Professor Mark Briffa
Profiles

Professor Mark Briffa

Professor of Animal Behaviour

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Role

  • Associate Head of School (Teaching & Learning)
  • Programme leader, BSc Marine Biology (from 2012-2017)
  • Deputy programme leader, MRes Marine Biology (from 2012)
  • Programme leader, MRes Marine Biology (2009 -2012)
  • Deputy programme leader, BSc Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology (2005-2009)

Qualifications

2016 Professor of Animal Behaviour, Plymouth University
2014 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
2012 Reader in Animal Behaviour, Plymouth University.
2005 PG Cert. Learning and teaching in higher education, Plymouth University.
2004 - 2012 Lecturer in Marine Biology, Plymouth University.
1999 - 2004 Post-Doc, Queen's University Belfast.
2013 Grade 1 Piano (Merit)
1995 - 1998 PhD in Animal Behaviour, Queen's University Belfast: "Communication during shell exchange in the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus".
1991 - 1995 - BSc (Hons) Biology, First Class, University of Aberdeen.

Professional membership

  • Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour
  • Marine Biological Association of the UK

Roles on external bodies


2009-2010
BBSRC Pool Committee member
2007 IRCSET (Irish Research Council) Embark Fellowships panel member (Earth Sciences)

Teaching interests

 

   Lecturing on: 

  • Biology 1 (BIO012)
  • Issues in Marine Biology (MBIO001)
  • Biology of Sex (BIOL124PP)
  • Marine Biology Field Course (MBIO101)
  • Evolution & Biodiversity (MBIO122)
  • Experimental Marine Biology Field Course (MBIO212)
  • Ecology of Shallow Water Marine Habitats (MBIO217)
  • Methods in Marine Biology (MBIO223)    
  • Behavioural Ecology (MBIO317)
  • Physiology & Behaviour of Marine Animals (MBIO340)   

Staff serving as external examiners

2011 - 2015: MSc Conservation & Behaviour, Manchester Metropolitan University
2016 - 2019: MSc Animal Behaviour & Welfare, Queen's University Belfast

Research interests

Contest behaviour in animals, especially 'Shell rapping' in the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus and the beadlet sea anemone Actinia equina. In my group we are interested in how fighting animals make decisions to initiate and fight and to withdraw from a fight and how these decisions might be influenced by consistent among individual variation in behaviour. We are also interested in understanding among individual variation in behaviour more generally.

If you would like to do your honours or masters project with me, these are areas that I usually supervise projects in.

1) Animal contests - What features influence fighting ability: Weapons, signals, size or energy?
2) Vacancy chains - Do vacant resources transit through populations and what can disrupt this process?
3) Foraging - How does information about the environment affect search paths?
4) Crypsis - Do animals adjust their behaviour to be more cryptic in the presence of a predator?
5) Animal personalities and intra-individual variation (IIV) Is beween individual variation in behaviour adaptive?

Mainly using hermit crabs and sea anemones but also options to work on other crabs, marine snails, amphipods, seaweed flies, ants.

