Gerald S. Wilkinson
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Gerald Wilkinson is a behavioral ecologist and evolutionary geneticist who has spent his career testing assumptions and predictions of highly debated evolutionary theories involving sexual selection and cooperation. He is best known for his work on cooperation in bats and sexual selection and meiotic drive in stalk-eyed flies.
Wilkinson was born in 1955 in San Francisco and grew up near Sacramento California. As a kid, he chased jack rabbits and kept pet reptiles he caught in the fields near his home. He fostered his naturalist curiosity further in the boy scouts and became an avid birder, but always “found it more interesting to watch what the birds were doing, than to simply count seeing a rare bird.” As an undergraduate at UC Davis, he took a course on primate behavior taught by Peter Rodman, who later allowed Wilkinson to be the sole undergraduate in his graduate student seminar, which covered E. O. Wilson’s newly published book Sociobiology. Wilkinson enjoyed reading, discussing,...
- Wilkinson, G. S. (2001). Genetic consequences of sexual selection in stalk-eyed flies. In L. Dugatkin (Ed.), Model systems in behavioral ecology (pp. 72–91). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.Google Scholar