F. Stephen Dobson
Department of Biological Sciences

Office: 320 Funchess Hall

Address: 331 Funchess Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849

Phone: (334) 844-1699

Fax: (334) 844-9234

Email: dobsofs@auburn.edu


Ph.D. - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
M.A. - University of California, Santa Barbara
A.B. - University of California, Berkeley

Research and Teaching Interests

Behavioral, historical, and population ecology; population genetics; mammalogy; seabird behavior and ecology.

Selected Publications


Jouventin, P., and F.S. Dobson.  2018.  Why Penguins Communicate: the Evolution of Visual and Vocal Signals.  Academic Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts.  315 pp.



  1. Schull, Q., J.-P. Robin, F.S. Dobson, H. Saadaoui, V.A. Viblanc, and P. Bize.  2018.  Experimental stress during moult suggests the evolution of condition-dependent and condition-independent ornaments in the king penguin.  Ecology and Evolution 8:1084-1095.

  2. Viblanc, V.A., Q. Schull, J.D. Roth, J. Rabdeau, C. Saraux, P Uhlrich, F. Criscuolo, and F.S. Dobson.  2018.  Maternal oxidative stress and reproduction: testing the constraint, cost and shielding hypotheses in a wild mammal.  Functional Ecology 32:722-735.

  3. Dobson, F.S., P.H. Becker, C.M. Arnaud, S. Bouwhuis, and A. Charmantier. 2017.  Plasticity results in delayed breeding in a long-distance migrant seabird.  Ecology and Evolution 7:3100-3109.

  4. Staton, B.A., M.J. Catalano, T.M. Farmer, A. Abebe, and F.S. Dobson.  2017.  Development and evaluation of a migration timing forecast model for Kuskokwim River Chinook salmon.  Fisheries Research 194:9-21.

  5. Dobson, F.S., J.E. Lane, M. Low, and J.O. Murie. 2016.  Fitness implications ofseasonal climate variation in Columbian ground squirrels.  Ecology and Evolution 6:5614-5622.

  6. Jouventin, P., Y. Christen, and F.S. Dobson.  2016.  Altruism in wolves explains the coevolution of dogs and humans.  Ideas in Ecology and Evolution 9:4-11.

  7. Rubach, K., M. Wu, A. Abebe, F.S. Dobson, J.O. Murie, and V.A. Viblanc. 2016.  Testing the reproductive and somatic trade-off in female Columbian ground squirrels.  Ecology and Evolution 6:7586-7595.

  8. Schull, Q., F.S. Dobson, A. Steir, J.-P. Robin, P. Bize, and V.A. Viblanc. 2016.  Beak color dynamically signals changes in fasting status and parasite loads in king penguins.  Behavioral Ecology 27:1684-1693.

  9. Viblanc, V.A., F.S. Dobson, A. Stier, Q. Schull, C. Saraux, B. Gineste, S. Pardonnet, M. Kauffmann, J.-P. Robin, and P. Bize.  2016.  Murually Honest? Physiological ‘qualities’ signaled by colour ornaments in monomorphic king penguins.  Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society 118:200-214.

  10. Viblanc, V.A., C. Pasquaretta, C. Sueur, R. Boonstra, and F.S. Dobson.  2016.  Aggressino in Columbian ground squirrels: relationships with age, kinship, energy allocation, and fitness.  Behavioral Ecology 27:1716-1725.

  11. Viblanc, V.A., C. Saraux, J.O. Murie, and F.S. Dobson.  2016.  Kin effects on energy allocation in group-living ground squirrels.  Journal of Animal Ecology 85:1361-1369.

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Undergraduate Graduate
Mammalogy - BIOL5760
Mammalogy - BIOL6760
Practical Data Analysis and Computation for the Life Sciences - BIOL7250

Last updated: 08/19/2022