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 Alastair Wilson

Alastair Wilson

Professor of Evolutionary Biology

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 Daphne du Maurier 

 

Daphne du Maurier Building, University of Exeter,  Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

I am an evolutionary ecologist and research in my group seeks to understand how genetic and environmental processes interact with each other to shape phenotypic evolution. To do this we use ecological and quantitative genetic methods to test evolutionary theory in a wide range of empirical systems both in the lab and in the field. Current projects range from estimating the genetic basis of life history variation in the wild Soay sheep of St Kilda, through to experimental studies of aggression and social dominance in lab populations of fishes.

The common themes running through all my research are those of trying to predict how traits should respond to natural selection, and trying to understand why sometimes they don’t seem to respond at all.

I am a member of the evolution group.

Visit my research group website.

Qualifications

1996 BA hons (Natural sciences), Cambridge University
1998 MSc (Aquatic Resource Management), King’s College London
2002 PhD (Zoology), University of Guelph

Links

Soay sheep on St. Kilda

Soay sheep on St. Kilda

Freshwater fish

Freshwater fish

Research

Research projects

My research program studies this process of phenotypic evolution using approaches from evolutionary quantitative genetics, behavioural ecology, and life history theory.

Natural selection is expected to lead to evolution of fitness-related traits within populations provided that variation is due – at least in part – to genetic differences between individuals. However, while classical models of phenotypic evolution assume a clean separation of genetic and environmental effects (or “nature versus nurture”) the real world is often rather messier. I am particularly interested in understanding when and how ecological processes influence trait evolution. Current topics of research include:

  • Maternal effects  
  • Phenotypic plasticity and genotype-by-environment interactions
  • The genetics of growth and senescence
  • The evolution of aggression and social dominance
  • Indirect genetic effects
  • Quantitative genetic methods for use in wild populations

My empirical work uses data from animal populations collected both in the field and in the lab. Systems include the long-term studies of wild Soay sheep on St. Kilda and red deer on Rum, as well as experimental populations of freshwater fishes kept in our aquatic facility at CEC.

Research grants

2015 BBSRC US partnering award  - Combining mechanistic and evolutionary approaches to studying socially-induced stress in vertebrates.

2014 BBSRC responsive grant -Chronic stress response in vertebrates: The genetics of constraint and conflict.

2014 NERC Standard Grant -Evolution of phenotypic plasticity in an emerging pathogen

2009 BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship -The genetics of competition: does resource limitation constrain evolution?

2009 NERC Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship - Interacting genotypes and the evolution of social environments.

2009 NERC project grant (as co-I) - The ecology of evolution: The role of environmental heterogeneity in evolutionary dynamics.

2006 NERC Postdoctoral Fellowship - Ontogeny, plasticity and phenotypic evolution in the wild.

Research networks

  • Josephine Pemberton, Edinburgh
  • Loeske Kruuk, Edinburgh
  • Michael Morrissey, St Andrews
  • Gil Rosenthal, TAMU
  • Ryan Earley, Alabama
  • Tim Clutton-Brock, Cambridge
  • Ken Wilson, Lancaster
  • Derek Roff, UC Riverside
  • Andrew McAdam, Guelph

