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  1. Lamarre J, Cheema SK, Robertson GJ, Wilson DR (2021) Omega-3 fatty acids accelerate fledging in an avian marine predator: a potential role of cognition. Journal of Experimental Biology. doi: 10.1242/jeb.235929.  pdf
  2. Simpson RK, Wilson DR, Mistakidis AF, Mennill DJ, Doucet SM (2021) Sympatry drives colour and song evolution in wood-warblers (Parulidae). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, 288, 20202804.  pdf


  1. Busniuk K, Storey AE, Wilson DR (2020) Herring gulls target profitable Atlantic puffins during kleptoparasitic attack. Animal Behaviour, 166, 273-279. pdf
  2. Ethier JP, Wilson DR (2020) Using microphone arrays to demonstrate microhabitat selection in steeply declining breeding birds. Ibis, 162, 873-884.  pdf
  3. Fahmy M, Wilson DR (2020) Singing behaviour of Ruby-crowned Kinglets (Regulus calendula) in relation to time-of-day, time-of-year, and social contextJournal of Avian Biology, doi: 10.1111/jav.02467.  pdf
  4. Landsborough B, Wilson DR, Mennill DJ (2020) Variation in chick-a-dee call sequences, not in the fine structure of calls, influences mobbing behaviour in mixed-species flocks. Behavioral Ecology, 31, 54-62.  pdf
  5. Mejías MA, Roncal J, Imfeld TS, Boisen S, Wilson DR (2020) Relationships of song structure to phylogenetic history, habitat, and morphology in the vireos, greenlets, and allies (Passeriformes: Vireonidae). Evolution, 74, 2494-2511.  pdf


  1. Brown NAW, Wilson DR, Gagnon P (2019) Plasticity in antipredator behaviour of orange-footed sea cucumber (Cucumaria frondosa) under shifting hydrodynamic forces. Current Zoology, 65, 685-695.  pdf
  2. Hennigar B, Ethier JP, Wilson DR (2019) Experimental traffic noise attracts birds during the breeding season. Behavioral Ecology, 30, 1591-1601.  pdf
  3. Sandoval L, Barrantes G, Wilson DR (2018) Conceptual and statistical problems with the use of the Shannon-Weiner entropy index in bioacoustic analyses. Bioacoustics, 28, 297-311.  pdf
  4. Scully EN, Schuldhaus BC, Congdon JV, Hahn AH, Campbell KA, Wilson DR, Sturdy CB (2019) ZENK expression in the auditory pathway of black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) as a function of D note number and duty cycle of chick-a-dee calls. Behavioural Brain Research, 356, 490-494.  pdf
  5. Sehrsweeney M, Wilson DR, Bain M, Boutin S, Lane J, McAdam A, Dantzer B (2019) The effects of stress and glucocorticoids on vocalizations: a test in North American red squirrels. Behavioral Ecology, 30, 1030-1040.  pdf
  6. Siracusa ER, Wilson DR, Studd EK, Boutin S, Humphries MM, Dantzer B, Lane JE, McAdam AG (2019) Red squirrels mitigate costs of territory defence through social plasticity. Animal Behaviour, 151, 29-42.  pdf


  1. Shonfield J, Gorrell J, Coltman DW, Boutin S, Humphries MM, Wilson DR, McAdam AG (2017) Using playback of territorial calls to investigate mechanisms of kin discrimination in red squirrels. Behavioral Ecology, 28, 382-390.  pdf


  1. Harris AJ, Wilson DR, Graham BA, Mennill DJ (2016) Estimating repertoire size in a songbird: a comparison of three techniques. Bioacoustics, 25, 211-224.  pdf
  2. Watson MJ, Wilson DR, Mennill DR (2016) Anthropogenic light is associated with increased vocal activity by nocturnally migrating birds. The Condor, 118, 338-344.  pdf
  3. Wilson DR, Ratcliffe LM, Mennill DJ (2016) Black-capped chickadees, Poecile atricapillus, avoid song overlapping: evidence for the acoustic interference hypothesis. Animal Behaviour, 114, 219-229.  pdf


  1. Battiston MM, Wilson DR, Graham BA, Kovach KA, Mennill DJ (2015) Rufous-and-white wrens Thryophilus rufalbus do not exhibit a dear enemy effect towards conspecific or heterospecific competitors. Current Zoology, 61, 23-33.  pdf
  2. Wilson DR, Goble AR, Boutin S, Humphries MM, Coltman DW, Gorrell JC, Shonfield J, McAdam AG (2015) Red squirrels use territorial vocalizations for kin discrimination. Animal Behaviour, 107, 79-85.  pdf


