Biodiversity Research Centre

There are more than sixty members of the Centre. We carry out research on a wide range of topics, including evolution, systematics and phylogeny, population and community ecology, fisheries management, conservation biology, and theoretical modeling.


Open Research Positions

This list of possible research projects is non-exhaustive. It only shows positions that are specifically advertised in the G+PS website.

Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Adams, Keith Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Molecular evolution, genome evolution, and gene expression
Aitken, Sally Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) forest genetics, climate change, Climate change, conservation, ecology, genetics, genomics
Angert, Amy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biodiversity and Biocomplexity; Biogeography; Ecological and Ecophysiological Processes; evolutionary ecology; population biology; biological responses to climate change; Conservation Biology
Arcese, Peter Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Global change biology; Ecology; Conservation Biology; Evolutionary Biology; conservation finance
Auger-Methe, Marie Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Statistical Ecology; Polar ecology; Animal movement
Aviles, Leticia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Community ecology (except invasive species ecology); Animal behaviour
Berbee, Mary Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Evolution and Phylogenesis; Microorganisms; Taxonomy and Systematics; systematics; molecular phylogenetics; fungi; mycology
Brauner, Colin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Gas exchange, ion regulation and acid-base balance in fish, Evolution and comparative physiology
Burton, Cole Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Ecological Trends; Animal; Biodiversity and Biocomplexity; Landscape and Restoration; Environment Management and Protection; Wildlife Management; Mammal Ecology; Biodiversity conservation; Ecological Monitoring; Population and Community Ecology; Landscape ecology
Carrillo, Juli Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Plant-insect interactions; Agroecology; Invasive species; evolution; Ecology; community ecology; Environmental Change; Plant evolution; Population Ecology
Chan, Kai Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Human Ecology; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection; Applied Ethics; Values and Lifestyles; Sustainable Development; Ecosystem services; sustainability science; Conservation science; cultural ecosystem services; environmental values; conservation finance; environmental assessment; social-ecological systems; resilience; payments for ecosystem services; incentive programs
Christensen, Villy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Fisheries management
Coops, Nicholas Charles Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Telemetry (Remote Sensing, Radar); Space Techniques; Forestry Technology and Equipment; Plants and Forests
Cronk, Quentin Charles Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Comparative genomics, molecular developmental biology and evolutionary biology to study plant form
Davies, Jonathan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Phylogenetics & Biodiversity. Development and application of phylogenetic methods in ecology and conservation biology
Dempsey, Jessica Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) wrestle with the theoretical and historical-geographical complexities of environmental politics as it shapes and is shaped by the entanglement of state, economy, science, and culture
Doebeli, Michael Walter Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Mathematical ecology and evolution, evolution of diversity, adaptive speciation, evolution of cooperation, game theory, experimental evolution in microorganisms
Donner, Simon Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Climate Changes and Impacts; Prediction and Climatic Modeling; Marine Environment; Climate change science; Climate policy; Science communication; Coastal Ecosystems
Fast, Naomi Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Genomics, single-celled organisms
Gergel, Sarah Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Aboriginal forestry, biodiversity, climate change, communities and livelihoods, conservation, ecology, remote sensing, sustainability
Germain, Rachel Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Ecology; evolution
Graham, Sean Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Plant phylogenetics; Plant systematics; Plant evolution; Organelles; Phylogenomics; Land plants; Mycoheterotrophs
Haney, Cara Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) genetic and metabolic factors that regulate assembly of host-associated microbial communities (
Hardisty, David Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Social sciences; consumer behaviour; sustainability; decisions about the future; product attribute framing; pricing
Harley, Christopher Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Ecology and Quality of the Environment; community ecology; climate change; marine invertebrates; marine algae
