S. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2011). Genetic and morphological divergence in island and mainland birds: informing conservation priorities. Biological Conservation, 144(12) pp. 2902-2912.
    [10.1016/j.biocon.2011.08.007] [Scopus]
  • McGuire, A.L., Johnston, G., Robertson, G. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2011). Comparison of survey methods for detection of the elusive Western Whipbird, Psophodes nigrogularis, with notes on its distribution. South Australian Ornithologist, 37(2) pp. 49-59.
  • 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]
  • Dudaniec, R., Gardner, M.G. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2010). Offspring genetic structure reveals mating and nest infestation behaviour of an invasive parasitic fly (Philornis downsi) of Galápagos birds. Biological Invasions, 12(3) pp. 581-592.
    [10.1007/s10530-009-9464-x] [10.1007/s10530-009-9464-x] [Scopus]
  • Kim, K., Keuning, J., Robertson, G. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2010). Understanding the Bird Watching Tourism Market in Queensland, Australia. Anatolia, 21(2) pp. 227-247.
    [10.1080/13032917.2010.9687101]
  • Myers, S., Brown, G.P. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2010). Divergence in New Holland Honeyeaters (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae): evidence from morphology and feeding behaviour. Journal of Ornithology, 151 pp. 287-296.
    [10.1007/s10336-009-0454-7] [10.1007/s10336-009-0454-7] [Scopus]
  • O'Connor, J., Dudaniec, R. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2010). Parasite infestation in Galapagos birds: contrasting two elevational habitats between islands. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 26 pp. 285-292.
    [10.1017/S0266467409990678] [10.1017/S0266467409990678] [Scopus]
  • O'Connor, J., Robertson, G.J. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2010). Video analysis of host-parasite interactions in Darwin's finch nests. Oryx, 44(4) pp. 588-594.
    [10.1017/S0030605310000086] [10.1017/S0030605310000086] [Scopus]
  • O'Connor, J., Sulloway, F. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2010). Avian Population Survey in the Floreana Highlands: Is the Medium Tree Finch declining in remnant patches of Scalesia forest? Bird Conservation International, pp. 343-353.
    [10.1017/S0959270910000195] [10.1017/S0959270910000195] [Scopus]
  • O'Connor, J., Sulloway, F., Robertson, G.J. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2010). Philornis downsi parasitism is the primary cause of nestling mortality in the critically endangered Darwin's medium tree finch (Camarhynchus pauper) Biodiversity and Conservation, 19 pp. 853-866.
    [10.1007/s10531-009-9740-1] [10.1007/s10531-009-9740-1] [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. 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]
  • Christensen, R., Robertson, G.J. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2010). Male response to intruders is related to song characteristics in Darwin's small tree finch (Camarhynchus parvulus) Journal of Ethology, 28 pp. 371-377.
    [10.1007/s10164-009-0198-0] [10.1007/s10164-009-0198-0] [Scopus]
  • Galligan, T. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2010). Loss of assortative pairing following colonization of a new environment by Darwins small ground finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) Evolutionary Ecology Research, 12(6) pp. 751-760.
    [Scopus]
  • Chapman, T.W., Oorebeek, M., Marando, L.G. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2009). Genetic structure in ixodid ticks from Kangaroo Island and the South Australia mainland. Australian Journal of Entomology, 48(1) pp. 40-46.
    [10.1111/j.1440-6055.2008.00682.x] [10.1111/j.1440-6055.2008.00682.x] [Scopus]
  • Christensen, R. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2009). Bill morphology does not influence vocal performance in Darwin's small tree finch on Floreana island. Zoological Research, 30(4) pp. 423-428.
    [10.3724/SP.J.1141.2009.04423]
  • Christensen, R. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2009). Jack-of-all-trades or master of one? Variation in foraging specialisation across years in Darwin's tree finches (Camarhynchus spp.) Journal of Ornithology, 150(2) pp. 383-391.
    [10.1007/s10336-008-0358-y] [10.1007/s10336-008-0358-y] [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]
  • Easton, L.C. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2009). Effects of salinity levels and seed mass on germination in Australian species of Frankenia L. (Frankeniaceae) Environmental and Experimental Botany, 65(2-3) pp. 345-352.
