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William G. Wilson, Associate Professor of Biology

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.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  250 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 451-6688
Email Address: send me a message
Web Pages:

Teaching (Fall 2022):

    Bio Sci 113, MW 03:30 PM-04:45 PM
    (also cross-listed as ENVIRON 274.01)
Teaching (Spring 2023):

    Bio Sci 154, MW 03:30 PM-04:45 PM

Ph.D.University of Hawaii, Manoa1988
BS Physics/MathSt. Cloud State University1981
B.A.St. Cloud State University1981

Ecology and Population Biology
.............(faculty research areas)
Research Interests: Theoretical ecology and evolution

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Aaron Ashih  
  • Curtis Smith  
  • Jenn Nelson  
Postdocs Mentored

  • Shane Richards (December 26, 1998 - 2000)  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. W.G. Wilson, Stormwater: A resource for scientists and policy makers. (2016), University of Chicago Press.
  2. Tanner, CJ; Adler, FR; Grimm, NB; Groffman, PM; Levin, SA; Munshi-South, J; Pataki, DE; Pavao-Zuckerman, M; Wilson, WG, Urban ecology: Advancing science and society, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, vol. 12 no. 10 (December, 2014), pp. 574-581, WILEY, ISSN 1540-9295 [doi]  [abs]
  3. Gibson, WT; Wilson, WG, Individual-based chaos: extensions of the discrete logistic model., Journal of Theoretical Biology, vol. 339 (December, 2013), pp. 84-92, ISSN 0022-5193 [doi]  [abs]
  4. Mitchell, RJ; Wilson, WG; Holmquist, KG; Karron, JD, Influence of pollen transport dynamics on sire profiles and multiple paternity in flowering plants., Plos One, vol. 8 no. 10 (January, 2013), pp. e76312, ISSN 1932-6203 [doi]  [abs]
  5. W.G. Wilson, Constructed Climates: A Primer on Urban Environments. (2011), University of Chicago Press.