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Morrissey MB, Parker DJ, Korsten P, Pemberton JM, Kruuk LEB, Wilson AJ (In Press). The prediction of adaptive evolution: empirical application of the secondary theorem of selection and comparison to the breeder's equation. Evolution, 66, 2399-2410.
Royle NJ, Russell AF, Wilson AJ (2014). The evolution of flexible parenting. Science, 345(6198), 776-781. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Wilson AJ, Grimmer A, Rosenthal GG (2013). Causes and consequences of contest outcome: Aggressiveness, dominance and growth in the sheepshead swordtail, Xiphophorus birchmanni. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 67(7), 1151-1161. Abstract.
Wilson AJ, Morrissey MB, Adams MJ, Walling CA, Guinness FE, Pemberton JM, Clutton-Brock TH, Kruuk LEB (2011). Indirect genetics effects and evolutionary constraint: an analysis of social dominance in red deer, Cervus elaphus. J Evol Biol, 24(4), 772-783. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AJ, Nussey DH (2010). What is individual quality? an evolutionary perspective. Trends Ecol Evol, 25(4), 207-214. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AJ, Gelin U, Perron M-C, Réale D (2009). Indirect genetic effects and the evolution of aggression in a vertebrate system. Proc Biol Sci, 276(1656), 533-541. Abstract.  Author URL.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Regan CE, Pilkington JG, Berenos C, Pemberton JM, Smiseth PT, Wilson AJ (In Press). Accounting for female space sharing in St. Kilda Soay sheep (Ovis aries) results in little change in heritability estimates. Journal of Evolutionary Biology Full text.
Houslay TM, Wilson A (In Press). Avoiding the misuse of BLUP in behavioral ecology. Behavioral Ecology Full text.
Santostafano F, Wilson AJ, Niemala PT, Dingemanse NJ (In Press). Behavioural mediators of genetic life-history trade-offs: a test of the pace-of-life syndrome hypothesis in field crickets. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences Full text.
Benton CH, Delahay RJ, Robertson A, McDonald RA, Wilson AJ, Burke TA, Hodgson D (In Press). Blood thicker than water: kinship, disease prevalence and group size drive divergent patterns of infection risk in a social mammal. Proc Biol Sci, 283(1835). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Maraqa MS, Griffin R, Sharma MD, Wilson AJ, Hunt J, Hosken DJ, House CM (In Press). Constrained evolution of the sex comb in Drosophila simulans. J Evol Biol, 30(2), 388-400. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Hayward AD, Pemberton JM, Berenos C, Wilson AJ, Pilkington JG, Kruuk LEB (In Press). EVIDENCE FOR SELECTION-BY-ENVIRONMENT BUT NOT GENOTYPE-BY-ENVIRONMENT INTERACTIONS FOR FITNESS-RELATED TRAITS IN a WILD MAMMAL POPULATION. Genetics Full text.
White S, Wilson A (In Press). Evolutionary genetics of personality in the Trinidadian guppy I: Maternal and additive genetic effects across ontogeny. Heredity Full text.
White S, Houslay T, Wilson A (In Press). Evolutionary genetics of personality in the Trinidadian guppy II: Sexual dimorphism and genotype-by-sex interactions. Heredity Full text.
Sharma MD, Wilson AJ, Hosken DJ (In Press). Fisher's sons' effect in sexual selection: absent, intermittent or just low experimental power?. J Evol Biol, 29(12), 2464-2470. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Boulton K, Sinderman B, Pearce MR, Earley RL, Wilson AJ (In Press). He who dares only sometimes wins: physiological stress and contest behaviour in Xiphophorus helleri. Behaviour, 149, 977-1002.
Sorato E, Zidar L, Garnham L, Wilson A, Løvlie H (In Press). Heritabilities and co-variation among cognitive traits in red junglefowl. Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences Full text.
Wilson A (In Press). How should we interpret estimates of individual repeatability?. Evolution Letters Full text.
Santostefano F, Wilson A, Niemala P, Dingemanse N (In Press). Indirect genetic effects: a key component of the genetic architecture of behaviour. Scientific Reports Full text.
Santostefano F, Wilson A, Araya-Ajoy YG, Dingemanse NJ (In Press). Interacting with the enemy: indirect effects of personality on conspecific aggression in crickets. Behavioral Ecology Abstract.  Full text.
Rapkin J, Archer CR, Grant CE, Jensen K, House CM, Wilson AJ, hunt J (In Press). Little evidence for intralocus sexual conflict over the optimal intake of nutrients for lifespan and reproduction in the black field cricket Teleogryllus commodus. Evolution Full text.
White SJ, Kells TJ, Wilson AJ (In Press). Metabolism, personality and pace of life in the Trinidadian guppy, Poecilia reticulata. Behaviour Full text.
Styga J, Houslay T, Wilson A, Earley R (In Press). Ontogeny of the morphology-performance axis in an amphibious fish (Kryptolebias marmoratus). Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Comparative Experimental Biology Full text.
Boulton K, Walling CA, Grimmer AJ, Rosenthal GG, Wilson A (In Press). Phenotypic and genetic integration of personality and growth under competition in the sheepshead swordtail, Xiphophorus birchmanni. Evolution Full text.
Sharman P, Wilson A (In Press). Racehorses are getting faster. Biology Letters Abstract.  Full text.
Wilson A, Boulton K, Grimmer AJ, Walling CA, Rosenthal GG (In Press). Sex-specific plasticity and genotype x sex interactions for age and size of maturity in the sheepshead swordtail, Xiphophorus birchmanni.  Full text.
Wilson A, Pascoal S, Hunt J, Mendrok M, Bailey NW (In Press). Sexual Selection and Population Divergence II. Divergence in Different Sexual Traits and Signal Modalities in Field Crickets (Teleogryllus oceanicus). Evolution Full text.
Kruuk LEB, Wilson AJ (In Press). The challenge of estimating indirect genetic effects on behaviour: a comment on Bailey et al. Behavioral Ecology Full text.
Morrissey MB, Parker DJ, Korsten P, Pemberton JM, Kruuk LEB, Wilson AJ (In Press). The prediction of adaptive evolution: empirical application of the secondary theorem of selection and comparison to the breeder's equation. Evolution, 66, 2399-2410.
Maskrey D, White S, Wilson A, Houslay T (In Press). Who dares doesn’t always win: risk-averse rockpool prawns are better at controlling a limited food resource. Animal Behaviour Full text.
Cabrera D, Andres D, McLoughlin PD, Debeffe L, Medill SA, Wilson AJ, Poissant J (2017). Island tameness and the repeatability of flight initiation distance in a large herbivore. CANADIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, 95(10), 771-778. Author URL.  Full text.
Smithers SP, Wilson A, Stevens M (2017). Rock pool gobies change their body pattern in response to background features. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 121, 109-121. Full text.
Houslay T, Vierbuchen M, Grimmer AJ, Young AJ, Wilson A (2017). Testing the stability of behavioural coping style across stress contexts in the Trinidadian guppy. Functional Ecology Full text.
Pascoal S, Mendrok M, Mitchell C, Wilson AJ, Hunt J, Bailey NW (2016). Sexual selection and population divergence I: the influence of socially flexible cuticular hydrocarbon expression in male field crickets (Teleogryllus oceanicus). Evolution, 70(1), 82-97. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Mills JA, Teplitsky C, Arroyo B, Charmantier A, Becker PH, Birkhead TR, Bize P, Blumstein DT, Bonenfant C, Boutin S, et al (2016). Solutions for Archiving Data in Long-Term Studies: a Reply to Whitlock et al. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 31(2), 85-87. Full text.
Briffa M, Sneddon LU, Wilson AJ (2015). Animal personality as a cause and consequence of contest behaviour. Biol Lett, 11(3). Abstract.  Author URL.
Mills JA, Teplitsky C, Arroyo B, Charmantier A, Becker PH, Birkhead TR, Bize P, Blumstein DT, Bonenfant C, Boutin S, et al (2015). Archiving Primary Data: Solutions for Long-Term Studies. Trends Ecol Evol, 30(10), 581-589. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Duffield C, Wilson AJ, Thornton A (2015). Desperate Prawns: Drivers of Behavioural Innovation Vary across Social Contexts in Rock Pool Crustaceans. PLoS One, 10(10). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Boulton K, Couto E, Grimmer AJ, Earley RL, Canario AVM, Wilson AJ, Walling CA (2015). How integrated are behavioral and endocrine stress response traits? a repeated measures approach to testing the stress-coping style model. Ecology and Evolution
