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Schacht R., Beissinger S. R., Wedekind C., Jennions M. D.,  Geffroy B., Liker A., Kappeler P. M., Weissing F. J.,  Kramer K. L.,  Hesketh T., Boissier J., Uggla C., Hollingshaus M., Székely T. 2022. Adult sex ratios: causes of variation and implications for animal and human societies. Communiactions Biology. (2022) 5:1273.  doi.org/10.1038/s42003-022-04223-w  full text accessible here

McDonald G. C., Bede-Fazekas Á., Ivanonv A., Crecco L., Székely T., Kosztolányi A. 2022. Landscape and climatic predictions of Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) distributions throughout Kazahstan. Ibis – International journal of avian biology.  doi: 10.1111/ibi.13070 full text accessible here

Šálek M., Sládeček M., Kubelka V., Mlíkovský J., Storch D., Šmilauer P. 2022. Beyond habitat: effects of conspecific and heterospecific aggregation on the spatial structure of a wetland nesting bird community. Journal of Avian Biology. 2022: e02928. doi: 10.1111/jav.02928. full text accessible here

Kubelka V., Sandercock B.K., Székely T. & Freckleton R. P. 2022. Animal migration to northern latitudes: environmental changes and increasing threats. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. full text accessible here


Jones W., Eberhart-Hertel L.J., Freckleton R.P., Hoffman J.I., Krüger O., Sandercock B.K., Vincze O., Zefania S., Székely T. 2021. Exceptionally high apparent adult survival in three tropical species  of plovers in Madagascar. Journal of Avian Biology 2021: e02911. https://doi.org/10.1111/jav.02911

Elhassan E. E. M., Sládeček M., Badaam S., Brynychová K., Chajma P., Firlová V., Janatová V., Kubelka V., Pešková L., Vozabulová E., Almuhery A., Šálek M. 2021. An artificial lakes system intended for human recreation supports a vital breeding population of Red-wattled Lapwing in the Arabian Desert. Avian Conservation & Ecology 16(2):20. https://www.ace-eco.org/vol16/iss2/art20/

Fresneau N., Lee Y.F., Lee W.C., Kosztolányi A., Székely T., Liker A. 2021.  Sex role reversal and high frequency of social poliandry in the Pheasant-tailed Jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus). Front.Ecol.Evol. 9:742588. https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2021.742588

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Amano, T., Székely, T., Wauchope, H.S. et al. 2020. Responses of global waterbird populations to climate change vary with latitude. Nat. Clim. Chang. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-020-0872-3

McDonald, G.C., Engel, N., Ratão, S.S. et al. 2020. The impact of social structure on breeding strategies in an island bird. Sci Rep 1013872  https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-70595-w

Engel, N, Zs. Végvári, R. Rice, V. Kubelka & T. Székely. 2020. Incubating parents serve as visual cues to predators in Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus). PLOS One https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0236489

Cornejo-Páramo, P, D. S.B. Dissanayake, A. Lira-Noriega, M. L. Martínez-Pacheco, A. Acosta, C. Ramírez-Suástegui, F. R. Méndez-de-la-Cruz, T. Székely, A. O. Urrutia, A. Georges & D. Cortez. 2020. Viviparous reptile regarded to have temperature-dependent sex determination has old XY chromosomes. Genome Biology & Evolution, 12(6):924–930 – full text freely available here

Cooney, C. R, C. Sheard, A. D. Clark, S. D. Healy, A. Liker, S. E. Street, C. A. Troisi, G. H. Thomas, T. Székely, N. Hemmings & A. E. Wright. 2020. Ecology, phylogeny, and the evolution of developmental duration in birds. Nature Communications, 11:2383full text freely available here

Vági, B., Zs. Végvári, A. Liker, R. P. Freckleton & T. Székely. 2020. Climate and sexual selection as drivers of global diversity of parental care in frogs. Global Ecology and Biodiversity, 29:1373–1386 – full text freely available here

Lemaître, J-F, V. Ronget, M. Tidiere, D. Allainé, V. Berger, A. Cohas, F. Colchero, D. Conde, M. Garratt, A. Liker, G. A.B. Marais, A. Scheuerlein, T. Székely & J-M. Gaillard. 2020. Sex differences in adult lifespan and aging rates of mortality across wild mammals. Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences US,  – full text freely available here

D’Urban Jackson, J., M. W. Bruford, T. Székely, J. DaCosta, M. D. Sorenson, S. V. Edwards, I-R. M. Russo, Kathryn Maher, Medardo Cruz-López, D. Galindo-Espinosa, A. E. De Sucre-Medrano, J. Cavitt, R. Pruner, A. L. Morales, O. Gonzalez, T. Burke & C. Küpper. 2020. Population differentiation and demography of the threatened snowy plover Charadrius nivosus estimated by four different genetic markers. Conservation Genetics, 21:387–404 – full text freely available here

Rice R., Valdebenito J. O., Ottensmann M., Engel N., Adrião A., Székely T. 2020. Breeding ecology of the Cream-coloured Courser in Cape Verde. Ostrich – Journal of African Ornithology ISSN: 0030-6525 (Print) 1727-947X (Online) – full text feerly available here

Székely T., 2020.  Review of The Population Ecology and Conservation of Charadrius Plovers, Mark A., Haig C., Haig S. M. The Condor: Ornithological Applications Volume 122, 2020, pp. 1–2 – full text freely available here

Ancona S., Liker A., Carmona-Isunza MC., Székely T., 2020. Sex differences in age‐to‐maturation relate to sexual selection and adult sex ratios in birds. Evolution Letters https://doi.org/10.1002/evl3.156


Kubelka V., Sládeček M., Zámečník V., Vozabulová E., Šálek M. 2019. Seasonality predicts egg size better than nesting habitat in a precocial shorebird. Ardea 107: 239–250. – full text freely available here

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Kubelka V., Mlíkovsky J., Zavadilová V., Frencl M., Ivanov A., Litvinov K., Šálek M.  2019.  Pilot study on nest predation in shorebirds breeding at the Caspian steppe lakes, Wader Study, 126(2):142-150. – full text freely available here

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Kubelka V., Šálek M., Tomkovich P., Végvári Zs., Freckleton R.  P., Székely T. 2019. Response to Comment on “Global pattern of nest predation is disrupted by climate change in shorebirds”.  Science 364(6445):eaaw9893  – full text freely available here

Halimubieke N., Valdebenito J. O., Harding P., Cruz-López M., Serrano-Meneses M. A., James R., Kupán K., Székely T.  2019. Mate fidelity in a polygamous shorebird, the snowy plover (Charadrius nivosus), Ecology and Evolution 9(18): 10734–10745  – full text freely available here

Kubelka, V., Sládeček, M. & Šálek M. 2019. Great variability in nest lining size: support for thermoregulation but not for anti-predatory adaptation hypothesis. J Ornithol 160, 993–1002 – full text freely available here

Kingma, S. A. & Székely T. 2019. Social behaviour: males help when mates are rare. Current Biology 29, R370-R372 – full text freely available here

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