PhD Student | Otto Lab | UBC Zoology
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I am fascinated by evolutionary ideas, which I primarily ponder using mathematical models. At the moment I dedicate my time and energy to learning how we model evolutionary genetics. For example, one recent project analyzed a multilocus model of evolution on a rugged fitness landscape when allowing for non-Mendelian transmission (e.g., meiotic drive, uniparental inheritance). Other projects use quantitative genetics and adaptive dynamics to examine how interacting populations adapt and persist in changing environments. I am now focusing on population genetic models of evolutionary rescue.

My past research tended more towards the empirical: I have helped explore how migration influences hybridization and speciation in Swainson's thrush and Yellow-rumped warblers, the natural history of the endangered Kittlitz's murrelet in Alaska, plant community succession following wildfire in the boreal forests of Newfoundland, and the evolution of female colouration in a wild population of American redstarts.

Ph.D., Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 2013 −
M.Sc., Biology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 2010 − 2012
B.Sc.H., Biology & Mathematics, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, 2004 − 2008

PUBLICATIONS (Google Scholar, GitHub)

Osmond MM, Otto SP, Klausmeier CA. 2017. When predators help prey adapt and persist in a changing environment. The American Naturalist 191. doi

Osmond MM, Barbour MA, Bernhardt JR, Pennell MW, Sunday JM, O'Connor MI. 2017. Warming induced changes to body size stabilize consumer-resource dynamics. The American Naturalist 189. doi

Toews DPL, Delmore KE, Osmond MM, Taylor PD, Irwin DE. 2017. Migratory orientation in a narrow avian hybrid zone. PeerJ 5:e3201. doi

Osmond MM, Otto SP. 2015. Fitness-valley crossing with generalized parent-offspring transmission. Theoretical Population Biology 105:1-16. doi

Osmond MM, Reudink M, Marra P, Germain R, Nocera J, Boag P, Ratcliffe L. 2013. Carotenoid-based female plumage is correlated with age, reproductive behavior and mate color in the American Redstart. Canadian Journal of Zoology 91:589-595. doi

Osmond MM, de Mazancourt C. 2013. How competition affects evolutionary rescue. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 368(1610):20120085. doi

Cragg J, Burger A, Osmond MM. 2011. Radar monitoring of Brachyramphus murrelets on Kodiak Island, 2010. Report to U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, Alaska.

Bird Clines
Huts Intro 2013
When predators help prey persist (thanks to Pleuni Pennings!)

email: mmosmond [at]
office: Room 311, Biodiversity Research Centre, University of British Columbia
snail mail: Department of Zoology, 6270 University Blvd., University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4 Canada

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