David Coltman

Dr. David Coltman


Dr. David Coltman is a “molecular ecologist” – a scientist who uses molecular biological tools and population genetic approaches to study ecological questions. He has a broad range of research interests that span fundamental questions in ecology and evolution to more applied topics in wildlife conservation and management. His students and he have used DNA to study mating systems, kinship, heritability, population structure and phylogeography of many wildlife species, and particularly those that inhabit the Rocky Mountains of North America. Taxa they study include bighorn sheep, thinhorn sheep, mountain goats, wolves, red squirrels and the mountain pine beetle system

Selected Publications

Parasite-mediated selection against inbred Soay sheep in a free-living, island population

DW Coltman, JG Pilkington, JA Smith, JM Pemberton
Evolution, 1259-1267 (1999)

Undesirable evolutionary consequences of trophy hunting

David W Coltman, Paul O’donoghue, Jon T Jorgenson, John T Hogg, Curtis Strobeck, Marco Festa-Bianchet
Nature 426 (6967), 655-658 (2003)

A quantitative review of heterozygosity–fitness correlations in animal populations

JR Chapman, S Nakagawa, DW Coltman, J Slate, BC Sheldon
Molecular Ecology 18 (13), 2746-2765 (2009)

Birth weight and neonatal survival of harbour seal pups are positively correlated with genetic variation measured by microsatellites

DW Coltman, WD Bowen, JM Wright
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 265 (1398), 803-809 (1998)
For a complete list of publications please see here.