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Rob Laird

Robert Laird

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

robert.laird at uleth.ca

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Created: Feb 18, 2009
Updated: May 25, 2022

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Welcome!

We are a lab of evolutionary ecologists working in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Lethbridge.

Current research focuses on experimental and theoretical work on the evolution of senescence (i.e., 'aging'), using a demographic approach.

Other topics, typically completed with collaborators, include plant-insect interactions, plant molecular ecology and biogeography, species coexistence, and the evolution of cooperation.

Lab news

May 25, 2022 - MSc available investigating the microbiome of khapra beetle
An MSc position is available for a January, 2023 start date. The successful candidate will be co-supervised by Robert Laird (University of Lethbridge), Kevin Floate (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; AAFC), and Vincent Hervet (AAFC), and will investigate the microbiome of khapra beetle, one of the world's most economically important invasive pests of stored grains and grain products. Click here for a PDF file containting more details about the position and explaining how to apply.

April 28, 2022 - Welcome
Welcome to new lab members Amanda Luzardo (MSc student) and Abbe Pawluk (future MSc student, current summer researcher)! Vicky Thwaites will transition to a new role as a summer researcher.

March 24, 2022 - Congratulations!
MSc student Priyanka Dutt was recently awarded a Women in STEM Award from the Government of Alberta. Congratulations, Pri!

March 24, 2022 - Congratulations!
MSc student Priyanka Dutt was recently awarded a Women in STEM Award from the Government of Alberta. Congratulations, Pri!

January 1, 2022 - Welcome
Welcome to new Research Internship Concentration student Vicky Thwaites!

November 10, 2021 - Papers published
Former MSc students Kanishka Senevirathna and Shelby Dufton recently had papers published. See my Publications page for details.

September 1, 2021 - Welcome
Welcome to new Independent Studies Students Annelise Den Hertog and Kiara Kornelson!

August 26, 2021 - Congratulations!
Kanishka Senevirathna, Austin Paiha, and Suzanne Chmilar recently defended their respective MSc theses. Congratulations, Kanishka, Austin, and Suzanne!

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