Mark Forbes, Carleton University

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Biology Professor Ottawa, Ontario Mark.Forbes@carleton.ca Office: (613) 520-2600 ext. 3570

Bio/Research

Mark Forbes took up his current position as Associate Vice-President (Research) in early 2010, after having served two years as Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Affairs) in the Faculty of Science at Carleton University. His overarching mandate is to foster excellence in research and increase...

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Bio/Research

Mark Forbes took up his current position as Associate Vice-President (Research) in early 2010, after having served two years as Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Affairs) in the Faculty of Science at Carleton University. His overarching mandate is to foster excellence in research and increase the level of research activity and impact.

Since joining Carleton University in 1995, Forbes attained the Canada Research Chair in Ecological Parasitology and Wildlife Conservation, and has remained active in research having published more than 135 peer-adjudicated papers, having written several government reports, and having trained 35 personnel in this area including seven post-doctoral fellows. He has spent the past ten years asking questions about what makes some individuals resistant to parasites and others susceptible, and what factors favour use of many versus few host species, by parasites and pathogens.

Forbes was recently a member of one of four panels of the Ontario Council of Graduate Studies oversight on quality of graduate programs and also co-chair of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council's Grant Selection Committee 18. He is a founding council member for the newly formed Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution (CSEE) and represents CSEE at the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PaGSE).

The conceptual framework of my research is evolutionary ecology and how it applies, in particular, to parasite-host-stress interactions and to intra-specific variation in ecology and behaviour. My research with my students and collaborators has included the following: evaluating measures of environmental stress for animals; evaluating effects of stress and parasitism on individuals & populations; exploring dynamics of insect-parasite interactions; understanding the evolution of polymorphism in insect populations; studying the ecology of a key prey species in an inter-tidal ecosystem and general studies in wildlife conservation.


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