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Laboratory publications



  • Gabrielson, S.M., R.L. Mau, E. Dittmar, J.P. Kelley, C.E. Tarwater, D.R. Drake, J.H. Sperry, and J.T. Foster. DNA metabarcoding reveals diet composiiton of invasive rats and mice in Hawaiian forests. Biological Invasions,

  • Case, S.B. and C.E. Tarwater. Exploitation competition between seed predators and dispersers introduced to Hawaiian forests. Ecology e4038:

  • Walsh, J., R. Bowman, J.D. Brawn, K.M. Corvino, K. Dugger, R.C. Fleischer, J. Houtz, S.M. Mahoney, M. Pruett-Jones, C.E. Tarwater, and J. Fair. Membership survey identifies society strengths as well as areas for improvement for professional ethics in AOS. Ornithology  140(1):


  • Vizentin-Bugoni, J., J.H. Sperry, J.P. Kelley, J.T. Foster, D.R. Drake, S.B. Case, J.M. Gleditsch, A.M. Hruska, R.C. Wilcox, and C.E. Tarwater. Mechanisms underlying interaction frequencies and robustness in a novel seed dispersal network: lessons for restoration. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 1982: 20221490.

  • Case, S.C., K. Postelli, D.R. Drake, J. Vizentin-Bugoni, J.T. Foster, J.H. Sperry, J.P. Kelley, and C.E. Tarwater. Introduced galliforms as seed predators and dispersers in Hawaiian forests. Biological Invasions, 1-15 (

  • Higgins, T.A., R.C. Wilcox, R. R. Germain, and C.E. Tarwater. Behavioral traits vary with intrinsic factors and impact local survival in Song Sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Wilson Journal of Ornithology 134 (2):278-290.

  • Pollock, H.S., J.D. Toms, C.E. Tarwater, T.J. Benson, J.R. Karr, and J.D. Brawn. Long-term monitoring reveals widespread and severe declines of understory birds in a protected Neotropical forest. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 119(16) (

  • Wilcox, R.C. and C.E. Tarwater. Space use patterns and the extent of complementarity across scales in invasive seed dispersers. Biological Invasions, 1-18 (


  • Millikin, P.W., S.B. Case#, and C.E. Tarwater. Pollination and nectar larceny by birds and bees in novel forests of the Hawaiian Islands. Journal of Pollination Ecology 29 (15): 189-203

  • Vizentin-Bugoni, J., J.H. Sperry, J.P. Kelley, J.M. Gleditsch, J.T. Foster, D.R. Drake, A.M. Hruska, R.C. Wilcox, S.B. Case, and C.E. Tarwater. Drivers of species’ roles in highly invaded seed dispersal networks in Hawaiʻi. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118(4) (

  • Sperry, J.H., D. O’Hearn, D.R. Drake, A.M. Hruska, S.B. Case, J. Vizentin-Bugoni, C. Arnett, T. Chambers, and C.E Tarwater. Fruit and seed traits of native and invasive plant species in Hawaiʻi: implications for seed dispersal by non-native birds. Biological Invasions 1-17.


  • Case, S.B. and C.E. Tarwater. Functional changes of avian frugivores have shifted following species extinction and introduction in the Hawaiian Islands. Functional Ecology 34:2467-2476.

  • Hopson, R., R.C. Wilcox, and C.E. Tarwater. Foraging group alters neighborhood effects in a novel ecosystem. Acta Oecologica 108:103641.

  • Pollock, H.S., T.M. Jones, C.E. Tarwater, E.T. Nishikawa, and J.D. Brawn. Rapid colonization and turnover of birds in a tropical forest treefall gap. Journal of Field Ornithology 91: 107-117.


  • Radchuk, V., et al., Adaptive responses of animals to climate change are most likely insufficient. Nature Communications, 10, 3019.

  • Vizentin-Bugoni, J., C. E. Tarwater, J.T. Foster, D.R. Drake, J.M. Gleditsch, A.M. Hruska, J.P. Kelley, and J.H. Sperry, Structure, spatial dynamics, and stability of novel seed dispersal mutualistic networks in Hawaii. Science, 364: 78-82.


  • Tarwater, C.E., R.R. Germain, and P. Arcese, Context-dependent effects of natal traits on lifetime reproductive success using a long-term study of a temperate songbird. Auk, 135: 609-621.

