Doctor Christa Beckmann

Doctor Christa Beckmann

Senior Lecturer Biology,
Life Sciences



  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Communication
  • Birds
  • Ecology
  • Life History Theory
  • Predator - Prey Relationships

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Life Sciences


Phone: (02) 9685 9997
Location: Hawkesbury

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 300539 Biodiversity, 2021
  • 300539 Biodiversity, 2022
  • 300564 Animal Behaviour, 2020
  • 300802 Biodiversity, 2020
  • 300813 Wildlife Studies, 2020
  • 300813 Wildlife Studies, 2021
  • 300813 Wildlife Studies, 2022
  • 300878 Animal Behaviour, 2021
  • 300878 Animal Behaviour, 2022


Chapters in Books

  • Madsen, T., Arnal, A., Vittecoq, M., Bernex, F., Abadie, J., Labrut, S., Garcia, D., Faugere, D., Lemberger, K., Beckmann, C., Roche, B., Thomas, F. and Ujvari, B. (2017), 'Cancer prevalence and etiology in wild and captive animals', Ecology and Evolution of Cancer, Elsevier 9780128043103.

Journal Articles

  • Biro, P., Thomas, F., Ujvari, B. and Beckmann, C. (2022), 'A novel perspective suggesting high sustained energy expenditure may be net protective against cancer', Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, vol 10, no 1 , pp 170 - 176.
  • Dujon, A., Boutry, J., Tissot, S., Lemaitre, J., Boddy, A., Gerard, A., Alvergne, A., Arnal, A., Vincze, O., Nicolas, D., Giraudeau, M., Telonis-Scott, M., Schultz, A., Pujol, P., Biro, P., Beckmann, C., Hamede, R., Roche, B., Ujvari, B. and Thomas, F. (2022), 'Cancer Susceptibility as a Cost of Reproduction and Contributor to Life History Evolution', Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, vol 10 .
  • Beveridge, D., Mitchell, D., Beckmann, C. and Biro, P. (2022), 'Weak evidence that asset protection underlies temporal or contextual consistency in boldness of a terrestrial crustacean', Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, vol 76, no 7 .
  • Biro, P., Post, J. and Beckmann, C. (2021), 'Autumn lipid reserves, overwinter lipid depletion, and high winter mortality of rainbow trout in experimental lakes', Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, vol 78, no 6 , pp 738 - 743.
  • Mitchell, D., Beckmann, C. and Biro, P. (2021), 'Understanding the unexplained : the magnitude and correlates of individual differences in residual variance', Ecology and Evolution, vol 11, no 12 , pp 7201 - 7210.
  • Beckmann, C., Major, R., Frankham, G., Thomas, S., Biro, P., Ujvari, B. and Neaves, L. (2021), 'Genetic structure and gene flow in the Flame Robin (Petroica phoenicea)', Emu, vol 121, no 1-2 , pp 160 - 165.
  • Aharon-Rotman, Y., McEvoy, J., Beckmann, C. and Geiser, F. (2021), 'Heterothermy in a Small Passerine : Eastern Yellow Robins Use Nocturnal Torpor in Winter', Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, vol 9 .
  • Ferenczi, M., Beckmann, C. and Klaassen, M. (2021), 'Rainfall driven and wild-bird mediated avian influenza virus outbreaks in Australian poultry', BMC Veterinary Research, vol 17, no 1 .
  • Biro, P., Thomas, F., Ujvari, B., Adriaenssens, B. and Beckmann, C. (2020), 'Spontaneous activity rates and resting metabolism : support for the allocation model of energy management at the among-individual level', Ethology, vol 126, no 1 , pp 32 - 39.
  • Sotnychuk, N., Cutshaw, L., Tuhela, L. and Beckmann, C. (2020), 'Prevalence of feather-degrading Bacillus spp. on the plumage of birds in Australia', Emu, vol 120, no 1 , pp 65 - 73.
  • Thomas, F., Giraudeau, M., Dheilly, N., Gouzerh, F., Boutry, J., Beckmann, C., Biro, P., Hamede, R., Abadie, J., Labrut, S., Bieuville, M., Misse, D., Bramwell, G., Schultz, A., Le Loc'h, G., Vincze, O., Roche, B., Renaud, F., Russell, T. and Ujvari, B. (2020), 'Rare and unique adaptations to cancer in domesticated species : an untapped resource?', Evolutionary Applications, vol 13, no 7 , pp 1605 - 1614.
  • Mitchell, D., Dujon, A., Beckmann, C. and Biro, P. (2020), 'Temporal autocorrelation : a neglected factor in the study of behavioral repeatability and plasticity', Behavioral Ecology, vol 31, no 1 , pp 222 - 231.
