Locke Rowe

Professor Locke Rowe was awarded his PhD from the University of British Columbia in 1993. Following an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Davis, he was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of Toronto in 1994. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2000 and Full Professor in 2003.

Professor Rowe was appointed as a Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Evolutionary Ecology in 2004 and continues to hold this Chair. Professor Rowe was instrumental in working to develop the vision for the new Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, formed from the re-organization of the Departments of Botany and Zoology.   He was appointed Chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (2008-2013). Professor Rowe was appointed Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Vice Provost, Graduate Research and Education in 2014 and currently holds these positions. Research over Professor Rowe's career has addressed leading questions in both evolutionary biology and ecology, and more recently broadening into fields including developmental biology. His research productivity has been extensive and published in the very best scientific journals. He co-authored the book, Sexual Conflict, that provides the principal resource for researchers in the field and is heavily cited (>1500 times). He has published nearly 120 papers, including papers in the very best journals encompassing all sciences (Science, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), papers in the very best journals encompassing the biological sciences (Current Biology, Proceedings of the Royal Society B), and numerous papers in the very best subject-specific journals (American Naturalist, Ecology, Evolution, Trends in Ecology and Evolution). His publications have been cited in excess of 10,000 times with 24 papers having been cited more than 100 times each, a level of significance in this research field. 

Although Professor Rowe has developed a very strong publication record, he has also encouraged his lab members to publish independently with nearly 30 papers having been published by them to date, without Professor Rowe as a co-author. He has developed an exceptionally strong funding record with NSERC, currently holding one of the largest Discovery Grants in Evolution and Ecology and having twice been awarded Accelerator Awards. As well, he has held significant funding through the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the Premier's Research Excellence Award, among others. 

Professor Rowe has contributed extensively to teaching and training at all levels. He is a gifted teacher and has received the Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award, recognizing his accomplishments in undergraduate teaching. He has supervised two dozen graduate students to date, with many of them continuing their training at leading international institutions. His students have won significant awards in recognition of their research accomplishments while being mentored by Professor Rowe. He has trained eighteen postdoctoral researchers, many now holding faculty positions at universities around the world. In addition to his extensive service within the University of Toronto, both in administrative and non-­administrative capacities, he has provided extensive professional service. Professor Rowe has held numerous positions on editorial boards of leading journals since 2000. He was a co-founder of the Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution and has continued to serve in various capacities with this national society. He currently serves as Vice-President Elect in the American Society of Naturalists. He has served on management boards of the Canadian Institute for Ecology and Evolution and the Charles Darwin Foundation of Canada. 

Professor Rowe's accomplishments have been recognized through various national and international awards and honours. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Royal Entomological Society of London. Among other awards, he has received prestigious research awards including the EWR Steacie Memorial Fellowship awarded by NSERC Canada, the highly competitive Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Naturalists, and he was a Swedish STINT Scholar. 

Overall, Professor Locke Rowe has made outstanding contributions and demonstrated excellence in his research, teaching, and service within and outside the University of Toronto.