Dr. Anne Wiley

Dr. Anne Wiley

Title: Adjunct Professor
Dept/Program: Biology
Office: ASEC W175
Phone: 330-972-6489
Fax: 330-972-8445
Email: wileyanne@gmail.com



I use stable isotopes and other tools to study the ecology of modern and ancient animal populations. I am broadly interested in population ecology and human-mediated changes in animal diet and distribution, and much of my research focuses on seabirds. Oceanic seabirds can provide a unique perspective on food webs over the vast spatial scales at which they forage. Seabirds also provide dynamic study systems in which to investigate the impacts of natural and human-induced environmental variation on foraging behaviors, reproduction, and sexual ornaments. My current research focuses on the link between foraging and carotenoid-based ornaments, individual dietary specialization of seabirds and invasive island predators, and historic shifts in marine food web structure and marine predator foraging niches. I am also interested in the subjects of ecologically-mediated population divergence, salt loading in marine vertebrates, and radiocarbon dating.

I run a stable isotope lab at the University of Akron, and stable isotope techniques are therefore central to my research approach. Stable isotope data can be collected from living animals, salvaged carcasses, or fossils, widening our window into foraging ecology by allowing study of ancient populations and species that are difficult to observe, directly.


Ostrom P, Wiley A, Rossman S, Stricker C, and James  H (2014) Unexpected hydrogen isotope variation in oceanic pelagic seabirds. Oecologia 175 (4):1227-1235.

Wiley A, Ostrom P, Welch A, Fleischer R, Gandhi H, Southon J, Stafford T, Penniman J, Hu D, Duvall F, James H (2013) Millennial-scale isotope records from a wide-ranging predator show evidence of recent human impact to oceanic food webs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 110: 8972-9877.     

Wiley A, Welch A, Ostrom P, James H, Stricker C, Fleischer R, Gandhi H, Adams J, Ainley D, Duvall F, Holmes N, Hu D, Judge S, Penniman J, Swindle K (2012) Foraging segregation and genetic divergence between geographically proximate colonies of a highly mobile seabird. Oecologia 168: 119-130.

Welch A, Wiley A, James H, Ostrom P, Stafford T, Jr., Southon J, Fleischer R (2012) Ancient DNA reveals genetic stability despite demographic decline: three thousand years of population genetic history in the endemic Hawaiian petrel (Pterodroma sandwichensis). Molecular Biology and Evolution 29(12): 3729-3740.

Welch A, Fleischer R, James H, Wiley A, Ostrom P, Adams J, Duvall F, Holmes N, Hu D, Penniman J, Swindle K (2012) Population divergence and gene flow in an endangered and highly mobile seabird. Heredity 109:19-28.


  • B.S., University of Michigan (2006)
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University (2011)
  • Stable Isotope & Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (2013)