William G. Wilson

Associate Professor of Biology

Office: 
033 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
90338
Phone: 
(919) 451-6688
Fax: 
919
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Lab Site: http://www.biology.duke.edu/wilson

Research Interests: 

Web: Duke Biology web page Blog: sciencetime.org Book: constructedclimates.org

For my physics Ph.D. work on condensed matter theory, I used computer simulations and mathematics. I transferred those skills to theoretical evolutionary ecology, and earned tenure in the Duke Zoology department. The lack of funding for that research precluded promotion at Duke, and I directed my studies toward urban environmental issues and environmental inequities. I published two books, Constructed Climates (2011) and Stormwater (2016), with University of Chicago Press. Web: Duke Biology web page
Book: constructedclimates.org

Education

  • Ph.D. 1988, University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • BS Physics/Math 1981, St. Cloud State University

  • B.A. 1981, St. Cloud State University

Papers Published

Urban ecology: advancing science and society, 12, 2014
Tanner, CJ; Adler, FR; Grimm, NB; Groffman, PM; Levin, SA; Munshi-South, J; Pataki, DE; Pavao-Zuckerman, M; Wilson, WG, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 12 vol. (10); pp. 574-581

Individual-based chaos: Extensions of the discrete logistic model, 12, 2013
Gibson, WT; Wilson, WG, Journal of Theoretical Biology. 339 pp. 84-92

Individual-based chaos: Extensions of the discrete logistic model, 0, 2013
Gibson, WT; Wilson, WG, Journal of Theoretical Biology.

Influence of Pollen Transport Dynamics on Sire Profiles and Multiple Paternity in Flowering Plants, 0, 2013
Mitchell, RJ; Wilson, WG; Holmquist, KG; Karron, JD, PloS one. 8 vol. (10);

Cuddington, K., W.G. Wilson, and A.M. Hastings. 2009. Ecosystem engineers: Feedback and population dynamics. The American Naturalist 173: 488-498., 0, 2009
W. Wilson,

Ecosystem engineers: Feedback and population dynamics, 0, 2009
Cuddington, K; Wilson, WG; Hastings, A, American Naturalist. 173 vol. (4); pp. 488-498

Allee dynamics generated by protection mutualisms can drive oscillations in trophic cascades, 0, 2008
Morales, MA; Morris, WF; Wilson, WG, Theoretical Ecology. 1 vol. (2); pp. 77-88

14 Synthesis of ecosystem engineering theory, 12, 2007
Wilson, WG, Theoretical Ecology Series. 4 vol. (C); pp. 275-278

3 A new spirit and concept for ecosystem engineering?, 12, 2007
Wilson, WG, Theoretical Ecology Series. 4 vol. (C); pp. 47-68

Preface, 12, 2007
Cuddington, K; Byers, JE; Wilson, WG; Hastings, A, Theoretical Ecology Series. 4 vol. (C); pp. xiii-xv

Animal dispersal dynamics promoting dioecy over hermaphroditism, 0, 2007
Vamosi, JC; Zhang, Y; Wilson, WG, American Naturalist. 170 vol. (3); pp. 485-491

Ecosystem engineering in space and time, 0, 2007
Hastings, A; Byers, JE; Crooks, JA; Cuddington, K; Jones, CG; Lambrinos, JG; Talley, TS; Wilson, WG, Ecology Letters. 10 vol. (2); pp. 153-164

Evolutionary stable dispersal with pattern formation in a mutualist-antagonist system, 0, 2007
Smith, CA; Wilson, WG, Evolutionary ecology research. 9 vol. (6); pp. 987-1004

11 Community responses to environmental change: Results of Lotka-Volterra community theory, 0, 2007
Wilson, WG; Wright, JP, Theoretical Ecology Series. 4 vol. (C); pp. 211-227

Using ecosystem engineers to restore ecological systems., 9, 2006
Byers, JE; Cuddington, K; Jones, CG; Talley, TS; Hastings, A; Lambrinos, JG; Crooks, JA; Wilson, WG, Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 21 vol. (9); pp. 493-500

The evolution of parasite manipulation of host dispersal, 0, 2006
Lion, S; Baalen, MV; Wilson, WG, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences. 273 vol. (1590); pp. 1063-1071

