John Stinchcombe

John Stinchcombe

Distinguished Professor of Ecological Genetics & Director, Koffler Scientific Reserve

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Postdoctoral Fellow, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University (2001-2005)
PhD, Biology Department, Duke University, 2001
B.A., Biology, Bucknell University 1996

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Phone: 416-946-5986
Lab Phone: 416-946-7391
Office: ESC 2080
Lab: ESC 2077

Research Areas:
Genetics, Genomics & Molecular Evolution;
Ecology of Populations, Communities & Ecosystems;
Theoretical & Computational Biology

Study Organisms: Model Organisms, Plants


In the Stinchcombe Lab, we study ecological and evolutionary genetics. We are interested in the interaction between natural selection and genetics. For studies of natural selection, we are interested in measuring natural selection, predicting evolutionary change, understanding the ecological agents of selection, and evaluating how selection occurs and changes in natural or field settings. Our genetic work includes studies of classical Mendelian polymorphisms, quantitative genetics, and genomics and transcriptomics. Our goals are to determine when genetic forces will constrain or accelerate evolutionary change, whether we can detect past evidence of selection in patterns of diversity and polymorphism, and attempting to integrate population genetic and quantitative genetic approaches to evolution. We combine field work, lab work, next-generation sequencing, and manipulative experiments, usually working with plants as experimental systems. Most of our work addressing these questions focuses on life history evolution and plant-microbe mutualisms, although we also study other topics such as gene expression, herbicide resistance, invasive species, the evolution of clines, and species range limits. 

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Prospective Students:

I am currently accepting highly motivated new MSc and PhD students to study these research topics. Interested applicants should send a CV and unofficial transcript along with a cover letter summarizing their research interests, academic background, and skills to