2018 and in progress
Lendvai, Á. Z.*, Akçay, Ç.*, Stanback, M., Hausmann, M., Moore, I. T., Bonier, F. (in review) Male parental investment reflects the level of partner contributions and intensity of sexual conflict in tree swallows. (*co-first authors) preprint
Lind, C., Moore, I. T., Akçay, Ç., Vernasco, B. J., Lorch, J. M., Farrell, T. M. (2018) Patterns of circulating corticosterone in a population of rattlesnakes afflicted with snake fungal disease: Stress hormones as a potential mediator of seasonal cycles in disease severity and outcomes. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 91, no. 2 765-775.
Akçay, Ç., Campbell, S. E., Beecher, M. D. (2017) Good tutors are not Dear Enemies in song sparrows. Animal Behaviour 129. 223-227.
Akçay, Ç.*, Lendvai, Á. Z.*, Stanback M.; Hausmann, M.; Moore, I. T. ; Bonier, F. (2016). Strategic adjustment of parental care: life-history trade-offs and the role of glucocorticoids. Royal Society Open Science *co-first authors
Akçay, Ç., Arnold, J. A., Hambury, K. L., Dickinson, J. L. (2016) Age-based discrimination of rivals in western bluebirds. Animal Cognition. doi: 10.1007/s10071-016-1004-3
Dickinson, J.L., Akçay, Ç., Ferree, E., Stern, C.A. (2016) Hierarchical incest avoidance in a cooperative breeder. Behavioral Ecology doi: 10.1093/beheco/arw020
Dickinson, J.L., Akçay, Ç., Ferree, E.D., Stern, C.A. (2016) Western bluebirds: lessons from a marginal cooperative breeder. in Koenig, W.D. and J.L. Dickinson (eds), Cooperative breeding in vertebrates: Long-term studies. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK link to publisher
Akçay, Ç., Clay, A., Campbell S. E., Beecher, M. D. (2016) The sparrow and the hawk: aggressive signaling under risk of predation. Behavioral Ecology doi:10.1093/beheco/arv196
Akçay, Ç., Campbell, S. E., Beecher, M. D. (2015) The fitness consequences of honesty: under-signalers have a survival advantage in song sparrows. Evolution. vol. 69 p. 3186-3193 doi: 10.1111/evo.12818 (cover for December 2015)
Lendvai, Á. Z., Akçay, Ç., Ouyang, J. Q. ; Dakin, R. ; Domalik A.; St John, P. S.; Stanback M.; Moore, I. T. ; Bonier, F. (2015) Analysis of the optimal duration of behavioral observations based on an automated continuous monitoring system in tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor): is one hour good enough? PLoS One (Open Access)
Akçay, Ç., Beecher, M. D. (2015) Team of rivals in chipping sparrows? Biology Letters. 11:20141043. (a rebuttal to Goodwin & Podos, 2014, Biology Letters, see their response here, and a short postcript here)
Akçay, Ç., Anderson, R. C., Nowicki, S., Beecher, M. D., Searcy, W. A. (2015). Quiet threats: soft song as an aggressive signal in birds. Animal Behaviour. 105, 267-274
Lendvai, Á. Z., Akçay, Ç., Weiss, T., Hausmann, M., Moore, I. T., Bonier, F. (2015) Low cost audiovisual playback and recording triggered by radio-frequency identification using Raspberry Pi. PeerJ. 3, e877. (Open Access)
Kershenbaum, A., Blumstein, D. T., Roch, M. A., Akçay, Ç., et al. (42 authors total). (2014) Acoustic sequences in non-human animals: a tutorial review and prospectus. Biological Reviews, doi: 10.1111/brv.12160
Akçay, Ç.; Campbell, S. E.; Reed, V. A., Beecher, M. D. (2014) Song sparrows do not learn more songs from aggressive tutors. Animal Behaviour. 94, 151-159
Akçay, Ç; Hambury, K. L., Arnold, J. A., Nevins, A. M., Dickinson, J. L. (2014) Song sharing with neighbours and relatives in a cooperatively breeding songbird. Animal Behaviour. 92, 55-62
Beecher, M. D. & Akçay, Ç. (2014) Friends and enemies: how social dynamics shape communication and song learning in song sparrows. In Yasukawa, K. (editor) Animal Behavior, Volume 3, Preager: Santa Barbara, CA
Akçay, Ç, Campbell, S. E. ; Beecher, M. D. (2014) Individual differences affect honest signaling in a songbird. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B. vol. 281 no. 1775 20132496 supplementary materials
featured in Nature News, The Scientist, UW News
Akçay, Ç, Swift, R. J., Reed, V. A., Dickinson, J. L. (2013) Vocal kin recognition in kin neighborhoods of western bluebirds. Behavioral Ecology, 24, 898-905
Akçay, Ç, Tom, M. E.; Campbell, S. E. ; Beecher, M. D. (2013) Song type matching is an honest early threat signal in a hierarchical animal communication system. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, 280: 20122517.
