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Dr. Sarah P. Otto
(Nickname: Sally)

University of British Columbia

	Room 210, Biodiversity Research Center (map)
	2212 Main Mall

	Department of Zoology
	6270 University Blvd.
	University of British Columbia
	Vancouver BC V6T 1Z4 Canada
	FAX:  (604) 822-2416
	Phone: (604) 822-2778
	Email: otto at zoology.ubc.ca

What I Do

I am a 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 especially 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?

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