Dr David Wilkinson

Selected Publications

  • Ruxton GD and Wilkinson DM. 2014. Energetic arguments predict larger-bodied animals will be increasingly confined to flat environments. JOURNAL OF THEORETICAL BIOLOGY, vol. 355, 236-238. link> doi>
  • Ruxton GD, Wilkinson DM, Schaefer HM, Sherratt TN. 2014. Why fruit rots: theoretical support for Janzen's theory of microbe-macrobe competition. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, vol. 281(1782), . link> doi>
  • Smith IR, Wilkinson DM, O'Regan HJ. 2013. New Lateglacial fauna and early Mesolithic human remains from northern England. JOURNAL OF QUATERNARY SCIENCE, vol. 28(6), 542-544. link> doi>
  • Valentine J, Davis SR, Kirby JR, Wilkinson DM. 2013. The use of testate amoebae in monitoring peatland restoration management: Case studies from North West England and Ireland. Acta Protozoologica, vol. 52, 129-145.
  • Ruxton GD and Wilkinson DM. 2013. Endurance running and its relevance to scavenging by early hominins. Evolution, vol. 67(3), 861-867. link> doi>

Other Publications

  • Wilkinson DM and Ruxton GD. 2013. High C/N ratio (not low-energy content) of vegetation may have driven gigantism in sauropod dinosaurs and perhaps omnivory and/or endothermy in their juveniles. FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY, vol. 27(1), 131-135. link> doi>
  • Ruxton GD and Wilkinson DM. 2013. Accidental Island Voyagers Response. SCIENCE, vol. 339(6118), 392. link> doi>
  • Valentine J, Murphy D, Kirby JR, Clare T, Wilkinson DM. 2013. Postglacial environmental history of the west Cumbrian coastal plain: new palaeoecological data from Gutterby. Transactions of the Cumbrian and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society.
  • Ruxton GD and Wilkinson DM. 2012. Population trajectories for accidental versus planned colonisation of islands. JOURNAL OF HUMAN EVOLUTION, vol. 63(3), 507-511. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM, Nisbet EG, Ruxton GD. 2012. Could methane produced by sauropod dinosaurs have helped drive Mesozoic climate warmth?. Curr Biol, vol. 22(9), R292-R293. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 2012. Dr Humphrey Graham Smith 1945-2012 Obituary. ACTA PROTOZOOLOGICA, vol. 51(2), 87-90. link>
  • Louys J, wilkinson DM, Bishop LC. 2012. Ecology Needs a Paleontological Perspective. In Paleontology in Ecology and Conservation. Louys J (Ed.). Springer. doi>
  • Wilkinson DM, Koumoutsaris S, Mitchell EAD, Bey I. 2012. Modelling the effect of size on the aerial dispersal of microorganisms. JOURNAL OF BIOGEOGRAPHY, vol. 39(1), 89-97. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 2012. Paleontology and Ecology: Their Common Origins and Later Split. In Paleontology in Ecology and Conservation,. Louys J (Ed.). Springer. doi>
  • Vohnik M, Burdikova Z, Wilkinson DM. 2012. Testate Amoebae Communities in the Rhizosphere of Rhododendron ponticum (Ericaceae) in an Evergreen Broadleaf Forest in Southern Spain. ACTA PROTOZOOLOGICA, vol. 51(3), 259-269. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM, Creevy AL, Valentine J. 2012. The Past, Present and Future of Soil Protist Ecology Introduction to special issue. ACTA PROTOZOOLOGICA, vol. 51(3), 189-199. link> doi>
  • Ruxton GD and Wilkinson DM. 2011. Avoidance of overheating and selection for both hair loss and bipedality in hominins. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, vol. 108(52), 20965-20969. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM and Ruxton GD. 2012. Understanding selection for long necks in different taxa. Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc, vol. 87(3), 616-630. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM, O'Regan HJ, Thorp J. 2011. Dogs, scouts and cavers: a history of archaeological excavation at Dog Hole Cave, Haverbrack, Cumbria, UK. Cave and Karst Science, vol. 38(3), 125-130.
