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  1. Delmore, K. E., J. Lugo, B. M. Van Doren, M. Lundberg, S. Bensch, D. E. Irwin, M. Liedvogel 2018. Comparative analysis examining patterns of genomic differentiation across multiple episodes of population divergence in birds. Evolution Letters 2: 76-87 [ Link ]
  2. Geraldes, A.*, K. K. Askelson* (*Shared first authorship), E. Nikelski, F. I. Doyle, W. L. Harrower, K. Winker, D. E. Irwin 2018. Population genomic analyses reveal a highly differentiated and endangered genetic cluster of northern goshawks (Accipiter gentilis laingi) in Haida Gwaii. Evolutionary Applications online Accepted Article [ Link ]
  3. Irwin, D. E 2018. Sex chromosomes and speciation in birds and other ZW systems. Molecular Ecology 27: 3831-3851 [ Link ]
  4. Irwin, D. E., B. Mila, D. P. L. Toews, A. Brelsford, H. L. Kenyon, A. N. Porter, C. Grossen, K. E. Delmore, M. Alcaide, J. H. Irwin 2018. A comparison of genomic islands of differentiation across three young avian species pairs. Molecular Ecology 27: 4839-4855 [ Link ]
  5. Toews, D. P. L., I. J. Lovette, D. E. Irwin, A. Brelsford 2018. Similar hybrid composition among different age and sex classes in the Myrtle–Audubon’s warbler hybrid zone. The Auk: Ornithological Advances 135: 1133-1145 [ Link ]


Darren Irwin


Office phone: 604-822-4357
Web page: Home page
Research area: Ecology, Evolution
Lab Members: K. Askelson, A. Geraldes, L. Natola, M. Ore, S. Wang
History: B.Sc., Stanford University (1992); Ph.D., University of California, San Diego (2000); NSF International Research Fellow, Lund University, Sweden (2001-2002); Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles (2003-2004)

Our research is directed toward understanding how new species arise, how geographical variation within species is produced, and how behaviors evolve. We study carefully chosen model systems using an integrative approach, employing techniques such as genomics, computer-assisted analysis of vocalizations, observation and experimentation in the field, and computer simulation. Research systems have included passerine birds in Asia, Europe, and North America.



NSERC Discovery Accelerator Award

For Research


Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Early Career Scholar Award

For Research


Just Desserts Award, UBC Alma Mater Society and UBC Graduate Student Association

For Teaching


New Opportunities Fund Award, Canadian Foundation for Innovation.

For Research

Last updated 14 February 2018