Boulton K, Couto E, Grimmer AJ, Earley RL, Canario AVM, Wilson AJ, Walling CA (2015). How integrated are behavioral and endocrine stress response traits? a repeated measures approach to testing the stress-coping style model. Ecology and Evolution, 5(3), 618-633. Abstract.
Thornton A, Wilson A (2015). In search of the Darwinian Holy Trinity in cognitive evolution: a comment on Croston et al. Behavioral Ecology, 26(6), 1460-1461. Full text.
Taylor ML, Skeats A, Wilson AJ, Price TAR, Wedell N (2015). Opposite environmental and genetic influences on body size in North American Drosophila pseudoobscura Evolutionary ecology and behaviour. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 15(1). Abstract.  Full text.
Wilson AJ (2014). Competition as a source of constraint on life history evolution in natural populations. Heredity (Edinb), 112(1), 70-78. Abstract.  Author URL.
Sakaluk SK, Wilson AJ, Bowers EK, Johnson LS, Masters BS, Johnson BGP, Vogel LA, Forsman AM, Thompson CF (2014). Genetic and environmental variation in condition, cutaneous immunity, and haematocrit in house wrens. BMC EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, 14 Author URL.  Full text.
Boulton K, Grimmer AJ, Rosenthal GG, Walling CA, Wilson AJ (2014). How stable are personalities? a multivariate view of behavioural variation over long and short timescales in the sheepshead swordtail, Xiphophorus birchmanni. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 1-13.
Boulton K, Grimmer AJ, Rosenthal GG, Walling CA, Wilson AJ (2014). How stable are personalities? a multivariate view of behavioural variation over long and short timescales in the sheepshead swordtail, Xiphophorus birchmanni. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 68(5), 791-803. Abstract.
Hayward AD, Nussey DH, Wilson AJ, Berenos C, Pilkington JG, Watt KA, Pemberton JM, Graham AL (2014). Natural Selection on Individual Variation in Tolerance of Gastrointestinal Nematode Infection. PLoS Biology, 12(7), 1-13. Abstract.
Hayward AD, Nussey DH, Wilson AJ, Berenos C, Pilkington JG, Watt KA, Pemberton JM, Graham AL (2014). Natural selection on individual variation in tolerance of gastrointestinal nematode infection. PLoS Biol, 12(7). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Edward DA, Poissant J, Wilson AJ, Chapman T (2014). Sexual conflict and interacting phenotypes: a quantitative genetic analysis of fecundity and copula duration in drosophila melanogaster. Evolution
Edward DA, Poissant J, Wilson AJ, Chapman T (2014). Sexual conflict and interacting phenotypes: a quantitative genetic analysis of fecundity and copula duration in drosophila melanogaster. Evolution, 68(6), 1651-1660. Abstract.
Royle NJ, Russell AF, Wilson AJ (2014). The evolution of flexible parenting. Science, 345(6198), 776-781. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Wilson AJ, Grimmer A, Rosenthal GG (2013). Causes and consequences of contest outcome: Aggressiveness, dominance and growth in the sheepshead swordtail, Xiphophorus birchmanni. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 67(7), 1151-1161. Abstract.
Wilson AJ, Grimmer A, Rosenthal GG (2013). Causes and consequences of contest outcome: aggressiveness, dominance and growth in the sheepshead swordtail, Xiphophorus birchmanni. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 1-11.
Schuett W, Dall SRX, Wilson AJ, Royle NJ (2013). Environmental transmission of a personality trait: Foster parent exploration behaviour predicts offspring exploration behaviour in zebra finches. Biology Letters, 9(4). Abstract.
Hayward AD, Wilson AJ, Pilkington JG, Clutton-Brock TH, Pemberton JM, Kruuk LEB (2013). Reproductive senescence in female Soay sheep: Variation across traits and contributions of individual ageing and selective disappearance. Functional Ecology, 27(1), 184-195. Abstract.
Koch M, Wilson AJ, Kerschbaumer M, Wiedl T, Sturmbauer C (2012). Additive genetic variance of quantitative traits in natural and pond-bred populations of the Lake Tanganyika cichlid Tropheus moorii. Hydrobiologia, 682(1), 131-141. Abstract.
Morrissey MB, Walling CA, Wilson AJ, Pemberton JM, Clutton-Brock TH, Kruuk LEB (2012). Genetic Analysis of Life-History Constraint and Evolution in a Wild Ungulate Population. AMERICAN NATURALIST, 179(4), E97-E114. Author URL.
Morrissey MB, Walling CA, Wilson AJ, Pemberton JM, Clutton-Brock TH, Kruuk LEB (2012). Genetic analysis of life-history constraint and evolution in a wild ungulate population. Am Nat, 179(4), E97-114. Abstract.  Author URL.
Boulton K, Sinderman B, Pearce MR, Earley RL, Wilson AJ (2012). He who dares only wins sometimes: Physiological stress and contest behaviour in Xiphophorus helleri. Behaviour, 149(9), 977-1002. Abstract.
Hammerschmidt K, Deines P, Wilson AJ, Rolff J (2012). Quantitative genetics of immunity and life history under different photoperiods. HEREDITY, 108(5), 569-576. Author URL.
Wilson AJ, Reale D, Clements MN, Morrissey MM, Postma E, Walling CA, Kruuk LEB, Nussey DH (2011). An ecologist's guide to the animal model (vol 79, pg 13, 2010). JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY, 80(5), 1109-1109. Author URL.
Hadfield JD, Wilson AJ, Kruuk LEB (2011). Cryptic evolution: does environmental deterioration have a genetic basis?. Genetics, 187(4), 1099-1113. Abstract.  Author URL.
Vale PF, Wilson AJ, Best A, Boots M, Little TJ (2011). Epidemiological, Evolutionary, and Coevolutionary Implications of Context-Dependent Parasitism. AMERICAN NATURALIST, 177(4), 510-521. Author URL.
Graham AL, Shuker DM, Pollitt LC, Auld SKJR, Wilson AJ, Little TJ (2011). Fitness consequences of immune responses: Strengthening the empirical framework for ecoimmunology. Functional Ecology, 25(1), 5-17. Abstract.
Wilson AJ, Morrissey MB, Adams MJ, Walling CA, Guinness FE, Pemberton JM, Clutton-Brock TH, Kruuk LEB (2011). Indirect genetics effects and evolutionary constraint: an analysis of social dominance in red deer, Cervus elaphus. J Evol Biol, 24(4), 772-783. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AJ, de Boer M, Arnott G, Grimmer A (2011). Integrating personality research and animal contest theory: aggressiveness in the green swordtail Xiphophorus helleri. PLoS One
Martin JGA, Nussey DH, Wilson AJ, Reale D (2011). Measuring individual differences in reaction norms in field and experimental studies: a power analysis of random regression models. METHODS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, 2(4), 362-374. Author URL.
Hayward AD, Wilson AJ, Pilkington JG, Clutton-Brock TH, Pemberton JM, Kruuk LEB (2011). Natural selection on a measure of parasite resistance varies across ages and environmental conditions in a wild mammal. J Evol Biol, 24(8), 1664-1676. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AJ, Réale D, Clements MN, Morrissey MM, Postma E, Walling CA, Kruuk LEB, Nussey DH (2010). An ecologist's guide to the animal model. J Anim Ecol, 79(1), 13-26. Abstract.  Author URL.
Hegyi G, Herényi M, Wilson AJ, Garamszegi LZ, Rosivall B, Eens M, Török J (2010). Breeding experience and the heritability of female mate choice in collared flycatchers. PLoS ONE, 5(11). Abstract.
Husby A, Nussey DH, Visser ME, Wilson AJ, 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. Abstract.
Gratten J, Wilson AJ, McRae AF, Beraldi D, Visscher PM, Pemberton JM, Slate J (2010). No evidence for warming climate theory of coat colour change in Soay sheep: a comment on Maloney et al. Biology Letters, 6(5), 678-679.
Morrissey MB, Wilson AJ (2010). Pedantics: an r package for pedigree-based genetic simulation and pedigree manipulation, characterization and viewing. Molecular Ecology Resources, 10(4), 711-719. Abstract.
Poissant J, Wilson AJ, Coltman DW (2010). Sex-specific genetic variance and the evolution of sexual dimorphism: a systematic review of cross-sex genetic correlations. Evolution, 64(1), 97-107. Abstract.
Morrissey MB, Kruuk LEB, Wilson AJ (2010). The danger of applying the breeder's equation in observational studies of natural populations. J Evol Biol, 23(11), 2277-2288. Abstract.  Author URL.
Hadfield JD, Wilson AJ, Garant D, Sheldon BC, Kruuk LEB (2010). The misuse of BLUP in ecology and evolution. Am Nat, 175(1), 116-125. Abstract.  Author URL.
Brommer JE, Rattiste K, Wilson AJ (2010). The rate of ageing in a long-lived bird is not heritable. Heredity, 104, 363-370.
