Rob Ness

Rob Ness

Assistant Professor

Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga

BSc, Queen's (2002)
PhD, U of Toronto (2010)
Post Doc with Prof. Keightly, U of Edinburgh (2011-2015) Email: rob.ness at
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Research Areas:

Genetics, Genomics & Molecular Evolution,
Ecology of Populations, Communities & Ecosystems;

Study Organisms: plants, algae,  mice


The genetic variation required for evolution by natural selection is generated by mutation, which creates new variants, and recombination, which shuffles those variants into new combinations. In my lab we combine experimental evolution and genomics to uncover how the generation of variation at the molecular level interacts with genetic drift and natural selection to determine patterns of biological diversity.