Book Reception -- February 8th, 2006
Robert B. Payne was honored on February 8th for his new book on Cuckoos.
The plates in the book were illustrated by Karen Klitz, MVZ archivist
and artist, and the originals were on display in the MVZ Main Gallery
at the reception.
Dr. Robert Payne, Professor and Curator at the Museum of Zoology and
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, was also speaker at the MVZ wednesday lunch seminar (12 noon)
on February 8th, 2006.
His talk was "The Cuckoos: Species, Phylogenies and the evolution
of extremes in avian parental care, from cooperative group nesting to
nonparental brood parasitism."
References for talk:
Payne, R. B. 2005. The Cuckoos, Birds Families of the World. Oxford University
Press. xxiii and 618 pp plus 20 color plates.
Payne, R. B. and M. D. Sorenson. 2003. Museum collections as sources of
genetic data. Bonnischer Zoologische Beitrage 51 (2002): 97-104.
Sorenson, M. D. and R. B. Payne. 2002. Molecular genetic perspectives
on avian brood parasitism. Integrative and Comparative Biology 42: 388-400.
Payne, R. B. and L. L. Payne. 1998. Nestling eviction and vocal begging
behaviors in Australian glossy cuckoos Chrysococcyx basalis and C. lucidus.
In: Parasitic Birds and their Hosts, Studies in Coevolution (S. I. Rothstein
and S. K. Robinson, Eds.), pp. 152-169. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Payne, R. B. 1997. Avian brood parasitism. In: Host-Parasite Evolution:
General Principles and Avian Models (D. H. Clayton and J. Moore, Eds.),
pp. 338-369. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Payne, R. B., L. L. Payne and I. Rowley. 1985. Splendid wren Malurus splendens
response to cuckoos: an experimental test of helping and social organization
in a communal bird. Behaviour 94: 108-127.
Payne, R. B. 1977. The ecology of brood parasitism in birds. Ann. Rev.
Ecol. Syst. 8: 1-28.
There is more information on Dr. Payne at these websites: