Leithen M'Gonigle

Assistant Professor

Terrestrial Ecology



  • 2005–2011 PhD, Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2000–2005 BSc, Mathematics (honours with distinction), University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada

Research Interests

In my research, I aim to understand how interactions between species 1) enable those species to persist and 2) direct their future evolution. I use a combination of theoretical, empirical, and statistical approaches. Topics I am most interested in include sexual selection, host-parasite interactions, and Allee effects. In my theoretical work, I also aim to generate empirically testable hypotheses and the corresponding tools needed to test them. Lastly, because insights about the origins and maintenance of biodiversity can inform conservation, I try to make connections with the appropriate conservation programs.