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Robert I. Colautti, Ph.D. student
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Toronto
25 Willcocks Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5S 3B2
Phone: (416) 978-5603

Email: rob.colautti@utoronto.ca

Degrees:

  B. Sc. Hs.

(2001) Biology, Department of Biology, University of Windsor , Canada
Thesis title: Spatial and temporal analysis of transoceanic shipping vectors to the Great Lakes

  M. Sc.

(2003) Department of Biology, University of Windsor, Canada
Thesis title: Propagule pressure: a null model for biological invasions

  Ph. D.

(2010) Department of Botany, University of Toronto, Canada
Thesis title: Evolution of Local Adaptation During Plant Invasion: Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria - Lythraceae) in eastern North America.

Current Research Interests

EVOLUTION AND ADAPTATION OF AN INVASIVE SPECIES (Lythrum salicaria – purple loosestrife)

Biological invasions expose populations to strong selection for local adaptation, particularly along geographical gradients in climate. However, evolution during contemporary timescales may be constrained by a lack of standing genetic variation, genetic correlations among life-history traits, or both. My thesis examined limits to local adaptation associated with northern migration in the invasive wetland plant purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) using a combination of theory and common garden experiments of 4-20 populations under glasshouse and field conditions. These populations represent a latitudinal gradient of 10o of latitude in eastern North America.


Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)

Lythrum  photo

OTHER RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

  • Research Assistant (05/2000 to 12/2003) – Great Lakes Institute, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant (09/2001 to 05/2003) – Laboratories in ecology, genetics and human anatomy – University of Windsor, Windsor, ON
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant (01/2004 to current) – Genetics tutorials, First year biology labs – University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

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Publications

PAPERS IN REFEREED JOURNALS

  • Colautti, R.I., C.G. Eckert and S.C.H. Barrett (2010). Evolutionary constraints on adaptive evolution during range expansion in an invasive plant. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. (pdf)
  • Colautti, R.I., N.A. White, and S.C.H. Barrett (2010). Variation of self-incompatibility within invasive populations of purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria L.) from eastern North America. International Journal of Plant Sciences 171: 158–166 (pdf)
  • Colautti R.I. and D.M. Richardson. 2009. Subjectivity and flexibility in invasion terminology: too much of a good thing? Biological Invasions 11: 1225-1229. (pdf)
  • Colautti R.I., J.L. Maron and S.C.H. Barrett. (2009). Common garden comparisons of native and introduced plant populations: latitudinal clines can obscure evolutionary inferences. Evolutionary Applications 2: 187-199. (pdf)
  • Barrett, S.C.H., R. I. Colautti and C.G. Eckert. (2008). Plant reproductive systems and evolution during biological invasion. Molecular Ecology 17: 373-383. (pdf)
  • Colautti, R.I., I.A. Grigorovich and H.J. MacIsaac. (2006). Propagule pressure: a null model for biological invasions. Biological Invasions. 8: 1023-1037. (pdf)
  • Colautti, R.I. (2005). Are characteristics of introduced salmonids biased by propagule pressure? Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 62: 950-959. (pdf)
  • Colautti, R.I., S.A. Bailey, C.D.A. van Overdijk, K. Admunsen and H.J. MacIsaac. (2006). Characterised and projected costs of nonindigenous species in Canada. Biological Invasions 8: 45-59. (pdf)
  • Colautti R.I., M. Manca, M. Viljanen, H.A.M. Ketelaars, H. Bürgi, H.J. MacIsaac and D.D. Heath. (2005). Invasion genetics of the Eurasian spiny waterflea: evidence for bottlenecks and gene flow using microsatellite loci. Molecular Ecology 14: 1869-1879. (pdf)
  • Colautti, R.I., J.R. Muirhead, R.N. Biswas and H.J. MacIsaac. (2005). Realized vs. apparent reduction in enemies of the European starling (Sturnus vulgaris). Biological Invasions 7: 723-732. (pdf)
  • Bailey, S.A., D.F. Reid, R.I. Colautti and H.J. MacIsaac. (2005). Management of nonindigenous species in the Great Lakes. The Toledo Journal of Great Lakes’ Law, Science & Policy. 5: 101-112 (invited).
  • Colautti, R.I., and H.J. MacIsaac. (2004). A neutral terminology to define invasive species. Diversity and Distributions 10: 135-141. (pdf)
  • Colautti, R.I., A. Ricciardi, I.A. Grigorovich and H.J. MacIsaac. (2004). Is invasion success explained by the enemy release hypothesis? Ecology Letters 7: 721-733. (pdf)
  • Holeck, K., E.L. Mills, H.J. MacIsaac, M. Dochoda, R.I. Colautti and A. Ricciardi. (2004). Bridging troubled waters: understanding links between biological invasions, transoceanic shipping, and other entry vectors in the Laurentian Great Lakes. Bioscience 54: 919-929. (pdf)
  • Grigorovich, I.A., R.I. Colautti, E.L. Mills, K. Holeck and H.J. MacIsaac. (2003). Ballast-mediated animal introductions in the Laurentian Great Lakes: retrospective and prospective analyses. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 60: 740-756. (pdf)
  • Grigorovich, I.A., A.V. Korniushin, D.K. Gray, I.C. Duggan, R.I. Colautti and H.J. MacIsaac. (2003). Lake Superior: an invasion coldspot? Hydrobiologia 499: 191-210. (pdf)

