Plant life-history evolution

I am accepting applications for M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies in evolutionary ecology. Please contact me: andrew_simons@carleton.ca

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; 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; and other organisms such as the fungus Neurospora crassa for studies in experimental evolution. We are concerned, too, with the genetic mechanisms underlying expression of life-history traits.

Research opportunities

Andrew M. Simons, Department of Biology, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6, +1-613-520-2600 x3869, andrew_simons@carleton.ca