Dr Kristina Beck

Dr Kristina Beck


Name: Dr Kristina Beck
Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Email: kristina.beck@zoo.ox.ac.uk


I graduated from the Ludwig-Maximilian University, Germany, with a BSc in Biology in 2014 and received a MSc in Animal Behaviour from the University in Vienna, Austria, in 2016. Subsequently, I started my PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany, supervised by Bart Kempenaers, Mihai Valcu and Damien Farine. In my PhD project I examined the link between social structure and mating patterns in blue tits. Since 2020, I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, in the lab of Ben Sheldon.


My main research aims at understanding how individual phenotypic differences and ecology affect social structure and its’ consequences for various processes such as reproduction, movement decisions and information transmission. Recently, I got interested in understanding how the spread of behaviour through natural bird populations is affected by social structure. More specifically, I aim to explore how 1) ecological processes that lead to variation in social structure and 2) individual differences in sociality influence the social transmission of behaviour. I study these questions using novel automated technologies that allow for experimental manipulations of wild populations and a range of analytical approaches.


Cantor M., Maldonado-Chaparro A.A., Beck K.B., Carter G.G., He P., Hillemann F., Klarevas-Irby J.A., Lang S.D.J., Ogino M., Papageorgiou D., Prox L., Farine D.R.: Animal social networks: revealing the causes and implications of social structure in ecology and evolution. Journal of Animal Ecology (in press)

Beck K.B., Valcu M., Kempenaers B. (2020): Analysis of within-individual variation in extra-pair paternity in blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus) shows low repeatability and little effect of changes in neighbourhood. Behavioral Ecology (in press)

Beck K.B.*, Loretto M.-C.*, Bugnyar T. (2020): Effects of site fidelity, group size and age on food caching behaviour of common ravens. Animal Behaviour, 164, 51-64. * shared first authors https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2020.03.015

Beck K.B., Farine D.R., Kempenaers B. (2020). Winter associations predict social and extra-pair mating patterns in a wild songbird. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 287(1921), 20192606. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2019.2606

Beck K.B., Loretto M.-C., Ringler M., Hödl W., Pašukonis A. (2017). Relying on known or exploring for new? Movement patterns and reproductive resource use in a tadpole-transporting frog. PeerJ 5:e3745. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.3745

Pašukonis A.*, Beck K.B.*, Fischer M.T., Weinlein S., Stückler S., Ringler E. (2017). Induced parental care in a poison frog: a tadpole cross-fostering experiment. Journal of Experimental Biology, 220(21), 3949-3954. * shared first authors  http://jeb.biologists.org/content/220/21/3949

Ringler E., Beck K.B., Weinlein S., Huber L., Ringler M. (2017). Adopt, ignore, or kill? Male poison frogs adjust parental decisions according to their territorial status. Scientific Reports, 7, 43544. http://doi.org/10.1038/srep43544

Twitter: @KristinaBeck_