Wilson AJ, Nussey DH (2010). What is individual quality? an evolutionary perspective. Trends Ecol Evol, 25(4), 207-214. Abstract.  Author URL.
Hayward AD, Wilson AJ, Pilkington JG, Pemberton JM, Kruuk LEB (2009). Ageing in a variable habitat: environmental stress affects senescence in parasite resistance in St Kilda Soay sheep. Proc Biol Sci, 276(1672), 3477-3485. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AJ, Gelin U, Perron M-C, Réale D (2009). Indirect genetic effects and the evolution of aggression in a vertebrate system. Proc Biol Sci, 276(1656), 533-541. Abstract.  Author URL.
Sawalha RM, Bell L, Brotherstone S, White I, Wilson AJ, Villanueva B (2009). Scrapie-resistant sheep show certain coat colour characteristics. Genet Res (Camb), 91(1), 39-46. Abstract.  Author URL.
Robinson MR, Wilson AJ, Pilkington JG, Clutton-Brock TH, Pemberton JM, Kruuk LEB (2009). The impact of environmental heterogeneity on genetic architecture in a wild population of Soay sheep. Genetics, 181(4), 1639-1648. Abstract.  Author URL.
Reed TE, Warzybok P, Wilson AJ, Bradley RW, Wanless S, Sydeman WJ (2009). Timing is everything: flexible phenology and shifting selection in a colonial seabird. J Anim Ecol, 78(2), 376-387. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AJ, Pemberton JM, Pilkington JG, Clutton-Brock TH, Kruuk LEB (2009). Trading offspring size for number in a variable environment: selection on reproductive investment in female Soay sheep. J Anim Ecol, 78(2), 354-364. Abstract.  Author URL.
Ward PI, Wilson AJ, Reim C (2008). A cost of cryptic female choice in the yellow dung fly. Genetica, 134(1), 63-67. Abstract.
Gratten J, Wilson AJ, McRae AF, Beraldi D, Visscher PM, Pemberton JM, Slate J (2008). A localized negative genetic correlation constrains microevolution of coat color in wild sheep. Science, 319(5861), 318-320. Abstract.
Pettay JE, Charmantier A, Wilson AJ, Lummaa V (2008). Age-specific genetic and maternal effects in fecundity of preindustrial Finnish women. Evolution, 62(9), 2297-2304. Abstract.
Pujol B, Wilson AJ, Ross RIC, Pannell JR (2008). Are Q<inf>ST</inf>-F<inf>ST</inf> comparisons for natural populations meaningful?. Molecular Ecology, 17(22), 4782-4785. Abstract.
Wilson AJ, Rambaut A (2008). Breeding racehorses: What price good genes?. Biology Letters, 4(2), 173-175. Abstract.
Wilson AJ, Charmantier A, Hadfield JD (2008). Evolutionary genetics of ageing in the wild: Empirical patterns and future perspectives. Functional Ecology, 22(3), 431-442. Abstract.
Brommer JE, Rattiste K, Wilson AJ (2008). Exploring plasticity in the wild: Laying date-temperature reaction norms in the common gull Larus canus. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 275(1635), 687-693. Abstract.
Breitling LPH, Wilson AJ, Raiko A, Lagog M, Siba P, Shaw MA, Quinnell RJ (2008). Heritability of human hookworm infection in Papua New Guinea. Parasitology, 135(12), 1407-1415. Abstract.
Kruuk LEB, Slate J, Wilson AJ (2008). New answers for old questions: the evolutionary quantitative genetics of wild animal populations. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, 39, 525-548. Abstract.
Adams CE, Wilson AJ, Ferguson MM (2008). Parallel divergence of sympatric genetic and body size forms of Arctic charr, Salvelinus alpinus, from two Scottish lakes. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 95(4), 748-757. Abstract.
Poissant J, Wilson AJ, Festa-Bianchet M, Hogg JT, Coltman DW (2008). Quantitative genetics and sex-specific selection on sexually dimorphic traits in bighorn sheep. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 275(1635), 623-628. Abstract.
Nussey DH, Wilson AJ, Morris A, Pemberton J, Clutton-Brock T, Kruuk LEB (2008). Testing for genetic trade-offs between early- and late-life reproduction in a wild red deer population. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 275(1635), 745-750. Abstract.
Wilson AJ (2008). Why h<sup>2</sup> does not always equal V<inf>A</inf>/V<inf>P</inf>?. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 21(3), 647-650. Abstract.
Morrissey MB, Wilson AJ, Pemberton JM, Ferguson MM (2007). A framework for power and sensitivity analyses for quantitative genetic studies of natural populations, and case studies in Soay sheep (Ovis aries). J Evol Biol, 20(6), 2309-2321. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AJ, Nussey DH, Pemberton JM, Pilkington JG, Morris A, Pelletier F, Clutton-Brock TH, Kruuk LEB (2007). Evidence for a genetic basis of aging in two wild vertebrate populations. Curr Biol, 17(24), 2136-2142. Abstract.  Author URL.
Brommer JE, Wilson AJ, Gustafsson L (2007). Exploring the genetics of aging in a wild passerine bird. American Naturalist, 170(4), 643-650. Abstract.
Hadfield JD, Wilson AJ (2007). Multilevel selection 3: modeling the effects of interacting individuals as a function of group size. Genetics, 177(1), 667-668. Abstract.  Author URL.
Adams CE, Fraser D, Wilson AJ, Alexander G, Ferguson MM, Skulason S (2007). Patterns of phenotypic and genetic variability show hidden diversity in Scottish Arctic charr. Ecology of Freshwater Fish, 16(1), 78-86. Abstract.
Wilson AJ, Pemberton JM, Pilkington JG, Clutton-Brock TH, Coltman DW, Kruuk LEB (2007). Quantitative genetics of growth and cryptic evolution of body size in an island population. Evolutionary Ecology, 21(3), 337-356. Abstract.
Nussey DH, Wilson AJ, Brommer JE (2007). The evolutionary ecology of individual phenotypic plasticity in wild populations. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 20(3), 831-844. Abstract.
Adams CE, Hamilton DJ, Mccarthy I, Wilson AJ, Grant A, Alexander G, Waldron S, Snorasson SS, Ferguson MM, Skúlason S, et al (2006). Does breeding site fidelity drive phenotypic and genetic sub-structuring of a population of arctic charr?. Evolutionary Ecology, 20(1), 11-26. Abstract.
Wilson AJ, Pemberton JM, Pilkington JG, Coltman DW, Mifsud DV, Clutton-Brock TH, Kruuk LE (2006). Environmental coupling of selection and heritability limits evolution. PLoS biology, 4(7). Abstract.
Wilson AJ, Pemberton JM, Pilkington JG, Coltman DW, Mifsud DV, Clutton-Brock TH, Kruuk LEB (2006). Environmental coupling of selection and heritability limits evolution. PLoS Biol, 4(7). Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AJ, Reale D (2006). Ontogeny of additive and maternal genetic effects: lessons from domestic mammals. Am Nat, 167(1), E23-E38. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AJ, Coltman DW, Pemberton JM, Overall ADJ, Byrne KA, Kruuk LEB (2005). Maternal genetic effects set the potential for evolution in a free-living vertebrate population. J Evol Biol, 18(2), 405-414. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AJ, Kruuk LEB, Coltman DW (2005). Ontogenetic patterns in heritable variation for body size: using random regression models in a wild ungulate population. Am Nat, 166(6), E177-E192. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AJ, Pilkington JG, Pemberton JM, Coltman DW, Overall ADJ, Byrne KA, Kruuk LEB (2005). Selection on mothers and offspring: whose phenotype is it and does it matter?. Evolution, 59(2), 451-463. Abstract.  Author URL.
Morrissey MB, Wilson AJ (2005). The potential costs of accounting for genotypic errors in molecular parentage analyses. Molecular Ecology, 14, 4111-4121.
Wilson AJ, Hutchings JA, Ferguson MM (2004). Dispersal in a stream dwelling salmonid: Inferences from tagging and microsatellite studies. Conservation Genetics, 5(1), 25-37. Abstract.
Wilson AJ, Gíslason D, Skúlason S, Snorrason SS, Adams CE, Alexander G, Danzmann RG, Ferguson MM (2004). Population genetic structure of Arctic charr, Salvelinus alpinus from northwest Europe on large and small spatial scales. Mol Ecol, 13(5), 1129-1142. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AJ, McDonald G, Moghadam HK, Herbinger CM, Ferguson MM (2003). Marker-assisted estimation of quantitative genetic parameters in rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss. Genetical Research, 81(2), 145-156. Abstract.
Wilson AJ, Hutchings JA, Ferguson MM (2003). Selective and genetic constraints on the evolution of body size in a stream-dwelling salmonid fish. J Evol Biol, 16(4), 584-594. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AJ, Ferguson MM (2002). Molecular pedigree analysis in natural populations of fishes: approaches, applications, and practical considerations. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences(59), 1696-1707.

