Prof Ian Owens

Ian Owens
  • Director of Science
  • Science Directorate department
  • Science Directorate
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 5BD

Biography

Employment

2011 -                   Director of Science, Natural History Museum, London

2004 -                   Professor of Evolutionary Ecology, Imperial College London

2007 - 2011         Head of Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London

2006 - 2009         Head of Division of Biology, Imperial College London

2006 - 2009         Head of Section of Ecology and Evolution, Imperial College London

2004 - 2010         Assistant Director, NERC Centre for Population Biology

2002 - 2004         Reader, Imperial College London

2000 - 2002         Governors’ Lecturer, Imperial College London

1995 - 2000         Lecturer, Senior Lecturer in Ecology, University of Queensland, Australia

1992 - 1995         NERC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
                               Institute of Zoology, and University College London, UK

1987                      Vacation Scholarship, Natural History Museum at Tring (Bird Group)

Education

1988 - 1991         PhD Zoology, University of Leicester, UK: ‘Sexual selection in the sex role 
                               reversed Eurasian dotterel’.

1985 - 1988         BSc Zoology, University of Liverpool, UK.

Professional Roles

Editorial boards     Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B
                                   Ecology Letters
                                   Behavioral Ecology
                                   Journal of Evolutionary Biology
                                   BMC Evolutionary Biology
                                   BMC Ecology.

Grant panels           NERC Fellowships panel
                                   NERC Grants panels
                                   NERC Steering Panel on Post-genomics and proteomics
                                   NERC Strategy Advisory Committee on Biodiversity
                                   NERC Peer Review College; Member
                                   DEFRA Peer Review Panel
                                   ERA-Net BiodivERsA Evaluation Committee, EU F6
                                   ARC International Reader

Review panels       Scientific Review Panel, University of Helsinki, Finland
                                   Scientific Review Panel, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones 
                                   Científicas, Spain
                                   External review, Monash University, Australia

Examiner                 University of Cambridge, Part II Natural Sciences (Zoology);
                                   University of East Anglia, MSc course in Conservation Biology;
                                   Lancaster University, MSc in Ecology and the Environment.

Awards                    Vice Chancellors Award for Excellence, University of Queensland
                                   Scientific Medal, Zoological Society of London

Research

We study the ecological and genetic basis of diversification, using empirical, molecular and comparative methods. This work uses approaches developed in the fields of ecology, behaviour, quantitative genetics and evolution. Most of our study organisms are vertebrates, particularly birds.

Biodiversity, hotspots and extinction

Why have different lineages suffered such very different evolutionary fates, in terms of rates of extinction and cladogenesis? One set of explanations suggests that differences between lineages in macroevolutionary parameters is simply due to chance, with there being no consistent differences in terms of intrinsic biological characteristics between 'winners' and 'losers'. Most of our work suggests that this is not the case, as we have identified a series of robust ecological correlates of variation in both extinction-rate and species-richness. The ongoing challenge is to demonstrate empirically why traits such as ecological specialisation is associated with patterns of extinction and speciation. We are now extending our work to macrecological questions, such as the latitudinal gradient in species richness, the ecological basis of 'biodiversity hotspots', and geographic variation in rates of genetic recombination. This new work combines traditional phylogeny-based comparative methods with new approaches to bioinfomatic mining of genomic databases.

Tempo and mode of evolution in island birds

Island-dwelling races are often very different from their mainland counterparts, in terms of morphology, behaviour and ecology. Insular races of passerine birds, for instance, are often much larger than their mainland counterparts, whereas insular races of non-passerine are generally larger than expected. The traditional explanation for these sorts of shifts are based on selection acting of feeding behaviour due to changes in the level of interspecific competition. Again, however, there are several other explanation including other forms of selection and neutral mechanisms. We are currently testing these competing hypotheses using the island-dwelling birds of the South West Pacific and the North Atlantic, using neutral genetic marker-based methods to estimate quantitative genetic parameters such as heritability and genetic covariance.