The evolution of parasite manipulation of host dispersal., 0, 2006
Lion, S; Baalen, MV; Wilson, WG, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences. 273 vol. (1590); pp. 1063-1071

Non-neutral community dynamics: Empirical predictions for ecosystem function and diversity from linearized consumer-resource interactions, 0, 2006
Wilson, WG; Lundberg, P, Oikos. 114 vol. (1); pp. 71-83

Coexistence of cycling and dispersing consumer species: Armstrong and McGehee in space., 2, 2005
Wilson, WG; Abrams, PA, American Naturalist. 165 vol. (2); pp. 193-205

Plant population dynamics, pollinator foraging, and the selection of self-fertilization, 0, 2005
Morgan, MT; Wilson, WG; Knight, TM, American Naturalist. 166 vol. (2); pp. 169-183

Environmental forcing and the competitive dynamics of a guild of cactus-tending ant mutualists, 0, 2005
Morris, WF; Wilson, WG; Bronstein, JL; Ness, JH, Ecology. 86 vol. (12); pp. 3190-3199

Robust decision-making under severe uncertainty for conservation management, 0, 2005
Regan, HM; Ben-Haim, Y; Langford, B; Wilson, WG; Lundberg, P; Andelman, SJ; Burgman, MA, Ecological Applications. 15 vol. (4); pp. 1471-1477

Self-fertilization and the escape from pollen limitation in variable pollination environments, 0, 2005
Morgan, MT; Wilson, WG, Evolution. 59 vol. (5); pp. 1143-1148

Pollination and the persistence of plant populations: roles for pollinator preference and reproductive assurance, 0, 2005
Morgan, MT; Wilson, W; Knight, TM, The American Naturalist. 166 pp. 169-183

Biodiversity and the Lotka-Volterra theory of species interactions: open systems and the distribution of logarithmic densities., 9, 2004
Wilson, WG; Lundberg, P, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences. 271 vol. (1551); pp. 1977-1984

When can two plant species facilitate each other's pollination?, 0, 2004
Feldman, TS; Morris, WF; Wilson, WG, Oikos. 105 vol. (1); pp. 197-207

Coexistence of competitors in metacommunities due to spatial variation in resource growth rates; does R* predict the outcome of competition?, 0, 2004
Abrams, PA; Wilson, WG, Ecology Letters. 7 vol. (10); pp. 929-940

Coexistence in metapopulations due to spatial variation in resource growth rates; the failure of the R* rule, 0, 2004
Abrams, PA; Wilson, W, Ecology Letters. 7 vol. (10); pp. 929-940

Pollen limitation of plant reproduction: Ecological and evolutionary causes and consequences, 0, 2004
Ashman, T-L; Knight, TM; Steets, JA; Amarasekare, P; Burd, M; Campbell, DR; Dudash, MR; Johnston, MO; Mazer, SJ; Mitchell, RJ; Morgan, MT; Wilson, WG, Ecology. 85 vol. (9); pp. 2408-2421

Reproductive uncertainty and the relative competitiveness of simultaneous hermaphroditism versus dioecy., 8, 2003
Wilson, WG; Harder, LD, American Naturalist. 162 vol. (2); pp. 220-241

Three-way coexistence in obligate mutualist-exploiter interactions: the potential role of competition., 6, 2003
Morris, WF; Bronstein, JL; Wilson, WG, American Naturalist. 161 vol. (6); pp. 860-875

Ecological Dynamics of Mutualist/Antagonist Communities, 0, 2003
Bronstein, JL; Wilson, WG; Morris, WF, American Naturalist. 162 vol. (4 SUPPL.); pp. S24-S39

Biodiversity and species interactions: Extending Lotka-Volterra community theory, 0, 2003
Wilson, WG; Lundberg, P; Vázquez, DP; Shurin, JB; Smith, MD; Langford, W; Gross, KL; Mittelbach, GG, Ecology Letters. 6 vol. (10); pp. 944-952

Biodiversity and Species Interactions: Extending Lotka-Volterra Theory to Predict Community Properties., 0, 2003
Wilson, W; Lundberg, P; Vázquez, DP; Shurin, JB; Smith, MD; Langford, W; Gross, KL; Mittelbach, GG, Ecology Letters. 6 vol. (10); pp. 944-952

