The Schulte lab is in the Department of Zoology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. We study the physiological adaptations that allow fish to live in challenging environments. We take advantage of intraspecific variation within and among populations to study the evolution of mechanisms that allow animals to respond to a changing environment. The lab uses a combination of population genomics, ecological epigenomics, biochemistry and physiology to identify mechanisms that integrate across levels of biological organization to influence animal performance.
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Sep 21, 2023 - UBC Dryad2Dataverse
Earhart, Madison, 2023, "Heatwave resilience of juvenile white sturgeon is associated with epigenetic and transcriptional alterations",, Borealis, V1
Abstract Heatwaves are increasing in frequency and severity, posing a significant threat to organisms globally. In aquatic environments, heatwaves are often associated with low environmental oxygen, which is a deadly combination for fish. However, surprisingly little is known abo...
May 4, 2023 - UBC Dryad2Dataverse
Earhart, Madison, 2023, "Identification of upper thermal thresholds during development in the endangered Nechako white sturgeon with management implications for a regulated river",, Borealis, V1
Abstract Climate change-induced warming effects are already evident in river ecosystems and projected increases in temperature will continue to amplify stress on fish communities. Additionally, many rivers globally are impacted by dams which have many negative effects on fishes b...
Aug 26, 2021 - UBC Dryad2Dataverse
Grummer, Jared; Whitlock, Michael; Schulte, Patricia; Taylor, Eric, 2021, "Growth genes are implicated in the evolutionary divergence of sympatric piscivorous and insectivorous rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)",, Borealis, V1
Abstract Identifying ecologically significant phenotypic traits and the genomic mechanisms that underly them are crucial steps in understanding the traits associated with population divergence. We used genome-wide data to identify genomic regions associated with a key trait that...
May 20, 2021 - UBC Dryad2Dataverse
Metzger, David C.H.; Schulte, Patricia M.; Metzger, David C. H., 2018, "Data from: Similarities in temperature-dependent gene expression plasticity across time-scales in threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus)",, Borealis, V1
Abstract Phenotypic plasticity occurs at a variety of time-scales, but little is known about the degree to which plastic responses at different time-scales are associated with similar underlying molecular processes, which is critical for assessing the effects of plasticity on evo...
May 19, 2021 - UBC Dryad2Dataverse
Healy, Timothy M.; Bryant, Heather J.; Schulte, Patricia M., 2016, "Data from: Mitochondrial genotype and phenotypic plasticity of gene expression in response to cold acclimation in killifish",, Borealis, V1
Abstract Adjustments of aerobic metabolic processes are critical components of organismal responses to environmental change that require tight co-ordination between the nuclear and mitochondrial genomes. Intraspecific differences in mitochondrial genotype can affect gene transcri...
May 19, 2021 - UBC Dryad2Dataverse
Vines, Timothy H.; Dalziel, Anne C.; Albert, Arianne; Veen, Thor; Schulte, Patricia Marita; Schluter, Dolph; Albert, Arianne Y. K., 2016, "Data from: Cline coupling and uncoupling in a stickleback hybrid zone",, Borealis, V1, UNF:6:vMee3qgGWpv949tRdmZ6qw== [fileUNF]
Abstract Strong ecological selection on a genetic locus can maintain allele frequency differences between populations in different environments, even in the face of hybridization. When alleles at divergent loci come into tight linkage disequilibrium, selection acts on them as a u...
May 19, 2021 - UBC Dryad2Dataverse
Gibbons, Taylor C.; Metzger, David C. H.; Healy, Timothy M.; Schulte, Patricia M., 2017, "Data from: Gene expression plasticity in response to salinity acclimation in threespine stickleback ecotypes from different salinity habitats",, Borealis, V1
Abstract Phenotypic plasticity is thought to facilitate the colonization of novel environments and shape the direction of evolution in colonizing populations. However, the relative prevalence of various predicted patterns of changes in phenotypic plasticity following colonization...
May 19, 2021 - UBC Dryad2Dataverse
Harmon, Luke J.; Losos, Jonathan B.; Davies, T. Jonathan; Gillespie, Rosemary G.; Gittleman, John L.; Bryan Jennings, W.; Kozak, Kenneth H.; McPeek, Mark A.; Moreno-Roark, Franck; Near, Thomas J.; Purvis, Andy; Ricklefs, Robert E.; Schluter, Dolph; Schulte II, James A.; Seehausen, Ole; Sidlauskas, Brian L.; Torres-Carvajal, Omar; Weir, Jason T.; Mooers, Arne Ø., 2013, "Data from: Early bursts of body size and shape evolution are rare in comparative data",, Borealis, V1
Abstract George Gaylord Simpson famously postulated that much of life's diversity originated as adaptive radiations—more or less simultaneous divergences of numerous lines from a single ancestral adaptive type. However, identifying adaptive radiations has proven difficult due to...
May 19, 2021 - UBC Dryad2Dataverse
Gibbons, Taylor C.; Rudman, Seth M.; Schulte, Patricia M., 2015, "Data from: Responses to simulated winter conditions differ between threespine stickleback ecotypes",, Borealis, V1
Abstract Abiotic factors can act as barriers to colonization and drive local adaptation. During colonization, organisms may cope with changes in abiotic factors using existing phenotypic plasticity, but the role of phenotypic plasticity in assisting or hindering the process of lo...
May 19, 2021 - UBC Dryad2Dataverse
Dalziel, Anne C.; Vines, Timothy H.; Schulte, Patricia M., 2011, "Data from: Reductions in prolonged swimming capacity following freshwater colonization in multiple threespine stickleback populations.",, Borealis, V1
Abstract We compared ancestral anadromous-marine and nonmigratory, stream-resident threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) populations to examine the outcome of relaxed selection on prolonged swimming performance. We reared marine and stream-resident fish from two locatio...
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