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Joseph Wilson

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Biogeography, evolution, ecology, and conservation of bees and wasps

Assistant Professor - Biology Department

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

SendEmail: joseph.wilson@usu.edu


Educational Background

PhD, Biology, Utah State University, 2010
Historical Biogeography of Velvet Ants (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae) in the North American Deserts and Arid Lands
BS, Biology, Utah State University, 2005

Research Interests

I am an evolutionary ecologist interested in the drivers of diversification in insects. I am particularly interested in the evolution of aposematism and color mimicry in insects.

Awards

Researcher of the year, 2014

Utah State University Regional Campus system

Professor of the Year, 2014

Utah State University - Tooele

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Books

    • Wilson, J.S, Carril, O., A Field Guide to the bees of Eastern North America. Princeton University Press
    • Wilson, J.S, Carril, O., A Field Guide to the bees of Western North America. Princeton University Press
    • Wilson, J.S, Messinger, O., The Bees in your backyard: a guide to North America's bees. Princeton University Press

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    Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

          Academic Journal

        • Pan, A., Williams, K., Wilson, J.S, (2016). Are diurnal iguanian lizards the evolutionary drivers of New World female velvet ant (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae) Mullerian mimicry rings?. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
        • Glassmire, A., Jeffrey, C., Forister, M., Parchman, T., Nice, C., Jahner, J., Wilson, J.S, Walla, T., Robinson, L., Smilanich, A., Morrison, C., Simbana, W., Salagaje, L., Dodson, C., Miller, J., Leonard, M., Dyer, L., (2016). Caterpillars on acid: intraspecific phytochemical variation drives population and community structure for specialist caterpillars.. New Phytologist, 212, 208-219.
        • Wilson, J.S, Jahner, J., Forister, M., (2016). Human observers differ in ability to perceive insect diversity. Environmental Conservation, 43, 376-380.
        • Wilson, J.S, Jahner, J., Starley, L., Calvin, C., Ikerd, H., Griswold, T., (2016). Sampling bee communities using pan traps: alternative methods increase sample size. Insect Conservation and Diversity. Journal of Insect Conservation, 20, 919-922.
        • Wilson, J.S, Jahner, J.P, Sheehan, E.S, Williams, K.A, Pitts, J., (2015). North American velvet ants form the world’s largest known Müllerian mimicry complexes. . Current Biology, 25, R704-R706.
        • Jahner, J.P, Forister, M.L, Nice, C.C, Fordyce, J., Wilson, J.S, Murphy, D., Marion, Z., Shapiro, A., (2015). Regional population differentiation in the morphologically diverse, elevationally widespread Nearctic skipper Polites sabuleti. Journal of Biogeography, 42, 1787-1799.
        • Gompert, Z., Jahner, J.P, Scholl, C.F, Wilson, J.S, Lucas, L., Soria-Carrasco, V., Fordyce, J.A, Nice, C.C, Buerkle, C.A, Forister, M.L, (2015). The evolution of novel host use is unlikely to be constrained by trade-offs or a lack of genetic variation. Molecular ecology, 24:11, 2777–2793.
        • Smith, A., Wilson, J.S, Cognato, A., (2015). The evolution of Batesian mimicry within the asidine darkling beetles of North American (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae: Asidini). . Cladistics, 31, 441-454.
        • Jahner, J.P, Lucas, l., Wilson, J.S, Forister, M., (2015). Morphological outcomes of gynandromorphism in Lycaeides butterflies. Journal of Insect Science
        • Wilson, J.S, Carril, O.M, Sipes, S., (2014). Revisiting the Great American Biotic Interchange through analyses of amphitropical bees.. Ecography, doi: DOI: 10.1111/ecog.00663.
        • Rodriguez, J., Pitts, J., von Dohlen, C.D, Wilson, J.S, (2014). Müllerian mimicry as a result of codiversification between velvet ants and spider wasps. Evolution
        • Rodriguez, J., Pitts, J., von Dohlen, C.D, Wilson, J.S, (2014). Müllerian mimicry as a result of codivergence between velvet ants and spider wasps. PLoS One, doi: DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0112942
        • Wilson, J.S, Sneck, M., Nice, c., Murphy, D., Fordyce, J., Forister, M., (2013). Complex evolutionary history of the pallid dotted-blue butterfly (Lycaenidae:Euphilotes pallescens) in the Great Basin of western North America. Journal of Biogeography, 40, 2059-2070.
