David Coltman

Chair, Faculty of Science - Biological Sciences
Professor, Faculty of Science - Biological Sciences

Contact

Chair, Faculty of Science - Biological Sciences
Email
biochair@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-0672
Address
CW-422A Bio Science - Centre Wing
11355 - Saskatchewan Drive
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E9

Professor, Faculty of Science - Biological Sciences
Email
david.coltman@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-5065
Address
CCIS 2-5065 Centennial Ctr For Interdisciplinary SCS II
11335 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5

Overview

Research
Current Research Interests

My research is focused on the maintenance and adaptive significance of genetic variation in the wild. I am interested in testing evolutionary theory in natural populations using longitudinal data and pedigrees, and also in applying genetical methods to problems in conservation and wildlife management. This is possible using molecular markers such as microsatellites and SNPs as tools to facilitate quantitative and population genetic analyses, as well as QTL mapping. My research interests therefore include ecology, quantitative and population genetics, and genomics.

Current Projects Include

Evolutionary quantitative genetics of fitness-related traits in bighorn sheep
Paternity analysis and heritability of behaviour in mountain goats
Deer population structure and host-genetic factors in CWD spread
Molecular ecology of invasive species

Courses

BIOL 380 - Genetic Analysis of Populations

Application of molecular biology to the study of systematics, structure of natural populations, mating systems, and forensics. Among the topics discussed are molecular techniques used to detect genetic variation in natural populations, methods to construct phylogenies using molecular data, mathematical models of population structure, paternity analysis, and DNA fingerprinting. Prerequisite: BIOL 207. BIOL 221 recommended.

Winter Term 2021