Coexistence of mutualists and exploiters on spatial landscapes, 0, 2003
Wilson, WG; Morris, WF; Bronstein, JL, Ecological Monographs. 73 vol. (3); pp. 397-413

Three-way coexistence in obligate mutualist--exploiter interactions., 0, 2003
Morris, WF; Bronstein, JL; Wilson, W, The American Naturalist. 161 pp. 860-875

SU5416 delays wound healing through inhibition of TGF-beta 1 activation., 3, 2002
Haroon, ZA; Amin, K; Saito, W; Wilson, W; Greenberg, CS; Dewhirst, MW, Cancer Biology and Therapy. 1 vol. (2); pp. 121-126

Two-sex population dynamics in space: effects of gestation time on persistence., 9, 2001
Ashih, AC; Wilson, WG, Theoretical Population Biology. 60 vol. (2); pp. 93-106

Evolution in a spatially structured population subject to rare epidemics., 2001
Socolar, JE; Richards, S; Wilson, WG, Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics. (2001) 63 vol. (4 Pt 1); pp. 041908

Evolution in a spartially structured population subject to rare epidemics, 0, 2001
JES Socolar, SA Richards and WG Wilson, Physical Review. E 63 vol. (041908);

Foraging trade-offs and resource patchiness: Theory and experiments with a freshwater snail community, 0, 2001
Chase, JM; Wilson, WG; Richards, SA, Ecology Letters. 4 vol. (4); pp. 304-312

Evolution in a spatially structured population subject to rare epidemics, 0, 2001
Socolar, JES; Richards, S; Wilson, WG, Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics. 63 vol. (4 I); pp. 419081-419088

Adaptive feeding across environmental gradients and its effect on population dynamics., 6, 2000
Richards, SA; Wilson, WG, Theoretical Population Biology. 57 vol. (4); pp. 377-390

Ecology 101: Exploring Demographic Stochasticity, 0, 2000
W. Wilson, Ecological Society of America Bulletin. 81 pp. 201

Ecology 101: Exploring Demographic Stochasticity, 2000
Wilson, WG, Ecological Society of America Bulletin. (2000) 81 pp. 201

Population outbreaks in a discrete world, 0, 2000
McCann, K; Hastings, A; Harrison, S; Wilson, W, Theoretical Population Biology. 57 vol. (2); pp. 97-108

Consuming and grouping: Resource-mediated animal aggregation, 0, 2000
Wilson, WG; Richards, SA, Ecology Letters. 3 vol. (3); pp. 175-180

Grazers and diggers: Exploitation competition and coexistence among foragers with different feeding strategies on a single resource, 0, 2000
Richards, SA; Nisbet, RM; Wilson, WG; Possingham, HP, American Naturalist. 155 vol. (2); pp. 266-279

Evolutionarily stable strategies for consuming a structured resource, 0, 2000
Wilson, WG; Richards, SA, American Naturalist. 155 vol. (1); pp. 83-100

Selection for intermediate mortality and reproduction rates in a spatially structured population., 1999
Richards, SA; Wilson, WG; Socolar, JE, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences. (1999) 266 vol. (1436); pp. 2383-2388

Stable pattern formation in tussock moth populations, 1999
Wilson, W; Harrison, SP; Hastings, A; McCann, K, Journal of Animal Ecology. (1999) 68 vol. (1); pp. 94-107

Complementary foraging behaviors allow coexistence of two consumers, 1999
Wilson, WG; Osenberg, CW; Schmitt, RJ; Nisbet, RM, Ecology. (1999) 80 vol. (7); pp. 2358-2372

Exploring stable pattern formation in models of tussock moth populations, 0, 1999
Wilson, WG; Harrison, SP; Hastings, A; McCann, K, Journal of Animal Ecology. 68 vol. (1); pp. 94-107

Resolving discrepancies between deterministic population models and individual-based simulations., 1998
Wilson, WG, American Naturalist. (1998) 151 vol. (2); pp. 116-134