Chapters

Roff DA, Wilson A (In Press). Quantifying genetic by environmental interactions in laboratory systems. In  (Ed) Genotype-by-environment interactions and sexual selection.
McAdam AG, Garant D, Wilson AJ (In Press). The effect of other’s genes: maternal and other indirect genetic effects. In  (Ed) Quantitative genetics in natural populations.
Wilson AJ, Poissant J (2016). Quantitative Genetics in Natural Populations. In  (Ed) Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology, 361-371.  Abstract.
Wilson AJ (2009). Maternal effects in ungulates. In Maestripieri D, Mateo JM (Eds.) Maternal Effects in Mammals, University of Chicago Press. Abstract.

Conferences

Houslay TM, Prentice P, White SJ, Young AJ, Earley RL, Wilson AJ (2018). The Quantitative Genetics of Stress Coping Styles in the Trinidadian Guppy.  Author URL.

Publications by year


In Press

Regan CE, Pilkington JG, Berenos C, Pemberton JM, Smiseth PT, Wilson AJ (In Press). Accounting for female space sharing in St. Kilda Soay sheep (Ovis aries) results in little change in heritability estimates. Journal of Evolutionary Biology Full text.
Houslay TM, Wilson A (In Press). Avoiding the misuse of BLUP in behavioral ecology. Behavioral Ecology Full text.
Santostafano F, Wilson AJ, Niemala PT, Dingemanse NJ (In Press). Behavioural mediators of genetic life-history trade-offs: a test of the pace-of-life syndrome hypothesis in field crickets. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences Full text.
Benton CH, Delahay RJ, Robertson A, McDonald RA, Wilson AJ, Burke TA, Hodgson D (In Press). Blood thicker than water: kinship, disease prevalence and group size drive divergent patterns of infection risk in a social mammal. Proc Biol Sci, 283(1835). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Maraqa MS, Griffin R, Sharma MD, Wilson AJ, Hunt J, Hosken DJ, House CM (In Press). Constrained evolution of the sex comb in Drosophila simulans. J Evol Biol, 30(2), 388-400. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Hayward AD, Pemberton JM, Berenos C, Wilson AJ, Pilkington JG, Kruuk LEB (In Press). EVIDENCE FOR SELECTION-BY-ENVIRONMENT BUT NOT GENOTYPE-BY-ENVIRONMENT INTERACTIONS FOR FITNESS-RELATED TRAITS IN a WILD MAMMAL POPULATION. Genetics Full text.
White S, Wilson A (In Press). Evolutionary genetics of personality in the Trinidadian guppy I: Maternal and additive genetic effects across ontogeny. Heredity Full text.
White S, Houslay T, Wilson A (In Press). Evolutionary genetics of personality in the Trinidadian guppy II: Sexual dimorphism and genotype-by-sex interactions. Heredity Full text.
Sharma MD, Wilson AJ, Hosken DJ (In Press). Fisher's sons' effect in sexual selection: absent, intermittent or just low experimental power?. J Evol Biol, 29(12), 2464-2470. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Boulton K, Sinderman B, Pearce MR, Earley RL, Wilson AJ (In Press). He who dares only sometimes wins: physiological stress and contest behaviour in Xiphophorus helleri. Behaviour, 149, 977-1002.
Sorato E, Zidar L, Garnham L, Wilson A, Løvlie H (In Press). Heritabilities and co-variation among cognitive traits in red junglefowl. Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences Full text.
Wilson A (In Press). How should we interpret estimates of individual repeatability?. Evolution Letters Full text.
Santostefano F, Wilson A, Niemala P, Dingemanse N (In Press). Indirect genetic effects: a key component of the genetic architecture of behaviour. Scientific Reports Full text.
Santostefano F, Wilson A, Araya-Ajoy YG, Dingemanse NJ (In Press). Interacting with the enemy: indirect effects of personality on conspecific aggression in crickets. Behavioral Ecology Abstract.  Full text.
Rapkin J, Archer CR, Grant CE, Jensen K, House CM, Wilson AJ, hunt J (In Press). Little evidence for intralocus sexual conflict over the optimal intake of nutrients for lifespan and reproduction in the black field cricket Teleogryllus commodus. Evolution Full text.
White SJ, Kells TJ, Wilson AJ (In Press). Metabolism, personality and pace of life in the Trinidadian guppy, Poecilia reticulata. Behaviour Full text.
Styga J, Houslay T, Wilson A, Earley R (In Press). Ontogeny of the morphology-performance axis in an amphibious fish (Kryptolebias marmoratus). Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Comparative Experimental Biology Full text.
Boulton K, Walling CA, Grimmer AJ, Rosenthal GG, Wilson A (In Press). Phenotypic and genetic integration of personality and growth under competition in the sheepshead swordtail, Xiphophorus birchmanni. Evolution Full text.
Roff DA, Wilson A (In Press). Quantifying genetic by environmental interactions in laboratory systems. In  (Ed) Genotype-by-environment interactions and sexual selection.
Sharman P, Wilson A (In Press). Racehorses are getting faster. Biology Letters Abstract.  Full text.
Wilson A, Boulton K, Grimmer AJ, Walling CA, Rosenthal GG (In Press). Sex-specific plasticity and genotype x sex interactions for age and size of maturity in the sheepshead swordtail, Xiphophorus birchmanni.  Full text.
Wilson A, Pascoal S, Hunt J, Mendrok M, Bailey NW (In Press). Sexual Selection and Population Divergence II. Divergence in Different Sexual Traits and Signal Modalities in Field Crickets (Teleogryllus oceanicus). Evolution Full text.
Kruuk LEB, Wilson AJ (In Press). The challenge of estimating indirect genetic effects on behaviour: a comment on Bailey et al. Behavioral Ecology Full text.
McAdam AG, Garant D, Wilson AJ (In Press). The effect of other’s genes: maternal and other indirect genetic effects. In  (Ed) Quantitative genetics in natural populations.
Morrissey MB, Parker DJ, Korsten P, Pemberton JM, Kruuk LEB, Wilson AJ (In Press). The prediction of adaptive evolution: empirical application of the secondary theorem of selection and comparison to the breeder's equation. Evolution, 66, 2399-2410.
Maskrey D, White S, Wilson A, Houslay T (In Press). Who dares doesn’t always win: risk-averse rockpool prawns are better at controlling a limited food resource. Animal Behaviour Full text.

2018

Houslay TM, Prentice P, White SJ, Young AJ, Earley RL, Wilson AJ (2018). The Quantitative Genetics of Stress Coping Styles in the Trinidadian Guppy.  Author URL.
White S, Wilson A (2018). White and Wilson 2018 Data from Evolutionary genetics of personality in the Trinidadian guppy I.  Full text.
White S, Houslay T, Wilson A (2018). White et al 2018 Data from Evolutionary genetics of personality in the Trinidadian guppy II.  Full text.

2017

Cabrera D, Andres D, McLoughlin PD, Debeffe L, Medill SA, Wilson AJ, Poissant J (2017). Island tameness and the repeatability of flight initiation distance in a large herbivore. CANADIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, 95(10), 771-778. Author URL.  Full text.
Smithers SP, Wilson A, Stevens M (2017). Rock pool gobies change their body pattern in response to background features. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 121, 109-121. Full text.
Houslay T, Vierbuchen M, Grimmer AJ, Young AJ, Wilson A (2017). Testing the stability of behavioural coping style across stress contexts in the Trinidadian guppy. Functional Ecology Full text.

2016

Wilson AJ, Poissant J (2016). Quantitative Genetics in Natural Populations. In  (Ed) Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology, 361-371.  Abstract.
Pascoal S, Mendrok M, Mitchell C, Wilson AJ, Hunt J, Bailey NW (2016). Sexual selection and population divergence I: the influence of socially flexible cuticular hydrocarbon expression in male field crickets (Teleogryllus oceanicus). Evolution, 70(1), 82-97. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Mills JA, Teplitsky C, Arroyo B, Charmantier A, Becker PH, Birkhead TR, Bize P, Blumstein DT, Bonenfant C, Boutin S, et al (2016). Solutions for Archiving Data in Long-Term Studies: a Reply to Whitlock et al. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 31(2), 85-87. Full text.

2015

Briffa M, Sneddon LU, Wilson AJ (2015). Animal personality as a cause and consequence of contest behaviour. Biol Lett, 11(3). Abstract.  Author URL.
Mills JA, Teplitsky C, Arroyo B, Charmantier A, Becker PH, Birkhead TR, Bize P, Blumstein DT, Bonenfant C, Boutin S, et al (2015). Archiving Primary Data: Solutions for Long-Term Studies. Trends Ecol Evol, 30(10), 581-589. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Duffield C, Wilson AJ, Thornton A (2015). Desperate Prawns: Drivers of Behavioural Innovation Vary across Social Contexts in Rock Pool Crustaceans. PLoS One, 10(10). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Boulton K, Couto E, Grimmer AJ, Earley RL, Canario AVM, Wilson AJ, Walling CA (2015). How integrated are behavioral and endocrine stress response traits? a repeated measures approach to testing the stress-coping style model. Ecology and Evolution
Boulton K, Couto E, Grimmer AJ, Earley RL, Canario AVM, Wilson AJ, Walling CA (2015). How integrated are behavioral and endocrine stress response traits? a repeated measures approach to testing the stress-coping style model. Ecology and Evolution, 5(3), 618-633. Abstract.
Thornton A, Wilson A (2015). In search of the Darwinian Holy Trinity in cognitive evolution: a comment on Croston et al. Behavioral Ecology, 26(6), 1460-1461. Full text.
Taylor ML, Skeats A, Wilson AJ, Price TAR, Wedell N (2015). Opposite environmental and genetic influences on body size in North American Drosophila pseudoobscura Evolutionary ecology and behaviour. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 15(1). Abstract.  Full text.

2014

Wilson AJ (2014). Competition as a source of constraint on life history evolution in natural populations. Heredity (Edinb), 112(1), 70-78. Abstract.  Author URL.
Sakaluk SK, Wilson AJ, Bowers EK, Johnson LS, Masters BS, Johnson BGP, Vogel LA, Forsman AM, Thompson CF (2014). Genetic and environmental variation in condition, cutaneous immunity, and haematocrit in house wrens. BMC EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, 14 Author URL.  Full text.
Boulton K, Grimmer AJ, Rosenthal GG, Walling CA, Wilson AJ (2014). How stable are personalities? a multivariate view of behavioural variation over long and short timescales in the sheepshead swordtail, Xiphophorus birchmanni. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 1-13.
Boulton K, Grimmer AJ, Rosenthal GG, Walling CA, Wilson AJ (2014). How stable are personalities? a multivariate view of behavioural variation over long and short timescales in the sheepshead swordtail, Xiphophorus birchmanni. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 68(5), 791-803. Abstract.
Hayward AD, Nussey DH, Wilson AJ, Berenos C, Pilkington JG, Watt KA, Pemberton JM, Graham AL (2014). Natural Selection on Individual Variation in Tolerance of Gastrointestinal Nematode Infection. PLoS Biology, 12(7), 1-13. Abstract.
Hayward AD, Nussey DH, Wilson AJ, Berenos C, Pilkington JG, Watt KA, Pemberton JM, Graham AL (2014). Natural selection on individual variation in tolerance of gastrointestinal nematode infection. PLoS Biol, 12(7). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Edward DA, Poissant J, Wilson AJ, Chapman T (2014). Sexual conflict and interacting phenotypes: a quantitative genetic analysis of fecundity and copula duration in drosophila melanogaster. Evolution
Edward DA, Poissant J, Wilson AJ, Chapman T (2014). Sexual conflict and interacting phenotypes: a quantitative genetic analysis of fecundity and copula duration in drosophila melanogaster. Evolution, 68(6), 1651-1660. Abstract.
Royle NJ, Russell AF, Wilson AJ (2014). The evolution of flexible parenting. Science, 345(6198), 776-781. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2013

Wilson AJ, Grimmer A, Rosenthal GG (2013). Causes and consequences of contest outcome: Aggressiveness, dominance and growth in the sheepshead swordtail, Xiphophorus birchmanni. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 67(7), 1151-1161. Abstract.
Wilson AJ, Grimmer A, Rosenthal GG (2013). Causes and consequences of contest outcome: aggressiveness, dominance and growth in the sheepshead swordtail, Xiphophorus birchmanni. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 1-11.
Schuett W, Dall SRX, Wilson AJ, Royle NJ (2013). Environmental transmission of a personality trait: Foster parent exploration behaviour predicts offspring exploration behaviour in zebra finches. Biology Letters, 9(4). Abstract.
Hayward AD, Wilson AJ, Pilkington JG, Clutton-Brock TH, Pemberton JM, Kruuk LEB (2013). Reproductive senescence in female Soay sheep: Variation across traits and contributions of individual ageing and selective disappearance. Functional Ecology, 27(1), 184-195. Abstract.

