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, investigating the genetics of adaptation, life history variation, speciation, population history and phylogeography. 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


July 2018: A new paper featured on the cover of Evolutionary Applications demonstrates how genomic data allow patterns of genetic differentiation among populations to be elucidated even with few samples per population, and underscores the importance of sampling design.

July 2018: A new paper accepted to Journal of Heredity provides a genome-wide assessment of diversity and divergence among extant Galapagos giant tortoise species.

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: A 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: A 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.

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