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Multimodal mother-offspring recognition – the relative importance of sensory cues in a colonial mammal
Wierucka, K., Pitcher, B.J., Harcourt, R., Charrier, I. 2018. Animal Behaviour


Recent prey capture experience and dynamic habitat quality mediate short-term foraging site fidelity in a seabird.
Carroll, G., Harcourt, R., Pitcher, B.J., Slip, D., Jonsen, I. 2018. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 10.1098/rspb.2018.0788

Visual cues do not enhance sea lion pups’ response to multimodal maternal cues.
Wierucka, K., Charrier, I., Harcourt, R., Pitcher, B.J. 2018. Scientific Reports 8 (1): 9845

Australian Sea Lion Monitoring Framework: background document
Pitcher, B.J. 2018. Report prepared for the Department of the Environment, Canberra.


The role of visual cues in mother-pup reunions in a colonially breeding mammal.
Wierucka, K., Pitcher, B.J., Harcourt, R., Charrier, I. 2017. Biology Letters 13 (11): 20170444

Hierarchical influences of prey distribution on patterns of prey capture by a marine predator.
Carroll, G., Cox, M., Harcourt, R., Pitcher, B.J., Slip, D., Jonsen, I. 2017. Functional Ecology 10.1111/1365-2435.12873

Cross-modal recognition of familiar conspecifics in goats.
Pitcher, B.J., Briefer, E.F., Baciadonna, L., McElligott, A.G. 2017. Royal Society Open Science doi: 10.1098/rsos.160346


Chemical fingerprints reveal clues to identity, heterozygosity, and relatedness.
Pitcher, B.J., Charrier, I., Harcourt, R.G. 2015. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA doi: 10.1073/pnas.1514278112

Intrasexual selection drives sensitivity to pitch, formants and duration in the competitive calls of fallow bucks.
Pitcher, B.J., Briefer, E.F., McElligott, A.G. 2015. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15:149 doi:10.1186/s12862-015-0429-7


Fallow bucks attend to vocal cues of motivation and fatigue.
Pitcher, B.J., Briefer, E.F., Vannoni, E., McElligott, A.G. 2014.  Behavioral Ecology 25:392-401 doi:10.1093/beheco/art131

Acoustic divergence in the rut vocalizations of Persian and European fallow deer.
Stachowicz, J.B., Vannoni, E., Pitcher, B.J., Briefer, E.F., Geffen, E., McElligott, A.G. 2014. Journal of Zoology 292: 1-9


Sex-biased sound symbolism in English-language first names.
Pitcher, B.J., Mesoudi, A., McElligott, A.G. 2013.  PLOS ONE 8(6): e64825. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0064825

Alarming features: birds use specific acoustic properties to identify heterospecific alarm calls.
Fallow, P.M., Pitcher, B.J., Magrath, R.D. 2013. Proceedings of the Royal Society B


Individual identity encoding and environmental constraints in vocal recognition of pups by Australian sea lion mothers.
Pitcher, B.J., Harcourt, R.G., Charrier, I.  2012. Animal Behaviour 83: 681-690


Allosuckling behaviour in the Australian sea lion (Neophoca cinerea): An updated understanding.
Pitcher, B.J., Ahonen, H., Charrier, I., Harcourt, R.G. 2011. Marine Mammal Science 27 (4): 881-888

Social olfaction in marine mammals: wild female Australian sea lions can identify their pup’s scent.
Pitcher, B.J., Harcourt, R.G., Schaal, B., Charrier, I. 2011. Biology Letters 7: 60-62


Rapid onset of maternal vocal recognition in a colonially breeding mammal, the Australian sea lion.
Pitcher, B.J., Harcourt, R.G., Charrier, I. 2010. PLOS ONE 5: e12195

The memory remains: Long-term vocal recognition in Australian sea lions.
Pitcher, B.J., Harcourt, R.G., Charrier, I. 2010. Animal Cognition 13: 771-776.

Vocal discrimination in mate guarding male Australian sea lions: familiarity breeds contempt.
Attard, M.R.G., Pitcher, B.J., Charrier, I., Ahonen, H., Harcourt, R.G. 2010. Ethology 116: 704-712


Delayed onset of vocal recognition in Australian sea lion pups (Neophoca cinerea).
Pitcher, B.J., Ahonen, H., Harcourt, R.G., Charrier, I. 2009. Naturwissenschaften 96: 901-909.

Vocal recognition of mothers by Australian sea lion pups: individual signature and environmental constraints.
Charrier, I., Pitcher, B.J., Harcourt, R.G. 2009. Animal Behaviour 78: 1127-1134.

An avian eavesdropping network: alarm signal reliability and heterospecific response.
Magrath, R.D., Pitcher, B.J., Gardner, J.L. 2009. Behavioral Ecology 20: 745-752.

Recognition of other species’ aerial alarm calls: speaking the same language or learning another?
Magrath, R.D., Pitcher, B.J., Gardner, J.L. 2009. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276: 769-774.


How to be fed but not eaten: nestling responses to parental food calls and the sound of a predator’s footsteps.
Magrath, R.D., Pitcher, B.J., Dalziell, A.H. 2007. Animal Behaviour 74: 1117-1129.

A mutual understanding? Interspecific responses by birds to each other’s aerial alarm calls.
Magrath, R.D., Pitcher, B.J., Gardner, J.L. 2007. Behavioral Ecology 18: 944-951.