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Beren Robinson

Job Title: Assistant Professor
Employer: Dept. of Zoology, University of Guelph
Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, USA
Further Education: Dalhousie University (B.Sc., M.Sc.), Binghamton University (Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: Ontario, British Columbia, USA (Adirondack region), Iceland, Northern Boreal lake systems

Brief synopsis of current research:
I study the evolution of ecologically divergent forms and species of freshwater fishes in northern lakes created since the last glaciation approximately 15,000 years ago. These lakes provide an ideal opportunity to study the evolution of divergence and the formation of new species because everything that happens in these lakes is relatively recent (by evolutionary standards), and the ecology of the system is not too complex (e.g., there are not so many other fish species present). I use a variety of approaches including: comparative methods involving multiple natural populations, experimental field and laboratory studies, and some mathematical modeling.

Recent Publications:

Robinson, B.W., and D. Schluter. 2000. Natural selection and the evolution of adaptive genetic variation in northern freshwater fishes. In, T. Mousseau, B. Sinervo, and J. A. Endler (eds.), Adaptive genetic variation in the wild. Oxford Univ. Press, NY.

Robinson, B.W, D.S. Wilson and A.S. Margosian. 2000. A pluralistic analysis of character release in pumpkinseed sunfish (Lepomis gibbosus). (Ecology: In press)

Robinson, B. W. and D. S. Wilson. 1998. Optimal foraging, specialization and a solution to Liems paradox. The American Naturalist 151: 223-235.

Robinson, B.W. and D.S. Wilson. 1994. Character release and displacement in fishes: A neglected literature. The American Naturalist 144: 596-627

Robinson, B.W., D.S. Wilson and G.O. Shea. 1996. Trade-offs of ecological specialization: An intraspecific comparison of pumpkinseed sunfish phenotypes. Ecology 77: 170-178.