Supervision

2014: Katlyn Smelser, MRes. Does 'skill' play a role in hermit crab shell fights?
2014: Samantha Simpson, MRes. Hunger status and boldness in beadlet anemones.
2014: Matthew Scott, MRes. Metabolism and personality in beadlet anemones.
2014: Natalie Jones, MRes. Wind farm noise and behaviour in juvenile lobsters. 
2013-Present. Mariana Velasque-Borges, PhD. "Variation in metabolic rate and personality"
2013: Tom Chatfield, MRes. Crypsis, decisions and contests in hermit crabs.
2013: Ruth Memmott, MRes. Sexual signals in seaweed flies.
2013: Winnie Courtene-Jones, MRes. Contests and personality in hermit crabs.
2013: Leslie Howitt, MRes. Dominance and distribution in sea anemones.
2012: Dr. Nicola Foster, PDRA. Relatedness, individual differences and aggression in A. equina.
2012: Stephen White, MRes. Effects of pollution on contests in hermit crabs
2008 – 11: Dr. Tim Batchelor: Post-doc working on Contest behaviour in ants.
2008 – 12: Kate De La Haye. PhD "Behavioural consequences of ocean aciodification in crustaceans". (Joint supervisor: Prof. John Spicer). Funding: University of Plymouth Marine Institute research studentship.
2009 - Present David Gee (second supervisor, in collaboration with Karim Vahed University of Derby) – PhD "Factors affecting the outcome of aggressive interactions in the cricket Platygryllus primiformis"
2005-09: Sophie Mowles. PhD "Contest behaviour in hermit crabs". (Joint supervisor: Dr. Pete Cotton). Funding: University of Plymouth research studentship.
2011: Elizabeth Edmonds, MRes. Contests in hermit crabs
2011: Danielle Bridger, MRes. Personality in hermit crabs.
2011: Emma Hay, MRes. Personality in sea anemones.
2010: Fabian Rudin, MRes. Contests in sea anemones.
2010: Jake Steers, MRes. Decision-making in hermit crabs.
2009: Marianna Nearchou, MRes. Contests in hermit crabs
2008: Anne-Laurence Bibost, MSc. Personality in hermit crabs.
2005: Allison Hillyer, MSc. Human impacts on hermit crab behaviour.

Honours projects supervised: Getting on for 80-90 so far.

Grants & contracts



2016-2019 MARES full time PhD studentship. (PI) £60,000 approx. 
2015-2018 BBSRC BB/M019772/1 The role of additive and non-additive genetic effects during animal contests in the beadlet sea anemone Actinia equina. (PI) £252,600.
2013-2017 CAPES /CNPq (Brazillian Government) Science Without Borders PhD Studentship (PI) >£100K
2008-2011 BBSRC F014147 "Aggression in social animals: Effects of group size, resource holding potential and costs of fighting on the outcome of battles" (PI) £225,263. 

2010 Royal Society International Travel Grant £2265
2007-2010 Marine Institute full time PhD studentship. (PI) £45,000 approx. 
2005-2007 Nuffield Foundation New Lecturer Award 'Use of repeated signals by animals'. (PI) £5000.
2005-2008 Faculty of Science full time PhD studentship. (PI) £48,000 approx.
2002-2005 BBSRC S16861 “Motivation and the underlying causation of aggressive behaviour.” (RI) £136,472.
1999-2002 BBSRC S11459 “The functions of repeated aggressive signals.” (RI) £104,960.

Creative practice & artistic projects

Occasional contributor of short monologues  to 'The Naked Scientists' BBC radio show. If the following questions keep you awake at night you can listen to the podcasts:

How do sharks make blood? 

How do salmon cope in both fresh water and salt water?

Why don't fish have eyelids?

How do electic eels not shock themselves?

