PhD Student | Otto Lab | UBC Zoology | CV
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I enjoy investigating how ecological and genetic factors are expected to influence the evolutionary process, and vice versa. Recent/ongoing projects use mathematical models to investigate (i) the role of sex and epistasis in shaping genetic signatures of evolutionary rescue, (ii) the impact of haploid selection on the lability of sex determination systems, (iii) the effect of species interactions on evolution and persistence in changing environments, and (iv) how non-Mendelian inheritance affects the likelihood of crossing valleys of fitness created by epistasis. Past projects involved actual fieldwork on real plant communities and wild birds.

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)

Osmond MM, Klausmeier CA. Accepted. An evolutionary tipping point in a changing environment. Evolution. git slides

Osmond MM, Otto SP, Klausmeier CA. 2017. When predators help prey adapt and persist in a changing environment. The American Naturalist 190:83-98. doi git presentation stop motion animation F1000Prime

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 189:718-725. doi git

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

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

Osmond MM, Reudink M, Marra P, Germain R, Nocera J, Boag P, Ratcliffe L. 2013. Relationships between carotenoid-based female plumage and age, reproduction, and mate colour in the American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla). Canadian Journal of Zoology 91:589-595. doi pdf

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

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

Bird Clines music video
Huts' skit intro 2013
Sex chromosome turnover presentation

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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