Bryan Neff, PhD
Molecular and Behavioural Ecology
Biological & Geological Sciences 3056
Biological & Geological Sciences 0064
office: (519) 850-2532
lab: (519) 661-2111 x 88408
aquarium: (519) 661-2111 x 82876
My lab’s long-term goal is to provide an understanding of phenotypic diversity in natural populations – why do individuals look and act the way they do – from molecules to organisms living in their natural environment. Understanding the forces that shape and affect our world’s biodiversity is a fundamental objective in biology and is important for pure discovery as well as the conservation of our natural resources. This objective requires scientific research that addresses the genetic basis of behavioural, physiological, and morphological variation. My lab uses genetic and molecular tools to examine questions at the interface of evolution, ecology, and genomics. This approach has the potential to provide a comprehensive understanding of phenotypic diversity including the evolution of genes, gene function, and the interaction between genes and the environment.
We predominately work with fish including bluegill, bullhead, guppy, and salmon. Several of these species are socially and economically important in Canada and represent billions of dollars per year to our economy through the recreational and commercial fisheries as well as the aquaculture industry. Thus, the scientific knowledge that my lab produces is also important for the effective management of our natural resources and for ensuring their sustainability. Our research falls into four areas:
- Understanding evolution and the genetics of adaptation
- Neurobiology and endocrinology of behaviour
- Conserving native biodiversity
- Improving the efficiency and sustainability of aquaculture.
My lab provides a dynamic and well equipped environment for research in molecular and behavioural ecology. Our research involves field experiments, genetic analyses, and modelling. I am always interested in keen students that wish to pursue graduate studies. For more information about my lab please visit my website listed above.
Degrees and Institutions
- BSc (Zoology) University of Toronto, 1996
- PhD (Zoology) University of Toronto, 2000
- Post doctorate Fellow, Cornell University, 2000-2001
- Colborne SF, SR Garner, FJ Longstaffe, and BD Neff. 2016. Assortative mating but no evidence of genetic divergence in a species characterized by a trophic polymorphism. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 29:633-644.
- Hain TJA, SR Garner, IW Ramnarine, and BD Neff. 2016. Multiple mating predicts intensity but not mechanism of kin recognition. Behavioral Ecology, 27:93-100.
- Muñoz NJ, AP Farrell, JW Heath, and BD Neff. 2015. Adaptive potential of a Pacific salmon challenged by climate change. Nature Climate Change, 5:163-166.
- Neff BD, SR Garner, IA Fleming, and MR Gross. 2015. Reproductive success in wild and hatchery male coho salmon. Royal Society Open Science, 2:150161.
- Houde ALS, SR Garner, and BD Neff. 2015. Restoring species through reintroductions: strategies for source population selection. Restoration Ecology, 23:746-753.
- Partridge C, CMC Rodgers, R Knapp and BD Neff. 2015. Androgen effects on immune gene expression during parental care in bluegill sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus). Canadian Journal of Zoology, 93:9-13.