Terry Ord

Director of Research
Areas of Expertise

animal communication; animal behaviour; evolution of social behaviour in animals; mate choice; aggression; sexual selection; adaptation; origins of novel behaviour in animals

I am an evolutionary ecologist interested in how phylogeny, natural selection and sexual selection contribute to the evolution of behavioural diversity. I combine large-scale phylogenetic comparative analysis across species and targeted experimental study within species to investigate macro- and microevolutionary processes shaping behaviour and other sexually-selected traits. From more details, see www.eerc.unsw.edu.au/ord

videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/terryjord

Publications

Journal articles
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Ord TJ; Garcia-Porta J; Querejeta M; Collar DC, 2020, 'Gliding dragons and flying squirrels: Diversifying versus stabilizing selection on morphology following the evolution of an innovation', American Naturalist, vol. 195, pp. E51 - E66, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/706305
2020
Medina I; Cooke GM; Ord TJ, 2018, 'Walk, swim or fly? Locomotor mode predicts genetic differentiation in vertebrates', Ecology Letters, vol. 21, pp. 638 - 645, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ele.12930
2018
Klomp DA; Stuart-Fox D; Cassidy EJ; Ahmad N; Ord TJ, 2017, 'Color pattern facilitates species recognition but not signal detection: A field test using robots', Behavioral Ecology, vol. 28, pp. 597 - 606, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/beheco/arw186
2017
Klomp DA; Stuart-Fox D; Das I; Ord TJ, 2017, 'Gliding lizards use the position of the sun to enhance social display', Biology Letters, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.3671992
2017
Ord TJ; Summers TC; Noble MM; Fulton CJ, 2017, 'Ecological release from aquatic predation is associated with the emergence of marine blenny fishes onto land', American Naturalist, vol. 189, pp. 570 - 579, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/691155
2017
Klomp DA; Stuart-Fox D; Das I; Ord TJ, 2017, 'Gliding lizards use the position of the sun to enhance social display', Biology letters, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2016.0979
2017
Ord TJ; Emblen J; Hagman M; Shofner R; Unruh S, 2017, 'Manipulation of habitat isolation and area implicates deterministic factors and limited neutrality in community assembly', Ecology and Evolution, vol. 7, pp. 5845 - 5860, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3126
2017
Ord TJ; Stamps JA, 2017, 'Why does the rate of signal production in ectotherms vary with temperature?', Behavioral Ecology, vol. 28, pp. 1272 - 1282, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/beheco/arx089
2017
Platt ERM; Fowler AM; Ord TJ, 2016, 'Land colonisation by fish is associated with predictable changes in life history', Oecologia, vol. 181, pp. 769 - 781, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00442-016-3593-6
2016
Ord TJ; Cooke GM, 2016, 'Repeated evolution of amphibious behavior in fish and its implications for the colonization of novel environments', Evolution; international journal of organic evolution, vol. 70, pp. 1747 - 1759, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/evo.12971
2016
Hagman M; Ord TJ, 2016, 'Many paths to a common destination: Morphological differentiation of a functionally convergent visual signal', American Naturalist, vol. 188, pp. 306 - 318, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/687560
2016
Klomp DA; Ord TJ; Das I; Diesmos A; Ahmad N; Stuart-Fox D, 2016, 'Ornament size and colour as alternative strategies for effective communication in gliding lizards', Journal of evolutionary biology, vol. 29, pp. 1689 - 1700, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jeb.12908
2016
Tucker MA; Ord TJ; Rogers TL, 2016, 'Revisiting the cost of carnivory in mammals', Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol. 29, pp. 2181 - 2190, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jeb.12936
2016
Ord TJ; Charles GK; Palmer M; Stamps JA, 2016, 'Plasticity in social communication and its implications for the colonization of novel habitats', Behavioral Ecology, vol. 27, pp. 341 - 351, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/beheco/arv165
2016
Cooke GM; Schlub TE; Sherwin WB; Ord TJ, 2016, 'Understanding the spatial scale of genetic connectivity at sea: Unique insights from a land fish and a meta-analysis', PLoS ONE, vol. 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0150991
2016
Clark DL; Macedonia JM; Rowe JW; Stuart MA; Kemp DJ; Ord TJ, 2015, 'Evolution of displays in Galápagos lava lizards: Comparative analyses of signallers and robot playbacks to receivers', Animal Behaviour, vol. 109, pp. 33 - 44, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.08.002
2015
Ord TJ; Summers TC, 2015, 'Repeated evolution and the impact of evolutionary history on adaptation', BMC evolutionary biology, vol. 15, pp. 137, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12862-015-0424-z
2015
Ord TJ; Klomp DA; Garcia-Porta J; Hagman M, 2015, 'Repeated evolution of exaggerated dewlaps and other throat morphology in lizards', Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol. 28, pp. 1948 - 1964, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jeb.12709
2015
Platt ERM; Ord TJ, 2015, 'Population variation in the life history of a land fish, alticus arnoldorum, and the effects of predation and density', PLoS ONE, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0137244
2015
Tucker MA; Ord TJ; Rogers TL, 2014, 'Evolutionary predictors of mammalian home range size: Body mass, diet and the environment', Global Ecology and Biogeography, vol. 23, pp. 1105 - 1114, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/geb.12194