Speciation and sexual signals

Why do closely-related species often have such very different sexual displays and sexual ornaments? The traditional explanation is that interspecific variation in sexual displays represent 'reproductive character displacement', that is an adaptation to prevent hybridisation with the other species. However, equally plausible explanations include the hypotheses that (i) closely-related species have different signals because they live in subtly different signalling environments, or (ii) racial differences are due to neutral genetic mechanisms such as drift or founder events, or (iii) differences in sexual displays evolve through cultural evolution via sexual imprinting. We test these conflicting hypotheses using a combination of marker-based estimates of genetic covariance, field-based experiments, mate choice trials in the laboratory, quantitative measurement of reflectance spectra, and comparative approaches. We also have related projects on the function of carotenoid-based colouration, fluorescence in parrots, and UV-reflective colouration.

Publications

Book chapters and conferences

Journal articles

2010
  • Ishtiaq F, Clegg SM, Phillimore AB, Black RA, Owens IPF and Sheldon BC. ( 2010 ) Biogeographical patterns of blood parasite lineage diversity in avian hosts from southern Melanesian islands. Journal of Biogeography 37 : 120 - 132 . doi:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2009.02189.x
  • Pigot AL, Owens IPF and Orme CDL. ( 2010 ) The environmental limits to geographic range expansion in birds. Ecology Letters 13 (6) : 705 - 715 . doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2010.01462.x
  • Pigot AL, Phillimore AB, Owens IPF and Orme CD. ( 2010 ) The shape and temporal dynamics of phylogenetic trees arising from geographic speciation. Systematic Biology 59 : 660 - 673 . doi:10.1093/sysbio/syq058
  • Pigot AL, Phillimore AB, Owens IPF and Orme CDL. ( 2010 ) The shape and temporal dynamics of phylogenetic trees arising from geographic speciation. Syst Biol 59 : 660 - 673 . doi:10.1093/sysbio/syq058
  • Powney GD, Grenyer R, Orme CDL, Owens IPF and Meiri S. ( 2010 ) Hot, dry and different: Australian lizard richness is unlike that of mammals, amphibians and birds. Global Ecology and Biogeography 19 (3) : 386 - 396 . doi:10.1111/j.1466-8238.2009.00521.x
2009
  • Grenyer R, Orme CDL, Jackson SF, Thomas GH, Davies RG, Davies TJ, Jones KE, Olson VA, Ridgely RS, Rasmussen PC, Ding TS, Bennett PM, Blackburn TM, Gaston KJ, Gittleman JL and Owens IPF. ( 2009 ) Corrigendum to Global distribution and conservation of rare and threatened vertebrates (vol 444, pg 93, 2006). Nature 458 : 238 - 238 . doi:10.1038/nature07834
  • Olson VA, Davies RG, Orme CDL, Thomas GH, Meiri S, Blackburn TM, Gaston KJ, Owens IPF and Bennett PM. ( 2009 ) Global biogeography and ecology of body size in birds. Ecology Letters 12 : 249 - 259 . doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2009.01281.x
  • Olson VA, Davies RG, Orme CDL, Thomas GH, Meiri S, Blackburn TM, Gaston KJ, Owens IPF, Bennett PM. ( 2009 ) Global biogeography and ecology of body size in birds. Ecology Letters 12 : 249 - 259 . doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2009.01281.x
2008
  • Clegg SM, Frentiu FD, Kikkawa J, Tavecchia and Owens IPF ( 2008 ) 4000 years of phenotypic change in an island bird: heterogeneity of selection over three microevolutionary timescales. Evolution 62 : 2393 - 2410 . doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2008.00437.x