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Chapin KJ, Peixoto PEC & Briffa M 2019 'The point of the triangle and utility of repeated measures: a response to comments on Chapin et al' Behavioral Ecology 30, (5) 1191-1192 , DOI
Chapin KJ, Peixoto PEC & Briffa M 2019 'Further mismeasures of animal contests: a new framework for assessment strategies' Behavioral Ecology 30, (5) 1177-1185 , DOI
MacNeil C & Briffa M 2019 'Fear alone reduces energy processing by resident ‘keystone’ prey threatened by an invader; a non-consumptive effect of ‘killer shrimp’ invasion of freshwater ecosystems is revealed' Acta Oecologica 98, 1-5 , DOI PEARL
Tidau S & Briffa M 2019 'Distracted decision makers: ship noise and predation risk change shell choice in hermit crabs' Behavioral Ecology , DOI PEARL
Tidau S & Briffa M 2019 'Anthropogenic noise pollution reverses grouping behaviour in hermit crabs' Animal Behaviour 151, 113-120 , DOI PEARL
Lane SM & Briffa M 2018 'How does the environment affect fighting? The interaction between extrinsic fighting ability and resource value during contests' Journal of Experimental Biology Author Site , DOI PEARL
Lane SM & Briffa M 2017 'Immune function and the decision to deploy weapons during fights in the beadlet anemone Actinia equina' Journal of Experimental Biology Author Site , DOI PEARL
Briffa M & Lane SM 2017 'The role of skill in animal contests: a neglected component of fighting ability' Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 284, (1863) Author Site , DOI PEARL
Lane SM & Briffa M 2017 'Boldness is for rookies: prefight boldness and fighting success in a sea anemone' Animal Behaviour 132, 13-20 , DOI PEARL
Ong EZ, Briffa M, Moens T & Van Colen C 2017 'Physiological responses to ocean acidification and warming synergistically reduce condition of the common cockle Cerastoderma edule' Marine Environmental Research , DOI PEARL
Palaoro AV, Velasque M, Santos S & Briffa M 2017 'How does environment influence fighting? The effects of tidal flow on resource value and fighting costs in sea anemones' Biology Letters 13, (5) 20170011-20170011 , DOI PEARL
Briffa M & Fortescue KJ 2017 'Motor pattern during fights in the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus: evidence for the role of skill in animal contests' Animal Behaviour , DOI PEARL
Briffa M 2017 'Abandoning animal personality would cause obfuscation: a comment on Beekman and Jordan' Behavioral Ecology , DOI
Lane SM & Briffa M 2017 'The price of attack: Rethinking damage costs in animal contests' Animal Behaviour , DOI PEARL
Osborn A & Briffa M 2016 'Does repeatable behaviour in the laboratory represent behaviour under natural conditions? A formal comparison in sea anemones' Animal Behaviour , DOI PEARL
Palaoro AV & Briffa M 2016 'Weaponry and defenses in fighting animals: how allometry can alter predictions from contest theory' Behavioral Ecology 28, (1) 328-336 , DOI PEARL
White SJ & Briffa M 2016 'How do anthropogenic contaminants (ACs) affect behaviour? Multi-level analysis of the effects of copper on boldness in hermit crabs' Oecologia 183, (2) 391-400 , DOI PEARL
Briffa M 2016 'Proximate mechanisms of animal personality among-individual behavioural variation in animals' Behaviour 153, (13-14) 1509-1515 , DOI PEARL
Velasque M & Briffa M 2016 'The opposite effects of routine metabolic rate and metabolic rate during startle responses on variation in the predictability of behaviour in hermit crabs' Behaviour 153, (13-14) 1545-1566 , DOI PEARL
Briffa M, Jones N & MacNeil C 2016 'Responses to threat in a freshwater invader: Longitudinal data reveal personality, habituation and robustness to changing water temperatures in the ‘killer shrimp’ Dikerogammarus villosus (Crustacea: Amphipoda)' Current Zoology 62, (1) 45-51 PEARL
Edmonds E & Briffa M 2016 'Weak rappers rock more: Hermit crabs assess their own agonistic behaviour' Biology Letters 12, (1) , DOI PEARL
Memmott R & Briffa M 2015 'Exaggerated displays do not improve mounting success in male seaweed flies Fucellia tergina (Diptera: Anthomyiidae)' Behavioural Processes 120, 73-79 , DOI PEARL