OTHER REFEREED CONTRIBUTIONS

  • Colautti, R. I. 2005. In search of an operational lexicon for biological invasions. In: Ecological and Agricultural Aspects of Invasive Plants. Edited by Inderjit. Birkhauser, pp 1-15.
  • Inderjit, M. W. Cadotte and R. I. Colautti. 2005. The ecology of biological invasions: past, present and future. In: Ecological and Agricultural Aspects of Invasive Plants. Edited by Inderjit. Birkhauser, pp 19-43.
  • Colautti, R.I., A.J. Niimi, C.D.A. van Overdijk, E.L. Mills, K. Holeck and H.J. MacIsaac. 2004. Spatial and temporal analysis of transoceanic shipping vectors to the Great Lakes. Pages 227-246 In: Invasive Species: Vectors and Management Strategies. Edited by G.M. Ruiz and J.T. Carlton. Island Press, Washington, D.C. pp 227-246.
  • Duggan, I.C., S.A. Bailey, R.I. Colautti, D. Gray, J. Makarewicz and H.J. MacIsaac. 2004. Biological invasions in Lake Ontario: past, present and future. In: State of Lake Ontario, Past, Present and Future. Edited by M. Munawar, T. Edsall and I.F. Munawar. Schweizerbart, Stuttgart, pp 541-558

NON-REFEREED CONTRIBUTIONS

  • MacIsaac, H.J., S.A. Bandoni , R.I. Colautti, C.D.A. van Overdijk and K. Admundsen. 2002. Economic impacts of invasive nonindigenous species in Canada : a case study approach. A report to the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, May 2002, 185 pp.

CONFERENCE PAPERS PRESENTED

  • Colautti, R.I. and S.C.H. Barrett. Comparative studies of population differentiation in plant invaders: inferences concerning local adaptation. An Evolutionary Perspective of Biological Invasions. October 2006, Fribourg, Switzerland.
  • Colautti, R.I., H.J. MacIsaac and D.D. Heath. Invasion genetics of the Eurasian spiny waterflea (Bythotrephes longimanus): Evidence for bottlenecks and multiple origins using microsatellites. 90th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. August 2005, Montréal, Quebec.
  • Colautti, R.I. and S.C.H. Barrett. Evolution and quantitative variation in purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) along a latitudinal gradient in North America. Annual Ontario Ecology and Ethology Colloquium. May 2005, Ottawa, Ontario.
  • MacIsaac, H.J., R.I. Colautti, J.R. Muirhead, D.D. Heath, M. Manca, M. Viljanen, H.A.M. Ketelaars and H. Bürgi. Identification of source-destination relationships using spatially-explicit vector models and microsatellite DNA. Biological Invasions in Inland Waters. May 2005, Florence, Italy.
  • MacIsaac, H.J. and R.I. Colautti. Predicting Biological Invasions. Biological Invasions in Inland Waters. May 2005, Florence, Italy.
  • Colautti, R.I., H.J. MacIsaac and D.D. Heath. Invasion Genetics of the Eurasian Spiny Waterflea: Evidence for Bottlenecks and Gene Flow Using Microsatellite Data. Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research / Society of Canadian Limnologists. January 2005, Windsor, Ontario.
  • Colautti, R.I. Do Introduced Populations Really Harbour Fewer Enemies? The Case of the European Starling. Annual Ontario Ecology and Ethology Colloquium. May 2004, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Colautti, R.I. and H.J. MacIsaac. What predicts invasion success? 88th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. August 2003, Savannah, Georgia.
  • Colautti, R.I., I.A. Grigorovich and H.J. MacIsaac. A null hypothesis for biological invasions. 12th International Conference on Aquatic Nuisance Species. June 2003, Windsor, Ontario.
  • MacIsaac, H.J, R.I. Colautti, I.A. Grigorovich and A. Ricciardi. Does the enemy release hypothesis predict invasion success? 12th International Conference on Aquatic Nuisance Species. June 2003, Windsor, Ontario.
  • Grigorovich, I.A., R.I. Colautti and H.J. MacIsaac. Risk Assessment for Prediction of Invertebrate Invaders in the Laurentian Great Lakes. 12th International Conference on Aquatic Nuisance Species. June 2003, Windsor, Ontario.
  • MacIsaac, H.J., S.A. Bailey, R.I. Colautti, C.D.A. van Overdijk and K. Amundsen. Economic impacts of invasive nonindigenous species in Canada: quantifying the nonquantified. 12th International Conference on Aquatic Nuisance Species. June 2003, Windsor, Ontario.
  • Colautti, R.I., I.A. Grigorovich, S.A. Bailey, I.C. Duggan and H.J. MacIsaac. Is the Huron-Erie corridor an invasion ‘hotspot’? Lake Erie Millennium Conference. May 2003, Windsor, Ontario (invited).
  • MacIsaac, H.J., S.A. Bailey, R.I. Colautti, C.D.A. van Overdijk and K. Amundsen. Economic impacts of invasive nonindigenous species in Canada: a case study. 3rd International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions. March 2003, La Jolla California
  • Colautti, R.I., D.D. Heath and H.J. MacIsaac. Invasion genetics of a prolific, voracious predator: Comparison of genetic structure with colonization history. Evolution 2002. The Society for the Study of Evolution. July 2002, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.
  • Colautti, R.I., I.A. Grigorovich, I.C. Duggan and H.J. MacIsaac. Transoceanic shipping patterns in Lake Superior: a ballast hotspot without invaders. State of Lake Superior Conference. International Association for Great Lakes Research. May 2002, Houghton, Michigan (invited).
  • Grigorovich, I.A., R.I. Colautti, and H.J. MacIsaac. Nonindigenous animals of the Laurentian Great Lakes: tracking and predicting ballast-mediated introductions. 11th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species. February 2002, Alexandria, Virgina.
  • MacIsaac, H.J., R.I. Colautti, I.V. Grigorovich, T. Therriault, T. Robbins and M. Lewis. Invasion corridors to the Great Lakes: Routes and Mechanisms. 15th Annual Conference of the Society for Conservation Biology. August 2001, Hilo, Hawaii.
  • Colautti, R.I., C.D.A. van Overdijk, E.L. Mills and H.J. MacIsaac. Spatial and temporal analysis of shipping vectors to the Great Lakes. 4th National Conference on Marine Bioinvasions. April 2001, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Awards (Type: National, Location: Duke University, Period Held: 2010

