Keyword: Ecology and Evolution

M. Alex Smith

In this lab, we work to better understand the contemporary distribution of hyperdiverse, and often cryptic, species of insects across major ecological gradients in tropical and temperate environments. Our research is built upon projects designed to explore the causes and consequences of biodiversity across elevational, latitudinal and disturbance gradients and builds on long-term collections using phylogenetic, functional and physiological measures. I am committed to teaching, and learning from, diverse individuals and scientists, participating in outreach, improving how we communicate science, and publishing accessible research and data.

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Ryan Norris

Research in our lab is centered on the conservation of wild animal populations. Most of our research is conducted on birds and butterflies but we have worked on a variety of threatened or endangered taxa. Our field-based research uses a variety of approaches, including observations, experiments, and long-term data. We often combine these approaches with new technologies to track the movements of individuals over a variety of spatial scales. Our lab works in partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, where we seek to understand how protected areas can best contribute to conserving biodiversity across Canada.

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Kevin McCann

We employ theory, experiments and field work to explore nature's resiliency and look at how global changes alter the resilience and functioning of ecosystems. Our work is most often in aquatic ecosystems like streams, lakes and coastal oceans. We are highly collaborative and have worked globally on different ecosystems.

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Frederic Laberge

Work in the Laberge lab attempts to understand how variation in brain structure and size influences organismic function, and identify the factors that drive evolution and plasticity of the nervous system. Current projects on this topic study variation in structure and size of the brain in populations of fish and amphibians, the proximate mechanisms generating this variation, and the functional consequences of this variation. Additionally, the lab is involved in collaborative efforts aiming to develop novel indicators of ecological performance and chronic stress in wild fish

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