Researcher Profile

Paul Hebert

Job Title: Professor and Chair
Employer: Department of Zoology, University of Guelph
Place of Birth: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Public School attended: Rideau, Winston Churchill
High School attended: Kingston Collegiate Vocational Institute
Further Education: Queen's University (B.Sc. - Biology), Cambridge (Ph.D. - Genetics)
Geographic focus of research: Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Ontario, Argentina, Australia, Mexico, United States

Brief synopsis of current research:
My research focuses on the analysis of genetic diversity in aquatic life. Although I am particularly enamoured by zooplankton, my lab also works on fish and benthic invertebrates. Together with my students I am examining issues such as breeding system evolution, the origins of invading species, biodiversity in aquatic settings and the recolonization of Canadian waters after deglaciation. I am also very actively involved in the use of digital media for the dissemination of information on aquatic life.

For more details on my research interests and those of my students, you can visit my URL (

Recent Publications:

Hebert, P.D.N. and C.C. Wilson. 2000. Daphniopsis diversity in the saline waters of Australia. Can. J. Zoology: in press.

Hebert, P.D.N. 1998. Variable environments and evolutionary diversification in inland waters. P. 267-290. In: Advances in Molecular Ecology. Ed. G.R. Carvalho. IOS Press, Amsterdam.

Wilson, C.C. and P.D.N. Hebert. 1998. Phylogeography and postglacial dispersal of lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) in North America. Can. J. Fish Aquat. Sci. 55: 1010-1024.

Witt, J.D.S., P.D.N. Hebert and W.B. Morton. 1997. Echinogammarus ischnus: another crustacean invader in the Laurentian Great Lakes basin. Can. J. Fish Aquat. Sci. 54: 264-268.

Dufresne, F. and P.D.N. Hebert. 1997. Pleistocene glaciations and polyphyletic origins of polyploidy in an arctic cladoceran. Proc. Roy Soc. Lond. Ser. B 264: 201-206.

With the largest number of lakes and the longest marine coastline of any nation, it's clear that water related issues will remain high on Canada's agenda for a very long time!