Image of Dr. Adam Algar in front of some flamingos

Dr. Adam Algar

Associate Professor

Department: 
Email: 
aalgar@lakeheadu.ca
Office Hours: 
By appointment
Academic Qualifications: 

PhD Biology, University of Ottawa

BSc Zoology, University of Guelph

Date joined Lakehead: 
January 2021
Previous Teaching/Work: 

2011-2020 Associate / Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham UK

2009-2011 Post-doctoral Fellow, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University

Research Interests: 

My research aims to understand and predict the dynamics of species' niches. Specifically, my group investigates what constrains species' distributions in space and time, from behavioural decisions by individual organisms that determine microhabitat use to emergent patterns in global biodiversity. We focus on the ecology and evolution of ectotherms, dissolving traditional boundaries between field and macroecology by integrating physiological, functional, and community ecology with macroecology, biogeography, and macroevolution. We strive to understand how local interactions among organisms and their environment generate broad-scale, emergent patterns in the distribution of life and use this information to improve predictions of species' responses to changing environments.