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Mark Forbes

Chancellor's Professor

Degrees:M.Sc. (Western), Ph.D. (Toronto)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3289
Office:Office: 4650 CTTC Building
Lab: 4600 CTTC Building
Website:Visit my lab website


The conceptual framework of my research is evolutionary ecology and how it applies, in particular, to parasite-host-stress interactions and to intra-specific variation in ecology and behaviour. My research with my students and collaborators has included the following: evaluating measures of environmental stress for animals; evaluating effects of stress and parasitism on individuals & populations; exploring dynamics of insect-parasite interactions; understanding the evolution of polymorphism in insect populations; studying the ecology of a key prey species in an inter-tidal ecosystem and general studies in wildlife conservation.

Selected Publications

Poulin R, Forbes MR. 2012. Meta-analysis and research on host-parasite interactions: past and future. Evolutionary Ecolology, in press

Morrill A, Forbes MR. Random parasite encounters coupled with condition-linked immunity of hosts generate parasite aggregation. International Journal for Parasitology, in press.

Robinson SA, Lajeunesse MJ, Forbes MR. A meta-analysis of sex differences in mercury contamination of birds challenges conventional wisdom. Environmental Science and Technology, in press.

Descamps S, Gilchrist HG, Bety J, Buttler EI, Forbes MR. 2009. Costs of reproduction in a long-lived bird: Large clutch size is associated with low survival in the presence of a highly virulent disease. Biology Letters 5: 278-281.

Forbes MR, Robb T. 2008. Testing hypotheses about parasite-mediated selection using odonate hosts. pp. 175-188 In: Dragonflies: Model Organisms for Ecological and Evolutionary Research edited by Alex Córdoba-Aguilar. Oxford University Press.

Citations to my articles