Most our research occurs in
Algonquin Park, where for decades we have been monitoring several species and populations of reptiles and amphibians. We are currently collaborating with Dr. Jackie Litzgus to maintain the Algonquin Park long-term turtle study,
which was founded by Dr. Ron Brooks in 1972. Students are also working on the long-term study of spotted salamanders in Algonquin, a project that is supported and organized by Patrick Moldowan. These monitoring programs have resulted in thousands of individually-based data records on growth, survival, and reproduction, and these long-term data are complemented by field and lab experiments that explore e.g., the evolution of thermal performance in cool environments, the evolution of maternal effects, and how environmental change disrupts key features of amphibian life cycles.
Other laboratory-based research includes studying life-history evolution in Daphnia, using clones from environments that differ in the degree of seasonality; these clones were provided by Dieter Ebert.
Finally, my group is well equipped to perform meta-analyses, as we have access to/have compiled several life-history databases on ectotherms and endotherms.
Dr. Njal Rollinson
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
& The School of the Environment
University of Toronto