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The Wilson Lab conducts research in the field of physiological ecology. Specifically, we study the effects of nutrition, energetics, and condition on population dynamics. Click play to get an introduction to the research program being conducted in the Wilson Lab.

Welcome to the Wilson Lab

Physiological ecology is a new discipline that provides a unique method for investigating processes at the individual level that are responsible for regulating populations. This interface represents a new direction in biology where we can begin to link specific cellular processes into a generalized ecological theoretical framework.

My research interests are centered on understanding the link between physiology and population/behavioral ecology. Several broad questions represent my interests and illustrate the focus of my research program. How does maternal body condition influence offspring survival, fitness, and dispersal ability? What is the link between habitat quality, nutrition, and immune function and how does this affect survival, reproduction, and dispersal. Finally, what roles do energetics and thermoregulation play in species susceptible to global warming (e.g., alpine/arctic species). Model species that I use are focused on mammals (typically squirrels and chipmunks), but also include reptiles and amphibians as ectothermic model species.

Courses taught by Dr. Wilson include Biology 1020 (non-major biology), Biology II, Mammalogy, Physiological Ecology, Vertebrate Biology, and Marine Biology. Upper division courses are taught on a rotating schedule with Mammalogy and Vertebrate Biology offered on alternate fall semesters and Physiological Ecology and Marine Biology on alternating spring semesters. In addition, when the opportunity exists, Dr. Wilson offers a museum collection field course in the summer.

Dr. Wilson also performs climate talks in association with, a non-profit organization. If you would like more information on scheduling a free talk on climate change visit Dr. Wilson's Service Page.