  • Clegg SM, Frentiu FD, Kikkawa J, Tavecchia G and Owens IPF. ( 2008 ) 4000 years of phenotypic change in an island bird: Heterogeneity of selection over three microevolutionary timescales Evolution 62 (9) : 2393 - 2410 . doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2008.00437.x
  • Frentiu FD, Clegg SM, Chittock J, Burke T, Blows MW and Owens IPF. ( 2008 ) Pedigree-free animal models: the relatedness matrix reloaded. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B. 275 : 639 - 647 .
  • Frentiu1 FD, Clegg SM, Chittock J, Burke T, Blows MW and Owens IPF. ( 2008 ) Pedigree-free animal models: the relatedness matrix reloaded. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 275 : 639 - 647 . doi:10.1098/rspb.2007.1032
  • Ishtiaq F, Guillaumot L, Clegg SM, Phillimore AB, Black RA, Owens IPF, Mundy NI and Sheldon BC. ( 2008 ) Avian haematozoan parasites and their associations with mosquitoes across Southwest Pacific Islands. Molecular Ecology 17 : 4545 - 4555 . doi:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2008.03935.x
  • Phillimore AB, Orme CDL, Thomas GH, Blackburn TM, Bennett PM and Gaston KJ. ( 2008 ) Sympatric speciation in birds: insights form range data and simulations. American Naturalist 171 : 646 - 657 . American Naturalist | doi: 10.1086/587074
  • Phillimore AB, Orme CLD, Thomas GH, Blackburn TM, Bennett PM, Gaston KJ and Owens IPF. ( 2008 ) Sympatric speciation in birds is rare: Insights from range data and simulations. American Naturalist 171 (5) : 646 - 657 . doi: 10.1086/587074
  • Phillimore AB, Owens IPF, Black RA, Chittock J , Burke T and Clegg SM. ( 2008 ) Complex patterns of genetic and phenotypic divergence in an island bird and the consequences for delimiting conservation units. Molecular Ecology 17(12) : 2839 - 2853, ISSN:0962-1083 . doi:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2008.03794.x
  • Thomas GH, Orme CDL, Davies RG, Olson VA, Bennett PM, Gaston KJ, Owens IPF and Blackburn TM. ( 2008 ) Regional variation in the historical components of global avian species richness. Global Ecology and Biogeography 17 : 340 - 351 . doi:10.1111/j.1466-8238.2008.00384.x
2007
  • Davies RG, Orme CDL, Storch D,  Olson VA,
    Thomas GH, Ross SG, Ding TS, Rasmussen PC, Bennett PM, Owens IPF, Blackburn TM and Gaston KJ. ( 2007 ) Topography, energy and the global distribution of bird species richness Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 274 : 1189 - 1197, ISSN:0962-8452 . doi:10.1098/rspb.2006.0061
  • Frentiu FD, Clegg SM, Blows MW and Owens IPF ( 2007 ) Large body size in an island-dwelling bird: a microevolutionary analysis Journal of Evolutionary Biology 20 (2) : 639 - 649, ISSN:1010-061X . doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2006.01242.x
  • Gaston KJ, Davies RG, Orme CDL, Olson VA, Thomas GH, Ding TS, Rasmussen PC,  Lennon JJ, Bennet PM, Owens IPF and  Blackburn TM. ( 2007 ) Spatial turnover in the global avifauna Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 274 : 1567 - 1574, ISSN:0962-8452 . doi:10.1098/rspb.2007.0236
  • Grenyer R, Orme CDL, Davies TJ, Jackson SF, Davies RG, Olson VA, Jones KE, Gaston KJ, Blackburn TM, Thomas GH, Bennett PM, Rasmussen PC, Ding TS, Gittleman JL and Owens IPF. ( 2007 ) Effective global conservation strategies - reply Nature 450 : E20-E20, ISSN:0028-0836 . doi:10.1038/nature06375
  • Hadfield JD, Nutall A, Osorio D and Owens IPF. ( 2007 ) Testing the phenotypic gambit: phenotypic, genetic and environmental correlations of colour. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 20 (2) : 549 - 557, ISSN:1010-061X . doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2006.01262.x