  • Ruxton GD and Wilkinson DM. 2011. The energetics of low browsing in sauropods. BIOLOGY LETTERS, vol. 7(5), 779-781. link> doi>
  • Heger TJ, Booth RK, Sullivan ME, Wilkinson DM, Warner BG, Asada T, Mazei Y, Meisterfeld R, Mitchell EAD. 2011. Rediscovery of Nebela ansata (Amoebozoa: Arcellinida) in eastern North America: biogeographical implications. JOURNAL OF BIOGEOGRAPHY, vol. 38(10), 1897-1906. link> doi>
  • Ruxton GD and Wilkinson DM. 2011. Thermoregulation and endurance running in extinct hominins: Wheeler's models revisited. JOURNAL OF HUMAN EVOLUTION, vol. 61(2), 169-175. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 2010. Have we underestimated the importance of humans in the biogeography of free-living terrestrial microorganisms?. JOURNAL OF BIOGEOGRAPHY, vol. 37(3), 393-397. link> doi>
  • Yang J, Smith hg, Wilkinson DM. 2010. Fauna and distribution of testacea (Protozoa) from Arctic, Antarctic and Tibet. Biodiversity Science, vol. 18, 373-382.
  • Yang J, Smith HG, Wilkinson DM, Sherratt T. 2010. Is there a size limit for Cosmopolitan distribytion in Free-Living Microorganisms? A Biogeographical analysis of testate Amoebae from polar areas. Microbial Ecology, vol. 59(4), 635-645. doi>
  • Wilkinson DM and Mitchell EAD. 2010. Testate Amoebae and Nutrient Cycling with Particular Reference to Soils. GEOMICROBIOLOGY JOURNAL, vol. 27(6-7), 520-533. link> doi>
  • Louys J, Bishop LC, Wilkinson DM. 2009. Opening dialogue between the recent and the long ago. Nature, vol. 462(7275), 847. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 2009. Encyclopedia of islands. In Encyclopedia of islands. Gillespie RG and Clague DA (Eds.). Univ of California Pr.
  • Sherratt TN and Wilkinson DM. 2009. Big questions in ecology and evolution. Oxford University Press, USA.
  • Wilkinson DM. 2009. Treelines, climate and temperature regulation in plants - a wider context for Korner's views on the importance of plant architecture. PLANT ECOLOGY & DIVERSITY, vol. 2(1), 1-4. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 2008. Testate amoebae and nutrient cycling: peering into the black box of soil ecology. Trends Ecol Evol, vol. 23(11), 596-599. link> doi>
  • Clare T, O'Regan HJ, Wilkinson DM. 2008. Greenwell’s lost barrow CLXXIV in Crosby Garrett parish. Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmoreland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, vol. VIII, 1-17.
  • Wilkinson DM and Sherratt TN. 2008. The art of concealment. Biologist, vol. 55, 10-15.
  • O'Regan HJ, Clare T, Wilkinson DM. 2008. The nineteenth century excavation of Helsfell fissure near Kendal, Cumbria, and a reassessment of the surviving bone assemblage. The Naturalist, vol. 133, 121-133.
  • Smith HG and Wilkinson DM. 2007. Not all free-living microorganisms have cosmopolitan distributions - the case of Nebela (Apodera) vas Certes (Protozoa : Amoebozoa : Arcellinida). JOURNAL OF BIOGEOGRAPHY, vol. 34(10), 1822-1831. link> doi>
  • Sherratt TN, Pollitt D, Wilkinson DM. 2007. The evolution of crypsis in replicating populations of web-based prey. OIKOS, vol. 116(3), 449-460. link> doi>
  • Davis SR, Wilkinson DM, Clare T. 2007. Putative ritual deposition of Neolithic stone axes in a wetland context in Cumbria: Refining the narrative using beetle remains. Journal of Wetland Archaeology, vol. 7, 73-81.
