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(Listed are publications from 2012 onwards; for earlier publications see personal websites).

In Press

Niemela P.T., Dingemanse N.J. 2017. Individual versus pseudo-repeatability in behaviour: lessons from translocation experiments in a wild insect. Journal of Animal Ecology, In Press.

Mathot, K.J., Olsen, A.-L., Mutzel, A., Araya-Ajoy, Y.G., Nicolaus, M., Westneat, D, Wright, J., Kempenaers, B., Dingemanse, N.J. 2017. Provisioning tactics of great tits in response to long-term brood manipulations differ across years. Behavioral Ecology, In Press.

Kelleher S.R., Silla A.J., Dingemanse N.J. , Byrne P. Body size predicts among-individual differences in exploration behaviour in the southern corroboree frog. Animal Behaviour, In Press.

Vincze E., Seress G., Lagisz M., Nakagawa S., Dingemanse N.J., Sprau P.  Does urbanization affect predation of bird nests? A meta-analysis. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, In Press.

Dingemanse, N.J. 2017. the role of personality research in contemporary behavioral ecology: a comment on Beekman and Jordan. Behavioral Ecology, In Press.

Han C.S. & Dingemanse, N.J.2017. Protein deprivation decreases male survival and the intensity of sexual antagonism in Southern field crickets Gryllus bimaculatus, Journal of Evolutionary Biology. In Press.



Araya-Ajoy, Y.G. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2017. Repeatability, heritability, and age-dependence of seasonal plasticity in aggressiveness in a wild passerine bird. Journal of Animal Ecology, 86, 227-238.

Ghislandi, P.G., Beyer, M., Velado, P., Tuni, C. 2017. Silk wrapping of nuptial gifts aids cheating behavior in male spiders. Behavioral Ecology, DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arx028.

Han C.S. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2017. You are what you eat: diet shapes body composition, personality, and behavioural stability. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 17, 8.

Niemelä, P.T. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2017. Trustworthiness of online beer ratings as a source of social information. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 71, 24.

Sprau, P., Mouchet, A., Dingemanse, N.J. 2017. Multi-dimensional environmental predictors of variation in avian forest and city life-histories. Behavioral Ecology, 28, 59-68.

Stuber E., Dingemanse N.J., Mueller J. 2017. Temperature affects frequency but not rhythmicity of nocturnal awakenings in free-living great tits. Animal Behaviour, 135-141.

Tuni, C., Weber, S., Bilde T., Uhl G. 2017. Male spiders reduce pre- and post-mating sexual investment in response to sperm competition risk. Behavioral Ecology DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/beheco/arx061.



Abbey-Lee, R., Kaiser, A., Mouchet, A., Dingemanse, N.J. 2016. Immediate and carry-over effects of perceived predation risk on communication behavior in wild birds. Behavioral Ecology, 27, 708-716.

Abbey-Lee, R., Mathot, K.M., Dingemanse, N.J. 2016. Behavioral and morphological responses to perceived predation risk: a field experiment in passerines. Behavioral Ecology, 27, 857-864.

Allegue H., Araya-Ajoy Y.G., Dingemanse N.J., Dochtermann N.A., Garamszegi L.Z., Nakagawa S., Réale D., Schielzeth H. & Westneat D.F. 2016. Statistical Quantification of Individiual Differences (SQuID): an educational and statistical tool for understanding multilevel phenotypic data in linear mixed models. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12659.

Araya-Ajoy Y.G., Dingemanse N.J. & Kempenaers, B. 2016. Timing of extra-pair fertilizations: trade-offs or pair synchrony spill-overs? Behavioral Ecology, 27, 377-384 .

Araya-Ajoy, Y.G., Kuhn, S., Mathot, K.J., Mouchet, A., Mutzel, A., Nicolaus, M., Wijmenga, J., Kempenaers, B., Dingemanse, N.J. 2016. Sources of (co)variation in the alternative siring routes available to male great tits (Parus major). Evolution, 70, 2308-2321.

Berger-Tal R., Berner-Aharon N., Aharon S. Tuni C. & Lubin Y. 2016. Good reasons to leave home: proximate dispersal cues in a social spider. Journal of Animal Ecology, 85, 1035-1042.

Han C.S. & Jablonski P.G. 2016. Predators induce conditions for size-dependent alternative reproductive tactics in a water strider male. Animal Behaviour, 111, 271-279.

Han C.S., Santostefano, F. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2016. Do social partners affect same-sex behaviour in male water striders? Animal Behaviour, 116, 53-59.

Han, C.S., Jaeger, H. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2016. Individuality in nutritional preferences: a multi-level approach in field crickets. Scientific Reports, 6, 29071.

Mathot, K.J., Abbey-Lee, R.N., Kempenaers, B., Dingemanse, N.J. 2016. Do great tits (Parus major) suppress basal metabolic rate in response to increased perceived predation danger? A field experiment. Physiology & Behaviour, 164, 400-406.

Mils, JA. et al. 2016. Solutions for archiving data in long-term studies: A Reply to Whitlock et al. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 31, 85-87.

Moiron, M., Mathot, K.J. & Dingemanse N.J. 2016. A multi-level approach to quantify speed-accuracy trade-offs in great tits (Parus major). Behavioral Ecology, 27, 1539-1546.

Nicolaus, M., Piault, R., Ubels, R., Tinbergen, J.M. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2016. The correlation between colouration and exploration behaviour varies across hierarchical levels in a wild passerine bird. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 29, 1780-1792.

Nicolaus, M., Tinbergen, J.M., Ubels, R., Both, C. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2016. Density fluctuations represent a key process maintaining personality variation in a wild passerine bird. Ecology Letters, 19, 478-486.

Santostefano, F., Wilson,A.J., Araya-Ajoy, Y.G. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2016. Interacting with the enemy: indirect effects of personality on conspecific aggression in field crickets. Behavioral Ecology, 24, 1235-1246.

Stuber, E.F., Baumgarter, C., Dingemanse, N.J., Kempenaers, B. & Mueller, J.C. 2016. Genetic correlates of individual differences in sleep behaviour in free-living great tits (Parus major). G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, 6, 599-607.

Tuni C., Perdigón Ferreira J., Fritz Y., Munoz Meneses A. & Gasparini C. 2016. Impaired sperm quality and delayed mating but no costs for offspring fitness in field crickets winning a fight. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 29, 1643-1647.top 


Araya-Ajoy Y.G., Mathot, K.M., & Dingemanse N.J. 2015. An approach to estimate short-term, long-term and reaction norm repeatability. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 6, 1462–1473.

Berger-Tal R., Lubin Y., Settepani V., Mejer M., Bilde T. & Tuni C. 2015. Evidence for loss of nepotism in the evolution of permanent sociality. Scientific Reports 5. doi:10.1038/srep13284.

Dingemanse, N.J. & Araya-Ajoy, Y.G. 2015. Interacting personalities: behavioural ecology meets quantitative genetics. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 30, 88-97.

Ghislandi P., Bilde T. & Tuni C. 2015. Extreme male mating behaviours: anecdotes in a nuptial feeding spider. Arachnology 16: 273-275.

Hall, M.L., van Asten, T.T., Katsis, A.C., Dingemanse, N.J. Magrath, M.J.L. & Mulder R.A. 2015. Animal personality and pace-of-life syndromes: do fast-exploring fairy-wrens die young? Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 3, 28.

Han, C.S. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2015. Effect of diet on the structure of animal personality. Frontiers in Zoology 12(Suppl 1), S5.

Han C.S., Jablonski P.G. & Brooks R.C. 2015. Intimidating courtship and sex-related differences in predation risk lead to sex-specific behavioural syndromes in a water strider. Animal Behaviour. 109,177-185.

Han C.S. & Brooks R.C. 2015. Same-sex sexual behaviour as a by-product of reproductive strategy under scramble male-male competition. Animal Behaviour. 108, 193-197.

Mathot, K.J. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2015. Energetics and behaviour: reply to Careau and Garland. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 30, 367-368.

Mathot, K.J. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2015. Studies linking energetics and behaviour: unrequited needs and new directions. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 30, 199-206.

Mathot, K.J. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2015. Personality and Plasticity. In: Integrative Organismal Biology (Ed. by Martin, L.B., Ghalambor, C.K. & Woods, H.A.) Willey Scientific, pp. 55-69.

Mathot, K.J., Nicolaus, M., Araya-Ajoy, Y.G., Dingemanse, N.J. & Kempenaers, B. 2015. Does metabolic rate predict risk-taking behaviour: a field experiment in a wild passerine bird. Functional Ecology 29, 239-249.

Mestre L., Rodríguez-Teijeiro J.D. & Tuni C. 2015. Females of the cellar spider discriminate against previous mates. Ethology 121: 994-1001.

Mils, JA. et al. Archiving primary data: solutions for long-term studies. 2015. Trends Ecol. Evol. 30, 581-589.

Niemelä, P., Lattenkamp, E.Z. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2015. Personality-related survival and sampling bias in wild cricket nymphs. Behavioral Ecology, 26, 936-946.

Sih, A., Mathot, K.J., Moirón, M., Montiglio, P.O., Wolf, M. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2015. Animal personality and state-behaviour feedbacks: a review and guide for empiricists. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 30, 50-60.

Stuber, E.F., Mathot, K.J., Kempenaers, B., Dingemanse, N.J., Mueller, J.C. 2015. Sex-specific association between sleep and basal metabolic rate in great tits. Animal Behaviour, 109, 15-22.

Stuber, E.F., Dingemanse N.J., Kempenaers, B., Mueller, J.C. 2015. Sources of intraspecific variation in sleep behaviour of wild great tits (Parus major). Animal Behaviour, 106, 201-221.

Westneat, D.F., Wright, J. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2015. The biology hidden inside residual within-individual phenotypic variation. Biological Reviews, 90, 729-743. top


Araya-Ajoy, J.G. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2014. Characterizing behavioural 'characters': an evolutionary framework. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, 281, 20132645

Baugh, A.T., van Oers, K., Dingemanse, N.J. & Hau, E. 2014. Baseline and stress-induced glucocorticoid concentrations are not repeatable but covary within individual great tits (Parus major). General and Comparative Endocrinology, 208, 154-163.

Dingemanse, N.J. & Dochtermann, N.A. 2014. Individual Behaviour: Behavioural Ecology meets Quantitative Genetics. In: Quantitative Genetics in the Wild (Ed. by Charmantier, A., Garant, D. & Kruuk, L.E.B.) Oxford University Press, pp. 54-67.

Mueller, J.C., Edelaar, P., Carrete, M., Serrano, D., Potti, J., Blas, J., Dingemanse, N.J., Kempenaers, B. & Tella, J.L. 2014. Behaviour-related DRD4 polymorphisms in invasive bird populations. Molecular Ecology, 23, 2876-2885.

Nicolaus, M., Mathot, K.J., Araya-Ajoy, Y.G., Mutzel, A., Wijmenga, J.J., Kempenaers, B. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2014. Does coping style predict optimization: an experimental test in a wild passerine bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, 282, 20142405.

Niemelä, P.T. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2014. Artificial environments and the study of ‘adaptive’ personalities. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 29, 245-247.

Stuber, E.F., Grobis, M.M., Abbey-Lee, R., Kempenaers, B., Mueller, J.C. & Dingemanse, N.J.2014 Perceived predation risk affects sleep behaviour in free-living great tits, Parus major. Animal Behaviour, 98, 157-165. top


Dingemanse, N.J. & Dochtermann, N.A. 2013. Quantifying individual variation in behaviour: mixed-effect modelling approaches. Journal of Animal Ecology, 82, 39-54.

Dingemanse, N.J. & Wolf, M. 2013. Between-individual differences in behavioural plasticity: causes and consequences. Animal Behaviour, 85, 1031-1039.

Dingemanse, N.J. & Réale, D. 2013. What is the evidence for natural selection maintaining animal personality variation? In: Animal Personalities: Behaviour, Physiology, and Evolution (Ed. by Carere, C. & Maestripieri, D.) Chicago: Chicago University Press.

Dochtermann, N.A. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2013. Behavioral syndromes as evolutionary constraints. Behavioral Ecology, 24, 806-811.

Mueller, J.C., Korsten, P., Hermannstädter, C., Feulner, T., Dingemanse, N.J., Matthysen, E., van Oers, K., Overveld, T., Patrick, S.C., Quinn, J.L., Riemenschneider, M., Tinbergen, J.M. & Kempenaers, B. 2013. Haplotype structure, adaptive history and associations with exploratory behaviour of the DRD4 region in four great tit (Parus major) populations. Molecular Ecology, 22, 2797-2809.