  • Phillimore AB, Orme CDL, Davies RG, Hadfield JD, Reed WJ, Gaston KJ, Freckleton RP and Owens IPF. ( 2007 ) Biogeographical basis of recent phenotypic divergence among birds: A global study of subspecies richness Evolution 61 : 942 - 957, ISSN:0014-3820 . doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2007.00068.x
2006
  • Davies RG, Orme CDL, Olson V,Thomas GH, Ross SG, Ding TS, Rasmussen PC, Stattersfield AJ, Bennett PM, Blackburn TM, Owens IPF and Gaston KJ. ( 2006 ) Human impacts and the global distribution of extinction risk Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 273 : 2127 - 2133, ISSN:0962-8452 . doi:10.1098/rspb.2006.3551
  • Goss-Custard JD, West AD, Yates MG, Caldow RWG, Stillman RA, Bardsley L, Castilla J, Castro M, Dierschke V, Le V. dit Durell SEA, Eichhorn G, Ens BJ, Exo KM, Udayangani-Fernando PU, Ferns PN, Hockey PAR, Gill JA, Johnstone I, Kalejta-Summers B, Masero JA, Moreira F, Nagarajan RV, Ian P. F. Owens IPF,  Pacheco C,  Perez-Hurtado A, Rogers D, Scheiffarth G, Sitters H, Sutherland WJ, Triplet P, Worrall DH Zharikov Y, Zwarts L and  Pettifor RA. ( 2006 ) Intake rates and the functional response in shorebirds (Charadriiformes) eating macro-invertebrates. Biological Reviews 81 : 501 - 529, ISSN:1464-7931 . doi: 10.1111/j.1469-185X.2006.tb00216.x
  • Grenyer R, Orme CDL, Jackson SF,  Thomas GH, Davies RG, Davies TJ, Jones KE, Olson VA, Ridgely RS, Rasmussen PC, Ding TS, Bennett PM, Blackburn TM, Gaston KJ, Gittleman JL and Owens IPF. ( 2006 ) Global distribution and conservation of rare and threatened vertebrates Nature 444 : 93 - 96, ISSN:0028-0836 . doi:10.1038/nature05237
  • Hadfield JD, Burgess MD, Lord A, Phillimore AB, Clegg SM and Owens IPF. ( 2006 ) Direct versus idirect sexual selection: genetic basis of colour size and recruitment in a wild bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 273 (1592) : 1347 - 1353 . doi:10.1098/rspb.2005.3459
  • Hadfield JD, Owens IPF. ( 2006 ) Strong environmental determination of a carotenoid-based plumage trait is not mediated by carotenoid availability Journal of Evolutionary Biology 19 (4) : 1104 - 1114, ISSN:1010-061X . doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2006.01095.x
  • Orme CDL, Davies RG, Olson VA, Thomas GH, Ding TS, Rasmussen PC, Ridgely RS, Stattersfield AJ, Bennett PM, Owens IPF, Blackburn TM and Gaston KJ. ( 2006 ) Global patterns of geographic range size in birds PLoS Biology 4 (7) : 1276 - 1283, ISSN:1544-9173 . doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0040208
  • Owens IPF ( 2006 ) Where is behavioural ecology going? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 21 (7) : 356 - 361, ISSN:0169-5347 . doi:10.1016/j.tree.2006.03.014
  • Phillimore AB, Freckleton RP, Orme CDL,and Owens IPF. ( 2006 ) Ecology predicts large-scale patterns of phylogenetic diversification in birds. American Naturalist 168 (2) : 220 - 229, ISSN:0003-0147 . doi:10.1086/505763
  • Phillimore AB, Owens IPF. ( 2006 ) Are subspecies useful in evolutionary and conservation biology? Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 273 (1590) : 1049 - 1053, ISSN:0962-8452 . doi: 10.1098/rspb.2005.3425