featured in: UW News,Popular Science, Daily Mail (UK), KUOW, see also: “The Revenge of the Song Sparrow” on Youtube
Templeton, C. N.; Akçay, Ç.; Campbell, S. E. & Beecher, M. D. (2012) Soft song is a reliable signal of aggressive intent in song sparrows. Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology, 66, 1503–1509.
Akçay, Ç. & Beecher, M. D. (2012) Signalling while fighting: further comments on soft song. Animal Behaviour. 83, e1-e3.
Akçay, Ç.; Searcy, W. A.; Campbell, S. E.; Reed, V. A.; Templeton, C. N.; Hardwick, K.; Beecher, M. D. (2012) Who initiates extra-pair copulations in song sparrows? Behavioral Ecology, 23, 44-50
Akçay, Ç; Tom, M. E.; Holmes, D.; Campbell, S. E.; Beecher, M. D. (2011) Sing softly and carry a big stick: Signals of aggressive intent in song sparrows. Animal Behaviour, 82, 377-382
Hill, C. E.; Akçay; Ç.; Campbell, S. E.; Beecher, M. D., (2011), Extra-pair paternity, song and genetic quality in song sparrow. Behavioral Ecology, 22, 73-81
Akçay, Ç.; Hazeltine, E., (2011) Domain-specific conflict adaptation without feature repetitions. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 18, 505-511
Hazeltine, E.; Akçay, Ç.; Mordkoff, J. T. (2011). Keeping Simon simple: examining the relationship between sequential modulations and feature repetitions with two stimuli, two locations and two responses. Acta Psychologica, 136, 245- 252
Akçay, Ç; Reed, V. A.; Campbell, S. E.; Templeton, C. N.; Beecher, M. D. (2010) Indirect reciprocity: Song sparrows distrust aggressive neighbors based on eavesdropping. Animal Behaviour, 80, 1041-1047; featured in: BBC Earth News
Nulty, B. B.; Burt, J. M.; Akçay, Ç.; Templeton, C. N.; Campbell, S. E.; Beecher, M. D., (2010), Importance of spring tutors in song learning in the song sparrow. Ethology, 116, 653-661
Templeton, C. N.; Akçay, Ç.; Campbell, S. E.; Beecher, M. D., (2010), Juvenile sparrows preferentially eavesdrop on song contests. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, 277, 447-453; featured in: Daily Telegraph, BBC
Akçay, Ç.; Wood, W. E.; Searcy, W. A.; Templeton, C. N.; Campbell, S. E.; Beecher, M. D., (2009). Good neighbour, bad neighbour: song sparrows retaliate against aggressive rivals. Animal Behaviour, 78, 97-102
Akçay, Ç.; Hazeltine, E., (2008). Conflict adaptation depends on task structure. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 34, 958-973
Akçay, Ç.; Hazeltine, E., (2007). Feature-overlap and conflict monitoring: Two sources of sequential modulations. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 14, 742-748