Seaman B & Briffa M 2015 'Parasites and personality in periwinkles (Littorina littorea): Infection status is associated with mean-level boldness but not repeatability' Behav Processes 115, 132-134 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Bridger D, Bonner SJ & Briffa M 2015 'Individual quality and personality: bolder males are less fecund in the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus' Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 282, (1803) 20142492-20142492 , DOI PEARL
Briffa M, Sneddon LU & Wilson AJ 2015 'Animal personality as a cause and consequence of contest behaviour' Biol Lett 11, (3) Author Site , DOI PEARL
Foster NL & Briffa M 2014 'Familial strife on the seashore: aggression increases with relatedness in the sea anemone Actinia equina' Behav Processes 103, 243-245 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Courtene-Jones W & Briffa M 2014 'Boldness and asymmetric contests: role- and outcome-dependent effects of fighting in hermit crabs' BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY 25, (5) 1073-1082 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Waggitt JJ, Briffa M, Grecian WJ, Newton J, Patrick SC, Stauss C & Votier SC 2014 'Testing for sub-colony variation in seabird foraging behaviour: ecological and methodological consequences for understanding colonial living' MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES 498, 275-285 Author Site , DOI
Briffa M 2014 'What determines the duration of war? Insights from assessment strategies in animal contests' PLoS One 9, (9) Author Site , DOI PEARL
Briffa M 2013 'Plastic proteans: reduced predictability in the face of predation risk in hermit crabs' Biol Lett 9, (5) Author Site , DOI
White SJ, Pipe RK, Fisher A & Briffa M 2013 'Asymmetric effects of contaminant exposure during asymmetric contests in the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus' ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR 86, (4) 773-781 Author Site , DOI
Briffa M 2013 'The Influence of Personality on a Group-Level Process: Shy Hermit Crabs Make Longer Vacancy Chains' ETHOLOGY 119, (11) 1014-1023 Author Site , DOI
Briffa M, Bridger D & Biro PA 2013 'How does temperature affect behaviour? Multilevel analysis of plasticity, personality and predictability in hermit crabs' ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR 86, (1) 47-54 Author Site , DOI
Briffa M, de la Haye K & Munday PL 2012 'High CO₂ and marine animal behaviour: potential mechanisms and ecological consequences' Mar Pollut Bull 64, (8) 1519-1528 Author Site , DOI
Mowles SL, Cotton PA & Briffa M 2012 'Consistent crustaceans: the identification of stable behavioural syndromes in hermit crabs' BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY 66, (7) 1087-1094 Author Site , DOI
Stamps JA, Briffa M & Biro PA 2012 'Unpredictable animals: individual differences in intraindividual variability (IIV)' ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR 83, (6) 1325-1334 Author Site , DOI
Rudin FS & Briffa M 2012 'Is boldness a resource-holding potential trait? Fighting prowess and changes in startle response in the sea anemone, Actinia equina' Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 279, (1735) 1904-1910 , DOI
Mowles SL & Briffa M 2012 'Forewarned is forearmed: early signals of RHP predict opponent fatigue in hermit crab shell fights' BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY 23, (6) 1324-1329 Author Site , DOI
de la Haye KL, Spicer JI, Widdicombe S & Briffa M 2012 'Reduced pH sea water disrupts chemo-responsive behaviour in an intertidal crustacean' JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MARINE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY 412, 134-140 Author Site , DOI
Batchelor TP, Santini G & Briffa M 2012 'Size distribution and battles in wood ants: group resource-holding potential is the sum of the individual parts' ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR 83, (1) 111-117 Author Site , DOI
Batchelor TP & Briffa M 2011 'Fight tactics in wood ants: individuals in smaller groups fight harder but die faster' Proc Biol Sci 278, (1722) 3243-3250 Author Site , DOI