  • Storch D, Davies RG, Zajíček,S, Orme CDL,Olson, V, Thomas GH, Ding TS Rasmussen PC, Ridgely RS, Bennett PM, Blackburn TM,Owens IPF, Gaston KJ. ( 2006 ) Energy, range dynamics and global species richness patterns: reconciling mid-domain effects and environmental determinants of avian diversity Ecology Letters 9 (12) : 1308 - 1320, ISSN:1461-023X . doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2006.00984.x
2005
  • Arnold KE, Owens IPF, Goldizen AW. ( 2005 ) Division of labour within cooperatively breeding groups. Behaviour 142 : 1577 - 1590, ISSN:0005-7959 . doi:10.1163/156853905774831927
  • Cardillo M, Orme CDL, Owens IPF. ( 2005 ) Testing for latitudinal bias in diversification rates: An example using New World birds. Ecology 86 (9) : 2278 - 2287, ISSN:0012-9658 . doi:10.1890/05-0112
  • Gleeson DJ, Blows MW, Owens IPF ( 2005 ) Genetic covariance between indices of body condition and immunocompetence in a passerine bird BMC Evolutionary Biology 5 : 61, ISSN:1471-2148 . doi:10.1186/1471-2148-5-61
  • Olson VA, Owens IPF. ( 2005 ) Interspecific variation in the use of carotenoid-based coloration in birds: diet, life history and phylogeny Journal of Evolutionary Biology 18 (6) : 1534 - 1546 . doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2005.00940.x
  • Orme CDL, Davies RG, Burgess M, Eigenbrod F, Pickup N, Olson VA, Webster AJ, Ding T-S, Ridgely RS, Stattersfield AJ, Bennett PM, Blackburn TM, Gaston KJ and Owens IPF. ( 2005 ) Global hotspots of species richness are not congruent with endemism or threat. Nature 436 : 1016 - 1019, ISSN:0028-0836 . doi:10.1038/nature03850
  • Stuart-Fox D, Owens IPF. ( 2005 ) Erratum to Species richness in agamid lizards: chance, body size, sexual selection or ecology? (vol 16, pg 659, 2003) Journal of Evolutionary Biology 18 : 245 . doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2004.00848.x
2004
  • Fisher Do, Owens IPF. ( 2004 ) The comparative method in conservation biology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 19 : 391 - 398, ISSN:0169-5347 . doi:10.1016/j.tree.2004.05.004
  • Stuart-Fox DM, Moussalli A, Johnston GR, Owens IPF. ( 2004 ) Erratum to Evolution of color variation in dragon lizards: quantitative tests of the role of crypsis and local adaptation (vol 58, pg 1549, 2004) Evolution 58 : 2110 - 2110, ISSN:0014-3820 . Evolution | doi: 10.1111/j.0014-3820.2004.tb01735.x
  • Stuart-Fox DM, Moussalli A, Johnston GR,Owens IPF. ( 2004 ) Evolution of color variation in dragon lizards: Quantitative tests of the role of crypsis and local adaptation. Evolution 58 : 1549 - 1559, ISSN:0014-3820 . doi: 10.1111/j.0014-3820.2004.tb01735.x
2003
  • Fisher Do, Blomberg SP and Owens IPF. ( 2003 ) Extrinsic versus intrinsic factors in the decline and extinction of Australian marsupials. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 270 (3) : 1801 - 1808, ISSN:0962-8452 . doi:10.1098/rspb.2003.2447
  • Frentiu FD, Lange CL, Burke T and Owens IPF ( 2003 ) Isolation of microsatellite loci in the Capricorn silvereye, Zosterops lateralis chlorocephalus (Aves : Zosteropidae). Molecular Ecology Notes 3 (3) : 462 - 464, ISSN:1471-8278 . doi:10.1046/j.1471-8286.2003.00484.x
  • Hausmann F, Arnold KE, Marshall NJ and Owens IPF ( 2003 ) Ultraviolet signals in birds are special. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 270 : 61 - 67, ISSN:0962-8452 . doi:10.1098/rspb.2002.2200
  • Robinson-Wolrath SI, Owens IPF. ( 2003 ) Large size in an island-dwelling bird: intraspecific competition and the Dominance Hypothesis. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 16 (6) : 1106 - 1114, ISSN:1010-061X . doi:10.1046/j.1420-9101.2003.00615.x
