expand search


Strands of DNA


Paul Wilson

Associate Professor

Canada Research Chair in DNA Profiling, Forensics and Functional Genomics

Program Coordinator for the Specialization in Conservation Biology

Paul Wilson stading in front of trees on a sunny day, wearing a blue shirt and smiling at the camera.

  • B.Sc. (McMaster University)
  • M.Sc. (McMaster University)
  • Ph.D. (McMaster University)

Office: DNA C255

Phone: 705-748-1011 ext 7259

Email: pawilson@trentu.ca

Webpage:  http://wilsoncrcresearch.ca/


  • Conservation Genetics on species such as caribou, polar bears, Canada lynx, and wolves
  • Wildlife Forensic Science
  • Landscape Genetics
  • Functional Genetics of clock genes in natural populations


BIOL-FRSC 4600H: Applied Molecular Genetics

BIOL-FRSC 4510H: Species-at-Risk Biology and Policy

BIOL4400Y: Internship in Conservation Biology

Selected Publications

Ball, M.C., M. Manseau and P. Wilson. Integrating multiple analytical approaches to spatially delineate and characterize genetic population structure: An application to boreal caribou in central Canada. Conservation Genetics In Press.

Ball, M.C., L. Finnegan, H. Broders, T. Nettie and P. Wilson. Wildlife forensics: Identification of illegally harvested moose (Alces alces americana) using assignment tests. Forensic Science International: Genetics In Press.

Petersen, S.D., M. Manseau, P. Wilson. Bottlenecks, isolation, and life at the northern range limits: Peary caribou on Ellesmere Island, Canada. Journal of Mammalogy In Press.

Garroway, C., J. Bowman, T.J. Cascaden, G.L. Holloway, C.G. Mahan, J.R. Malcolm, M.A. Steele, G. Turner and P.J. Wilson. 2010. Climate change induced hybridization in flying squirrels. Global Change Biology 16: 113-121.

Crompton, A., S. Petersen, M. Obbard and P.J. Wilson. 2008. Cryptic genetic structure in Hudson Bay Polar Bears.  Biological Conservation 141: 2528-2539.