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Rob Laird

Robert Laird

Associate Professor
Biological Sciences
University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4

Ph: (403) 317-5074
Fax: (403) 332-4039

robert.laird at

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Created: Feb 18, 2009
Launched: July 1, 2009
Updated: Aug 17, 2018

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We are a lab of evolutionary ecologists working in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Lethbridge. Current research includes experimental and theoretical work on the evolution of senescence, plant-insect interactions, species coexistence, and the evolution of cooperation.

Lab news

August 14, 2018 - Editor's Choice
A paper by former lab PhD student, Dr. Patrick Barks, co-authored by Zach Dempsey, Dr. Theresa Burg, and Rob, has been highlighted as the Editor's Choice article for the current issue (Vol. 106, Iss. 5) of
Journal of Ecology. An excerpt from the write-up: "This publication by Barks et al. constitutes a critical step forward in population ecology, ageing research and evolutionary biology due to their elegant methodology, novel angle on intra-specific variation coupled with variance decomposition of potential environmental drivers and extensive sample size." [Full write-up here]

June 25, 2018 - Congratulations
Jake Hayden successfully defended his MSc thesis. Congratulations, Jake!

May 22, 2018 - Papers accepted
new papers have been accepted since January. See my Publications page for details.

May 1, 2018 - Welcome (back)
Suzanne Chmilar (above) has rejoined the lab as an MSc student. Welcome back, Suzanne! Summer student Chloe Devoy has joined the lab (co-supervised by Theresa Burg). Welcome, Chloe!

January 18, 2018 - Papers accepted
new papers have been accepted in the last 1/2 year. See my Publications page for details.

January 17, 2018 - Welcome
Two new MSc students have started since my previous update. Welcome to Sunil Shivananjappa (above left) and Austin Paiha (above right)!

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