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We are proud to host the following speakers at OE3C 2019:


Friday, May 3rd @ 9:15am

Dr. Pruitt completed his Ph.D. at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and performed his postdoctoral work at University of California Davis. He made his first stop as a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, after which he moved to the University of California Santa Barbara. Dr. Pruitt is now a professor at McMaster University in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour, where he is the Canada 150 Research Chair in Biological Dystopias. Dr. Pruitt is a world leader in the field of Behavioural Ecology and focuses his research on the underpinnings of success –and failure– of social groups. Using experimentally created groups of contrasting behavioural and organizational attributes, Dr. Pruitt evaluates what allows certain groups to succeed and flourish while others collapse and perish.


Friday, May 3rd @ 3:15pm

Dr. Mank is a Professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of British Columbia, and holds a Canada 150 Research Chair in Evolutionary Genomics. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Georgia in the Department of Genetics. Dr. Mank’s research focuses on how selection produces variation in form, behaviour and reproductive patterns. At UBC, her lab uses evolutionary, genomic, and ecological tools with a variety of animals systems to study the relationship between genotype and complex phenotypes. We integrate data from genomes, transcriptomes and natural history to study the ways that selection navigates the restrictions imposed by genetic constraints and conflicts to create phenotypic diversity. 


Saturday, May 4th 9:00am

Professor Andrade earned her Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University and is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough(UTSC) and Research Associate of the Royal Ontario Museum. A Canada Research Chair in Integrative Behavioural Ecology from 2007 through 2018, Professor Andrade’s fundamental research has a primarily focus on the evolution of behaviour and species diversity. Professor Andrade is an internationally-recognized expert on spider behaviour who uses cannibalistic widow spiders as models for understanding how selection shapes mating behaviours. She is the recipient of numerous research awards and is adept at explaining science to broad audiences. Since 2010, she has also been engaged in knowledge translation with respect to the effects of Unconscious Bias on fair assessment and career progression in academia. As Vice-Dean Faculty Affairs and Equity at the University of Toronto Scarborough since January of 2017, she works to promote the hiring, retention and success of a diverse and inclusive faculty.


Saturday, May 4th @ 3:45pm

Dr. Ben Evans (left)

Ben Evans (left) is a Professor in the Biology Department at McMaster University.  He earned a Ph.D. at Columbia University and did a postdoc at the University of Texas at Austin before coming to McMaster in 2004. His group explores sex determination, recombination, and genomics, with a general aim of understanding how species survive and adapt. Recent projects have focused on sex determination in African clawed frogs (Xenopus and Silurana), genomics macaque monkeys (Macaca), and adaptation of fanged frogs (Limnonectes), the last of which will be the subject of his OE3C seminar.


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