Dr. Evelyn Jensen
Evelyn Lise Jensen, Ph.D.
evelyn.jensen [at] queensu [dot] ca
PhD, Department of Biology, University of British Columbia Okanagan
MSc, Department of Biology, University of British Columbia Okanagan
BSc Hons. Evolutionary Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta
Written in the DNA of every individual are not just the instructions for building the organism, but also the history of its ancestors. When populations of individuals are analysed together, their DNA can tell an even larger story of population dynamics, demography and divergences, both recent and ancient. Genetic approaches allow us to interpret the historical information contained in DNA, which can provide insights difficult or otherwise impossible to obtain. The DNA of populations can also influence the future, as it is the genetic variation within populations and the resulting differential fitness that is the raw material on which natural selection acts.
The central goal in my research is to apply the principles of population genetics to provide information that is useful for conserving populations.
Here at Queen’s, I am working with Dr Stephen Lougheed on the BEARWATCH project. We are using population genomics to better understand how polar bear populations are structured in the Canadian Arctic today, how they have changed over the past two decades. We are working towards developing a set of genetic markers that will be used to identify individual polar bears from their scat as part of a community based monitoring project.
For list of current publications, see here.