  • Scott SN, Clegg SM, Blomberg SP, Kikkawa J and Owens IPF ( 2003 ) Morphological shifts in island-dwelling birds: The roles of generalist foraging and niche expansion. Evolution 57 : 2147 - 2156, ISSN:0014-3820 . doi:10.1111/j.0014-3820.2003.tb00392.x
  • Stuart - Fox DM, Moussalli A, Marshall NJ, and Owens IPF. ( 2003 ) Conspicuous males suffer higher predation risk: visual modelling and experimental evidence from lizards. Animal Behaviour 66 (3) : 541 - 550 . doi:10.1006/anbe.2003.2235
  • Stuart-Fox D, Owens IPF ( 2003 ) Species richness in agamid lizards: chance, body size, sexual selection or ecology? Journal of Evolutionary Biology 16 (4) : 659 - 669, ISSN:1010-061X . doi:10.1046/j.1420-9101.2003.00573.x
  • Westneat DF, Bourke A, Elgar M, Houde A, Owens IPF, Rosenqvist G and Zuk M. ( 2003 ) Letter from the Editors Behavioral Ecology 14 (1) : 1 . doi: 10.1093/beheco/14.1.1
  • Wilson K, Moore SL and Owens IPF ( 2003 ) Response to comment on "Parasites as a viability cost of sexual selection in natural populations of mammals" Science 300 (5616) : 55, ISSN:0036-8075 . doi:10.1126/science.1081430
2002
  • Arnold KE, Owens IPF ( 2002 ) Extra-pair paternity and egg dumping in birds: life history, parental care and the risk of retaliation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 269 : 1263 - 1269, ISSN:0962-8452 . doi:10.1098/rspb.2002.2013
  • Arnold KE, Owens IPF and Marshall NJ. ( 2002 ) Fluorescent signaling in parrots. Science 295 : 92 - 92, ISSN:0036-8075 . doi:10.1126/science.295.5552.92
  • Clegg SM, Degnan SM, Kikkawa J, Moritz C, Estoup A, and Owens IPF. ( 2002 ) Genetic consequences of sequential founder events by an island-colonizing bird. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 99 : 8127 - 8132, ISSN:0027-8424 . doi:10.1073/pnas.102583399
  • Clegg SM, Degnan SM, Moritz C, Estoup A, Kikkawa J and  Owens IPF. ( 2002 ) Microevolution in island forms: The roles of drift and directional selection in morphological divergence of a passerine bird. Evolution 56 : 2090 - 2099, ISSN:0014-3820 . doi:10.1111/j.0014-3820.2002.tb00134.x
  • Clegg SM, Owens IPF. ( 2002 ) The 'island rule' in birds: medium body size and its ecological explanation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 269 : 1359 - 1365, ISSN:0962-8452 . doi:10.1098/rspb.2002.2024
  • Fisher Do, Blomberg SP and Owens IPF. ( 2002 ) Convergent maternal care strategies in ungulates and macropods. Evolution 56 : 167 - 176, ISSN:0014-3820 . doi:10.1111/j.0014-3820.2002.tb00858.x
  • Griffith SC, Owens IPF and Thuman KA. ( 2002 ) Extra pair paternity in birds: a review of interspecific variation and adaptive function. Molecular Ecology 11 : 2195 - 2212 . doi:10.1046/j.1365-294X.2002.01613.x
  • McNaught MK, Owens IPF. ( 2002 ) Interspecific variation in plumage colour among birds: species recognition or light environment? Journal of Evolutionary Biology 15 : 505 - 514, ISSN:1010-061X . doi:10.1046/j.1420-9101.2002.00431.x
  • Owens IPF ( 2002 ) Sex differences in mortality rate. Science 297 : 2008 - 2009, ISSN:0036-8075 . doi:10.1126/science.1076813
  • Owens IPF ( 2002 ) Male-only care and classical polyandry in birds: phylogeny, ecology and sex differences in re mating opportunities. Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 357 : 283 - 293, ISSN:0962-8436 . doi:10.1098/rstb.2001.0929
2001
  • Fisher DO, Owens IPF and Johnson CN. ( 2001 ) The ecological basis of life history variation in marsupials. Ecology 82 : 3531 - 3540, ISSN:0012-9658 . doi:10.1890/0012-9658(2001)082[3531:TEBOLH]2.0.CO;2