  1. Cartwright LA, Taylor DR, Wilson DR, Chow-Fraser P (2014) Urban noise affects song structure and daily patterns of song production in red-winged blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus). Urban Ecosystems, 17, 561-572.  pdf
  2. Hanna DEL, Wilson DR, Blouin-Demers G, Mennill DJ (2014) Spring peepers Pseudacris crucifer modify their call structure in response to noise. Current Zoology, 60, 438-448.  pdf
  3. Wilson DR (2014) Animal communciation: keep your wings off my food! Current Biology, 24, R319-R321.  pdf
  4. Wilson DR (2014) Review of book Animal Communication Theory: Information and Influence. The Quarterly Review of Biology, 89, 394-395.  pdf
  5. Wilson DR, Battiston M, Brzustowski J, Mennill DJ (2014) Sound Finder: a new software approach for localizing animals recorded with a microphone array. Bioacoustics, 23, 99-112.  pdf
  6. Wilson DR, Bitton P-P, Podos J, Mennill DJ (2014) Uneven sampling and the analysis of vocal performance constraints. The American Naturalist, 183, 214-228.  pdf


Sandoval & Wilson cover
  1. Baker TM, Wilson DR, Mennill DJ (2012) Vocal signals predict attack during aggressive interactions in black-capped chickadees. Animal Behaviour, 84, 965-974.  pdf
  2. Mennill DJ, Battiston M, Wilson DR, Foote JR, Doucet SM (2012) Field test of an affordable, portable, wireless microphone array for spatial monitoring of animal ecology and behaviour. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 3, 704-712.  pdf   YouTube
  3. Sandoval L, Wilson DR (2012) Local predation pressure predicts the strength of mobbing responses in tropical birds. Current Zoology, 58, 781-790.  pdf
    • This paper was featured on the cover and was an invited contribution for a special issue on vertebrate social communication.
  4. Wilson DR, Evans CS (2012) Fowl communicate the size, speed and proximity of avian stimuli through graded structure in referential alarm calls. Animal Behaviour, 83, 535-544.  pdf


Hanna et al 2011 cover photo
  1. Hanna D, Blouin-Demers G, Wilson DR, Mennill DJ (2011) Anthropogenic noise affects song structure in red-winged blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus). Journal of Experimental Biology, 214, 3549-3556.  pdf
    • This paper was featured on the journal’s cover and by the journal’s editor as an Inside JEB article: Knight K (2011) Blackbirds adapt songs to human noise. Journal of Experimental Biology, 213, ii. pdf
  2. Wilson DR, Mennill DJ (2011) Duty cycle, not signal structure, explains conspecific and heterospecific responses to the calls of black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus). Behavioral Ecology, 22, 784-790.  pdf


  1. Pronk R, Wilson DR, Harcourt R (2010) Video playback demonstrates episodic personality in the gloomy octopus. Journal of Experimental Biology, 213, 1035-1041.  pdf
    • This paper was featured by the journal’s editor as an Inside JEB article: Knight K (2010) Octopuses react correctly to HDTV. Journal of Experimental Biology, 213, i-a.  pdf
  2. Wilson DR, Evans CS (2010) Female fowl (Gallus gallus) do not prefer alarm-calling males. Behaviour, 147, 525-552.  pdf
  3. Wilson DR, McDonald PG, Evans CS (2010) Mechanisms of mate investment in the polygamous fowl, Gallus gallus. Ethology, 116, 755-762.  pdf
  4. Wilson DR, Mennill DT (2010) Black-capped chickadees, Poecile atricapillus, can use individually distinctive songs to discriminate among conspecifics. Animal Behaviour, 79, 1267-1275.  pdf


  1. McDonald PG, Wilson DR, Evans CS (2009) Nestling begging increases predation risk, regardless of spectral characteristics or avian mobbing. Behavioral Ecology, 20, 821-829.  pdf
  2. Wilson DR, Nelson XJ, Evans CS (2009) Seizing the opportunity: subordinate male fowl respond rapidly to variation in social context. Ethology, 115, 996-1004.  pdf


  1. Nelson XJ, Wilson DR, Evans CS (2008) Behavioral syndromes in stable social groups: an artifact of external constraints? Ethology, 114, 1154-1165.  pdf
  2. Wilson DR, Bayly KL, Nelson XJ, Gillings M, Evans CS (2008) Alarm calling best predicts mating and reproductive success in ornamented male fowl, Gallus gallusAnimal Behaviour, 76, 543-554.  pdf
    • This paper was featured by the journal’s editor in an In Focus article: Blumstein DT (2008) Communicating fear is sexy in chickens. Animal Behaviour, 76, 519.  pdf
  3. Wilson DR, Evans CS (2008) Mating success increases alarm-calling effort in male fowl, Gallus gallus. Animal Behaviour, 76, 2029-2035.  pdf

2006 and earlier

  1. Wilson DR, Hare JF (2006) The adaptive utility of Richardson’s ground squirrel (Spermophilus richardsonii) short-range ultrasonic alarm signals. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 84, 1322-1330.  pdf
  2. Sloan JL, Wilson DR, Hare JF (2005) Functional morphology of Richardson’s ground squirrel, Spermophilus richardsonii, alarm calls: the meaning of chirps, whistles and chucks. Animal Behaviour, 70, 937-944.  pdf
  3. Wilson DR, Hare JF (2004) Ground squirrel uses ultrasonic alarms. Nature, 430, 523.  pdf
  4. Wilson DR, Hare JF (2003) Richardson’s ground squirrels (Spermophilus richardsonii) do not communicate predator movements via changes in call rate. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 81, 2026-20131.  pdf
© Dave Wilson 2016