Dr Jonathan Green

Dr Jonathan Green


Name: Dr Jonathan Green
Position: Departmental Lecturer in Animal Diversity
Email: jonathan.green@zoo.ox.ac.uk


I studied Zoology at the University of Bristol (2004-2007) and then took up a PhD on social conflict and signalling in paper wasps at the University of Sussex (2008-2012). I subsequently worked as a NERC-funded post-doc on two projects, the first on genetic kin recognition at the University of Liverpool (2012-2014) and the second on cooperative breeding in birds at the University of Sheffield (2015-2016). In 2016, I took up a Departmental Lectureship in Animal Diversity in the Department of Zoology at Oxford.  I also hold a Junior Research Fellowship at New College.

Research Activities

I have broad interests in the evolution of social behaviour and am particularly interested in how animals in social groups gather and use information to resolve conflict and promote cooperation. The main aim of my group’s current research is to understand the evolution of sex differences in competitive strategies, with a particular emphasis on how selection shapes female-female competition, its potential for generating sexual conflict and its role in shaping mating systems. To do this, we use behavioural experiments in the lab and field on shell-dwelling lamprologine cichlids. At the same time, we are also using comparative and meta-analytical approaches to investigate (a) the role of dispersal and population structure in generating sex differences in competition across vertebrates and (b) evolutionary interactions between parental care, mate choice and competition in fish and birds.


Leedale AE, Simeoni M, Sharp SP, Green JP, Slate J, Lachlan RF, Robinson EJH & Hatchwell BJ. 2020. Cost, risk and avoidance of inbreeding in a cooperatively breeding bird. PNAS, https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1918726117

Green JP& Hatchwell BJ. 2018. Inclusive fitness consequences of dispersal decisions in a cooperatively-breeding bird. PNAS,115, 12011-12016.

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Khwaja N, Hatchwell BJ, Freckleton RP & Green JP. 2017. Sex allocation patterns across cooperatively breeding birds do not support the repayment hypothesis. American Naturalist, 190, 547-556.

Kenny E, Birkhead T, Green JP. 2017. Allopreening in birds is associated with parental cooperation and stable pair bonds across years. Behavioural Ecology,28, 1142-1148.

Green JP, Freckleton RP & Hatchwell BJ. 2016. Variation in helper effort among cooperatively breeding bird species is consistent with Hamilton’s Rule. Nature Communications, 7, 12663.

Green JP, Almond EJ, Williamson J & Field J. 2016. Regulation of host colony activity by the social parasite Polistes semenowi. Insectes Sociaux, 63, 385-393.

Green JP*, Holmes AM*, Davidson AJ, Paterson S, Stockley P, Beynon RJ & Hurst JL. 2015. The genetic basis of kin recognition in a cooperatively breeding mammal. Current Biology, 25, 2631-2641. *Joint first authors

Green JP*, Foster RA*, Wilkins L, Osorio D & Hartley SE. 2015. Leaf colour as a signal of chemical defence to insect herbivores in wild cabbage (Brassica oleracea). PLoS ONE, 10, e0136884. *Joint first authors

Hartley SE, Green JP, Massey FP, Press MCP, Stewart AJA & John EA. 2015. Hemiparasitic plant impacts animal and plant communities across four trophic levels. Ecology, 96, 2408-2416

Green JP, Cant MA & Field J. 2014. Using social parasitism to test reproductive skew models in a primitively eusocial wasp.Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 281, 20141206.

Green JP, Leadbeater EA, Carruthers JM, Rosser N, Lucas ER & Field J. 2013. Clypeal patterning in the paper wasp Polistes dominulus: no evidence of adaptive value in the wild. Behavioural Ecology, 24, 623-633.

Green JP, Rose C & Field J. 2012. The role of climatic factors in the expression of an intrasexual signal in the paper wasp Polistes dominulusEthology, 118, 766-774.

Green JP & Field J. 2011. Assessment between species: information gathering in usurpation contests between a paper wasp and its social parasite. Animal Behaviour, 81, 1263-1269.

Green JP & Field J. 2011. Interpopulation variation in status signalling in the paper wasp Polistes dominulusAnimal Behaviour, 81, 205-209.

Leadbeater EA, Carruthers JM, Green JP, Rosser N & Field J. 2011. Nest inheritance is the missing source of direct fitness in a primitively eusocial insect. Science, 333, 874-876.

Leadbeater EA, Carruthers JM, Green JP, van Heusden J & Field J. 2010. Unrelated helpers in a primitively eusocial wasp: is helping tailored towards direct fitness? PLoS One, 5, e11997.