Elizabeth Boulding

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Elizabeth Boulding, PhD
University of Guelph, Canada

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My laboratory investigates the factors that determine whether a population will adapt to a change in the biological environment without going extinct. This is important because current rates of environmental change experienced by animal populations are higher than over most of the fossil record. I have short and long-term marine field experiments set up near Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre just north of the West Coast trail. I also enjoy hosting international visitors at my brand new molecular ecology research lab in the New Science Complex at Guelph. I also do work on the ecological genomics and local adaptation of wild Atlantic salmon in New Brunswick in collaboration with Canadian and Norwegian scientists. I did my B.Sc. and my M.Sc. research on selection by shell-breaking crabs on their bivalve prey at Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. I then worked for Fisheries and Oceans at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography for two years where I went on cruises to Jones Sound and the Scotian Shelf. My Ph.D. research on the ecology and systematics of marine snails took place at Tatoosh Island and Friday Harbor Laboratories at the University of Washington. I then studied molecular population genetics at Simon Fraser University as an NSERC postdoctoral fellow. In 1993 I was awarded an NSERC Women's Faculty Award and chose to join the faculty of the University of Guelph. I am the editor of the Mollusc Molecular News web site MMN , a member of the International Littorina research group Littorina and a collaborator with the Atlantic salmon federation ASF. I am a member of the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution, and a Councillor for the Canadian Society of Zoologists.