  • Biro, P., Thomas, F., Ujvari, B. and Beckmann, C. (2020), 'Can energetic capacity help explain why physical activity reduces cancer risk?', Trends in Cancer, vol 6, no 10 , pp 829 - 837.
  • Boutry, J., Dujon, A., Gerard, A., Tissot, S., Macdonald, N., Schultz, A., Biro, P., Beckmann, C., Hamede, R., Hamilton, D., Giraudeau, M., Ujvari, B. and Thomas, F. (2020), 'Ecological and evolutionary consequences of anticancer adaptations', iScience, vol 23, no 11 .
  • Ujvari, B., Jacqueline, C., Misse, D., Amar, V., Fitzpatrick, J., Jennings, G., Beckmann, C., Rome, S., Biro, P., Gatenby, R., Brown, J., Almeida, L. and Thomas, F. (2019), 'Obesity paradox in cancer : is bigger really better?', Evolutionary Applications, vol 12, no 6 , pp 1092 - 1095.
  • Biro, P., Garland, T., Beckmann, C., Ujvari, B., Thomas, F. and Post, J. (2018), 'Metabolic scope as a proximate constraint on individual behavioral variation : effects on personality, plasticity, and predictability', The American Naturalist, vol 192, no 2 , pp 142 - 154.
  • Thomas, F., Vavre, F., Tissot, T., Vittecoq, M., Giraudeau, M., Bernex, F., Misse, D., Renaud, F., Raven, N., Beckmann, C., Hamede, R., Biro, P. and Ujvari, B. (2018), 'Cancer is not (only) a senescence problem', Trends in Cancer, vol 4, no 3 , pp 169 - 172.
  • Thomas, F., Rome, S., Mery, F., Dawson, E., Montagne, J., Biro, P., Beckmann, C., Renaud, F., Poulin, R., Raymond, M. and Ujvari, B. (2017), 'Changes in diet associated with cancer : an evolutionary perspective', Evolutionary Applications, vol 10, no 7 , pp 651 - 657.
  • Jacqueline, C., Biro, P., Beckmann, C., Moller, A., Renaud, F., Sorci, G., Tasiemski, A., Ujvari, B. and Thomas, F. (2017), 'Cancer : a disease at the crossroads of trade-offs', Evolutionary Applications, vol 10, no 3 , pp 215 - 225.
  • Ujvari, B., Biro, P., Charters, J., Brown, G., Heasman, K., Beckmann, C. and Madsen, T. (2017), 'Curvilinear telomere length dynamics in a squamate reptile', Functional Ecology, vol 31, no 3 , pp 753 - 759.
  • Flegeltaub, M., Biro, P. and Beckmann, C. (2017), 'Avian nest abandonment prior to laying : a strategy to minimize predation risk?', Journal of Ornithology, vol 158, no 4 , pp 1091 - 1098.
  • Thomas, F., Jacqueline, C., Tissot, T., Henard, M., Blanchet, S., Loot, G., Dawson, E., Mery, F., Renaud, F., Montagne, J., Beckmann, C., Biro, P., Hamede, R. and Ujvari, B. (2017), 'The importance of cancer cells for animal evolutionary ecology', Nature Ecology & Evolution, vol 1, no 11 , pp 1592 - 1595.
  • Ujvari, B., Beckmann, C., Biro, P., Arnal, A., Tasiemski, A., Massol, F., Salzet, M., Mery, F., Boidin-Wichlacz, C., Misse, D., Renaud, F., Vittecoq, M., Tissot, T., Roche, B., Poulin, R. and Thomas, F. (2016), 'Cancer and life-history traits : lessons from host-parasite interactions', Parasitology, vol 143, no 5 , pp 533 - 541.
  • Beckmann, C. and Martin, K. (2016), 'Testing hypotheses about the function of repeated nest abandonment as a life history strategy in a passerine bird', Ibis, vol 158, no 2 , pp 335 - 342.
  • Forsatkar, M., Nematollahi, M., Biro, P. and Beckmann, C. (2016), 'Individual boldness traits influenced by temperature in male Siamese fighting fish', Physiology and Behavior, vol 165 , pp 267 - 272.
  • Mitchell, D., Fanson, B., Beckmann, C. and Biro, P. (2016), 'Towards powerful experimental and statsitical approaches to study intraindividual variability in labile traits', Royal Society Open Science, vol 3, no 10 .
  • Ferenczi, M., Beckmann, C., Warner, S., Loyn, R., O'Riley, K., Wang, X. and Klaassen, M. (2016), 'Avian influenza infection dynamics under variable climatic conditions, viral prevalence is rainfall driven in waterfowl from temperate, south-east Australia', Veterinary Research, vol 47 .
  • Griffith, S., Mainwaring, M., Sorato, E. and Beckmann, C. (2016), 'High atmospheric temperatures and 'ambient incubation' drive embryonic development and lead to earlier hatching in a passerine bird', Royal Society Open Science, vol 3, no 2 .
