Dr Alexander Wilson

Dr Alexander Wilson

Lecturer in Biological Sciences

School of Biological & Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science & Engineering)


Lecturer in Biological Sciences


2018 Lecturer in Biological Sciences, Plymouth University (UK)
2016-2017 Post-Doc, University of Sydney (Australia)
2015-2016 Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Deakin University (Australia)
2014 Certificate in University Teaching, Carleton University (Canada)
2013-2015 Post-Doc, Carleton University (Canada)
2010-2013 IGB/ Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (Germany)
2006-2010 PhD Biology, Carleton University (Canada)
2003-2005 MSc Zoology, University of Guelph (Canada)
1999-2003 BSc (Hons) Marine & Freshwater Biology, University of Guelph (Canada)

Professional membership

  • Fellow, The Linnean Society of London (FLS)
  • Member, The Fisheries Society of the British Isles 

Google Scholar

  • Finger, J.S., Guttridge, T. Wilson, A.D.M., Gruber, S. and J. Krause (In press). Are some sharks more social than others? Short and long-term consistency in the social behavior of juvenile lemon sharks. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • Landsman, S.J., Wilson, A.D.M., Cooke, S.J. and M.R. van den Heuvel. (2017). Fishway passage success for migratory rainbow smelt (Osmerus mordax) is not dictated by behavioural type. River research and Applications, 33(8):1257–1267 PDF
  • Wilson, A.D.M., “Thermal imaging techniques to survey and monitor animals in the wild: A methodology. Kirk J. Havens, Edward J. Sharp,” The Quarterly Review of Biology, 92, no. 2 (June 2017): 183-184 (book review)
  • Peiman, K.S., Birnie-Gauvin,K., Midwood, J.D., Larsen, M.H., Wilson, A.D.M., Aarestrup, K. and S.J. Cooke. (2017). If and when: Intrinsic differences and environmental stressors influence migration in brown trout (Salmo trutta). Oecologia, 184(2):375-384 PDF
  • Wilson, A.D.M., Szekeres, P., Violich, M., Gutowsky, L.F.G., Eliason, E. and S.J. Cooke. (2017). Activity syndromes and metabolism in giant deep-sea isopods. Deep-Sea Research Part 1, 121:237-244 PDF
  • Krause, J., Herbert-Read J.E., Seebacher, F., Domenici, P., Wilson, A.D.M., Marras S., Svendsen M.B.S., Strömbom, D., Steffensen J.F., Krause, S., Viblanc P.E., Couillaud P., Bach, P., Sabarros, P.S., Zaslansky, P. and Kurvers R.H.J.M. (2017). Injury-mediated decrease in locomotor performance increases predation risk in schooling fish. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 372: 20160232 PDF
  • Kurvers R.H.J.M., Krause S., Viblanc P.E., Herbert-Read J.E., Zalansky P., Domenici, P., Marras S., Steffensen J.F., Svendsen M.B.S., Wilson A.D.M., Couillaud P., Boswell, K. and J. Krause. (2017). The evolution of lateralisation in group hunting sailfish. Current Biology, 27:521-526 PDF
  • Griffin, L., Brownscombe, J.W., Gagne, T.O., Wilson, A.D.M., Cooke, S.J.C. and A.J. Danylchuk. (2017). Individual-level behavioral responses of immature green turtles to snorkeler disturbance. Oecologia, 183(3): 909-917 PDF
  • Cooke, E., Wilson, A.D.M., Elvidge, C. and S.J. Cooke. (2017). Does capture method or the presence of aquatic protected areas influence the selective harvest of behavioural types in largemouth bass? Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 74(8):1151-1157 PDF
  • Szekeres, P., Wilson, A.D.M., Haak, C.R., Danylchuk, A.J., Brownscombe, J.W., Elvidge, C.K., Shultz, A.D. Birnie-Gauvin, K., Cooke, S.J. (2017). Does coastal light pollution alter the nocturnal behavior and blood physiology of juvenile bonefish (Albula vulpes)? Bulletin of Marine Science, 93(2):491-505 PDF
  • Cooke, S.J., Wesch, S., Donaldson, L.A., Wilson, A.D.M. and N. Haddaway. (2017).  A call for evidence-based conservation and management of fisheries and aquatic resources. Fisheries, 42(3): 143-149 PDF
  • Twardek, W.M., Elvidge, C.K., Wilson, A.D.M., Algera, D.A., Zoldero, A., Lougheed, S.C., and S.J. Cooke. (2017). Do protected areas mitigate the effects of fisheries-induced evolution on parental care behaviour of a teleost fish? Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 27(4):789-796
  • Magel, J.M.T., Pleizier, N., Wilson, A.D.M., Shultz, A.D., Vera-Chang, M.N., Moon, T.W. and S.J. Cooke.  (2017).  Do physical habitat complexity and predator cues influence the baseline and stress-induced glucocorticoid levels of a mangrove-associated fish?  Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A, 203: 281-287 PDF
  • Gutowsky, L.F.G., Sullivan, B., Wilson, A.D.M. and S.J. Cooke. (2017). Synergistic and interactive effects of angler behaviour, gear type, and fish behaviour on hooking depth in passively angled fish. Fisheries Research186(3):612-618 PDF
  • Wilson, A.D.M., Hayden, T., Vandergoot, C., Kraus, R.T., Dettmers, J., Cooke, S.J. and C. C. Krueger. (2017). Does implantation of internal telemetry transmitters alter the post-release behaviour of migratory fish? Ecology of Freshwater Fish, 26:292-300 PDF
  • Krause, S., Wilson, A.D.M.,  Ramnarine, I.W., Herbert-Read, J.E., Clement, R.J.G. and J. Krause. (2017). Guppies occupy consistent positions in social networks: Mechanisms and consequences. Behavioural Ecology , 28 (2): 429-438 PDF
  • Herbert-Read, J., Romanczuk, P., Krause, S., Strömbom, D. Couillaud, P., Domenici, P.,Kurvers, R.H.J.M., Marras, S., Steffensen, J.F., Wilson, A.D.M. and J. Krause.  (2016).  Proto-cooperation: Group hunting sailfish improve hunting success by alternating attacks on grouping prey. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 283:20161671  PDF
  • Binder, T.R., Wilson, A.D.M., Wilson, S.M., Suski, C.D., Godin, J.-G., and S.J. Cooke. (2016). Is there a pace-of-life syndrome linking boldness and metabolic capacity for locomotion in bluegill sunfish? Animal Behaviour, 121: 175-183 PDF
  • Cooke, S.J., Wilson, A.D.M., Elvidge, C.K., Lennox, R.J., Jepsen, N., Colotelo, A.H. and R.S. Brown. (2016). Ten practical realities for Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees when evaluating protocols dealing with fish in the field. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 26(1): 123-133  PDF
  • Gallagher, A.J., Lawrence, M.J., Jain-Schlaepfer, S.M.R., Wilson, A.D.M. and S.J. Cooke. (2016).  Predators transmit fear in three-dimensions and influence parental care of prey. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 94:863-870 PDF
  • Svendsen, M.B.S., Domenici, P., Marras, S., Krause, J., Boswell, K.M., Rodriguez-Pinto, I., Wilson, A.D.M., Kurvers, R.H.J.M., Viblanc, P., Finger, J.P. and J.F. Steffensen. (2016). Maximum swimming speeds of sailfish and three other large marine predatory fish species based on muscle contraction time and stride length. Biology Open, 5(10):1415-1419 PDF
  • Gutowsky, L.F.G., Brownscombe, J.W., Wilson, A.D.M., Szekeres, P., Cooke, S.J. (2016). Improved performance, within-individual consistency and between-individual differences in the righting behaviour of the Caribbean sea star, Oreaster reticulatus. Behaviour, 153: 1763-1776 PDF
  • Cooke, S.J., Nguyen, V.M.,  Wilson, A.D.M.,  Donaldson, M.R., Gallagher, A., Hammerschlag, N. and N.R. Haddaway. (2016).  The need for speed in a crisis discipline: perspectives on peer review duration and implications for conservation science.  Endangered Species Research, 30:11-18 PDF
  • Sullivan, B.S., Wilson, A.D.M., Gutowsky, L.F.G., Patrick, P.H., Sills, M. and S.J. Cooke. (2016). The behavioural responses of a warmwater teleost to different spectra of light-emitting diodes. North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 36 (5): 1000-1005 PDF
  • Wilson, A.D.M., Brownscombe, J.W., Sullivan, B., Jain-Schlaepfer, S.M.R. and S.J. Cooke. (2015). Does angling technique  selectively target fishes based on their behavioural type? PLOS ONE, pone.0135848 PDF
  • Wilson, A.D.M.c, Brownscombe, J.W.c, Krause, J., Krause, S., Gutowsky, L., Brooks, E. and S.J. Cooke. (2015). Integrating advances in network analysis, sensor tags and direct observation to understand shark ecology and behaviour. Behavioral Ecology, 26(6):1577-1586 PDF
