René Sahba Shahmohamadloo, PhD
I am an ecotoxicologist, and my research aims to advance our understanding of human-induced environmental change on ecological and evolutionary processes in wildlife. Specifically, I research pollution-driven adaptation, or “evolutionary ecotoxicology”, which seeks to understand the role of adaptation in organisms that enable populations to thrive in anthropogenically-stressed ecosystems. Thus far, my research focus in this area concerns with understanding the biology of harmful algal blooms and the evolutionary and toxicological responses on organisms exposed to them. I combine field and laboratory experiments, quantitative methods, and interdisciplinary collaborations to advance the application of toxicological and -omics data to inform ecosystem-based management.
I am currently both a Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow and NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow working with Dr. Seth Rudman at the School of Biological Sciences at Washington State University and Dr. John Fryxell at the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph. I completed my PhD with Dr. Paul Sibley at the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph.