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  1. Lichtenauer,W., van de Pol,M., Cockburn,C & Brouwer,L.* (2019) Indirect fitness benefits through extra‐pair mating are large for an inbred minority, but cannot explain widespread infidelity among red‐winged fairy wrens. Evolution, *Joint first-authors.
  2. Cain KE., Hall ML., Medina I., Leitao AV., Delhey, K., Brouwer L, Peters A., Pruett-Jones S., Webster MS., Langmore NE., Mulder RA. (2019). Conspicuous Plumage Does Not Increase Predation Risk: A Continent-Wide Test Using Model Songbirds. The American Naturalist,DOI: 10.1086/701632.

  3. MacLeod,K.J. & Brouwer,L. (2018) Social context dependent provisioning rules in red-winged fairy-wrens do not vary with signals of increased chick need. Animal Behaviour, 43, 105-111.

  4. Gardner,J., Rowley,E., de Rebeira,P., de Rebeira,A. & Brouwer,L  (2018). Associations between changing climate and body condition over decades in two southern hemisphere passerine birds. Climate Change Responses 5:2.

  5. Brouwer,L., van de Pol M., Aranzamendi N., Bain G., Baldassare D., Brooker,L.C, Brooker,M.G., Colombelli-Négrel D., Enbody E., Hall M.L., Karubian J., Kingma S.A., Kleindorfer,S., Mulder,R., Peters,A., Pruett-JonesS., Tarvin,K., Thrasher,D.J., Varian-Ramos,C., Webster,M.S. & Cockburn A (2017). Multiple hypotheses explain variation in extra-pair paternity at different levels in a single bird family. Molecular Ecology 26:

  6. Hammers,M. & Brouwer,L. (2017) Rescue behaviour in a social bird: removal of sticky 'bird-catcher tree' seeds by group members. Behaviour, 154 (4), 403-411. DOI: 10.1163/1568539X-00003428

  7. Gardner,J., Rowley,E., de Rebeira,P., de Rebeira,A. & Brouwer,L. (2017) Effects of extreme weather on two sympatric Australian passerine bird species. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 372: 20160148.

  8. Komdeur,J., Richardson,D.S. Hammers,M., Eikenaar,C., Brouwer,L. & Kingma, S.A. (2017) The Evolution and Ecology of Cooperative Breeding in Vertebrates II. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0021218.pub2

  9. Lejeune,L., van de Pol,M., Cockburn,A., Louter,M., & Brouwer,L. (2016) Male and female helper effects on maternal investment and carers survival in the cooperatively breeding red-winged fairy-wren. Behavioral Ecology 27(6): 1841-1850. doi: 10.1093/beheco/arw121

  10. van de Pol,M., Bailey,L. McLean,N. Rijsdijk,L., Lawson,C. & Brouwer,L. (2016) Identifying the best climatic predictors in ecology and evolution. Methods in Ecology & Evolution 10: 1246-1257. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12590

  11. Wright,D. Brouwer,L. Mannarelli,M.; Burke,T. Komdeur, J. & Richardson,D.S. (2016) Social pairing of Seychelles warblers under reduced constraints: MHC, neutral heterozygosity and age. Behavioral Ecology 27, 295-303. doi: 10.1093/beheco/arv150

  12. Cockburn,A. Brouwer,L., Margraf, N., Osmond, H.L & van de Pol, M. (2016) Making the worst of a good job: cooperative breeding in superb fairy-wrens. In Cooperative Breeding: Studies of Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour (ed. W.D.Koenig & J.L.Dickinson). Cambridge University Press.

  13. Brouwer,L., van de Pol,M. & Cockburn,A. (2014) Habitat geometry does not affect levels of extrapair paternity in an extremely unfaithful fairy-wren. Behavioral Ecology, 25(3), 531-537.

  14. Brouwer,L., van de Pol,M. & Cockburn,A. (2014)  The role of social environment on parental care: offspring benefit more from the presence of female than male helpers. Journal of Animal Ecology, 83, 491-503.

  15. van de Pol,M., Brouwer,L., Brooker,L.C., Brooker,M.G., Colombelli-Negrel,D., Hall,M.L., Langmore,N.E., Peters,A., Pruett-Jones,S., Russell,E.M., Webster,M.S. & Cockburn, A.  (2013) Problems with using large-scale oceanic climate indices to compare climatic sensitivities across populations and species. Ecography, 36, 249-255.

  16. Cockburn,A., Brouwer,L., Double,M.C., Margraf,N. & van de Pol, M. (2013) Evolutionary origins and persistence of infidelity in Malurus: the least faithful birds. Emu, 113, 208-217.

  17. Brouwer,L., Richardson,D.S. & Komdeur,J. (2012) Helpers at the nest improve late-life offspring performance:  evidence from a long-term study and a cross-foster experiment. PLoS ONE, 7(4): e33167.

  18. Schut, E., Magrath, M.J.L., Brouwer, L., van der Velde, M., Westerdahl, H. & Komdeur, J. (2012) Evidence for assortative social pairing according to MHC-I heterozygosity in the blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus). In:  Fitting genes. University of Groningen. ISBN: 978-90-367-5391-3.

  19. Brouwer,L., van de Pol,M., Atema,E. & Cockburn,A. (2011) Strategic promiscuity helps avoid inbreeding at multiple levels in a cooperative breeder where both sexes are philopatric. Molecular Ecology, 20, 4796-4807.

  20. Brouwer,L., Barr,I., van de Pol,M., Burke,T., Komdeur,J. & Richardson,D.S. (2010) MHC-dependent survival in a wild population: evidence for hidden genetic benefits gained through extra-pair fertilisations. Molecular Ecology, 19, 3444-3455.

  21. van de Pol,M., Ens,B.J., Heg,D.H., Brouwer,L., Krol,J., Maier,M., Exo,K-M., Oosterbeek, K., Lok,T., Eising,C. & Koffijberg,K. (2010) Do changes in the frequency, magnitude and timing of extreme climatic events threaten the population viability of shorebirds? Journal of Applied Ecology, 47, 720-730.

  22. Eikenaar,C., Brouwer,L., Komdeur,J. & Richardson,D.S. (2010) Sex biased natal dispersal is not a fixed trait in a stable population of Seychelles warblers. Behaviour, 147, 1577-1590.

  23. van de Pol,M.,  Brouwer,L., Ens,B.J., Oosterbeek,K. & Tinbergen,J.M. (2010) Fluctuating selection and the maintenance of individual and sex-specific diet specialization in free-living oystercatchers. Evolution, 64(3), 836-851.

  24. Brouwer,L., Tinbergen,J.M., Both,C., Bristol,R., Richardson,D.S., & Komdeur,J. (2009) Experimental evidence for density-dependent reproduction in a cooperatively breeding passerine. Ecology, 90 (3), 729-741.

  25. van de Pol,M., Ens,B.J., Oosterbeek,K., Brouwer,L., Verhulst,S., Tinbergen,J.M., Rutten,A.L. & de Jong,M. (2009) Oystercatchers' bill shapes as a proxy for diet specialization: more differentiation than meets the eye. Ardea, 97(3), 335-347.

  26. Brouwer,L., Groothuis,T.G.G., Vedder,O., Eikenaar,C., Richardson,D.S. & Komdeur,J. (2009) Do primary males physiologically suppress subordinate males? An experiment in a cooperatively breeding passerine. Ethology, 115, 576-587.

  27. Eikenaar,C., Richardson,D.S., Brouwer,L. Bristol,R. &  Komdeur,J. (2009) Experimental evaluation of sex differences in territory acquisition in a cooperatively breeding bird. Behavioural Ecology, 20, 207-214.

  28. Heg,D., Heg-Bachar,Z., Brouwer,L. & Taborsky,M. (2008) Experimentally induced helper dispersal in colonially breeding cooperative cichlids. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 83, 191-206.

  29. Eikenaar,C., Richardson,D.S., Brouwer,L. &  Komdeur,J. (2008) Sex biased natal dispersal in a closed, saturated population of Seychelles warblers. Journal of Avian Biology, 39, 73-80.

  30. Brouwer,L., Komdeur,J. & Richardson,D.S. (2007) Heterozygosity-fitness correlations in a bottlenecked island species: a case study on the Seychelles warbler. Molecular Ecology, 16, 3134-3144.

  31. Eikenaar,C., Richardson,D.S., Brouwer,L. & Komdeur,J. (2007) Parent presence, delayed dispersal, and territory acquisition in the Seychelles warbler. Behavioral Ecology, 18, 874-879. 

  32. Brouwer,L., Richardson,D.S., Eikenaar,C. & Komdeur,J. (2006) The role of group size and environmental factors on survival in a cooperatively breeding tropical passerine. Journal of Animal Ecology, 12, 1125-1137.

  33. Brouwer,L., Heg,D., & Taborsky,M. (2005) Experimental evidence for helper effects in a cooperatively breeding cichlid. Behavioral Ecology, 16, 667-673.

  34. Heg,D., Brouwer,L., Bachar,Z. & Taborsky,M. (2005) Large group size yields group stability in the cooperatively breeding cichlid Neolamprologus pulcher. Behaviour, 142, 1615-1641.

  35. Brouwer,L. & Komdeur,J. (2004) Green nesting material has a function in mate attraction in the European starling. Animal Behaviour, 67, 539-548.

  36. Heg,D., Bachar,Z., Brouwer,L. & Taborsky,M. (2004) Predation risk is an ecological constraint for helper dispersal in a cooperatively breeding cichlid. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, 271, 2367-2374.

  37. Magrath,M.J.L., Brouwer,L. & Komdeur,J. (2003) Egg size and laying order in relation to offspring sex in the extreme sexually size dimorphic brown songlark, Cinclorhamphus cruralis. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 54, 240-248.

  38. Magrath,M.J.L., Brouwer,L., van Petersen,A., Berg,M.L. & Komdeur,J. (2003) Breeding behaviour and ecology of the sexually size-dimorphic brown songlark, Cinclorhamphus cruralis. Australian Journal of Zoology, 51, 429-441.


  • PhD thesis: Brouwer,L. (2007) Cooperative breeding and density regulation in small island populations of the Seychelles warbler. PhD Thesis, University of Groningen, the Netherlands. ISBN: 978-90-367-3166-9

  • Review of my PhD thesis in ornithological journal Ardea, 97 (1), 132-134.



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