2014
Ord TJ; Klomp DA, 2014, 'Habitat partitioning and morphological differentiation: The Southeast Asian Draco lizards and Caribbean Anolis lizards compared', Oecologia, vol. 175, pp. 651 - 666, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00442-014-2921-y
2014
Klomp DA; Stuart-Fox D; Das I; Ord TJ, 2014, 'Marked colour divergence in the gliding membranes of a tropical lizard mirrors population differences in the colour of falling leaves', Biology Letters, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2014.0776
2014
Morgans CL; Cooke GM; Ord TJ, 2014, 'How populations differentiate despite gene flow: Sexual and natural selection drive phenotypic divergence within a land fish, the Pacific leaping blenny', BMC Evolutionary Biology, vol. 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2148-14-97
2014
Garcia-Porta J; Ord TJ, 2013, 'Key innovations and island colonization as engines of evolutionary diversification: A comparative test with the Australasian diplodactyloid geckos', Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol. 26, pp. 2662 - 2680, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jeb.12261
2013
Morgans CL; Ord TJ, 2013, 'Natural selection in novel environments: Predation selects for background matching in the body colour of a land fish', Animal Behaviour, vol. 86, pp. 1241 - 1249, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2013.09.027
2013
Ord TJ; Collar DC; Sanger TJ, 2013, 'The biomechanical basis of evolutionary change in a territorial display', Functional Ecology, vol. 27, pp. 1186 - 1200, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.12110
2013
Charles GK; Ord T, 2012, 'Factors leading to the evolution and maintenance of a male ornament in territorial species', Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, vol. 66, pp. 231 - 239, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00265-011-1271-6
2012
Ord T, 2012, 'Historical contingency and behavioural divergence in territorial Anolis lizards', Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol. 25, pp. 2047 - 2055, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1420-9101.2012.02582.x
2012
Freeberg T; Ord T; Dunbar RIM, 2012, 'The social network and communicative complexity: preface to theme issue', Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences, vol. 316, pp. 1782 - 1784, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2011.0294
2012
Freeberg T; Dunbar RIM; Ord T, 2012, 'Social complexity as a proximate and ultimate factor in communicative complexity', Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences, vol. 367, pp. 1785 - 1801, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2011.0213
2012
Ord T, 2012, 'Receiver perception predicts species divergence in long-range communication', Animal Behaviour, vol. 83, pp. 3 - 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2011.10.016
2012
Ord T; Garcia-porta J, 2012, 'Is sociality required for the evolution of communicative complexity? Evidence weighed against alternative hypotheses in diverse taxonomic groups', Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences, vol. 316, pp. 1811 - 1828, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2011.0215
2012
Ord T; Mowles SL, 2012, 'Repetitive signals and mate choice: insights from contest theory', Animal Behaviour, vol. 84, pp. 295 - 304, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2012.05.015
2012
Ord T; Charles GK; Hofer RK, 2011, 'The evolution of alternative adaptive strategies for effective communication in noisy environments', American Naturalist, vol. 177, pp. 54 - 64, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/657439
2011
Ord T; King L; Young AM, 2011, 'Contrasting theory with the empirical data of species recognition', Evolution, vol. 65, pp. 2572 - 2591, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01319.x
2011
Ord T; Tonia hsieh S, 2011, 'A highly social, land-dwelling fish defends territories in a constantly fluctuating environment', Ethology, vol. 117, pp. 918 - 927, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1439-0310.2011.01949.x
2011
Clusas B; Ord T; Owings DH, 2010, 'Fossils and phylogeny uncover the evolutionary history of a unique antipredator behaviour', Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol. 23, pp. 2197 - 2211, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1420-9101.2010.02083.x
2010
Ord TJ; Stamps JA; Losos JB, 2010, 'Adaptation and plasticity of animal communication in fluctuating environments', Evolution, vol. 64, pp. 3134 - 3148, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1558-5646.2010.01056.x
2010
Ord T, 2010, 'Phylogeny and the evolution of communication', in Breed MD; Moore J (ed.), Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, edn. 1, Academic Press, Oxford, pp. 652 - 660
2010
Ord T; Stamps JA; Losos JB, 2010, 'Adaptation and plasticity of animal communication in fluctuating environments', Evolution, vol. 64, pp. 3134 - 3148, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1558-5646.2010.01056
2010
Ord T; Martins EP, 2010, 'The evolution of behavior: phylogeny and the origin of present-day diversity', in Westneat D; Fox C (ed.), Evolutionary Behavioural Ecology, edn. 1, Oxford University Press, USA, pp. 108 - 128
2010
Ord T, 2010, 'Phylogeny', in Mills DS; Marchant Forde JN; McGreevy PD; Morton DB; Nicol CJ; Phillips CJ C; Sandoe P; Swaisgood RR (ed.), The encyclopedia of applied animal behaviour and welfare, edn. 1st, CABI, Cambridge MA, pp. 471 - 473
2010
Ord T; Stamps JA, 2009, 'Species Identity Cues in Animal Communication', American Naturalist, vol. 174, pp. 585 - 593, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/605372
