Nathan R. Lovejoy




CSB Appointment


Research Areas

Animal Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics / Genomics


Ph.D. Cornell University 1999
M.Sc. University of Toronto 1993
B.Sc. University of Toronto 1991

Primary Undergraduate Department

Biological Sciences, UTSC

Graduate Programs

Cell & Systems Biology
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Environmental Science

Academic or Administrative Appointments

Associate Chair, Undergraduate, Department of Biological Sciences, UTSC
Research Associate, ROM

Research Description

I am interested in the relationship between naturally occurring genomic variation and animal function. Current research focuses on the evolution of genes involved in electric signal production in Amazonian fishes.

Contact Information

Office Phone: 416-208-4823
Office: SW433
Lab: S331A
Lab Phone: 416-208-7372

Mailing Address

Department of Biological Sciences
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, ON M1C 1A4

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Recent News

Resurrected proteins reveal evolutionary history of Amazon River fish

As the Andes mountains were rising 15-20 million years ago, the freshwater Amazon basin became flooded with seawater. This event provided an…

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Recreated Ancestral Opsin Associated with Marine to Freshwater Croaker Invasion Reveals Kinetic and Spectral Adaptation

Van Nynatten A, Castiglione GM, de A. Gutierrez E, Lovejoy NR, Chang BSW
2021, Molecular Biology and Evolution, 10.1093/molbev/msab008

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Molecular evolution of GPCRs: CRH/CRH receptors

Lovejoy DA, Chang BS, Lovejoy NR, del Castillo J
2014, Journal of molecular endocrinology, 52, T43-60, 24711645

The evolutionary origins of diadromy inferred from a time-calibrated phylogeny for Clupeiformes (herring and allies)

Bloom DD, Lovejoy NR
2014, Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society, 281, 20132081, 24430843

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Proximate and ultimate causes of signal diversity in the electric fish Gymnotus

Crampton WG, Rodríguez-Cattáneo A, Lovejoy NR, Caputi AA
2013, The Journal of experimental biology, 216, 2523-41, 23761477

Do freshwater fishes diversify faster than marine fishes? A test using state-dependent diversification analyses and molecular phylogenetics of new world silversides (atherinopsidae)

Bloom DD, Weir JT, Piller KR, Lovejoy NR
2013, Evolution; international journal of organic evolution, 67, 2040-57, 23815658

Paleo-drainage basin connectivity predicts evolutionary relationships across three Southeast Asian biodiversity hotspots

de Bruyn M, Rüber L, Nylinder S, Stelbrink B, Lovejoy NR, Lavoué S, Tan HH, Nugroho E, Wowor D, Ng PK, Siti Azizah MN, Von Rintelen T, Hall R, Carvalho GR
2013, Systematic biology, 62, 398-410, 23391942

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Molecular phylogenetics reveals a pattern of biome conservatism in New World anchovies (family Engraulidae)

Bloom DD, Lovejoy NR
2012, Journal of evolutionary biology, 25, 701-15, 22300535

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It’s a family matter: molecular phylogenetics of Atheriniformes and the polyphyly of the surf silversides (family: Notocheiridae)

Bloom DD, Unmack PJ, Gosztonyi AE, Piller KR, Lovejoy NR
2012, Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, 62, 1025-30, 22178919

Reproductive character displacement and signal ontogeny in a sympatric assemblage of electric fish

Crampton WG, Lovejoy NR, Waddell JC
2011, Evolution; international journal of organic evolution, 65, 1650-66, 21644955

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The Casiquiare river acts as a corridor between the Amazonas and Orinoco river basins: biogeographic analysis of the genus Cichla

Willis SC, Nunes M, Montaña CG, Farias IP, Ortí G, Lovejoy NR
2010, Molecular ecology, 19, 1014-30, 20149086

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Phylogeny, biogeography, and electric signal evolution of Neotropical knifefishes of the genus Gymnotus (Osteichthyes: Gymnotidae)

Lovejoy NR, Lester K, Crampton WG, Marques FP, Albert JS
2010, Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, 54, 278-90, 19761855

Parasites of the deepwater sculpin (Myoxocephalus thompsonii) across its Canadian range

Carney JP, Sheldon TA, Lovejoy NR
2009, The Journal of parasitology, 95, 1209-12, 19382824

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Multivariate classification of animal communication signals: a simulation-based comparison of alternative signal processing procedures using electric fishes

Crampton WG, Davis JK, Lovejoy NR, Pensky M
2008, Journal of physiology, Paris, 102, 304-21, 18984042

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Systematics, biogeography, and evolution of the Neotropical peacock basses Cichla (Perciformes: Cichlidae)

Willis SC, Nunes MS, Montaña CG, Farias IP, Lovejoy NR
2007, Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, 44, 291-307, 17275345

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Phylogeny and jaw ontogeny of beloniform fishes

Lovejoy NR, Iranpour M, Collette BB
2004, Integrative and comparative biology, 44, 366-77, 21676722

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