    [10.1016/j.envexpbot.2008.10.006] [10.1016/j.envexpbot.2008.10.006] [Scopus]
  • Galligan, T. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2009). Naris and beak malformation caused by the parasitic fly, Philornis downsi (Diptera: Muscidae), in Darwin's small ground finch, Geospiza fuliginosa (Passeriformes: Emberizidae) Biological Journal of The Linnean Society, 98(3) pp. 577-585.
    [10.1111/j.1095-8312.2009.01309.x] [10.1111/j.1095-8312.2009.01309.x] [Scopus]
  • Kleindorfer, S.M. and Dudaniec, R. (2009). Love thy neighbour? Social nesting pattern, host mass, and nest size affect ectoparasite intensity in Darwin's tree finches. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 63(5) pp. 731-739.
    [10.1007/s00265-008-0706-1] [10.1007/s00265-008-0706-1] [Scopus]
  • Kleindorfer, S.M., Sulloway, F. and O'Connor, J. (2009). Mixed species nesting associations in Darwin's tree finches : nesting pattern predicts predation outcome. Biological Journal of The Linnean Society, 98(2) pp. 313-324.
    [10.1111/j.1095-8312.2009.01264.x] [10.1111/j.1095-8312.2009.01264.x] [Scopus]
  • Myers, S., Gardner, M.G., Donnellan, S. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2009). New Holland honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) microsatellites: isolation and characterisation of 15 novel markers using an enrichment method. Molecular Ecology Resources, 9(3) pp. 1052-1054.
    [10.1111/j.1755-0998.2009.02572.x] [10.1111/j.1755-0998.2009.02572.x] [Scopus]
  • Oorebeek, M. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2009). The prevalence and intensity of tick infestation in passerines from South Australia. Emu, 109(2) pp. 121-125.
    [10.1071/MU08052] [10.1071/MU08052] [Scopus]
  • Oorebeek, M., Sharrad, R.D. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2009). What attracts larval Ixodes hirsti (Acari: Ixodidae) to their host? Parasitology Research, 104(3) pp. 623-628.
    [10.1007/s00436-008-1238-3] [10.1007/s00436-008-1238-3] [Scopus]
  • Stirnemann, I., Johnston, G., Rich, B., Robertson, G.J. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2009). Phytohaemagglutinin (PHA) response and bill-hue wavelength increase with carotenoid supplementation in Diamond Firetails (Stagonopleura guttata) . Emu, 109(4) pp. 344-351.
    [10.1071/MU08069] [10.1071/MU08069] [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]
  • Dudaniec, R., Gardner, M.G. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2008). Isolation, characterization and multiplex polymerase chain reaction of novel microsatellite loci for the avian parasite Philornis downsi (Diptera: Muscidae) Molecular Ecology Resources, 8(1) pp. 142-144.
    [10.1111/j.1471-8286.2007.01900.x] [10.1111/j.1471-8286.2007.01900.x] [Scopus]
  • Dudaniec, R., Gardner, M.G., Donnellan, S.C. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2008). Genetic variation in the invasive avian parasite, Philornis downsi (Diptera, Muscidae) on the Galapagos archipelago. BMC Ecology, 8 pp. 13.
    [10.1186/1472-6785-8-13] [10.1186/1472-6785-8-13] [Scopus]
  • Easton, L.C. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2008). Germination in two Australian species of Frankenia L., F. serpyllifolia Lindl. and F. foliosa J. M. Black (Frankeniaceae): Effects of seed mass, seed age, light, and temperature. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 132(1) pp. 29-39.
    [Scopus]
  • Easton, L.C. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2008). Interaction effects of seed mass and temperature on germination in Australian species of Frankenia (Frankeniaceae) Folia Geobotanica, 43(4) pp. 383-396.
    [10.1007/s12224-008-9021-x] [10.1007/s12224-008-9021-x] [Scopus]
  • Galligan, T. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2008). Support for the nest mimicry hypothesis in Yellow-rumped Thornbills Acanthiza chrysorrhoa. Ibis, 150(3) pp. 550-557.
    [10.1111/j.1474-919X.2008.00819.x] [10.1111/j.1474-919X.2008.00819.x] [Scopus]
  • Oorebeek, M. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2008). Climate or host availability: what determines the seasonal abundance of ticks? Parasitology Research, 103(4) pp. 871-875.
