Helene Marie Lampe

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Communication in the animal world is important to understand because it has consequences for the social life of animals. What information does a signal convey? How do receivers of the signals use it? My group is mainly studying the complexities of bird song. We have done studies on a number of species on the functions of song, f.ex. studies of dialects in redwings and why this species has a long, complex twitter. But for the most part we have been working on pied flycatchers which breed in nest boxes and where the males are polyterritorial and try to attract more than one female. There is a large variation between males in song figure repertoires that has implications for mate choice. Females can gain information about several aspects of male quality by listening to his song, and experiments have shown that they pay attention to this information. But why do not all males have large, attractive repertoires? This is one of the questions we try to answer.

I also find other areas of communication interesting, and have had students working on the use of warning signals in predator-prey interactions - where domestic chicks have been easily accessible predators and will be interesting to continue. My interest also extends to fish feeding and mating behaviour and information content in fish signals in communication networks.

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Tags: Animal communication, Mate choice, Adaptation, Biology, Birds, Predator-prey interactions, Animal Behaviour, Behavioral ecology, Zoology, Ornithology, Ethology, Sexual selection


  • Cadahia, Luis; Labra, Antonieta; Knudsen, Endre; Nilsson, Anna; Lampe, Helene M.; Slagsvold, Tore & Stenseth, Nils Christian (2017). Advancement of spring arrival in a long‑term study of a passerine bird: sex, age and environmental effects. Oecologia.  ISSN 0029-8549.  184(4), s 917- 929 . doi: 10.1007/s00442-017-3922-4
  • Motes-Rodrigo, Alba; Labra, Antonieta & Lampe, Helene M. (2017). Breeding Experience and not Age Modulates the Song Development of Pied Flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca). Ethology.  ISSN 0179-1613.  123(3), s 197- 204 . doi: 10.1111/eth.12589
  • Ouwehand, J.; Ahola, M. P.; Ausems, A. N. M. A.; Bridge, E. S.; Burgess, M.; Hahn, S.; Hewson, C. M.; Klaassen, R. H. G.; Laaksonen, L.; Lampe, Helene M.; Velmala, W. & Both, C. (2016). Light-level geolocators reveal migratory connectivity in European populations of pied flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca. Journal of Avian Biology.  ISSN 0908-8857.  47(1), s 69- 83 . doi: 10.1111/jav.00721
  • Laaksonen, T; Sirkiä, PM; Calhim, S; Brommer, JE; Leskinen, PK; Primmer, CR; Adamik, P; Artemyev, AV; Belskii, E; Both, C; Bures, S; Burgess, MD; Doligez, B; Forsman, JT; Grinkov, V; Hoffmann, U; Ivankina, E; Kral, M; Krams, I; Lampe, Helene M.; Moreno, J; Mägi, M; Nord, A; Potti, J; Ravussin, PA & Sokolov, L (2015). Sympatric divergence and clinal variation in multiple coloration traits of Ficedula flycatchers. Journal of Evolutionary Biology.  ISSN 1010-061X.  28(4), s 779- 790 . doi: 10.1111/jeb.12604
  • Sirkiä, Päivi M; Adamik, Peter; Artemyev, Alexandr V; Belskii, Eugen; Both, Christiaan; Bures, Stanislav; Burgess, Malcolm; Bushuev, Andrey V; Forsman, Jukka T; Grinkov, Vladimir; Hoffmann, Dieter; Järvinen, Antero; Kral, Miroslav; Krams, Indrikis; Lampe, Helene M.; Moreno, Juan; Mägi, Marko; Nord, Andreas; Potti, Jaime; Ravussin, Pierre-Alain; Sokolov, Leonid & Laaksonen, Toni (2015). Fecundity selection does not vary along a large geographical cline of trait means in a passerine bird. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.  ISSN 0024-4066.  114(4), s 808- 827 . doi: 10.1111/bij.12469
  • Husek, Jan; Lampe, Helene M. & Slagsvold, Tore (2014). Natal dispersal based on past and present environmental phenology in the pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca). Oecologia.  ISSN 0029-8549.  174(4), s 1139- 1149 . doi: 10.1007/s00442-013-2842-1

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  • Lampe, Helene M. & Labra Lillo, Antonieta (2015). Exploring the relationship between song characteristics of fathers and sons in pied flycatchers.
  • Lønaas, Ellen Andersen & Lampe, Helene M. (2015). Song repertoire variation in individual male pied flycatchers.
  • Motes-Rodrigo, Alba; Labra, Antonieta & Lampe, Helene M. (2015). Testing the nutritional stress hypothesis and learning capacity in pied flycatchers.
  • Solbakken, Ingunn & Lampe, Helene M. (2015). Winter flocking titmice communities in natural versus plantation forests, a comparison.

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Published May 26, 2011 9:47 PM - Last modified Jan. 30, 2015 11:43 AM