Human modification of the environment, including large-scale habitat conversion and soaring greenhouse gas emissions, pose major threats to global biological diversity. Maintaining species’ ability to persist in changing environments ultimately means preserving genetic variation underlying ecologically important traits. Work in our lab is at the interface of ecology and evolution, employing genetic and genomic approaches to reconstruct population-level patterns and infer process to study questions associated with local adaptation, life history evolution, taxonomic status, wildlife conservation and fisheries management. Projects feature organisms spanning a wide taxonomic breadth, including freshwater fish and wildlife species of varying conservation status, and are geared towards addressing issues of immediate local, regional and global concern.

Lab people


June 2018: Congratulations to Dr. Evelyn Jensen on receiving the Governor General's gold medal, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a graduate student in Canada. See the story here.

May 2018: New paper reporting adaptive population divergence and directional gene flow across steep elevational gradients in the climate‐sensitive American pika is featured on the cover of Molecular Ecology.

Mar. 2018: New mitogenomics paper published in Journal of Heredity demonstrates the influence of sampling bias when interpreting population genetic patterns and punctuates the need for careful consideration of potentially conflicting evolutionary signal across the mitochondrial genome.

Nov. 2017: Welcome to visiting Professor, Dr. Milian-Garcia, and visiting PhD student, Jessica Castellanos-Labarcena, both of the of the Universidad de la Habana. Jessica is supported by an Emerging Leaders of the Americas scholarship.

Oct. 2017: New paper reporting genomic changes associated with reproductive and migratory ecotypes in sockeye salmon published in Genome Biology & Evolution.

Lab people (from left to right): Brett Ford, Danielle Schmidt, Lucas Elliott, Evelyn Jensen, Bryson Sjodin, Mike Russello (PI), Matthew Waterhouse.