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Andrew Simons


Degrees:B.Sc. (Guelph), M.Sc. (McGill), Ph.D. (Dalhousie), Postdoc (North Carolina State)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3869
Office:Office: 317 Nesbitt Building
Lab: 227 Nesbitt Building
Website:Visit my lab website


For detailed information, please visit the lab website (link above).  My students and I focus on how organisms adapt to changing environments.  We use a variety of organisms both in the field and under controlled environments to address fundamental questions about the evolution of adaptive phenotypic plasticity and bet-hedging traits under fluctuating environments.

Especially useful as model organisms are monocarpic (i.e. reproduce once per lifetime) plants, such as Lobelia inflata; and plants with rapid generation times such as Spirodela polyrhiza, a member of the duckweed subfamily (Lemnoideae) which are the smallest flowering plants on the planet. We are concerned, too, with the genetic mechanisms underlying expression of life-history traits.

Selected Publications

Simons, A.M. 2011. Modes of response to environmental change and the elusive empirical evidence for bet hedging. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278:1601-1609.

Simons, A.M. 2009. Fluctuating natural selection accounts for the evolution of diversification bet hedging. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276:1987-1992.

Wagner, I. and A.M. Simons. 2009. Divergence among arctic and alpine populations of the annual, Koenigia islandica: morphology, life history and phenology. Ecography 32:114-122.

Simons, A.M., and M.O. Johnston 2006. Environmental and genetic sources of diversification in the timing of seed germination: Implications for the evolution of bet hedging. Evolution 60:2280-2292.

Simons, A.M. 2002. The continuity of microevolution and macroevolution. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 15:688-701.