Sarah P. Otto

Sarah P. Otto, FRSC

Professor and Director of the Biodiversity Research Centre, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC)

November 18, 2010

Dr. Otto’s research focuses on how organismal diversity arises by exploring the influence of environmental circumstances on the outcome of evolution, using mathematical models, phylogenetic analyses, and yeast experimental evolution. Current research investigates the evolutionary forces acting on genome structure and mating systems to account for the remarkable diversity that exists in these fundamental features of an organism.

Dr. Otto is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has received both the Steacie Prize and a Steacie Fellowship. She is the author of over 100 articles, and her recent book with Dr. Troy Day has received wide acclaim (“A Biologist’s Guide to Mathematical Modeling in Ecology and Evolution”).

Role: Panel Member
Report: Canadian Taxonomy: Exploring Biodiversity, Creating Opportunity (November 2010)