de la Haye KL, Spicer JI, Widdicombe S & Briffa M 2011 'Reduced sea water pH disrupts resource assessment and decision making in the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus' ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR 82, (3) 495-501 Author Site , DOI
Briffa M & Twyman C 2011 'Do I stand out or blend in? Conspicuousness awareness and consistent behavioural differences in hermit crabs' Biol Lett 7, (3) 330-332 Author Site , DOI
Mowles SL, Cotton PA & Briffa M 2011 'Flexing the abdominals: do bigger muscles make better fighters?' Biol Lett 7, (3) 358-360 Author Site , DOI
MacNeil C, Dick JTA, Platvoet D & Briffa M 2011 'Direct and indirect effects of species displacements: an invading freshwater amphipod can disrupt leaf-litter processing and shredder efficiency' JOURNAL OF THE NORTH AMERICAN BENTHOLOGICAL SOCIETY 30, (1) 38-48 Author Site , DOI
Briffa M & Greenaway J 2011 'High in situ repeatability of behaviour indicates animal personality in the beadlet anemone Actinia equina (Cnidaria)' PLoS One 6, (7) Author Site , DOI
Rudin FS & Briffa M 2011 'The logical polyp: assessments and decisions during contests in the beadlet anemone Actinia equina' BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY 22, (6) 1278-1285 Author Site , DOI
Briffa M & Weiss A 2010 'Animal personality' Curr Biol 20, (21) R912-R914 Author Site , DOI
Batchelor TP & Briffa M 2010 'Influences on resource-holding potential during dangerous group contests between wood ants' ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR 80, (3) 443-449 Author Site , DOI
Briffa M & Elwood RW 2010 'Repeated measures analysis of contests and other dyadic interactions: problems of semantics, not statistical validity' Animal Behaviour 80, (3) 583-588 , DOI
Mowles SL, Cotton PA & Briffa M 2010 'Whole-organism performance capacity predicts resource-holding potential in the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus' ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR 80, (2) 277-282 Author Site , DOI
MacNeil C, Briffa M, Leuven RSEW, Gell FR & Selman R 2010 'An appraisal of a biocontamination assessment method for freshwater macroinvertebrate assemblages; a practical way to measure a significant biological pressure?' HYDROBIOLOGIA 638, (1) 151-159 Author Site , DOI
Briffa M & Austin M 2009 'Effects of Predation Threat on the Structure and Benefits from Vacancy Chains in the Hermit CrabPagurus bernhardus' Ethology 115, (11) 1029-1035 , DOI
MacNeil C & Briffa M 2009 'Replacement of a native freshwater macroinvertebrate species by an invader: implications for biological water quality monitoring' HYDROBIOLOGIA 635, (1) 321-327 Author Site , DOI
Mowles SL, Cotton PA & Briffa M 2009 'Aerobic capacity influences giving-up decisions in fighting hermit crabs: does stamina constrain contests?' ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR 78, (3) 735-740 Author Site , DOI
Briffa M & Bibost A-L 2009 'Effects of shell size on behavioural consistency and flexibility in hermit crabs' CANADIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY-REVUE CANADIENNE DE ZOOLOGIE 87, (7) 597-603 Author Site , DOI
Briffa M & Elwood RW 2009 'Difficulties remain in distinguishing between mutual and self-assessment in animal contests' ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR 77, (3) 759-762 Author Site , DOI
Mowles SL, Briffa M, Cotton PA & Spicer JI 2008 'The Role of Circulating Metal Ions During Shell Fights in the Hermit CrabPagurus bernhardus' Ethology 114, (10) 1014-1022 , DOI
Briffa M, Rundle SD & Fryer A 2008 'Comparing the strength of behavioural plasticity and consistency across situations: animal personalities in the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus' Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 275, (1640) 1305-1311 , DOI
Briffa M 2008 'Decisions during fights in the house cricket, Acheta domesticus: mutual or self assessment of energy, weapons and size?' ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR 75, 1053-1062 Author Site , DOI
Briffa M & Mowles SL 2008 'Hermit crabs' Curr Biol 18, (4) R144-R146 Author Site , DOI
Briffa M, Haskell P & Wilding C 2008 'Behavioural colour change in the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus: reduced crypticity when the threat of predation is high' BEHAVIOUR 145, 915-929 Author Site , DOI
Briffa M & Dallaway D 2007 'Inter-sexual contests in the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus: females fight harder but males win more encounters' BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY 61, 1781-1787 , DOI
Briffa M & Elwood RW 2007 'Monoamines and decision making during contests in the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus' Animal Behaviour 73, 605-612
Briffa M & Sneddon LU 2007 'Physiological constraints on contest behaviour' Functional Ecology 21, (4) 627-637
Elwood RW, Pothanikat RME & Briffa M 2006 'Honest and dishonest displays, motivational state and subsequent decisions in hermit crab shell fights' Animal Behaviour 72, 853-859
Briffa M 2006 'Signal residuals during shell fighting in hermit crabs: can costly signals be used deceptively?' Behavioral Ecology 17, (3) 510-514
Briffa M & Williams R 2006 'Use of chemical cues during shell fights in the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus' Behaviour 143, 1281-1290
Briffa M & Elwood R 2005 'Metabolic consequences of shell choice in Pagurus bernhardus: do hermit crabs prefer cryptic or portable shells?' Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 59, (1) 143-148
Briffa M & Elwood RW 2005 'Rapid change in energy status in fighting animals: causes and effects of strategic decisions' Animal Behaviour 70, 119-124
MacNeil C, Prenter J, Briffa M, Fielding NJ, Dick JTA, Riddell GE, Hatcher MJ & Dunn AM 2004 'The replacement of a native freshwater amphipod by an invader: roles for environmental degradation and intraguild predation' Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 61, (9) 1627-1635
Briffa M & Elwood RW 2004 'Use of energy reserves in fighting hermit crabs' Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences 271, (1537) 373-379
MacNeil C, Fielding NJ, Dick JTA, Briffa M, Prenter J, Hatcher MJ & Dunn AM 2003 'An acanthocephalan parasite mediates intraguild predation between invasive and native freshwater amphipods (Crustacea)' Freshwater Biology 48, (12) 2085-2093
Briffa M, Elwood RW & Russ JM 2003 'Analysis of multiple aspects of a repeated signal: power and rate of rapping during shell fights in hermit crabs' Behavioral Ecology 14, (1) 74-79
Russ JM, Briffa M & Montgomery WI 2003 'Seasonal patterns in activity and habitat use by bats (Pipistrellus spp. and Nyctalus leisleri) in Northern Ireland, determined using a driven transect' Journal of Zoology 259, 289-299
Briffa M & Elwood RW 2002 'Power of shell-rapping signals influences physiological costs and subsequent decisions during hermit crab fights' Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences 269, (1507) 2331-2336
Briffa M & Elwood RW 2001 'Decision rules, energy metabolism and vigour of hermit-crab fights' Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences 268, (1478) 1841-1848
Elwood RW & Briffa M 2001 'Information gathering and communication during agonistic encounters: A case study of hermit crabs' Advances in the Study of Behavior, Vol 30 30, 53-97
Briffa M & Elwood RW 2001 'Motivational change during shell fights in the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus' Animal Behaviour 62, 505-510
Briffa M & Elwood RW 2001 'Physiological correlates of decision rules during shell fights in hermit crabs' Advances in Ethology 36,
Briffa M & Elwood RW 2000 'Cumulative or sequential assessment during hermit crab shell fights: effects of oxygen on decision rules' Proc Biol Sci 267, (1460) 2445-2452 Author Site , DOI
Briffa M & Elwood RW 2000 'Analysis of the finescale timing of repeated signals: does shell rapping in hermit crabs signal stamina?' Anim Behav 59, (1) 159-165 Author Site , DOI
Briffa M & Elwood RW 2000 'The power of shell rapping influences rates of eviction in hermit crabs' BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY 11, (3) 288-293 Author Site , DOI
Briffa M, Elwood RW & Dick JTA 1998 'Analysis of repeated signals during shell fights in the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus' PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES 265, (1404) 1467-1474 Author Site , DOI
Books

