Researcher

Dr Laura A. B. Wilson

Biography

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) fellow in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

 

Research interests

Growth and development in vertebrates; morphological disparity and patterns of ontogenetic evolution; geometric morphometrics and computational morphology; theoretical themes in evo-devo and palaeontology

 

Positions

Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA),...view more

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) fellow in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

 

Research interests

Growth and development in vertebrates; morphological disparity and patterns of ontogenetic evolution; geometric morphometrics and computational morphology; theoretical themes in evo-devo and palaeontology

 

Positions

Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, Sept 2015 -

Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) Postdoctoral Fellow, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 2012 - 2015

Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellow, Kyoto University, Japan, 2011

Forschungskredit UZH Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2010

 

Education

PhD Natural Sciences (Dr.sc.nat.), Palaeontologisches Institut und Museum, University of Zurich, Switzerland

MRes Biosystematics, Imperial College London, UK

BSc Palaeobiology, University College London, UK

 

Professional service

Member of Editorial Board, PeerJ 

Subject Editor, Mammalian Biology 

Handling Editor, Palaeontologica Electronica

Member of Editorial Board, MorphoMuseuM (M3) 

Associate Editor, American Journal of Physical Anthropology

 

Publications

2017 and in press

32. Wilson LAB, Humphrey LT. 2017. Voyaging into the third dimension: a perspective on virtual methods and their application to studies of juvenile sex estimation and the ontogeny of sexual dimorphism. Forensic Science International 278: 32-46 pdf

31. Wilson LAB, Ives R, Humphrey LT. 2017. Quantification of 3D curvature in the iliac crest: ontogeny and implications for sex determination in juveniles. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 162(2): 255-266 pdf

2016

30. Wilson LAB, Hand SJ, López-Aguirre C, Archer M, Black KH, Beck RMD, Armstrong KN, Wroe S. 2016. Cranial shape variation in extinct and extant Old World leaf-nosed bats: implications for phylogenetic relationships and the inference of ancestral forms. Alcheringa 40(4): 509-524 pdf

29. Archer M, Hand SJ, Black KH, Beck RMD, Arena DA, Wilson LAB, Hung T.-T., Kealy S. 2016. A new family of bizarre durophaguous carnivorous marsupials from Miocene deposits in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, northwestern Queensland. Scientific Reports 6: 26911 pdf (open access)

28. Parr WCH, Wilson LAB, Wroe S, Colman NJ, Crowther MS, Letnic M. 2016. Cranial shape and the modularity of hybridization in dingoes and dogs; hybridization does not spell the end for native morphology. Evolutionary Biology 43: 171-187 pdf

27. Archer M, Christmas O, Hand SJ, Black KH, Creaser P, Godthelp H, Graham I, Cohen D, Arena DA, Anderson C, Soares G, Machin N, Beck RMD, Wilson LAB, Myers TJ, Gillespie AK, Khoo B, Travouillon KJ. 2016. Earliest known record of a hypercarnivorous dasyurid (Marsupialia), from newly discovered carbonates beyond the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, north Queensland. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 74: 137-150 pdf (open access)

26. Attard MRG, Wilson LAB, Worthy TH, Scofield P, Johnston P, Parr WCH, Wroe S. 2016. Moa diet fits the bill: virtual reconstruction incorporating mummified remains and prediction of biomechanical performance in avian giants. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 283: 20152043 pdf

2015

25. Wilson LAB, Colombo M, Sánchez-Villagra MR, Salzburger W. 2015. Evolution of opercle bone shape in cichlid fishes from Lake Tanganyika - uncovering adaptive trait interactions in extant and extinct species flocks. Scientific Reports 5:16909 pdf (open access)

24. López-Aguirre C, Pérez-Torres J, Wilson LAB. 2015. Cranial and mandibular shape variation in the genus Carollia (Mammalia:Chiroptera) from Colombia: biogeographic patterns and morphological modularity. PeerJ 3:e1197 pdf (open access)

23. Wilson LAB, Geiger M. 2015. Diversity and evolution of femoral variation in Ctenohystrica. In: Evolution of the Rodents: Advances in Phylogenetics, Functional Morphology and Development. Cambridge Studies in Morphology and Molecules, New Paradigms in Evolutionary Biology (Eds: Hautier L, Cox PG). Cambridge University Press

22. Wilson LAB, Humphrey LT. 2015. A virtual geometric morphometric approach to the quantification of long bone bilateral asymmetry and cross-sectional shape. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 158(4): 541-556 pdf

21. Wilson LAB, Ives R, Cardoso HFV, Humphrey LT. 2015. Shape, size and maturity trajectories of the human ilium. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 156(1): 19-34 pdf

20. Werneburg I, Wilson LAB, Parr WCH, Joyce WG. 2015. Evolution of neck vertebral shape and neck retraction at the transition to modern turtles: a geometric morphometric approach. Systematic Biology 64(2): 187-204 pdf  | Front cover artwork pdf |

