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Matthew Osmond

Assistant Professor

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology 
BSc, Queen’s; MSc, McGill; PhD, UBC; PostDoc, UC Davis 

ESC 3041
ESC 3044

Prospective Students:

I am currently accepting MSc and PhD students. Interested applicants should send a CV, an unofficial transcript along with a cover letter summarizing their research interests, academic background, and skills. Please check my lab website for additional details.


I use mathematics to investigate ecological and evolutionary processes. The main focus so far has been modelling evolutionary rescue, where a declining population is “rescued” from extinction by sufficiently rapid evolution. A current interest is coalescent theory and population genetic inference, i.e., how to infer what has happened to a population using genetic data alone. One of the great things about theory is that I get to work on many interesting topics, which have included speciation, sex chromosomes, metabolic scaling theory, epistasis, and sexual selection. See the Osmond Lab for more info.