Allocation to sexual versus nonsexual disease transmission., 1998
Thrall, PH; Antonovics, J; Wilson, WG, American Naturalist. (1998) 151 vol. (1); pp. 29-45

Pattern formation and the spatial scale of interaction between predators and their prey, 1998
Roos, AMD; McCauley, E; Wilson, WG, Theoretical Population Biology. (1998) 53 vol. (2); pp. 108-130

Discrete consumers, small scale resource heterogeneity, and population stability, 1998
Nisbet, RM; Roos, AMD; Wilson, WG; Snyder, RE, Ecology Letters. (1998) 1 vol. (1); pp. 34-37

A clarification of pollen discounting and its joint effects with inbreeding depression on mating system evolution, 1998
Harder, LD; Wilson, WG, American Naturalist. (1998) 152 vol. (5); pp. 684-695

Theoretical consequences of heterogeneous transport conditions for pollen dispersal by animals, 1998
Harder, LD; Wilson, WG, Ecology. (1998) 79 vol. (8); pp. 2789-2807

Theoretical perspectives on pollination, 1997
Harder, LD; Wilson, W, Acta Horticulturae. (1997) 437 pp. 83-101

Primary-productivity gradients and short-term population dynamics in open systems, 1997
Nisbet, RM; Diehl, S; Wilson, WG; Cooper, SD; Donalson, DD; Kratz, K, Ecological Monographs. (1997) 67 vol. (4); pp. 535-553

Cooperation and competition along smooth environmental gradients, 1997
Wilson, WG; Nisbet, RM, Ecology. (1997) 78 vol. (7); pp. 2004-2017

Lotka's game in predator-prey theory: linking populations to individuals., 1996
Wilson, WG, Theoretical Population Biology. (1996) 50 vol. (3); pp. 368-393

Abrupt population changes along smooth environmental gradients, 1996
Wilson, WG; Nisbet, RM; Ross, AH; Robles, C; Desharnais, RA, Bulletin of Mathematical Biology. (1996) 58 vol. (5); pp. 907-922

Dynamics of age-structured predator-prey populations in space: Asymmetrical effects of mobility in juvenile and adult predators, 1996
McCauley, E; Wilson, WG; Roos, AMD, Oikos. (1996) 76 vol. (3); pp. 485-497

Effect of dimensionality on Lotka-Volterra predator-prey dynamics: Individual based simulation results, 1995
Wilson, WG; McCauley, E; Roos, AMD, Bulletin of Mathematical Biology. (1995) 57 vol. (4); pp. 507-526

Residual statics estimation using the genetic algorithm, 1994
Wilson, WG; Laidlaw, WG; Vasudevan, K, Geophysics. (1994) 59 vol. (5); pp. 766-774

Floral evolution and male reproductive success: Optimal dispensing schedules for pollen dispersal by animal-pollinated plants, 1994
Harder, LD; Wilson, WG, Evolutionary Ecology. (1994) 8 vol. (5); pp. 542-559

Microscopic-based fluid flow simulation of invasion on a two-dimensional lattice. II. Mobilization and cohesion, 1994
Wilson, WG; Laidlaw, WG; Coombe, DA, Journal of Statistical Physics. (1994) 75 vol. (5-6); pp. 1185-1195

Spatial Instabilities within the Diffusive Lotka-Volterra System: Individual-Based Simulation Results, 1993
Wilson, WG; Deroos, AM; Mccauley, E, Theoretical Population Biology. (1993) 43 vol. (1); pp. 91-127

A Comparison of Several Cooling Schedules for Simulated Annealing implemented on a Residual Statics Problem, 1993
Mirken, G; Vasudevan, K; Cook, F; Laidlaw, WG; Wilson, W, Geophysical Research Letters. (1993) 20 pp. 77-80

A lattice model of foam flow in porous media: A percolation approach, 1993
Laidlaw, WG; Wilson, WG; Coombe, DA, Transport in Porous Media. (1993) 11 vol. (2); pp. 139-159

Dynamics of age-structured and spatially structured predator-prey interactions: individual-based models and population-level formulations, 1993
McCauley, E; Wilson, WG; Roos, AMD, American Naturalist. (1993) 142 vol. (3); pp. 412-442

