Welcome to the Angert Lab

Research in the Angert Lab lies at the interface of ecology and evolutionary biology. Much of our research focuses on the evolutionary ecology of species’ geographic distributions, asking what limits adaptation at the edges of species' ranges, why closely related species vary by orders of magnitude in range size, and how ranges are likely to shift in response to climatic changes. Another line of inquiry focuses on population and community dynamics and mechanisms of species coexistence. These different projects are united by a focus on mechanisms of, and constraints on, niche evolution and the consequences of divergence in niche properties for patterns of distribution and abundance. These projects take us to diverse habitats throughout western North America. We combine experimental manipulations in the field and in the lab with observations of natural populations and tools from quantitative genetics and physiological ecology. Learn more about current projects, lab members, and joining the lab.


Where are we?

Biodiversity Research Centre
University of British Columbia
2212 Main Mall (map)
Vancouver, B.C. V6T1Z4



Phone: 604.827.3892
Fax: 604.822.6089
Mail: 6270 University Blvd.





  • Congratulations to Mackenzie for being awarded a 2020 SSE Graduate Research Excellence Grant (R.C. Lewontin Early Award) and a 2020 FCRF-L'OrĂ©al Canada Award

  • Congrats to Olivia Rahn, Graydon Gillies, and Emma Menchions for winning NSERC USRA awards with the lab for Summer 2020!

  • Welcome to Katie Goodwin who started her PhD in January 2020!

  • Haley and Takuji both aced their comprehensive exams in Summer 2019 - congrats!!

  • Congrats to Olivia Rahn, Rylan McCallum, and Natalie Maslowski for winning Independent Undergraduate Research Awards with the lab for Summer 2019!

  • Congratulations to Takuji for being awarded a SSE Graduate Research Excellence Grant (R.C. Lewontin Early Award) in the Spring 2019 competition

  • We've had an influx of new people! Mackenzie Urquhart-Cronish is starting her PhD and Rassim Khelifa has joined us as a PDF

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