William G. Wilson

Associate Professor of Biology

250 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338
(919) 451-6688
I earned my physics Ph.D. at the University of Hawaii on a topic in condensed matter theory using computer simulations and mathematics. I transferred those interdisciplinary skills to geophysics, fluid flow, and theoretical evolutionary ecology at the University of Calgary and UC Santa Barbara. In 2001 I earned tenure in the Duke Zoology department, which then merged with Botany into Biology. In 2007, amid funding difficulties, 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.


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

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

Tanner, C. J., F. R. Adler, N. B. Grimm, P. M. Groffman, S. A. Levin, J. Munshi-South, D. E. Pataki, M. Pavao-Zuckerman, and W. G. Wilson. “Urban ecology: Advancing science and society.” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12, no. 10 (December 1, 2014): 574–81. https://doi.org/10.1890/140019. Full Text

Gibson, William T., and William G. Wilson. “Individual-based chaos: extensions of the discrete logistic model.Journal of Theoretical Biology 339 (December 2013): 84–92. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtbi.2013.09.001. Full Text

Mitchell, Randall J., William G. Wilson, Karsten G. Holmquist, and Jeffrey D. Karron. “Influence of pollen transport dynamics on sire profiles and multiple paternity in flowering plants.Plos One 8, no. 10 (January 2013): e76312. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0076312. Full Text

Cuddington, K., W. G. Wilson, and A. Hastings. “Ecosystem engineers: feedback and population dynamics.The American Naturalist 173, no. 4 (April 2009): 488–98. https://doi.org/10.1086/597216. Full Text

Morales, M. A., W. F. Morris, and W. G. Wilson. “Allee dynamics generated by protection mutualisms can drive oscillations in trophic cascades.” Theoretical Ecology 1, no. 2 (June 1, 2008): 77–88. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12080-007-0006-9. Full Text

Cuddington, K., J. E. Byers, W. G. Wilson, and A. Hastings. “Preface.” Theoretical Ecology Series 4, no. C (December 1, 2007). https://doi.org/10.1016/S1875-306X(07)80001-3. Full Text

Smith, C. A., and W. G. Wilson. “Evolutionary stable dispersal with pattern formation in a mutualist-antagonist system.” Evolutionary Ecology Research 9, no. 6 (October 1, 2007): 987–1004.

Vamosi, Jana C., Yu Zhang, and William G. Wilson. “Animal dispersal dynamics promoting dioecy over hermaphroditism.The American Naturalist 170, no. 3 (September 2007): 485–91. https://doi.org/10.1086/519856. Full Text

Hastings, Alan, James E. Byers, Jeffrey A. Crooks, Kim Cuddington, Clive G. Jones, John G. Lambrinos, Theresa S. Talley, and William G. Wilson. “Ecosystem engineering in space and time.Ecology Letters 10, no. 2 (February 2007): 153–64. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1461-0248.2006.00997.x. Full Text

Wilson, W. G. “14 Synthesis of ecosystem engineering theory” 4, no. C (January 1, 2007): 275–78. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1875-306X(07)80016-5. Full Text