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  1. To see an updated list of publications 2018. Click the link for the lab web page to the left.
  2. Gavelis, G., Keeling P. and Leander, B.S 2017. How exaptations facilitated photosensory evolution: Seeing the light by accident. BioEssays. 39: doi:10.1002/bies.201600266
  3. Gavelis, G., Wakeman, K., Tillman, U., Ripken, C., Mitarai, S., Herranz, M., Ozebek, S., Holstein, T., Keeling P. and Leander, B.S 2017. Microbial arms race: Ballistic “nematocysts” in dinoflagellates represent a new extreme in organelle complexity. Science Advances. 3:e1602552 (7 pages)
  4. Janouskovec, J., Gavelis, G., Burki, F., Dinh, D., Bachvaroff, T., Gornik, S., Bright, K., Imanian, B., Strom, S., Delwiche, C., Waller, R., Fensome, R., Leander, B.S., Rohwer, F. and Saldarriaga, J 2017. Major transitions in dinoflagellate evolution unveiled by phylotranscriptomics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 114:E171-E180
  5. Van Steenkiste, N. and Leander, B.S 2017. Molecular phylogeny of trigonostomine turbellarians (Platyhelminthes: Rhabdocoela: Trigonostomidae), including four new species from the Northeast Pacific Ocean Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 182: 237-257


Brian Leander


Office phone: 604-822-2474
Lab phone: 604-822-4892
Web page: The Leander Lab - Marine Zoology
Research area: Evolution
Lab Members: P. Angel, E. Herbert
History: Hakai Research Affiliate (2018 - present); Tula Investigator (2006 - 2017), Center for Microbial Diversity & Evolution; Senior Fellow (2013 - 2018), Fellow (2008-2013), Scholar (2003 - 2008), Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Programs in Evolution and Integrated Microbial Biodiversity; NSF Postdoctoral Fellow (2001-2003), UBC; Ph.D. (2001), Comparative Biology, University of Georgia; M.A. & B.Sc. (1996), Zoology, Humboldt State University, California; B.Sc. (1993), Engineering Science, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Our research concentrates on the discovery and characterization of marine organismal diversity and comparative studies of novel morphological systems in predatory eukaryotes (i.e., marine invertebrate zoology & protistology). We are fundamentally interested in the diversity and evolution of organisms and organismal traits, particularly features associated with feeding, locomotion and symbiotic interactions. By addressing specific hypotheses about character evolution using molecular phylogenetic methods, we study the key innovations and transformations associated with broad patterns of morphological change (e.g., convergent evolutiuon over vast phylogenetic distances). This exploratory approach is motivated by the thrill of discovery, the beautiful and the bizarre, and the yearning to build a more comprehensive framework for understanding the interrelationships of life on Earth. The marine lineages we work on tend to be drop-dead gorgeous (or hideous), and reflect spectacular morphological diversity, such as meiofaunal & planktonic animals, euglenids, dinoflagellates, ciliates, & gregarine apicomplexans.



Killam Teaching Prize

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Last updated 21 March 2018