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Dr. Paul Bentzen Professor Dalhousie UniversityBiology
Work Phone: (902) 494-1105

I joined the Biology Department after eight years as a faculty member in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington. My research focuses on the population, evolutionary and conservation genetics of fishes and marine organisms. I am particularly interested in understanding the extent and causal basis  of what might be considered ’cryptic’ biodiversity – that is, genetic diversity within nominal species that results from important historical, ecological and adaptive processes, but is not (necessarily) reflected  in current conventional taxonomic classifications.


I direct the Marine Gene Probe Laboratory, a multi-user molecular ecology laboratory situated in the Biology Department at Dalhousie University. From 2005-2010, I was also a member of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) , and during the same period served as a co-chair of the Marine Fishes Specialist Subcommittee of COSEWIC.


I co-teach the 3rd year Biology course, ‘Molecular Ecology’ and part of the 2nd year course ‘Genetics and Molecular Biology’.

My Research Gate Profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Paul_Bentzen/

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