A new associate editor is joining GENETICS in the Theoretical Population and Evolutionary Genetics section. We’re excited to welcome Sarah Otto to the editorial team.

Sarah Otto
Associate Editor

Sarah (Sally) Otto is a Killam University Professor at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on modelling how inheritance and reproductive systems evolve by investigating the selective forces acting on genetic systems (recombination, ploidy level, gene duplications) and mating strategies (sexual vs asexual reproduction, sexual selection, floral reproductive strategies).  Complementing this approach, Otto’s group tracks yeast as they evolve to test evolutionary theories. Recent work, both theoretical and experimental, has focused on evolutionary dynamics in a rapidly changing world. During the pandemic, she worked to clarify the impact of evolutionary changes on the SARS-CoV-2 virus and public health implications. With over 200 publications and a book, her awards include a MacArthur Fellowship, a Steacie Fellowship and Steacie Prize, and fellowships in the Royal Society of Canada, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences.