- Postdoctoral Fellow, Louisiana State University, 1994-96
- Postdoctoral Fellow, The Australian National University, 1992-94
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Queen's University, 1990-92
- PhD, University of Alberta, 1989
- MS, Colorado State University, 1984
- BS, University of Maine, 1981
My research focuses on the behavior, evolution and conservation of birds. In particular, I am interested in the evolution and ecology of mating systems, life history strategies and the population genetics of threatened species. Current studies focus on:
- sexual selection and extra-pair mating in tree swallows and common yellowthroats
- the evolution of sexual dimorphism in birds
- conservation genetics of prairie-chickens
- the effects of climate change on breeding in birds
Eimes, John, Bollmer, Jennifer, Johnson, Jeff, Whittingham, Linda A., van Oosterhout, Cock, and Dunn, Peter O. “Rapid loss of MHC class II variation in a bottlenecked population is explained by drift and loss of copy number variation.” Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24.9 (2011): 1847-1856.
Dunn, Peter O., and Winkler, David. “Effects of climate change on timing of breeding and reproductive success in birds.” Effects of climate change on birds. Ed. Møller, A. P., Fieldler, W., and Berthold, P. Oxford University Press, (2010): 113-128.
Petersen, M., Dunn, Peter O., and Whittingham, Linda A. “Extra-territorial forays are related to a male ornamental trait in common yellowthroats.” Animal Behaviour 72. (2006): 479-486.