Name

Type

Location

Period Held

NSERC Post Doctoral Fellowship

 National

 Duke Univ.

 2010

Clemens-Rigler Travel Award (CCFFR/CSL)

 National

 Travel

 2005

Jeanne F. Goulding Fellowship

 Institutional

  Toronto

 2004-2005

University of Toronto Fellowship

 Institutional

  Toronto

 2004 - 2005

University of Toronto Fellowship

 Institutional

  Toronto

 2003 - 2004

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postgraduate Scholarship

 National

  Toronto

 2004 - 2006

Ontario Graduate Scholarship

 Provincial

 declined

 2003 - 2004 (declined)

Graduate Leadership Award for Excellence

 Institutional

  Windsor

 2003 - 2004

University of Windsor Summer Research Scholarship

 Institutional

  Windsor

 2003

University of Windsor Tuition Scholarship

 Institutional

  Windsor

 2002 - 2003

Maxine Holder-Franklin/Mervyn Franklin Award for Undergraduate Research

 Institutional

  Windsor

 2001 - 2002

Andrew Douglas Bowlby Scholarship in Biology

 Institutional

  Windsor

 2000


Extracurricular

  • Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE) – Student Member since 2001
  • Ecological Society of America (ESA) – Student Member since 2001

Reviewer experience:

Jounals:

  • American Journal of Botany
  • American Naturalist
  • Acta Oecologia
  • Biological Invasions
  • Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
  • Diversity and Distributions
  • Ecological Applications
  • Ecology
  • Ecology Letters
  • European Journal of Entomology
  • Evolution
  • Evolutionary Applications
  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Fish and Fisheries
  • Functional Ecology
  • Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
  • Genetica
  • Journal of Applied Ecology
  • Journal of Biogeography
  • Journal of Ecology
  • Marine Ecology Progress Series
  • Journal of Evolutionary Biology
  • Molecular Ecology
  • New Phytologist
  • Oecologia
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Public Library of Science

Other:

  • (book) Blackburn, T.M., J.L. Lockwood and P. Cassey. 2009. Avian Invasions: The Ecology and Evolution of Exotic Birds. Oxford.
  • Grant applications for the U.S. National Science Foundation
  • Minnesota Sea Grant

Media coverage/interviews

  • CBC Windsor (2003 interview) – RE: Huron-Erie invasion ‘hotspot’
  • CBC Newsworld (2004 live interview) – RE: Great Lakes fish invaders

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