2012

Koch M, Wilson AJ, Kerschbaumer M, Wiedl T, Sturmbauer C (2012). Additive genetic variance of quantitative traits in natural and pond-bred populations of the Lake Tanganyika cichlid Tropheus moorii. Hydrobiologia, 682(1), 131-141. Abstract.
Morrissey MB, Walling CA, Wilson AJ, Pemberton JM, Clutton-Brock TH, Kruuk LEB (2012). Genetic Analysis of Life-History Constraint and Evolution in a Wild Ungulate Population. AMERICAN NATURALIST, 179(4), E97-E114. Author URL.
Morrissey MB, Walling CA, Wilson AJ, Pemberton JM, Clutton-Brock TH, Kruuk LEB (2012). Genetic analysis of life-history constraint and evolution in a wild ungulate population. Am Nat, 179(4), E97-114. Abstract.  Author URL.
Boulton K, Sinderman B, Pearce MR, Earley RL, Wilson AJ (2012). He who dares only wins sometimes: Physiological stress and contest behaviour in Xiphophorus helleri. Behaviour, 149(9), 977-1002. Abstract.
Hammerschmidt K, Deines P, Wilson AJ, Rolff J (2012). Quantitative genetics of immunity and life history under different photoperiods. HEREDITY, 108(5), 569-576. Author URL.

2011

Wilson AJ, Reale D, Clements MN, Morrissey MM, Postma E, Walling CA, Kruuk LEB, Nussey DH (2011). An ecologist's guide to the animal model (vol 79, pg 13, 2010). JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY, 80(5), 1109-1109. Author URL.
Hadfield JD, Wilson AJ, Kruuk LEB (2011). Cryptic evolution: does environmental deterioration have a genetic basis?. Genetics, 187(4), 1099-1113. Abstract.  Author URL.
Vale PF, Wilson AJ, Best A, Boots M, Little TJ (2011). Epidemiological, Evolutionary, and Coevolutionary Implications of Context-Dependent Parasitism. AMERICAN NATURALIST, 177(4), 510-521. Author URL.
Graham AL, Shuker DM, Pollitt LC, Auld SKJR, Wilson AJ, Little TJ (2011). Fitness consequences of immune responses: Strengthening the empirical framework for ecoimmunology. Functional Ecology, 25(1), 5-17. Abstract.
Wilson AJ, Morrissey MB, Adams MJ, Walling CA, Guinness FE, Pemberton JM, Clutton-Brock TH, Kruuk LEB (2011). Indirect genetics effects and evolutionary constraint: an analysis of social dominance in red deer, Cervus elaphus. J Evol Biol, 24(4), 772-783. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AJ, de Boer M, Arnott G, Grimmer A (2011). Integrating personality research and animal contest theory: aggressiveness in the green swordtail Xiphophorus helleri. PLoS One
Martin JGA, Nussey DH, Wilson AJ, Reale D (2011). Measuring individual differences in reaction norms in field and experimental studies: a power analysis of random regression models. METHODS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, 2(4), 362-374. Author URL.
Hayward AD, Wilson AJ, Pilkington JG, Clutton-Brock TH, Pemberton JM, Kruuk LEB (2011). Natural selection on a measure of parasite resistance varies across ages and environmental conditions in a wild mammal. J Evol Biol, 24(8), 1664-1676. Abstract.  Author URL.

2010

Wilson AJ, Réale D, Clements MN, Morrissey MM, Postma E, Walling CA, Kruuk LEB, Nussey DH (2010). An ecologist's guide to the animal model. J Anim Ecol, 79(1), 13-26. Abstract.  Author URL.
Hegyi G, Herényi M, Wilson AJ, Garamszegi LZ, Rosivall B, Eens M, Török J (2010). Breeding experience and the heritability of female mate choice in collared flycatchers. PLoS ONE, 5(11). Abstract.
Husby A, Nussey DH, Visser ME, Wilson AJ, 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. Abstract.
Gratten J, Wilson AJ, McRae AF, Beraldi D, Visscher PM, Pemberton JM, Slate J (2010). No evidence for warming climate theory of coat colour change in Soay sheep: a comment on Maloney et al. Biology Letters, 6(5), 678-679.
Morrissey MB, Wilson AJ (2010). Pedantics: an r package for pedigree-based genetic simulation and pedigree manipulation, characterization and viewing. Molecular Ecology Resources, 10(4), 711-719. Abstract.
Poissant J, Wilson AJ, Coltman DW (2010). Sex-specific genetic variance and the evolution of sexual dimorphism: a systematic review of cross-sex genetic correlations. Evolution, 64(1), 97-107. Abstract.
Morrissey MB, Kruuk LEB, Wilson AJ (2010). The danger of applying the breeder's equation in observational studies of natural populations. J Evol Biol, 23(11), 2277-2288. Abstract.  Author URL.
Hadfield JD, Wilson AJ, Garant D, Sheldon BC, Kruuk LEB (2010). The misuse of BLUP in ecology and evolution. Am Nat, 175(1), 116-125. Abstract.  Author URL.
Brommer JE, Rattiste K, Wilson AJ (2010). The rate of ageing in a long-lived bird is not heritable. Heredity, 104, 363-370.
Wilson AJ, Nussey DH (2010). What is individual quality? an evolutionary perspective. Trends Ecol Evol, 25(4), 207-214. Abstract.  Author URL.

2009

Hayward AD, Wilson AJ, Pilkington JG, Pemberton JM, Kruuk LEB (2009). Ageing in a variable habitat: environmental stress affects senescence in parasite resistance in St Kilda Soay sheep. Proc Biol Sci, 276(1672), 3477-3485. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AJ, Gelin U, Perron M-C, Réale D (2009). Indirect genetic effects and the evolution of aggression in a vertebrate system. Proc Biol Sci, 276(1656), 533-541. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AJ (2009). Maternal effects in ungulates. In Maestripieri D, Mateo JM (Eds.) Maternal Effects in Mammals, University of Chicago Press. Abstract.
Sawalha RM, Bell L, Brotherstone S, White I, Wilson AJ, Villanueva B (2009). Scrapie-resistant sheep show certain coat colour characteristics. Genet Res (Camb), 91(1), 39-46. Abstract.  Author URL.
Robinson MR, Wilson AJ, Pilkington JG, Clutton-Brock TH, Pemberton JM, Kruuk LEB (2009). The impact of environmental heterogeneity on genetic architecture in a wild population of Soay sheep. Genetics, 181(4), 1639-1648. Abstract.  Author URL.
Reed TE, Warzybok P, Wilson AJ, Bradley RW, Wanless S, Sydeman WJ (2009). Timing is everything: flexible phenology and shifting selection in a colonial seabird. J Anim Ecol, 78(2), 376-387. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AJ, Pemberton JM, Pilkington JG, Clutton-Brock TH, Kruuk LEB (2009). Trading offspring size for number in a variable environment: selection on reproductive investment in female Soay sheep. J Anim Ecol, 78(2), 354-364. Abstract.  Author URL.

