Variation in reproductive success across captive populations: Methodological differences, potential biases and opportunities

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Variation in reproductive success across captive populations: Methodological differences, potential biases and opportunities. / Griffith, Simon C.; Crino, Ondi L.; Andrew, Samuel C.; Nomano, Fumiaki Y.; Adkins-Regan, Elizabeth; Alonso-Alvarez, Carlos; Bailey, Ida E.; Bittner, Stephanie S.; Bolton, Peri E.; Boner, Winnie; Boogert, Neeltje; Boucaud, Ingrid C.A.; Briga, Michael; Buchanan, Katherine L.; Caspers, Barbara A.; Cichón, Mariusz; Clayton, David F.; Forstmeier, Wolfgang; Derégnaucourt, Sebastien; Guillette, Lauren M.; Hartley, Ian R.; Healy, Susan D.; Hill, Davina L.; Holveck, Marie-Jeanne; Hurley, Laura L.; Ihle, Malika; Krause, E. Tobias; Mainwaring, Mark C.; Marasco, Valeria ; Mariette, Mylene M.; Martin-Wintle, Meghan S. ; McCowan, Luke S.C.; McMahon, Maeve; Monaghan, Pat; Nager, Ruedi G.; Naguib, Marc; Nord, Andreas; Potvin, Dominique A.; Prior, Nora H.; Riebel, Katharina; Romero-Haro, Ana A.; Royle, Nick J.; Rutowska, Joanna; Schuett, Wiebke; Swaddle, John P.; Tobler, Michael; Trompf, Larissa; Varian-Ramos, Claire W.; Vignal, Clémentine; Villain, Avelyne S.; Williams, Tony D.

In: Ethology, Vol. 123, No. 1, 2017, p. 1-29.

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Griffith, SC, Crino, OL, Andrew, SC, Nomano, FY, Adkins-Regan, E, Alonso-Alvarez, C, Bailey, IE, Bittner, SS, Bolton, PE, Boner, W, Boogert, N, Boucaud, ICA, Briga, M, Buchanan, KL, Caspers, BA, Cichón, M, Clayton, DF, Forstmeier, W, Derégnaucourt, S, Guillette, LM, Hartley, IR, Healy, SD, Hill, DL, Holveck, M-J, Hurley, LL, Ihle, M, Krause, ET, Mainwaring, MC, Marasco, V, Mariette, MM, Martin-Wintle, MS, McCowan, LSC, McMahon, M, Monaghan, P, Nager, RG, Naguib, M, Nord, A, Potvin, DA, Prior, NH, Riebel, K, Romero-Haro, AA, Royle, NJ, Rutowska, J, Schuett, W, Swaddle, JP, Tobler, M, Trompf, L, Varian-Ramos, CW, Vignal, C, Villain, AS & Williams, TD 2017, 'Variation in reproductive success across captive populations: Methodological differences, potential biases and opportunities', Ethology, vol. 123, no. 1, pp. 1-29. https://doi.org/10.1111/eth.12576

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Griffith, S. C., Crino, O. L., Andrew, S. C., Nomano, F. Y., Adkins-Regan, E., Alonso-Alvarez, C., Bailey, I. E., Bittner, S. S., Bolton, P. E., Boner, W., Boogert, N., Boucaud, I. C. A., Briga, M., Buchanan, K. L., Caspers, B. A., Cichón, M., Clayton, D. F., Forstmeier, W., Derégnaucourt, S., ... Williams, T. D. (2017). Variation in reproductive success across captive populations: Methodological differences, potential biases and opportunities. Ethology, 123(1), 1-29. https://doi.org/10.1111/eth.12576

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Griffith SC, Crino OL, Andrew SC, Nomano FY, Adkins-Regan E, Alonso-Alvarez C, Bailey IE, Bittner SS, Bolton PE, Boner W, Boogert N, Boucaud ICA, Briga M, Buchanan KL, Caspers BA, Cichón M, Clayton DF, Forstmeier W, Derégnaucourt S, Guillette LM, Hartley IR, Healy SD, Hill DL, Holveck M-J, Hurley LL, Ihle M, Krause ET, Mainwaring MC, Marasco V, Mariette MM, Martin-Wintle MS, McCowan LSC, McMahon M, Monaghan P, Nager RG, Naguib M, Nord A, Potvin DA, Prior NH, Riebel K, Romero-Haro AA, Royle NJ, Rutowska J, Schuett W, Swaddle JP, Tobler M, Trompf L, Varian-Ramos CW, Vignal C, Villain AS, Williams TD. 2017. Variation in reproductive success across captive populations: Methodological differences, potential biases and opportunities. Ethology. 123(1):1-29. https://doi.org/10.1111/eth.12576

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Griffith, Simon C. ; Crino, Ondi L. ; Andrew, Samuel C. ; Nomano, Fumiaki Y. ; Adkins-Regan, Elizabeth ; Alonso-Alvarez, Carlos ; Bailey, Ida E. ; Bittner, Stephanie S. ; Bolton, Peri E. ; Boner, Winnie ; Boogert, Neeltje ; Boucaud, Ingrid C.A. ; Briga, Michael ; Buchanan, Katherine L. ; Caspers, Barbara A. ; Cichón, Mariusz ; Clayton, David F. ; Forstmeier, Wolfgang ; Derégnaucourt, Sebastien ; Guillette, Lauren M. ; Hartley, Ian R. ; Healy, Susan D. ; Hill, Davina L. ; Holveck, Marie-Jeanne ; Hurley, Laura L. ; Ihle, Malika ; Krause, E. Tobias ; Mainwaring, Mark C. ; Marasco, Valeria ; Mariette, Mylene M. ; Martin-Wintle, Meghan S. ; McCowan, Luke S.C. ; McMahon, Maeve ; Monaghan, Pat ; Nager, Ruedi G. ; Naguib, Marc ; Nord, Andreas ; Potvin, Dominique A. ; Prior, Nora H. ; Riebel, Katharina ; Romero-Haro, Ana A. ; Royle, Nick J. ; Rutowska, Joanna ; Schuett, Wiebke ; Swaddle, John P. ; Tobler, Michael ; Trompf, Larissa ; Varian-Ramos, Claire W. ; Vignal, Clémentine ; Villain, Avelyne S. ; Williams, Tony D. / Variation in reproductive success across captive populations: Methodological differences, potential biases and opportunities. In: Ethology. 2017 ; Vol. 123, No. 1. pp. 1-29.

