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Dr. Daniel E. Ruzzante

Dr Daniel E Ruzzante is currently a Senior Scientist at the Danish Institute for Fisheries Research in Denmark and will move to the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University () in the summer 2002 to take up an Associate Professor position as Canada Research Chair in Marine Conservation Genetics. His research focuses on two distinct, but conceptually linked areas, the conservation of biodiversity, especially genetic diversity, and the origin or evolution of diversity especially through adaptive radiation. The goal in the first area is to determine how ecological and evolutionary processes interact to influence the spatial distribution and maintenance of genetic diversity in marine, anadromous, and freshwater species. The goal in the second area is to contribute to our understanding of how that diversity is generated and ultimately of how species are formed. Broad questions asked include: (1) What causes the spatial patterns of genetic diversity seen in marine and anadromous fish and how are these patterns affected by human impact (harvesting, stocking of domesticated fish, invasion by introduced exotics)? (2) How is diversity generated (at the subspecies and species level) in unexploited fish populations?

Key words: Population genetics, evolutionary genetics, adaptive radiation

For more details, please email Daniel Ruzzante, visit his website or contact him at the address below (until June 2002):

Department of Biology
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada, B3H 4J1
phone: (902) 494-1688
fax: (902) 494-3736

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