Alexander Wilson


Research interests: behavioural syndromes/ adaptive variation in behaviour, animal personality, group living, fisheries biology, biological invasions, evidence-based conservation.


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Lab Publications (17)

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    Cooke, S.J., H.L. Auld, K. Birnie-Gauvin, C.K. Elvidge, M.L. Piczak, W.M. Twardek, G.D. Raby, J.W. Brownscombe, J.D. Midwood, R.J. Lennox, C. Madliger, A.D.M. Wilson, T.R. Binder, C.B. Schreck, R.L. McLaughlin, J. Grant and A.M. Muir. 2022. On the Relevance of Animal Behavior to the Management and Conservation of Fishes and Fisheries. Environmental Biology of Fishes.

  • Physiological and Biochemical Zoology

    Birnie-Gauvin, K., M.H. Larsen, K.S. Peiman, J.D. Midwood, A.D.M. Wilson, S.J. Cooke and K. Aarestrup.  2021.  No evidence for long-term carryover effects in a wild salmonid fish. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology.  94:319-329.

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    Szekeres, P., C.R. Haak, A.D.M. Wilson, A.J. Danylchuk, J.W. Brownscombe, A.D. Shultz and S.J. Cooke. 2020. Juvenile bonefish (Albula vulpes) show a preference to shoal with mojarra (Eucinostomus spp.) in the presence of conspecifics and another gregarious cooccurring species. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 527:151374.

  • Raby, G.D., J.M. Chapman, R. de Bruijn, E.J. Eliason, C.K. Elvidge, C.T. Hasler, C.L. Madliger, E.A. Nyboer, A.J. Reid, D.G. Roche, T. Rytwinski, T.D. Ward, A.D.M. Wilson and S.J. Cooke. 2020. Teaching post-secondary students in ecology and evolution: Strategies for early-career researchers. Ideas in Ecology and Evolution. 13:14–24.

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    Gallagher A.J., M.J. Lawrence, S. Jain-Schlaepfer, A.D.M. Wilson and S.J. Cooke. 2019. Effects of predator exposure on baseline and stress-induced glucocorticoid hormone concentrations in pumpkinseed Lepomis gibbosus. Journal of Fish Biology. 95:969-973.

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Other Publications

Wilson, A.D.M., Wikelski, M. and S.J. Cooke. In press. Utility of biological sensor tags in animal conservation. Conservation Biology

Larsen, M.H., Johnsson, J.I., Winberg, S., Wilson, A.D.M., Hammenstig, D., Thörnqvist, P., Midwood, J.D., Aarestrup, K., and E. Höglund. (2015). Effects of emergence time and early social rearing environment on behaviour of Atlantic salmon: consequences for juvenile fitness and smolt migration. PLOS ONE, 10(3): e0119127.

Struthers, D., Danylchuk, A., Wilson, A.D.M. and S.J. Cooke. In press. Action cameras: bringing aquatic and fisheries research into view. Fisheries

Brownscombe, J.W., Wilson, A.D.M., Samson, E., Nowell, L., Cooke, S.J. and A. Danylchuk. In press. Individual differences in activity and habitat selection of juvenile queen conch evaluated using acceleration biologgers. Endangered Species Research.

Brownscombe, J.W., K. Marchand, K. Tisshaw, V. Fewster, O. Groff, M. Pichette, M. Seed,  L.F.G. Gutowsky, Wilson, A.D.M. and S.J. Cooke. In press. The influence of water temperature and accelerometer-determined fight intensity on physiological stress and reflex impairment of angled largemouth bass. Conservation Physiology

Wilson, A.D.M. and J. Krause. (2014). Personality and social network analysis in animals. In: Krause, J., James, R., Franks, D., and Croft, D.P. (eds.) Animal Social Networks, pp. 53-60. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Krause, J., Croft, D.P. and A.D.M. Wilson. (2014). The network approach in teleost fishes and elasmobranchs. In: Krause, J., James, R., Franks, D., and Croft, D.P. (eds.) Animal Social Networks, pp. 150-159. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Wilson, A.D.M., Krause, J., Herbert-Read, J.E. and A.J.W. Ward. (2014). The personality behind cheating: behavioural types and the feeding ecology of cleaner fish. Ethology, 120:904-912. (IF: 2.0, Citations: 1)

Kurvers, R.H.J.M., Krause, J., Croft, D.P., Wilson, A.D.M. and M.Wolf. (2014). The evolutionary and ecological consequences of animal social networks: emerging issues. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 29:326-335.

