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Peter T. Boag - Vertebrate Ecological and Conservation Genetics

I am a Professor of Biology at Queen's University. I supervise a lab with emphasis on the use of moleculat techniques to answer basic questions on the ecology, behaviour and evolutionary biology of vertebrates. I currently teach undergraduate courses in introductory biology (BIOL 103) and evolutionary aspects of human medicine (BIOL 522). Every other year I teach a graduate course in ecological genetics (BIOL 830). I also support QUMEL, the Queen's University Molecular Ecology Laboratory, which hosts collaborative applications of molecular technology to field biology questions.

I received my undergraduate degree from Queen's University (1974) and a PhD from McGill University (1981). After postdoctoral work in the Edward Grey Institute at Oxford, I joined the Queen's Biology faculty as an NSERC University Research Fellow in 1983. I was Head of Queen's Biology 1998-2004 and presently am a Professor in the department. As an undergraduate I conducted research on Snow Geese with Fred Cooke at Churchill, Manitoba. During my PhD I worked on the ecology and genetics of Darwin's Finches in the Galapagos with Peter Grant. At Queen's I continued research on the quantitative genetics of birds and small mammals, later becoming a molecular ecologist and using DNA fingerprinting, microsatellites and mtDNA sequencing to support studies on vertebrate mating systems, population structure and low level systematics. Much of this work is collaborative, and a group of us have formed an umbrella organization called QUMEL (Queen's University Molecular Ecology Laboratory) to support application of molecular techniques to field studies by Queen's ecologists. I am married to a biologist, and we live with our children in a home we built ourselves on the edge of a lake north of Kingston.