Njal Rollinson

Njal Rollinson

Assistant Professor

Starting July 1, 2016.

Joint between Dept of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and School of the Environment

EEB/NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto (2016)
PhD, Dalhousie University (2013)
MSc, University of Guelph (2006)
Bachelor of Applied Technology in Environmental Biology, Nipissing University (2003)
Environmental Protection Technician, Canadore College (2003)
Email: njal.rollinson@gmail.com
Web Page: http://www.njalrollinson.com/

Research Areas:
Ecology of Populations, Communities & Ecosystems;
Behaviour, Physiology & Anatomy of Organisms;
Conservation Biology;

Study Organisms
: Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish


My group has a broad interest in evolutionary ecology and conservation. Our goal is to use model systems, long-term monitoring data and metadata to test theory, understand ecological and adaptive processes, and to inform conservation decisions. We also develop and test new theory. Our field-based research generally occurs in Algonquin Park, where we study the evolutionary ecology of reptiles and amphibians near their northern range limit. In the very near future we’ll also be studying cold-water fishes (e.g., brook trout) in Algonquin Park, and in the new Aqualab facility here in Toronto.

I'm currently accepting applications from graduate students that have an interest in the evolutionary ecology of amphibians, reptiles, and fishes. Some potential research topics include the impact of climate change on growth and reproduction, the effect of thermal (seasonal) time constraints on life-history evolution, body size optimization (e.g., Bergmann clines), and how life-history traits affect extinction risk. I am also collaborating with Dr. Jackie Litzgus (Laurentian University) to maintain the Algonquin Park long-term turtle life-history study, and I'd be happy to hear from students interested in working with the Algonquin turtles and the long-term life-history datasets. PDFs are also welcome to inquire about upcoming opportunities in the lab.

More information on my lab page http://www.njalrollinson.com/