Evolution and conservation of fishes

Freshwater fishes represent a spectacular adaptive radiation; about 40% of all fishes (which constitute more than 50% of all vertebrates) are found in freshwater habitats which comprise only 0.8% of the Earth's surface area! My research focuses on understanding patterns of genetic variation within and between natural populations of fishes, the processes that promote and organize such variation, and their relevance to the origins and conservation of biodiversity. In particular, I am interested in population structure and the historical and contemporary processes that influence population structure, speciation and hybridization (both ecological and genetic mechanisms of divergence and persistance in the face of gene flow), and the implications of these processes to biodiversity conservation. We develop and apply techniques in molecular biology to address questions in the evolution and ecology of natural populations. Molecular genetic and genomic, morphological, and ecological, studies are conducted in the general fields of population genetics, molecular ecology and systematics, and conservation genetics and biodiversity. I am also the Director of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and Director of the Fish Collection at UBC. I teach undergraduate courses in Honour's Research (Biology 447) and Diversity and Evolution of Fishes (Biology 465).

Changes to Canada's Federal Fisheries Act

If you are interested in my ideas about why the former Harper government's changes to the Fisheries Act are not good for Canada's freshwater biodiversity, click HERE

Address (EBT): Office/Lab: Room 310/270, Beaty Biodiversity Centre, 2212 Main Mall, UBC Mailing address: Dept. of Zoology, UBC 6270 University Blvd. Vancouver, BC, CANADA, V6T 1Z4

Contact EBT: etaylor@zoology.ubc.ca


Graduate position openings

I am looking for a highly motivated student to contribute to a project examining the genomic basis of reproductive isolation between species of sympatric char. Previous experience with generating and analyzing genomic data would be a great asset, but not required.

New Guide to Freshwater Fishes of BC

We have produced a foldable, laminated guide to the freshwater fishes of BC. Fully water and tear-proof, 11 x 23 cm, all 90 species found fresh water. Facts about biology, distribution, great pics, and identification tips. Cost $11 which includes postage. To order one and support conservation of BC biodiversity (all proceeds go to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum), click HERE

Fishes in the News

An occasional miscellany of fishes and their interactions with humans through the ages as reflected in media reports.

Scientists save bear with fish skin - and stumbled on a game-changing idea (The New Republic, Jan. 2018)

Houston man catches fish in flooded home. (973TheDawg, Sept. 2017).

Implications of Brexit vote on UK Fishing Industry. (The Telegraph, October 2016).

Guinness to eliminate fish bladder as clarifying agent for its famous beer. (Quartz, November 2015).

Farmed fish overtakes lifestock in terms of annual tonnage produced (Malaya Business Insight, June 2013).

Ten "craziest" fishes and where to see them (USA Today, June 2013).

Pacific salmon named BC "provincial fish(es)". A noble choice. Let's hope it does some good!

Big Fish: Tuna sells for record $1.8 million at Tokyo auction. No wonder agreeing on conservation-based bluefin tuna quotas is so difficult!

Prize money of $1 million dollars at risk for lack of $15 fishing licence after a Hemmingwayesq-sized blue marlin caught



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