M. (Marion) Nicolaus, PhD

Research

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Research interests

I am an enthusiastic behavioural and evolutionary ecologist, broadly interested in the evolution of individual variation in behaviours and life-history strategies in wild animal populations. I am particularly interested in the role of social effects in the emergence and maintenance of observed phenotypic variation.

I’m currently employed as a postdoc researcher and work on a range of topics: evolution of animal personality, local adaptation processes, dispersal ecology, life-history evolution and avian colouration.

I conduct most of my research on long-term monitored passerine populations performing large-scale experiments in the wild and using tools from behavioural ecology and quantitative genetics.

You can also find me on Researche Gate ; Google Scholar and my personal blog

Publications
  1. Diet and provisioning rate differ predictably between dispersing and philopatric pied flycatchers

    Nicolaus, M., Barrault, S. C. Y. & Both, C., Feb-2019, In : Behavioral Ecology. 30, 1, p. 114-124 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  2. Provisioning tactics of great tits (Parus major) in response to long-term brood size manipulations differ across years

    Mathot, K. J., Olson, A-L., Mutzel, A., Araya-Ajoy, Y. G., Nicolaus, M., Westneat, D. F., Wright, J., Kempenaers, B. & Dingemanse, N. J., 13-Nov-2017, In : Behavioral Ecology. 28, 6

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  3. Does metabolic rate predict risk-taking behaviour? A field experiment in a wild passerine bird

    Mathot, K. J., Nicolaus, M., Araya-Ajoy, Y. G., Dingemanse, N. J. & Kempenaers, B., Feb-2015, In : Functional Ecology. 29, 2, p. 239-249 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  4. Sources of (co)variation in alternative siring routes available to male great tits (Parus major)

    Araya-Ajoy, Y. G., Kuhn, S., Mathot, K. J., Mouchet, A., Mutzel, A., Nicolaus, M., Wijmenga, J. J., Kempenaers, B. & Dingemanse, N. J., Oct-2016, In : Evolution. 70, 10, p. 2308-2321 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Datasets
  1. Data from: Provisioning tactics of great tits (Parus major) in response to long-term brood size manipulations differ across years

    Mathot, K. J. (Creator), Olson, A. (Creator), Mutzel, A. (Creator), Araya-Ajoy, Y. G. (Creator), Nicolaus, M. (Creator), Westneat, D. F. (Creator), Wright, J. (Creator), Kempenaers, B. (Creator), Dingemanse, N. (Creator), University of Groningen, 11-May-2017

    Dataset

  2. Data from: The correlation between colouration and exploration behaviour varies across hierarchical levels in a wild passerine bird

    Nicolaus, M. (Creator), Piault, R. (Creator), Ubels, R. (Creator), Tinbergen, J. (Creator), Dingemanse, N. (Creator), University of Groningen, 27-May-2016

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