  • Wilson, A.D.M., Krause, S., Ramnarine, I., Borner, K., Clement, R.J.G., Kurvers, R.H.J.M and J. Krause. (2015). Social networks in changing environments. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 69:1617-1629 PDF
  • Wilson, A.D.M., Wikelski, M., Wilson, R.P. and S.J. Cooke. (2015). Utility of biological sensor tags in animal conservation. Conservation Biology, 29(4): 1065-1075 PDF
  • Pleizier, N., Wilson, A.D.M., Shultz, A.D. and S.J. Cooke. (2015).  Puffed and bothered: personality, performance, and the effects of stress on checkered pufferfish.  Physiology and Behavior, 152:68-78 PDF
  • Nguyen, V.M., Haddaway, N.R., Gutowsky, L.F.G., Wilson, A.D.M., Gallagher, A.J., Donaldson, M.R., Hammerschlag, N. and S.J. Cooke. (2015). How long is too long in contemporary peer review? Perspectives from authors publishing in conservation biology journals. PLOS ONE, pone.0132557 PDF
  • Moraga, A.D., Wilson, A.D.M., S.J. Cooke. (2015). Does lure colour influence catch per unit effort, fish capture size and hooking injury in angled largemouth bass? Fisheries Research,172: 1-6 PDF
  • Marras, S., Noda, T., Steffensen, J.F., Svendsen, M.B.S., Krause, J., Wilson, A.D.M., Kurvers, R.H.J.M., Herbert-Read, J., Boswell, K.M. and P. Domenici. (2015). Not so fast: Swimming behavior of sailfish during predator-prey interactions using high-speed video and accelerometry. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 55(4): 719-727, DOI: 10.1093/icb/icv017 PDF
  • 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 PDF
  • Struthers, D., Danylchuk, A., Wilson, A.D.M. and S.J. Cooke. (2015). Action cameras: bringing aquatic and fisheries research into view. Fisheries, 40(10): 502-512 PDF
  • Brownscombe, J.W., Wilson, A.D.M., Samson, E., Nowell, L., Cooke, S.J. and A. Danylchuk. (2015). Individual differences in activity and habitat selection of juvenile queen conch evaluated using acceleration biologgers. Endangered Species Research, 27: 181-188 PDF
  • 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)  PDF  Sup. info.   
  • 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. DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679041.003.0006
  • 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. DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679041.003.0014
  • Wilson, A.D.M., Croft, D.P. and J. Krause. (2014). Social networks in elasmobranchs and teleost fishes. Fish and Fisheries, 15: 676-689 PDF
  • 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 PDF 
  • 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 PDF
  • 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 PDF
  • 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 PDF
  • Brownscombe, J.W., Marchand, K., Tisshaw, K., Fewster, V., Groff, O., Pichette, M., Seed,M.,  Gutowsky, L.F.G., Wilson, A.D.M. and S.J. Cooke. (2014). The influence of water temperature and accelerometer-determined fight intensity on physiological stress and reflex impairment of angled largemouth bass. Conservation Physiology, 2: cou057 PDF
  • 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 PDF
  • 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 PDF
  • 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 PDF
  • Wilson, A.D.M. and J. Krause. (2012). Metamorphosis and animal personality: A neglected opportunity. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 27: 529-531 PDF
  • Wilson, A.D.M. and J. Krause. (2012). Personality and metamorphosis: Is behavioral variation consistent across ontogenetic niche shifts? Behavioral Ecology, 23: 1316-1323 PDF
  • 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 PDF
  • 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 PDF
  • 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 PDF
  • 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 PDF
  • 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 PDF
  • 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 PDF
  • 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 PDF
  • 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 PDF
  • 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 PDF


Other academic activities

Associate Editor, Behaviour (2016 -)