        • Mramba, L.K, Barber, S., Hommola, K., Dyer, L.A, Wilson, J.S, Forister, M.L, Gilks, W.R, (2013). Permutation tests for analyzing cospeciation in multiple phylogenies: applications in tri-trophic ecology. Statistical applications in genetics and molecular biology, 12:6, 679–701.
        • Forister, M.L, Scholl, C.F, Jahner, J.P, Wilson, J.S, A Fordyce, J., Gompert, Z., Narala, D.R, Buerkle, C.A, Nice, C.C, (2013). Specificity, rank preference, and the colonization of a non-native host plant by the Melissa blue butterfly. Oecologia, 172:1, 177–188.
        • Wilson, J.S, Gunnell, C.F, Wahl, D.B, Pitts, J., (2013). Testing the species limits of the tarantulas (Araneae: Theraphosidae) endemic to California’s Southern Coast Ranges, USA. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 6, 365-371.
        • Wilson, J.S, Gunnell, C.F, Wahl, D.B, Pitts, J., (2013). Testing the species limits of the tarantulas (Araneae: Theraphosidae) endemic to California’s Southern Coast Ranges, USA. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 6, 365-371.
        • Wilson, J.S, Gunnell, C.F, Wahl, D.B, Pitts, J., (2013). Testing the species limits of the tarantulas (Araneae: Theraphosidae) endemic to California’s Southern Coast Ranges, USA. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 6, 365-371.
        • Forister, M., Scholl, C., Jahner, J., Wilson, J.S, Fordyce, J., Gompert, Z., Narala, D., Buerkle, A., Nice, C., (2013). Specificity, rank preference and the colonization of a non-native host plant by the Melissa blue butterfly. Oecologia, 172, 177-188. doi: DOI 10.1007/s00442-012-2476-8
        • Wilson, J.S, Jahner, J., Williams, K., Forister, M., (2013). Ecological and evolutionary processes drive the origin and maintenance of imperfect mimicry. PLOS ONE, 8, e61610.
        • Forister, M., Wilson, J.S, (2013). The population ecology of novel plant-herbivore interactions. Oikos, 122, 657-666.
        • Wilson, J.S, von Dohlen, C.D, Forister, M., Pitts, J., (2013). Family-level divergences in the stinging wasps (Hymenoptera: Aculeata) with correlations to Angiosperm diversification. Evolutionary Biology, 40, 101-107. doi: DOI: 10.1007/s11692-012-9189-0
        • Wilson, J.S, Clark, S., Williams, K., Pitts, J., (2012). Historical biogeography of the arid-adapted velvet ant Sphaeropthalma arota (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae) reveals cryptic species.. Journal of Biogeography, 39, 336-352.
        • Wilson, J.S, Clark, S., Williams, K., Pitts, J., (2012). Historical biogeography of the arid-adapted velvet ant Sphaeropthalma arota (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae) reveals cryptic species.. Journal of Biogeography, 39, 336-352.
        • Wilson, J.S, Clark, S., Williams, K., Pitts, J., (2012). Historical biogeography of the arid-adapted velvet ant Sphaeropthalma arota (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae) reveals cryptic species.. Journal of Biogeography, 39, 336-352.
        • Wilson, J.S, Forister, M., Dyer, L., O'Connor, J., Burls, K., Feldman, C., Jaramillo, M., Miller, J., Rodriguez-Castaneda, G., Tepe, E., Whitfield, J., Young, B., (2012). Host conservatism, host shifts and diversification across three trophic levels in two Neotropical forests. . Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 25, 532-546.
        • Wilson, J.S, Pitts, J., (2012). Identifying Nearctic cold-desert refugia through the phylogeographic analysis of Sphaeropthalma difficilis (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae). . Diversity and Distributions, 18, 1139-1152.
        • Wilson, J.S, Pitts, J., (2012). Identifying Pleistocene refugia in North American cold deserts using phylogeographic analyses and ecological niche modelling. Diversity and Distributions, 18, 1139-1152.
        • Wilson, J.S, Williams, K., Forister, M., von Dohlen, C.D, Pitts, J., (2012). Repeated evolution in overlapping mimicry rings among North American velvet ants. Nature Communications, 3, 1272.
        • Wilson, J.S, Pitts, J., (2011). Pleistocene connection between the Nearctic Mediterranean and desert regions in the Sphaeropthalma unicolor species-complex (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae). . Insect Conservation and Diversity, 4, 222-234.
        • Forister, M.L, Jahner, J.P, Casner, K.L, Wilson, J.S, Shapiro, A.M, (2011). The race is not to the swift: Long-term data reveal pervasive declines in California’s low-elevation butterfly fauna. Ecology, 92:12, 2222–2235.
