Dr. Michael Hart

Evolutionary genetics of speciation

EMAIL: mwhart@sfu.ca
TEL: 778-782-4473


I meant to be a writer, but I was even worse at English courses at the University of Alberta than I was at biology courses, so I became a Zoology major. I was an average student until I spent a summer doing research at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, and that was how I found my career calling.

I have been at SFU since 2004 (via Dalhousie University, the University of California at Davis, and the University of Washington). My students and I use population genetic models and genome sequencing to understand how new species arise. The work uses sea stars as study organisms because BC has the most diverse sea star fauna in the world. We focus on sea star genes that encode proteins involved in sperm-egg binding because those genes often evolve rapidly and cause reproductive isolation.

My main professional contribution outside SFU is editing the scientific journal Invertebrate Biology.