    [10.1007/s00436-008-1071-8] [10.1007/s00436-008-1071-8] [Scopus]
  • Oorebeek, M. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2008). Understorey predicts the spatial distribution of Ixodes hirsti in South Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology, 56(2) pp. 123-127.
    [10.1071/ZO08050] [10.1071/ZO08050] [Scopus]
  • Christensen, R. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2007). Assortative pairing and divergent evolution in Darwin's small tree finch, Camarhynchus parvulus. Journal of Ornithology, 148(4) pp. 463-470.
    [10.1007/s10336-007-0173-x] [10.1007/s10336-007-0173-x] [Scopus]
  • Dudaniec, R., Fessl, B. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2007). Interannual and interspecific variation in intensity of the parasitic fly, Philornis downsi, in Darwin's finches. Biological Conservation, 139(3-4) pp. 325-332.
    [10.1016/j.biocon.2007.07.006] [10.1016/j.biocon.2007.07.006] [Scopus]
  • Kleindorfer, S.M. (2007). Nesting success in Darwin's small tree finch, Camarhynchus parvulus: evidence of female preference for older males and more concealed nests. Animal Behaviour, 74(4) pp. 795-804.
    [10.1016/j.anbehav.2007.01.020] [10.1016/j.anbehav.2007.01.020] [Scopus]
  • Kleindorfer, S.M. (2007). The ecology of clutch size variation in Darwin's Small Ground Finch, Geospiza fuliginosa: Comparison between lowland and highland habitats. Ibis, 149(4) pp. 730-741.
    [10.1111/j.1474-919X.2007.00694.x] [10.1111/j.1474-919X.2007.00694.x] [Scopus]
  • McGuire, A. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2007). Nesting success and apparent nest adornment in Diamond Firetails (Stagonopleura guttata) Emu, 107(1) pp. 44-51.
    [10.1071/MU06031] [10.1071/MU06031] [Scopus]
  • Wiedenfeld, D., Jimenez, G.A., Fessl, B., Kleindorfer, S.M. and Valarezo, J.C. (2007). Distribution of the introduced parasitic fly Philornis downsi (Diptera, Muscidae) in the Galapagos Islands. Pacific Conservation Biology, 13(1) pp. 14-19.
    [Scopus]
  • Christensen, R., Kleindorfer, S.M. and Robertson, G.J. (2006). Song is a reliable signal of bill morphology in Darwin's small tree finch Camarhynchus parvulus. Journal of Avian Biology, 37(6) pp. 617-624.
    [10.1111/j.0908-8857.2006.03684.x] [10.1111/j.0908-8857.2006.03684.x] [Scopus]
  • Schlotfeldt, B.E. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2006). Adaptive divergence in the Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus): a mainland versus island comparison of morphology and foraging behaviour. Emu, 106(4) pp. 309-319.
    [10.1071/MU06004] [10.1071/MU06004] [Scopus]
  • Lambert, S. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2006). Nest concealment but not human visitation predicts predation of New Holland Honeyeater nests. Emu, 106(1) pp. 63-68.
    [10.1071/MU05006] [10.1071/MU05006] [Scopus]
  • Kleindorfer, S.M., Lambert, S. and Paton, D.C. (2006). Ticks (Ixodes sp.) and blood parasites (Haemoproteus spp.) in New Holland Honeyeaters (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae): evidence for site specificity and fitness costs. Emu, 106(2) pp. 113-118.
    [10.1071/MU05055] [10.1071/MU05055] [Scopus]
  • Kleindorfer, S.M., Chapman, T.W., Winkler, H. and Sulloway, F. (2006). Adaptive divergence in contiguous populations of Darwin's Small Ground Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) Evolutionary Ecology Research, 8 pp. 357-372.
    [Scopus]
  • Kleindorfer, S.M. and Dudaniec, R. (2006). Increasing prevalence of avian poxvirus in Darwin's finches and its effect on male pairing success. Journal of Avian Biology, 37(1) pp. 69-76.
    [10.1111/j.2006.0908-8857.03503.x] [10.1111/j.2006.0908-8857.03503.x] [Scopus]
  • Dudaniec, R. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2006). Effects of the parasitic flies of the genus Philornis (Diptera: Muscidae) on birds. Emu, 106(1) pp. 13-20.
