- B.Sc. (Western University)
- B.Ed. (Western University)
- M.Sc. (University of Northern British Columbia)
- Ph.D. (Trent University)
Office: LHS D218
Phone: 705-748-1011 ext. 6383
- Hybridization and the Evolution of Wildlife
- Conservation Genomics
- Species at Risk & Invasive Species
- Ecological Shifts in Response to Environment
My research focuses on how hybridization and environmental factors, including human influences, alter the ecological niche and evolutionary trajectory of wildlife.
My research interests include (but are not limited to) understanding the ecological function and interaction of wildlife as revealed through a multi-faceted approach to quantify cryptic patterns of variation, differentiation, and ecological interactions. I am interested in understanding: a) the influence that human-altered environments and conservation measures have on the evolutionary trajectory of wildlife; b) localized adaptive patterns within wide-ranging and range-limited species; and c) mechanisms for competitive exclusion and resource partitioning among terrestrial mammals.
- BIOL 1020H: Foundation of Biodiversity
- BIOL-FRSC 2050H: Introduction to Genetics
- BIOL 2600H: Evolution
- BIOL 3600H: Ecological Genetics
- BIOL-ERSC 4030H: Research Design & Data Analysis in R
I am interested in leveraging online learning tools like DataCamp to facilitate and enhance student learning in the field of Data Science. DataCamp provides expert guidance and hands-on-the-keyboard exercises that help students learn faster and more effectively. That is why institutions like Harvard and Princeton Universities have adopted it into their learning programs. As a new initiative, I am bringing DataCamp to Trent University by using "DataCamp For The Classroom" in my Research Design & Data Analysis class for fall 2018.
vonHoldt BM, Brzeski K, Wilcove DS, Rutledge LY. 2018. Redefining the role of admixture and genomics in endangered species conservation. Conservation Letters. 11(2): e12371.
Hohenlohe PA*, Rutledge LY*, Waits LP, Andrews KR, Adams JR, Hinton JW, Nowak RM, Patterson BR, Wydeven AP, Wilson PA, White BN. 2017. Whole-genome data do not support recent hybrid origins of red wolves and eastern wolves. Science Advances. 3(6): e1602250.
Rutledge LY, Desy G, Fryxell J, Middel K, White BN, Patterson BR. 2017. Patchy distribution and low effective population size raise concern for an at-risk top predator. Diversity and Distributions. 23(1): 79 - 89.
Rutledge LY, Coxon A, White BN. 2017. Genetic assessment of the San Clemente Island loggerhead shrike reveals evidence of historical gene flow with Santa Catalina Island. Global Ecology and Evolution. 11: 42 - 52.
Rutledge LY, Devillard S, Boone JQ, Hohenlohe PA, White BN. 2015. RAD sequencing and genomic simulations resolve hybrid origins within North American Canis. Biology Letters. 11(7): 20150303.