Professor of Biology
B.A. Denison University (1980)
M.S. University of Michigan (1986)
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania (1989)
Assistant Prof. 1992-1998
Associate Prof. 1998-2004
246 Winston Hall
email: djanders at wfu.edu
Areas of Interest
Behavioral and Evolutionary Ecology, Avian Siblicide, Evolution of Reproductive Rates, Sex Allocation, Conservation Biology in the Galápagos Islands
Our group’s research is on the evolutionary and behavioral ecology of birds. Of particular interest is the evolution of life histories, organizational effects connecting early life experiences to adult behavior, and conservation biology of boobies and albatrosses. We ask questions about the influence of variables such as costs of reproduction, environmental heterogenity and genetic architecture on the evolution of characters like clutch size, offspring sex ratio, and sibling competition. Since 1984 we have pursued a major field research effort in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador on boobies. These birds provide excellent opportunities for experimental approaches to issues in evolutionary and behavioral ecology because they are tolerant of humans.
Our current projects deal with variation in personality, organizational effects on behavior, senescence, juvenile survival, quantitative genetics of life history traits, and foraging ecology of Nazca boobies, and conservation biology of blue-footed boobies.
(grad students in bold) (link to all publications)
EM Tompkins and DJ Anderson. 2019. Sex-specific patterns of reproductive senescence in Galápagos Nazca boobies linked to mating system. Journal of Animal Ecology 2019;88:986-1000.
J Champagnon, J-D Lebreton, H Drummond, and DJ Anderson. 2018. Pacific Decadal and El Niño oscillations shape survival of a seabird. Ecology 99:1063-1072.
SA Taylor, M Jenkins, M Manghani, T Birt, DJ Anderson, G Jiménez-Uzcátegui, and V Friesen. 2018. Genetic distinctiveness of brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) from the Galápagos Islands compared to continental North America. Conservation Genetics 19: 629-636, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10592-017-1041-8.
JK Grace and DJ Anderson. 2018. Early-life maltreatment predicts adult stress response in a long-lived wild bird. Biology Letters 14:20170679.
EM Tompkins, HM Townsend, and DJ Anderson. 2017. Decadal-scale variation in diet forecasts persistently poor breeding under ocean warming in a tropical seabird. PLoS ONE https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0182545
DJ Anchundia, JF Anderson, and DJ Anderson. 2017. Overland flight by seabirds at Isla Isabela, Galápagos. Marine Ornithology 45:139-141.
TJ Maness and DJ Anderson. 2017. Serum chemistry of free-ranging Nazca boobies (Sula granti). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 48:1234-1238.
FA Estela, M López-Victoria, and DJ Anderson. 2016. Sula granti. in: LM Renjifo, MF Gómez, J Velásquez-Tibata, AM Amaya-Villareal, GH Kattan, JD Amaya-Espinel, and J Burbano-Girón (eds). Libro Rojo de Aves de Colombia, Volumen 2. Editorial Pontificia Universidad Javeriana e Instituto Alexander von Humboldt, Bogotá D. C., Colombia.
J Morris-Pocock, DJ Anderson, and VL Freisen. 2016. A complex history of isolation and gene flow in red-footed boobies (Sula sula): the role of biogeographic barriers to gene flow. Journal of Biogeography. DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12780
HA Thomassen, EM Tompkins, O Thalmann, DJ Anderson, and K Foerster. 2015. Development and characterization of SNP markers in Nazca boobies using Ion Torrent sequencing and high resolution melt analysis. Conservation Genetics Resources, doi 10.1007/s12686-015-0458-y.
JL Conroy, AF Collins, JT Overpeck, MB Bush, JE Cole, and DJ Anderson. 2015. A 400-year isotopic record of seabird response to eastern tropical Pacific productivity. Geo: Geography and Environment 2:137-147. DOI: 10.1002/geo2.11