2008

Ward PI, Wilson AJ, Reim C (2008). A cost of cryptic female choice in the yellow dung fly. Genetica, 134(1), 63-67. Abstract.
Gratten J, Wilson AJ, McRae AF, Beraldi D, Visscher PM, Pemberton JM, Slate J (2008). A localized negative genetic correlation constrains microevolution of coat color in wild sheep. Science, 319(5861), 318-320. Abstract.
Pettay JE, Charmantier A, Wilson AJ, Lummaa V (2008). Age-specific genetic and maternal effects in fecundity of preindustrial Finnish women. Evolution, 62(9), 2297-2304. Abstract.
Pujol B, Wilson AJ, Ross RIC, Pannell JR (2008). Are Q<inf>ST</inf>-F<inf>ST</inf> comparisons for natural populations meaningful?. Molecular Ecology, 17(22), 4782-4785. Abstract.
Wilson AJ, Rambaut A (2008). Breeding racehorses: What price good genes?. Biology Letters, 4(2), 173-175. Abstract.
Wilson AJ, Charmantier A, Hadfield JD (2008). Evolutionary genetics of ageing in the wild: Empirical patterns and future perspectives. Functional Ecology, 22(3), 431-442. Abstract.
Brommer JE, Rattiste K, Wilson AJ (2008). Exploring plasticity in the wild: Laying date-temperature reaction norms in the common gull Larus canus. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 275(1635), 687-693. Abstract.
Breitling LPH, Wilson AJ, Raiko A, Lagog M, Siba P, Shaw MA, Quinnell RJ (2008). Heritability of human hookworm infection in Papua New Guinea. Parasitology, 135(12), 1407-1415. Abstract.
Kruuk LEB, Slate J, Wilson AJ (2008). New answers for old questions: the evolutionary quantitative genetics of wild animal populations. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, 39, 525-548. Abstract.
Adams CE, Wilson AJ, Ferguson MM (2008). Parallel divergence of sympatric genetic and body size forms of Arctic charr, Salvelinus alpinus, from two Scottish lakes. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 95(4), 748-757. Abstract.
Poissant J, Wilson AJ, Festa-Bianchet M, Hogg JT, Coltman DW (2008). Quantitative genetics and sex-specific selection on sexually dimorphic traits in bighorn sheep. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 275(1635), 623-628. Abstract.
Nussey DH, Wilson AJ, Morris A, Pemberton J, Clutton-Brock T, Kruuk LEB (2008). Testing for genetic trade-offs between early- and late-life reproduction in a wild red deer population. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 275(1635), 745-750. Abstract.
Wilson AJ (2008). Why h<sup>2</sup> does not always equal V<inf>A</inf>/V<inf>P</inf>?. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 21(3), 647-650. Abstract.

2007

Morrissey MB, Wilson AJ, Pemberton JM, Ferguson MM (2007). A framework for power and sensitivity analyses for quantitative genetic studies of natural populations, and case studies in Soay sheep (Ovis aries). J Evol Biol, 20(6), 2309-2321. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AJ, Nussey DH, Pemberton JM, Pilkington JG, Morris A, Pelletier F, Clutton-Brock TH, Kruuk LEB (2007). Evidence for a genetic basis of aging in two wild vertebrate populations. Curr Biol, 17(24), 2136-2142. Abstract.  Author URL.
Brommer JE, Wilson AJ, Gustafsson L (2007). Exploring the genetics of aging in a wild passerine bird. American Naturalist, 170(4), 643-650. Abstract.
Hadfield JD, Wilson AJ (2007). Multilevel selection 3: modeling the effects of interacting individuals as a function of group size. Genetics, 177(1), 667-668. Abstract.  Author URL.
Adams CE, Fraser D, Wilson AJ, Alexander G, Ferguson MM, Skulason S (2007). Patterns of phenotypic and genetic variability show hidden diversity in Scottish Arctic charr. Ecology of Freshwater Fish, 16(1), 78-86. Abstract.
Wilson AJ, Pemberton JM, Pilkington JG, Clutton-Brock TH, Coltman DW, Kruuk LEB (2007). Quantitative genetics of growth and cryptic evolution of body size in an island population. Evolutionary Ecology, 21(3), 337-356. Abstract.
Nussey DH, Wilson AJ, Brommer JE (2007). The evolutionary ecology of individual phenotypic plasticity in wild populations. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 20(3), 831-844. Abstract.

2006

Adams CE, Hamilton DJ, Mccarthy I, Wilson AJ, Grant A, Alexander G, Waldron S, Snorasson SS, Ferguson MM, Skúlason S, et al (2006). Does breeding site fidelity drive phenotypic and genetic sub-structuring of a population of arctic charr?. Evolutionary Ecology, 20(1), 11-26. Abstract.
Wilson AJ, Pemberton JM, Pilkington JG, Coltman DW, Mifsud DV, Clutton-Brock TH, Kruuk LE (2006). Environmental coupling of selection and heritability limits evolution. PLoS biology, 4(7). Abstract.
Wilson AJ, Pemberton JM, Pilkington JG, Coltman DW, Mifsud DV, Clutton-Brock TH, Kruuk LEB (2006). Environmental coupling of selection and heritability limits evolution. PLoS Biol, 4(7). Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AJ, Reale D (2006). Ontogeny of additive and maternal genetic effects: lessons from domestic mammals. Am Nat, 167(1), E23-E38. Abstract.  Author URL.

2005

Wilson AJ, Coltman DW, Pemberton JM, Overall ADJ, Byrne KA, Kruuk LEB (2005). Maternal genetic effects set the potential for evolution in a free-living vertebrate population. J Evol Biol, 18(2), 405-414. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AJ, Kruuk LEB, Coltman DW (2005). Ontogenetic patterns in heritable variation for body size: using random regression models in a wild ungulate population. Am Nat, 166(6), E177-E192. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AJ, Pilkington JG, Pemberton JM, Coltman DW, Overall ADJ, Byrne KA, Kruuk LEB (2005). Selection on mothers and offspring: whose phenotype is it and does it matter?. Evolution, 59(2), 451-463. Abstract.  Author URL.
Morrissey MB, Wilson AJ (2005). The potential costs of accounting for genotypic errors in molecular parentage analyses. Molecular Ecology, 14, 4111-4121.

2004

Wilson AJ, Hutchings JA, Ferguson MM (2004). Dispersal in a stream dwelling salmonid: Inferences from tagging and microsatellite studies. Conservation Genetics, 5(1), 25-37. Abstract.
Wilson AJ, Gíslason D, Skúlason S, Snorrason SS, Adams CE, Alexander G, Danzmann RG, Ferguson MM (2004). Population genetic structure of Arctic charr, Salvelinus alpinus from northwest Europe on large and small spatial scales. Mol Ecol, 13(5), 1129-1142. Abstract.  Author URL.

2003

Wilson AJ, McDonald G, Moghadam HK, Herbinger CM, Ferguson MM (2003). Marker-assisted estimation of quantitative genetic parameters in rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss. Genetical Research, 81(2), 145-156. Abstract.
Wilson AJ, Hutchings JA, Ferguson MM (2003). Selective and genetic constraints on the evolution of body size in a stream-dwelling salmonid fish. J Evol Biol, 16(4), 584-594. Abstract.  Author URL.

2002

Wilson AJ, Ferguson MM (2002). Molecular pedigree analysis in natural populations of fishes: approaches, applications, and practical considerations. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences(59), 1696-1707.

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Over 40 invited research seminars and conference talks given since 2002

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  • Chloe Mnatzaganian MRes student
  • Pamela Prentice PhD student
  • Patrick Sharman PhD student
  • Steve White PhD Student

Research Technicians

  • Wiebke Lammers
  • Laura Travers
  • Rebecca Woodward

Alumni

  • Kay Boulton PhD
  • Adam Hayward (PhD, Co-supervised with Loeske Kruuk & Josephine Pemberton)
  • Arild Husby (PhD, Co-supervised with Loeske Kruuk)
  • Michael Morrissey (NSERC postdoctoral fellow)

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