Department of Biology

Anne Dalziel, Ph.D.

B.Sc., Acadia University
M.Sc., Queen's University
Ph.D.,University of British Columbia
PDF, Université Laval
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Saint Mary's University


I am interested in understanding the physiological, biochemical and genetic mechanisms underlying local adaptation in natural populations of animals and determining if similar mechanisms contribute to adaptation (over generations) and acclimation (within a lifetime). In particular, I study how natural populations of fish cope with environmental stressors. Most of my work to date has focused on the mechanisms by which aerobic energy metabolism and exercise physiology evolve and how differences in these traits affect swimming capacity – a performance trait that is predicted to influence survival and reproduction. I am also interested in understanding the molecular and biochemical mechanisms leading to evolutionary variation in salinity tolerance among and within species of fishes.   I will be starting at Saint Mary's in January 2016 and teaching courses in animal diversity and physiology, including 'Integrative Vertebrate Physiology' (Biol 3021).

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