  • Kirk KM, Blomberg SP, Duffy DL, Heath AC, Owens  IPF and  Martin NG. ( 2001 ) Natural selection and quantitative genetics of life-history traits in western women: A twin study. Evolution 55 : 423 - 435, ISSN:0014-3820 . doi:10.1111/j.0014-3820.2001.tb01304.x
  • Proctor H, Owens IPF. ( 2001 ) Mites on birds - Response from Proctor & Owens. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 16 : 19 - 20, ISSN:0169-5347 . doi:10.1016/S0169-5347(00)02014-0
2000
  • Fisher Do, Owens IPF ( 2000 ) Female home range size and the evolution of social organization in macropod marsupials. Journal of Animal Ecology 69 : 1083 - 1098, ISSN:0021-8790 . doi:10.1111/j.1365-2656.2000.00450.x
  • Gleeson DJ, McCallum HI, and Owens IPF. ( 2000 ) Differences in initial and acquired resistance to Ichthyohthirius multifiliis between populations of rainbowfish. Journal of Fish Biology 57 : 466 - 475, ISSN:0022-1112 . doi:10.1111/j.1095-8649.2000.tb02185.x
  • Owens IPF, Bennett PM. ( 2000 ) Ecological basis of extinction risk in birds: Habitat loss versus human persecution and introduced predators. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 97 : 12144 - 12148, ISSN:0027-8424 . doi:10.1073/pnas.200223397
  • Owens IPF, Bennett PM. ( 2000 ) Quantifying biodiversity: a phenotypic perspective. Conservation Biology 14 : 1014 - 1022, ISSN:0888-8892 . doi:10.1046/j.1523-1739.2000.98509.x
  • Proctor H, Owens I ( 2000 ) Mites and birds: diversity, parasitism and coevolution Trends in Ecology and Evolution 15 : 358 - 364, ISSN:0169-5347 . doi:10.1016/S0169-5347(00)01924-8
1999
  • Arnold KE, Owens IPF. ( 1999 ) Cooperative breeding in birds: the role of ecology. Behavioral Ecology 10 : 465 - 471 . doi:10.1093/beheco/10.5.465
  • Griffith SC, Owens IPF and Burke T. ( 1999 ) Environmental determination of a sexually selected trait. Nature 400 : 358-360 . doi:10.1038/22536
  • Griffith SC, Owens IPF and Burke T. ( 1999 ) Female choice and annual reproductive success favour less-ornamented male house sparrows. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 266 : 765 - 770 . doi:10.1098/rspb.1999.0703
  • Owens I, Rowe C and Thomas A ( 1999 ) Sexual selection: separating genes from imprinting - Reply from I.P.F. Owens, C. Rowe and A.L.R. Thomas. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 14 : 399 - 399 . doi:10.1016/S0169-5347(99)01714-0
  • Owens I, Rowe C, Thomas A ( 1999 ) Reply from Owens  IPF, Rowe C and  Thomas ALR. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 14 : ISSN:0169-5347 . doi:10.1016/S0169-5347(99)01714-0
  • Owens IPF, Bennett PM and  Harvey PH. ( 1999 ) Species richness among birds: body size, life history, sexual selection or ecology? Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 266 : 933 - 939 . doi:10.1098/rspb.1999.0726
  • Owens IPF, Rowe C and Thomas ALR. ( 1999 ) Sexual selection, speciation and imprinting: separating the sheep from the goats. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 14 : 131 - 132 . doi:10.1016/S0169-5347(98)01578-X
  • Owens IPF, Wilson K. ( 1999 ) Immunocompetence: a neglected life history trait or conspicuous red herring? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 14 : 170 - 172 . doi:10.1016/S0169-5347(98)01580-8
  • Royle NJ, Hartley IR, Owens IPF and Parker GA. ( 1999 ) Sibling competition and the evolution of growth rates in birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 266 : 923 - 932 . doi:10.1098/rspb.1999.0725
  • Widemo F, Owens IPF. ( 1999 ) Size and stability of vertebrate leks. Animal Behaviour 58 : 1217 - 1221 . doi:10.1006/anbe.1999.1267
