Dr Camilla Hinde

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Life Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Life sciences

Research Supervision:Yes

Camilla is a behavioural ecologist, primarily interested in individual differences in parental care in birds.


Camilla joined ARU in 2019. Before this she was an Associate Professor at Wageningen in the Netherlands, studying parental care in great tits.

She completed her PhD with at Cambridge University in 2005, before a post doc and research fellowship at Cambridge. Her research developed from communication in nesting birds, to maternal effects and sexual conflict between parents over parental care. She then went to Oxford to study social networks in great tits, before taking up her role in the Netherlands.

Research interests

  • Parental care in birds
  • Individual differences
  • Maternal effects
  • Social networks
  • Sexual conflicts

Areas of research supervision

Camilla welcomes enquiries from research students in the areas of her research interests.


  • Animal Physiology and Behaviour
  • Animal Communication
  • Practical Skills in Animal Behaviour


  • PhD Animal Behaviour, Cambridge University
  • MSc Ecology, University of Wales, Bangor

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Research Associate, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge.
  • Associate Editor, BMC Ecology

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Publications below are selected papers from 2013 onwards. For a full list, please see Camilla's Google Scholar or ResearchGate profiles.

Culina, A., and multiple authors including Hinde, C. A., 2020. Connecting the data landscape of long‐term ecological studies: the SPI‐Birds data hub. Journal of Animal Ecology. First published: 17 November 2020. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.13388

Bircher, N., van Oers, K., Hinde, C. A., Naguib, M., 2020. Extraterritorial forays by great tits are associated with dawn song in unexpected ways. Behavioural Ecology, 31(4), pp. 873-883. doi: 10.1093/beheco/araa040

Culina, A., Firth, J., Hinde, C. A. (In Press). Pair bond length predicts reproductive success and divorce in great tits. Proceedings of the Royal Society, series B.

Savage, J. L., Hinde, C. A., Johnstone, R. A. (In Press). Editorial: Cooperation and Coordination in the Family. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2020.614863

Zandberg, L., Hinde, C. A.*, van Oers, K.* (* denotes equal contribution), 2020. Measuring mate preferences: Absolute versus comparative evaluation of potential partners. Animal Behaviour, 167, pp. 65-76. “Editors' choice”. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2020.06.019

Baldan, D., Hinde, C. A., Lessells, C. M., 2020. Turn-taking between provisioning parents: partitioning alternation. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 7:448. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2019.00448

Savage, J. L., Hinde, C. A., 2019. What Can We Quantify About Carer Behavior? Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 7:418. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2019.00418

Baldan, D., Curk, T., Hinde, C. A., Lessells, C. M., 2019. Alternation of nest visits varies with experimentally manipulated workload in brood-provisioning great tits. Animal Behaviour, 156, pp. 139-146.

Wischnewski, S., Arneill, G., Bennison, A. W., Dillane, E., Poupart, T., Hinde, C. A., Jessopp, M. J., Quinn, J. L., 2019. Variable foraging strategies over a large spatio-temporal scale are driven by the needs of parents and offspring. Animal Behaviour, 151, pp. 165-176.

Zandberg, L., Gort, G., Van Oers, K., Hinde, C. A., 2017. Direct fitness benefits explain mate preference, but not choice, for similarity in heterozygosity levels. Ecology Letters, 20(10), pp. 1306-1314.

Bleeker, K., De Jong, K., Van Kessel, N., Hinde, C. A., Nagelkerke, L. A. J., 2017. Evidence for ontogenetically and morphologically distinct alternative reproductive tactics in the invasive round goby (neogobius melanostomus). Plos One, 12(4).

Crates, R. A., Firth, J. A., Farine, D. R., Garroway, C. J., Kidd, L. R., Aplin, L. M., Radersma, R., Milligan, N. D., Voelkl, B., Culina, A., Verhelst, B. L., Hinde, C. A., Sheldon, B. C., 2016. Individual-level variation in consumption of winter supplementary food and carry-over effects on survival and reproduction in wild birds. Journal of Avian Biology, 47(5), pp. 678-689.