  • Sutton CA and Wilkinson DM. 2007. The effects of Rhododendron on testate amoebae communities in woodland soils in north west England. ACTA PROTOZOOLOGICA, vol. 46(4), 333-338. link>
  • Wilkinson DM and Smith HG. 2006. An initial account of the terrestrial protozoa of Ascension Island. ACTA PROTOZOOLOGICA, vol. 45(4), 407-413. link>
  • Sherratt TN, Wilkinson DM, Bain RS. 2006. Why fruits rot, seeds mold and meat spoils: A reappraisal. ECOLOGICAL MODELLING, vol. 192(3-4), 618-626. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 2006. Fundamental processes in ecology; an Earth Systems approach. Oxford University Press, USA.
  • Wilkinson DM and O'Regan HJ. 2006. Where are the non-human bog bodies?. Journal of wetland archeology, vol. 6, 99-104.
  • Sherratt TN, Wilkinson DM, Bain RS. 2005. Explaining dioscorides' "double difference": Why are some mushrooms poisonous, and do they signal their unprofitability?. AMERICAN NATURALIST, vol. 166(6), 767-775. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 2005. Brown knew particles were smaller than pollen. NATURE, vol. 434(7030), 137. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 2004. Do we need a process-based approach to nature conservation? Continuing the parable of Green Mountain, Ascension Island. JOURNAL OF BIOGEOGRAPHY, vol. 31(12), 2041-2042. link> doi>
  • Schaefer HM and Wilkinson DM. 2004. Red leaves, insects and coevolution: a red herring?. TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, vol. 19(12), 616-618. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 2004. The long history of the biotic homogenization concept. TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, vol. 19(6), 282-283. link> doi>
  • Davis SR and Wilkinson DM. 2004. The conservation management value of testate amoebae as 'restoration' indicators: speculations based on two damaged raised mires in northwest England. HOLOCENE, vol. 14(1), 135-143. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 2004. The parable of Green Mountain: Ascension island, ecosystem construction and ecological fitting. JOURNAL OF BIOGEOGRAPHY, vol. 31(1), 1-4. link>
  • Wilkinson DM. 2003. Dispersal, cladistics and the nature of biogeography. JOURNAL OF BIOGEOGRAPHY, vol. 30(11), 1779-1780. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM and O'Regan HJ. 2003. Modelling differential extinctions to understand big cat distribution on Indonesian islands. GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY, vol. 12(6), 519-524. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 2003. Catastrophes on daisyworld. TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, vol. 18(6), 266-268. link> doi>
  • Lenton TM and Wilkinson DM. 2003. Developing the Gaia theory - A response to the criticisms of Kirchner and Volk. CLIMATIC CHANGE, vol. 58(1-2), 1-12. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 2003. The fundamental processes in ecology: a thought experiment on extraterrestrial biospheres. Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc, vol. 78(2), 171-179. link> doi>
  • O'Regan HJ, Turner A, Wilkinson DM. 2002. European Quaternary refugia: a factor in large carnivore extinction?. JOURNAL OF QUATERNARY SCIENCE, vol. 17(8), 789-795. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM, Sherratt TN, Phillip DM, Wratten SD, Dixon AFG, Young AJ. 2002. The adaptive significance of autumn leaf colours. OIKOS, vol. 99(2), 402-407. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 2002. Ecology before ecology: biogeography and ecology in Lyell's 'Principles' - A critical re-assessment of the significance of Charles Lyell (1832) Principles of Geology, vol. II. John Murray, London. JOURNAL OF BIOGEOGRAPHY, vol. 29(9), 1109-1115. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 2001. Is local provenance important in habitat creation?. JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY, vol. 38(6), 1371-1373. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 2001. At cross purposes - How do we cope with scientific terms that have two different definitions?. NATURE, vol. 412(6846), 485. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 2001. At cross purposes. Nature, vol. 412(6846), 485. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 2001. What is the upper size limit for cosmopolitan distribution in free-living microorganisms?. JOURNAL OF BIOGEOGRAPHY, vol. 28(3), 285-291. