James S. Santangelo

James Santangelo is a PhD candidate in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto, Canada, studying with prof. Marc Johnson and prof. Rob Ness. He uses urban environments as model systems to asses the extent to which organisms evolve in the same way when faced with similar selective pressures. His current work uses theoretical and experimental approaches to examining parallel evolution of urban-rural clines in a plant defensive trait in white clover (Trifolium repens) across multiple cities in eastern North America.

Projects:

Ness Lab: https://ness.bio/

Global Urban Evolution Project (GLUE): http://www.globalurbanevolution.com/

"Cities are microcosms of the evolutionary changes that are occurring on a planetary scale and thus provide a natural laboratory to advance our understanding of eco-evolutionary dynamics in a rapidly urbanizing world." 

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