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Sarah (Sally) Otto

Professor of Zoology and Director, Centre for Biodiversity Research

Office phone: 604-822-2778
Web page: Home page
Research area: Evolution
Lab Members: K. Bessho, E. Kleynhans, A. Kuzmin, A. MacPherson, J. Ono, M. Osmond, L. Sandell, N. Sharp

I am a full professor in the Department of Zoology, studying population genetics and evolutionary biology. I develop and analyse mathematical models to study how populations change over time. The aim of this work is to identify when and whether particular evolutionary transitions are possible. I am particularly interested in understanding the evolution of the following traits:

- Ploidy level -- When are haploid or diploid life cycles favored by evolution?

- Mating system -- How do mating preferences evolve? When is sexual reproduction favored over asexual reproduction?

- The architecture of the genome -- How do recombination rates/mutation rates evolve? How do chromosomes evolve?

I am also Director of the Centre for Biodiversity Research (please see http://www.biodiversity.ubc.ca).



2011 Guggenheim Fellowship in Natural Sciences

For Research

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MacArthur Fellowship

For Research

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Steacie Prize

For Research


Elected Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

Last updated 8 January 2013