Alan E. Wilson
Associate Professor



Office Location:  
321 Swingle Hall 

Mailing Address:
Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures
203 Swingle Hall 
Auburn University, AL 36849
Tel: (334) 844-9321
Fax: (334) 844-9208
Email Alan E. Wilson
The Wilson Lab Webpage



Ph.D. - Georgia Institute of Technology (2006)
M.S. - Michigan State University (2001)
B.A. - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1997)



Population and community ecology, intraspecific variation, ecological genetics, limnology, water resource management, experimental design, large-scale field experiments, phytoplankton and zooplankton dynamics, harmful algal blooms.



Wilson, A. E., R. B. Kaul, and O. Sarnelle. 2010. Growth rate consequences of coloniality in a harmful phytoplankter. PLoS ONE 5:e8679.  doi:8610.1371/journal.pone.0008679.

Sarnelle, O., and A. E. Wilson. 2008. Type III functional response in Daphnia. Ecology 89:1723-1732.

Wilson, A. E., D. C. Gossiaux, T. O. Höök, J. P. Berry, P. F. Landrum, J. Dyble, and S. J. Guildford. 2008. Evaluation of the human health threat associated with the hepatotoxin, microcystin, in the muscle and liver tissues of yellow perch (Perca flavescens). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 65:1487-1497.

Knoll, L. B., O. Sarnelle, S. K. Hamilton, C. E. H. Kissman, A. E. Wilson, J. B. Rose, and M. R. Morgan. 2008. Invasive zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) increase cyanobacterial toxin concentrations in low-nutrient lakes. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 65:448-455.

Tillmanns, A. R., A. E. Wilson, F. R. Pick, and O. Sarnelle. 2008. Meta-analysis of cyanobacterial effects on zooplankton population growth rate: species-specific responses. Fundamental and Applied Limnology 171:285-295.

Wilson, A. E. 2007. Journal impact factors are inflated. Bioscience 57:550-551.

Wilson, A. E., and M. E. Hay. 2007. A direct test of cyanobacterial chemical defense: Variable effects of microcystin-treated food on two Daphnia pulicaria clones. Limnology and Oceanography 52:1467-1479.

Wilson, A. E., O. Sarnelle, and A. R. Tillmanns. 2006. Effects of cyanobacterial toxicity and morphology on the population growth of freshwater zooplankton: Meta-analyses of laboratory experiments. Limnology and Oceanography 51:1915-1924.

Wilson, A. E., W. A. Wilson, and M. E. Hay. 2006. Intraspecific variation in growth and morphology of the bloom-forming cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 72:7386-7389

Wilson, A. E., O. Sarnelle, B. A. Neilan, T. P. Salmon, M. M. Gehringer, and M. E. Hay. 2005. Genetic variation of the bloom-forming cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa within and among lakes: implications for harmful algal blooms. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 71:6126-6133.

Sarnelle, O., and A. E. Wilson. 2005. Local adaptation of Daphnia pulicaria to toxic cyanobacteria. Limnology and Oceanography 50:1565-1570.

Sarnelle, O., A. E. Wilson, S. K. Hamilton, L. B. Knoll, and D. F. Raikow. 2005. Complex interactions between the zebra mussel, Dreissena polymorpha, and the harmful phytoplankton, Microcystis aeruginosa. Limnology and Oceanography 50:896-904.

Hay, M. E., J. D. Parker, D. E. Burkepile, C. C. Caudill, A. E. Wilson, Z. P. Hallinan, and A. D. Chequer. 2004. Mutualisms and aquatic community structure: The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Annual Review of Ecology Evolution and Systematics 35:175-197.

Raikow, D. F., O. Sarnelle, A. E. Wilson, and S. K. Hamilton. 2004. Dominance of the noxious cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa in low-nutrient lakes is associated with exotic zebra mussels. Limnology and Oceanography 49:482-487.



Undergraduate Graduate
Limnology/Lab - FISH5320 Limnology/Lab - FISH6320
Directed studies - FISH4900 Meta-Analysis - FISH6970
Ecological Genetics seminar - FISH6970
Graduate Teaching practicum - FISH7900

Last updated: 04/25/2014