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.





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

  • Megan Bontrager has a new paper in press at Evolution Letters

  • Former Post-doc, Chris Muir, is starting up his lab at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in January 2019. Check out his new lab website!

  • Megan Bontrager successfully defended her thesis and is heading to UC Davis for postdoctoral work with Sharon Strauss, Jennifer Gremer, and Johanna Schmitt. Congratulations!

  • Congratulations to Rachel Germain who was awarded the 2018 Young Investigator Award by the American Society of Naturalists and the 2018 George Mercer Award by the Ecological Society of America

  • Rachel Germain is starting up her lab at the University of British Columbia in January 2019. Check out her new lab website!

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