Domenici, P.*, Wilson, A.D.M.*, Kurvers, R.H.J.M., Marras, S. Herbert-Read, J.E., Steffensen, J.F., Krause, S., Viblanc, P.E., Couillaud, P. and J. Krause. (2014). How sailfish use their bills to capture schooling prey. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 281(1784) (DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0444)(*authors contributed equally) *Featured in Nature News, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic News (04.2014)

Wilson, A.D.M., Krause, S.,James,R., Croft, D.P., Ramnarine, I., Borner, K., Clement, R.J.G., and J. Krause. (2014). Dynamic social networks in guppies (Poecilia reticulata). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 68:915-925.

Bierbach, D., Oster, S., Jourdan, J., Arias-Rodriguez, L., Krause, J., Wilson, A.D.M. and M. Plath. (2014). Social network analysis resolves temporal dynamics of male dominance relationships. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 68: 935-945.

Wilson, A.D.M., Croft, D.P. and J. Krause. (2014). Social networks in elasmobranchs and teleost fishes. Fish and Fisheries, 15: 676-689.

Ward, A.J.W., James, R., Wilson, A.D.M. and M.M. Webster. (2013). Site fidelity and localised homing behaviour in three-spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus). Behaviour, 150:1689-1708.

Wilson, A.D.M., Krause, S., Dingemanse, N.J.and J. Krause. (2013). Network position: A key component in the characterization of social personality types. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 67:163-173. *Top 10 Downloaded Article 2013

Wilson, A.D.M. and J. Krause. (2013). Repeated non-agonistic interactions between a bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) and sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) in Azorean Waters. Aquatic Mammals, 39: 89-96. (IF: 0.7) *Featured in ScienceNOW, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, The BBC and many other print, television and online media outlets

Wilson, A.D.M. andJ. Krause. (2012). Metamorphosis and animal personality: A neglected opportunity. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 27: 529-531.

Wilson, A.D.M. and J. Krause. (2012). Personality and metamorphosis: Is behavioral variation consistent across ontogenetic niche shifts? Behavioral Ecology, 23: 1316-1323 *Featured in ScienceNOW (10.08. 2012)& Science Update (17.09.2012)

Krause, J., Wilson, A.D.M. and D.P. Croft. (2011).New technology facilitates the study of social networks. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 26: 5-6

Wilson, A.D.M., Binder, T.R., McGrath, K., Cooke, S.J. and J.-G.J. Godin. (2011). Capture technique and fish personality: angling targets timid bluegill sunfish, Lepomis macrochirus. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 68: 749-757

Wilson, A.D.M. and J.-G.J. Godin. (2010). Boldness and intermittent locomotion in the bluegill sunfish, Lepomis macrochirus. Behavioral Ecology, 21: 57-62.

Wilson, A.D.M., Godin, J.-G.J. and A.J.W. Ward. (2010).Boldness and reproductive fitness correlates in the Eastern mosquitofish, Gambusia holbrooki. Ethology, 116: 96-104.

Wilson, A.D.M. and R.L. McLaughlin. (2010).Foraging behaviour and brain morphology in recently emerged brook charr, Salvelinus fontinalis. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 64: 1905-1914.

Wilson, A.D.M.,Whattham, E. M., Bennett, R., Visanuvimol, L. Lauzon, C. and S.M. Bertram. (2010).Behavioral correlations across activity, mating, exploration, aggression and anti-predator contexts in the European house cricket, Acheta domesticus.Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 64: 703-715.

Wilson, A.D.M. and J.-G.J. Godin. (2009). Boldness and behavioral syndromes in the bluegill sunfish, Lepomis macrochirus. Behavioral Ecology, 20: 231-237.

Wilson, A.D.M. and R.L. McLaughlin. (2007). Behavioural syndromes in brook charr, Salvelinus fontinalis: prey-search in the field corresponds with space use in novel laboratory situations. Animal Behaviour,74: 689-698. *In Focus: Featured Article in Animal Behaviour

Wilson, A.D.M. and E.D. Stevens. (2005). Consistency in context-specific measures of shyness and boldness in rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss. Ethology, 111: 849-862.