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William G. Wilson, Associate Professor of Biology and CNCS: Center for nonlinear and complex systems

William G. Wilson

For my physics Ph.D. work on condensed matter theory, I used computer simulations and mathematics. I transferred those skills to theoretical evolutionary ecology, and earned tenure in the Duke Zoology department. The lack of funding for that research precluded promotion at Duke, and 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.

Web: Duke Biology web page

Contact Info:
Office Location:  033 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 451-6688
Email Address: send me a message
Web Pages:

Teaching (Fall 2019):

    Bio Sci 154, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
    Bio Sci 130, MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
    (also cross-listed as ENVIRON 274.01)

Ph.D.University of Hawaii at 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. 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]
  2. 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]
  3. Gibson, WT; Wilson, WG, Individual-based chaos: Extensions of the discrete logistic model, Journal of Theoretical Biology (2013), 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 (2013), ISSN 1932-6203 [doi]  [abs]
  5. W. Wilson, Cuddington, K., W.G. Wilson, and A.M. Hastings. 2009. Ecosystem engineers: Feedback and population dynamics. The American Naturalist 173: 488-498. (2009)