Selected publications

Fristoe T, Iwaniuk A, & CA Botero. 2017. Big brains stabilize population dynamics in birds. Nature Ecology & Evolution doi: 10.1038/s41559-017-0316-2. PDF.


Griesser M, SM Drobniak, S Nakagawa & CA Botero. 2017. Family living sets the stage for cooperative breeding and ecological resilience in birds. PLoS Biology. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2000483. PDF.


Cooney CR, JA Tobias, JT Weir, CA Botero & N Seddon. 2017. Sexual selection, speciation and constraints on geographical range overlap in birdsEcology Letters. doi:10.1111/ele.12780. PDF.


Cornwallis, CK, CA Botero, DR Rubenstein, PA Downing, SA West & AS Griffin. 2017. Cooperation facilitates the colonisation of harsh environments. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1, 0057. doi: 10.1038/s41559-016-0057. PDF.


Gavin, MC, TF Rangel, C Bowern, RK Colwell, KR Kirby, CA Botero, M Dunn, RR Dunn, J McCarter, and RD Gray. 2017. Process-based modeling shows how climate and demography shape language diversity. Global Ecology and Biogeography 26: 584-591. doi:10.1111/geb.12563. PDF.


KR Kirby, DE Blasi, CA Botero, C Bowern, K Cranston, C Ember, W Divale, R Gray, SJ Greenhill, F Jordan, D Leehr, B S Low, J McCarter, S Gomes-Ng, and M Gavin. 2016. D-PLACE: A Global Database of Peoples, Languages, Cultures, and Environment. PLoS ONE. 11(7), e0158391. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0158391. PDF.


Rubenstein DR, CA Botero, and EA Lacey. 2016. Discrete but variable structure in animal societies leads to the false perception of a social continuum. Royal Society Open Science 3: 160147. PDF.


Botero CA, LJ Harmon and Q Atkinson. 2016. The promise and limits of eco-evolutionary studies of human culture: a comment on Sloan Wilson et al. Religion, Brain and Behavior. doi: 10.1080/2153599X.2015.1132249. PDF.

Sheehan MJ, CA BoteroTA Hendry, BE Sedio, JM Jandt, S Weiner, AL Toth and EA Tibbetts. 2015. Different axes of environmental variation explain the presence vs. extent of cooperative nest founding associations in Polistes paper wasps. Ecology Lettersdoi: 10.1111/ele.12488. PDF

Botero CA, FJ Weissing, J Wright, and DR Rubenstein. 2015. Evolutionary tipping points in the capacity to adapt to environmental change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 112(1): 184-189.  PDF
Botero CA, Gardner B, Kirby KR, Bulbulia J, Gavin MC and R Gray. 2014. The ecology of religious beliefs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 111(47) 16784-16789.  PDF
Botero CA, R Dor, C McCain, and RJ Safran. 2014. Environmental harshness is positively correlated with intraspecific divergence in mammals and birds. Molecular Ecology 23: 259-268.  PDF   
Gavin MC, CA Botero, C Bowern, RK Colwell, M Dunn, RR Dunn, RD Gray, KR Kirby, J McCarter, A Powell, T Rangel, J Stepp, M Trautwein, JL Verdolin, and G Yanega. 2013. Towards a mechanistic understanding of linguistic diversity.  Bioscience 63(7):524-535.  PDF
Seddon, N*, CA Botero*, JA Tobias, PO Dunn, HEA MacGregor, DR Rubenstein, JAC Uy, JT Weir, LA Whittingham, and RJ Safran. 2013.  Sexual selection accelerates signal evolution during speciation in birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 280(1766): 20131085. doi:10.1098/rspb.2013.1065 [* Joint first authors / equal contribution].  PDF
Botero, CA & de Kort, SR. 2013. Learned signals and consistency of delivery: a case against receiver manipulation in animal communication.  In:  Stegmann, U. (ed) Animal Communication Theory: Information and Influence. Cambridge University Press. p. 281-296.  PDF
Botero, CA & Rubenstein DR.  2012.  Fluctuating environments, sexual selection and the evolution of flexible mate choice in birds.  PLoS ONE. 7(2): e32311.  PDF
Botero, CA, I. Pen, J. Komdeur, and F.J. Weissing. 2010. The evolution of individual variation in communication strategies. Evolution. 64: 3123-3133.  PDF
Botero, CA, Boogert, N, Lovette, IJ, and Vehrencamp, SL. 2009. Climatic patterns predict the elaboration of song displays in mockingbirds. Current Biology. 19:1-5.  PDF