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Robert I Colautti

Assistant Professor of Biology, Queen's University, Ontario

I'm an Assistant Professor of Biology at Queen's University with expertise in the ecology, evolution and genetics of invasive species. I hold the Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Rapid Evolution; My lab studies evolution that is 'rapid' enough to affect ecological interactions (years to decades) in plants and animals in nature. Our research combines modern 'high-throughput' genome sequencing technology with old-school 'muddy boots' field ecology. My lab was recently funded under the New Frontiers Research Fund to examine genomes and microbiomes of ticks in the Kingston region, in collaboration with other members of the Canadian Lyme Disease Research Network (CLyDRN).


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Biology and Canada Research Chair (Tier II), Queen's University, Ontario
  • 2014–2015
    Postdoctoral associate, University of Tuebingen, Germany
  • 2012–2014
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of British Columbia


  • 2010 
    University of Toronto, PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


  • 2016
    Invasion Genetics: The Baker and Stebbins Legacy, Wiley
  • 2015
    Contemporary evolution during invasion: evidence for differentiation, natural selection, and local adaptation, Molecular Ecology
  • 2013
    Rapid adaptation to climate facilitates range expansion of an invasive plant, Science

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    New Frontiers in Research Fund -- Exploratory
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2018
    Canadian Lyme Disease Research Network
    Funding Source:
    Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • 2015
    Discovery Grant
    Funding Source:
    Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada