Robert Colautti Bio

Robert Colautti

BSc, MSc, PhD


Dr. Robert Colautti is an Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolution in the Department of Biology at Queen’s University. He is also the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Rapid Evolution. Dr. Colautti has a BSc and MSc in Biology both from the University of Windsor. He earned his PhD in Botany at the University of Toronto. His completed NSERC funded Post-doctoral Fellowship at Duke University (North Carolina), the University of British Columbia, and the University of Tuebingen in Germany.


Researchers in the Colautti Lab apply computational methods and new high-throughput sequencing technology to solve ecological challenges in new and changing environments. One current project uses genomic tools to track the movement and spread of deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis) and their associated microbiomes. The purpose of this research is to improve risk assessments and mitigate cases of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases in humans, pets and wildlife.


Dr. Colautti is a Co-Applicant on the grant.