Jon Mee

Jon Mee

Jon Mee

PhD (University of British Columbia)

Associate Professor and Biology Department Advisor

Office: B344E
Office hours: Contact my email for an appointment

Phone: 403.440.5150

Dr. Jon Mee is a gene hunter. If you look at individuals in a population, you’ll notice that they’re all different in some way. Some people are big, some people are small. Some fish have spines, others don’t. What’s the gene for that? And why does it matter, in an ecological and evolutionary sense, that a fish does or doesn’t have spines? Dr. Mee studies fish to answer questions about the genetic basis of ecologically relevant, or adaptive, traits. He also uses mathematical simulations to answer questions that can’t be addressed by measuring and genotyping actual fish.

Dr. Mee is also passionate about teaching several courses at MRU, including Evolution of Eukaryotes (BIOL 1204), Principles of Ecology and Evolution (BIOL 2213), Genomes (BIOL 3203), Molecular Ecology (BIOL 4310), and the Capstone course in Ecology and Evolution (BIOL 5301). The best way to get involved in Dr. Mee’s research is to take one (or more) of these courses!

Here are some representative publications:
Mee, J.A., and Yeaman, S.M. (2019) Unpacking conditional neutrality: genomic signatures of selection on conditionally beneficial and conditionally deleterious mutations. American Naturalist doi: 10.1086/702314. preprint 
Mee, J.A., Otto, S.P., and Pauly, D. (2017) Evolution of movement rate increases the effectiveness of marine reserves for the conservation of pelagic fishes. Evolutionary Applications 10(5): 444–461. link 
Lea, E.V., Mee, J.A., Post, J.R., Rogers, S.M., and Mogensen, S. (2015) Rainbow trout in seasonal environments: phenotypic trade-offs across a gradient in winter duration. Ecology and Evolution 5(21): 4778-4794. link 
Mee, J.A., Bernatchez, L., Reist, J.D., Rogers, S.M., and Taylor, E.B. (2015) Identifying evolutionarily significant units for intraspecific conservation prioritization: a hierarchical approach applied to the lake whitefish species complex (Coregonus spp.). Evolutionary Applications 8(5): 423-441. link