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I am a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. My students and I use molecular genetics to study ecology and evolution of wildlife species.

Christi Bubac


Christi Bubac is a PhD student. She was born into a military family and  has lived throughout the United States. After receiving a B.S. from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Christi focused her attention to working with wildlife. She worked on various wolf, grizzly, and small mammal projects with the U.S. National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey before earning her M.S. at Black Hills State University in South Dakota. During her Master’s, she investigated the genetic structure and connectivity of a warbler species undergoing a rapid range expansion.








Christi’s current research aims to assess the genetic basis of ecologically important traits, an essential component in our understanding of the evolutionary potential of organisms. In her PhD research, she will be using a next-generation DNA sequencing approach to identify genetic variants linked to maternal performance and personality traits of wild grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) to gain a better understanding of why individuals vary, and the ecological and evolutionary consequences of this variation. Christi’s other interests include backpacking with her trusty sidekick (her dog) and finding the world’s best cup of coffee. Email: bubac@ualberta.ca

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