David J. Anderson


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
Professor 2004-present

246 Winston Hall
(336) 758-5319
da at wfu.edu

Nazca Booby
(until 2002 considered a subspecies of masked booby)

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.

Recent Publications (grad students in bold) (all publications)

CB Zavalaga, SD Emslie, FA Estela, MS Müller, G Dell'Omo, and DJ Anderson. 2012. Overnight foraging trips by Nazca boobies and the risk of attack by predatory fish. Ibis 154:61-73.

MS Müller, ET Porter, JK Grace, JA Awkerman, KT Birchler, AR Gunderson, EG Schneider, MA Westbrock, and DJ Anderson. 2011. Maltreated nestlings exhibit correlated maltreatment as adults: evidence of a "cycle of violence" in Nazca boobies (Sula granti). Auk 128: 615-619.

TJ Maness, MA Westbrock, KJ Feeley, and DJ Anderson. 2011. Offspring sex does not influence duration of post-fledging parental care in the sexually size dimorphic Nazca Booby (Sula granti). Neotropical Ornithology 22:347-359.

JK Grace, K Dean, MA Ottinger, and DJ Anderson. 2011. Hormonal effects of maltreatment in Nazca booby nestlings: implications for the "cycle of violence". Hormones and Behavior 60:78-85.

J Morris-Pocock, DJ Anderson, and VL Freisen. 2011. Mechanisms of global diversification in the brown booby (Sula leucogaster) revealed by uniting population genetic and phylogenetic methods. Molecular Ecology 20:2835-2850.

SA Taylor, CB Zavalaga, G Luna–Jorquera, A Simeone, DJ Anderson, and V Friesen. 2011. Panmixia and high genetic diversity in a Humboldt Current endemic, the Peruvian Booby (Sula variegata). Journal of Ornithology 152:623-630.

SA Taylor, L MacLagan, DJ Anderson, and V Friesen. 2011. Could specialization to cold water upwelling systems influence gene flow and population differentiation in marine organisms? A case study using the blue-footed booby, Sula nebouxii. Journal of Biogeography 38:883-893.

RA Browne, EA Collins, and DJ Anderson. 2010. Morphological variation of Galápagos Island populations of the yellow warbler Dendroica petechia aureola. Galápagos Research 67:9-13.

CB Zavalaga, SA Taylor, G Dell'omo, DJ Anderson, and VL Friesen. 2010. Male/female classification of the Peruvian booby. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 121:739-744.

J Morris-Pocock, TE Steeves, FA Estela. DJ Anderson, and VL Friesen. 2010. Comparative phylogeography of brown (Sula leucogaster) and red-footed boobies (S. sula): the influence of physical barriers and habitat preference on gene flow in pelagic seabirds. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 54:883-896.

JK Grace and DJ Anderson. 2009. Masked booby (Sula dactylatra). In The Birds of North America, No. 73 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). Philadelphia: The Academy of Natural Sciences.

MS Müller, JF Brennecke, ET Porter, MA Ottinger, and DJ Anderson. 2008. Perinatal androgens and adult behavior vary with nestling social system in siblicidal boobies. PLOS One3(6): e2460. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002460. [pdf]

TJ Maness and DJ Anderson.  2008.  Mate rotation by female choice and coercive divorce in Nazca boobies (Sula granti).  Animal Behaviour 76:1267-1277. [pdf]

DJ Anderson, KP Huyvaert, JA Awkerman, CB Proaño, WB Milstead, G Jiménez-Uzcátegui, S Cruz, and JK Grace. 2008. Population Status of the Critically Endangered Waved Albatross (Phoebastria irrorata), 1999-2007. Endangered Species Research doi: 10.3354/esr00089. [pdf]

Suryan, RM, DJ Anderson, SA Shaffer, DD Roby, Y Tremblay, DP Costa, PR Sievert, F Sato, K Ozaki, GR Balogh, and N Nakamura. 2008. Wind, waves, and wing-loading. PLoS One 3(12): e4016 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.000401

Browne, RA,  EI Collins, and DJ Anderson.  2008. Genetic structure of Galápagos populations of the yellow warbler.  Condor 110:549-553

JA Awkerman, GC Whittow, and DJ Anderson.  2008.  Black-footed albatross (Phoebastria nigripes).  In The Birds of North America, No. 65 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.).  Philadelphia: The Academy of Natural Sciences.

P Helsen, RA Browne, DJ Anderson, and P Verdyck.  2008. Galápagos Opuntia (Prickly Pear) Cacti: Extensive Morphological Diversity, Low Genetic Variability.  Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, in press.

V Apanius, MA Westbrock, and DJ Anderson. 2008. Parental effort, plastic offspring growth, and immunoglobin G homeostasis in a long-lived seabird, the Nazca Booby Sula granti. Ornithological Monographs 65. [pdf]

HM Townsend and DJ Anderson. 2007. Long-term assessment of costs of reproduction in Nazca boobies (Sula granti) using multi-state mark-recapture models. Evolution 61:1956-1968. [pdf]

HM Townsend and DJ Anderson. 2007. Production of insurance eggs in Nazca boobies: costs, benefits, and variable parental quality. Behavioral Ecology 18:841-848. [pdf]

HM Townsend, TJ Maness, and DJ Anderson. 2007. Offspring growth and parental care in sexually dimorphic Nazca Boobies (Sula granti). Canadian Journal of Zoology 85:686-694. [pdf]

TJ Maness and DJ Anderson. 2007. Serial monogamy and sex ratio bias in Nazca boobies. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 274:2047-2054.

TJ Maness, MA Westbrock, and DJ Anderson. 2007. Ontogenic sex ratio variation in Nazca Boobies ends in male-biased adult sex ratio. Waterbirds 30:10-16. [pdf]

JA Awkerman, MA Westbrock, KP Huyvaert, and DJ Anderson. 2007. Female-biased sex ratio arises after parental care in sexually dimorphic waved albatross. Auk 124:1336-1346.

JA Awkerman, K Hobson, and DJ Anderson. 2007. Isotopic (δ 15N and δ 13C) evidence for intersexual foraging differences and temporal variation in habitat use in waved albatrosses. Canadian Journal of Zoology 85:273-279. [pdf]

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