Journal Articles



Cressler CE, Nelson WA, Day T & McCauley E (2014)

Starvation reveals the cause of infection-induced castration and gigantism. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 281: 20141087.

[online][pdf][appendix][Science news article]

Plankton_collageVasseur et al figVasseur DA, Fox JW, Gonzalez A., Adrian R, Beisner B, Helmus M, Johnson C, Kratina P, Kremer C, de Mazancourt C, Miller E, Nelson WA, Paterson M, Rusak J, Shurin JB & Steiner C (2014).

Synchronous dynamics of zooplankton competitors prevail in temperate lake ecosystems. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 281: 20140633.


mycobacterium tuberculosis is an infection in vertebrates. Feeding hosts that are sick cause a decrease in pathogen loads in this bacteria.PUB-fig2-Cressler2014Cressler CE, Nelson WA, Day T & McCauley E (2014)

Disentangling the interaction among host resources, the immune system, and pathogens. Ecology Letters 17: 284-293.

[online][pdf][appendix1 appendix2]

Warmer temperatures means faster mosquito and faster parasite developmentPUB-fig2-Beck-Johnson2013Beck-Johnson LM, Nelson WA, Paaijmans KP, Read AF, Thomas MB & Bjørnstad ON (2013)

The Effect of Temperature on Anopheles Mosquito Population Dynamics and the Potential for Malaria Transmission. PLoS One 8(11): e79276.


Japanese tea tortrix (Adoxophyes honmai)Bifurcation diagram showing generation cycles at warm temperatures, and stability at cool temperaturesNelson WA, Bjornstad ON & Yamanaka T (2013)

Recurrent Insect Outbreaks Caused by Temperature-Driven Changes in System Stability. Science 341: 796-799.

[online][pdf][appendix][Queen’s press release][Penn State press release]

Daphnia pulicaria from Round Lake<p>Individuals that grow larger (blue) also live longer and have more reproduction than those that grow slower (red).</p>Olijnyk, A.M. & Nelson WA (2013)

Positive phenotypic correlations among life-history traits remain in the absence of differential resource ingestion. Functional Ecology 27: 165-172.



Nile TalapiaVariation in photoreceptor sensitivity and cone pigment frequency with ontogeny.Sabbah S, Hui J, Hauser F, Nelson WA & Hawryshyn CW (2012)

Ontogeny in the visual system of the Nile tilapia. Journal of Experimental Biology 215: 2684-2695.



imageHuijben_figBell A, Huijben S, Paaijmans K, Sim D, Chan B, Nelson WA & Read A (2012)

Enhanced transmission of drug-resistant parasites to mosquitoes following drug treatment in rodent malaria. PLoS One 7: 1-10. [online] [pdf]


Yamanaka T, Nelson WA, Uchimura K & Bjørnstad ON (2012)

Generation separation in simple structured life-cycles: models and 48 years of field data on a tea tortrix moth. The American Naturalist 179: 95-109. [summary] [article]


Mideo N, Nelson WA, Reece SE, Bell AS, Read A & Day T (2011)

Bridging Scales in the Evolution of Infectious Disease Life Histories: Application. Evolution 24: 2410–2422.


Huijben S, Sim D, Nelson WA & Read A (2011)

The fitness of drug-resistant malaria parasites in a rodent model: multiplicity of infection. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 2410-2422.


Ananthasubramaniam B, Nisbet RM, Nelson WA, McCauley E & Gurney WSC (2011)

Stochastic growth reduces population fluctuations in Daphnia–algal systems. Ecology 92: 362-372.


Huijben S, Nelson WA, Wargo A, Sim D, Drew D & Read A (2010)

Chemotherapy, within-host ecology and the fitness of drug resistant malaria parasites. Evolution 64: 2952-2968.


Fox JW, Nelson WA & McCauley E (2010)

Coexistence mechanisms and the paradox of the plankton: quantifying selection from noisy data. Ecology 91: 1774-1786.


Lewis MA, Nelson WA & Xu C (2010)

A structured threshold model for bark beetle outbreak. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology 72: 565-589.


McCauley E, Nelson WA & Nisbet RM (2008)

Small-amplitude cycles emerge from stage-structured interactions in Daphnia–algal systems. Nature 455:1240-1243. [link]


Simpson K, McCauley E & Nelson WA (2008)

Spatial heterogeneity and rates of spread in experimental streams. Oikos 117:1491-1499.


Nelson, WA & Lewis, MA (2008)

Connecting host physiology to host resistance in the conifer-bark beetle system. Theoretical Ecology 1:163-177.


Nelson, WA, Potapov, A, Lewis, MA, Hundsdoerfer, AE & He, F (2008)

Balancing ecological complexity in predictive models: a reassessment of risk models in the mountain pine beetle system. Journal of Applied Ecology 45:248-257.


Nelson WA, McCauley E & Nisbet RM (2007)

Stage-structured cycles generate strong fitness-equalizing mechanisms. Evolutionary Ecology 21: 499-515.


Nelson WA, McCauley E & Wrona FJ (2006)

Mechanisms for consumer diversity—Reply. Nature 439: pE2.


Nelson WA, McCauley E & Wrona FJ (2005)

Stage-structured cycles promote genetic diversity in a predator-prey system of Daphnia and algae. Nature 433: 413-417.


Nelson, WA, McCauley, E & Wimbert, J (2004)

Capturing dynamics with the correct rates: inverse problems using semiparametric approaches. Ecology 85: 889-903.


Nelson WA, McCauley E & Wrona FJ (2001)

Multiple dynamics in a single predator-prey system: experimental effects of food quality. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B. 268: 1223-1230.


Book Chapters


Nelson WA (2008)

Population dynamics: statistical methods. In: Encyclopedia of Ecology. S.E. Jorgensen (ed). Elsevier.


Nelson WA, Levings CD & Paul AJ (2007)

Population growth and critical demography of white sturgeon in the lower Fraser River. In: Proceedings of the Symposium on Anadromous Sturgeons. J. Munro, D. Hatin, K. McKown, J. Hightower, K. Sulak, A. Kahnle, and F. Caron (eds). American Fisheries Society.


Harder LD, Williams NM, Jordan CY & Nelson WA (2001)

The effects of floral design and display on pollinator economics and pollen dispersal. In: Cognitive Ecology of Pollination AnimaBehavior and Floral Evolution. L. Chittka and J. Thomson (eds). Cambridge University Press.