Researching at KSR

The Koffler Scientific Reserve at Jokers Hill hosts research in ecology, evolution, genetics, environmental science and cognate areas of study.  Principal Investigators will normally be affiliated with an accredited university in Canada or abroad, or with a governmental ministry.  Applications for use from private corporations and community organizations will also be considered; please consult with the KSR Director.

Scientists from the University of Toronto and other institutions in Canada and abroad are using the resources of the Koffler Scientific Reserve at Jokers Hill to expand our knowledge base in biodiversity, ecology and evolution.  While some of their projects seek solutions to specific challenges, the major research thrust is addressing fundamental questions:

  • What limits the geographic ranges of species?
  • What makes a recently introduced species go invasive?
  • How do patterns of mating and reproduction contribute to population persistence?
  • When can natural selection act fast enough to buffer the effects of environmental change?

These are interesting questions in their own right, but in this age of environmental uncertainty, the need for answers is urgent.



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