Biodiversity Research: An Emerging Global Research Priority

The most remarkable feature of our planet is the diversity of its life forms, but this biodiversity is threatened by anthropogenic impacts, including climate change. The Biodiversity Research Cluster will identify global change impacts on biodiversity and offer solutions to challenges associated with these changes.

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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) Plant biology; Zoology; Biodiversity and Biocomplexity; biogeography; biological responses to climate change; Conservation Biology; Ecological and Ecophysiological Processes; evolutionary ecology; population biology
Auger-Methe, Marie Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Fisheries sciences; Statistics; Zoology; Animal movement; Polar ecology; Statistical Ecology
Aviles, Leticia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Community ecology (except invasive species ecology); Animal behaviour
Berbee, Mary Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Plant biology; Evolution and Phylogenesis; Microorganisms; Taxonomy and Systematics; fungi; molecular phylogenetics; mycology; systematics
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) Forestry sciences; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Ecological Trends; Animal; Biodiversity and Biocomplexity; Landscape and Restoration; Environment Management and Protection; Biodiversity conservation; Ecological Monitoring; Landscape ecology; Mammal Ecology; Population and Community Ecology; Wildlife Management
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) Natural environment sciences; Human Ecology; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection; Applied Ethics; Values and Lifestyles; Sustainable Development; conservation finance; Conservation science; cultural ecosystem services; Ecosystem services; environmental assessment; environmental values; incentive programs; payments for ecosystem services; resilience; social-ecological systems; sustainability science
Christensen, Villy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Fisheries management
Coops, Nicholas Charles Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Forestry sciences; 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) Atmospheric sciences; Fisheries sciences; Social and economic geography; Climate Changes and Impacts; Climate change science; Climate policy; Coastal Ecosystems; Marine Environment; Prediction and Climatic Modeling; Science communication
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 (
Harley, Christopher Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Fisheries sciences; Zoology; climate change; community ecology; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; marine algae; marine invertebrates
Henry, Gregory H Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Social and economic geography; Biodiversity and Biocomplexity; biogeography; Ecological and Ecophysiological Processes; Climate Changes and Impacts; Environment and Habitats; Plants; Genotype and Phenotype; Arctic environments; experimental climate change; plant traits; plant-animal interactions; tundra ecosystems; vegetation change
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) Zoology; evolutionary genetics; genomic differentiation; hybridization; ornithology; seasonal migration; speciation
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) Natural environment sciences; Zoology; agroecological farming systems; Reconciliation of agricultural land use with biodiversity conservation; sustainable landscapes
Leander, Brian Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Plant biology; Zoology; Comparative organismal biology; Evolutionary morphology; Evolutionary protistology; Marine biodiversity; Marine invertebrate zoology; Phylogenetic biology; Species discovery
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) Plant biology; Protist; Plants; Physiology; Taxonomy and Systematics; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Evolution and Phylogenesis; Biomaterials; Solid Mechanics; Fluid mechanics; biomechanics; Ecology; evolution; Intertidal Zone; Macroalgae; Phycology
Matthews, Benjamin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Genomics; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Zoology; Aedes aeygpti mosquitoes; Arboviral pathogens; Chikungunya; Comparative Physiology; Dengue fever; Genome of mosquitoes; Yellow fever; 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
Ramankutty, Navin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Natural environment sciences; Public administration; Public policy; Public security policy; Agriculture; Climate Changes and Impacts; Climate impacts; Environment and Society; Global food security; Land use change; Sustainable agriculture
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) Bioinformatics; Genomics; Plant biology; adaptation; crops; invasive plants; plant evolutionary biology; speciation; weeds
Ritland, Kermit Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) statistical genetics, Population genetics, genomics, plant mating systems
Sayer, Jeffrey Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Forestry sciences; biodiversity; Communities and Livelihoods; Forest policy; Forest conservation in Indonesia; Land-use Change; Reconciling conservation and development in tropical forest landscapes; sustainability; Tropical Landscapes and Livelihoods; Tropical forest conservation
Schluter, Dolph Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Evolution of ecological diversity in groups of organisms that are multiplying rapidly
Schulte, Patricia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, genomics, population genetics, and evolutionary biology to address the question, what are the physiological adaptations that allow animals to live in particular environments?
Schwartz, Naomi Beth Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Social and economic geography; community ecology; Ecosystem Services and Conservation Policy; Environmental Change; GIS; remote sensing; Tropical forest landscapes

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