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM and Sherratt TN. 2001. Horizontally acquired mutualisms, an unsolved problem in ecology?. OIKOS, vol. 92(2), 377-384. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 2001. Mycorrhizal evolution. Trends Ecol Evol, vol. 16(2), 64-65. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 2000. Running with the Red Queen: reflections on 'Sex versus non-sex versus parasite'. OIKOS, vol. 91(3), 589-596. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 2000. Let's get the right man in the right job. NATURE, vol. 406(6799), 933. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM and Davis SR. 2000. Rapid assessments of microbial biodiversity using relationships between genus and species richness. Studies on testate amoebae. ACTA PROTOZOOLOGICA, vol. 39(1), 23-26. link>
  • Wilkinson DM. 1999. Ants, agriculture and antibiotics. Trends Ecol Evol, vol. 14(12), 459-460. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 1999. Bacterial ecology, antibiotics and selection for virulence. ECOLOGY LETTERS, vol. 2(4), 207-209. link>
  • Wilkinson DM. 1999. Gaia and natural selection. Trends Ecol Evol, vol. 14(7), 256-257. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 1999. Mycorrhizal networks are best explained by a plurality of mechanisms. Comment. FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY, vol. 13(3), 435-436. link>
  • Wilkinson DM. 1999. Plants on the move. NEW SCIENTIST, vol. 161(2178), A1-A4. link>
  • Wilkinson DM. 1999. Birds and seed dispersal; a response to comments by F. M. Chambers. JOURNAL OF BIOGEOGRAPHY, vol. 26(2), 429-430. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 1999. Is Gaia really conventional ecology?. OIKOS, vol. 84(3), 533-536. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 1999. The disturbing history of intermediate disturbance. OIKOS, vol. 84(1), 145-147. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 1998. Fragments of an entangled bank: do ecologists study most of ecology?. OIKOS, vol. 82(2), 393-394. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 1998. The evolutionary ecology of mycorrhizal networks. OIKOS, vol. 82(2), 407-410. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 1998. Mycorrhizal fungi and Quaternary plant migrations. GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY LETTERS, vol. 7(2), 137-140. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 1997. The economics of extinction. NEW SCIENTIST, vol. 154(2077), 46. link>
  • Wilkinson DM. 1997. The role of seed dispersal in the evolution of mycorrhizae. OIKOS, vol. 78(2), 394-396. link> doi>
  • Wilkinson DM. 1996. Theoretical papers. NATURE, vol. 384(6609), 510. link> doi>
  • WILKINSON DM and DICKINSON NM. 1995. METAL RESISTANCE IN TREES - THE ROLE OF MYCORRHIZAE. OIKOS, vol. 72(2), 298-300. link> doi>
  • WILKINSON DM. 1994. A REVIEW OF THE BIOGEOGRAPHY OF THE PROTOZOAN GENUS NEBELA IN THE SOUTHERN TEMPERATE AND ANTARCTIC ZONES. AREA, vol. 26(2), 150-157. link>
  • WILKINSON DM. 1993. EQUILIBRIUM ISLAND BIOGEOGRAPHY - ITS INDEPENDENT INVENTION AND THE MARKETING OF SCIENTIFIC THEORIES. GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY LETTERS, vol. 3(3), 65-66. link> doi>
  • Valentine J, Murphy D, Kirby JR, Clare T, Wilkinson DM. Postglacial environmental history of the west Cumbrian coastal plain: new palaeoecological data from Gutterby. Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmoreland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, vol. 103, 5-15.
  • Valentine J, Murphy D, Kirby JR, Clare J, Wilkinson DM. Postglacial environmental history of the West Cumbrian coastal plain: New palaeoecological data from Gutterby. Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archeological Society, vol. 103, 5-15.
  • Valentine J, Davis SR, Kirby JR, Wilkinson DM. The use of testate amoebae in monitoring peatland restoration management: case studies from North West England and Ireland. Acta Protozoologica. doi>
  • Valentine J, Davis SR, Kirby JR, Wilkinson DM. The use of testate amoebae in monitoring peatland restoration management: Case studies from North West England and Ireland. Acta Protozoologica, vol. 52, 129-145.


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