  • Johnson, K.M., R.R. Germain, C.E. Tarwater, J. Reid, and P. Arcese. 2018 Demographic consequences of invasion by a native, controphic competitor to an insular bird population. Oecologia, 187:155-165.

  • Germain, R.R., R. Schuster, C.E. Tarwater, W.M. Hochachka, and P. Arcese. 2018. Adult survival, reproductive rate and habitat preference in a territorial, year-round resident bird. Ibis, 160:568-581.

  • Tarwater, C.E. and P. Arcese. 2018. Individual fitness and the effects of a changing climate on the cessation and length of the breeding period using a 34-year study of a temperate songbird. Global Change Biology, 24: 1212-1223.

  • Martinez, A.E., H.S. Pollock, J.P. Kelley, and C.E. Tarwater. 2018. Dynamics of heterospecific eavesdropping in ant-following birds of the Neotropics. Animal Behaviour 135: 25-35


  • Pollock, H.S., Martinez, A.E., J.P. Kelley, and C.E. Tarwater. 2017. Innate vs. learned response in army-ant followers. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 284: 20171795

  • Tarwater, C.E., and P. Arcese. 2017. Young females pay higher costs of reproduction in a short-lived bird. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 71: 84.

  • Tarwater, C.E., and P. Arcese. 2017. Age and years to death disparately influence reproductive allocation in a short-lived bird. Ecology 98: 2248-2254.

  • Brawn, J.D., T.J. Benson, Stager, Sly, and C.E. Tarwater. 2017. Rainfall and the demography of tropical birds: long-term patterns and conservation implications. Nature Climate Change 7: 133-136.


  • Morrell, N., K. Johnson, C. E. Tarwater, and P. Arcese. 2016. Nest defense and parental investment in song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Canadian Journal of Zoology 94: 473-477.


  • Tarwater, C.E., J.D. Brawn, and J.D. Maddox. 2013. Low extra-pair paternity in a tropical bird despite ample opportunities for extra-pair mating. Auk 130: 733-741. 

  • Tarwater, C.E. and S.R. Beissinger. 2013. Opposing selection and environmental conditions modify the optimal time to breed. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110: 15365-15370.


  • Tarwater, C.E. 2012. The influence of phenotypic and social traits on dispersal in a family living, tropical bird. Behavioral Ecology 23: 1242-1249.

  • Tarwater, C.E. and S.R. Beissinger. 2012. Dispersal polymorphisms from natal phenotype-environmental interactions have carry-over effects on lifetime reproductive success of a tropical parrot. Ecology Letters 15:1218-1229.


  • Tarwater, C. E., R.E. Ricklefs, J.D. Maddox, and J.D. Brawn. 2011. Pre-reproductive survival in a tropical bird and its implications for avian life histories. Ecology 92:1271-1281.

  • Brawn J.D., G. Angehr, N. Davros, W.D. Robinson, J. Styrsky, and C.E. Tarwater. 2011. Sources of variation in the nesting success of understory tropical birds. Journal of Avian Biology 42: 61-68.


  • Tarwater C.E., and J.D. Brawn. 2010. The post-fledging period in a tropical bird: patterns of parental care and survival. Journal of Avian Biology 41:479-487

  • Tarwater C.E., and J.D. Brawn. 2010. Family living in a Neotropical bird: variation in timing of dispersal and higher survival for delayed dispersers. Animal Behaviour 80:535-542.

  •  W.D. Robinson, M. Hau, K.C. Klasing, M. Wikelski, J.D. Brawn, S.H. Austin, C.E. Tarwater, and R. E. Ricklefs. 2010. Diversification of life histories in New World birds. Auk 127:253-262.


  • Tarwater C.E., J.P. Kelley, and J.D. Brawn. 2009. Parental response to elevated begging in a high predation, tropical environment. Animal Behaviour 78:1239-1245.


  • Tarwater C.E., and J.D. Brawn. 2008. Patterns of brood division and an absence of behavioral plasticity in a neotropical passerine. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 62:1441-1452.

  • Tarwater C.E. 2008. Predators at nests of the Western Slaty Antshrike.  Wilson Journal of Ornithology 120:620-624.

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