Post Doctoral Researcher, Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania (2016 – present).
The Rudman lab at recruiting graduate students (MSc. and PhD), postdocs, and technicians for 2022. Please contact Dr. Rudman to express interest and discuss possible positions.
The Rudman lab at WSU-Vancouver uses experiments and genomic tools to answer questions about the ecological and evolutionary fates of populations inhabiting rapidly changing environments. Active research topics in the lab span a range of biological systems, freshwater algal blooms, fish, and Drosophila, and cover a wide range of topics at the intersection of ecology, rapid evolution, and genomics.
Students and postdocs will have substantial latitude to pursue projects within the realm of eco-evolutionary dynamics and the study of the process of rapid adaptation. Please see the publications and projects listed below for current areas of research.
I started as an assistant professor in the School of Biological Sciences at Washington State University in Vancouver in August 2021. Previously, I was a Banting postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. John Fryxell at the University of Guelph. I was also a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania with Dr. Paul Schmidt and I worked closely with Dr. Dmitri Petrov at Stanford University. I completed my PhD at the University of British Columbia with Dr. Dolph Schluter in 2016.
Postdoctoral Researcher, 2016
University of Pennsylvania, Department of Biology
ThinkSwiss Fellow, 2016
Center for Ecology, Evolution, and Biogeochemistry-EAWAG
PhD in Zoology, 2016
University of British Columbia
BSc in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2010
University of Rochester
A part of my research in this area has focused on understanding population level-variation in fish physiology. Understanding the extent and pace over which Intraspecific variation in physiology evolves is crucial to being able to predict the pace of evolution and population persistence in the populations that are often isolated. An extension of my interest in this area is in quantifying the contribution of rapid evolution to ecosystem services in freshwater ecosystems. From local adaptation in salmonids to rapid evolution of Daphnia that leads to remediation of algal blooms there is a wealth of suggestive evidence of the benefits that we derive from rapid evolution. These ‘evosystem services’ present an avenue to manage ecosystems to ensure ecosystem services are maintained for future generations.
Ecologist have studied the factors that regulate populations and shape ecological communities for over a century. One factor that was NOT traditionally considered is that rapid evolution could shape ecological dynamics. Many lab-based experiments have demonstrated that rapid evolution can dictate population dynamics, but there is little know about how common in natural ecosystems. My research in this area seeks to add ecological realism to understand when and how rapid evolution shapes ecology
Bacteria play a crucial role in the physiology, ecology, and evolution of animals even if they are not transmitted or acquired across generations and the composition of affiliated microbial communities can impact host performance and relative fitness. Do microbiomes affect the evolutionary trajectories of host populations? Do host genotypes shape microbiome composition? How do these interactions influence the phenotypes, population dynamics, and evolutionary trajectories of host populations?
Some of the most pressing questions in biology are at the intersection of ecology, evolution, and genetics. To what extent will climate change and environmental degradation drive extinction? What role will rapid adaptation play and can this be enhanced?