Lemoine, M. et al. (26 authors including Hinde, C. A.), 2016. Low but contrasting neutral genetic differentiation shaped by winter temperature in European great tits. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 18(3), pp. 668-685.

Laine, N. V. et al. (47 authors including Hinde, C. A.), 2016. Evolutionary signals of selection on cognition from the great tit genome and methylome. Nature Communications, 7:10474.

Caro, S. M., Griffin, A. S., Hinde, C. A., West, S. A., 2016. Unpredictable environments lead to the evolution of parental neglect in birds, Nature Communications, 7(10985).

Grabowska-Zhang, A. M., Hinde, C. A., Garroway, C., Sheldon, B. S., 2016. Wherever I may roam: social viscosity and kin affiliation in a wild population despite natal dispersal. Behavioural Ecology, 27(4), pp. 1263-1268.

Dekker, M. L., Hinde, C. A., Pollux, B. J. A., 2016. Sexual Characteristics. In Shackelford, T. K., Weekes-Shackelford, V. A. (eds), 2016. Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science, (New York: Springer).

Johnstone, R. A., Manica, A., Fayet, A. L., Rodriguez-Girones, M. A., Hinde, C. A., 2016. Evidence for conditional cooperation: a response to Schlicht et al. Behavioral Ecology, 27(3).

Oers, K. V., Kohn, G. M., Hinde C. A., Naguib, M., 2015. Parental food choice affects the expression of personality in a natural bird population. Frontiers of Zoology, 12(1):S10.

Culina, A., Hinde, C. A., Sheldon, B. C., 2015. Carry-over effects of the social environment on future divorce probability in great tits. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 282(1817):20150920.

Aplin, L. M., Firth, J. A., Farine, D. R., Voelkl, B., Crates, R. A., Culina, A., Garroway, C. J., Hinde, C. A., Kidd, L. R., Psorakis, I., Milligan, N. D., Radersma, R., Verhelst, B., Sheldon, B. C., 2015. Consistent individual differences in social phenotypes in great tits (Parus major), Animal Behaviour, 108, pp. 117-127.

Psorakis, I., Voelkl, B., Garroway C. J., Radersma, R., Aplin, L. M., Crates, R. A., Culina, A., Farine, D. R., Firth, J. A., Hinde, C. A., Kidd, L. R., Milligan, N. D., Roberts, S. J., Verhelst, B., Sheldon, B. C., 2015. Inferring social structure from temporal data. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, 69(5), pp. 857-866.

Farine, D. R., Firth, J. A., Aplin, L. M., Crates, R. A., Culina, A., Garroway, C. J., Hinde, C. A., Kidd, L. R., Milligan, N. D., Psorakis, I., Radersma, R., Verhelst, B., Voelkl, B., Sheldon, B. C., 2015. The role of social and ecological processes in structuring animal populations: a case study from automated tracking of wild birds. Royal Society Open Science, 2(4):150057.

Roughgarden, J., Adkins-Regan, E., Akçay, E., Crawford, J. C., Gadagkar, R., Griffith, S. C., Hinde, C. A., Hoquet, T., O’Connor, C., Prokop, Z. M., Prum, R. O., Shafir, S., Snow, S. S., Taylor, D., Van Cleve, J., Weisberg, M., 2015. Sexual selection studies: A NESCent catalyst meeting. PeerJPrePrints.

Snijders, L., van Rooij, E. P., Burt, J., Hinde, C. A., van Oers, K., Naguib, M., 2014. Social networking in territorial great tits: slow explorers have the least central social network positions. Animal Behaviour 98, pp. 95-102.

Head, M, Hinde, C. A., Moore, A., Royle, N., 2014. Correlated evolution in parental care in females but not males in response to selection on paternity assurance behaviour. Ecology Letters, 17(7), pp. 803-810.

Johnstone, R. A., Manica, A., Fayet, A. L., Rodriguez-Girones, M. A., Hinde, C. A., 2014). Reciprocity and conditional cooperation between great tit parents. Behavioral Ecology, 25(1), pp. 216-222.