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Variation in reproductive success across captive populations: Methodological differences, potential biases and opportunities

AU - Griffith, Simon C.

AU - Crino, Ondi L.

AU - Andrew, Samuel C.

AU - Nomano, Fumiaki Y.

AU - Adkins-Regan, Elizabeth

AU - Alonso-Alvarez, Carlos

AU - Bailey, Ida E.

AU - Bittner, Stephanie S.

AU - Bolton, Peri E.

AU - Boner, Winnie

AU - Boogert, Neeltje

AU - Boucaud, Ingrid C.A.

AU - Briga, Michael

AU - Buchanan, Katherine L.

AU - Caspers, Barbara A.

AU - Cichón, Mariusz

AU - Clayton, David F.

AU - Forstmeier, Wolfgang

AU - Derégnaucourt, Sebastien

AU - Guillette, Lauren M.

AU - Hartley, Ian R.

AU - Healy, Susan D.

AU - Hill, Davina L.

AU - Holveck, Marie-Jeanne

AU - Hurley, Laura L.

AU - Ihle, Malika

AU - Krause, E. Tobias

AU - Mainwaring, Mark C.

AU - Marasco, Valeria

AU - Mariette, Mylene M.

AU - Martin-Wintle, Meghan S.

AU - McCowan, Luke S.C.

AU - McMahon, Maeve

AU - Monaghan, Pat

AU - Nager, Ruedi G.

AU - Naguib, Marc

AU - Nord, Andreas

AU - Potvin, Dominique A.

AU - Prior, Nora H.

AU - Riebel, Katharina

AU - Romero-Haro, Ana A.

AU - Royle, Nick J.

AU - Rutowska, Joanna

AU - Schuett, Wiebke

AU - Swaddle, John P.

AU - Tobler, Michael

AU - Trompf, Larissa

AU - Varian-Ramos, Claire W.

AU - Vignal, Clémentine

AU - Villain, Avelyne S.

AU - Williams, Tony D.

PY - 2017

Y1 - 2017

N2 - Our understanding of fundamental organismal biology has been disproportionately influenced by studies of a relatively small number of ‘model’ species extensively studied in captivity. Laboratory populations of model species are commonly subject to a number of forms of past and current selection that may affect experimental outcomes. Here, we examine these processes and their outcomes in one of the most widely used vertebrate species in the laboratory – the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata). This important model species is used for research across a broad range of fields, partly due to the ease with which it can be bred in captivity. However despite this perceived amenability, we demonstrate extensive variation in the success with which different laboratories and studies bred their subjects, and overall only 64% of all females that were given the opportunity, bred successfully in the laboratory. We identify and review several environmental, husbandry, life-history and behavioural factors that potentially contribute to this variation. The variation in reproductive success across individuals could lead to biases in experimental outcomes and drive some of the heterogeneity in research outcomes across studies. The zebra finch remains an excellent captive animal system and our aim is to sharpen the insight that future studies of this species can provide, both to our understanding of this species and also with respect to the reproduction of captive animals more widely. We hope to improve systematic reporting methods and that further investigation of the issues we raise will lead both to advances in our fundamental understanding of avian reproduction as well as to improvements in future welfare and experimental efficiency.

AB - Our understanding of fundamental organismal biology has been disproportionately influenced by studies of a relatively small number of ‘model’ species extensively studied in captivity. Laboratory populations of model species are commonly subject to a number of forms of past and current selection that may affect experimental outcomes. Here, we examine these processes and their outcomes in one of the most widely used vertebrate species in the laboratory – the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata). This important model species is used for research across a broad range of fields, partly due to the ease with which it can be bred in captivity. However despite this perceived amenability, we demonstrate extensive variation in the success with which different laboratories and studies bred their subjects, and overall only 64% of all females that were given the opportunity, bred successfully in the laboratory. We identify and review several environmental, husbandry, life-history and behavioural factors that potentially contribute to this variation. The variation in reproductive success across individuals could lead to biases in experimental outcomes and drive some of the heterogeneity in research outcomes across studies. The zebra finch remains an excellent captive animal system and our aim is to sharpen the insight that future studies of this species can provide, both to our understanding of this species and also with respect to the reproduction of captive animals more widely. We hope to improve systematic reporting methods and that further investigation of the issues we raise will lead both to advances in our fundamental understanding of avian reproduction as well as to improvements in future welfare and experimental efficiency.

KW - Taeniopygia guttata

KW - captive breeding

KW - zebra finch

KW - reproductive failure

KW - domestication

KW - captivity

KW - husbandry

KW - model species

U2 - 10.1111/eth.12576

DO - 10.1111/eth.12576

M3 - Article

VL - 123

SP - 1

EP - 29

JO - Ethology

JF - Ethology

SN - 1439-0310

IS - 1

ER -