If you would like a pdf of any of our papers, please get in contact with Kate. Estimates of the impact of each of our papers can be found below via Altmetrics donuts.

30. Observation of food dunking in the Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen)

Drinkwater EL, Ryeland J, Haff T & Umbers KDL (2017) Australian Field Ornithologist


Science Daily: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170907102357.htm

29. Deimatism: a neglected component of anti predator defence

Kate DL Umbers, Sebastiano De Bona, Thomas E White, Jussi Lehtonen, Johanna Mappes, John A Endler (2017) Biology Letters

28. Within-season variability of fighting behaviour  in an Australian alpine grasshopper

Giselle Muschett, Kate D L Umbers, Marie E Herberstein (2017) PLoS ONE

27. Mate guarding and male mate choice in the chameleon grasshopper, Kosciuscola tristis (Orthoptera: Acrididae)

Peter C Mahoney, Nikolai J Tatarnic, James C O'Hanlon and Kate D L Umbers (2017) Journal of Ethology

26. Dietary carotenoids change the colour of southern corroboree frogs (Pseudophryne corroboree)

Umbers KDL, Silla AJ, Bailey J, Shaw AJ, Byrne PB (2016) Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society

25. Bioluminescence

Kahlke T and Umbers KDL (2016) Current Biology online: 25-04-16

24. Towards a tractable working hypothesis for deimatic displays

Umbers KDL and Mappes J (2016) Animal Behaviour 113, e5-e7

23. Genetic structure of mourning cuttlefish (Sepia plangon Gray, 1849) in Sydney Harbour, Australia

Umbers KDL, McBride C, Despres F, Williamson JE and Stow AJ (2015) Journal of Molluscan Studies 82(1), 187-192

22. Reproducible research in the study of biological colouration

White TE, Dalrymple, RL, Noble, DWA, O'Hanlon JC, Zurkek, DB & Umbers KDL (2016) Animal Behaviour 106, 51-57

21. Item Response Trees: A recommended method for analysing categorical data in behavioural studies

López-Sepulcre A, De Bona S, Valkonen JK, Umbers KDL & Mappes J (in press) Behavioural Ecology 26(5), 1268-1273

20. Deimatic displays

Umbers KDL, Lehtonen J & Mappes J (2015) Current Biology 28 (2) R58 - R59

19. Post-attack deimatic display in the mountain katydid (Acripeza reticulata)

Umbers KDL & Mappes J (2015) Animal Behaviour 100 68-73
DOI: doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.11.009 [link to full text (valid until Feb 1st, 2015)]


18. Prevalence of Nematoda and Diptera parasites in an Australian alpine grasshopper

Umbers KDL, Hill, N, Hose G, Byatt L, Herberstein ME & Power ML (in press)  

17. The mothematics of female pheromone signalling: strategies for ageing virgins

Umbers KDL, Symonds, MRE and Kokko H (2015) 
The American Naturalist

16. Deep phylogeographic structure and recent differentiation in the flightless alpine grasshopper Kosciuscola tristis

Slatyer R, Nash M, Miller A, Endo Y, Umbers KDL, Hoffmann AA (2014)  
BMC Evolutionary Biology 14(1): 204
DOI: 10.1186/s12862-014-0204-1

15. Reversible colour change in Arthropoda

Umbers KDL*, Fabricant SA*, Gawryszewski FM, Seago AE, and Herberstein ME (2014)  Biological Reviews 89 (4) 820-848 [*denotes authors contributed equally]
DOI: 10.1111/brv.12079 [link to early view article]

14. Colour in insect thermoregulation: empirical and theoretical tests in a colour changing grasshopper

Umbers KDL, Herberstein ME & Madin JS (2013) Journal of Insect Physiology 59: 81-90
DOI: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2012.10.016 [link to article] 

13. On the function of blue colouration in animals

Umbers KDL (2013)  Journal of Zoology 289 (4) 229-242
DOI: 10.1111/jzo.12001 [link to article] 


12. Bright turquoise as an intraspecific signal in the chameleon grasshopper (Kosciuscola tristis

Umbers KDL, Tatarnic, NJ, Holwell GI and Herberstein ME (2013) Behavioural Ecology & Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-012-1464-7 [link to article


Sarah Mitchell's blog: The Very Hungry Caterpillar 

11. Molecular phylogeny of the Kosciuscola grasshoppers endemic to the Australian alpine and montane regions

Tatarnic NJ*, Umbers KDL* & Song H (2013)  Invertebrate Systematics 27: 307-316
[* denotes joint first authorship]
DOI: 10.1071/IS12072 [link to article

10. Influence of alternate reproductive tactics and pre- and postcopulatory sexual selection on paternity and offspring performance in a lizard

Keogh JS, Umbers KDL, Wilson, E, Stapley J and Whiting MJ (2013) Behavioural Ecology & Sociobiology  
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-013-1482-0 [link to article] 

9. The effects of perch height, time in residence and distance from opponent on aggressive display in male lizards

Osborne L, Umbers KDL and Keogh J S (2013) Acta Ethologica 16: 41-46
DOI: 10.1007/s10211-012-0135-z [link to article]

8. The effects of residency and body size on contest initiation and outcome in the territorial dragon, Ctenophorus decresii

Umbers KDL, Osborne L and Keogh J S (2013) PLoS One 7(10): e47143
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0047143 [link to open access article]

7. Ferocious fighting between male grasshoppers

Umbers KDL, Tatarnic, N J, Holwell G I and Herberstein M E (2012) PLoS ONE 7(11): e49600
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0049600 [link to open access article]


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6. Male tawny dragons use throat patterns to recognise rivals

Osborne L, Umbers KDL, Backwell, PRY and Keogh JS (2012) Naturwissenschaften 99: 869-872
DOI: 10.1007/s00114-012-0968-3 [link to article

5. Twenty-five new polymorphic microsatellites for the eastern mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) (Actinopterygii: Poeciliidae), an invasive species in Australia

Umbers KDL, MD Jennions, MG Gardner & JS Keogh (2012) Australian Journal of Zoology 60: 235-237
DOI: 10.1071/ZO12095 [link to article] 



4. Microsatellite markers for the chameleon grasshopper Kosciuscola tristis (Orthoptera: Acrididae), an Australian alpine specialist

Umbers KDL, Dennsion S, Manahan C, Blondin, L, Pages C, Risterucci A-M & Chapuis M-P (2012)  International Journal of Molecular Science 13: 12094-12099
DOI: 10.3390/ijms130x000x [link to article]

3. Turn the temperature to turquoise: cues for colour change in the chameleon grasshopper (Kosciuscola tristis)

Umbers KDL (2011) Journal of Insect Physiology 57(9): 1198-1204
DOI10.1016/j.jinsphys.2011.05.010 [link to article]

2. Molecular evidence for variation in polyandry among praying mantids (Mantodea: Ciulfina)

Umbers KDL, Holwell GI and Herberstein ME (2011) Journal of Zoology 284(1): 40-45
DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.2010.00779.x [link to article

1. Microsatellite markers for the praying mantid Ciulfina rentzi (Liturgusidae)

Attard CM, GI Holwell, TS Schwartz, KDL Umbers, AJ Stow, ME Herberstein and LB Beheregaray (2009) . Molecular Ecology Resources 9: 1480-1482
DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2009.02718.x [link to article]