Mutzel, A., Dingemanse, N.J., Araya-Ajoy, Y.G. & Kempenaers, B. 2013. Parental provisioning behaviour plays a key role in linking personality with reproductive success. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 280, 20131019.

Mutzel, A., Blom, M.P.K., Spagopouloua, F., Wright, J., Dingemanse, N.J. & Kempenaers, B. 2013. Temporal trade-offs between nestling provisioning and defence against nest predators in blue tits. Animal Behaviour, 85, 1459-1469.

Nicolaus, M., Brommer, J.E., Ubels, R., Tinbergen, J.M. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2013. Exploring patterns of variation in clutch size-density reaction norms in a wild passerine bird. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 26, 2031-2043.

Niemelä, P., Dingemanse, N.J., Alioravainen, N., Vainikka, A. & Kortet, R. 2013. Personality pace-of-life hypothesis: testing genetic associations among personality and life-history. Behavioral Ecology, 24, 935-941.

Stuber, E.F., Araya-Ajoy, J.G., Mathot, KJ., Nicolaus, M., Wijmenga, J.J., Mueller, J.C. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2013. Slow explorers take less risk: a problem of sampling bias in ecological studies. Behavioral Ecology, 24, 1092-1098.

Wilson, A.D.M., Krause, S., Dingemanse, N.J. & Krause, J. 2013. Network position: a key component in the characterization of social personality types. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 67, 163-173.



Carrete, M., Edelaar, P., Blas, J., Serrano, D., Potti, J., Dingemanse, N.J. & Tella, J.L. 2012. Don't neglect pre-establishment individual selection in deliberate introductions. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 27, 67-68.

Dall, S.R.X., Gosling, S.D., Brown, G.D., Dingemanse, N.J., Erev, I., Kocher, M., Schultz, L., Todd, P.M., Weissing, F.J. & Wolf, M. 2012. Variation in Decision Making. In: Evolution and the Mechanisms of Decision Making (Ed. by Hammerstein, P. & Stevens, J.R.) Cambridge: MA: MIT Press.

Dingemanse, N.J., Barber, I., Wright, J. & Brommer, J.E. 2012. Quantitative genetics of behavioural reaction norms: genetic correlations between personality and behavioural plasticity vary across stickleback populations. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 25, 485-496.

Dingemanse, N.J., Bouwman, K.M., van de Pol, M., van Overveld, T., Patrick, S.C., Matthysen, E. & Quinn, J.L. 2012. Variation in personality and behavioural plasticity across four populations of the great tit Parus major. Journal of Animal Ecology, 81, 116-126.

Dingemanse, N.J., Dochtermann, N.A. & Nakagawa, S. 2012. Defining behavioural syndromes and the role of "syndrome deviation" to study its evolution. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 66, 1543-1548.

Dingemanse, N.J. & Wolf, M. 2012. Biological Analogs of Personality. In: Evolving the Mechanisms of Decision Making: Toward a Darwinian Decision Theory (Ed. by Hammerstein, P. & Stevens, J.R.) Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Mathot, KJ., Wright, J., Kempenaers, B. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2012. Adaptive strategies for managing uncertainty may explain personality-related differences in behavioural plasticity. Oikos, 121, 1009-1020.

Nicolaus, M., Tinbergen, J.M., Bouwman, K.M., Michler, S.P.M., Ubels, R., Both, C., Kempenaers, B. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2012. Experimental evidence for adaptive personalities in a wild passerine bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, 279, 4885-4892.

Réale, D. & Dingemanse, N.J. 2012. Animal personality. Encyclopedia of Life Sciences.

Sprenger, D.S., Dingemanse, N.J., Dochtermann, N.A., Theobald, J. & Walker, S.P.W. 2012. Aggressive females become aggressive males in a sex-changing reef fish. Ecology Letters, 15, 986-992.

von Beeren, C., Hashim, R. & Witte, V. 2012. The social integration of a myrmecophilous spider does not depend exclusively on chemical mimicry. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 38, 262-271.

Von Beeren, C., Pohl, S. & Witte, V. 2012. On the Use of Adaptive Resemblance Terms in Chemical Ecology. Psyche: A Journal of Entomology, 2012, 1–7.