    [10.1071/MU04040] [10.1071/MU04040] [Scopus]
  • Dudaniec, R., Kleindorfer, S.M. and Fessl, B. (2006). Effects of the introduced ectoparasite Philornis downsi on haemoglobin level and nestling survival in Darwin's Small Ground Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) Austral Ecology, 31(1) pp. 88-94.
    [10.1111/j.1442-9993.2006.01553.x] [10.1111/j.1442-9993.2006.01553.x] [Scopus]
  • Fessl, B., Kleindorfer, S.M. and Tebbich, S. (2006). An experimental study on the effects of an introduced parasite in Darwin's finches. Biological Conservation, 127(1) pp. 55-61.
    [10.1016/j.biocon.2005.07.013] [10.1016/j.biocon.2005.07.013] [Scopus]
  • Fessl, B., Sinclair, B.J. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2006). The life-cycle of Philornis downsi (Diptera: Muscidae) parasitizing Darwin's finches and its impact on nestling survival. Parasitology, 133(6) pp. 739-747.
    [10.1017/S0031182006001089] [10.1017/S0031182006001089] [Scopus]
  • Blomqvist, D., Fessl, B., Kleindorfer, S.M. and Hoi, H. (2005). High frequency of extra-pair fertilisations in the moustached warbler, a songbird with a variable breeding system. Behaviour, 142(8) pp. 1133-1148.
    [10.1163/156853905774405272] [Scopus]
  • Kleindorfer, S.M., Fessl, B. and Hoi, H. (2005). Avian nest defence behaviour: assessment in relation to predator distance and type, and nest height. Animal Behaviour, 69(2) pp. 307-313.
    [10.1016/j.anbehav.2004.06.003] [10.1016/j.anbehav.2004.06.003] [Scopus]
  • Dudaniec, R., Hallas, G. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2005). Blood and intestinal parasitism in Darwin's finches: negative and positive findings. Acta Zoologica Sinica, 51(3) pp. 507-512.
  • Wasser, S.K., Norton, G.W., Kleindorfer, S.M. and Rhine, R. (2004). Population trend alters the effects of maternal dominance rank on lifetime productive success in yellow baboons. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 56(4) pp. 338-345.
    [10.1007/s00265-004-0797-2] [Scopus]
  • Kleindorfer, S.M. and Wasser, S.K. (2004). Infant handling and mortality in yellow baboons (Papio cynocephalus): evidence for female competition? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 56(4) pp. 328-337.
    [10.1007/s00265-004-0798-1] [Scopus]
  • Kleindorfer, S.M., Hoi, R. and Fessl, B. (2003). The role of nest site cover for parental nest defence and fledging success in two Acrocephalus warblers. Avian Science, 3(1) pp. 21-29.
  • 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., O'Connor, J.A., Dudaniec, R., Myers, S., Robertson, G. and Sulloway, F. (2014). Species Collapse via Hybridization in Darwin's Tree Finches. American Naturalist, 183(3) pp. 325-341.
  • Kleindorfer, S.M. and Peters, K. (2014). Changes in Philornis infestation behavior threaten Darwin's finch survival. Current Zoology, 60 pp. 542-550.
    [Scopus] [Scopus]
  • Kleindorfer, S., Evans, C. and Colombelli-Negrel, D. (2014). Females that experience threat are better teachers. Biology Letters,
  • O'Connor, J.A., Robertson, G. and Kleindorfer, S. (2014). Darwin's Finch Begging Intensity Does Not Honestly Signal Need in Parasitised Nests. Ethology, 120(3) pp. 228-237.
    [10.1111/eth.12196]
  • 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]
  • Sulloway, F. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2013). Adaptive Divergence in Darwin's Small Ground Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa): Divergent Selection along a Cline. Biological Journal of The Linnean Society, 110 pp. 45-59.
    [10.1111/bij.12108]
  • Zanollo, V., Griggio, M., Robertson, G. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2013). Males with a faster courtship display have more white spots and higher pairing success in the diamond firetail, Stagonopleura guttata. Ethology, 119(4) pp. 344-352.
    [10.1111/eth.12071]
  • 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. and Mitchell, J.G. (2009). Biological networks: rainforests, coral reefs, and the Galapagos islands. In Paul R Kleindorfer and Yoram (Jerry) Wind, ed. The network challenge : strategy, profit, and risk in an interlinked world. New Jersey, USA: Wharton School Publishing, pp. 85-104.

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