Irschick, DJ, Briffa, M, & Podos, J. 2015. Animal Signalling and Function: An Integrative Approach. Wiley-Blackwell.

Hardy, ICW & Briffa, M. 2013. Animal Contests. Cambridge University Press.

2015 Animal Signaling and Function. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. , DOI
Irschick DJ, Briffa M & Podos J 2014 Introduction. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. , DOI
Chapters

Briffa M & Lane SM. 2019. Signals in Conflict Resolution: Conventional Signals, Aggression and Territoriality. In Jae Chun Choe (EIC) Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior (Second Edition). Elsevier. 

Briffa M 2015. Agonistic signals: Integrating analysis of functions and mechanisms. In Irschick DJ, Podos J & Briffa M (Eds.) Animal Signalling and function: An integrative approach. Wiley-Backwell.

Briffa M, Hardy ICW & Mowles SL 2013. Prospects for animal contests. In Hardy ICW & Briffa M (Eds) Animal Contests. Cambridge University Press.

Field SA & Briffa M 2013. Human contests: evolutionary theory and the analysis of interstate war. In Hardy ICW & Briffa M (Eds) Animal Contests. Cambridge University Press.

Briffa M 2013. Contests in crustaceans: assessments, decisions and their underlying mechanisms. In Hardy ICW & Briffa M (Eds) Animal Contests. Cambridge University Press.

Briffa M, Hardy ICW, Gammell MP, Jennings DJ, Clarke DD & Goubault M 2013. Analysis of contest data. In Hardy ICW & Briffa M (Eds) Animal Contests. Cambridge University Press.

Briffa M & Hardy ICW 2013. Introduction to animal contests. In Hardy ICW & Briffa M (Eds) Animal Contests. Cambridge University Press.

Briffa M & Hardy ICW 2013. Preface. In Hardy ICW & Briffa M (Eds) Animal Contests. Cambridge University Press.

Briffa, M & Sneddon, LU. 2010. Contest Behavior. In D.F.Westneat & C.W.Fox (Eds) Evolutionary Behavioral Ecology. Oxford University Press.

Briffa M 2014 'Agonistic Signals: Integrating Analysis of Functions and Mechanisms' Animal Signaling and Function John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 141-173 , DOI
Irschick DJ, Briffa M & Podos J 2014 'Integrating functional approaches with signalling theory: An Introduction. In Irschick DJ, Podos J & Briffa M (Eds.)' in Irschick DJ; Briffa M; Podos J Animal Signalling and Function: An integrative approach
Conference Papers
Tidau S & Briffa M 2016 'Review on behavioral impacts of aquatic noise on crustaceans' Fourth International Conference on the Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life Acoustical Society of America , DOI
Briffa M & Elwood RW 2004 'Mobilising for war: use of energy reserves in fighting hermit crabs' Comp. Biochem. Physiol.

Reports & invited lectures

Invited talks and seminars 


2016 Seminar, Hull University, UK.

2015 Keynote speaker, IEC Behaviour 2015, Cairns, Australia.

2015 Seminar, Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA.

2014 Seminar, Universite Francois Rabelais, Dijon, France.

2013 Seminar, Queen's University Belfast, UK.

2013 Invited speaker at Symposuim on Personality: Causes and consequences of consistent behavioural variation, Hannover, Germany.

2013 Seminar, Nottinghan Trent University, UK.

2012 Invited speaker at ASAB/SEB N3R meeting, London, UK

2012 Invited lecture, Oxford University Scientific Society, UK

2011 Seminar, University of Nottingham, UK.

2011 Seminar, University of Durham, UK

2011 Seminar, University of Newcastle (Marine Scinece and Technology), UK.

2010 Seminar, University of Exeter, UK.

2010 Seminar, Institute of Neuroscience, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.


2010 Seminar, The Marine Biological Association, Plymouth, UK. 

2009 Seminar, University of Exeter at Falmouth, UK. 

2009 Seminar, University of Derby, UK.

2008 Seminar, University of Bristol, UK.

2008 Invited speaker at symposium on contest behaviour. European Conference on Behavioural Biology, Univerity de Bourgogne, Dijon, France.

2007 Invited speaker at symposium on contest behaviour. International Ethological Conference, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.

2006 Plenary speaker "Energetic constraints in fighting". Joint European Conference on Behavioural Biology, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK.

2005-2006 Guest lecturer on Animal Physiological Ecology module, University of Nottingham, UK.

2006 Seminar, University of Cardiff, UK. 

2006 Seminar, University of Liverpool, UK. 

2006 Seminar, University of Hull, UK. 

Selected contributed conference presentations 

Briffa M 2008 Comparing the strength of behavioural plasticity and consistency: Animal personalities in hermit crabs. European Conference on Behavioural Biology, Univerity de Bourgogne, Dijon, France.

