Megan Bontrager

Researching the ecology and evolution of geographic ranges

I’m a PhD student in Amy Angert’s lab at the University of British Columbia. My research focuses on understanding the factors that shape geographic ranges, how populations adapt to their environments, and how species will respond to climate change. I approach these questions using a variety of methods, including large-scale field experiments, meta-analysis, landscape genomics, and climatic niche modelling.

Currently, I’m studying how climate, pollinators, and mating system shape the geographic range of an annual wildflower, Clarkia pulchella, in the interior of the Pacific Northwest. I conducted field experiments examining range-wide variation in demographic responses to pollination and summer drought, as well as the effects of gene flow on fitness at the northern range edge. I’m also using population genetic data to examine how climate and landscape features influence the genetic differentiation of populations.

Before arriving at the Biodiversity Research Centre at UBC, I did my undergraduate work at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where I worked in the Parker and Kay labs.



email: bontrag [at]

office: Biodiversity Research Centre, room 236

mail: Department of Botany, 3529-6270 University Blvd. Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4