2009
Ord TJ, 2009, 'Evolution and Phylogeny of Communication', in Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, pp. 652 - 660, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-045337-8.00017-6
2009
Ord TJ; Stamps JA, 2009, 'Studying cues for species identification using robotic lizards in the field', in INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY, OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, Boston, MA, pp. E126 - E126, presented at Annual Meeting of the Society-for-Integrative-and-Comparative-Biology, Boston, MA, 03 January 2009 - 07 January 2009, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000268808800501&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2009
Ord T; Stamps JA, 2008, 'Alert signals enhance animal communication in “noisy” environments', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 105, pp. 18830 - 18835, http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0807657105
2008
Ord T, 2008, 'Dawn and Dusk "Chorus" in Visually Communicating Jamaican Anole Lizards', American Naturalist, vol. 172, pp. 585 - 592, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/590960
2008
Ord T; Peters RA; Clusas B; Stamps JA, 2007, 'Lizards speed up visual displays in noisy motion habitats', Proceedings of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences, vol. 274, pp. 1057 - 1062, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2006.0263
2007
Ord TJ; Peters RA; Clucas B; Stamps JA, 2007, 'Lizards speed up visual displays in noisy motion habitats', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 274, pp. 1057 - 1062, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2006.0263
2007
Martins EP; Ord T; Slaven J; Wright JL; Houseworth EA, 2006, 'Individual, sexual, seasonal, and temporal variation in the amount of sagebrush lizard scent marks', Journal of Chemical Ecology, vol. 32, pp. 881 - 893, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10886-006-9029-8
2006
Ord T; Martins EP, 2006, 'Tracing the origins of signal diversity in anole lizards: phylogenetic approaches to inferring the evolution of complex behaviour', Animal Behaviour, vol. 71, pp. 1411 - 1429, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2005.12.003
2006
Ord T; Stuart-Fox D, 2006, 'Ornament evolution in dragon lizards: multiple gains and widespread losses reveal a complex history of evolutionary change', Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol. 19, pp. 797 - 808, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1420-9101.2005.01050.x
2006
Ord TJ; Martins EP, 2004, 'Behavioral phylogeny: the evolutionary origins of behavior', in Bekoff M (ed.), Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, Greenwood Press, Westport, pp. 87 - 92
2004
Thakur S; Börner K; Mane K; Martins E; Ord T, 2004, 'Content coverage of animal behavior data', Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 5295, pp. 305 - 311, http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.539228
2004
Stuart-Fox DM; Ord TJ, 2004, 'Sexual selection, natural selection and the evolution of dimorphic coloration and ornamentation in agamid lizards', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 271, pp. 2249 - 2255, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2004.2802
2004
Ord TJ; Evans CS, 2003, 'Display rate and opponent assessment in the Jacky dragon (Amphibolurus muricatus): An experimental analysis', Behaviour, vol. 140, pp. 1495 - 1508, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/156853903771980684
2003
Peters RA; Ord TJ, 2003, 'Display response of the Jacky Dragon, Amphibolurus muricatus (Lacertilia: Agamidae), to intruders: A semi-Markovian process', Austral Ecology, vol. 28, pp. 499 - 506, http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1442-9993.2003.01306.x
2003
Ord TJ; Peters RA; Evans CS; Taylor AJ, 2002, 'Digital video playback and visual communication in lizards', Animal Behaviour, vol. 63, pp. 879 - 890, http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/anbe.2001.1983
2002
Ord TJ; Evans CS, 2002, 'Interactive video playback and opponent assessment in lizards', Behavioural Processes, vol. 59, pp. 55 - 65, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0376-6357(02)00045-1
2002
Ord TJ; Blumstein DT; Evans CS, 2002, 'Ecology and signal evolution in lizards', Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 77, pp. 127 - 148, http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1095-8312.2002.00100.x
2002
Ord TJ; Blumstein DT, 2002, 'Size constraints and the evolution of display complexity: Why do large lizards have simple displays?', Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 76, pp. 145 - 161, http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1095-8312.2002.00058.x
2002
Ord TJ; Dangerfield JM, 2001, 'Implications of paradoxomatid millipede density and dispersion for faecal pellet production in Eucalyptus woodland of eastern Australia', General and Applied Entomology, vol. 30, pp. 1 - 10, http://www.entsocnsw.org.au/content/view/38/64/
2001
Ord TJ; Blumstein DT; Evans CS, 2001, 'Intrasexual selection predicts the evolution of signal complexity in lizards', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 268, pp. 737 - 744, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2000.1417
2001
Ord TJ; Evans CS; Cooper DW, 1999, 'Nocturnal behaviour of the parma wallaby, Macropus parma (Marsupialia: Macropodoidea)', Australian Journal of Zoology, vol. 47, pp. 155 - 167, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/ZO98047
1999
Cortesi F; Cheney KM; Cooke GM; Ord T, 'Opsin gene evolution in amphibious and terrestrial combtooth blennies (Blenniidae)', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/503516