        • Pitts, J., Wilson, J.S, von Dohlen, C.D, (2010). Evolution of the nocturnal Nearctic Sphaeropthalminae velvet ants (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae) driven by Neogene orogeny and Pleistocene glaciation.. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 56, 134-145.
        • Wilson, J.S, Pitts, J., (2010). Illuminating the lack of consensus among descriptions of earth history data in the North American deserts: A resource for biologists.. Progress in Physical Geopgraphy, 34, 419-441.
        • Wilson, J.S, Williams, K., Tanner, D., Pitts, J., (2010). Nectaring by nocturnal velvet ants (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae). The Southwestern Naturalist, 55, 443-444.
        • Pitts, J., Wilson, J.S, Williams, K., Boehme, N., (2010). Nocturnal velvet ant males (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae) of Deep Canyon, California including four new species and a fifth new species from Owens Lake Valley, California. Zootaxa, 2553, 1-34.
        • Wilson, J.S, Williams, K., Gunnell, C., Pitts, J., (2010). Phylogeographic investigations of the widespread, arid-adapted antlion Brachynemurus sackeni Hagen (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae).. Psyche, 2010, 1-7.
        • Wilson, J.S, Pitts, J., (2010). Pleistocene diversification of the Odontophotopsis unicornis species-group (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae). . Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 103, 555-565.
        • Wilson, J.S, Williams, K.A, Pitts, J., (2010). Preliminary assessment of velvet ant (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae) diversity in the deserts of Southern California. Western North American Naturalist, 70, 224-232.
        • Wilson, J.S, Wilson, L.E, Loftis, L.D, Griswold, T., (2010). The montane bee fauna of north central Washington, U.S.A., with floral associations.. Western North American Naturalist, 70, 198-207.
        • Wilson, J.S, Wilson, L.E, Loftis, L.D, Griswold, T., (2010). The montane bee fauna of north central Washington, U.S.A., with floral associations.. Western North American Naturalist, 70, 198-207.
        • Pitts, J., Wilson, J.S, (2009). Description of the female of Acrophotopsis (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae) with synonymy of Sphaeropthalma dirce. Journal of Hymenoptera Research, 18, 205-211.
        • Wilson, J.S, Pitts, J., von Dohlen, C.D, (2009). Lack of variation in nuclear genes among isolated populations of the sand dune restricted bee Colletes stepheni (Hymenoptera: Colletidae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society, 82, 316-320.
        • Wilson, J.S, Pitts, J., (2009). Species boundaries of Sphaeropthalma unicolor (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae): Is color useful for differentiating species? . Journal of Hymenoptera Research, 18, 212-226.
        • Wilson, J.S, Topham, S., (2009). The negative effects of barrier fencing on the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) and non-target species: Is there room for improvement? . Contemporary Herpetology, 2009:3, 1-4.
        • Wilson, J.S, Messinger, O., Griswold, T., (2009). Variation between bee communities on a sand dune complex in the Great Basin Desert, North America: Implications for sand dune conservation. . Journal of Arid Environments, 73, 666-671.
        • Pitts, J., Wilson, J.S, Williams, K., Boehme, N., (2009). Velvet Ants (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae) of the Algodones Sand Dunes of California, USA. Zootaxa, 00.0, 1-53.
        • Wilson, J.S, Pitts, J., (2008). Revision of Velvet Ant Genus Dilophotopsis Schuster (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae) by Using Molecular and Morphological Data, with Implications for Desert Biogeography.. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 101, 514-524.
        • Wilson, J.S, Griswold, T.L, Messinger, O., , (2008). Sampling bee communities (Hymenoptera: Apiformes) in a desert landscape: Are pan traps sufficient? . Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society, 81, 288-300.
        • Wilson, J.S, Pitts, J., (2007). New host associations for new world spider wasps (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society, 80, 223-229.
        • Pitts, J., Wilson, J.S, Parker, F.D, (2007). The Spider Wasps of Fiji (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae). Bishop Museum Occasional Papers, 91, 3-15.

