Evolution and Biodiversity

Biodiversity refers to the variety of life on Earth. It includes species diversity (i.e., the variety of different types of organisms), genetic diversity within each species, and ecosystem diversity. The Evolution and Biodiversity theme deals primarily with the evolutionary processes that generate and maintain (or limit) organismal and genetic diversity, patterns of species biodiversity in time and space, and the biology and evolutionary relationships within specific organismal groups.

Evolution and Biodiversity theme members conduct research on various aspects of biodiversity from both evolutionary and conservation-related perspectives. Current research on adaptation includes the evolution of flower shape in response to animal pollinators, the genetic basis of adaptation, and the evolution and maintenance of sociality and mating systems. Research on species and genetic diversity includes the systematics and conservation biology of a wide range of organisms (e.g., lichens, vascular plants, fish and other vertebrates) and the study of biological diversity as it relates to human well-being and sustainability.

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Upcoming Seminars

General seminar: Angela Young, MSc Defense: “Anadromy versus non-anadromy in the Canadian Arctic: variation in the lake ecology and life history of two allopatric Arctic Charr (Salvelinus alpinus) populations in Cumberland Sound on South Baffin” — Thursday, November 22 at 1:30 p.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Dr. Peter Bubenik — Friday, November 23 at 3 p.m..

General seminar: Madiha Khan: “Dissecting the structure and dynamics of plant immunity networks” — Monday, November 26 at 2:30 p.m., 201 BSB.

General seminar: Dr. Christopher Lortie — Friday, November 30 at 3 p.m., 207 Buller.