Henry, Gregory H Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biodiversity and Biocomplexity; Biogeography; Ecological and Ecophysiological Processes; Climate Changes and Impacts; Environment and Habitats; Plants; Genotype and Phenotype; tundra ecosystems; experimental climate change; plant-animal interactions; Arctic environments; vegetation change; plant traits
Hunt, Brian Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Marine ecology (including marine ichthyology); Biological oceanography; marine food webs; ecosystem oceanography; plankton dynamics; open ocean; Coastal Ecosystems; climate change impacts on the ocean; salmon ecology; food web nutrition; microplastics; stable isotopes; forage fish; zooplankton
Irwin, Darren Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Evolutionary Genetics; speciation; hybridization; ornithology; seasonal migration; genomic differentiation
Jankowski, Jill Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Ecology
Keeling, Patrick John Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Molecular evolution and cell biology of eukaryotes
Kremen, Claire Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Reconciliation of agricultural land use with biodiversity conservation; agroecological farming systems; sustainable landscapes
Leander, Brian Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Evolutionary morphology; Marine invertebrate zoology; Evolutionary protistology; Species discovery; Phylogenetic biology; Comparative organismal biology; Marine biodiversity
Maddison, Wayne Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Arachnology, Biodiversity, Spiders, Phylogenetic Theory and Programming
Mank, Judith Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) evolution; How selection acts on males and females within a species; How the genome responds to contradictory selection to encode sexually dimorphic traits; Sex chromosomes; Gene regulation; Sexual conflict
Mansfield, Shawn Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) plant metabolism, cellulose biosynthesis, lignin biosynthesis, wood formation, wood quality, cell wall biochemistry, tree biotechnology, transgenics, Tree biotechnology
Marshall, Katie Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Animal physiology, environmental stress; Environmental Change; Marine biodiversity; Population Ecology; invertebrates and temperature adaptation
Martone, Patrick Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Protist; Plants; Physiology; Taxonomy and Systematics; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Evolution and Phylogenesis; Biomaterials; Solid Mechanics; Fluid Mechanics; Phycology; Macroalgae; evolution; biomechanics; Intertidal Zone; Ecology
Matthews, Benjamin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Comparative Physiology; Genome of mosquitoes; Aedes aeygpti mosquitoes; Arboviral pathogens; Dengue fever; Yellow fever; Chikungunya; Zika
O'Connor, Mary Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) climate change, ocean, seafood, seagrass, eelgrass, invertebrate, ecology, environment,
Otto, Sarah Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) evolution, mathematical modeling, population genetics, genomic evolution, evolution of sex, yeast experimental evolution, Population genetics and evolutionary biology, yeast
Parfrey, Laura Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Microbial ecology, microbial diversity, microbiome, protists
Pauly, Daniel Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) World fisheries; Marine life; Global catch; Management of fisheries; Fish growth and ecophysiology
Pennell, Matthew Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) evolution; Bioinformatics; Computational Biology; Biodiversity Theory and Informatics; Evolutionary change across different time scales; Ecological and evolutionary processes operating in "deep time"; Ecological models for adaptive radiation; Long-term dynamics of evolutionary change; Phylogenetics; Macroevolution; evolutionary genetics
Pitcher, Tony Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Evaluation of the impacts of fishing on marine ecosystems with special emphasis on restoration ecology, development of a predictive understanding of how fish shoaling behavior impacts fisheries
Redfield, Rosemary Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Microbial evolution
Richards, Jeffrey Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Adaptive significance of the mechanisms coordinating cellular responses to stress
Richardson, John Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Natural sciences; Ecology; freshwater biology; food webs; streams; forest
Rieseberg, Loren Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) plant evolutionary biology; adaptation; speciation; crops; weeds; invasive plants
Ritland, Kermit Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) statistical genetics, Population genetics, genomics, plant mating systems
Sayer, Jeffrey Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) biodiversity; Communities and Livelihoods; Forest policy; Land-use Change; sustainability; Tropical Landscapes and Livelihoods; Tropical forest conservation; Reconciling conservation and development in tropical forest landscapes; Forest conservation in Indonesia