  • Beckmann, C. and McDonald, P. (2016), 'Placement of re-nests following predation : are birds managing risk?', Emu, vol 116, no 1 , pp 9 - 13.
  • Ujvari, B., Casewell, N., Sunagar, K., Arbuckle, K., Wuster, W., Lo, N., O'Meally, D., Beckmann, C., King, G., Deplazes, E. and Madsen, T. (2015), 'Widespread convergence in toxin resistance by predictable molecular evolution', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol 112, no 38 , pp 11911 - 11916.
  • Beckmann, C. and Shine, R. (2015), 'Do the numbers and locations of road-killed anuran carcasses accurately reflect impacts of vehicular traffic?', Journal of Wildlife Management, vol 79, no 1 , pp 92 - 101.
  • Beckmann, C., Biro, P. and Martin, K. (2015), 'Hierarchical analysis of avian re-nesting behavior : mean, across-individual, and intra-individual responses', Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, vol 69, no 10 , pp 1631 - 1638.
  • Bleach, I., Beckmann, C., Both, C., Brown, G. and Shine, R. (2015), 'Noisy neighbours at the frog pond : effects of invasive cane toads on the calling behaviour of native Australian frogs', Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, vol 69, no 4 , pp 675 - 683.
  • Bleach, I., Beckmann, C., Brown, G. and Shine, R. (2014), 'Effects of an invasive species on refuge-site selection by native fauna : the impact of cane toads on native frogs in the Australian tropics', Austral Ecology, vol 39, no 1 , pp 50 - 59.
  • Beckmann, C. and Biro, P. (2013), 'On the validity of a single (boldness) assay in personality research', Ethology, vol 119, no 11 , pp 937 - 947.
  • Beckmann, C. and Shine, R. (2012), 'How many of Australia's ground-nesting birds are likely to be at risk from the invasive Cane Toad (Rhinella marina)?', Emu, vol 112, no 2 , pp 83 - 89.
  • Beckmann, C. and Shine, R. (2012), 'Do drivers intentionally target wildlife on roads?', Austral Ecology, vol 37, no 5 , pp 629 - 632.
  • Beckmann, C., Crossland, M. and Shine, R. (2011), 'Responses of Australian wading birds to a novel toxic prey type, the invasive cane toad Rhinella marina', Biological Invasions, vol 13, no 12 , pp 2925 - 2934.
  • Beckmann, C. and Shine, R. (2011), 'Toad's tongue for breakfast : exploitation of a novel prey type, the invasive cane toad, by scavenging raptors in tropical Australia', Biological Invasions, vol 13, no 6 , pp 1447 - 1455.
  • Beckmann, C. and Shine, R. (2010), 'The power of myth : the (non) impact of invasive cane toads (Bufo marinus) on domestic chickens (Gallus gallus)', Animal Production Science, vol 50, no 9 , pp 847 - 851.
  • Biro, P., Beckmann, C. and Stamps, J. (2010), 'Small within-day increases in temperature affects boldness and alters personality in coral reef fish', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol 277, no 1678 , pp 71 - 77.
  • Beckmann, C. and Shine, R. (2009), 'Impact of invasive cane toads on Australian birds', Conservation Biology, vol 23, no 6 , pp 1544 - 1549.
  • Biro, P., Beckmann, C. and Ridgway, M. (2008), 'Early microhabitat use by age 0 year brook charr Salvelinus fontinalis in lakes', Journal of Fish Biology, vol 73, no 1 , pp 226 - 240.

Previous Projects

Title: Form and function of in-nest vocalization behaviour in the Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa) - PhD student Nadya Sotnychuk
  • Ecological Society of Australia
Western Researchers: Christa Beckmann
Years: 2019-08-15 - 2021-03-17
ID: P00026029
Title: Referential Signalling and On-Nest-Song: Responses to Predation Risk in Grey Fantails [PhD student Kristin White]
  • Ecological Society of Australia
Western Researchers: Christa Beckmann
Years: 2019-08-26 - 2022-08-26
ID: P00026083


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Form and Function of On-nest Vocalisation and Renesting Behaviour in the Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa).
Field of Research: Natural And Physical Sciences
Thesis Title: Functions of female singing behaviour in grey fantails (Rhipidura abliscapa)
Field of Research:


Title: A New Theory on Exercise's Anti-Cancer Effect
Description: Online Article

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