Sarah Otto

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Recent Research Projects

Theoretical and Experimental Evolution

2016/17-2019/20 • $700,000 • PI
Our research focuses on the evolutionary forces acting on genome structure and sexual systems to account for the remarkable diversity among species. Using mathematical models, we will explore the implications of conflict between different phases of the life cycle (e.g., conflicts between haploid...

BIOS2: Computational Biodiversity Science and Services

2018/19-2019/20 • $450,000 • PI,CO
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Theoretical and experimental evolution on genomes and mating systems

2016/17-2019/20 • $368,000 • PI
My research focuses on evolutionary forces shaping the many features of an organism, including its life history, reproductive system, and genomic structure. Through mathematical modelling, experimental evolution, and statistical inference, our work helps explain the remarkable diversity among...

NSERC CREATE Training Program in Biodiversity Research

2010/11-2014/15 • $1,500,000 • PI,CO
Biodiversity research seeks to understand the spectrum of biological diversity, its evolution, and its protection through research at all levels, from genes to ecosystems through to interactions with society. As the scope of global climate change, human-caused habitat alterations, and associated...

Theoretical anf genomic approaches to reveal key traits underlying adaptation and diversification

2010/11-2014/15 • $410,000 • PI
The proposed research explores how the features of an organism influence its ability to adapt and to diversify over evolutionary time. Using yeast, we will expose populations of cells to extreme environmental conditions and assess their ability to survive and adapt, allowing us to measure a...

NSERC - CANPOLIN (Canadian Pollination Initiative)

2010/11-2013/14 • $3,126,100 • PI,CO
The great majority of Canada's wild plant species are pollinated by animals, as are many of our crops, especially orchard fruit, oil seeds, and pasture species like clover. As these wild and managed pollinators forage for nectar and pollen, plants can use them as vehicles for the transportation...