Dr Sarah Collins
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Dr Sarah Collins

Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Animal Behaviour & Welfare

School of Biological & Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science & Engineering)

Role

Associate Professor in Animal Behaviour & Welfare 

Deputy Programme Leader:  Animal Behaviour & Welfare

Admissions Tutor School of  Biological Sciences 

Qualifications

1984-1987: BSc (Psychology/Zoology jt Hons),

1988-1992: DPhil (Oxon)

1992-1995: Postdoc - University of Oxford, and later Institute of Zoology, London.

1995-1998: University of Leiden (EU postdoctoral position)

1998 - 2004: Lecturer in Animal Behaviour (University of Nottingham)

2001: Awarded Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice

Teaching interests

Animal Behaviour, Animal Welfare, Wildlife Conservation

Research interests

Communication:
Male competition and female choice
Welfare in birds
Meaning of sounds 
Stress and learning in mice

Other research

Cognition Institute

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Tabitha Luddem - (1999- 2003) PhD - University of Nottingham. Mate choice in cordon-bleu finches

Deborah Benham - (2001 - 2005) PhD University of Nottingham. Tourism and Animal Welfare : Sea Otters in Monterey bay

Ann Fitchett - (2002 - 2006 ) PhD University Of Nottingham. Dominance and stress in mice

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Campbell KJ, Farah D, Collins S & Parsons NJ 2016 'Sex determination of African Penguins Spheniscus demersus using bill measurements: method comparisons and implications for use' Ostrich 87, (1) 47-55 , DOI
Leedale AE, Collins SA & de Kort SR 2015 'Blackcaps (Sylvia atricapilla) increase the whistle part of their song in response to simulated territorial intrusion' ETHOLOGY 121, (4) 403-409 Author Site , DOI
Hanley ME, Collins SA & Swann C 2011 'Advertising acceptability: is mollusk olfaction important in seedling selection?' PLANT ECOLOGY 212, (4) 727-731 Author Site , DOI
Collins SA, de Kort SR, Perez-Tris J & Luis Telleria J 2011 'Divergent sexual selection on birdsong: a reply to Byers' ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR 82, (5) E4-E7 Author Site , DOI
Barnard CJ, Collins SA, Daisley JN & Behnke JM 2009 'Immunodepression reduces learning performance in male laboratory mice (Mus musculus)' PHYSIOLOGY & BEHAVIOR 96, (2) 362-369 Author Site , DOI
Collins SA, de Kort SR, Pérez-Tris J & Tellería JL 2009 'Migration strategy and divergent sexual selection on bird song' Proc Biol Sci 276, (1656) 585-590 Author Site , DOI
Collins SA, Archer JA & Barnard CA 2008 'Welfare and mate choice in zebra finches: effect of handling regime and presence of cover' ANIMAL WELFARE 17, (1) 11-17 Author Site
Barnard CJ, Collins SA, Daisley JN & Behnke JM 2006 'Odour learning and immunity costs in mice' Behavioural Processes 72, (1) 74-83
Barnard CJ, Collins SA, Daisley JN & Behnke JM 2005 'Maze performance and immunity costs in mice' Behaviour 142, 241-263
Fitchett AE, Collins SA, Barnard CJ & Cassaday HJ 2005 'Subordinate male mice show long-lasting differences in spatial learning that persist when housed alone' Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 84, (3) 247-251
Fitchett AE, Collins SA, Mason H, Barnard CJ & Cassaday HJ 2005 'Urinary corticosterone measures: Effects of strain and social rank in BKW and CD-1 mice' Behavioural Processes 70, (2) 168-176
Luddem ST, Collins SA, Brooks MA & Winter M 2004 'Some males are choosier than others: Species recognition in blue waxbills' Behaviour 141, 1021-1039
Collins SA & Missing C 2003 'Vocal and visual attractiveness are related in women' Animal Behaviour 65, 997-1004
Collins SA & Luddem ST 2002 'Degree of male ornamentation affects female preference for conspecific versus heterospecific males' Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences 269, (1487) 111-117
Shuker D, Bateson N, Breitsprecher H, O'Donovan R, Taylor H, Barnard C, Behnke J, Collins S & Gilbert F 2002 'Mating behavior, sexual selection, and copulatory courtship in a promiscuous beetle' Journal of Insect Behavior 15, (5) 617-631
Collins SA, Gosling LM, Watkins RW & Cowan DP 2001 'Artificially increasing scent mark rate increases urogenital gland size in mice Mus musculus' Physiology & Behavior 74, (4-5) 517-522
Gilbert F, Azmeh S, Barnard C, Behnke J, Collins SA, Hurst J & Shuker D 2001 'Individually recognizable scent marks on flowers made by a solitary bee' Animal Behaviour 61, 217-229
Collins SA 2000 'Men's voices and women's choices' Animal Behaviour 60, 773-780
Collins SA 1999 'Is female preference for male repertoires due to sensory bias?' Proceedings of the Royal Society. Lond B 266, (1435) 2309-2314
Collins SA & Goldsmith AR 1998 'Individual and species differences in quail calls (Coturnix c. japonica, c. c. coturnix and a hybrid)' Ethology 104, (12) 977-990
Collins SA, Gosling LM, Hudson J & Cowan D 1997 'Does behaviour after weaning affect the dominance status of adult male mice (Mus domesticus)?' Behaviour 134, 989-1002
Gosling LM, Atkinson NW, Collins SA, Roberts RJ & Walters RL 1996 'Avoidance of scent-marked areas depends on the intruder's body size' Behaviour 133, 491-502
Collins SA & tenCate C 1996 'Does beak colour affect female preference in zebra finches?' Animal Behaviour 52, 105-112
Gosling LM, Atkinson NW, Dunn S & Collins SA 1996 'The response of subordinate male mice to scent marks varies in relation to their own competitive ability' Animal Behaviour 52, 1185-1191
Collins SA 1995 'The effect of recent experience on female choice in zebra finches' Animal Behaviour 49, (2) 479-486
Collins SA, Hubbard C & Houtman AM 1994 'Female mate choice in the zebra finch: the effect of male beak color and male song' Behavioral Ecology 35, (1) 21-25
Collins SA 1994 'Male displays: Cause of effect of femal preference' Animal Behaviour 48, (2) 371-375
Collins S 1993 'Is there only one type of male handicap' Proceedings of the Royal Society. Lond B 252, (1335) 193-197
Chapters
Collins SA 2004 'Nature's Music' in Marler P; Slabbekoorn HW Nature's music Academic Press