Charles started working on aspects of bird incubation in the early 1980s and has had a varied career since. Postgraduate research examined the physiological basis of egg turning during incubation and postdoctoral research described the effects of incubation temperature on growth and sex determination in alligators. Aside from scientific publications Charles has edited key review texts on avian and reptilian development and incubation, and ostrich biology. Since 2003 Charles has been teaching biology at the University of Lincoln, where he has added how bird nests function to his list of research interests. Jim has worked on the reproductive biology of a variety of bird species over the last 25 years including common kingfishers in the UK, spruce grouse in boreal forests of Canada, Florida scrub-jays in the oak scrublands of the southern USA and most recently sooty terns on Ascension Island in the South Atlantic. His research focuses on how human-induced changes in food availability, habitat structure, predation risk and ecological community structure influence the breeding behaviour, ecology, life history and ultimately the breeding performance of birds. Such research will become increasingly pertinent as we attempt to understand how bird populations respond to an ever-urbanising world.
a joy to read, very nicely produced by OUP, and well worth the investment as it is absolutely bulging with new facts and ideas. It will certainly stimulate a whole lot of new studies which must surely be the definition of a great book! * Humphrey Crick, BTO * For all ornithologists working on bird breeding biology this book is a required reading. As a comprehensive synthesis of the existing knowledge it may help to find some gaps and areas worth exploring, thus it will certainly stimulate further research in this quickly developing field. * Acta Ornithologica * This book constitutes the most complete existing compendium about some of the most important and interesting aspects about bird reproduction ... These studies not only contribute to a better knowledge of our winged friends but they can help to identify problems in conservation and in some cases to solve them. * Ardeola * ... A very readable book and I would recommend it to anybody interested in birds or parental care ... whether you are a professional or an amateur, you will enjoy reading it and appreciate the amount of information that you can find in it. * Beata Matysiokova, Journal of Field Ornithology * Overall, Nests, Eggs, and Incubation is well-written and does an outstanding job of providing a comprehensive synthesis of avian reproduction and nesting biology ... In conclusion, the book provides a major contribution to avian biology, and is suitable for biologists and researchers. * J. Matthew Carroll, Journal of Wildlife Management * [A] perfect introduction to the subject for hobbyists, professionals and academics. * Jack Cohen, The Biologist * This is an excellent volume that I highly recommend for both professionals and amateurs ... an edited volume can provide the synthesis and integration to move a field forward by summarizing hypotheses and framing future work. This book, with only a few exceptions, accomplishes all of these tasks and will fill an excellent niche into the future. * Daneil R. Ardia, The Auk * Nests, Eggs, and Incubation is well-written and does an outstanding job of providing a comprehensive synthesis of avian reproduction and nesting biology. By comprehensively assessing a wide range of topics on avian nesting biology and thoroughly incorporating recent research ... the book provides a major contribution to avian biology, and is suitable for biologists and researchers. * J. Matthew Carroll, The Journal of Wildlife Management * This book does an excellent job of incorporating new advances in the field of avian incubation, yet it is far more than simply an update of Deemings previous publication [...] chapters within will make valuable reading for natural historians, behavioral ecologists, vertebrate physiologists, and evolutionary biologists, regardless of their mtaxonomic interests. For nonornithologists, perhaps largely for those focused on vertebrates, this volume contains the necessary introduction to the evolution and physiology of avian incubation that will allow all readers to make useful comparisons with, and gain valuable insight into, their own areas of interest. * Harold F. Greeney, The Quarterly Review of Biology *