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        Publications - Literary Journal

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          Publications - MultiMedia

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            Publications - Technical Reports

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              Publications - Translations & Transcripts

                Publications - Other

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                  Scheduled Teaching

                  BIOL 1010 - Biology and the Citizen, Spring 2017

                  BIOL 1620 - Biology II, Spring 2017

                  BIOL 4750 - Topics in Biology (Topic), Spring 2017

                  BIOL 1010 - Biology and the Citizen, Fall 2016

                  BIOL 1610 - Biology I, Fall 2016

                  PE 1245 - Ultimate Frisbee, Fall 2016

                  BIOL 1010 - Biology and the Citizen, Spring 2016

                  BIOL 1620 - Biology II, Spring 2016

                  BIOL 1620 - Biology II, Spring 2016

                  BIOL 5800 - Undergraduate Research, Spring 2016

                  BIOL 1010 - Biology and the Citizen, Fall 2015

                  BIOL 1610 - Biology I, Fall 2015

                  BIOL 1610 - Biology I, Fall 2015

                  BIOL 1010 - Biology and the Citizen, Spring 2015

                  BIOL 1620 - Biology II, Spring 2015

                  PE 1246 - Ultimate Frisbee Intermediate, Spring 2015

                  BIOL 5800 - Undergraduate Research, Spring 2015

                  BIOL 1010 - Biology and the Citizen, Fall 2014

                  BIOL 1610 - Biology I, Fall 2014

                  PE 1245 - Ultimate Frisbee, Fall 2014

                  BIOL 5800 - Undergraduate Research, Fall 2014

                  BIOL 1010 - Biology and the Citizen, Spring 2014

                  BIOL 1620 - Biology II, Spring 2014

                  BIOL 5800 - Undergraduate Research, Spring 2014

                  BIOL 1010 - Biology and the Citizen, Fall 2013

                  BIOL 1610 - Biology I, Fall 2013

                  BIOL 1620 - Biology 2, Spring 2013

                  BIOL 1010 - Biology and the Citizen, Spring 2013

                  BIOL 1010 - Biology and the Citizen, Spring 2013

                  BIOL 1620 - Biology II, Spring 2013

                  Biol 1620 - General biology 2, Spring 2013

                  BIOL 1010 - Biology and the Citizen, Fall 2012

                  BIOL 1610 - Biology I, Fall 2012

                  BIOL 1610 - Biology I, Fall 2012


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