Bibost AL, Briffa M 2008 The boldness and shyness of the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus: Animal personality or behavioural plasticity? European Conference on Behavioural Biology, University de Bourgogne, Dijon, France.

Mowles, SL, Briffa M & Cotton PA 2008. Effects of respiratory pigment and whole body performance capacity on agonistic signals in the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus.. ISBE: 12th International Behavioural Ecology Congress. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA.

Mowles SL, Briffa M, Cotton PA & Spicer JI. 2007. Effects of metal -ions and respiratory pigment during agonistic encounters in the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus., Marine Institute Conference: Understanding Marine Systems. Plymouth, UK.

De La Haye K, Briffa M, & Spicer JI. 2007. Behavioural consequences of ocean acidification in decapod crustaceans. Marine Institute Conference: Understanding Marine Systems. Plymouth, UK.

Mowles SL, Briffa M, Cotton PA & Spicer JI. 2007. Champions how their mettle! Seasonal effects of metal ions on contest behaviour in the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus. IEC: XXX International Ethological Conference. Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Mowles, SL, Briffa M, Cotton PA & Spicer JI 2007. The effect of respiratory pigment on shell fighting in the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus., J.I. IEC: XXX International Ethological Conference. Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Mowles SL, Briffa M, Cotton PA & Spicer JI 2007. The effect of respiratory pigment on shell fighting in the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus., J.I. ASAB Easter conference, University of Exeter, Falmouth, UK.

Briffa M & Elwood RW 2005. Shell fighting in hermit crabs: Contests, communication and costs. ICC 6, Glasgow, UK.

Briffa M & Elwood RW 2004. Use of energy reserves in fighting hermit crabs. ISBE, Jyvaskla, Finland.

Briffa M & Elwood RW 2004. Mobilising for war: use of energy reserves in fighting hermit crabs. SEB Edinburgh, UK.

Briffa M & Elwood RW 2002. Signal power, physiological costs and subsequent decisions during hermit crab fights. BES York, UK.

Elwood RW & Briffa M 2002. Physiological constraints influence decisions in hermit crab fights. 1st European Conference on Behavioural Biology, Muenster, Germany.

Briffa M & Elwood RW 2001. Physiological correlates of decision rules during shell fights in hermit crabs. IEC. Tubingen, Germany.

Elwood RW & Briffa M 2001. Physiological constraints influence decisions in hermit crab fights. ASAB Summer conference, Glasgow, UK.

Elwood RW & Briffa M 2001. Probing motivational state during shell fights in hermit crabs. IEC, Tuebingen, Germany.

Briffa M & Elwood RW 2000. Fatigue and stamina: Effects of oxygen levels on the fighting ability of hermit crabs, Pagurus bernhardus. ISBE, Zurich, Switzerland.

Briffa M & Elwood RW 1999. Fatigue constrains shell rapping during hermit crab shell fights. ASAB Summer conference, Lisbon, Portugal.

Elwood RW, Briffa M & Dick JTA 1999. Fatigue constrains shell rapping during hermit crab fights. IEC Bangalore, India.

Briffa M & Elwood RW 1997. Communication during shell exchange in the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus. ASAB Easter, Cardiff, UK.

Briffa M & Elwood RW 1997. Communication during shell exchange in the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus. IEC, Venice, Austria.

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  • Handling Editor: Biology Letters from 2014
  • Editor: Animal Behaviour 2010 - 2013
  • Academic Editor: PLoS one from 2009
  • Consulting Editor, Animal Behaviour 2007-2010 
  • 'Top Reviewer' awards: Animal Behaviour 2007, Biology Letters 2008, 2009, 2011.
  • Reviewing for Animal Behaviour, Behavioral Ecology, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Behaviour, Ethology, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, Journal of The Marine Biological association of the UK, Proceedings of the Royal Society B
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