Peter Boag, FRSC
Professor of Molecular Ecology
Research: My research uses genetics to study ecology, behaviour and conservation in vertebrate populations. We use quantitative genetics to partition phenotypic variation, and molecular markers to identify kinship or taxonomic status of individuals. Recent work emphasizes conservation applications of molecular genetics, e.g. population structure of polar bear and rhino populations. My work is highly collaborative, with many projects involving multiple partners and topics.
Teaching: A central goal of my teaching has been to help students see evolution as a central organizing principle in biology, and to grasp the ubiquity of population variation in virtually all biological traits. I have taught these topics from first year to fourth year, with an emphasis on the practical implications they have for contemporary issues in conservation and environmental biology.
Course Topics: Evolutionary medicine, population genetics, molecular ecology, conservation genetics, environmental biology