Microscopic-based fluid flow invasion simulations, 1992
Wilson, WG; Laidlaw, WG, Journal of Statistical Physics. (1992) 66 vol. (3-4); pp. 1165-1176

A Lattice of Foam Flow in Porous Media: a Random Walker Approach, 1992
Laidlaw, WG; Wilson, W; Coombe, DA, Can. J. Chem.. (1992) 70 pp. 482-487

Simulated Annealing Experiments in Statics Computation: Synthetic and Real Data Examples, 1992
Vasudevan, K; Cook, F; duToit, A; Wilson, W; Laidlaw, WG, Can. J. Exp. Geophysics. (1992) 28 pp. 6-18

Simulated annealing statics computation using an order-based energy function, 1991
Vasudevan, K; Wilson, WG; Laidlaw, WG, Geophysics. (1991) 56 vol. (11); pp. 1831-1839

Mobility versus Density-Limited Predator-Prey Dynamics on Different Spatial Scales, 1991
de Roos, A; McCauley, E; Wilson, W, Proc. Roy. Soc. (London). (1991) B 246 pp. 117-122

Application of the genetic algorithm to residual statics estimation, 1991
Wilson, WG; Vasudevan, K, Geophysical Research Letters. (1991) 18 vol. (12); pp. 2181-2184

Q=5 Potts model on the quenched anisotropically site-diluted Penrose lattice, 1989
Wilson, WG; Vause, CA, Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics. (1989) 39 vol. (1); pp. 689-693

Ferromagnetic q=4,5 Potts models on the two-dimensional Penrose and square lattices, 1989
Wilson, WG; Vause, CA, Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics. (1989) 39 vol. (7); pp. 4651-4658

q=5 Potts model on the quenched isotropically site-diluted square and Penrose lattices, 1989
Wilson, WG; Vause, CA, Physics Letters A. (1989) 134 vol. (6); pp. 360-364

Quenched dilution tricritical point in the q=3, d=4 Potts model, 1989
Wilson, WG, Physics Letters A. (1989) 137 vol. (7-8); pp. 398-402

Evidence for universality of the potts model on the two-dimensional penrose lattice, 1988
Wilson, WG; Vause, CA, Physics Letters A. (1988) 126 vol. (8-9); pp. 471-475

Fractal patterns of fluid domains for displacement processes in porous media, 1988
Laidlaw, WG; Hamilton, GR; Flewwelling, RB; Wilson, WG, Journal of Statistical Physics. (1988) 53 vol. (3-4); pp. 713-731

Multilattice microcanonical simulation of the three-dimensional three-state Potts model, 1987
Wilson, WG; Vause, CA, Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics. (1987) 36 vol. (1); pp. 587-593

Multilattice microcanonical simulation, 1986
Wilson, WG; Vause, CA, Physics Letters A. (1986) 118 vol. (8); pp. 408-414

Book Chapters:

Mathematics in Nature: Modeling Patterns in the Natural World. John A. Adam. (Princeton University Press 2003) Reviewed in American Scientist 92: 479-480 (2004). in , 0, 2004
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Adaptive Herbivore Ecology: From resources to populations in variable environments. 2002. R.N. Owen-Smith. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. in , 0, 2003
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The Geometry of Ecological Interactions: Simplifying Spatial Complexity. 2000. U. Dieckmann, R. Law, and J.A.J. Metz, eds. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Reviewed in Theoretical Population Biology 59: 251 (2001). in , 2001
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Simulating Ecological and Evolutionary Systems in C in , 2000
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Population Biology: Concepts and Models. 1997. A. Hastings. Springer, New York, NY in , 1997
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Papers Submitted

Host manipulation and parasite-induced dispersal in Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. 0, 2005
Lion, S; van Baalen, M; Wilson, WG

Non-neutral Community Dynamics: Empirical Predictions from Linearized Consumer--Resource Interactions in Oikos 0, 2005
Wilson, WG; Lundberg, P

Effect of Predator Behavior on Spatial Scales and Stability in Theoretical Population Biology 0, 2005
Nelson, JA; Wilson, WG

Evolutionarily stable dispersal distances with emergent pattern-formation and metapopulation dynamics in Oikos 0, 2005
Smith, CA; Wilson, W