James Wilson, PhD
- AH 525A
- Physiological Ecology
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.
- 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, but also include reptiles and amphibians as ectothermic model species.
For a complete list of current and past projects and publications visit my website.This professor is available for consultation regarding Sustainability topics.