2014

19. Wilson LAB, Werneburg I. 2014. Quantifying evolutionary development using non-model organisms: integrating morphology, metrical frameworks and gene expression. Journal of Experimental Zoology, Part B 322(8): 555-557 pdf

18. Wilson LAB. 2014. Cranial suture closure patterns in Sciuridae: heterochrony and modularity. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 21(2): 257-268 pdf

17. Attard MRG, Parr WCH, Wilson LAB, Archer M, Hand S, Rogers TL, Wroe, S. 2014. Virtual reconstruction, biomechanical modeling and prey size preference of the Australian mid Cenozoic thylacinid, Nimbacinus dicksoni (Thylacinidae, Marsupialia). PLOS ONE 9(4): e93088 pdf (open access)

2013

16. Maxwell EE, Wilson LAB. 2013. Regionalization of the axial skeleton in the 'ambush predator' guild - are there developmental rules underlying body shape evolution in ray-finned fishes? BMC Evolutionary Biology 13: 265 pdf (open access) *highly accessed

15. Wilson LAB, Colombo M, Hanel R, Salzburger W, Sánchez-Villagra MR. 2013. The evolution of opercular bone shape in Antarctic icefishes - a study of morphological disparity in an adaptive radiation. Ecology and Evolution 3(9): 3166-3182 pdf (open access)

14. Wilson LAB. 2013. Allometric disparity in rodent evolution. Ecology and Evolution 3(4): 971-984 pdf (open access)

13. Wilson LAB. 2013. Geographic variation in skull shape of the greater Japanese shrew-mole (Urotrichus talpoides): combining morphological and chromosomal variation patterns. Mammalian Biology 78: 267-275 pdf

12. Geiger M, Wilson LAB, Costeur L, Sánchez-Villagra MR. 2013. Diversity and growth in giant caviomorphs from the northern neotropics – a study of femoral variation in Phoberomys (Rodentia). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 33(6): 1449-1456 pdf

11. Wilson LAB, Furrer H, Stockar R, Sánchez-Villagra MR. 2013. A quantitative evaluation of evolutionary patterns in opercule bone shape in Saurichthys (Actinopterygii: Saurichthyidae). Palaeontology 56(4): 901-915 pdf

10. Urdy S, Wilson LAB, Haug J, Sánchez-Villagra MR. 2013. On the unique perspective on palaeontology in the study of developmental evolution and biases. Biological Theory 8: 293-311 pdf

2012

9. Wilson LAB, Madden RH, Kay RF, Sánchez-Villagra MR. 2012. Testing a developmental model in the fossil record: molar proportions in South American ungulates. Paleobiology 38(2): 308-321 pdf

2011

8. Wilson LAB. 2011. The contributions of developmental palaeontology to evolutionary theory. Acta Zoologica 94(3): 254-260 pdf

7. Wilson LAB. 2011. Comparison of prenatal and postnatal ontogeny: cranial allometry in the African striped mouse Rhabdomys pumilio. Journal of Mammalogy 92(2): 407-420 pdf

6. Wilson LAB, Sánchez-Villagra MR. 2011. The evolution and phylogenetic signal of growth trajectories: the case of chelid turtles. Journal of Experimental Zoology B (Molecular and Developmental Evolution) 316: 50-60 pdf

5. Wilson LAB, Cardoso HFV, Humphrey LT. 2011. On the reliability of a geometric morphometric approach to sex determination: a blind test of six criteria for the juvenile ilium. Forensic Science International 206: 35-42 pdf

2010

4. Wilson LAB, Sánchez-Villagra MR. 2010. Diversity trends and their ontogenetic basis: an exploration of allometric disparity in rodents. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B 227: 1227-1234 pdf

3. Wilson LAB, Schradin C, Mitgutsch C, Galliari FC, Mess A, Sánchez-Villagra MR. 2010. Skeletogenesis in the African Striped mouse (Rhabdomys pumilio) and a study of sequence heterochrony in rodent evolution. Organisms Development and Evolution 10: 243-258 pdf

2008-2009

2. Wilson LAB, Sánchez-Villagra MR. 2009. Heterochrony and patterns of cranial suture closure in hystricognath rodents. Journal of Anatomy 214: 339–354 pdf

1. Wilson LA, MacLeod N, Humphrey LT. 2008. Morphometric criteria for sexing juvenile human skeletons using the ilium. Journal of Forensic Sciences 53(2): 269–278 pdf

Edited Volume

Wilson LAB, Werneburg I (eds, 2014). Quantifying evolutionary development using non-model organisms: integrating morphology, metrical frameworks and gene expression. Special issue in Journal of Experimental Zoology, Part B Molecular and Developmental Evolution. 322(8): 555-653 pdf

 

 

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Location

Biological Sciences Building (D26)

Publications

by Dr Laura A. B. Wilson