1998
  • Arnold KE, Owens IPF. ( 1998 ) Cooperative breeding in birds: a comparative test of the life history hypothesis. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 265 : 739 - 745, ISSN:0962-8452 . doi:10.1098/rspb.1998.0355
  • Olson VA, Owens IPF. ( 1998 ) Costly sexual signals: are carotenoids rare, risky or required? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 13 : 510 - 514, ISSN:0169-5347 . doi:10.1016/S0169-5347(98)01484-0
  • Owens IPF, Hartley IR ( 1998 ) Sexual dimorphism in birds: why are there so many different forms of dimorphism? Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 265 : 397 - 407, ISSN:0962-8452 . doi:10.1098/rspb.1998.0308
1997
  • Bennett PM, Owens IPF ( 1997 ) Variation in extinction risk among birds: Chance or evolutionary predisposition? Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 264 : 401 - 408, ISSN:0962-8452 . doi:10.1098/rspb.1997.0057
  • Owens IPF, Bennett PM. ( 1997 ) Variation in mating system among birds: ecological basis revealed by hierarchical comparative analysis of mate desertion. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 264 : 1103 - 1110, ISSN:0962-8452 . doi:10.1098/rspb.1997.0152
1995
  • Owens IPF, Andrew Dixon A, Burke T and Thompson DBA ( 1995 ) Strategic paternity assurance in the sex-role reversed Eurasian dotterel (Charadrius morinellus) - behavioral and genetic evidence Behavioral Ecology 6 : 14 - 21, ISSN:1045-2249 . doi:10.1093/beheco/6.1.14
  • Owens IPF, Bennett PM ( 1995 ) Ancient Ecological Diversification explains life-history variation among living birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 261 : 227 - 232, ISSN:0962-8452 . doi:10.1098/rspb.1995.0141
  • Owens IPF, Short RV ( 1995 ) Hormones, handicaps and bright birds - reply Trends in Ecology and Evolution 10 : 121 - 122, ISSN:0169-5347 . doi:10.1016/S0169-5347(00)89008-4
  • Owens IPF, Short RV ( 1995 ) Hormonal basis of sexual dimorphism in birds - implications for new theories of sexual selection. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 10 : 44 - 47, ISSN:0169-5347 . doi:10.1016/S0169-5347(00)88967-3
  • Widemo F, Owens IPF ( 1995 ) Measuring sexual selection-reply Nature 376 : 471 - 472, ISSN:0028-0836 . doi:10.1038/376471b0
  • Widemo F, Owens IPF ( 1995 ) Lek size, male mating skew and the evolution of lekking. Nature 373 : 148 - 151, ISSN:0028-0836 . doi:10.1038/373148a0
1994
  • Owens IPF, Bennett PM ( 1994 ) Mortality costs of parental care and sexual dimorphism in birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 257 : 1 - 8 . doi:10.1098/rspb.1994.0086
  • Owens IPF, Burke T, Thompson DBA ( 1994 ) Extraordinary sex-roles in the eurasian dotterel - female mating arenas, female-female competition, and female mate choice The American Naturalist 144 : 76 - 100, ISSN:0003-0147 . The American Naturalist
  • Owens IPF, Thompson DBA ( 1994 ) Sex-differences, sex-ratios and sex-roles Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 258 : 93 - 99, ISSN:0962-8452 . doi:10.1098/rspb.1994.0148
1993
  • Owens IPF ( 1993 ) When kids just aren't worth it - cuckoldry and parental care Trends in Ecology and Evolution 8 : 269 - 271, ISSN:0169-5347 . doi:10.1016/0169-5347(93)90251-J
  • Owens IPF ( 1993 ) Sex, signals and sparrows NERC News .
1991
  • Owens IPF, Hartley IR ( 1991 ) Trojan sparrows - evolutionary consequences of dishonest invasion for the badges-of-status model The American Naturalist 138 : 1187 - 1205, ISSN:0003-0147 . The American Naturalist