Husby Group: publications

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Rogell B., Dowling, D. Husby, A.  (in press). Controlling for body size leads to inferential biases in the biological sciences. Evolution Letters.


Husby A, McFarlane, SE., Qvarnstrom, A. (2019) Avian population studies in the genomic era. Avian Genomics in Ecology and Evolution. Springer Books. 2019

Viitaniemi HM, Verhagen I, Visser ME, Honkela A, van Oers K, Husby A. (2019) Seasonal Variation in Genome-Wide DNA Methylation Patterns and the Onset of Seasonal Timing of Reproduction in Great Tits. Genome Biology and Evolution 2019, 11(3):970-983.

Mäkinen, H., Viitaniemi, H., Visser. M.E., Verhagen, I., van Oers, V., Husby, A.  Temporally replicated reduced representation bisulfite sequencing data on dna methylation patterns in great tit. Scientific Data

Rogell B., Dowling, D. Husby, A. Controlling for body size leads to inferential biases in the biological sciences. Evolution Letters.

Viitaniemi, H., Verhagen, I., Visser. M.E., Honkela, A., van Oers, V., Husby, A. Seasonal variation in DNA methylation patterns and the onset of seasonal timing of reproduction in the great tit .Genome Biology and Evolution.


di Leo, M. Husby, A. Saastamoinen, M. (2018). Landscape permeability and individual variation in a dispersal-linked gene jointly determine genetic structure in the Glanville fritillary butterfly. Evolution Letters.

Kemppainen, P., Husby, A. (2018) Accounting for heteroscedasticity and censoring in chromosome partitioning analyses Evolution Letters. 

Lundregan, S. L. Hagen, I. J., Gohli, J., Niskanen, A. K., Kemppainen, P., Ringsby, T. H., Kvalnes, T., Pärn, H., Rønning, B., Holand, H., Ranke, P. S., Båtnes, A. S., Selvik, L-K., Lien, S., Sæther, B-E., Husby, A., Jensen, H. Inferences of genetic architecture of bill morphology in house sparrow using a high‐density SNP array point to a polygenic basis. Molecular Ecology

Kemppainen, P., Husby, AInference of genetic architecture from chromosome partitioning analyses is sensitive to genome variation, sample size, heritability and effect size distribution. Molecular Ecology Resources. 

Fountain, T., Husby, A., Nonaka, E.,  DiLeo, M., Korhonen, J.,Rastas, P., Schulz, T., Saastamoinen, M., Hanski, I. Inferring dispersal across a fragmented landscape using reconstructed families in the Glanville fritillary butterflyEvolutionary Applications.

Saastamoinen, M., Bocedi, G., Cote, J., Legrand,D., Guillaume, F., Wheat, C., Fronhofer, E., Garcia, C., Henry, R., Husby, A., Baguette, M., Bonte, D., Coulon, A., Kokko, H.,Matthysen, E., Niitepõld, K., Nonaka, E., Stevens, V., Travis, J., Donohue, K., Bullock, J., del Mar Delgado, M. Genetics of dispersalBiological Reviews.


Gohli, J., Voje, L.L. (2017) An interspecific assessment of Bergmann’s rule in 22 mammalian families. BMC Evolutionary Biology.

Planas M, Silva CNS, Quintas P, Chamorro A, Pinero S (2017). Ongrowing and enhancement of n-3 HUFA profile in adult Artemia: short- vs long-time enrichment. Journal of Applied Phycology. 29(3): 1409–1420.

Silva, C.S., McFarlane, E.M., Hagen, I., Rönnegard, L., Billing, A., Kvalnes,T., Kemppainen, P., Rønning,B., Ringsby, T.H., Sæther, B.E., Qvarnström, A.,  Ellegren, H., Jensen,H. & Husby, A. (2017). Insights into the genetic architecture of morphological traits in two passerine bird species. Heredity.


Immonen, E. & Husby, A. (2016). Protected species: Norwegian wolf cull will hit genetic diversity. 539 (7627) Nature

Kemppainen, P., Rønning, B., Kvalnes, T., Hagen, I. J., Ringsby, T. H., Billing, A. M., Pärn, H., Lien, S., Husby, A., Sæther, B.-E. & Jensen, H. (2016) Controlling for p-value inflation in allele frequency change in experimental evolution and artificial selection experiments. Molecular Ecology Resources.

Rönnegård, L., McFarlane, E., Husby, A., Kawkami, T., Ellegren, H. and Qvarnström, A. (2016) Increasing the power of genome wide association studies in natural populations using repeated measures – evaluation and implementation. Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

Kardos, M., Husby, A., McFarlane, E., Qvarnström, A. and Ellegren, H. (2016). Whole genome resequencing of extreme phenotypes in collared flycatchers highlights the difficulty of detecting quantitative trait loci in natural populations. Molecular Ecology Resources.

Silva CNS, Gardner JPA (2016). Identifying environmental factors associated with the genetic structure of the New Zealand scallop: linking seascape genetics and ecophysiological tolerance. ICES Journal of Marine Science 73 (7): 1925-1934.


Silva CNS, Gardner JPA (2015). Emerging patterns of genetic variation in the New Zealand endemic scallop Pecten novaezelandiae. Molecular Ecology 24 (21), 5379-5393.

Tringali, A., Bowman, R and Husby, A. (2015). Selection and inheritance of sexually dimorphic juvenile plumage coloration.5 (22) 5413-5422.  Ecology and Evolution.

Norekleine, K., Herceg, G., Ghonda, M.A., Balazs, G., Husby, A. and Merilä, J. (2015). Quantitative genetic analysis of brain size variation in sticklebacks: support for mosaic model of brain evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society series B. 282, (1810)

Husby, A., Kawakami, T., Rönnegård, L., Smeds, L., Ellegren, H., and Qvarnström, A. (2015). Genome-wide association mapping in a wild avian population identifies a link between genetic and phenotypic variation in a life history trait. Proceedings of the Royal Society series B. 282, (1806) pdf

Visser, ME., Gienapp, P., Husby, A., Morrissey, M., de la Hera, I., Pulido, F. and Both, C. (2015) Effects of spring temperatures on the strength of selection on timing of reproduction in a long-distance migratory bird. PLoS Biology.

Tsuboi M, Husby A, Kotrschal A, Hayward A, Büchel S, Zidar J, Løvlie H and Kolm N (2015) Comparative support for the expensive tissue hypothesis: big brains are correlated with smaller gut and greater parental investment in Lake Tanganyika cichlids. Evolution


Smeds, L, Kawakami, T., Burri, R., Bollivar, P., Husby, A., Qvarnström, A., Uebbing, S. and Ellegren, H.  (2014) Genomic identification and characterization of the pseudoautosomal region in highly differentiated avian sex chromosomes. Nature Communications.

Kawakami, T., Smeds, L., Backström, N., Husby, A., Qvarnström, A., Mugal, C.F., Olason, P.I. and Ellegren, H. (2014). A high density linkage map enables a second generation collared flycatcher genome assembly and reveals the pattern of avian recombination rate variation and chromosomal evolution. Molecular Ecology. 23 (16), 4035-4058.

Evans, S., Schielzeth H., Forstmeier, W., Sheldon, B.C. and Husby, A.(2014). Non-autosomal genetic variation in carotenoid coloration. American Naturalist.

Kawakami, T., Backström, N., Burri, R., Husby, A., Olason, P. I., Rice A.M., Ålund, M., Qvarnström, A. and Ellegren, H. (2014). Estimation of linkage disequilibrium and interspecific gene flow in Ficedula flycatchers by a newly developed 50k SNP array. Molecular Ecology Resources.

Shielzeth, H and Husby, A. (2014). Challenges and prospects in genome wide QTL mapping of standing genetic variation in natural populations. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences – The Year in Evolutionary Biology, 1320, 35-57 (invited review).

Husby, A and Husby, M. (2014) Interspecific analysis of vehicle avoidance behaviour in birds. Behavioral Ecology. 204, 504-508


Rice, A.M, Vallin, N., Kulma, K., Arntsen, H., Husby, A., Tobler, M. and Qvarnström A. (2013). Optimizing the trade-off between offspring number and quality in unpredictable environments: testing the role of differential androgen transfer to collared flycatcher eggs. Hormones and Behaviour. 63, 813-822.

Husby A, Schielzeth H, Forstmeier W, Gustafsson L and Qvarnström A. (2013) Sex chromosome linked genetic variance and the evolution of sexual dimorphism of quantitative traits. Evolution. 67 (3) 609-619.

Björklund M, Husby A, Gustafsson L. (2013) Rapid and unpredictable changes of the G-matrix in a natural bird population over 25 years. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 26, 1-13. (Editors choice in January issue)


Bushuyev A, Husby A, Sternberg and Grinkov (2012) Quantitative genetics of basal metabolic rate and body mass in free-living pied flycatchers.Journal of Zoology. 288 (4) 245-251

Vallin N , Rice A.M, Bailey R, Husby A, Qvarnström A. (2012) Positive feedback between ecological and reproductive character displacement in a young avian hybrid zone. Evolution, DOI: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01518.x

Husby A, Gustafsson L and Qvarnström A. 2012. Low genetic variance in the duration of the incubation period in a collared flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis) population. American Naturalist 179:132-136


Husby A, Ekblom R, and Qvarnström A. 2011. Let’s talk turkey: immune competence in domestic and wild fowl. Heredity 107:103-104

Husby A, Hille S.M, and Visser M. E. 2011. Testing Mechanisms of Bergmann’s Rule: Phenotypic Decline but No Genetic Change in Body Size in Three Passerine Bird Populations. American Naturalist 178:202-213

Husby A, Visser ME, Kruuk LEB, 2011 Speeding Up Microevolution: The Effects of Increasing Temperature on Selection and Genetic Variance in a Wild Bird Population. PLoS Biology 9(2): e1000585. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.100058


Visser, M.E., te Marvelde L., Schaper S.V., Dawson, A., Webber, S and Husby, A. (2010) Seasonal timing in a warming world. British Ornithologist Union Conference Proceedings – Climate change and birds (

Husby A, Nussey DH, Wilson AJ, Visser ME, Sheldon BC & Kruuk LEB. 2010. Contrasting patterns of phenotypic plasticity in reproductive traits in two great tit (Parus major) populations. Evolution 64 (8), 2221-2237.


Husby A, Kruuk LEB, & Visser ME. 2009. Decline in the frequency and benefits of multiple brooding in great tits as a consequence of a changing environment. Proceedings of the Royal Society series B 276, 1845-1854.


Husby A, Saether BE, Jensen H, & Ringsby TH. 2006. Causes and consequences of adaptive seasonal sex ratio variation in house sparrows. Journal of Animal Ecology 75, 1128-1139.