sticklbackbackResearcher Profile

Dolph Schluter

Job Title: Professor
Employer: University of British Columbia
Place of Birth: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
High School attended: John XXIII High School
Further Education: University of Guelph (B.Sc. - 1977), University of Michigan (Ph.D. - 1983).
Geographic focus of research: British Columbia

Brief synopsis of current research:
My research investigates the ecological forces responsible for the origin of species and the evolution of differences between them in resource use, body form, and mating preferences. I am especially interested in experimental studies of natural selection in wild populations, the role of natural and sexual selection on the evolution of reproductive isolation, and the effect of interactions between species on the evolution of species differences. I work mainly on a mini-explosion of new species of threespine sticklebacks in lakes of coastal British Columbia, Canada. Much of the work is experiment and is carried out in native lakes and in a series of experimental ponds on the UBC campus.

Male "limnetic" threespine stickleback from Enos
Lake, B.C.
Females of the "benthic" and "limnetic"
species of threespine stickleback from
Paxton Lake, B.C.

Recent Publications:

Schluter, D. in press. The ecology of adaptive radiation. Oxford University Press.

Rundle, H. D., Nagel, L., Boughman, J. W., and Schluter, D. 2000. Natural selection and parallel speciation in sticklebacks. Science 287: 306-308.

Schluter, D. 1996. Adaptive radiation along genetic lines of least resistance. Evolution 50: 1766-1774.

Schluter, D. 1996. Ecological speciation in postglacial fishes. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B 351: 807-814.

Schluter, D. 1994. Experimental evidence that competition promotes divergence in adaptive radiation. Science 266:798-801.